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Archive for July 31, 2014

RECIPE: Grilled Corn Salad

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Fresh grilled corn salad. Photo courtesy QVC.

 

Got corn?

Fresh-picked local corn has just appeared in our area. We celebrated by eating some of it raw (try it, it’s delicious), boiling some, and grilling some for this corn salad from QVC chef David Venable.

David says, “I love to have a side dish that can be thrown on the grill so that it carries the smoky, char-broiled flavor into the rest of the meal.

“This grilled corn salad is a perfect balance of bright, fresh flavors and smoky-sweet corn. Prepare your other ingredients first, so that you can tend to the grill without distraction.”

Serve it as a side salad with anything. No matter how much you make, it will disappear quickly.

 
RECIPE: GRILLED CORN SALAD

Ingredients

  • 6 ears of corn (husked per directions below)
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
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    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT a barbecue or indoor grill to medium.

    2. CAREFULLY PEEL back the corn husks leaving them attached at the bottom. Remove the silk. Rewrap the corn in the husks and secure with string. Completely submerge the corn in cold water for 15-20 minutes; drain.

    3. GRILL the corn for 20-25 minutes, or until tender, turning often. Allow it to cool and then remove the husks completely.

    4. PREPARE the salad: Cut the corn from each cob and place it in a medium-size mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and fold to combine.

    Find more of David Venable’s recipes at QVC.com.

     
      

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    PRODUCT: Cluck ‘n Moo Burgers

    Cluck ’n Moo is an appealing hybrid burger: the first (and as of now, only) half-chicken, half-beef burger. The all natural, antibiotic, hormone free and gluten free burger is made with meat from humanely raised chickens and grass-fed cows. You find it in the meat department next to the other fresh burgers.

    The combination of chicken and beef along with an innovative “smashed burger” preparation method seals in the juiciness and makes Cluck ’n Moo Burgers napkin-wiping delicious.

    When we first learned of it, we were attracted to the ideas of cutting back on cholesterol and saving a bit of the rainforest, which is constantly being cut down to provide more land for ranching beef cattle.

    Compared to a regular beef burger, a Cluck ’n Moo burger has 52% less fat, 57% less saturated fat and 34% fewer calories.

    But if you’re into saving money, it costs less too—chicken being less expensive than beef, and especially the better-for-you grass-fed beef used by the brand.

       

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    Look for the bright green box next to the other burgers. Photo courtesy Cluck ’n Moo.

     
    In the grass fed category, Cluck ‘n Moo burgers could cost about $2.00/pound less. The product retail varies from $5.99-7.99 pound; regular grass fed ground beef retails from $7.99-48.99/pound.

    The burgers are sold in packages of four, four-ounce burgers that are 190 calories each and contain 21 grams of protein.

    IT TASTES GREAT

    If you don’t tell them, most people won’t realize that Cluck ’n Moo is a blend of meats. In a side-by-side test, 100% beef will, of course, taste beefier. But Cluck ’n Moo delivers beef flavor even plain. With ketchup and garnishes, you can’t really tell.

    Steve Gold, a 20 year veteran of the industry, most recently of Murray’s Chicken (a NIBBLE favorite), created the product to combat the rising costs of beef, without sacrificing taste.

     

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    Fresh off the grill. Photo courtesy Cluck ’n
    Moo.

     

    The brand is new, but retailers are responding.

  • Cluck ’n Moo is currently available in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Look for it at Balducci’s, DeCicco Food Markets, Fairway, Kings, Publix, ShopRite and West Side Markets.
  • Or, buy it online through Rastelli Direct.
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    Learn more at ClucknMooBurger.com.
     
    MORE COMING

    Dark meat chicken is used in the Cluck ’n Moo burger because it is moister than dark meat turkey. Cluck ’n Moo burgers will soon be joined by other customized mixes of meat and poultry including “Gobble ’n Moo” burgers.

