May 28, 2015

Memorial Day BBQ: Buffalo Wings, Sticky Asian BBQ Ribs, Raspberry Tart,and Citrus Mint Sangria

We had an awesome time dining al fresco on our recently refurnished outdoor patio. We laid some blankets on the ground, brought our bar cart outside for a drink station, played some music on a portable speaker, and put flowers and candles all over. It made for a relaxing evening with a few close friends.

The food was not bad either! I was able to prep all this food plus two side salads in 2.5 hours because most of the food has minimal prep (just a longer cook time for the meats). 

The main course was these sticky BBQ ribs with a homemade hoisin-sriracha sauce. The ribs cook in the oven for a few hours and then broiled for a fake char. The sauce itself is delicious and the ribs were very tender and falling off the bone. Hooray, another successful rib dinner!

These wings were so easy - I just threw 4 pounds of them in the slow cooker for a few hours (2 on high, 1 on low) with a stick of butter and my favorite bottle of buffalo sauce (Wing Time buffalo sauce from Whole Foods). I didn't even pop them in the oven at the end and they were just right!

Probably my favorite new recipe of the night was this sangria. We got two bottles of good Gew├╝rztraminer from Costco, sliced up 2 oranges,2 lemons, and 2 grapefruits, and tossed it all together with 1/2 cup of Cointreau. Let it refrigerate for a couple hours, and throw in the mint when you're ready to serve. No added sugar and a great citrusy flavor make for very drinkable sangria. 

Okay, maybe the sangria AND the raspberry tart were new favorites. I've never made or had raspberry curd before so I wasn't sure what to expect. It's even better than lemon curd! It's less tart and not at all sweet but full of raspberry flavor.  This almond meal crust was pretty bomb too. All in all, a very splendid meal.

I'll just share this simple peach, goat cheese, cilantro, spinach, and radish salad too. It's simply tossed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar in equal parts! 

May 27, 2015

Maple Pudding Cake

I'm always on the lookout for easy weeknight dessert. Usually I have lemon bars or cookies in our dessert dome but even those can get a little tiresome at times. Brownies and Rice Krispies treats also make the round quite frequently but nothing as yummy and different as maple pudding cake.

This dough is so easy to make. It starts out dense but once baked it turns into biscuit perfection. The simple maple syrup sauce is a mere three ingredients, all of which I always have at home.

I'm a big fan but I'm still looking for more weeknight desserts that are relatively fast and easy. Any suggestions? 

I didn't have creme fraiche and threw sour cream on top instead. Just make sure to tell your guests because they may take a big bite of it thinking it's whipped cream and be a little shocked to find it's not. It goes well when mixed into the biscuit though and cuts the sweetness perfectly.

May 23, 2015

Oatmeal Chocolate Blueberry Cookies and Flourless Brownie Cookies

I can't wait for this weekend! I'm hosting a party in our apartment complex's outdoor patio and plan on making a variety of salads, a main dish of strip steak or some other protein, a fruit tart, and lots of cookies for picnics that we plan to have throughout the weekend! If you're looking for some yummy cookies to fill our Memorial Day weekend picnic basket, here they are!

These oatmeal blueberry cookies are just as chewy and soft as any other oatmeal chocolate chip cookie but with the added subtle bonus and sweetness of the blueberries! I loved them because they reminded me of a muffin top :) 

I haven't made flourless chooclate cookies for a while and I forgot how delicately meringue-like and yummy they are! These are a cinch to make as they don't have any butter of flour, and quite guilt-free to eat as far as desserts go! Beware, these are only for the chocolate lovers in your life. Someone like me would not be very interested ;)

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Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! 

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