Sunday, June 27, 2010

Grilled Corn Salad

6 ears corn, shucked
2 avocados, cut into cubes
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
3 green onions
1/2 of a small can of diced chili peppers, or 1 teaspoon of diced jalapenos

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lime juice
salt and pepper to taste

Grill corn and green onions over low heat until it starts to brown in spots; allow to cool slightly and the cut the kernels off the cob, finely chop the white portions of the onion. Stir together the dressing ingredients, stir in the avocado chunks first followed by the remaining ingredients. Chill to allow the flavors to meld.

Note: The only reason I stir the avocados in first is so that they get coated with lime juice to slow the browning.

Yield: about 1-1/2 quarts(mind you they were kinda smallish ears of corn)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


8 ounces, fluid Tomato Sauce - divided
1-½ pound Ground Beef
1 cup Bread Crumbs (I Always Use Italian)
1 whole Egg, Slightly Beaten
1 whole Yellow Onion, Finely Chopped
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon Thyme, Fresh Or Dried
½ teaspoons Garlic Salt
½ teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Ground Mustard
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup tomato sauce.
  • Combine ground beef, remaining tomato sauce, bread crumbs, egg, onion, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, garlic salt and pepper. Mix together in a large bowl.
  • Put mixture in a loaf pan. If you want to cut fat, you can buy a meatloaf pan that has an insert so the fat drains to the bottom.
  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine reserved tomato sauce, brown sugar and ground mustard. Spread over the top of the loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. 
  • Cook to 160 degrees.
  • Pour off grease after 45 minutes, put back in the oven for 15 minutes. Let sit 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Notes: I'd add a little less brown sugar to the topping sauce. This held together well when sliced.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Tilapia grilled on a cedar plank

In the "Could-Not-Have-Been-Better" category -

  1. Soak the cedar plank in water for 30 minutes or so and then let the excess surface water drain off.
  2. Place tilapia on the plank.
  3. Brush with olive oil
  4. Sprinkle with lemon pepper, salt, dill weed.
  5. Grill over medium heat coals until done (10-15 minutes).
  6. Make more than you think you'll need because even Jenni wanted more.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Orange Julius

1 can (6 oz.) orange juice concentrate
1 can milk
1 can water
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c sugar
10 ice cubes

Mix everything in a blender. Serve immediately.