party food – The Culinary Chase http://theculinarychase.com support local Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:47:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 holiday party food – part 2 http://theculinarychase.com/2016/12/holiday-party-food-part-2/ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:13:05 +0000 http://theculinarychase.com/?p=13301 At this point, the rush of the holiday season is in full swing.  On my previous post, I suggested three, easy-to-make party food treats and the three I have chosen today are just as easy.  Chocolate is a crowd-pleaser and lovely to have on hand when your friends and family pop over.  Making your own […]

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At this point, the rush of the holiday season is in full swing.  On my previous post, I suggested three, easy-to-make party food treats and the three I have chosen today are just as easy.  Chocolate is a crowd-pleaser and lovely to have on hand when your friends and family pop over.  Making your own is easier than you may think.  Include your kids to help out when making Christmas bark and when your guest asks who made it they can gleefully say they helped.  The onion dip is a cinch to whip up and any leftover can be used as a spread in a sandwich, slathered on a hamburger, thinned out with milk to make a dressing, tossed with pasta.  Savoury palmiers are delicate bites and need little ingredients to enjoy.  This recipe uses my homemade spice rub but you can omit the rub and add fresh herbs such as thyme, sage or oregano and top with cheese.

Christmas bark – make and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks (if it lasts that long!).  Make a big batch and give to those who enjoy homemade gifts.

Onion dip – sure you can buy the commercial version but making your own allows you to control the ingredients and omit any additives commonly found in the dips you buy at the grocery store.

Savoury palmiers – flaky and light.  Make these ahead and pop into the oven before your friends arrive.

Well, folks, 2016 is almost over and I leave you with this little message:  the blessing of peace, the beauty of hope, the spirit of love, the comfort of faith.  May these be your gifts this holiday season.

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holiday party food http://theculinarychase.com/2016/12/holiday-party-food/ Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:51:26 +0000 http://theculinarychase.com/?p=13282 Twelve days to Christmas! Yikes! Why is it with the best-laid plans things slip? I finally got around to making my first ever Christmas cracker snaps even though I had the materials 2-weeks ago.  They were a cinch to make and took half an hour to assemble.  I think the same goes with party food.  […]

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holiday-party-food-collageTwelve days to Christmas! Yikes! Why is it with the best-laid plans things slip? I finally got around to making my first ever Christmas cracker snaps even though I had the materials 2-weeks ago.  They were a cinch to make and took half an hour to assemble.  I think the same goes with party food.  We create lists of what we plan to make and yet as the date draws closer, it’s as if we never had a plan and we’re scrambling to pull it off.  Easy and simple to make, that’s my motto.  In the next few days, I’ll share some of my favourite party food with you.  Today’s post highlights the fun stuff – nibbles.

Polenta Treats – making your own polenta is easy but if you are pressed for time, buy commercial.  Assemble ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator before baking in the oven.  These treats take 10 minutes to cook!

Pork Belly Bites – this is one dish you can’t mess up.  Pork belly is where bacon comes from (bacon is the cured/smoked part) and is usually found in the meat section of your grocery store.  If not, ask your butcher.  These bites take all of 10 minutes to cook and dress up with honey and soy sauce.  Make this as your guests arrive, give them a toothpick and dig in!

Turkey Meatballs – an Asian-inspired finger food guaranteed to make your guests salivate.  Another party food to make ahead of the arrival of your guests.  Allow a few minutes for the meatballs to cool slightly before serving in lettuce cups – you don’t want your guests to burn their mouths.

