Brownifer Bites: September 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Shrimp Remoulade

When I visited New Orleans in my early 20's - this was by far my favorite dish to eat everywhere we went.  I spent every morning at Pat O'Brien's with a Hurricane and a Shrimp Remoulade salad.  When I came home - I missed these babies so much!

I have found several recipes online with different variations of remoulade sauce - all of which are delicious.  But I do have my favorite and it's easier than you might think!  Just PLEASE be sure to let your sauce sit in the refrigerator for a while and let those flavors mingle - it's SO important for your final product!

And never toss the shrimp into the big bowl of your sauce - you'll contaminate everything.  Keep the sauce stored separately and toss in a small bowl ONLY what you'll be eating.  Trust me.  The sauce can make the shrimp limp if it's in there too long, too.

Go recipe hunting and make your own 'Nawlins shrimp salad! :-)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Trout Cakes and Mashed Potatoes

The kiddos love to cook with us!  Well, sometimes.  Today was a college football day and a few of them just weren't in the mood to sit and watch the games.  Now, I know they can make mashed potatoes, so that was easy.  But what else to use?  All I could think of was some trout that we had caught and cooked that was waiting to be eaten in the refrigerator.

So we de-boned the meat and made trout cakes!  The kids love to impress their dad and I with pretty plating when they make food - so this was their final product!  Of course, potatoes and trout aren't a usual pairing but ... the kids were so proud and ... both were delicious so ... win/win!

Happy Footballing, college fans!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Brownie's Birthday Dinner

We were so swamped this weekend with my sister-in-law's wedding!  Somehow, the kids and I pulled off plans to make Brownie a fabulous dinner we knew he'd love.

The kids helped me make the French Onion Soup, his favorite, they made the mashed potatoes and one of my stepson's even took his Bobby Flay perfect grilling instructions out to the BBQ grill and grilled the steaks 100% by himself!  He did an amazing job and we are SO incredibly proud of him!

Brownie was relaxing and enjoying watching us go in and out of the kitchen - it was a fabulous birthday dinner for him, he loved it!

Our kids are awesome!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Canned Tomatoes

Gorgeous tomatoes out of the garden, waiting to be canned!

Being a Foodie is always about quality ingredients in our opinion.  We grow tomatoes, we can the tomatoes.  They're delicious straight out of the jar over pasta in the fall and winter and they are the perfect base for sauces when we want to make Italian food!

If you don't have a garden or you don't produce enough in your garden to can in jars, I suggest finding a local farm or market selling tomatoes by the pound and getting 30 - 60 lbs and canning them!  You won't regret it.  In fact, you may become dependent on them and panic if you run out of jars.  No need for a pressure canner, these babies use a simple water bath.

Home Canned Tomatoes, cooling.
For the record:  no, this really wasn't enough jars for this past winter :-)  We'll be doing more this year!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Ducks on The Patio!

So we finally got a TV mounted out on the covered patio this year!  Of course we will be having lots of gamedays out here, but this was our first!  As a house divided, we will have some Beavers games as well!  This way, everyone can grill their food and never miss a play or a bad call!

Brownie even had his neon sign out and plugged in....

Now on to the food - you know that's our favorite part!  We made sure snacks were available and ... that they were all green and yellow!  It was a fun day!