Friday, June 27, 2014

Cajun Crusted Ribeye

For the ribeye I made a dry rub (2 tbls each; cayenne pepper, chili powder, chipotle pepper flakes, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, brown sugar) (1 tbls each dry thyme powder, dry rosemary powder, parsley, oregano, celery seeds, dry mustard powder, nutmeg) Rub your steaks with a generous coat of the seasoning mixture and allow them to sit for 5 minutes.

In a large skillet heat 3 tbls of butter. Once the butter is very hot and it starts to turn brown put your steak in. Allow the steak to cook undisturbed on the first side for 3 minutes, but continuously spoon butter the hot butter on top of the steak. (butter bath)
After 3 min you should have a nice crust on the bottom. Flip the steak and repeat the butter bath for 3 more minutes.
The yogurt is really good with this because of all the spice on the steak. 1 cucumber- peel it and remove the seeds, then dice small. 1/4 cup diced red onion, 1 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp white pepper 1/2 cup of yogurt and salt to taste. Just mix everything together.

Mushrooms and shallots - slice mushrooms and shallots. I used 2 tbls of the left over butter from the steak and 1 tbls of new butter, once the butter got hot I added 1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary & fresh thyme. I sautéed in the hot butter and added a little salt and pepper. At the very end I added a few sprigs of fresh Marjoram herb.

The salad dressing was just 1/2 balsamic vinegar, 1/2 fresh orange juice, 2 tbls honey, salt & pepper to taste.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Four super easy fruit dips.

Kaylei and I had a blast making these fruit kabobs. Things for a little messy, but that is all part of the fun. Things got extra exciting when our neighbor brought over a fruit shape cutter. These kabobs are the perfect treat for a hot summer day. Our plan is to freeze some and take them to the pool with us on Saturday.

What goes well with fruit kabobs you ask...Dips! Check out the 4 recipes below.

Savory Fruit Dip Recipe 
Mix 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt with 1 tbls of Tajin fruit seasoning or any other lime and chili seasoning mixture. Shake a little extra seasoning on top. 

Honey Cinnamon Fruit Dip 
Mix 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt with 2 tbls of honey. Sprinkle the top with a few dashes of cinnamon. 

Chocolate Hazelnut Fruit Dip 
Mix 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt with 2 tbls of chocolate hazelnut spread. 

Cheesecake Fruit Dip 
Mix 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 tbls of whipped cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 tbls of sugar. Sprinkle the top with graham crackers or granola.