Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Berry-infused Waffles!!


Berry Sour Cream Waffles adapted from A Feast For The Eyes
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup milk
½ cup sour cream
3 large eggs
1 ½ cups of fresh or frozen berries, optional (I used raspberries and blueberries)
Maple syrup or jam, for serving ( We used blueberry syrup and it was SOOO good! We also added sliced bananas over the top, which was the perfect topping!
Heat a waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions. Lightly oil the grids.
Meanwhile whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl to combine and make a well in the center.
If adding berries, add about ¼ cup of the flour to the blueberries and gently mix—this will help prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the batter.
Whisk the melted butter, milk, sour cream, and eggs in a medium bowl until well combined and pour into the well. Whisk just until smooth; do not over mix. Gently fold the berries into the batter.
Spoon about ¼ cup of the batter into the center of each quadrant of the waffle iron and close the iron. Cook until the waffle is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
Serve the waffles hot, with butter and syrup.

Grilled Pork Chops!! Summer is Here!

When the weather warms up, so does our grill, almost nightly in fact! This is a new go to recipe that I have already made three or four times! It is easy to throw together and doesn't require a long marinating time, which is a plus in my book!
Grilled Pork Chops
(adapted from melskitchencafe)
8 boneless pork loin chops
1/2 c. olive oil
5 T soy sauce
2 t Montreal steak seasoning
sliced button mushrooms, sauteed in butter and seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic salt
Mix olive oil, soy sauce, and steak seasoning ingreadients in a small bowl and pour into a 1 gallon resealable ziplock bag. Add the pork chops and set the bag in a baking dish. Marinate in the fridge for 3-8 hours (but no longer than 8. I have done just one hour and the flavor was still WONDERFUL!) Heat the grill to medium and grill the chops 6-8 minutes per side, until they are no longer pink in the center. Remove the chops and let them rest under some tented aluminium foil for about 5 minutes. Serve smothered with the cooked mushrooms and any summertime bbq sides that you please ( like corn on the cob, sliced watermelon and a green salad!! )

Marinated, Grilled, Steak Skewers

These are SOOOOOO good! SOOOOO easy to make and one of the best marinades that I have ever tried. SOOOOO give them a try!

Korean BBQ beef skewers
(from ourbestbites)

1 1/2 lb sirloin steak, cut thinly against the grain. (I like to stick the steaks in the freezer for about 15 minutes right before I slice them to make it easier to slice).
1/2 c. rice wine vinegar
1/2 c low sodium soy sauce (regular soy sauce makes it too salty and tough)
2 T brown sugar
2 T minced garlic
1 t Sriacha chili sauce (found in the asian section of your local supermarket)
1 1/2 t sesame oil
Combine rice wine, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, chili sauce, and sesame oil in a large bowl. Add meat and marinate at room temperature for 1 hour. Preheat the grill. While the grill is preheating thread the steak pieces onto bamboo skewers. Cook over medium high heat for about 3-4 minutes per side. They cook fast and you don't want to overcook them, so watch them vigilantly! Serve immediately. This is another recipe that I always double because my family gobbles them up immediately! And we can't have hungry little Lamb's running around!!! :)


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