Sunday, July 27, 2014

Spicy Bourbon BBQ Burgers

Spicy Bourbon BBQ Burgers

Yes, you guessed right, my Bulleit Bourbon has taken residence at the front of my condiment shelf.  I know Bourbon doesn’t really count as a condiment but I think it will pass, in a round-about way for this one – Bourbon BBQ Sauce!

So I know I’ve shared before that my dad own’s a BBQ restaurant.  For that reason and because I spent a lot of my life in Kansas City, I consider myself a little bit of a snob when it comes to BBQ. I rarely make it at home because I don’t have a smoker and I have never perfected a good enough sauce. I know which restaurants I like and which are far from par.

grilled pineapple, red onion and jalapeno salsa

So hear me when I post a BBQ burger on my site – this one is legit.  And it all starts with the sauce.  It’s sweet and spicy, and just slightly tangy and it’s good for much more than just a burger.  (Paul ate it on leftover mac & cheese!) I’ll make a Bourbon-believer out of you with this one, I promise.

This burger actually started out as a Hawaiian Pork BBQ Burger.  I laugh at myself when I think about my train of thought in brainstorming recipes.  I was thinking jalapenos, pineapple, pork, and BBQ sauce.   But I couldn’t really figure out how to bring it all together.  So then I decided on this salsa with grilled red onions, grilled jalapenos and (are you ready for this?) grilled pineapple.  I had no trouble eating it directly from the bowl, no burger even needed.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Balsamic Pasta with Toasted Garlic & Pine Nuts

Balsamic Pasta with Toasted Garlic & Pine Nuts

Why does it seem that there is an inverse relationship between the flavor of a dish and how photogenic it is or is not? In all truth, according to my calendar, I was supposed to be sharing some spinach enchilada pasta with you.  Because, seriously, is there a more...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

I am not exaggerating when I say that I have been thinking about this drink for no less than once daily for two months.  Ever since my trip to Miami for BlogHer Food I have had this pretty drink on my mind.  It all started with lunch at Yardbird.  I...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lemon Kale Salad

Lemon Kale Salad

I know that this is a summer-y kale salad.  And we have been having some of the most wonderful summer (more fall-like) weather lately.  And ALL I can think about right now is fall.  Particularly, football in the fall. And all of that is thanks to the beauty that is...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cookies & Cream Coffee Milkshake

Cookies & Cream Coffee Milkshake

So here’s my beef with summer: it’s too hot to drink coffee!  I know, you coffee purists out there are thinking I’m crazy.  And I’m not saying that I don’t drink coffee in the summer, because I do.  I just can’t enjoy it nearly enough during the heat of...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mango Cashew Chicken Salad

Mango Cashew Chicken Salad

There are certain meals that I eat when Paul is not home for dinner: Garlic & Herb Pasta; Naked Noodles; Corn & Black Bean Fajita Grilled Cheese, and this, my new favorite: Mango Cashew Chicken Salad. This salad has been on weekly rotation in my house for the last six...