BIG NEWS for EATDRINKBE

Hey Everyone! I couldn’t wait to announce that I am now officially able to post my recipes and share on Yummly!!!!  Go check out www.yummly.com if you haven’t already.  It is amazing.  A wonderful resource for new recipe inspiration.  And, you can create a FREE account and save all your favorites in one place!!!

Since I’m new, I’ve only been able to post a few recipes.  Please bear with me as I add them.  You can also add them by simply pressing the YUM Button at the end of my recipes!

The first recipe I added was my Perfect Pasta Salad

Perfect Pasta Salad

Perfect Pasta Salad

Here’s where you can find this EATDRINKBE Kari recipe on Yummly:

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Here is my Yummly Page where you can find all my Recipes

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Pondering Pomegranates???

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Pomegranates:

  • High in Antioxidants
  • Contains 50% of recommended daily dose of Vitamin C
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Aids Weight Management
  • Prevention of Heart Disease & Cancer (phytochemicals called polypheols)
  • Good for your Whole Body (Heart & Blood Vessels)
  • Fights Cell Damage & Helps Strong Healthy Bones (Vitamin K)
  • Helps Depression
  • Prevents Muscle Cramps (Vitamin B5)
  • High in Fiber & Low in Calories (3/4 Cup has 4 g Dietary Fiber and about 83 Calories)
Pomegranate arils

Pomegranate Arils

The word “Pomegranate” is Latin and means “seeded apple”.  Each fruit contains about 600 seeds called arils.  The arils are edible part of the fruit, not the white pith.  There are numerous methods to harvest the seeds.  I have tried various approaches, and have found my favorite.  The Water Bath Method is what works best for me.  And, I’m happy to share it with you!  Pomegranates are messy and can stain, but if you know how to get the seeds out properly, it is well worth it!  Toss them on salads, overtop meat, pasta or you can also float them in a festive drink!

Look at the vibrant color

Look at the vibrant color

How to Seed a Pomegranate

The Pomegranate

1: Buy a Pomegranate and Locate a Knife

Step 2: Slice it in Half

Step 2: Slice it in Half

3:

3: Admire the beautiful flowerlike design of the Seeds

4: G

4: Get ready a Large Bowl of cool water and quarter the Pom

5:

5: Making sure the Pom quarter is entirely covered by the water, start popping the seeds out with your fingers

6:

6: Don’t worry about being gentle.  Some take a little more force.  Should be clean of seeds when finished.

7:

7: Repeat with other quarters.  The seeds will sink to the bottom and the pith will float to the top for easy removal.

8: Scoop out the floating pith with your hands, and drain seeds into a strainer.

8: Scoop out the floating pith with your hands, and drain seeds into a strainer.

You will be surprised how many arils come out of just one single pomegranate!

9; TaDa!!! You will be surprised how many arils come out of just one single pomegranate!

Pretty Simple, eh?

Now, take the GORGEOUS fruits of you labor, and ENJOY!!!

Now, take the GORGEOUS fruits of you labor, and ENJOY!!!

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND:

Making a Festive Beverage

Making a Festive Beverage

Pomegranate Arils, Pama Liquor & Prosecco

CHEERS!!!!

(You can also substitute Pomegranate Juice for the Liquor and Champagne or Sparkling Wine for the Prosecco).

And I give you, The Cham-Pom

And I give you, The Cham-Pom

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Kari

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KickAss Crostini

KickAss Crostini

Simple & Delicious

Crostini. One of the Most Versatile Appetizers In Existence!!! There are so many topping options, the possibilities are endless. (Bruschetta, Olive Tapenade, Roasted Red Pepper & Feta, Garlic & Herb, Salmon, Cream Cheese & Capers, Pimento Cheese & Chive, Pear & Brie, Roast Beef, Rosemary & Horseradish, Lox, Red Onion & Dill, Nutella & Berries….Seriously, I could go ON and ON!!!)