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pizza smoked mozzarella and lemon slices http://theculinarychase.com/2016/04/pizza-smoked-mozzarella-lemon/ Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:19:45 +0000 http://theculinarychase.com/?p=12348 If I were to take a poll to find out what toppings people like to see on their pizza, I’ll bet tomato sauce, cheese, and some sort of meat would be at the top of the list.  Pizza is a centuries old snack although 2,000 years ago it looked more like a flatbread with olive […]

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pizza with smoked mozzarella and lemon slicesIf I were to take a poll to find out what toppings people like to see on their pizza, I’ll bet tomato sauce, cheese, and some sort of meat would be at the top of the list.  Pizza is a centuries old snack although 2,000 years ago it looked more like a flatbread with olive oil and cheese.  Hard to believe, though, that tomatoes introduced to Europe from the Americas in the 1600’s were considered poisonous by the locals.  It wasn’t until the 1700’s when the Napolese added tomatoes to their flatbread; the birthplace of pizza.

If you’re like me and experiment with different toppings, you open up a whole new pizza world.  If you’re Italian, the thought of placing fruit on a pizza is sacrilege but hear me out.  I’m not proposing ham and pineapple which, by the way, I enjoyed in my younger days.  However, taste buds do mature and the thought of that combination makes me shudder.  Rather, what I am suggesting is to keep an open mind to toppings that may seem like strange bedfellows.  Consider, for example, how nicely pear and blue cheese go together.  These two toppings are lovely on a pizza.  Or how about a Turkish meat pizza (aka pide or lahmacun) with minced lamb, eggplant and red pepper.  A cracked egg in the middle of a quattro stagioni pizza is another delicious topping before it heads to the oven.  The key to making a scrumptious pizza, is to not overpower the base with many toppings.  This will result in a soggy middle.  Also keep in mind that the base does not always need to be smothered in a tomato sauce.  Some of my most memorable pizzas did not include it.

pizza smoked mozzarella and lemon slices
 
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Pizza is a centuries old meal although 2,000 years ago it looked more like a flatbread with olive oil and cheese. Hard to believe, though, that tomatoes introduced to Europe from the Americas in the 1600’s were considered poisonous by the locals. It wasn’t until the 1700’s when the Napolese added tomatoes to their flatbread; the birthplace of pizza.
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Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • commercial pizza dough or homemade
  • 4 lemon slices (thinly cut)
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, thickly sliced
  • handful or 2 mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 generous handfuls of rocket (arugula)
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • smoked mozzarella, sliced
  • 4 slices of prosciutto
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 520f or hottest setting. In a frying pan over moderate heat add a splash of olive oil and sauté mushrooms until cooked. Add sliced garlic and sauté until golden on both sides. Move to the side of the pan and add lemon slices. Simmer and allow heat to gently soften the lemon slices and flip over. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, dress rocket with extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt; toss to combine.
  2. Roll pizza dough out onto a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The paper will help the dough from shrinking back and easier to clean up afterwards. Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil over dough and use your fingers to smear the oil out. Place mushroom and garlic slices on top. Cut lemon slices in half and arrange on dough. Add mozzarella to any bald spots. Place in oven and cook 5 minutes or until bubbly.
  3. Remove from oven and top with dressed rocket and prosciutto slices. Add a splash of EVOO if needed and a light sprinkling of sea salt.

 

mushroom, garlic, lemon slicespizza baseThe Culinary Chase’s Note:  Allow oven to sit at highest temperature for at least 15 minutes.  A hot oven will produce a nice bubbly result.  Enjoy!

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savory palmiers http://theculinarychase.com/2015/11/savory-palmiers/ http://theculinarychase.com/2015/11/savory-palmiers/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:01:39 +0000 http://theculinarychase.com/?p=11687 These delicate, but easy-to-make French pastries can be sweet or savory.  Palmiers, named so because they look like palm trees or the shape of an elephant’s ear, uses puff pastry for its base.  Traditionally, simple ingredients such as sugar and cinnamon are sprinkled over the pastry then folded, rolled, sliced and baked in the oven.  […]

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savory palmiersThese delicate, but easy-to-make French pastries can be sweet or savory.  Palmiers, named so because they look like palm trees or the shape of an elephant’s ear, uses puff pastry for its base.  Traditionally, simple ingredients such as sugar and cinnamon are sprinkled over the pastry then folded, rolled, sliced and baked in the oven.  The festive season is just around the corner and these delicious morsels will take center stage when you present them at your next party.

