Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nut Mix

Favorite Mix:
1/2 Peanuts
1/3 Pistachios
1/6 Cashew

This has it all: the flavor of Pistachios, the texture and "mouth feel" of cashews, and the (in)expense of peanuts.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Notes on Stuffies

Stuffies are a New England local food.  They are stuffing and clam meat, served on a clam shell.  You can buy them in supermarkets and seafood stores all over the place.  Microwave for 45-75 seconds.  Yummy.  They come in regular and spicy, but the spicy ones are only medium hot.

Stuffies sold at Portuguese shops included charizo (a Portuguese sausage) as well as clam.  Although orange in color, they are not spicy.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wine Cooler

Only three required ingredients:
1. Eye of the storm rose' wine from Sakonnet vineyard.  Other wines may be substituted.
2. Orange Dry Diet soda.  Other sodas may be substituted.
3. Ice.

In a tall glass mix the three ingredients.  Makes a great "lunch at the beach house" drink.  If you need to do things in the afternoon, use about 25% wine, 75% soda.  If you have no plans in the afternoon, then 60% wine and 40% soda.

Diet grape does not work as well as diet orange dry.
Diet tonic water does not work at all!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lamb Burgers

Makes 7 lamb burgers.

2 lb ground lamb meat.
1oz feta.   Prefer bought solid and the diced small (1/8 inch)
1oz olive tapinade.  Can substitude diced kalamata olives, or some other flavorful olives.
(optional) diced fresh or dried rosemary to taste

Combine all ingrediants, form into patties.
Grill, broil, or fry.
Remember that these will take longer than hamburgers of the same size, because they have a lot more moisture inside them.
The rosemary can be worked into the patty or sprinkled on after cooking, depending on if everyone wants it, or only some people.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Seasoning Salt for Steak

This is not a single recipe for steak seasoning salt.  Rather it is a collection of templates that you can mix and match and customize to make your own seasoning salt for steak.

There are two basic templates:
1/3 Paprika,  1/3 Salt, 1/3 Everything else
1/2 Salt, 1/2 everything else

For the 1/3 Paprika,  1/3 Salt, 1/3 Everything else template here are some thoughts on

1/3 Paprika1/3 Salt1/3 Everything Else
Smoked PaprikaGarlic SaltPepper and MSG
Mild PaprikaOnion SaltPepper
Hot PaprikaFinely Granulated Salt

For the "1/2 Salt, 1/2 everything else" template, fill it out like this:
1/2 Salt1/2 Everything Else
Garlic Salt
Onion Salt
Finely Granulated Salt

Notes on Ingredients:

  • This is not a good place to use "Kosher" salt, or sea salt.  You don't want the large grains often found in those types of salt.
  • A lot of people hate using "flavored Salts..."
  • A lot of people hate MSG, or think it is bad for them. ...

 Older Notes

To make enough for a pound or two of beef:

1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
1/2 tsp Onion or Garlic seasoning salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp another spice
1/8 Accent or MSG (optional)

Ideas that did not work.  (Learn from my mistakes, avoid your own!)

1 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Garlic seasoning salt
1 tsp Ground Pepper
1/3 tsp Accent (MSG)

This was much too peppery.  If I was going to try something like this again, I would use 1/2 the pepper.