Posts tagged: lemonIt’s hard to believe the first month of the New Year is already over! Have you been able to stick to your New Year’s resolution to eat a little healthier in 2015? If you haven’t, this bacon kale salad will make you want to hop back on the healthy train and get some greens in your belly. Of course, the fact that it has bacon is the first thing that is catching your attention – who can resist Pig of the Month Applewood Smoked Maple Bacon? No one. Ever. I can’t seem to stop myself from wrapping things in bacon and to be honest, I don’t want to stop. These little lemon pepper bacon wrapped shrimp skewers are the perfect spring recipe to kick off the grilling season! They are so simple to make, the marinade comes together in a snap, and the lemon pepper bacon is my new favorite bacon flavor! It has just the right amount of tart acidity to balance the thick-cut, greasy, delicious por Lemon meringue mason jar pies are sweet, tart and incredibly simple to pull together for your summer celebrations and barbecues. With a crust, filling and topping that come together in minutes, you are only 20 minutes away from a fresh, fruity dessert that no one will be able to resist. These mixed berry mason jar pies are so gosh darn cute, you will be able to make your worst enemy a friend simply by handing them one. The mix of the three berries is delicious and the addition of lemon zest really brings out those tart and sweet flavors. No need to fight over who gets the biggest piece anymore! Everyone gets their own, perfectly individual-sized portion.
Still wondering what in the world you're going to get that special someone for Christmas this year? Don't worry, because I've got you covered with these chocolate dipped candied citrus slices!
After a while, buying presents gets a bit tough because everyone seems to have everything they need or want. When you want to show you care, I always say go for the tastebuds. Nothing says I love you like a plate full of beautifully candied citrus slices, dipped in chocolate and served with a bow, am I right?
These elegant slices of sugary citrus are dipped in dark chocolate and look so fancy, no one will know that it took you very little time and effort to create them.
INSTRUCTIONS: In a large skillet, heat water and sugar over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Add the orange and lemon slices and continue to cook over medium heat, turning from time to time. Once the liquid is reduced to a thick syrup and the slices are translucent, approximately 20 minutes, reduce heat to low and simmer until the syrup is thick. Turn the slices occasionally as then cook, approximately 10 minutes.
Transfer the slices to a cooling rack and you can save the syrup to use as a citrus simple syrup in cocktails! Cool the slices for at least 12 hours before dipping.
Dip the citrus slices halfway into the melted chocolate and set on parchment paper to harden, approximately 1 hour. Package in cute little mini loaf pans and wrap as desired.
Recipe & Photos by Meghan Bassett
It's getting pretty darn chilly outside and personally, I love brightening up my cocktail hour with something light and acidic in the dead of winter. It's like adding a little ray of sunshine to every dreary cold day! Instead of a heavy lemon drop martini or other rich and sweet cocktail, The Detox Cocktail is perfect to brighten up a snowy day AND won't be too bad for that waistline.
That's right, this is a HEALTHY cocktail. I'll pause while you pick your jaws up off the floor... This cocktail has healthy, clean ingredients so you don't have to feel guilty after indulging in a few! Plus there's some apple cider vinegar in there (TRUST ME, it's delicious ok?) which we all know holds magical properties to help your digestion. So if you're feeling a little out of whack or off balance with trying (and failing) to keep with a diet... Just sit back and sip on The Detox Cocktail and feel pretty darn good about your new healthy habit.
INSTRUCTIONS: In a small saucepan, bring vinegar, honey and lemon juice to a boil with thyme sprig. Remove from heat and steep for 5 minutes. Remove thyme sprig. Add honey mixture to a shaker filled with ice. Add vodka and shake well. Strain into rocks glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water. Garnish with lemon wheel and sprig of thyme.
*Recipe and photos by Meghan Bassett
A couple of years ago, we served up a quick go-to appetizer of open-faced pulled pork sliders. We've been using this recipe ever since, but we decided it was about time to make a little update to this bad boy. Why not get on the food porn train and really blow your minds? So we broke out the waffle iron, all the cheese and piled on even more saucy pulled pork for this revisited version of an old fav.
This open-faced slider is the perfect combination of savory, spicy and sweet. Instead of being sandwiched between a bun, this pork sings with the crunchy, spicy coleslaw and the crisp waffle fry. I promise your mouth will be bursting with flavor! These sliders are the perfect opening bite to start your summer BBQ festivities with a bang. You get a little bit of everything you could ever want in each loaded bite!
Any excuse to get extra saucy at a BBQ, am I right? Happy BBQing, piggy fans!
INSTRUCTIONS: Heat up a waffle iron and grease with cooking spray. Add the shredded hash browns in batches, creating the base for your sliders. Remove once golden brown and crispy. Cut the hash brown waffle into 4 pieces. Top each piece of hash brown waffle with one slice of sharp cheddar cheese. Broil until melted. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine coleslaw, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir until coated evenly. Warm the pulled pork in the microwave and stir in more BBQ sauce as desired. Top the cheesy hash brown waffles with pork and top with coleslaw. Serve immediately. Shop This Recipe: Pig of the Month BBQ Pulled Pork Pig of the Month BBQ Sauces Recipe, photos & video by Meghan Bassett