Makes 30
2 sheets butter puff pastry, thawed
all-purpose spice rub (use mine or your own)
1 cup grated pecorino cheese

Preheat oven to 400f.

Take one sheet of puff pastry and place on work surface. Unroll on the paper it came in. Sprinkle spice rub all over the surface followed by the cheese. There are a couple of ways to prepare the pastry. Roll up one edge until it meets in the middle of the pastry and do the same for the other edge. Chill for 20 minutes in the fridge. Remove from fridge and slice 1/2-inch thick. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet at least 2-inches apart.  Repeat with second sheet of puff pastry.  Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and puffed. The other is the way I prepped mine which you can see by the following photos. I’ve used both methods and I think either work well…you decide.

palmier Collage

Palmier Collage

Palmier CollageThe Culinary Chase’s Note:  For sweet palmiers, try nutella or your favorite jam.  Feeling more like a savory one?  Brush with pesto or tapenade.  Keep in mind not to laden the pastry with your topping.  The idea is to keep it light thus allowing the ingredients to compliment the pastry.  Enjoy!

savory palmiers
 
These delicate, but easy-to-make French pastries can be sweet or savory. Palmiers, named so because they look like palm trees or the shape of an elephant’s ear, uses puff pastry for its base. Traditionally, simple ingredients such as sugar and cinnamon is sprinkled over the pastry then folded, rolled, sliced and baked in the oven.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 30
Ingredients
  • 2 sheets butter puff pastry, thawed
  • all-purpose spice rub (use mine or your own)
  • 1 cup grated pecorino cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400f.
  2. Take one sheet of puff pastry and place on work surface. Unroll on the paper it came in. Sprinkle spice rub all over the surface followed by the cheese.
  3. There are a couple of ways to prepare the pastry. Roll up one edge until it meets in the middle of the pastry and do the same for the other edge. Chill for 20 minutes in the fridge. Remove from fridge and slice ½-inch thick. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet at least 2-inches apart. Repeat with second sheet of puff pastry. The other is the way I prepped mine which you can see by the following photos. I’ve used both methods and I think either work well…you decide.
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The Culinary Chase’s Note: For sweet palmiers, try nutella or your favorite jam. Feeling more like a savory one? Brush with pesto or tapenade. Keep in mind not to laden the pastry with your topping. The idea is to keep it light thus allowing the ingredients to compliment the pastry. Enjoy!

 

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Onion Dip – made from scratch http://theculinarychase.com/2015/02/onion-dip-made-scratch/ Mon, 02 Feb 2015 20:21:20 +0000 http://theculinarychase.com/?p=9503 As a youngster and young adult, one of my favorite junk foods was French Onion Dip and a bag of rippled potato chips.  It’s been years since I last snacked on a commercial onion dip but the other day while I was at the grocery store, I really wanted to buy one.  Instead, my inner […]

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Onion DipAs a youngster and young adult, one of my favorite junk foods was French Onion Dip and a bag of rippled potato chips.  It’s been years since I last snacked on a commercial onion dip but the other day while I was at the grocery store, I really wanted to buy one.  Instead, my inner healthy voice said no and that I could easily make my own (party pooper!)The problem with a craving is that you want it posthaste and sometimes the thought of having to prolong that craving, one tends to succumb to purchasing a commercial brand.  Let’s face it, homemade allows you to tailor it to your own nutritional needs and this recipe is easy to make.  Once you make this onion dip, you’ll find it difficult to revert to the store-bought version.

2 cups sliced or diced onions
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 to 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

In a sauté pan over medium heat add a tablespoon of olive oil and butter. When butter has melted, add onions and garlic, reduce heat to low and cook until soft and onions have started to turn golden (about 15 to 20 minutes). Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

In a bowl combine mayonnaise, yogurt and Worcestershire sauce. Add onion mixture and season to taste.  Refrigerate for half an hour (or longer to allow flavors to develop) and stir again before serving.

