Monday, July 28, 2014

Rainer Cherry Summer Punch

We have been very luck so far t his summer that it has not been to hot. 85 being the hottest day so far. I'm sure as soon as August hits it the temperature will skyrocket. To beat the heat I love to make a great cocktail in the summer. Instead of a vodka or rum cocktail I opted for a much different version. I realized that I have not posted a cocktail recipe in forever. So here is a pretty serious one at that. If you have never tried moonshine you are missing out. While I can't drink it straight or even the white lightening version, this is a nice cocktail version to have. Don't get me wrong it still packs punch hence the name. 
Happy Monday! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail Kabobs

Shrimp on the "barbie"! We love shrimp cocktail in our house. I make it more than the normal person. In the summer months we grill so much that I am always looking to change things up in anyway I can. I also love grilled shrimp and grilled shrimp cocktail. They are done in 8 minutes! How can you beat that? When they are grilled the shrimp get a nice smoky flavor from the grill and then are brushed with sweet and tangy and slightly spicy cocktail sauce. Serve with lemon wedges and more sauce.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Black Bean Guacamole

My daughter is going to be 9 OMG 9 next week. She is my baby. Where have the years gone. I asked her what she wanted on the menu for her family party. We decided on a taco bar instead of a bbq. Taco's are one of her favorite foods. So I have been testing and planning the recipes. This is one of my favorites. I love avocados in every way. I think I love guacamole more. I prefer chunky guacamole to the smooth creamy kind. Like this one. Chopped avocado, tomato, onion black beans, lime and cilantro. Yum! Serve it with your favorite tortilla chips. Aren't these curled ones cool? So what's your favorite kind of guacamole?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Super Easy Garlic Dill Pickles

Monday again.....where does the weekend go? I hope everyone had a great one. These pickles just scream summer to me. I have been making these for a few years now. Is there anyone that can resist a pickle? They go perfect with grilled cheese. You will not believe how easy it really is to pickle just about any vegetable. I have done cauliflower, carrots, peppers and of course cukes. There are many different versions out there. I happen to like garlic dill the best. Don't get me wrong bread and butter is fabulous as well.  I'm a dill garlic girl. 
Happy Monday!

3 pint jars (mason is works great or any jar with a lid)
2 Large English cucumbers
1 small onion
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt
6 garlic cloves, peeled (2 per jar)
1/2 teaspoon whole mustard seed (per jar)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (per jar)
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns (per jar) 
6 fresh dill sprigs flowers attatched (2 per jar)

Wash and slice the cucumbers into spears. Slice the onion into rings. 

In a large sauce pot, combine vinegar, water sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer.

Evenly distribute the onion rings to the bottom of jars. Add the spices and dill to each jar. Pack the cucumber spears firmly into the jars. You don't want to damage the cukes, but you do want make sure they are tightly stuffed.

Pour the brine into the jar, covering the cukes completely.

Tap jars gently on counter top to dislodge any trapped air bubbles.

Apply lids and let jars cool. When they've returned to room temperature, place jars in refrigerator. Let them sit for at least 48 hours before eating.