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2012-08-30 10:11:59 PM
I went to a Williams-Sonoma cooking class last month and we made this excellent side dish:

Link

BBQ Baked Beans Bruschetta with Cilantro Pesto on Cheesy Texas Cut Toast

Super easy and delicious. And I don't even like cilantro.
 
2012-08-30 10:12:01 PM
I've been waiting all day. Not because I have anything to say about the topic of the week, but because I was promised a food thread last night.
 
2012-08-30 10:14:44 PM
Puff Pastry Appetizers

Spread a sheet of puff pastry (available at HEB) with pesto (olive oil, basil, garlic,
parmesan). Sprinkle very generously with shredded fontina cheese. Roll tightly
halfway into the middle of the sheet, turn and do the same from the other side. Cut
off discard the end of the roll. Slice into ¼ inch slices, place on parchment lined
baking sheet, flatten to about 1/8 inch, and bake at 350 until puffed and golden
brown.

Filling can be varied: jam, other cheese spreads, etc.
 
2012-08-30 10:16:18 PM
Atomic Buffalo Turds: Jalapeños cut in half, deseeded, stuffed with cream cheese and chorizo, wrapped in bacon, then smoked for 1.5 hours
 
2012-08-30 10:16:30 PM

NikkiPoooo: I've been waiting all day. Not because I have anything to say about the topic of the week, but because I was promised a food thread last night.


I'm supposed to post them at 5pm EST, but I forgot until I got home from work. Feel free to email me if you ever don't see them at the appointed time.
 
2012-08-30 10:18:21 PM
Easy simple grilling side dish that is going to make your chloresterol jump with joy along with your taste buds.

Over a tin foil square take 1 large vadalia onion (peeled) and slice it down quartered almost all the way down. Take 2 slicfes lean bacon and stuff them down the sliced areas. Wrap up the onion and bacon in the foil and seal. Put on grill at low/medium heat for 60 minutes. Just make sure temp is between 250 to 300 f on the area you place. Also take all care not to pierce the tin foil while cooking.

When done remove from grill (duh), remove from tinfoil (duh also) making sure that onion/bacon combination stays intact, and place on platter and let the liquids drain for a couple of minutes. Serve.
 
2012-08-30 10:18:58 PM
DAMN - it is Thursday already...enjoy!

Famous Dave's Fire and Ice Cukes & Onions

2 cucumbers, medium
1 white onion, medium
1 cup vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper, coarse ground
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon cayenne


Slice cucumbers and onion on a French mandolin with the grate or waffle edge set to 1/8 inch thick. Place in
bowl.

Mix vinegar, sugar, water, black pepper, red pepper flakes, celery seeds, salt and cayenne in bowl, making sure the sugar is dissolved.

Pour over cucumbers and onion. Separate onion and toss cucumbers to thoroughly coat with the marinade.

Chill in refrigerator overnight.

To serve, drain and reserve marinade, which can be used again.
 
2012-08-30 10:21:46 PM

Wanebo: Easy simple grilling side dish that is going to make your chloresterol jump with joy along with your taste buds.

Over a tin foil square take 1 large vadalia onion (peeled) and slice it down quartered almost all the way down. Take 2 slicfes lean bacon and stuff them down the sliced areas. Wrap up the onion and bacon in the foil and seal. Put on grill at low/medium heat for 60 minutes. Just make sure temp is between 250 to 300 f on the area you place. Also take all care not to pierce the tin foil while cooking.

When done remove from grill (duh), remove from tinfoil (duh also) making sure that onion/bacon combination stays intact, and place on platter and let the liquids drain for a couple of minutes. Serve.


I do something similar with onions when I fire up the grill, but just use an onion, really good olive oil, and some fresh herbs, usually thyme and/or rosemary. Also some sea salt and black pepper. I make a sort of cup out of a few layers of foil, and put them off to the side of the grill to get soft.

Lava Lamp Repairman: DAMN - it is Thursday already...enjoy!