The Culinary Chase’s Note: If cooking sliced onions, chop after it’s cooked before adding to mayo/yogurt mixture.  You may need to add more yogurt or mayonnaise depending how thick or thin you like the dip.  Also, keep an eye on the garlic…you don’t want it to burn.  Enjoy!

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Make your own dip and tailor it to your own nutritional needs.
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Recipe type: dip
Cuisine: party food
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sliced or diced onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. In a sauté pan over medium heat add a tablespoon of olive oil and butter. When butter has melted, add onions and garlic, reduce heat to low and cook until soft and onions have started to turn golden (about 15 to 20 minutes). Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. In a bowl combine mayonnaise, yogurt and Worcestershire sauce. Add onion mixture and season to taste. Refrigerate for half an hour (or longer to allow flavors to develop) and stir again before serving.
Notes
If cooking sliced onions, chop after it’s cooked before adding to mayo/yogurt mixture. You may need to add more yogurt or mayonnaise depending how thick or thin you like the dip. Keep an eye on the garlic...you don't want it to burn. Enjoy!

 

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Aussie Meat Pies http://theculinarychase.com/2014/06/aussie-meat-pies/ Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:11:08 +0000 http://theculinarychase.com/?p=7228 Meat pies in Australia and New Zealand are what apple pie is to North America – iconic. Years ago John and I visited Australia and everyone kept telling us to try the Aussie meat pies.  Not one to turn down an opportunity to see what all the fuss was, we tried our very first meat […]

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Aussie meat pieMeat pies in Australia and New Zealand are what apple pie is to North America – iconic. Years ago John and I visited Australia and everyone kept telling us to try the Aussie meat pies.  Not one to turn down an opportunity to see what all the fuss was, we tried our very first meat pie from a roadside convenience store in Rosebud.  Wow!  I’ve had meat pies before but none could have prepared me for the down-to-earth flavor sensation of this national dish.  Must have been the gravy-like meat mixture that had us hooked as we tried at least six different locations offering meat pies and all were downright scrumptious!  They’re a favorite at sporting events (football and rugby) and construction sites.  It’s the perfect snack food for on the run.

Makes 10 to 12 pies
adapted from Tobie Puttock

500g medium ground beef
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 cup beef stock
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon tomato paste
4 strips of bacon, chopped
ready rolled pie pastry

meat sauceCook bacon with garlic, rosemary, and onion over medium heat. Let this simmer, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and translucent (8 – 10 minutes). Turn heat up to medium-high and add ground beef. Stir to break up chunks. Lower heat to medium and once the meat is cooked, add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and stir to combine. Then add about a cup of beef stock. Bring to a boil and turn heat down to low (gentle simmer). While this is simmering, take cornstarch and mix it with a bit of water and pour this over the beef. Simmer until the meat sauce has thickened and has a gravy-like consistency. Remove from heat and allow meat sauce to cool.

pastryPreheat oven to 400f. Lay the pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut out 3-inch circles. Grease a muffin pan and gently place the pastry dough inside the pan. Fill with meat sauce.  Top with a pastry circle and pinch edges or use a fork to press edges to seal. Place pies on a baking tray and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.  To remove from pan, run a knife around the edge and pop out the meat pie.  The Australians serve their meat pies with ketchup.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:
Make sure the meat sauce is cool otherwise it will make the bottom of the pie crust soggy.  These are good the next day and can be reheated or served cold.  Enjoy!

