101 Cooking For Two - Everyday Recipes for Two: July 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fresh Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Mixed Greens

Fresh strawberry vinaigrette with sliced berries topping mixed greens for a great tasting simple summer lunch. Add some chopped walnuts for that extra crunch. Ummmm good.

Inspired by a Rachel Ray Food Network recipe that used strawberry jam I modified to use fresh berries instead.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Berry Crisp for Two

A great breakfast (or dessert) treat for the ones you love. Use any berries you have and topped with a crumble top, bake until crispy and you have a great treat.

This is a modified American Test Kitchen recipe but I don't own the book it's in (about the only one I don't own) so I went Googling. The first version had a few spelling errors and I felt some missing ingredients (no link for you) but the second version looked good (In Good Taste).  I combined the two since there were several other differences.
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Friday, July 20, 2012

Easiest Corn on the Cob

DON'T SHUCK THAT CORN...There is no easier method, just toss them in an oven. Microwave or regular oven... either will do. No husking the corn. Just toss them in.  It's just a matter of seating the timer.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pulled Pork on a Gas Grill - Not That Hard

Pulled Pork on a Gas Grill - Not That Hard from 101 Cooking For Two
How to cook pulled pork on a gas grill? Not all of us have smokers. There are a lot of gas grills out there. Shouldn't we have pulled pork too. I say yes. Pulled pork for all... and with a little planning it is not that hard. Just plan enough time.

When I first tied this several years ago and it came out OK but really was somewhat under cooked. I only had 8 hours and it wasn't enough. So lesson learned. I did a test cooking the day before this cooking with ribs and balanced the grill temp to about 250. Having experimented with the ribs, I was ready to go the next morning.
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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Parmesan Roasted Green Beans

Dress up those green beans. Roasting always brings out the taste of veggies. Add some fresh grated Parmesan cheese and you have some easy side dish heaven.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes from 101 Cooking For Two
Crispy... Tasty... Simple... Some of my favorite words. My type of recipe. An easy potato side dish that will become one of your all time favorites.

The basic idea is to boil some smaller potatoes in salt water until soft. About 30 minutes. Smash them on a oiled pan, top with oil, salt, pepper and anything else you want. Then bake them at a relatively high temp until browning  and crunchy. About 20 minutes. Your basic 2/10 skill level.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Holiday Food Safety

Repost from July 4, 2011... it is all still true.

This bad boy is E.coli 0157:H7 sometimes called the hamburger bug and you may get it or any of many other nice buggies if you're not careful out there this weekend. The above E.coli can cause renal failure and even death. Not just a little stomach upset but death. Yes, I'm trying to get your attention.

It is up to you to keep your friends, family and children safe from these things. It is not that hard but after every major holiday I see many children with food poisoning. Fortunately most case are self-limiting meaning they get well.  But it is all avoidable.  

There are a lot of safety tips that should obey this weekend but since this is a cooking blog, I will concentrate on the food related ones. This is not a comprehensive list but just some good reminders.
General Facts:
  • Unwashed hands and surfaces are a prime cause of foodborne illnesses. Hot soapy water is your friend.
  • Cross-contamination is the most common cause of  foodborne illnesses. Keep food prep away from serving areas.
  • Bacteria multiply rapidly between 40 and 140 °F. 
  • Thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables. 
Meat handling:
  • Thaw meat in the refrigerator not the kitchen counter. About 5 hours per pound so plan ahead.
  •  Marinate foods in the refrigerator, not on the counter. Do not use the marinade for anything else, it is contaminated. If you want to use it on the meat during cooking reserve some separately before adding the food. 
  • Wash plates, utensils, and cutting boards that touched raw meat or poultry before using again.
Cooking temperatures: These are the minimum safe temperatures.
Burger and ground meats: 160
Chicken: 165
More safe temperature information at The USDA

Serving safely
  • Cold foods: If set out then no longer than 2 hours or 1 hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees.  Or you can keep them cooled to 40 degrees or less.
  • Hot food should be kept at or above 140°F.
  • Refrigerate or freeze leftover foods promptly. If over the time limits then discard.

More food safety information at The FDA.

From "Hill Street Blues" Sergeant Phil Esterhaus: 
Hey, let's be careful out there.


July 1 2012