Category Archives: Food As Gifts

Espresso Dry Rub

I have two friends that are chefs, and we started to talk about dry rubs for grilling, etc.  Oddly enough, I had never made nor used a dry rub before.  So both of them sent me their recipes and I did a mash of the two to my own liking.

Auntie’s All-Purpose Dry Rub

1/2 C. Kosher or Sea Ssalt

1/4 C. Sweet Paprika

1/4 C. Brown Sugar

3 Tbsp. coarsely fresh ground Black Pepper

2 Tbsp. mild Chili Powder

1 1/2 Tbsp. Espresso or ground (very, very fine ground) Coffee

1 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa

1 Tbsp. granulated Garlic

1 Tbsp. granulated Onion

1 Tbsp. ground Cumin

1 Tbsp. ground Cinnamon

1 Tbsp. ground Ginger

1 Tbsp. dried Oregano

1 Tbsp. dried Parsley

Throw everything into a Food Processor and whiz it up.

If using coarse Sea Salt, as I did, whiz the Salt first to your desired texture, then add the remaining ingredients and process.  And remember to shake well before using 😉

Make your own Spice Rub

This recipe yields 2 cups, which with fit nicely in a one pint Mason Jar.  This one’s for my Mom.

Store in airtight containers in your cool, dark cupboard, indefinitely.  But it won’t last too terribly long, `cuz you’ll be using this on everything.  Rubs aren’t just for grilled foods, you could use this mixture for any application.

My favorite way though is to use a generous amount of rub on boneless, thick, center cut Pork Chops and leave them alone in the `fridge for the day or even longer.

I load up my adorable little Gas Grill Smoker Box that I recently purchased and on they go.

And I call that dinner!

**Cook’s note: If you package your Dry Rub in a nice, labeled container, this makes a welcomed gift.

As always, recipes are simply someone else’s idea.  Take it and make it your own.  Maybe try Smoked Paprika, really lovely or some Citrus Zest; how about more Brown Sugar for a sweeter finish.

Enjoy!

Meyer Lemon & Thyme Infused Sea Salt

Meyer Lemons just arrived in our local Green Grocery.  These little darlings have the most wonderful smell.  They kinda brighten up a Winter’s Day.  I wanted to try something different with them, AH!  Flavored Salt.

Ball® Brand Dry Spice Jars

I found these jars at the Mega-Mart and thought this would be perfect for Food As Gifts.

So here’s how it went …

 

Auntie Doni’s Meyer Lemon & Thyme Infused Sea Salt

½ C. Coarse Sea Salt

2 Meyer Lemons, zested (approximately 2 Tbsp. of zest, no white pith please)

2 Tbsp. fresh Thyme, cleaned and dried well (leaves only, stripped off the stems)

Place all of the ingredients into a Food Processor and whiz it up to the coarseness of your choice.

Ball® Brand Dry Spice Jars filled with my Sea Salt

You’ll have enough Salt to fill 2 four ounce Mason Jars.

Refrigeration is not necessary in an airtight container, such as a Mason Jar.  Your infused salt will last indefinitely in a cool, dark cupboard.

Shucks, I had to use different jars

And this my friends is why I had to return those uber cute jars, they’re not airtight, DANG IT!!  I transferred the salt into regular 4 oz. jars, fitted with new lids and rings.  Oh well.  But I mean, come on man!  How great does that look?!

I shared a jar with Missus Dear Friend, who has tried her share of the bounty on acoupla things already.

Her first try was on some Baked Salmon Fillets served with her KILLER Caesar Salad; next was her outstanding Guacamole, MMM!

The possibilities are endless.

*Cook’s Tip: You don’t need to go out and buy expensive labels.  Use your favorite Word Processor and print out whatever you like, in the font and colors that tickle your fancy; use your choice of crafting scissors and a glue stick.  That’s it.  It’s simple, cute and the label will wash right off with warm, soapy water.

Enjoy!

National Random Acts Of Kindness Day 2017

Today is such a beautiful day out, which has really lifted my spirits, what after all this rain and gloomy days we’ve been having.  I found a WHOLE BIG BUNCH of leftover cooked Rice in my freezer and I thought Hawaiian Fried Rice would be very ONO (delicious in Hawaiian)!