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Grilled Pineapple http://theculinarychase.com/2014/06/grilled-pineapple/ Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:45:42 +0000 http://theculinarychase.com/?p=7125 This is such an easy, no fuss, and delicious dessert to make. Grilled pineapple can be served on its own, with ice cream or a dollop of yogurt.  I’ve been grilling pineapple for years and it’s always a crowd pleaser.  I have been asked before how to pick a ripe pineapple.  When we lived in […]

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grilled pineappleThis is such an easy, no fuss, and delicious dessert to make. Grilled pineapple can be served on its own, with ice cream or a dollop of yogurt.  I’ve been grilling pineapple for years and it’s always a crowd pleaser.  I have been asked before how to pick a ripe pineapple.  When we lived in Asia fresh pineapple was never an issue but if you don’t live near a plantation, it can be a hit and miss.  Because ripening stops once it has been harvested, the best way to choose is buy fresh-looking pineapples with green leaves and a firm shell.  If you’re planning to eat the pineapple within a few days, store at room temperature otherwise place in the refrigerator and it will keep a bit longer.  Grilling makes the pineapple sweeter and with it covered in sugar you end up with a caramelized flavor coming through.  Yum!

Serves 4 to 6
1 pineapple – peeled, cored and cut into wedges
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
pinch of ground cardamom (optional)
vanilla ice cream
handful of mint leaves, chopped (chiffonade)

pineapple wedgesIn a bowl toss pineapple wedges with cinnamon, brown sugar and cardamom.  Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Preheat a barbeque over medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.  Make sure the grates are clean otherwise the pineapple will pick up the flavors of the last time it was used.  Grill pineapple wedges until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes per side.  Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, spoon over some of the pineapple juice and sprinkle with mint.

pineapple wedges on the bbqThe Culinary Chase’s Note:  The longer the pineapple sits, the more juice it makes.  For sheer decadence, melt dark chocolate and pour over using a spoon.  Enjoy!

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Eton Mess http://theculinarychase.com/2014/06/eton-mess/ Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:59:04 +0000 http://theculinarychase.com/?p=6960 If you haven’t heard of Eton Mess, you’re in for a real treat!  It’s an English dessert, served in the food hall at Eton College, and is a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue and whipped cream.  It’s so easy to make and a perfect dish for those novices wanting to try baked meringue…and don’t worry […]

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Eton Mess by The Culinary ChaseIf you haven’t heard of Eton Mess, you’re in for a real treat!  It’s an English dessert, served in the food hall at Eton College, and is a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue and whipped cream.  It’s so easy to make and a perfect dish for those novices wanting to try baked meringue…and don’t worry if the meringue collapses or weeps – no one will notice once they take a bite.  This dessert is perfect for entertaining as it only needs to be assembled at the last minute.  I made the Eton mess on Saturday as we had friends over for a barbecue.  Our back deck overlooks a small field that has a dozen or so apple trees.  The blossoms inspired me to create a simple, easy-going meal followed by a casual yet simply delicious dessert.

strawberries, hulled and chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
store-bought or homemade meringue (recipe below)
softly whipped cream

Homemade Meringue –
3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cups superfine white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

apple treesPreheat oven to 300f (150c). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and using a dinner plate draw a 9-inch circle on the parchment paper.

In a large bowl beat the egg whites (using a whisk attachment) on medium speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat the whites until they hold soft peaks. Add sugar, a bit at a time, and continue to beat until thick and glossy. Fold in the vanilla extract. The meringue is done when it holds stiff peaks. Pinch some of the meringue between your thumb and finger and rub it.  It should feel silky not gritty. If it feels gritty the sugar has not fully dissolved so keep beating until it feels smooth between your fingers.

Spoon mixture inside the circle drawn on the parchment paper. Working from the center, spread mixture toward the outside edge.  Bake for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, open the door ajar, and allow meringue to cool in the oven.

apple blossoms by The Culinary Chase

nature’s own centerpiece

While meringue is in the oven, toss strawberries with sugar and allow to sit at room temperature.  You may need to adjust the amount of sugar depending upon how sweet the strawberries are.

To assemble, crumble meringue in a dish followed by whipped cream and strawberries.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:
This dish is so light and airy.  Its presentation doesn’t need to be fussed with whether you fold in the ingredients or layer it.  If you have any leftover meringue, it will keep in an air-tight container for several days.  Enjoy!

