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Happy Belated Memorial Day!!!


So the week is almost done and for the first time, I feel like this week has gone by as fast as the weekend.  I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t been able to get anything else done, namely prepare for the summer.  I forgot/was too tired/it was too cold to go outside to cover up my grill this past winter, so now its just an ashen, spiderweb filled shell of what it used to be.  I’m going to try to tackle resurrecting summer’s best friend some time this weekend so I can try out all of my favorite staple and new recipes.  Somewhere on our site is a picture of some grilled fruit…it’s probably Lindsey’s but I think there’s a picture of mine too.  Anyway, one of my all time favorite and super quick and easy grill recipes is grilled peaches.  I found the recipe online a few years ago and as with everything, I tweak it to my liking, though I can hardly even write down a recipe…and my liking almost always includes adding alcohol.

  • Get as many peaches as you like (half them and DON’T remove the skin)
  • Enough liquor to cover the bottom of a pan (Bourbon or Whiskey works best, but you can take this out if you have kids…or not)
  • Brown sugar to mix in with the alcohol (You can skip this if you’re not making them for dessert or keep it in if you’re leaving the liquor out)
  • Butter or your choice of non-stick assistance (To prevent sticking)

 

  • Mix the liquor and brown sugar together if you choose to use it and let the peach halves soak for at least 4 hours and no longer than 24hrs.
  • Oil the grill grates well (If you don’t, most of the peach will stay on the grill!)
  • Cook the peaches over a medium-high fire until grill marks show and the peaches are tender but still firm when you press them.

But onto the reason I actually wrote this post…I need to clean my grill!  Outside of buying a new one, I’ve been researching ways to bring mine back to life.  I found a decent article on The Kitchn for a quick grill refresh.  Guess I’ll start with throwing all of my stuff in the dishwasher!  Do you have any tips?

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2013 in review


So Lindsey and I have been out of commission due to major life changes…moving, new jobs, graduating from grad school, etc. You name it, its kinda kept us from posting. We didn’t stop cooking though…or home-brewing beer…or curing bacon. We’ll be back soon and would like to hear from you. What things would you like to see us post about? In the meantime, I’ll leave this here…

Thanks for being loyal!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 720 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Where Have You Been…


*insert a scantily clad Rihanna here*

Anyhoo…I was having a conversation with a friend today [who must have been bored] and she mentioned that she hadn’t seen any posts recently.  #fact  Who knew trying to work full-time, go to school full-time, sleep and eat were going to take up so much of my time.  So my apologies for not posting more often.  The other thing is…I’ve initiated Operation Kate Moss in an effort to try to drop some pounds for the summer so I haven’t been cooking that much lately either.

So…no cooking=no blogging…or so I thought.  A couple months ago, I bought this little salad bowl thingie from Whole Foods.  It was only 10 bucks but as long as you keep watering it and place it in sunlight it continues to grow, even after cutting the lettuce for your salads.  The problem was, I was eating salad like twice a day and it took at least a week for the stuff to grow back.  And then enters Pinterest…  I was doing my normal midnight stroll through the land of Pinterest and came across a post on how to build a raised garden.  This damn thing would solve like twelve of my problems: 1. I think food is too damn expensive, so why not grow it myself., 2. My salad bowl wasn’t growing back fast enough., 3. This house I just moved into had a backyard that was in freakin’ shambles, so this would take up a lot of space and make it look somewhat presentable, 4. Maybe it was only 3 really, but that Pinterest post was a godsend.

My ragtag yard before I started the project

I’ll spare you the measuring details and giving the guy at Home Depot the side eye when I asked him to put 8-2×8 pieces of landscaping timber and stacking 400lbs of soil into my 350Z…although it probably would have been a funny picture.  Moving along, it took me the better part of a Saturday afternoon to construct this thing and I was super stoked because I did it all by myself *hikes up big girl panties*.

Workin’ it out!

Yay me!

I wanted to plant some hearty but easy to care for veggies and I even threw some strawberries in there.

Some of the goodies I planted

I chose cabbage, rainbow swiss chard, make a salad bowl of my own (red, bibb and romaine lettuces), some good ol’ collards to go with my fried catfish *judge me*, spinach and cherry tomatoes.  I planted some herbs too, but nothing major.

The babies all snug in the dirt

Things are starting to sprout, bud and grow and I can’t wait to grill some peaches, make more fresh salads and saute some swiss chard.

We’ve got some action!!!

Last year’s peach tree…yummy!

My little tomatoes

Stay tuned…  We may have to create a tab for salad dressings and quick summer dishes.  Feel free to share your ideas too!

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Eat two steaks and call me in the morning…


It’s 63 degrees in Baltimore…and 3 days before Christmas!!!

