Get excited boozers, tomorrow is national tequila day! There's no better way to celebrate tequila than with a margarita. You could make classic margaritas, cranberry margaritas, jalapeño margaritas, or cherry margaritas, but since it's Summer and peaches are in season, I'm suggesting you make these sensational peach margaritas. I was a little worried that tequila wouldn't pair well with peaches and was totally surprised upon the first sip — it actually works wonderfully well! The sweetness of the peaches mellows the potent spirit. Trust me, you won't be disappointed: here's the recipe.
Posts for July 23rd 2010
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Grilled Steak and Eggs With Beer and Molasses
1-1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1/2 medium onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup lager-style beer
1-1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
Steak and eggs:
2 1-pound strip steaks (1/2 inch thick)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 grilled eggs (recipe below)
- Make the sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and garlic and saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients; bring to a boil, then simmer until the sauce is reduced to 2 cups, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat a grill to medium-high. Season the steaks with salt and pepper and rub with the oil. Grill for 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
- Make the grilled eggs: Place a cast-iron skillet on the grill; add butter, oil or bacon drippings. Crack in eggs and season to taste (the Neelys use a blend of paprika, sugar and onion powder, plus salt and pepper). Cook until the edges are crisp but the yolks are still runny, 2-3 minutes.
- Slice steak and serve with the beer-molasses sauce and the grilled eggs.
From Everyday Food
1 can (15 1/2 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
2 plum tomatoes, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 strip steak (8 ounces and 1 inch thick)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3 teaspoons olive oil
4 flour tortillas (10-inch or burrito-style)
1-1/2 cups grated pepper jack cheese (6 ounces)
1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- In a medium bowl, combine black beans, cilantro, tomatoes, avocado, lime juice, and cayenne; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
- Rub steak with oregano; season with salt and pepper. In a 10-inch skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over high. Add steak to skillet, and cook, turning once, until browned and still rare, 2 to 3 minutes per side. (Steak will cook a little longer in the quesadillas during baking.)Transfer steak to a cutting board; let rest 5 minutes before slicing 1/4 inch thick.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds. Brush one side of each tortilla with remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Place 1 tortilla, oiled side down, on each of two baking sheets. Dividing evenly, layer with half the cheese, then onion and steak, ending with remaining cheese. Top with remaining tortillas, oiled side up. Press lightly to seal. Bake, turning over once (with a wide spatula), until lightly browned and crispy, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board; cut each quesadilla into 6 triangles. Serve with black-bean salsa and sour cream.
The other day, YumSugar headquarters received a shipment of kombucha. Although it's everywhere — at cafés, farmers markets, and grocery stores in San Francisco — and people who like it swear by its health benefits, I simply don't care that much for its fermented, acrid flavor. I passed the health elixir off to our intern Victoria, who loves the stuff.
But even as a non-Kombucha drinker, I'm intrigued by a recent Good magazine essay that argues mere alcohol content alone could explain kombucha's stress-relieving and cure-all powers: a University of Maine study found at least one major brand contained 2.4 percent alcohol, close to the amount found in some ultralight beers.
If it's the alcohol that give this drink its curative properties, then I'll just take a beer instead. What about you? Do you do kombucha?
Oliver's show, which has the familiar title of Jamie's Thirty Minute Meals, will feature him cooking a "varied and seasonal" meal from scratch in half an hour and is set to air on Britain's Channel 4 during the late afternoon hours. He has reportedly signed up to make 40 episodes of his latest show for a whopping £20 million.
I suppose it's possible for this show to take on a different perspective from the 30-Minute Meals that we know so intimately in the United States, but I'll have to see it to believe it. For the moment, I'm skeptical and think the concepts are too similar. What do you say?
From Food & Wine
Georgia Peach Pie
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (4 ounces) cold solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup ice water
8 large, ripe but firm peaches (3 1/2 pounds)
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, thinly sliced
Egg wash made with 1 egg yolk mixed with 2 tablespoons water
- Prepare the crust: In a food processor, pulse the flour with the sugar and salt until combined. Add the butter and shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and sprinkle the ice water on top. Stir with a fork until a crumbly dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead 2 or 3 times, just until the dough comes together. Cut the dough in half and form into 2 disks; wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out each disk of dough to a 12-inch round. Ease one of the rounds into a 9-inch glass pie plate and transfer the other round to a baking sheet. Refrigerate the dough.
- Make the filling: Preheat the oven to 400°. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and fill a large bowl with ice water. Using a sharp knife, mark a shallow X in the bottom of each peach. Blanch the peaches in the boiling water for about 1 minute, until the skins begin to loosen. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peaches to the ice water to cool.
- Drain and peel the peaches and cut them into 3/4-inch wedges. Transfer the peaches to a large bowl. Add the sugar, lemon juice and flour, toss well and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Pour the peaches and their juices into the chilled pie shell and scatter the butter slices on top.
- Brush the edge of the pie shell with the egg wash and lay the round of dough from the baking sheet on top. Press the edges of the pie shell together to seal and trim the overhang to a 1/2 inch. Fold the edge of the pie dough under itself and crimp decoratively. Brush the remaining egg wash on the top crust and cut a few slits for venting steam.
- Transfer the pie to the oven and place a baking sheet in the bottom to catch any drips. Bake for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°, cover the edge of the pie with foil and bake for about 40 minutes longer, until the filling is bubbling and the crust is deeply golden on the top and bottom. Transfer the pie to a rack to cool completely.
Makes one 9-inch pie.
Make Ahead: The dough can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month. The peach pie can be stored overnight at room temperature.
When inviting friends to join you for a movie in the park, the first things to pack are comfortable chairs, preferably the kind that extend back. Next, you'll need a blanket and picnic basket. An inflatable ice bucket and a bag of ice will ensure that any sparkling, white, or Rosé wine remains chilled. Reusable, stemless plastic glasses are perfect for the park because they can rest on the grass without spilling. Pack the food in takeout cartons, wrap the sandwiches in wax paper, and pour the gazpacho in a colorful thermos. Throw paper napkins and paper plates in the basket next to the containers. For a special surprise, purchase a bunch of movie candy, like Junior Mints and Hot Tamales, and give them to your crew after you've finished the meal.
Have you watched a movie in a park? Please share your success stories!
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