Thursday, June 30, 2011

Grilled Romaine Hearts

Summer is for grilling. At least it is at my house. When it is 115 degrees outside, using the stove or oven seems like suicide. We often do the usual grilled steak or chicken, some fresh fruit of a sort, and a starch or grain. I found this little recipe in the Parade newspaper insert. I thought it tasted fresh with the lemon and warm crisp of the lettuce. I will say my husband did not care for it: "This is different, I don't know about warm lettuce!"

2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 small garlic clove minced
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp. worcesteshire
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbs. freshly grated paremesan cheese
Olive oil spray
2 hearts of Romaine lettuce

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, Worcesteshire, and pepper. Stir in the parmesan cheese.

Preheat the grill over medium-high heat. Oil the grill's surface. Remove any wilted outer leaves from the hearts, then cut the hearts lenghthwise down the middle leaving the ends intact so each half holds together.Spray them lightly with oilive oil spray.

Grill until grill marks from and the lettuce wilts slightly, about 6 minutes turning once or twice. Serve drizzled with above vinaigrette. Yum!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hawaiian French Toast

If you have recently had french toast for breakfast your stomach is going to hide into the furthest corner of your abdomen in shame after reading this. French toast will never be the same again after adding coconut to its mixture. As Emmeril Lagasse would say: "let's kick it up a notch!" Hawaiian style.

Basically you need this:

and this:

4 eggs
1 teaspoon sugar, optional
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup coconut creamer
10 to 12 slices Kings Hawaiian Bread sliced rather thick
maple syrup or other syrup (can you imagine the possibilities with this recipe?)


whisk or blend just slightly all the ingredients together except the bread. Place a little butter or oil in your pan or griddle. Dunk bread in mixture and cook both sides on medium heat to your liking making sure the egg is cooked. top with butter and your favorite syrup. Serve and enjoy!

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