Bacon is arguably the best addition to any meal. Dating back to 1500 BC, bacon is one of the world’s most enjoyed meats. With it’s salty and savory bite, it can be added to a variety of foods to enhance the flavor without having to add salt or drippings. Try adding bacon bits to your ground beef mix for the perfect burger, wrapping it around asparagus to mask the natural asparagus flavor, or add it into your carbonara for that perfect flavorful addition.
It’s National Strawberry Shortcake Day! Celebrate with this deluxe layered recipe that is nothing short of amazing. Sweetened strawberries and a warm rich dough come together for the perfect summer bite.
2 pints strawberries (rinsed, hulled, sliced)
1/3 cup sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
Optional: 3 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter (cold)
5 tablespoons shortening (or use all butter)
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter (melted)
Garnish: whipped cream (sweetened with a little confectioners’ sugar if desired)
Prep strawberries in a large bowl by sprinkling them with 1/3 cup sugar. Cover and let stand for 1 hour before serving.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Use a medium sized mixing bowl and combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
Add in shortening and the 6 tbsp of butter until the mixture reaches a fine crumb consistency. Then add milk and stir with a fork until the flour mixture is moistened.
Knead the dough on a floured surface until just soft enough. 3 to 5 times should do the trick.
Divide the dough into two portions. Place each in a 8 or 9 inch round cake pan and roll them out to fit. Brush the dough with melted butter.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until browned. Then brush each layer with more butter while it sits there warm.
Place one layer and top with sweetened bowl of strawberries and juice from sitting. Place the second layer and add more remaining strawberries. Top with whipped cream, and slice into your piece of heaven!
Summer grilling calls for a variety of recipes, with kabobs coming in on top! Whether it’s a fajita style skewer or a veggie medley, these tips and tricks will make sure your kabobs are the talk of the BBQ.
Kabob Grilling 101
Preheat the grill until you reach a consistent temperature before placing any skewers on it. We recommend around 375 degrees.
Be sure to cut your meat and vegetables into similar sizes so they can cook evenly.
Assess the space on the grill, and cut your meat and vegetables larger than the space between the griddles so they have a larger surface area of heat.
Submerge your wooden skewers in water before cooking to avoid burning the wood.
In order to create the desired grill marks, be sure to let your kabob settle and cook long enough before rotating them.
Add some olive or vegetable oil onto your kabobs before placing them on the grill.
It is helpful to set a timer with each turn to ensure each side of the kabob gets even heat.
Grilling your kabob at a consistent medium heat than cranking the heat up too high. This will help you avoid a tough and burned kabob.
Average Cooking Times
Most meats cook for around 12-15 minutes.
Fish should take around 10 minutes.
Veggies should take around 8-10 minutes.
Build Your Own Kabob
Try some of our favorite kabob pairings!
Steak, Potato & Bell Peppers
Stack together seasoned steak, cubed potatoes, and bell peppers to make this delicious kabob.
Lemon & Garlic Shrimp
Add some citrus flavor to your shrimp skewer and top with garlic, basil and salt and pepper to taste.
Line up mushrooms, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, zucchini and more for the ultimate veggie medley. Top with olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic to complete the palette.
Cube chicken breasts into 1 inch pieces and pair with yellow bell pepper, zucchini, and red onion. Top with olive oil, soy sauce, honey and minced garlic medley. Top with salt and pepper.
Take your favorite meat and throw it on a skewer. Top with salt and pepper to taste and olive oil for browning. Pair with veggie kabobs as a side.
Release your inner artist with this super unique watercolor technique! A delicious snack and your watercolor palette, the beloved candy Nerds is the base to your craft.
All you need is few basic supplies and you have yourself a fun afternoon full of sweets, pretty pictures and sunshine.
Nerds (preferably the small individual color boxes)
Pour each color of Nerds into a separate cup. Pour water in each cup until Nerds are covered. The more water the more diluted the watercolor will be. Mix water and Nerds so the color candy coating is released into water. Grab a piece of paper and paintbrush and start creating your Nerd masterpiece. Have fun!