Famous Dave's Fire and Ice Cukes & Onions

2 cucumbers, medium
1 white onion, medium
1 cup vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper, coarse ground
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Slice cucumbers and onion on a French mandolin with the grate or waffle edge set to 1/8 inch thick. Place in
bowl.

Mix vinegar, sugar, water, black pepper, red pepper flakes, celery seeds, salt and cayenne in bowl, making sure the sugar is dissolved.

Pour over cucumbers and onion. Separate onion and toss cucumbers to thoroughly coat with the marinade.

Chill in refrigerator overnight.

To serve, drain and reserve marinade, which can be used again.


This, I do with just onions & cucumbers and diluted apple cider vinegar. the simpleness of it is key to the flavor, I think.
 
2012-08-30 10:24:47 PM
Still recovering, so not going all out.
Steaks done in the souis vide then finished on the grill, a smoked duck that I'll be brining in a garlic/soy sauce bath, lots of sushi per request of the kid. I asked the wife to pick up some smoked eel from the deli.
 
2012-08-30 10:24:58 PM
I'm always a fan of grilled corn on the cob.
 
2012-08-30 10:25:19 PM
another summer salad I love to make is:

1 jicama, peeled, sliced, & quartered
a couple of cucumbers, peeled if you like them peeled, cut into slices
chunks of watermelon equivalent to the amount of cucumber + jicama
one serrano or jalepeno pepper, sliced
some cilantro
juice of a lime
salt

combine all ingredients, add maybe just a touch of ground toasted cumin seed, and enjoy!
 
2012-08-30 10:25:41 PM
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I just took first place in a recent BBQ competition in the side dish category. Received a big ass trophy and money for the effort. Nothing terribly fancy, but just a good side to accompany backyard BBQ fare. Fresh green beans, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and BACON. I make this quite often when entertaining and it's always a hit.

Here's the recipe with a bunch of pics: Green beans with tomatoes, bacon, and parmesan cheese

michianaeats.com
 
2012-08-30 10:26:38 PM
Southern Living of course, & all the recipes from the Good Folk who come here to share! But I really haven't a good one to share, need to Go Elsewhere yet this eve. Mayhap I can find a share-able on the morrow when more time'll be available for the purpose.
 
2012-08-30 10:26:40 PM

soosh: This, I do with just onions & cucumbers and diluted apple cider vinegar. the simpleness of it is key to the flavor, I think


I'm definitely going to have to try that, but take a few minutes to make what I posted...non-disappointment is guaranteed.
 
2012-08-30 10:27:18 PM
I'm an idiot and linked to the picture and not the actual recipe. Here it is Green bean recipe
 
2012-08-30 10:29:03 PM

soosh: NikkiPoooo: I've been waiting all day. Not because I have anything to say about the topic of the week, but because I was promised a food thread last night.

I'm supposed to post them at 5pm EST, but I forgot until I got home from work. Feel free to email me if you ever don't see them at the appointed time.


Thanks, soosh for posting this. I love these threads.
 
2012-08-30 10:30:14 PM

shadownick: Atomic Buffalo Turds: Jalapeños cut in half, deseeded, stuffed with cream cheese and chorizo, wrapped in bacon, then smoked for 1.5 hours


Ooohh! We just got a smoker and I believe I shall try that.

I stick to the basics with BBQ. Potato salad with mayo - Best Foods/Hellmans - NO FARKIN' MIRACLE WHIP - with fresh bacon bits. Silver Queen corn slathered in butter, wrapped in foil, and roasted on the grill.

We ate like farkin' kings for our 4th of July camping trip. Ribeyes and lobster tails one night, ribs and crawfish another. Those same friends are coming down in two weeks and we're doing smoked brisket and Alaskan King Crab.

/Not rich but we spend our money on things that we enjoy like damn good food and drink.
 
2012-08-30 10:30:54 PM
Your best potato salad and deviled eggs. Show me it. TIA
 
2012-08-30 10:31:18 PM

soosh: Wanebo: Easy simple grilling side dish that is going to make your chloresterol jump with joy along with your taste buds.

