Grilled EggplantThis delicious appetizer or side dish is made with juicy grilled eggplant, tomato, basil and more. The eggplant is sliced thickly and grilled to perfection. You can use a gas grill or a charcoal grill for this recipe, but make sure the grill is nice and hot before adding the eggplant, so it cooks well. If you want to get grill marks on the eggplant slices, turn them only once on each side. Grill marks do not affect the flavor but they can make your grilled vegetable recipe look extra appealing.
The basil tomato salsa is sandwiched between the eggplant slices and this is made with tomatoes, onion, basil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. This simple, non-spicy salsa recipe has a fresh flavor which goes beautifully with the eggplant. If you want to add some zing, you can add some minced jalapeno (or even a splash of hot sauce) to the salsa, but that is your choice.
Make the stacks whatever size you want, but using three eggplant slices and two teaspoons of salsa per stack works well. You might choose to use fresh thyme sprigs to secure the stacks or you might prefer fresh rosemary. If you do not want to do this, toothpicks will also hold them together or you can omit those as well. Garnish the dish however you like. Balsamic vinegar is nice to drizzle on the plates because its sweet flavor echoes the sweetness from the eggplant and the salsa and it also looks decorative on the plate. Continue reading
Memorial Day Poem The sun and blue skies soar above the World War II Memorial and display the wreaths of honor placed on the columns. We remember.
This page is dedicated to the memory of those who died in the Nation’s service. They left behind loved ones, college dreams, great careers and a future because they believed in America. They traded it all for limited supplies, hot, cold, and bad weather, challenges beyond comprehension and lousy pay. They never asked to be remembered, these heroes of conflict and battle. It is important to remember so that we do not let our freedom slip away.
Remembrance Confirmed: A Memorial Day Poem
Flags fly at half-staff on this Memorial Day.
Who will remember or even take a moment’s time to pray?
Many men and women died in response to Freedom’s call.
Should we not remember then, dead soldiers, one and all?
A holiday declares recognition of those who gave their life
To protect our country: son, daughter, husband, wife.
Monuments of tribute, wreaths, flags, flowers across the land
Show that we remember the brave courageous band
Of military troops who gave up everything so that we
Could benefit from their sacrifice by remaining free.
Just a quick note on the many things happening around RPN and a progress report update. I have been working from the oldest to newest recipes to finish the site consolidations on the network. I am down to two sites left one of which is my dessert site which is next up and RPN which I am about half way through. This entails going through ever post and making any changes to bring all recipe post up to the standard which I produce recipes by today.
This includes full micro data (rich pin compliant) and full intros to every recipe, full color photos that have been added to any older recipes that might of missed this and a full photo description. These I hope make my recipes more valuable to you and offer you more than just a basic recipe. It seems fitting that I am in one of the oldest of the seed sites content (or former hamburger site) on the start of Memorial Day weekend which too many is the official unofficial start to grilling season.
This was a almost ten year old site as we are also in calibration of our 10th anniversary year of the RPN network and is actually our 15th year of being in net business (older than YouTube even) so we are seeing the end of this monumental merger and rebranding campaign and I am very proud of where everything is finishing up but I will not rush quality is my first order of business so I am not sure as each recipe is different and I cannot estimate when it will all be finished but I work on this everyday and have been for some time now. Continue reading
Few dishes can claim to be healthy, easy to prepare and delicious all at the same time, but a grilled vegetable recipe will always hit the spot. Vegetables are an economical choice but you can do such fantastic things with them. If you are grilling burgers, steak, or chicken, why not add some juicy veggies to the grill as well? If your making the main meat dish on the grill then doing the veggies there also is a sensible choice in the fact that you only have to worry about one cooking vessel not having to run into the kitchen to check on something while your meat burns away on the unattended grill while you’re gone.
EasyBarbequeRecipes.com will walk you through how to make the best grilled vegetables ever, whether you are looking for advice about choosing and preparing veggies, or whether you just want some ideas for vegetable recipes. You can serve your grilled vegetables as they are, perhaps marinating them before cooking, or you can make them into pizza toppings, soups and much more. Grilled veggies are really versatile. Much of the vegetable content is the same great content we had on our dedicated veggie site before we expanded to cover all things barbeque not just the veggies. So, see we actual got our grilling roots founded in the vegetable end of the grill and therefore know veggies well.
New Grilled Veggie Ideas
Perhaps you have already experimented with grilled vegetable recipes, in which case EasyBarbequeRecipes.com can offer you some new ideas for your favorite veggies. You can add flavor by adding wine, spices, herbs, and other seasonings. Continue reading
The Best Hamburger Recipes for Any Occasion
If the only hamburgers you are familiar with are greasy ones from fast food outlets or lackluster Frisbee-like disks from the freezer, you have been missing out. Homemade hamburgers are really delicious and, better still, they are easy to make, even for novice home cooks.
New Heavenly Hamburger Ideas
Everyone enjoys cheeseburger recipes but have you ever thought of adding the cheese to the patty mixture, rather than topping the patty with a slice of cheese? How about using different toppings for your burgers, like grilled onions, pineapple rings, sliced jalapeno, or sautéed mushrooms. You do not have to use beef to make hamburgers either. Ground turkey, chicken, pork or lamb can be used instead. There are also recipes for fish burgers and bean burgers.
Here at RPN we have taken the content of our old dedicated hamburger site and integrated it into all the other great stuff we do here. You will find tips on how to prepare the best patties and how to cook them to perfection, whether you want to use the grill, the oven or cook them in a pan. Continue reading
Since Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of the cookout season, one thing that an awful lot of us will be doing on or shortly before the long holiday weekend is to get to work cleaning barbecue grills to prepare them for the holiday’s – and the season’s grilling.
