June 29, 2009

Lamb Chops with a Side of Banana Peppers

One of the best things about being pregnant is indulging in all sorts of foods. Last week while we were on vacation in South Carolina/Georgia some of the sampling of foods I had were Hilton Head’s World famous Crab Cakes with a Lemon Dill Sauce at Conroy’s, Stuffed Grouper at Red Fish or the delectable Citrus Glazed Salmon at Topsider in Harbor Town. The weather on the east coast was just about as hot as the blazing hot temps in Missouri- but we didn’t mind- for we had miles of white sandy beaches to cool off.

(PHOTO: On the beach at Hilton Head, South Carolina)

When we returned to Missouri on Friday night the temps hadn’t broke and we awoke Saturday morning to a garden full of fresh peppers (banana and jalapeno). My husband decided to find some new recipes for banana peppers by doing some research on the internet- because you can only eat grilled peppers so many times.

While he was searching he also found a really great lamb chop recipe as well. Add in a side of grilled zucchini and it was a terrific meal. Who doesn’t love a great man in the kitchen!

Feta Stuffed Banana Peppers
Adapted from

5 large banana peppers, tops off and seeded
Olive Oil
Feta Cheese or Goat Cheese

In a zip lock bag add salt, pepper and a little olive oil. Place cleaned peppers in bag and seal. Coat the peppers with mixture and remove from bag. Grill peppers on medium-high heat (with cover shut) for about 5 minutes on each side. Take off the grill and stuff with feta cheese (we used garlic feta) and place peppers back on grill and grill for another 2 minutes until cheese is melted.

Lamb Chop Marinade
From Cooks.com

¼ c. vegetable oil
2 T. soy sauce
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and pressed
1 T. ginger
1 T. rosemary
1 T. lemon juice
¼ c. Djon mustard
8 lamb chops

Brush marinade liberally on all sides and let sit overnight in the refrigerator. The next day let the meat come to room temp. Cook on grill 3-4 minutes per side (this all depends on the thickness of the meat).

June 19, 2009

Hilton Head Here We Come

My vacation offically begins today, although we don't fly-out until this weekend. Hilton Head, South Carolina is the destination and we are really looking forward to a much needed vacation! Everyone keeps telling us better take a vacation now because when the baby comes it will be much, much harder to get away!

I'll have photos to post when we return! Until then here's a recipe that's sure to be a favorite. It's blueberry season in Missouri, be sure and choose local blueberries from a local you-pick berry farm.

Summer Blueberry Cobbler
1 cobbler top recipe (See Below)
2 qt blueberries
1-1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup corn starch
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs lemon juice
3 tbs butter

2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 tbs sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 salt
1-1/2 cups heavy cream

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir in the cream. Knead by hand for about 30 seconds and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Roll out the dough on a floured work surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Cover the top of the berries with the dough.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except the butter in a non reactive bowl and place the mixture in a casserole dish. Dot the top of the berries with the butter, place the top over the berries.

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until crust has become a chestnut brown color.

June 14, 2009

Steamed Sesame Vegetable Medley

This basic recipe works for almost any fresh veggies. You can cook them in the same steamer basket, adding the more tender produce as the cooking progresses. Steaming times given here are approximate, due to variations of vegetable piece size and pot choice. Of course, amount of doneness is up to you, so take a bite now and then during cooking time to test for your desired consistency. Serve over hot quinoa or brown rice.

Steamed Sesame Vegetable Medley
From What to Expect.com

Sesame Sauce:
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
½ tsp Asian sesame oil
1 Tbsp sesame seeds

1 stalk broccoli
1 cup baby carrots
½ cup snow peas or green beans

For sauce: In medium bowl, combine vinegar and soy sauce. Whisk in oils until combined.

For broccoli: Trim stalk into florets; cut florets in half vertically. Steam over boiling water, covered, for 8 minutes or until crisp-tender. For carrots: Steam, covered, over boiling water for 5 minutes or until they just yield to the tip of a knife. For snow peas: Steam, covered, over boiling water for 1 minute or until crisp-tender. For beans: Halve beans. Steam, covered, over boiling water for 8 minutes or until crisp-tender.

In large bowl, toss vegetables with sauce until combined. Garnish with sesame seeds. Serve hot over quinoa or brown rice.

Serves 1.

Make ahead: Vegetables can be steamed 1 day ahead. Refrigerate, covered. Warm before serving. Sauce can be made 3 days ahead. Stir before using. Add sesame seeds just before serving.