Over a tin foil square take 1 large vadalia onion (peeled) and slice it down quartered almost all the way down. Take 2 slicfes lean bacon and stuff them down the sliced areas. Wrap up the onion and bacon in the foil and seal. Put on grill at low/medium heat for 60 minutes. Just make sure temp is between 250 to 300 f on the area you place. Also take all care not to pierce the tin foil while cooking.

When done remove from grill (duh), remove from tinfoil (duh also) making sure that onion/bacon combination stays intact, and place on platter and let the liquids drain for a couple of minutes. Serve.

I do something similar with onions when I fire up the grill, but just use an onion, really good olive oil, and some fresh herbs, usually thyme and/or rosemary. Also some sea salt and black pepper. I make a sort of cup out of a few layers of foil, and put them off to the side of the grill to get soft.


Umm. Did you note the awesomness of bacon included?

You can use peppered bacon, maple smoked bacon, etc. Or even spinkle some half sharp Hungarian paprika on them like I normally do. Go wild!
 
2012-08-30 10:32:28 PM
I just made a salad to go with tamales for tonight.

Corn on the cob, microwaved and kernels removed. A can of black beans (drained and rinsed). A chopped green onion. Dressed with the juice of two limes, a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper..and some parsley. It can be served sightly warm or chilled...mine is chilling now..it's better after it's sit awhile.

For quick cooking a corn on the cob and husking it with out silk. Check out this link. Link
 
2012-08-30 10:32:33 PM

Marubozo: I'm an idiot and linked to the picture and not the actual recipe. Here it is Green bean recipe


That looks and sounds incredibly delicious.
 
2012-08-30 10:33:10 PM
miracle whip adds zip, dude.
do you realize how boring mayonnaise really is?

if you're stuck with mayonnaise at least add some fresh herbs or something to that potato salad.
onions maybe? onions and bacon might combat that mayonnaise malaise.
 
2012-08-30 10:33:30 PM

MissFeasance: I'm always a fan of grilled corn on the cob.


atlfarkette: Your best potato salad and deviled eggs. Show me it. TIA


GET OUT OF MY BRAIN!!!
 
2012-08-30 10:33:56 PM
The only side order I want with my half-slab of ribs, is the other half-slab of ribs.
 
2012-08-30 10:34:31 PM

optikeye: I just made a salad to go with tamales for tonight.

Corn on the cob, microwaved and kernels removed. A can of black beans (drained and rinsed). A chopped green onion. Dressed with the juice of two limes, a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper..and some parsley. It can be served sightly warm or chilled...mine is chilling now..it's better after it's sit awhile.

For quick cooking a corn on the cob and husking it with out silk. Check out this link. Link


ahhh..I'm thinking I might add some chopped red chili peppers to that we have a couple leftover.
 
2012-08-30 10:35:08 PM
farm8.staticflickr.com

Gotta have deviled eggs, everyone has their own favorite recipe.
 
2012-08-30 10:35:37 PM
Does anybody have a good macaroni and cheese recipe? Something that uses actual cheese, not powder ;)
 
2012-08-30 10:36:28 PM
farm9.staticflickr.com

Fresh homegrown tomatoes too.
 
2012-08-30 10:37:00 PM
Work has been slow, lately.
I'll be making 2 bean salad.
 
2012-08-30 10:37:05 PM

atlfarkette: deviled eggs.


Bacon Deviled Eggs. Link
 
2012-08-30 10:37:20 PM
Got home late from my draft and didn't want to eat the pizza and wings there, so I just heated up some baked beans with bacon and some Sriracha sauce. Bad late night snack, but I'm loving it.
 
2012-08-30 10:37:20 PM

optikeye: For quick cooking a corn on the cob and husking it with out silk. Check out this link. Link


i364.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-30 10:41:30 PM

davynelson: miracle whip adds zip, dude.
do you realize how boring mayonnaise really is?

if you're stuck with mayonnaise at least add some fresh herbs or something to that potato salad.
onions maybe? onions and bacon might combat that mayonnaise malaise.



