Friday, September 30, 2011

Red Hawaiian Sea Salt

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Red Hawaiian Sea Salt
Food Stylist Peter Strzyzykowski

Monday, September 26, 2011

Where the Tea meets the afternoon

Where the Tea meets the afternoon

Carrot-Ginger Tea Sandwich Recipe

  • 2 chopped or grated carrots
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices multi-grain bread
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • Alfalfa sprouts or watercress

In a medium bowl combine carrots, cream cheese, mayonnaise, ginger paste and salt and pepper to taste. Spread butter on one side of the bread. Place mixture over the butter side of bread and top with alfalfa sprouts or watercress and cover with the bread. Carefully cut the crusts from each sandwich with a sharp knife. Sandwiches are best to let rest.

Cucumber Sandwiches

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 chives
  • 1 packet of dry Italian dressing mix
  • 1/4 garlic powder
  • 1/4 paprika
  • 1 package of Pepperidge farm party bread

Wash cucumber, use a fork or cooking tool to leave stripes down the sides of the cucumber.  Slice the cucumber into 1/4 slices or thinner.  

In a bowl, stir cream cheese, Italian mix, garlic and paprika.  Add chives and mix.  

Spread on a slice of bread the mixture and place a cucumber on it.  Place a slice of bread on top.  Cover sandwiches and refrigerator.     

Apple Oatmeal Waffles

Apple Oatmeal Waffles

1 egg
¾ cup all purpose flour
¾ cup quick oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¾ cup apple juice
1 tsp honey
4 tbs butter or margarine room temperature
¼ medium apple, peeled and diced - microwave until soft
¼ cup chopped walnuts optional
2 tbs raisins optional

Mix together dry ingredients and set aside. Combine egg, juice, honey and butter. Add to dry ingredients, mixing until just blended. Add apple, nuts and raisins.

Makes about 2-3 waffles

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Minnesota State Fair 2011

Minnesota State Fair 2011

Minnesota State Fair is know for deep frying almost anything and serving it on a stick. One of the first items was the candy bar on a stick. The state fair has over 80 different food items on a stick. You can spend days just eating anything on a stick. Anything from meat, vegetables, to dessert they will put it on a stick and that is what fair goers want.

On our visit to the fair this year we enjoyed a number of different foods from the new food list, to foods we know and love. Eating almost thought out the day and sharing the food and experiences. The slide show are just some of the images from that day.

Breakfast Lolly Pop on a stick, Big Fat Bacon on a stick, Sweet Corn Ice Cream, Northwood Salad on Stick, Jamaican Jerky Fries, 1919 Root Beer, Candy Bar on a Stick – Milkway candy bar, Cheese Curds, Deep Fried Pickles, Summit Oktoberfest beer, Twister potato, Mini Cinnamon Rolls, Corn on the Cob, Fudge Puppies – Cinnamon & caramel, Jerky, Salsa, Pizza on a Stick, Strawberries and cream, Mac & Cheese on a stick, Tostadas, Minneapple Pie with cinnamon ice cream, & Horchata drink.

Top picks

Northwoods Salad on a Stick at Giggle’s Campfire Grill. Mozzarella cheese balls, basil leaves and grape tomatoes on sticks served with lettuces and wild rice. The dressing is wonderful and the wild rice perfect.

Sweet Corn Ice Cream at Blue Moon Dine In Theater served with either wild blueberries or caramel bacon sauce. A little disturbing was the hard pieces of corn nuts on the top of the ice cream. This is an ice cream I would eat again but would ask to hold the hard pieces on my order.

Breakfast Lollypops on a stick at Axel’s.

Breakfast Lollypops is a sausage patty dipped in corn muffin batter, deep fried on a stick and dipped in maple syrup. The sausage patty is big and the breading isn’t so over powering. The maple syrup covers the small amount of breading on the patty, which is the right amount for me.

On food item to not try is the Mexican Horchata drink at the El Sol Mexican stand outside and on the corner of the food building. It is made rice, almonds, Cinnamon, vanilla and sugar. Our whole group tried it and didn’t like it. We couldn’t finish it and ended up throwing it away