Nothing better than a crisp, delicious blank canvas to deliver simple culinary bliss. Ingenious, I say! Now, all you have to do is master the basics of making a scrumptious Crostini, and Appetizer Heaven is within your reach!

To do this, all you need is One Little Thing.

garlic. Garlic. GARLIC.

One Simple Garlic Clove

One Simple Garlic Clove

That’s it. Just one itty bitty clove of garlic. It doesn’t matter if the clove is fresh and raw or if you have been using it beforehand to make a quick Garlic Infused Butter or Olive Oil.  Regardless, don’t waste that tiny morsel that is about to take your basic Crostini to a whole other level!  Waste Not, Want Not.

Organic Butter, Organic Garlic Clove, Salt & Pepper

Organic Butter, Organic Garlic Clove, Salt & Pepper

Organic EVOO, Organic Garlic Clove, Salt & Pepper

Organic EVOO, Organic Garlic, Organic Parsley, Organic Garlic Chives, Salt & Pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut Baguette (Local and Organic, if possible! Or even better, HOMEMADE!!!) into slices on a diagonal.

2. Drizzle EVOO over BOTH SIDES.

3. Put on Hot Grill, Grill Pan, or Broil in Oven a few minutes.

4. Flip, and let other side get browned.

*Be sure to watch closely during Steps 3 & 4 so you don’t burn the crostini. DO NOT WALK AWAY from the grill, stove, or oven!!!!

5. Place on Platter HOT SIDE UP!!!!

6. Rub Garlic Clove ALL OVER HOT SIDE OF CROSTINI.

*The Garlic Oil will penetrate the Crostini and allow you so smear garlicky deliciousness all over the slice. YUMMMMM………

7. Top however you choose! Crostini Nirvana is YOURS!!!

 

Oil BOTH sides

Oil BOTH sides

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Rub Garlic Clove Over Hot Side

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Here I was doing a Bruschetta Topping: Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella, Balsamic Vinegar

Beautiful & Delicious!

Beautiful & Delicious!

Hope you Enjoy and Utilize my Simple Secret to KickAss Crostini!

Let the Crostini Madness Begin!!!

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Kari

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Better Burgers!!!

How to Build a Better Burger!

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Who Says Girls Can’t Cook Burgers?!?!?

10 Tips to Make a Better Burger

Burgers are one of the most versatile foods out there.  You can change up EVERYTHING.  From meat (beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, ostrich, buffalo…) to toppings (regular onions, caramelized onions, ketchup, mayo, mustards a million, lettuce, bacon…holy crap, this could go on all day.) You even have options for buns as well as size (huge whopper of a burger, or a simple slider). And, the age old quesion: To Cheese or Not to Cheese.  And, now, more and more frequently: To Stuff or Not to Stuff.  So many options, why not make them different all the time?!?!?!  That’s what we do!  Lord knows if I can EVER repeat a recipe….I don’t really follow them in the first place, so it’s pretty difficult to duplicate.  Toppings and Ingredients are up to you.  Change it up, have Fun with it.  GET CREATIVE!!!  Here are a few tips I have learned over the years:

10 TIPS TO MAKE A BETTER BURGER

  1. Don’t overwork your patty.  Combine COLD meat and any extra ingredients GENTLY.  Shape and Form Patty.  Refrigerate to Set (at least 30 mins).
  2. Use Wet Hands to form the Patty.  Keeps moisture in the meat by keeping the fat from sticking to your hands.
  3. Using your Thumb, put a dent 3/4 inch deep in the Middle of the Patty (about the size of a quarter) to keep it from “puffing up” when cooking.
  4. Do Not, I repeat DO NOT SMASH IT DOWN WITH A SPATULA and squish out all that yummy greasy juice.  That’s where the flavors at!
  5. Don’t flip the everliving hell out of it.  If you are grilling, you only need to flip it once or twice.  NOT CONSTANTLY!!!
  6. When using Raw Onions to Mix into the Meat, GRATE IT!!!  The onion juice packs amazing flavor, while not breaking up the meat mixture or making your burger fall apart because of onion pieces that are too big.
  7. Best Time to Season your Patty is RIGHT BEFORE GRILLING (or cooking). Do NOT salt your meat when mixing and forming patties.  Wait until patties are formed to salt, or right before grilling.
  8. Keep Burgers COLD until they hit the heat.  Other meats, you need to cook room temp, NOT BURGERS!
  9. Get the Grill (oven) Really Hot to sear the outside.
  10. LET YOUR BURGER REST.  Just like any other meat.  The juices need to redistribute.