Miracle Whip isn't food, it's some sort of plastic that Kraft licenses from Dow Chemical.
For 'zip' in a potato salad dump the hot potatoes in a cider vinegar/dijon mix and let them marinate while they cool.
 
2012-08-30 10:41:45 PM
MY favorite side is tomato cucumber salad.

tomato cucumber, red onion, salt pepper, vinegar of your choice, fresh basil.

A little variation on this is grilled green tomato slice topped with grilled onions and tzatziki sauce with some shredded up basil.
 
2012-08-30 10:44:12 PM
I can't remember the recipe but I do remember the brine for ribs.

OJ concentrate (about 1/2 and save the rest)
Apple Cider vinegar
Salt & pepper
Water

Mix and cover ribs for at least 4 hrs.

Place ribs in heavy duty foil. (I've double wrapped)

Place on indirect heat (fat side up) for 4-6 hrs. flip half way through.

The sauce is where I'm missing a lot of stuff. I've used a good BBQ sauce to start. Then add:

OJ (frozen concentrate, left over from the brine) , Grand Mainer, fresh lemon juice, crushed red peppers, cayenne pepper (to your taste), cider vinegar, a good bourbon, sweet molasses and reduce.

Baste ribs over open flame with sauce, let them rest and serve.

You can eat them with a fork they are so tender.
 
2012-08-30 10:44:32 PM

basemetal: Fresh homegrown tomatoes too.


This is a good recipe...From a great Chef.
The 'tall food' plating pictured there is kinda over the top 'glamor shot'.
The basic is Tomatoes, dressed with vinegar oil, served with seasoned field peas, and fried okra, topped with bacon and a creamy chive dressing...topped with bacon.
Link 
Parse it down and try it.
 
2012-08-30 10:44:33 PM
I use a chili paste for a few different summer side dishes. The paste is simple. Peel a head of garlic, cut open and seed around 20-25 serrano chiles, then put the chiles and garlic in a food processor with a dash of salt and about a tablespoon of oil. Blend it all together and put it in stuff. It's powerful stuff so that amount is good for a large dish that feeds 4-5 people.

I like to mix it with roasted corn and black beans for a side salad. Grilled potatoes are also a great option.
 
2012-08-30 10:45:53 PM

davynelson: miracle whip adds zip, dude.
do you realize how boring mayonnaise really is?

if you're stuck with mayonnaise at least add some fresh herbs or something to that potato salad.
onions maybe? onions and bacon might combat that mayonnaise malaise.


Potatos, onions, boiled eggs, chopped celery and celery leaf, ground black pepper, salt, chopped dill pickle, big squirt of yellow mustard, big squirt of dijon mustard, celery seed, smokehouse bacon minced and fried, if I'm feelin' froggy, some black olive slices, perhaps a handful of sunflower seeds. Mayo. I'm probably forgetting something - I'm up too late.

Keep it simple. Potato salad was not intended to be a complex, fancy recipe. That makes it all the more sublime when the ingredients are combined just right.

Miracle Whip vs Mayo is like people who can curl their tongue into a tube or not. You either can or you can't. You either like it or you hate it. To me it tastes like spoiled, off brand mayonnaise. No hate, bro. I grew up on Best Foods. It's what tastes right to me.
 
2012-08-30 10:47:01 PM

Marubozo: I'm an idiot and linked to the picture and not the actual recipe. Here it is Green bean recipe


I think I love you.
 
2012-08-30 10:47:05 PM
Cut ripe peaches in half, drizzle with honey butter, grill.
 
2012-08-30 10:49:05 PM

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: Does anybody have a good macaroni and cheese recipe? Something that uses actual cheese, not powder ;)


this is the best mac and cheese I've ever had. (with bonus pancetta)

Link
 
2012-08-30 10:49:17 PM
A few dry rub (mainly chicken) recipes I've picked up over the years. Not side dishes, but they all rock.

Dry Poultry Seasoning (Rub)

6 tablespoons Salt
3 tablespoons Black pepper
2 tablespoons Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Paprika
2 tablespoons Dry mustard
2 tablespoons Ground bay leaves (optional)

Sprinkle this on chicken and fowl before barbequing or grilling. Makes about one pound of dry seasoning.


