Buffalo Bufallo Burgers
We have been suffering from a heat wave and after the 5th day of over 92+ degree temps we decided to forgo our normal Sunday walk at the Wrentham Mall which is one of those out-door discount malls, flat and if you walk all the lanes is a one mile walk. Yesterday we did the Natick Mall this is a good one inside and if you do top and bottom is 2 miles. Yep we both like to walk but with the temps and humidity the way it has been we also like to be comfortable. Early in the week Vermont and NH were much cooler and no humidity and we did go to Nebo’s new location which was right on the water front so while we waited for them to open we sipped wine and gazed out over the harbor enjoying the cool breeze but most especially the smell of salt air. Anyway before I drift to far from my point we decided today to go to Solomon mall but half way there I asked why not Wegman’s it is huge and a bet just about 1 mile if we did all the isles, besides we needed a few things. I ask you what weekend is a weekend without visiting at least 3 grocery stores each with their own specialties. As we walked picking up this and that we saw the ground buffalo still at $7.399 for a 1lb package all the other stores were at $9.99 so I figured we would use at some point. Oh I was right the walk was just over 1 mile. Tonight just before the thundered and rain rolled in I quickly made some patties roasted some corn and prepared dinner. I was not going to post this but it came out so good I decided it was a keeper for me, hence not a lot of pictures.
- 1 lb ground buffalo
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons bread crumbs, you could use some crunched us puffed brown rice
- Some slice Jalapeno that I diced
- 1 tablespoon of the Jalapeno juice from jar.
- Small amount of smoked maple cedar to melt on burgers
Roasted Corn salad – I have made this before but every time it is different here is another version
- 1 can black beans drain
- 1 Red bell pepper chopped into bean size pieces
- 1 Yellow or orange bell pepper chopped into bean size pieces
- Salt and pepper
- Jalapeno rough chopped
- 2 teaspoons juice from Jalapeno jar
- 1 tablespoon or so of 18 year old balsamic vinegar
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 ears of grilled corn
Combine all ingredients and mix well set aside and let sit
I added the breadcrumbs because it is a leaner meat and the bread crumbs help retain some moisture
Form 4 patties
Grill on preheated oiled grill for about 4-5 minutes
Flip top with the cheese continue to cook 4-5 minutes
Take off grill and cover loosely let sit 4-5 minutes
Roasted corn salad.
Shuck the corn rub with olive oil put on grill turning occasionally until the corn is slightly charred in spots.
Set aside until cool enough to hold.
In the meantime chop the peppers and combine all ingredients
I like to take a small cup inverted in the middle of the bowl place the con bottom down and cut the kernels off the cobb with a sharp knife following the cob. This way they fall into the bowl. Now combine mix completely. You can server right away of refrigerate and the flavors should come together. I say why wait that’s what left overs are for.
- Black Bean Quinoa Salad (undertheinfluenceoffood.wordpress.com)
- New Recipe – Chilled Corn Salad (daneblogpress.wordpress.com)
Grilled Swordfish and Tuna Steaks
It used to be a joke when I was growing up that on Lobster boil day on the cape I would be the only one at the table without the bib around the neck, without bowl of melted butter and without the nutcracker in front of me. No I would insist on a big fat juicy steak. I was not a lobster or much of a fish lover and living on the Cape that was hard to believe. I did like to suck the legs which I suppose got me trained for my days in New Orleans of pinching tail and sucking head. Then I discovered swordfish, oh yeah! I still grill swordfish the same way Mom showed me, pat it dry some salt and pepper and then give it a good rub in some mayo.
- 1 swordfish and one tuna steak about 1” thick.
- Salt and pepper
- Olive Oil
- Fish rub
I like to let the fish sit in some grapefruit juice for a little especially if not using right away. Someone once told me or I read that is what Legal seafood does.
Pat dry with paper towel
Salt and pepper the swordfish then take about 1-2 Tbsp. of Mayo and rub all over, set aside
Pat and dry the tuna steak rub with fish rub and then drizzle some Olive oil and rub all over, set aside
Preheat grill until Hot about 15 minutes
Clean the grill and rub with some olive oil on paper towel. Use tongs as to not burn your fingers.
