Favorite new side dish! Grilled Romaine…

I may be late to the game but I have discovered Grilled Romaine this summer and just can't get enough of it! It's so easy, it's healthy and tastes great!

Here's the recipe!

  • Romaine heads (1 usually serves 2)
  • Olive oil
  • Cajun spice mix ( I use 'Slap ya' Mama)
  1. Slice Romaine heads lengthwise
  2. Wash and pat dry
  3. Brush with olive oil on both sides
  4. Season with spice mix or desired spices
  5. Grill cut side down until grill marks appear then flip and grill until desired tenderness

I serve mine with homemade balsamic vinaigrette and sprinkle with fat free feta cheese!


Don’t squeeze please!!!

The other day I was grocery shopping and was looking at the avocados. There was another shopper looking at them also. They were on sale, so the selection wasn’t great. The other shopper proceeded to squeeze each avocado she picked up, to test if they were ripe…ugh!

I believe an avocado is like a banana or a peach, if you squeeze it you are bruising the flesh and it will lead to dark mushy areas. I personally don’t enjoy dark mushy areas on my fruit that I pay good money for! So, I took the opportunity to tell her the way I select avocados (which has rarely failed me). I learned this trick from the cooking channel years ago. 

If you are buying avocados that have already turned the usual brownish green color, the only way I know to insure they aren’t too over ripe is to flick off the remainder of the stem. 

This is the stem end that needs to be removed

If the exposed flesh is green you have an avocado that is ripe, slightly soft and creamy. Perfect! If the exposed flesh is brown, leave it! It’s over ripe and wil have dark areas inside. 

Left-green flesh under the stem, just right! Right-brown under the stem, leave it!

Unfortunately the other shopper didn’t heed my advice, and proceeded to squeeze every avocado she picked up, leaving bruised fruit in her wake….

A couple more tidbits I’ve learned about avocados:

  • Don’t buy all of them the same color if you aren’t planning on eating all them right away. I usually buy a couple that are suitable for eating right way and a couple that are more green to have later in the week. 
  • Green avocados will ripen on the counter nicely
  • To stop or slow the ripening put them in the refrigerator 
  • Store an unused half with the seed still in it, in the refrigerator 
  • Wrap the unused half in plastic wrap with the wrap touching as much of the exposed flesh as possible. This will cut down the amount of browning. If it’s too brown when you are ready to eat it, scrape off the brown layer and it will be nice and green underneath!

I love avocados (if you couldn’t tell 😉 I hope I have been able to make choosing the perfect avocado easier for you! Enjoy!

What a great weekend!

Our lifelong friends, Clare and Earl, came for the weekend! It’s very seldom that when they visit do they get to spend two nights, but they did this time! It gave us time to do a lot of catching up, watch the Cubs/Cardinals games, Notre Dame football, do some crafts, have a beer tasting, go on a couple long walks, take tour of the property, and of course eat too much! 

I can’t believe they have never been out back on our property, so we loaded up in the mule and went on a ride around the woods.   

They brought a Leinenkugel fall variety pack so we decided to do a taste test. The opinions were as follows: Heart of Oak-smells like lake water but taste is smooth, Oktoberfest -smooth, slightly sweet, hint of caramel, Helles Yeah- Helles No! Hoppy and bitter,  Harvest Patch Shandy-pumpkin pie in a glass, gingery. 

 So since Oktoberfest was the favorite of the variety pack we decided to taste test the three different ones we had in our fridge. They all were similar but hands down the Sunking Oktoberfest was the winner! It has a nice caramel undertone, no hoppy bite and smooth finish!   

I taught Clare and my daughter, Molly how to make the burlap wreaths.

 And each morning Clare and I went on a 3 mile walk up and down our hilly road talking the whole time and enjoying the turning leaves and crisp autumn air.  

It was so good to see them and I can’t wait til we can get together again! One thing for sure is we will take up right where we left off, like we just saw each other yesterday!