 

Slammin' Sliders

Slammin’ Sliders

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STAR WARS BIRTHDAY PARTY

STAR WARS

EPISODE V

DASH STRIKES BACK

DASH'S 5th BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!!!

DASH’S 5th BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!!! Death Star Cake Pop Face!

Dash is in LOVE with Star Wars.  He used to be obsessed with Thomas the Train….now, STAR WARS is where it’s at!  Seriously, he can tell you all sorts of useless information.  He even schooled his Dentist when Dr. James made an incorrect statement.  So funny.  Gotta love him!

Anywho, for those who might be thinking about a Star Wars Party in the future, I hope this helps with some ideas.  It all turned out supercute and everyone had a blast!  I also used SIMONEMADEIT.com for Custom Party Printables.  She has a TON of different Party Themes.  Check it out!!! You just choose what you want to print, and she has a ton of different options. (Invitations, Banners, Party Favors, Food/Drink Cards, Jedi Training, Jedi Certificate, Thank You Notes…all customizable!!!)  Amazing, Looked Awesome, and saved me a TON of Time since I was doing the food.  I HIGHLY recommend it!!! LifeSaver!!!

First, the Decorations.  We saved a TON of $$$ by using Mark and Rhett’s old Star Wars toys.  It turned out AWESOME and was definitely the frugal way to go.  It let me use the old toys, but kept them out of the way of all the kids so they remained intact and didn’t get broken at the party!

Decor

All Free except Balloons!

All Free except Balloons!

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Printables & Old Toys

Printables & Old Toys

Welcome Sign for Front Door & Jedi Training Checklist

Welcome Sign for Front Door & Jedi Training Checklist

Printable

Printable

MIll Falcon

Millennium Falcon

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INVITATIONS

INVITATIONS

Jedi Knight Certificate & Party Favors

Jedi Knight Certificate & Party Favors

Jedi Knight Certificate

Jedi Knight Certificate

Party Favors

Party Favors

Jedi Knight Training

LightSaber Training

Turn Pool Noodles into LIGHTSABERS!!!

Turn Pool Noodles into LIGHTSABERS!!!

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These were so easy to make, and the HIT of the Party!!!!

Take a regular pool noodle and slice it in half.

Using the sliced half, cover with sliver duct tape.

Then, using colored electrical tape, Decorate!

The Kids could wail on each other, but not get hurt!

AWESOME!!!!

(these DID take time to make, do in advance with a glass, or two, of wine!!!!)

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Even Princess Leia was into it!!!

Even Princess Leia was into it!!!

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Story

Story

Dash

Dash

Storm Trooper Blaster Training

Storm Trooper Ballons

Storm Trooper Ballons

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I took some nerf guns and TONS of bullets and let them go to town!

All the kids loved this one!

We ended up letting them go one at a time.

That way they could see who popped it first!

Dash, Birthday Boy, gets first turn!

Dash, Birthday Boy, gets first turn!

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I also made Jedi Robes by cutting brown sheets lengthwise and adding a neck hole.  Again, cheap, easy, and the boys LOVED it!  Tied with Twine!

I also made Jedi Robes by cutting brown sheets lengthwise and adding a neck hole. Again, cheap, easy, and the boys LOVED it! Tied with Twine and leftover sheet strips!

Detonator Training

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Pass around a light up bouncy ball until it stopped glowing.  Whoever has it…OUT.  Last Man left, WINS!!!!