Dry Poultry Seasoning

6 teaspoons Salt
2 teaspoons MSG, Monosodium glutamate
2 teaspoons Bay leaves, ground
2 teaspoons Dry mustard
3 teaspoons Black pepper
2 teaspoons Garlic powder
1 teaspoon Paprika

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Rub into poultry and refrigerate overnight before cooking.


Dry Jerk Rub

1 tablespoon Onion flakes
1 tablespoon Onion powder
2 teaspoons Thyme, ground
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Pimento, ground (allspice)
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg, ground
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
2 teaspoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Black pepper, coarsely ground
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons Chives, dried or green onion

Mix together all the ingredients. Store leftovers in a tightly closed glass jar. It will keep its pungency for over a month.


Dry Barbeque Rub

4 tablespoons Brown sugar
1 tablespoon Hickory Salt
1 tablespoon Oregano
1 tablespoon Cumin
2 tablespoons Garlic Powder
2 tablespoons Chili Powder
2 tablespoons Paprika
1 tablespoon Onion Powder
2 tablespoons Mustard, Dry
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne

Mix dry ingredients thoroughly. Rub generously into skinless chicken, pork chops, or whatever. Let the meat 'marinate' for an hour, then toss on the grill for a slow cooking.
 
2012-08-30 10:49:35 PM

Wanebo:
I think I love you.


I love you too. *smooches*
 
2012-08-30 10:54:53 PM
That's a nice Roor
 
2012-08-30 10:56:49 PM

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: Does anybody have a good macaroni and cheese recipe? Something that uses actual cheese, not powder ;)


White mac and cheese but it's amazing

Link
 
2012-08-30 10:58:22 PM
You're probably going to get tired of me touting what I learned at the WS class, but we made this fantastic Creamed Corn Grilled Skillet Cornbread with Strawberry Butter. Perfect for Sunday morning.

Link

Again, another very easy recipe with minimal prep. Also, while it says to cook it on the grill, you can easily do it in the oven. The key is preheating the skillet before you put the batter in. While the pic in the link shows a partitioned skillet, we used just a regular one.

The creamed corn makes the cornbread moist, and the strawberry butter on hot cornbread is amazing.
 
2012-08-30 10:59:06 PM
You want healthy and delicious? Do some lacto fermented veggies.

www.perfectpickler.com

I use this but you can rig up your own airtight jar with airlock system. And there's lots of videos on youtube and lots of recipes on the web.

Cabbage, carrots and onions are nice. Don't use commercial pickling spices--keep it simple with some garlic, peppercorns and dill weed or dill seed. Just salt and non-chlorinated water.

Strong flavor but delicious and healthy for you. What we buy for pickles today are disgusting. Pickles should be full of healthy stuff not dead tissue floating in vinegar.
 
2012-08-30 10:59:08 PM

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: Does anybody have a good macaroni and cheese recipe? Something that uses actual cheese, not powder ;)


I do mac and cheese in the crockpot. So very good.

Cook macaroni
put some butter in the crockpot, turn on low
1 can evaporated milk
I small container sour cream
pepper
swish all around mix up
cheese
mac
cheese
mac
cheese
mac
cheese
Mix all together, should be thick, cheese will be sticking to spoon due to hot mac
pour on milk about half way up pot
top with cheese
Low for a few hours. Open it half way through, poke with knife, if sort of thick/sticky pour on a bit more milk.
:)
 
2012-08-30 11:04:32 PM
I feel that it's wrong to be enjoying this thread while I'm watching that horror of a show, Gigolos. That can't be right, right?
 
2012-08-30 11:04:43 PM
really simple but people fricking love it:

My sister Kathy's Happy Lemon Potatoes

quarter then boil New Potatoes, drain
toss in half stick of butter
grate the zest from a lemon or two, toss in
squeeze the lemons juice in too
stir it up and serve

simple as can be but it's something different and fun.
 
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