Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Garlic Dip

This secret has gone on too long (a secret not so secret to friends and family). Hands down the best dip ever is Garlic Dip. I shamefully admit that I am not sure who in my family started this tradition, but garlic dip is a staple in many of our households.

I am not talking about just backyard BBQ’s, camping trips and birthday parties. Garlic dip is used for more than just chips. You can use garlic dip as a mayonnaise substitute or dip crunchy veggies in it. I don’t drink milk, another shame of mine, but I do eat garlic dip on a regular basis.

So easy to make: blend 16 ounces of cottage cheese (any kind) with 2 cloves of garlic (more or less to your liking). That simple! Pour it into a bowl and watch your guests freak out. Literally they freak out. “What is this?” “This is so good!” “How do I make this?”

I would have posted step by step pictures, but there are none!   

Monday, July 29, 2013

Grill Roasted Goat Cheese and Sweet Onion Scallop Potatoes

Yes. Scallop potatoes on the grill. I never would have thought this would have worked. I just chopped it all up (what I had in the fridge), put it in foil, set it on the grill for about 45 minutes and opened up a masterpiece for dinner.

Sliced baby red potatoes mixed with sweet onion and turkey sausage is delish on its own, but this is really kicked up a notch with spinach, goat cheese, garlic and lemon juice. The moisture from the vegetables and sausage mixed with the melted goat cheese to make a beautiful sauce. This was really a full meal deal, prepped the night before and ready for the weeknight dinner table with no effort and barely any clean up.  

Sunday, July 28, 2013

STUFFED! Grilled Green Beans and Bacon Stuffed Onions with Gorgonzola

I thought I had a genius cooking moment when I thought up this one: sweet onions stuffed with green beans, bacon, garlic and creamy Gorgonzola cheese. Oh! Don’t get me wrong this tasted like genius. Roasted over the grill for a long time, the juices permeated the onion and stuffing. The creamy Gorgonzola paired so nice with the bacon and the green beans were soft to perfection.

If it was so perfect…what made it NOT genius. Come to find out many others have done stuffed onions before. Who would have thought? Well, I am not sure they did it like me. :-) You could really stuff an onion with anything and grill it. What about BBQ chicken? Ahhhh shoot! Another idea. Oh  well. Off to another idea.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Surf and Turf Burger

I think I have a winner! What would you do with $100,000? This competition is always juicy and since this is the third year I have had it on my radar it feels as I always have ideas swimming around my brain for this one.

It must be the prize amount that has me so intense about it. I have to admit that with most contests I don’t read all of the details before hand. Not this contest. The Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Contest has a grand prize of $100,000, not mention the other finalists win cash and prizes.

Allow me to introduce you to the Surf and Turf Burger. Well, it actually has a much more distinct and descriptive name but I am saving that for the judges. Shall I at least describe it for you?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

STUFFED! Balsamic Burgers with Goat Cheese Mayo

The 2013 Build a Better Burger contest is right around the corner. My first attempt was good, but not $100,000 good!

This juicy burger is infused with balsamic vinegar and garlic and stuffed with creamy goat cheese. Topped with sauteed Walla Walla sweet onions and cremini mushrooms, what makes this extra special is the balsamic and goat cheese mayo spread liberally on a Kaiser roll.

This burger was a 4th of July camping hit, but not quite ready for the contest stage. Tomorrow I will be kicking it up a notch for what I hope to be a big winner this year. Stay tuned for more burger action.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Chicken Salad Goat Cheese Melt

Working on the big Mezetta “Make That Sandwich” contest and I think I stumbled on a fabulous idea! Think tuna melt (like your mom used to make), but chicken salad with a kick, topped with creamy goat cheese.

I just love cheese and a sandwich is a great vehicle. This is an open faced sandwich seated on a 5 grain roll topped with a tangy Chicken Salad spiked with Jalapeno Sandwich Spread and chopped Peperoncini. Topped with fresh sliced tomato and creamy goat cheese this is not your typical tuna melt.

Baked and broiled to perfection. I had a household full of hungry movers and this hot sandwich hit the spot. After a week of eating on the road they were so grateful to eat a fresh homemade sandwich. Hopefully this recipe will make it to the finals this year. $25,000 up for grabs!

Thursday, July 11, 2013


WARNING: Not for children!

We have no clue if “Yucca” is the right spelling, but what we do know is that other people should know about this refreshing tequila drink called “Yucca.” This drink has been a family folk mystery until now, but recently we decided to take a stab at it and it was quite the refreshing hit at our camping trip.

Linguini & Clam Sauce

How about something simple and quick for dinner?

This recipe is often requested by all who have ever consumed. It is perfect for a week night because it is so easy to make and inexpensive to feed a family.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Camp Fire Trout

We have some of the best fishing spots in the Pacific Northwest. Trout are largely existent in our Washington lakes and there’s nothing like catching a big one on a camping trip with friends.

Our friend Wid caught a huge trout this last weekend camping and he was so proud to cook it for us. Can you believe he doesn't even like fish? Apparently an even bigger fish broke his line and missed the trip to the camp fire.

Monday, July 1, 2013

S'mores + Peanut Butter = you have been missing out

I keep seeing all of these fancy S'mores recipes on facebook and Pinterest. What about adding something simple to something that is already great?