Let grilling season begin!!! It’s that special time of year where you can smell smoky food sizzling up in people’s backyards, drink clinking on decks, and usually laughter and conversation. I must say that I have a huge case of food envy every time the scents of grilled food waft into the streets. I personally am not permitted to own a grill in my house complex (HUGE bummer). But, it gives me a great excuse to go visit friends and family. This week I did a little guest cooking experience at my parent’s house to try out their grill and bring you this recipe in partnership with PC Richard and Son.
Get those grills fired up; Labor Day Weekend is just about here! I don’t know about all of you but I was getting tired on the same old boring burgers so I decided to jazz it up. With some inspiration from a Food Network magazine where I spotted Broccoli Rabe sandwiches, I had my newest creation.
Life has been hectic lately to say the least. Working a full time job, planning a wedding, keeping up with the blog, getting in my crossfit workouts four days a week and juggling my very busy personal life is not an easy task. Is it rewarding? Yes, but certainly not simple. In the midst of falling behind with Behind the Plates posts and social media updates I have also hit an innovative block. I started to be more serious about my wedding diet once the New Year came around. In addition to taking an overall healthier approach to meals, I also have decided to give up one thing entirely each month in order to keep up the motivation. Last month it was alcohol. February has been a dairy free (to the best of my ability) month. Next month the attempt to give up gluten will start.
A few weeks ago I helped throw a surprise 30th birthday party for one of my good guy friends. Of course my big role for the night was the cooking and decorating. I wanted to create a macho menu for the mostly testosterone filled guest list. I also knew there would be drinks involved at the party so making food that was substantial enough to balance out the booze was an important factor. I came up with what I think is the ultimate guy’s feast (the ladies loved it too!). Sunday football gatherings are the perfect opportunity to make some (or all!) of this menu.
Its National Sandwich Month and to celebrate I am honoring the ultimate sandwich maker, my dad!
I was fortunate enough to live in a house where both of my parents were fantastic cooks. They took turns cooking dinner but; my Dad took on the task of making school lunches. Growing up, I was quite the picky eater (American cheese and white bread were not dared to be mentioned…for the record, they still aren’t!). My parents went through hoops to find lunch options to please me. It started with simple cold-cut roll-ups but by high school I had moved up to “gourmet” wraps and sandwiches that my father created. Everything from chicken caesar salad wraps to roast beef and pickle sandwiches graced my lunch box. My friends started to become jealous of the daily unveiling of my sandwiches which led to my dad packing me 2, 3 even 4 sandwiches a day so that I could share with all the fans!
I have a long commute to work every day. During those hour and half (each way) drives is often when my inspiration hits. (You have a lot of alone time with your mind…). My latest recipe is a direct result of one of these “light bulb” moments in the car.
I first want to make a Public Service announcement and then I’ll get on to the recipe. I have gone Gluten Free, or at least I am trying to for 30 days. I know that there are a handful of reasons that people go Gluten Free. It could be that they are hopping on the diet trend bandwagon or that they suffer from Celiac Disease or, like in my case, are trying it out for another health reason.