    Cooking tips are printed on each box, but Cluck ’n Moo wants to remind you that, for any burgers:

  • An internal food thermometer should be used to check that the burgers have been cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • The burgers should rest for two minutes before serving.
  • FREEZING TIPS

    If you want to stock up and freeze the burgers:

  • REMOVE the plastic package from the box.
  • WRAP it in heavy-duty plastic wrap, aluminum foil, freezer paper or plastic bags made specifically for freezing.
  • DATE the package and used it within four months for optimal taste.
  • THAW in the refrigerator.
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    TIP OF THE DAY: Layered Salad

    Layering is trending as a light and refreshing approach that makes you want to eat more salad. The contrast of different colored vegetables (and fruits) make the food all the more tempting.

    This recipe is by Zac Benedict for the California Avocado Commission.

    This recipe uses 12-ounce mason jars, a main-dish size salad for each person. You can also use 16.5-ounce mason jars. The handled jars can be used for food or drinks.

    If you don’t want to buy mason jars, check to see what you already have; for example, glass dessert bowls or jumbo wine goblets. Use smaller jars for a side salad. Zac suggests collecting large baby food jars, and for the larger mason jars uses chopsticks, which easily reach the bottom of the jar.

    The idea is to eat the the layered salad from the jar, although Zac advises that you can also set out serving bowls for people who want to toss their salads.

    VEGETABLE & FRUIT OPTIONS

    Select vegetables with a variety of color. For example, if you like scallions but have too much green, substitute red onion. If you’re using red tomatoes, use orange and yellow bell peppers instead of read ones.

  • Green vegetables: broccoli, edamame (soybeans), herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, parsley), green beans, green peas (frozen are fine), mesclun or other salad greens, snow peas, spring peas, sugar snap peas
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    Is there a prettier salad? Photo courtesy California Avocado Commission.

  • Orange vegetables: bell pepper strips, carrots (baby carrots, sliced or shaved carrots), cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, kumquats, grape tomatoes, mandarin wedges, mango, sweet potatoes (cubed or sliced)
  • Purple vegetables: cauliflower, grapes, heirloom tomatoes, kale, Peruvian potatoes, red cabbage, purple raisins (you can plump them in cider)
  • Red vegetables: beets, bell pepper strips, cherry tomatoes, dried cherries or cranberries, grape tomatoes, lady apples, mini red jacket potatoes, pomegranate arils, radicchio, radishes, red grapes/champagne grapes, red onion, sundried tomatoes, tomatoes
  • Yellow vegetables: artichoke hearts, bell pepper strips, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, lemon peel, miniature pattypan squash, star fruit (carambola), yellow squash
  • White vegetables: cauliflower, cucumbers, daikon, Granny Smith apples, grapes, mushrooms, water chestnuts, zucchini
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    You can also add diced meats and cheeses, cooked grains, beans and legumes.

     

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    Prepare the ingredients; then, it’s easy to
    layer. Photo courtesy California Avocado
    Commission.

     

    Preparation

    1. LAY out the rinsed, dried, cut produce ingredients.

    2. PLACE the heaviest ingredients on the bottom and the most crushable items at the top.

    Try to be as even as possible: The layers don’t have to be perfect but they look very nice when the ingredients are in neat rows.

    3. CHOOSE your dressing; keep it separate until ready to eat. This recipe uses a fresh citrus Dijon dressing, which is poured over the salad ingredients before serving. Then, seal with the lid and then gently invert the jar a few times to disperse the dressing.

    Another option is to place the dressing in the jar before layering the salad ingredients.

     

    RECIPE: 7 LAYER SALAD

    Ingredients For 4 Servings

  • 2 Persian cucumbers, diced with peel on
  • 1 cup red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup cooked, shelled edamame
  • 8 each orange and yellow mini bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and sliced into rings (or substitute equivalent large bell peppers)
  • 1 cup cooked artichoke hearts, coarsely chopoped
  • 1-1/3 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced and sprinkled with citrus juice to prevent browning
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    RECIPE: DIJON CITRUS VINAIGRETTE

    Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons fresh citrus juice (lemon and/or orange or lime)*
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon or spicy mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 leaves fresh basil, minced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
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    Preparation

    1. PLACE the ingredients in a small jar with a lid; shake until well-blended.

    2. POUR dressing over each of the layered salads. Seal with jar lid and serve.
     
    *You can make the dressing sweeter or more tart to your liking depending on which citrus juice you use.

    Find more delicious recipes at CaliforniaAvocado.com.
      

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