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Modern Housterns

Georgia, Tracey, and Mauri…the housterns with the mostest….picture credit to Gallie, the fourth.

With COVID-19 running rampant, we kept the college housterns (short for interns for the house) at a distance and turned to our small island bubble crowd…so after a dinner and bonfire outside, a few of the guests came in and took over what was an absolute disaster of a kitchen mess that I created during the cooking phase of the evening. **everyone was recently tested to prepare for incoming family, so cool your jets**

This was our kick-off to Thanksgiving week and we served the following:

OK so we cooked a lot…

Mini Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Don’t judge. Sometimes a tasty snack that reminds you of growing up can be a delicious party treat. I buy high quality mini hotdogs and wrap them in thickly-sliced hickory smoked bacon from the butcher, and they are always the first to go. I am a big fan of “Fork in the Road” min dogsContinue Reading

Tzatziki with Fresh Herbs

There are so many variations of tzatziki sauce it is hard to keep up with. Β I like a very robust and rich sauce. Β It is important to make at least 4 hours ahead to ensure all the flavors blend together. Β This is great to make and just have in the refrigerator for a quick snackContinue Reading

Baked Stuffed Clams

Clams are the heart of millions of delicious recipes that involve either stuffing, baking, grilling, steaming and on and on. However you make them, make sure you do not crowd out the flavor of the clams with too many ingredients or add-on flavors. For the most part, when something can be made quickly, effortlessly andContinue Reading

Hot Italian Sub

Sometimes a sandwich is more than sandwich… especially when broiled so the cheese melts and heats the meat. For this, just add chilled sliced pepperoncini, oregano and chopped lettuce, olive oil and red wine vinegar, then fold and serve. Ingredients (per sandwich) 1 loaf of Italian bread, unsliced, super soft and preferably baked that dayContinue Reading

Easy BBQ Chicken with Rosemary Infusion

This is for that lazy weekend when you just want a simple yet delicious dinner. As with everything, your success will come from planning and top-quality ingredients. The secret for this spatchcocked grilled chicken is the size of the bird… forget about those oversized birds called roasters… go small and tender. Ingredients 1 3-4 poundContinue Reading

Herbed Mustard Shrimp

This is the best and easiest grilled shrimp recipe that friends will love to get after. You can make this as a main dish or serve as appetizers. Set aside some extra grated Parmesan, red pepper flakes, olive oil, and chopped dill to sprinkle on top before serving. Ingredients 2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimpContinue Reading

Braised Beef Tacos

We have our intensely flavored short rib tacos that are out of this world, but they take a little extra effort to make. This cheaper, faster and easier version is also a big hit for parties or casual lunches. Ingredients 4 pound flat iron steak, cubed 1″ 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon rosemaryContinue Reading

Cookies & Cabernet during the Covid-19 Pandemic

I am a big believer in good cookies to end a dinner – and I mean very good cookies. Recently, I found a greater purpose for these tasty treats. When the lock-downs started to roll through the United States, it was tough to keep in touch with people beyond never-ending mass text chains. If IContinue Reading

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