So I know that we’ve kinda been incognito for a while, posting a few things here and there, but one of my New Year’s resolutions is to “…give the people what they want…”  (insert disco funk here).  With Lindsey and I both being in academia (she works and I went back to school AND work), our schedules are kinda hectic and don’t really allow for as much blogging as we would like.  So thanks for bearing with us!

After sleeping for the past few days straight through (I had to catch up on all of that missed sleep from the semester), I decided to go out and enjoy one of these beautiful days we’ve been having all week.  Apparently everyone else in the neighborhood was out enjoying it too.  No sooner than I could get my foot out of the door, the smell of charcoal and grilling meats hit my nose.  Since school started, I’d been on a carryout kick and this was the perfect opportunity to get back into the swing of things and drum a good red meat meal.

*Back story…So, right before Thanksgiving I made the mistake of opening my front door right as the Capital Meat guys were going door to door.  I liken them to the vacuum cleaner salesmen of the 50’s and 60’s.  They always want to come in and set up a display and tell you why they’re cutting you a deal and why you should make a purchase.  Long story short, I bought a deep freezer’s worth of meat for $200 bucks because it was the end of the day and the guy had class at 6:30pm.*

Anyhow, I had never had NY Strip before and somehow ended up purchasing two boxes, along with some filets and porterhouses.  So I went to my tried and true Food Network website to look for some recipes on how to cook a NY Strip Steak.  The Neelys had a fairly simple recipe, but I was more interested in the sauce they had to go with it…a molasses steak sauce.  Yesssss!

They look pretty ok. Let's get them seasoned up!

Ingredients

For sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lager-style beer
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika

Directions

For the sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and garlic and saute for 3 minutes, until softened. Add the rest of the ingredients; bring to a boil, then simmer until sauce is reduced to 2 cups, about 30 minutes.

Juuuuusssst about right!

I had already been out and enjoyed the air and was ready to eat, but realized when looking at the recipe that I was missing a few items, but in typical Casey fashion, I improvised.  (Disclaimer:  I substituted Moet White Star champagne for the beer and added a cup of brown sugar to make it sweeter.  I also let it cook down for about an hour which made it a bit thicker.)

Some Moet and apple cider...Not as good together as I thought.

Thank goodness I thawed two steaks because the other one was on the grill before I was finished the first.  Not only was my first time eating a NY Strip, perfect, but the steak sauce tasted magnificent!!!  A few noteworthy things though:  1) you may want to cut back on the cayenne, as it was a bit spicy for my liking and I love spice.  2) it makes a lot, so if you don’t plan to use it often, cut the recipe in half.  3) it keeps for up to a month in a tightly sealed container.

*In my Lil' Wayne voice* I'm goin' in...

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*Blank* my life!


So I was working on a post about grilling this past weekend when Murphy’s Law decided to interrupt not only the diet Gods, but also my intellectual, culinary prowess!  After an uber long day at work (I didn’t get home until about 9pm) and narrowly missing the apocalyptic rain storm that’s going outside right now, something else happened to put a cherry on top of my craptastic day.  As a sidenote…I had some of the sweetest bing cherries for lunch today!

Moving along…  I come home and see that both of my neighbors’ cars are parked in front of my house…something that regularly pisses me off because they have a garage and why can’t they park in front of their own damn house!  *slaps self twice*  Ok, I have it together…  So I go to pull into my garage.  I’m prepared to not eat dinner after 7pm as a part of my diet and just go upstairs to do some work.  Then, what I thought was the clap of thunder was none other than this infamous rickety a** garage, that has been repaired and replaced twice, coming down with a lean worse than my friend Mia on a Friday night after partying with me.  Of course this happens AFTER I get my car into the garage.  Nice!  After messing around with it for about 30 minutes and getting it to about 4 inches off of the ground as opposed to 1ft, I decided to back my car all the way to avoid someone trying to tuck an roll into my house and retired upstairs, defeated and angry.  Oh, but it doesn’t stop there…

I set my air conditioner on a timer, ya know, to do my part.  I get in the house after a 98+ degree day and no air is on!!!  What gives???  So in order to appease myself and calm down, I automatically think about what I could eat. (Ok, here’s the point of this rant.)  I was thinking steak, but they’re frozen…  Hmm, shrimp?  Frozen, but they thaw fast, but do I want to have hands that smell like day old seafood in the morning?  Nope!  Salad…yeah, it expired last week and was slimy, so what’s left?  You guessed it!  Van de Kamp’s fish sticks, green grapes (because that’s the only kind I like) and cold bottle of Stella.

The food that soothed my soul!

I must say that made me feel a lot better actually.  Now I know one thing, these damn garage people better have my door fixed by the time I have to get on the road in the morning!  Sorry for talking your ears (really your eyes) off, but I’m done now.  Stay tuned for the quick grilling special…

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