And, of course, you gotta have a:

DARTH VADER PINATA

Darth Vader

Darth Vader Piñata

Birthday Boy gets first Swing!

Birthday Boy gets first Swing!

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FOOD

The Spread

The Spread

LightSabers

LightSabers

LightSabers: Pretzel Rods dipped in Candy Melts!

Light Sabers & Darth Dogs

Light Sabers & Darth Dogs

Darth Dogs: Cocktail Weenies Baked in Crescent Roll Dough w/ herbs, poppy-seeds & cheese.

Sith Slaw

Sith Slaw

Homemade. Organic. A Mix between Pimento Cheese & Cheese Slaw. So yummy, will post recipe soon!

crackers

Droid Dippers

Snap Peas, Cracker Assortment, Carrot Chips

Leia's Gold

Leia’s Gold

Goldfish.

Wookie Cookies.

Wookie Cookies

Teddy Grahams

Yoda

Yoda

Grapes & Marshmallows & Raisins

Obi-Pop-Kenobi

Obi-Pop-Kenobi

Popcorn. M&M’s. Golden Raisins.

Drink Table

Drink Table

Yoda Soda

Yoda Soda

7-Up & Lime Sherbet

Padawan Pumch

Padawan Punch

Prosecco, Pomegranate Juice & Seeds

Bloody Mauls

Bloody Mauls

Homemade Bloody Marys

Beer

Beer

Water Bottles

Water Bottles

Jedi Juice, Hoth H2O, Warrior Water

Ice Bucket

Ice Bucket

DeathStar Cake Pops

DeathStar Red Velvet Cake Pops

DeathStar Red Velvet Cake Pops

At-At Centerpiece

At-At Centerpiece

Star Wars Cake Pops

Star Wars Cake Pops

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* STAR WARS *

* STAR WARS *

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Easy Entertaining

~ Easy Entertaining ~

Beautiful & Delicious

Beautiful & Delicious

Now that the weather is warming up, we all want to entertain.  I am going through some old photos and finding some cute, easy ideas to pass along.  Enjoy!

Above: Roll a Log of Goat Cheese in fresh chopped herbs and lemon zest.  Garnish with Chive Flower (I believe I used fresh organic thyme, chives, parsley, lemon zest, s&p)

 

Table Display

Bright & Colorful Display Ideas

Starting Bottom to Left: Herbed Goat Cheese, Edamame Hummus & Fresh Veggies, Caprese Bites, Radish & Herbed Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches, Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Foraged Quinoa and Berry Salad, Drunken Pasta, Smothered Greek Hummus, Baked Brie with Grapes and Thyme

This was actually for another BookClub that I hosted.  I tried to use all my own produce and herbs and local ingredients.  I had chosen the book Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter.  I needed more lettuce than I had, so I even foraged dandelion greens from my yard!!!  Gotta keep with the spirit of the book!  I have some of the pics, so I’ll post them.  Not 100% of all the recipes, but I’ll do my best to remember what I can.

 

Veggie & Hummus

Veggie & Hummus

Just Slice Veggies of your choice and put a dip in the middle!

 

Edamame Hummus:

1 package Organic Edamame (cooked & drained)

1-2 T organic Tahini

2 Cloves Organic Garlic

1 Organic Lemon Zest & Juice (or lime)

1/2 – 1 Jalapeño (to taste)

1 T Organic Chili Powder

Put in Blender or Food Processor.  Blend.  Drizzle in GOOD, LIGHT ORGANIC EVOO until desired consistency (4-7 T)  I kept this one a bit more rustic rather than creamy.  Less EVOO….healthier.  Put in cute serving dish and sprinkle with Chili Powder or Paprika. Cilantro is also good in this!

Makes a great

Use a Variety of Veggies & Color Coordinate!

