May 2019 Class
I love to grill. It is one of my favorite ways of cooking. The smokey flavor and char is perfect for tender cuts of meat and vegetables. It comes together quickly, leaving you with few dishes to do and always produces delicious results.
So what are we grilling today?
Grilled Shrimp & Beef Kebobs with Avocado Tazatziki Sauce:
Top sirloin and beautiful gulf shrimp are tossed in a wonderful spice mixture of coriander, cumin, garlic, and other spices to create this flavorful summer showcase. The avocado tzatziki sauce is to die for! To be honest, I thought I had come up with avocado tzatziki sauce on my own, and it would be my culinary contribution to the world and launch my career on Food Network as the next Julia Child. You can imagine my disappoint when I found that that Trader Joe’s had beat me to it. Anyways, this is a fantastic sauce to go with our grilled beef and shrimp, but it’s can be used as an excellent appetizer served with pita chips or crudités. It’s even super on sandwiches!
Couscous with apricots, raisins, and pine nuts:
Did you know that couscous isn’t a grain? It’s a pasta! It is just the perfect canvas that you can almost add anything to it. In this recipe, we are cooking it by leaving it out in a baking dish and then covering it with boiling water and plastic wrap. This seals in the steam, which cooks the couscous into little soft puffs of goodness. Apricots, golden raisins, and toasted pine nuts add color, crunch, and sweetness, providing a nice contrast to the spiciness of the meat and the tanginess of the sauce. You can add different dried fruits and nuts, or make a couscous salad and add one of my favorite cheeses: feta cheese. Another great idea is to add leftover cooked veggies and meat to the couscous. Couscous is so versatile that it can be an elegant side or elevated to a hearty main dish.
Semifredo in Italian means “half frozen” or “half soft." This is the sublimely delicious dessert is the perfect ode to summer. Once prepared, you pop in your freezer to freeze; then, it’s ready to serve, waiting for you to slice it and top it with some shaved chocolate. It’s elegant and whimsical at the same time. I jokingly think the clouds in heaven must taste like this. Here’s to hoping all your outdoor entertaining is a slice of heaven!