Grill fish about 4 minutes per side
Fish has always been tricky for me to grill it seems 1 second to long and it is dry, especially tuna. I am not a seared tuna lover I tend to prefer medium to medium rare. So I guess what I am saying is cooking time is in your hands.
Server with whatever your heart desires I suggest whatever veggies are in season I did Corn and asparagus.
What are the benefits of swordfish?
Swordfish is a versatile food, and you can eat it as a main course or in salads. Although it does not cure or prevent specific diseases, a moderate amount of swordfish as part of an overall balanced diet may provide some health benefits. Pregnant women should not have swordfish because it is has higher levels of mercury, an unhealthy environmental contaminant, than other seafood.
Prevent Heart Disease
Cooked swordfish has 108 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and 656 mg of docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, in each 3-oz. serving. DHA and EPA are omega-3 fatty acids, and your risk for heart disease may decrease when you have a total of 250 mg of EPA and DHA per day, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. You can get DHA and EPA from other fatty fish, such as herring, mackerel and salmon, and from shellfish, including oysters, mussels and shrimp.
Help Control Weight
Swordfish has only 146 calories in a 3-oz. serving, and it can be part of a calorie-controlled diet to prevent weight gain. Obesity increases your risk for developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, and you will gain weight if you eat more calories than you expend. Another benefit of swordfish for weight control is that each serving provides 20 g protein, a filling nutrient. Protein slows stomach emptying so that you feel full for longer after a meal and may eat less at the next meal, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.
Support Bone Health
Swordfish can help you build or maintain strong bones because each serving supplies 14 mcg of vitamin D, or 93 percent of the daily value. Vitamin D is necessary for your body to properly absorb calcium from food, and a deficiency can cause osteoporosis, or weak bones, and a high risk for fractures. Many Americans, including older adults and individuals who do not get much exposure to the sun, are at risk for inadequate vitamin D intake, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Fatty fish, such as swordfish, are among the few natural food sources of vitamin D.
Prevent Nutritional Deficiencies
Each 3-oz. serving of cooked swordfish provides 7.9 mg niacin, or about 40 percent of the daily value for niacin. Niacin, or vitamin B-3, is essential for metabolizing fat, carbohydrates and protein, and a deficiency can lead to dermatitis, dementia and diarrhea, according to the Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center. Selenium is an essential mineral that supports antioxidant activity in your body, and swordfish provides 58 mcg of selenium, or 83 percent of the daily value.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/506189-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-swordfish/#ixzz2408uzf7J
Rib eye Steaks with Rasberry Sauce
Arbie turned me on to Rib Eye steaks way back when, not sure if he even remembers. A few of us got together at the Silver Lounge
and he ordered a Rib Eye, I never had so tired I could not believe the flavor and it has been one of my “eat out” favorites for many years. A few weeks ago Whole Foods had Rib Eye on sale so we bought a bunch and froze. So we have been trying different things with them and try use things in season.
Lyn, once dub the catalog queen of Milford by the postman, found this in Country living. She now subscribes to all her catalogs and magazine online saving trees whenever she can.
- 1 bottle(s) red Zinfandel
- 2 cups raspberries
- 1 cups ketchup
- 3/4 cups seedless raspberry jam
- 3 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsps. sweet paprika
- 1/2 tsps. ground cinnamon
- Freshly ground pepper
- 4 (1 pound each) bone-in rib-eye steaks
In a medium pot over medium-high heat, bring wine to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until reduced by half, about 25 minutes. Add raspberries, ketchup, jam, vinegar, paprika, and cinnamon; simmer, stirring, for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
Heat grill to medium-high.
Something that I read and have been doing when grilling steaks is to place the meat in freezer for about 20 minutes before grilling. This has been giving me great steaks grilled on outside yet juicy and cooked just right on the inside with really good flavor. I know I was brought up never cook meat right out of the frig let alone partially frozen but I tried and it is now my way.
Pat steaks dry, Season steaks with salt and pepper place in freezer for about 20 minutes.
Grill for medium-rare, grill for 6 minutes per side. Brush steaks with sauce, flip, and grill for 2 minutes. Repeat on other side. Serve sliced, drizzled with sauce.
Thiers had bone in I cut my grilling time to about 4 minutes instead of 6 per side since mine did not have the bone in.
You can use the ball of thumb method I posted or a meat thermometer to test for doneness.
