Author: Jim Pachence

Grilled Fruit with Kentucky Bourbon Rub

With the right ingredients the outdoor grill can be the focus of cooking for a healthy diet – think veggies, fruit, and even salad. In this installment, we look to use the plentiful fruit of the season in a simple recipe, amping up the flavors with a spicy flair. Who know that eating fruit could be so exciting! This recipe gives you a versatile dessert or side dish recipe that can be made with any number of fruit combinations. Pair it with grilled chicken and enjoy a guilt-free meal. Print Recipe Grilled Fruit with Kentucky Bourbon Rub We suggested peaches, plums, and nectarines – especially if this is your first time – but try almost anything that won’t fall through the grill grates. Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Course Dessert Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 4 Medium to large Peaches Any stone fruit works – nectarines, plums, and apricots for example2 tablespoons unsalted butter, meltedOther fruit Pineapple, apple, and pears cut in rounds 2 tablespoons Serious Foodie Kentucky Bourbon Rub2 tablespoons Pure maple syrup Optional3-4 sprigs fresh mint Optional Course Dessert Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes […]

Grilled Romaine with New Zealand Shrimp

We try to grill everything – we love the crisp, smoky flavors you can get from any type of grill (charcoal preferred, but gas will do). Hearts of romaine prepared on the grill is a smoky crisp surprise. Top with shrimp, corn, tomatoes, avocados, and fennel to create a unique and crunchy summer grilled romaine salad.  Easy & healthy – the way we like to rock, especially during the summer.  Try this salad with some dry rose – we like Quixote Petite Syrah Rose (deep rose-colored wine with notes of raspberry, strawberry and lavender – $20) or Il Rosé Di Casanova La Spinetta (a crisp wine, with notes of strawberry, peach blossom, citrus – $15). Click HERE to shop for the Serious Foodie products. Print Recipe Grilled Romaine with New Zealand Shripm The key to grilling any vegetable or fruit is to make sure (1) your grill is well oiled and (2) your vegetable or fruit is well oiled. Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Course Main Dish, Seafood, Serious Foodie Sauce Cuisine New Zealand Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 4 tablespoons olive oil1/2 teaspoon Serious Foodie Asian Fusion spice […]

Korean Braised Beef Ribs

Korean braised beef ribs (Kalbi) are slightly spicy, slightly sweet, full of umami, and are easy to make – although it takes some wait time to slow cook.  But the result of braising makes them fall-off-the-bone tender, and deeply flavorful.  We are using the award-winning Serious Foodie Korean sauce (click HERE to purchase online), which is made from authentic Korean (and gluten-free) ingredients. A word about the actual cuts.  For the braising version, you can use almost any cut (short rib or full rib).  You can also find Korean-style short ribs at most Asian markets, which is also known as “flanken.”  This refers to a strip of beef cut across the bone from the chuck end of the short ribs. Unlike American and European-style short ribs, which include a thick slice of bone-in beef, Korean-style short ribs are cut lengthwise across the rib bones. The result is a thin strip of meat, about 8 to1 0 inches in length, lined on 1 side with 1/2-inch thick rib bones. The thin slices make for fast cooking on the grill (lots of good recipes – the Food Network version works well, and you can easily substitute our Korean Grill Sauce.). Not so […]

Homemade Pizza – Not Hard At All!

We love pizza, especially fresh out of the oven.  So, how better to impress your football-loving friends than with your own homemade pizza, fresh out of your oven? Making pizza at home is a lot easier than you might think.  The task requires only a few ingredients which can be prepared a day ahead.  And you can add whatever toppings you might want – and it will be a whole lot more fun than the local delivery joint. Our major revision to this post is the way we handle making pizza dough.  It’s super easy, and it is almost fool-proof.  We are using the method we saw on Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street show (click HERE to see the original post), which comes together in minutes. Our favorite party idea:  Have guests bring their favorite ingredients – then mix & match. Here’s a quick primer on what to do, with a few of our favorite recipes. What You’ll Need The tools you’ll need for homemade pizza can be found in some grocery stores, specialty kitchen ware stores (for example, Sur la Table), and Amazon.com. While you can use a sheet pan, a pizza stone is really the best for getting a […]

Pear Cranberry Salad with Fig Dressing

This simple, healthy salad comes together in minutes, and uses one of the Serious Foodie Sauces as the basis for a delicious dressing that you are bound to use time and again. Pear Cranberry Salad with Fig Dressing Ingredients 1 large bag of arugula or spring mix 1 large pear, sliced (Bosc or Anjou work best) 1/2 cup dried cranberries 3 tablespoons Serious Foodie Fig/Orange Sauce and Marinade 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (white balsamic is best) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil. Salt and pepper 1/8 pound feta, crumbled Optional:  1/2 cup walnuts, chopped Directions In a large salad bowl, combine the arugula or spring mix, sliced pears, and cranberries. Whisk together the Serious Foodie Fig Sauce, vinegar, and salt & pepper.  Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Dress the salad, as desired, and toss. Add the feta cheese and optional walnuts, and toss again before serving

