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Wine ~ Spirits Infused Grilling Planks For Father’s Day!

My blogger friend Anatoli sent me some Beyond Salt and Pepper wine infused cedar grilling planks to try on my grill. Please visit his blog

https://talk-a-vino.com/

to experience his inspiring stories about wine and food.

I was couldn’t wait to get grillin’… then it started to rain and rain and rain. Every day it rained buckets.  So it was difficult to find a time to grill. Then finally the sun peeked through the clouds  we decided NOW we grill!  As soon as we put the food on the grill it started to…you guessed it…rain!  We did not let the raindrops deter us, we were bound and determined to grill.

My sweet husband grilled under the cover of his umbrella.

 

Fresh swordfish sprinkled with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, drizzled with olive oil,

topped with fresh lemon slices, ready for the grill.

Since the planks are soaked for 48 hours in their respective wines or spirits there is no need to pre-soak the planks.  I seasoned the plank by lightly toasting each side on the grill  before cooking the fish.  This imparts more intense flavor and helps prevent warping.

We tested the fish for doneness with a cake tester. This is a favorite chef’s secret:  Insert a cake tester into the thickest part of the fish and leave it there for three seconds. Immediately after removing the cake tester, touch the tip to the skin under your bottom lip for three seconds. (the skin under your lip is especially sensitive to temperature).  If the metal is warm, the fish is done. If it’s hot, the fish is probably overcooked, and if the metal is still cool, keep the fish on the grill awhile longer.

We kept a water bottle close by to spritz on any little flames as the plank got nice and hot. The aroma of the chardonnay coming off the grill was fabulous!

A simple sauce of fresh dill and melted butter was the perfect flavor for the chardonnay infused fish.  The chardonnay plank helped to keep the fish moist and tender.

The perfect pairing ~ Dill Butter Chardonnay Infused Grilled Swordfish with Delamotte Champagne.  Cheers!

Here’s a link to Anatoli’s blog post with more information about Beyond Salt and Pepper Grilling Planks:  https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/4534732/posts/19754

I am looking forward to trying the other plank flavors ~ champagne, merlot, bourbon, rum and beer.  They are easy to order directly from the website, or on Amazon (the website offers a bit wider selection).  For more inspiring grilling ideas follow Beyond Salt and Pepper on Instagram.  There are lots of fun recipes (grilled vegetable recipes for my vegetarian friends too!) on their website.  Recipes include Chardonnay Infused Cedar Planked Shrimps With Blood Orange And Peppercorns, Lamb Chops And Gnocchi On Chardonnay Infused Cedar Planked, Ginger-Marinated Pork Tenderloin On Bourbon Infused Cedar Plank…yum! Let’s get grillin’!

These flavor infused grilling planks will make a fun gift for Dad for Father’s Day on June 17, 2018!

 The planks can be used in the oven. Recommended to preheat the oven to between 360°F. To 420°F depending on the type of food you cook. Always place the planks inside the oven safe tray to prevent juices from splashing all over the oven.
Pop over to the Roanoker Magazine Blog to find some fun rosé wines to enjoy while you grill!

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Tempting Tailgating Recipes

My husband and I recently attended a Tailgating Extravaganza Cooking Class at the Shenandoah Club in Roanoke, Virginia.  Chef Roger Light shared with us his favorite tailgating recipes.  And this was no “mess o’ chicken wings”…this was fancy tailgating with surprisingly simple recipes! Thank you Chef Light!

sangria

We were greeted with our choice of Sangria:  Traditional Red Wine and Fresh Fruit Sangria or Falling Pear Punch.

Here’s Chef Light’s recipe for his fabulous Falling Pear Punch ~

Falling Pear Punch

20 ounces GREY GOOSE®  La Poire (Pear)

15 ounces Sparkling Wine

5 ounces Grand Marnier ®

5 ounces Pear Puree

5 ounces Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

7.5 ounces Lemon Juice

Combine all ingredients in a punch vessel and chill using a large block of ice. Stir gently. Serve in cocktail cups with pear slice garnish/ground cinnamon on top.

This would produce a punch that has a volume of 57.5 ounces.

sangria cup

I consider Sangria to be the 5th food group since it has so many ingredients that are good for us! So I was very happy to get Chef Light’s recipe:

Sangria

1 bottle Red Wine

1/3 bottle Orange Juice

1/3 bottle Vodka

1/3 bottle B&B Brandy

1 Green Apple, diced

1 Orange, zested

1 Cinnamon Stick, cracked

1 cup Simple Syrup

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Cover and chill for several hours in the refrigerator. Pour sangria into a pitcher and serve ice-cold in chilled cocktail cups.

shrimp

The first tailgating tidbit we were served was pickled shrimp. Perfect for stand-up snacking at the game. Followed by delicious deviled eggs, warm bar nuts, ham and gruyere baguettes with mustard butter and avocado and bleu cheese dip with apples.

tailgate eggs

 

Then came the GRILL! We feasted on grilled beef tenderloin and salmon. One of the most delightful treats of the evening was the Texas Barbecue Dry Rub Ribs ~ grilled over charcoal.

tailgate ribs

…here’s Chef Light’s recipe ~ serve with Harvest (Vinegar Based) Slaw

Texas Barbecue Dry Rub

2 tablespoons Chili Powder

2 tablespoons Brown Sugar

2 teaspoons Black Pepper, freshly ground

1 teaspoon Dry Mustard

1 teaspoon Cumin, ground

1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper, ground

tailgate sea salt carmel peanut browniesCoffee with hearts

And for dessert ~ moist chocolately caramel sea salt peanut brownies.

tailgate chilitailgate chili jar

Chef Light sent us home with “Chili-Cornbread Jars” to  enjoy at our leisure.  What a fabulous idea – spicy chili layered with homemade cornbread topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped green onion. Perfect for a hearty snack before the big game!

HAPPY TAILGATING!

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Kittens

Kitten Update:  Ziggy Elman (grey kitten) and Artie Shaw (tabby kitten) are lovin’ life in their new forever home (day 3).  They are devouring their food, ignoring kitten toys because the other kitten’s tail and my fingers and toes are much better to chew on! Ziggy likes to put both feet in his water bowl (go figure)!

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