While most serious barbecue enthusiasts will clean their grills after every use, your grill is still going to need a thorough cleaning before you fire it up for the year’s first big cookout. Of course, if you tend to start a little earlier, then you may have already done some sort of cleaning, but even so, it never hurts to do a good job of it; the cleaner your grill, the better your food will taste. Keep reading for a few barbecue grill cleaning tips to help you get everything ready for your big cookout season kickoff: Continue reading
Asparagus makes a popular side dish; although it is surprising how many home cooks shun this vegetable because they are unsure exactly how to cook it.
Actually asparagus is very simple to prepare. You just need to chop an inch off the end and then boil, steam, bake, or pan-fry it until you can slip a knife through easily. There is nothing more to learn than that. Toss the cooked asparagus with melted butter or olive oil, salt and black pepper, and serve it hot alongside your meat, poultry, or seafood.
Asparagus has a lovely fresh flavor and it is also versatile. You can add it to stir-fries, curries, stews, soups and more. If you are looking for new asparagus ideas, then what about making an asparagus gratin, quiche or kabobs? The worst thing you can do to asparagus is overcook it, because then it goes mushy, but it is easy to check (with a knife or fork) when it is crisp-tender, and then you know your asparagus is ready to serve. Continue reading
Whether you are serving your eggs as they are, making a deviled eggs recipe, or boiling eggs so you or the kids can decorate them, you will need to know the answer to “how do I boil Easter eggs?” Boiling eggs is very easy. You simply need to add the raw unpeeled eggs to boiling water and simmer them for the correct amount of time, then let them cool, unless you are serving them hot.
Eggs which are several days old are easier to peel, so you might like to buy your eggs several days in advance. Hard-boiling farm-fresh eggs means they will be harder to peel. If your boiled eggs are difficult to peel then refrigerate them for several days before trying to remove the shells and they will come off easier. Boiled eggs will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Hard-cooked eggs have firm yolks and these should be simmered not boiled. If the water is boiling too fast, the white will toughen and you might see a greenish ring around the yolk which is harmless but not nice-looking. Continue reading
Spiral hams are usually already cooked, so they just need to be reheated in the oven. Check the packaging to make sure. You will need to heat the ham in a warm (not hot) oven, so it does not dry out. You can then serve it with your favorite Easter food side dish recipes.
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F and remove your spiral-sliced ham from the packaging. Put it face-down in a roasting pan, unless you are using a whole ham, in which case put it on its side. Cover the ham tightly with aluminum foil and heat it for twelve to fifteen minutes per pound. Let the ham rest for ten minutes before you carve it.
Approximate Cooking Times
A quarter ham will take about one and a half hours, a half ham will take about two hours, and a whole ham will take about three hours. It is very important not to use a higher heat or overcook the ham, else it will be dry instead of succulent. Continue reading
Colored hard-boiled eggs are always popular at Easter, along with chocolate eggs. Baked ham with a brown sugar glaze is a traditional Easter food in the United States. Meat was slaughtered during the fall years ago before there was refrigeration, and any fresh pork not eaten during the winter months was cured for the springtime. The curing process took a while and the first hams were ready around the time of Easter, which is why ham made a natural choice for an Easter meal.
Roast lamb is another Easter food idea, especially in the UK, and this tradition goes back even earlier than Easter, to Passover, a Jewish holiday. The sacrificial lamb was roasted and eaten with bitter herbs and unleavened bread. Hebrews converted to Christianity and brought their traditions with them. Since Christians refer to Jesus as the Lamb of God, the Jewish traditions merged with the Christian ones.
There are many appetizers and side dishes which go nicely with roast ham, including baked or roasted potatoes, green beans, candied yams or sweet potatoes, or something chilled like a delicious strawberry and spinach salad, or some kind of chilled soup. Scalloped potatoes, grilled asparagus, potato salad, broccoli gratin or broccoli casserole, and deviled eggs are more ideas. Continue reading
This delicious dish, known as ‘country style’ or ‘peasant’ potatoes in Romania, is a popular side dish there. The recipe varies from region to region and the original dish was cooked over a wood-burning stove or open hearth. The potatoes should be a little crispy on the outside but very soft inside. A lot of recipes add onions and not much else, but the following recipe includes ham and a little garlic, which you can leave out if you prefer.
Bacon could also be used as an alternative to the ham. Throw in some fresh thyme and rosemary if you have some. This delicious dish is hearty and smells amazing. Serve them with anything – meat, fish, poultry, seafood, or even as a standalone snack on a buffet table. You can imagine how good this dish is going to smell while you are cooking it. The ham or bacon and onion sautéing together smells divine, and once you add the potato slices to that mixture, the aroma is sure to make your mouth water.
Although this is a peasant dish in Eastern Europe because it is made with basic, easily affordable ingredients, it has a sophisticated flavor because of how well the ingredients combine. Combining potatoes and onions with meat is a classic cooking technique. Perhaps you have some ham left over from your Easter meal and you are looking for recipe ideas for leftover ham, in which case making this the following day is a great idea. If you have enough dinner guests, ingredients and a large cooking pot, you can double or triple this recipe easily enough. Continue reading
Cupcakes make a great snack and they are a much-appreciated treat. You can enjoy a cupcake without guilt, since their diminutive size keeps them light. Have you ever made your own cupcake recipes? It might surprise you to discover just how easy cupcakes are to make yourself. You can use a cake mix to make them, or you can make your own cupcake recipes from scratch, using a few basic ingredients you might already have in the refrigerator and pantry.
Cupcakes come in many types and flavors. You can get double chocolate ones, a simple vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting, fruit-topped cupcakes, filled ones, and so many more, and there are lots of recipes to whet your appetite at DecadentDessertRecipes.com where you will also find all the best cupcake articles and cupcake cooking tips. Continue reading
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