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Grilled Oysters with Tarragon Butter http://theculinarychase.com/2014/05/grilled-oysters-tarragon-butter/ Fri, 30 May 2014 19:40:49 +0000 http://theculinarychase.com/?p=6832 I’m not a fan of raw oysters (lord knows I’ve tried many times).  I prefer mine cooked or smoked and these grilled oysters with tarragon butter are absolutely de-lish!  They’re about as close to raw as I’ll ever get!  And, if you’re like me, shucking oysters take a bit of practice before getting the hang […]

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Grilled Oysters with Tarragon ButterI’m not a fan of raw oysters (lord knows I’ve tried many times).  I prefer mine cooked or smoked and these grilled oysters with tarragon butter are absolutely de-lish!  They’re about as close to raw as I’ll ever get!  And, if you’re like me, shucking oysters take a bit of practice before getting the hang of it.  Mr. S. loves raw oysters so I will shuck for him…ain’t love grand! When oysters are cooked in their shells on the barbecue, the heat from the grill steams the oysters and pops the shells open, while poaching the oysters inside.  This recipe is where I happily announce I have slurped down an oyster!

Serves 2
12 oysters
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (more if you like it hot!)
1 tablespoon tarragon leaves, chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To make the tarragon butter, combine all ingredients (except the oysters) in a small bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.

raw oystersFire up the barbeque. Wash the shells and place oysters (cup side on bottom as shown in above photo) on the barbeque. Lower barbeque lid and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or longer depending on oyster size. Carefully remove the oysters – you don’t want to spill the natural poaching liquid. The shells should have opened a bit so pry the rest of the way open with an oyster knife or screwdriver.

Cut the muscle that connect the shells, leaving the oyster on the half shell. Take a teaspoon of the tarragon butter and place on each oyster. Return the oysters to the grill, lower the lid and cook until the butter is melted and the oysters are hot, about 1 minute. Serve immediately.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:
  Use the grooves of the grill to help keep the oysters level.  Oven mitts or a potholder works well when opening the oysters.  Serve with a lovely glass of chardonnay. Enjoy!

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Quinoa Barley Salad http://theculinarychase.com/2014/05/quinoa-barley-salad/ Wed, 21 May 2014 18:28:46 +0000 http://theculinarychase.com/?p=6730 Spring is such a pretty time of the year with new growth, greenery, flowers and birds singing. Many will embark on a Spring cleaning campaign of their homes, open up cottages, and plant gardens all of which require a well-fueled body. This quinoa barley salad will keep you satiated for hours and give you the […]

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Quinoa Barley Salad by The Culinary ChaseSpring is such a pretty time of the year with new growth, greenery, flowers and birds singing. Many will embark on a Spring cleaning campaign of their homes, open up cottages, and plant gardens all of which require a well-fueled body. This quinoa barley salad will keep you satiated for hours and give you the energy to fulfill those Spring cleanup chores. Barley has a chewy, pasta-like consistency. It’s a super grain in my books – rich in fiber (helps lower cholesterol and good for intestinal health) and helps curb your appetite for high calorie food. Quinoa, the super seed hailing from South America, is high in protein, good source of riboflavin, and is low glycemic index (won’t spike your blood sugar). This salad is perfect for a pot luck gathering, barbeque or picnic.

Serves 4 to 6
1 cup pearl barley
1/2 cup red quinoa
1 tablespoon minced garlic
handful fresh mint leaves, chopped
handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped
zest of one lemon
juice of half a lemon
heirloom tomato, roughly chopped
yellow cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
olive oil

Cook barley and quinoa according to package instructions. Allow to cool to room temperature.
lemons zested by The Culinary ChaseIn a large bowl add herbs, garlic, lemon zest and juice. Mix to combine and then add quinoa and barley. Toss and add tomatoes. If the mixture looks dry, add enough olive oil to moisten. Adjust seasoning according to taste. Serve room temperature or cold.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:
A vegetarian delight! Add crumbled feta cheese, chopped cucumber for added crunch and fresh dill. Enjoy!

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