What’s New and Beneficial About Raspberries
- One of the most fascinating new areas of raspberry research involves the potential for raspberries to improve management of obesity. Although this research is in its early stages, scientists now know that metabolism in our fat cells can be increased by phytonutrients found in raspberries, especially rheosmin (also called raspberry ketone). By increasing enzyme activity, oxygen consumption, and heat production in certain types of fat cells, raspberry phytonutrients like rheosmin may be able to decrease risk of obesity as well as risk of fatty liver. In addition to these benefits, rheosmin can decrease activity of a fat-digesting enzyme released by our pancreas called pancreatic lipase. This decrease in enzyme activity may result in less digestion and absorption of fat.
I can’t believe I had not posted this before, I thought I did so I never thought to look. This is a pretty standard for us a good red meat alternative. I never make the same but similar so when I had all these left over roasted vegetables the other day I quickly threw them in.
- 1 Lbs. ground white turkey meat
- 1-2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- ¼ roasted sweet or red onion minced
- ¼ roasted red bell pepper minced
- ¼ roasted potatoes minced
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- Pinch of fresh cilantro minced
Combine all ingredients, form patties and pan fry or grill until done.
Real hard huh? Usually we just do the mustard.
Grilling is tricky since the patties can tend to be very loose just be patient and let set before you flip them. I suppose you could add some bread crumbs to bind not sure if that would do the trick or not any suggestions out there?
- Grilled Turkey Salisbury Steaks with Tomatoes and Cheddar Sauce (stevesacooking.com)
Thyme, Celantro, Oregano, Garlic Grilled Chicken
The spring brings some of my favorite things asparagus, winter hardy herbs popping into life. I love cooking a whole chicken stuffed, no jammed packed, with fresh thyme, orange, garlic and lemon wedges. I love cooking with the fresh herbs and have no objection to picking out the leaves and stems before using. So I was off to the garden to pick a handful of this and that. This is the kind of meal you can use over and over in salads, sandwiches and other dishes throughout the week you can even freeze a chicken breast or two for a quick meal later on.
This can actually be made with rosemary or any other herbs you might have ready to pick.
- 6 skinless boneless chicken breast
- A handful of oregano maybe 1/4 cup chopped
- A bunch of sprigs of thyme leaves only
- A handful of celantro about 1/2 cup chopped
- 1-2 cloves of garlic smashed in 1 tsp. kosher salt
- Juice of one lemon
- Juice of one lime
- 1-2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- Fresh ground pepper
In a plastic bag combine all ingredients and cover chicken
Place in refrigerator for at least at an hour turning occasionally
Grill on medium heat for about 6-8 minutes preside until it is about 164-50
Remove from heat loosely cover and let sit for 3-5 minutes before slicing or severing.
We served this with mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli. and apples and cinnamon roasted on the grill in tin foil.
We go about 4 oz. of protein about half a breast each and pile up on the veggies.
Pork Kebab with Orange and Thyme
Summer time brings out the grill, although I grill all year round, and kabob are always fun. Swords filled with veggies, meats, chicken, and fish grilled to perfection and then piled high on the plate on maybe a bed of rice pilaf. This one is my wife’s favorite and she is mine so I post this among the first of my post. Fish, beef, pork, chicken vegetable give me a skewer and I can make a kabob that is worth eating.
Pork Kebab with Orange and Thyme
Prep easy about 10 minutes
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, plus 1 tablespoon freshly grated zest, and orange wedges for garnish
- 5 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh thyme, plus sprigs for garnish
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/4 pounds boneless pork loin, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
- 4 to 6 skewers wood or metal – Remember if using wood skewers soak them first to prevent them from burning right up.
1. Whisk together orange juice and zest, garlic, thyme, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Whisking constantly, pour in oil in a slow, steady stream; whisk until blended well. Add pork and coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let pork marinate about 20 minutes at room temperature.
2. Heat the grill medium-hot. Thread 5 or 6 cubes of pork onto each of the skewers; season with salt and pepper. Discard marinade. Grill pork, turning occasionally, until cooked through and slightly charred, about 12 minutes.
Serve on a bed of rice or rice pilaf with a side salad. I also like to make a few veggie kabob with red,yellow, orange bell peppers, mushroom., onions, zucchini etc.
Options : You could use chicken or lamb