Caprese Bites

Caprese Bites

Pretty Basic:

Layer Basil, Mozzarella & Tomato on Fork

Drizzle with GOOD Balsamic Vinegar & EVOO

salt & pepper

Radish Tea Sammies

Herbed Radish Tea Sammies

Supereasy.  Bought Tea Sized Rye/Pumpernickel Bread.  Made a custom herb cream cheese to spread.  (soften 1 package organic cream cheese, blend herbs of choice, salt & pepper.  I think I used thyme, chives & parsley)  Slice Radishes.  Top with 2 Radish Slices and Sprinkle with Fresh Herbs (thyme & chives)

 

Foraged Quinoa & Berry Salad

Foraged Quinoa & Berry Salad

Variety of lettuce and foraged greens, Quinoa (cooked & cooled), My Fresh Raspberries, Local Blueberries, Local Goat Cheese (could substitute Feta or another creamy cheese….I like the tanginess the goat cheese) s&p.  Tossed with Lavender Balsamic and drizzled with EVOO.

Brie, Grapes, Thyme & Lavender Balsamic

Brie, Grapes, Thyme & Lavender Balsamic

Beautiful & Delicious!

Top Brie with Grapes, Lavender Balsamic, Fresh Thyme, s&p

Bake 400 7-10 mins.

DEVOUR!!!

Lemon, Cucumber, Mint

Lemon, Cucumber, Mint

So Refreshing!

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Kari

 

Bustin’ Out BookClub

This is how I rock BOOKCLUB

Awesome Apps For Any Event!

I hosted BookClub last month. We read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It was good. I highly recommend it! I wanted to serve light and healthy appetizers because I made a heavy main course, Baked Vodka Pasta with Fresh Arugula, Spinach & Caramelized Onions.

Here’s the deal. I LOVE to cook and entertain, but last month I was in a SERIOUS time crunch!!! Not to go into details, but I had to rock this out Sandra-Lee-Style…..Semi-Homemade, which is SO NOT MY STYLE! But, with a few twists on these apps, I was able to pull it off quick, fresh and full of flavor.

Organic Crudités

Crudités

Organic Crudités

Broccoli Florets, Easter Egg Radish, Cucumber Rounds, Orange Pepper Julienne, Asparagus Spears, Fennel Half Moons, Red Pepper Julienne, Whole Snap Peas, Fresh Baby Carrots, Mix Baby Heirloom Tomatoes

Wash, rinse, and slice veggies. Arrange on Platter. Toss with dressing at least 4 hours before party! You can even do it ahead that morning!!

I was able to hit up the Fresh Market for some Fresh, Organic Produce…but I did have the time factor against me. So I used a bottled dressing. That’s right. Normally I would have made a vinaigrette from scratch, but I was not entertaining at my own house, so I had to bring everything with me. I think Kelly (my FAB friend who let me borrow her house and mess up her kitchen!!!) already thought I was crazy!!! 🙂 I think I did add in some fresh Organic Parsley and Organic Basil that I had brought with me. And some Himalayan Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper!

 

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So, here’s what I used. Found it at the Fresh Market…all organic ingredients.      Light & Subtle Flavor. Perfect.

You could definitely used any of your favorite Italian or Balsamic Vinaigrettes. Add Herbs, Spices, Garlic etc to change it up. I was rockin’ the KISS Method again! 🙂 Now, just wrap and refrigerate or set it outside if its a cool day…and let it sit 2 hours to all day! Take wrap off and ENJOY! Raw & Delicious! Crisp & Crunchy! Fresh & Flavorful! Bright & Bursting with Color. A Vivid Rainbow for your viewing pleasure. We all know you eat with your eyes first!

 

Olives, Pickles & Cheese, Oh My!

