Monday, April 15, 2013
We had a bit of a Kansas City-inspired dinner on Saturday. We spent a beautiful day out and about; enjoyed some new-to-us Boulevard beer (highly recommend 80-Acre!) and enjoyed some BBQ chicken.
In addition, we had some grilled onions. Not grilled like what you are probably thinking, though. We have great friends who live in Kansas City…the same ones who harvest and process their own deer…the same friends who introduced us to buttermilk pie. These friends introduced us to the simplest, most amazing side dish that is grilled onions.
They had us over for lunch one day last year and made onions this way: you cut an X almost all the way through the onion; drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper; wrap it in foil and throw it on the charcoal with the rest of your meal. The onion gets tender, sweet and perfectly flavored from the grill.
Friday, April 12, 2013
It is spring. Even thought it snowed last weekend it’s still spring. Spring calls for lots of things around here and one big thing is the grill. We love to grill all year long but something about the days getting longer and the air getting warmer makes me crave some grilled steak. Well, the air will get warmer eventually but we can for sure have some grilled steak!
Which we did recently. And I’m not sure what I like more – steak hot off the grill or leftover the next day in a big steak salad! I’ve said before that leftovers are not always my cup of tea. But steak, I can definitely handle leftover on a bed of greens and salad fixings. Oh, and a homemade vinaigrette.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
So, how many of you raise chickens? I am at a serious stage of contemplation about getting a couple of chickens – for eggs. I need your pointers if you have any! Last night I had Paul looking up city ordinances to see if it’s a possibility here. He can build a coop and we’ll be all set. Because, seriously, we have been eating so.many.eggs. Mostly sunny-side-up, some scrambled (Paul makes the best scrambled eggs!). I’ve been craving eggs every mornings. (NoIamnotpregnant.)
I also put a high importance on buying either farm-fresh or eggs from cage-free, antibiotic free chickens which can get pricey. What better solution than to raise my own chickens, right?
So as much as this hash is about the red potatoes and all of the wonderful veggies mixed in, it’s just as much about that egg on top! I just couldn’t help myself! The potatoes in the hash are the perfect vehicle for that runny yolk. I’ve been dreaming of hash ever since asking my FB fans about Mother’s Day brunch ideas and knew that I had some red potatoes that needed to be eaten soon.
You see, the good thing about hash is that, besides being a good compliment to eggs, it’s a fabulous clean-out-the-fridge meal. I took one of every veggie we had and threw it in here. Red bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach and some sun-dried tomatoes. I could eat this hash for any meal of the day!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Remember last year when I spent a whole week talking about sandwiches? Well, I seem to have returned to my sandwich kick and something tells me it has to do with birds chirping, sun shining and spring thunderstorms.
We have had all three of those things happening lately and for some reason, I am craaaaving sandwiches again. I made these salted pretzel rolls with the pure intention of making sandwiches with them.