Food & Recipes

  • Agua Fresca

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    1 cup finely chopped watermelon

    7 cups coarsely chopped watermelon

    6 cups watermelon juice

    ½ cup sugar

    1 lime, large and juiced

    1 serving water (if needed)

    Combine all ingredients in a large serving pitcher. Garnish with watermelon wedges and mint. Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board

  • Cedar Planked Grilled Portobellos Stuffed With Summer Veggies

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    Fresh vegetables

    Olive oil

    Salt

    Pepper

    Portobello caps, medium

    While your wood is soaking, grill up some veggies. Suggested vegetables include yellow squash; zucchini; corn; and red, yellow, and orange peppers. Toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then place on the grill.

    For the mushrooms, remove the gills and stems. This provides a nice flat surface for stuffing.

    Brush the mushrooms on the bottom with olive oil, and place them on the grill for 2 to 3 minutes—just to get grill marks, caps up. Remove and let them cool completely. If moisture appears, pat with a paper towel.

    Fill caps with shredded Asiago cheese, then layer in the veggies. Sprinkle a tiny bit of cheese on top, then lay them back on the plank.

    Keep your grill temperature around 350 degrees, and cook for 15 minutes. The cheese will melt underneath and the veggies will become a little more golden. Source: Marie Renello; prouditalian­cook.com

  • Pork Fillet Coated in Honey and Mustard With Grilled Apples

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    SERVES 3-4

    Pork tenderloin

    Apple juice

    Honey

    Dijon Mustard

    Salt

    Pepper

    Olive oil

    Soak maple plank in apple juice overnight.

    For this marinade, work with a ratio of 2:1 honey to Dijon mustard. Mix. Lightly coat the meat in salt, pepper, and olive oil and then briefly sear on the open grill before placing it on the plank. Brush with the honey and mustard sauce. Slice an apple into wedges and slices, and place these around the fillet on the plank to cook. Cook until the pork is no longer pink. Slice into medallions, garnish with the apple slices, and drizzle the leftover sauce over everything.

    Source: Samantha Linsell, drizzleanddip.com

  • Cedar Planked Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops

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    Fresh scallops, sized for entreé or ap­petizer bites

    Fresh rosemary branches

    Prosciutto, thinly sliced

    Some good choices for wood are cedar, alder, pecan, cherry, hickory, oak, or maple.

    Wrap scallops with strips of pro­sciutto and then skewer with a rosemary branch. Remove all the leaves except those on top.

    Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

    Heat your planks on both sides at a medium temperature; when you hear it crackle you know they’re ready. You’ll also want to rub olive oil on the side of the plank you’ll be cooking on—this will prevent sticking and also impart extra flavor. Source: Marie Renello; prouditaliancook.com

  • Planked Beet Hummus

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    MAKES 2 CUPS

    3 small beets (about 1 pound), trimmed and peeled

    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

    1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

    ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pep­per, divided

    1 (15.5-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

    2 cloves garlic, chopped

    3 tablespoons tahini

    Juice of 1 large lemon (about 3 table­spoons)

    ½ teaspoon ground cumin

    ½ teaspoon ground coriander

    ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

    1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, or 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts, for garnish (optional)

    Soak the plank for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.

    Cut the beets in half and toss with the oil, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and ¼ teaspoon of the pepper.

    Prepare the plank for grilling. Place the beets, cut side down, on the toasted side of the plank. Close the lid and grill for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tender. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Once the beets are cool enough to handle, roughly chop them and place them in the bowl of a food processor.

    Add the garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the food processor. Blend until smooth, 20 to 30 seconds. Garnish with the parsley or pine nuts.

    Source: ©2014 by Dina Guillen. Re­printed from Plank Grilling: 75 Recipes for Infusing Food with Flavor Using Wood Planks with permission from Sas­quatch Books. Image by Rina Jordan.

  • Perfect Planks

    Plank grilling has been an American cooking staple for hundreds of years. With origins tracing back to the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, planks of cedar, alder, oak, maple, and other woods have been—and still commonly are—used to enhance meats, fish, side dishes, and even desserts using the naturally occurring flavors in the smoke and wood.

    Unearth the Ancient Art of Plank Grilling
    By Samantha Fischer
  • Herb Roasted Chicken

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    Serves 4

    ½ whole chicken

    3 tablespoons olive oil

    ½ tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped

    ½ teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped

    Juice of ½ lemon

    1 orange or lemon, sliced

    Salt and pepper to taste

    4 rosemary branches

    Place chicken in a medium bowl. Add olive oil, herbs, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Marinate chicken, turning oc­casionally, 1 to 6 hours. Place sliced or­anges or lemons on a plank brushed with olive oil. Place rosemary branches on top of oranges or lemons. Place chicken, skin side up, on top of rosemary. Grill or bake at 350 degrees, 50 to 60 minutes or until juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 160 to 170 degrees.

    Recipe Variation: Any combination of fresh or dried herbs can be used in this recipe. For a quick meal, simply marinate chicken in prepared oil-based salad dress­ing of choice. Chicken pieces can be pre­pared using this technique.

    Source: Plank Cooking: The Essence of Natural Wood by Scott and Tiffany Haugen

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    Most people with high blood pressure (hypertension) do not feel any symptoms or know they have hypertension until their blood pressure is measured.

  • In Season: Blueberries

    July is National Blueberry Month, so what better time to focus on a berry with one of the highest antioxidant capacities—if not the highest—among all fruit? Native to North America, the blueberry’s antioxidant properties support whole body functions like regulating blood sugar, eye health, cardiovascular health, and cognitive function.

  • Craft Brews for a Cause

    Although 64 countries require the labeling of GMO foods, the US is not one of them—and the Just Label It campaign is committed to changing that one step at a time. They recently partnered with Peak Organic Brewing, the first brewing company to receive Non-GMO Project verification for its beer. Together, they want to continue the conversation about GMO labeling.