Once I got the dish all done, I thought, geez, that’s an awful lot of Fried Rice.  Why not share with our new next door neighbors?  Yeah, that would be perfect, seeing as today is National Random Acts Of Kindness Day.

So yeah!  That’s alot alright.  What I did to finish the dish was scooped up a healthy portion for myself and my husband and then added Peas and Carrots to the rice that is going to be shared.  Not our cup of tea, but I know that folks here on the mainland like it that way.  I always keep foil containers handy just for this. LUNCH!

Happy Aloha Friday!

More Food As A Gift

PIE!!!

Actually it’s Apple Crostata

Apple Crostata

Just a follow up to Food As A Gift the other day…

Food As A Gift

When I was a kid, our family would exchange gift certificates with one another.  I have carried on this tradition with my husband.  For Christmas one year, I made up the cutest coupon book with all of DH’s favorite dishes.

Gift Coupon Booklet

I’m sure that I’ve mentioned this in a previous post… The other day, my favorite guy came up to me with his hands behind his back.  “What do you have there?” I asked; he whipped out his Ravioli coupon.  I could have sworn that he had cashed that in long ago, but I must honor my gift.

Ravioli ready for the deep freeze

Homemade Cheese Raviolis in mass

I can’t recall if I’ve posted my recipe for Cheese Raviolis, Hmmm.  I’ll need to look for that, `cuz these are tasty indeed!!

ENJOY!

A Different Twist On Salad Dressing

I really like to make my own Vinaigrette.  This way, I know what’s in it; I can control the amount of salt and vinegar, which we don’t care too much for.

My husband just loves Anchovies added to his salad, so I found some in a jar at one of those high end markets and he went absolutely wild for them.  Mind you, they’re not cheap (as compared to the stuff in a tin), so when he finished off one of his jars, I noticed there was all this oil left and it had that potent fish smell and taste to it.

Hmmm  💡

What if I used that oil in the dressing?  Let’s try it.

Homemade vinaigrette ingredients

Anchovy Vinaigrette

2 Tbsp. Anchovy Oil

4 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Tbsp. White Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 tsp. Mustard

1 Garlic Clove, finely minced

1/2 tsp. dried Oregano

Salt and Pepper to taste

Find some sort of covered glass container that you’d like to keep your dressing in, I use a half pint mason jar.

First into your jar is the vinegar, then the salt, I use just a pinch.  Shake well to dissolve the salt into the vinegar. Next in is the Mustard (this helps to emulsify the dressing), what ever type you have on hand, I have Spicy Brown Mustard in our `fridge; give it another good shake.  Everybody else, into the pool… Add the remaining ingredients and give it one more health shake.

Oops, don't forget the mustard in your homemade vinaigrette

Isn’t that beautiful? (oops, I forgot the Mustard in the other photo  😀 )

Give it a taste!  It does not taste like anchovies! Believe me, I can’t stand anchovies; I gross out ever time I come near them, ACK! :/  But this dressing has that umami flavor, that nice mouth-feel, ya know?  It truly is good.  And yes, you got it!  The basic recipe that I use for any Vinaigrette is 1:3, one part Vinegar to 3 parts Oil, easy-peasy.

Keep your dressing in the refrigerator and it’ll be okey-dokey for a super long time, but I think it’ll be gone pretty quickly.  ⭐

Missus Dear Friend was just saying the other day that she too will be making her own salad dressing, so I made an extra jar for her as well.

ENJOY!

(As always, remember that a recipe is just someone else’s idea.  Take it and make it your own, using different components, like maybe Rice Wine Vinegar or Canola Oil .. the skies the limit 😉 )

WOW! Look What Someone Made For Us!!

I’ve been sharing with you all the different dishes that I’ve been making for our Landlords, that live upstairs from us.  I’ve also been telling you about their VERY COOL dumbwaiter that we use to send things back and forth to one another.  Now mind you, we don’t exclusively send each other food, we’ve exchanged books, recipes, and sometimes simply a note wishing each other an awesome day.

WELL!

The not long along my husband and I heard the dumbwaiter come down, and we hadn’t even sent anything up…

Homemade Chile Relleno from Mrs. Landlord

Isn’t that BEAUTIFUL?!

Mrs. Landlord sent us down a wonderful treat of her homemade Fresh Chile Relleno, oh my!!  Thank you Cheryl, that was delicious, nom nom nom…