Saturday, May 12, 2012

Asian Herb Marinade

Oh how I miss the week of 80 degree weather! It's been raining here for weeks I feel and I'm DYING to be outside grilling at our new place on our new grill! What a tease that week was in April! It put me in the mood for grilled corn on the cob, and other fun stuff like this recipe, and this recipe! It's also made me long for this here recipe: Grilled Chicken with Asian Herb Marinade.

This is one of my favorites! It's perfect for grilled chicken or chicken kebobs. I made this back during that beautiful week with some marinated mushrooms and couscous! It was even wonderful the next day!

Asian Herb Marinade
recipe by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
marinates 4 chicken breasts
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons brown sugar
black pepper
pinch red pepper flakes
3 scallions, thinly sliced

Whisk together all ingredients and pour over chicken. Let marinate 4 hours to overnight. (Ideally, you can always marinate for a couple hours or baste your chicken with it while on the grill. I did both.)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mini Stuffed Bell Peppers

 I could not resist buying a little bag of these gems this past week! How adorable are these?! I had no idea what I was going to do with them. All I could think of was maybe making a mini version of my Turkey & Wild Rice Stuffed Peppers

But then I saw a recipe using these little peppers in the most recent issue of Cooking Light that looked amazing so I scanned my fridge for the ingredients and adapted this recipe using what I had. (and some extras! like bacon!)

They came out wonderful! We ate them as a side but these could totally be an appetizer too! 

Mini Stuffed Bell Peppers
recipe by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
serves 4
8 Mini Bell Peppers
1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt
2 green onions, white & green parts, thinly sliced
3 slices of bacon, diced
1/4 of a red onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Prepare your mini bell peppers by slicing them lengthwise and scooping out all the seeds.

In a cast iron skillet, cook your chopped bacon until crispy. Remove your bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside in a small dish. Add your minced onion and sauté slowly over med-low heat until translucent. Add in your minced garlic and cook for one more minute. Set aside in the dish along with your bacon and let cool.

In a separate dish, mix together cream cheese, sour cream, green onions, cilantro, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

Grill your peppers in your cast iron skillet about 4 to 5 minutes each side. Transfer to a plate and let cool for 2 minutes. Mix your bacon-onion mixture into your cream cheese mixture. With a small spoon stuff your peppers and transfer them back into the skillet on low heat to warm through before serving. (about 3 minutes)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

Who doesn't LOVE Mexican cuisine??!!

I mean nachos, tacos, fajitas, margaritas....
I could go on forever!

Cinco de Mayo is this Saturday and I've found 
9 FANTASTIC recipes from some of my favorite blogs (and yours truly) 
 for you to throw the perfect Fiesta!!! 

1. Skinny Beer-garitas from Eat Yourself Skinny
Start yourself off with something so delicious, refreshing, and guilt free!! Feel free to have five a couple of these without even worrying about the calories! How amazing is that?? Now you can save them up for the other yummy fiesta foods I have here!

2. Watermelon Salsa from eat.drink.and be merry.
This recipe is so fun and colorful! I have made it on several occasions and it's always a favorite. Annddd you can have fun using up the leftovers (if there are any!) You can use it over some grilled chicken, mixed in with rice and beans, or on fish tacos! oh fish tacos!

3. Beef, Pork, & Potato Empanadas with Cilantro Cream from amypersonally
 These mini pies are stuffed with potatoes, ground beef and pork, and a boat load of Mexican spices and flavors! Paired with her Cilantro Cream, these have to be heavenly!

4. Bacon & Gorgonzola Guacamole from *Simply Scratch*
Of the many kinds of guacamoles out there I could not resist passing by this one! Bacon annnnd gorgonzola!! Only 2 of my favorite things on the entire planet!! This is just another must try from Laurie that I have on my to make list!

5. Steak Fajitas with Cilantro Lime Yogurt from eat.drink.and be merry.
You will love this healthy version of steak fajitas! I slice up my seasoned flank steak with lots of peppers and onions and I top it off with my yummy cilantro lime yogurt cheese and bundle it all up in a whole wheat wrap!

6. Summer Sangria from My Life as a Mrs.
Although this really is a Spanish recipe I threw it in here for two reasons! 1. Tina makes a FABULOUS sangria and her photos are breathtaking and 2. No party is complete without sangria!

7. Mexican Brownies from eat.drink.and be merry.
You have to try Mexican Brownies or just Mexican chocolate for that matter! There is something so distinct about the flavors here it is so hard to describe it! They are warm and spicy and kind of remind me of Christmas! How comforting is that??!! Next on the list is Mexican Hot Chocolate! I'll keep you posted!!!

8. Cowboy Nachos from The Pioneer Woman
Of course these are amazing, they come from a true cowgirl who knows how to feed a cowboy! Instead of ground beef, Ree uses her leftover beef brisket, baked beans, and fresh pico de gallo! and she layers the ingredients with tortilla chips just like a lasagna and broils them until the cheese is all melty and gooey!

9. Chorizo con Queso from A Zesty Bite
Being Portuguese, I am a huge chorizo fan. So when I saw this recipe I got insanely excited! Anything made with chorizo is amazing! nuff said!

Adios mis amigos! I hope you enjoyed this round up! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mexican Brownies

Let's Celebrate!

Cinco de Mayo is this Saturday and I have quite the round up of Mexican Recipes planned for you!

But first, I'll treat you to what is the best brownie I've ever tasted! Have you ever had a Mexican Brownie? I've always heard great things, and when I researched how to make them, I read even more great things! I tried my first Mexican Brownie this afternoon when I got the urge to make them. The warm flavors of cinnamon & cloves and the heat of cayenne melt together so perfectly with the almonds it's hard to put it in words!

Because it was spur of the moment, I didn't have much on hand so I used what I had in my fridge and pantry and to my surprise it worked out beautifully.


Mexican Brownies
makes 9 brownies
6 oz of almond Hershey Kisses (a little more than 1/2 a bag)
6 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
pinch of ground cloves
1 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8in pan.

In a double boiler, melt Hershey Kisses and butter. Once smooth and creamy, remove from heat, whisk in the sugars, and let cool on your counter for 5 minutes. . Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing each in well. Add in your almond extract. Stir in flour, spices, and salt.

Pour in your baking pan and bake for 25 minutes. Your brownies are ready when a knife comes out clean. (It's ok for some pieces to come out on the knife. Be careful not to overbake!)

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