Delicious from Start to Finish

Delicious from Start to Finish

Sharp Farmhouse Cheddar,Organic Sweet Gherkin Pickles, Emmentaler Swiss, Greek Feta, Olive Assortment

Again, here I was able to go to the Fresh Market. And it PAID OFF. Or, even better, support YOUR LOCAL CHEESE SHOP and FARMERS and BUY LOCAL!!!  You can go to Kroger or your local grocery and buy those Kraft Cheese Cubes (BOOOO KRAFT!!!!!! DO NOT SUPPORT THEM!!!!!)….or you can go the extra step and actually serve good cheese. That’s up to you. I bought real Greek Feta and cubed it myself….it was rich and creamy and almost tasted like goat cheese. Def worth the Upgrade. I also bought the Olives from the Fresh Market Olive Bar and just got a random assortment. From Stuffed to Pitted…just a nice variety. Again, douse it in the dressing (everything…even the pickles and olives!!!) and let it sit for a few hours or up to all day. Then hit it with fresh salt and pepper before serving.

TIP: I used the Fennel Fronds (leftover from the previous veggie platter) to dust the serving tray and use as garnish. So pretty. Try and use as much as the fresh, organic veggies that you can. Waste not, want not.

Fennel Frond Garnish

Fennel Frond Garnish

 

Simply Sweet

Chocolate Balsamic & Blood Orange Olive Oil make a Killer Combo!

Killer Combo!

This is about as delicious and easy as you can get.

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Chocolate Balsamic & Blood Orange Olive Oil make this platter Unique!

For the Cookie Tray I bought Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons from the Fresh Market that were absolutely amazing. Then I used their Almond Pillow Cookies (took me back to my Grandma’s Pound Cake and was so utterly delicious, it brought tears to my eyes!) Then I used the FM French Vanilla Pound Cake. Cut it in cubes and lightly toasted it in the oven. WOW!!! Toasted Pound Cake is WAY BETTER than regular…and the perfect dipper for my Chocolate Balsamic and Blood Orange Olive Oil. Awesome Flavors!

Surprise Visitors!!

Surprise Visitors!!!

The Organic Strawberries were super easy. Wash, Core & Slice. 2 T Chocolate Balsamic and some Fresh Organic Chopped Mint. Let them masquerade for a bit….WOW. Tastetacular.

So, next time you are having a party or get-together or you need to take a dish, and are in a time crunch,…here are 3 delicious ideas that are quick, easy, enough for a crowd and super yummy!

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Kari

Karinade

KARINADE

best.

marinade.

ever.

Amazing with PORK

Amazing with PORK

So, this one is for my wonderful brother, Rhett, who thinks that the name of this marinade is fantastic. Or ridiculous. Or fabulous…..or completely ridiculous. Mostly just ridiculous. (but i think deep down he secretly thinks it is absolutely fabulous!!!!)

INGREDIENTS:

Allegro Original Marinade
Worcestershire Sauce
Soy Sauce
Garlic (fresh if possible)
Horseradish
Dijon Mustard and/or Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Sea Salt
Coarse Ground Black Pepper
(Local Honey, Organic Honey or Agave if you want it a bit sweeter)
*Fresh Scallions (if I have them on hand)

 

Guess what….I don’t have measurements.  I did list them in order of largest quantity used.  I make more or less depending on the amount of food marinading and more/less of particular ingredients (i.e.. horseradish, garlic) depending on what protein I am using and what company I am entertaining.

 

Let’s say a basic recipe would be:

1/2 cup Allegro

1/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce

3 T Soy Sauce

5 Cloves Fresh Garlic

2 heaping T Horseradish

2 heaping T Dijon Mustard (or Grainy)

1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

salt and pepper to taste

honey, agave  1-3 T optional

Scallions, greens and white

mix it all together and pour, or just toss in the ingredients as you go!

Simple as that!

*try and marinade overnight or at least 4 hours*

 

Marinade the chop at least a day ahead. Tender and delicious. Almost steak-like.

Marinade the chop at least a day ahead. Tender and delicious. Almost steak-like.

yummmmm…..STEAK…..

Delicious on Beef as well!

Delicious on Beef as well!

cuz sometimes you just have to cook inside

cuz sometimes you just have to cook inside in your Cast Iron❤️

Dinner Time!!!

Dinner Time

You can really use

it on a variety of

different proteins.

Choose your Favorite!

Hope you enjoy as much as we have over the years!!!!

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