Mini-Eggplant Recipe

We found these little beauties at our local farmer's market this weekend, and we had to come up with a cool and easy recipe to share.  These baby eggplants like to be stuffed, and are in fact the perfect size for this technique. Being as small as they are, the outer shell of the eggplant cooks completely as the filling cooks so no prior prep or precooking is needed before they are stuffed. They're less than 4 inches in diameter (called "Nubia" eggplants), and probably the best tasting mini variety. Our recipe is a slight variation on classic Italian cooking, which includes the flesh removed from the eggplants, onions, garlic, tomatoes, eggs, cheese - and a bit of pancetta.  Since you can serve this at room temperature, this dish is an elegant touch to any party, even a tailgate event. 3.2.2925 Mini-Eggplant Recipe Author: Mr. Serious Foodie Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 50 mins Serves: 4 servings Use your imagination to create variations on this recipe, such as substituting in feta cheese for Pecarino and mint instead of the oregano Ingredients 4 to 6 baby eggplants 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 medium onion, Peeled & [...]

Artisan Cocktails – Made Easy

We love the artisan cocktail movement - and if you've followed our social media feeds, you know that we've been trying quite a few places in our travels.  But what about upping your game at home. As we are finding with other pantry items like pickles, spice rubs, and gourmet sauces, there is an increasing number of artisan producers of excellent (and fun) cocktail mixers, bitters, and other additives (like vinegar - see our report on artisan vinegars.  Click HERE). We were particularly inspired to write this blog when we came across an outstanding product at a local food gathering - the cocktail mixers from Bungalow 23 (www.B23Mixers.com).   Each of their offerings - Pear Ginger Martini, Prickly Pear Margarita, and Blueberry Lemon Drop - start with fresh ingredients, and are prepared in a way that would make the best mixologist jealous.  We mixed the Pear Ginger with our favorite premium bourbon (Bulleit), and fell in love. At the same gathering, we also tasted an outstanding artisan pickle from Nutpop Pickle Company (www.NutpopPickles.com).  We made ourselves a dry martini (using our favorite hand-crafted potato vodka, Boyd and Blair), and substituted spicy pickled curry chips instead of the usual olive - really [...]

It’s Taco Tuesday!

Ever since we saw the Lego Movie, we’ve been celebrating Taco Tuesday.  First, because it’s fun.  Second, because it can be very creative & delicious (which also is fun). There was a wonderful article in the Wall Street Journal by Elizabeth G. Dunn (we love her writing) where she chronicles the comeback of the taco (click HERE to connect to her article).  As she states, “… gastronomy’s top echelon has plunged into a state of intense taco-consciousness.”  So in homage to this new taco-consciousness, we present one of the recipes from the WSJ article, as well as two of our own, including our favorite veggie taco recipe.  You can also find our delicious Mexican Mole Pulled Pork Tacos by clicking HERE. Tacos with Green Chile Sauce Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 45 mins Serves: Serves 4 Here we use the Hatch Chile Sauce from The Serious Foodie – but you can substitute any green chile sauce into this recipe. Ingredients 1 full boneless chicken breast, sliced into cutlets (to see a simple article from Serious Eats on how to prepare the cutlets, click HERE). 2 tablespoons or more of spice rub (we used the Serious […]

25 Red Wines Under $25 to Try Now!

Every year we publish our compilation our report of quality red wines we've found that are under $25.  These wines are a result of various tasting events, restaurant experiences, and sommelier suggestions we've had this year.  Some usual suspects pop up, as well as interesting bargains from under-appreciated regions such as Lirac in Southern Rhone. The Top 5 Value Wines We have identified five special wines from this group of 25 that are exceptional values and really noteworthy: Palazzo della Torre The Allegrini Family makes some seriously great wines at many price points.  This wine has always impressed us with its consistent quality and value, and it is easy to find.  Allegrini uses an innovative "ripasso" method that gives this wine a style similar to higher end Amarone wines.  Bursting with dark, dried cherries, blackberries, and hints of dates, this wine has a lasting finish bolstered with just enough tannin to make it interesting, and worthy of a few years in the cellar.  Pair with pasta, chicken, or mild sausage. Corvina, Rondinella and Sangiovese. (typically $17 to $20). Tua Rita Rosso The Tua Rita winery is located on the western side of Tuscany, near the sea.  They are world-renowned for [...]