Friday, June 24, 2011

Now This Tastes Like Summer!

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pepper roaster

My husband has been wanting a pepper roaster for years... The kind that you put on the grill and stuff jalapeƱos to make your own roasted poppers... I was Charleston the week before Fathers Day and I love to shop in the Maverick Kitchens store... Double win!

Here are some banana peppers and jalapeƱos that I stuffed with left over spicy sausage, left over sticky rice and a half container of pimento cheese supplemented with some shredded cheese from a bag.

Unfortunately... These were a solid meh. They look beautiful but they tasted blah. Stuffing suggestions anyone?

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thai Cucumber Relish

Here's a delicious side to go with last weeks Lettuce Wraps!
I found it in Saveur's May 2011 magazine. (and by the way when did this mag get so awesome?)

Ajad: Thai Cucumber Relish
1/4 C Raw Sugar
1/4 C White Vinegar
1/4 t. Salt
2 T Cilantro
1/4 Fresh Chile Pepper
4 Thinly sliced Shallots
1 Cucumber sliced and quartered

Mix sugar, vinegar and salt into 1 C boiling water. When sugar has melted, chill in fridge.

Combine remaining and allow to pickle in the fridge.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Lettuce Wraps with Hmong Sausage

It started with our first weekly box of produce... I was inspired by food again!
Beautiful Lettuce

Not even Mafioso Cat could resist it...

I crumbled and cooked a package of Hmong Sausage with minced onion, fresh mint, Thai Basil, Lemongrass and a can of minced Water Chestnuts for crunch.

The yummy spicy kind

It was difficult not to eat it out of the pan...

John made the sticky rice in his huot (from best buddy Mike).

Some of the other ingredients

Hmong Sausage Lettuce Wraps
1 package Hmong Sausage
1/2 minced Red Onion
1 can minced Water Chestnuts
Mint - a handful chopped
1 Cayenne Pepper minced
2 T. Thai Basil
1 T. minced Lemongrass

2 Cups prepared Sticky Rice (sweet rice steamed)

Wrap in individual leaves from 1 head Bibb Lettuce.
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