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Memorial Day BBQ – BBQ Tri-tip on the Grill


Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

With Memorial Day around the corner I wanted everyone to know about tri-tip, as promised in an early post.

Tri-tip is the best cut of meat to BBQ on the grill. It’s the most popular cut in the Central Coast of California and Central Valley regions of California to BBQ.

Tri-tip is a cut of meat from the bottom sirloin. It’s a small triangle muscle and there are only one per side of beef. Weight can be 1.5 lbs to 2.5 lbs each.

It’s best not to over season a tri-tip. Salt, pepper, garlic salt and granulated garlic is all you need to season this flavorful cut of meat. BBQ correctly, indirectly over medium heat, on the grill and the flavor is amazing. I prefer to BBQ as a roast (also known as a triangle roast), but you can also cut into one inch thick steaks and BBQ on the grill. Always allow the meat to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving or serving.

Tri-tip roast (triangle roast) is a lean cut of meat and should not be overcooked. A tri-tip roast should be cooked to medium. A thermometer can be used to check for doneness. To some people this roast at medium may seem underdone. My advice would be to grill to medium, let rest and slice then grill slices to preferred doneness.

This cut of meat has become very popular for its full flavor, lower fat content, and comparatively lower cost. Some Costco’s and Sam Club’s around the country have started to carry it.

If you are unable to find it in any of your local stores ask a butcher for the cut. Make sure they are a member of the “North American Meat Processors Association” (NAMP).

Ask them for cut IMPS/NAMP 185C (with fat) or IMPS/NAMP 185D (without fat – This is the preferred cut).

All in all this is the best cut of meat for the grill. Find it, enjoy it and let me know what you thought.

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March 24 – Homemade Banana Ice Cream


I was asked to re-post this by a family member. They love Banana Ice Cream and these are healthy and easy ways to make it. Adding walnuts and chocolate would be a great addition.


Not all of us have ice cream makers. However, you can make Banana Ice Cream at home without an ice cream maker. Follow the video below. We’ve tried it and it’s delicious.


For all you vegans out there I haven’t forgotten about you, this one is our favorite. Check out this video.



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Deni 5540 Automatic Soft-Serve Ice-Cream Maker

by: Deni


Amazon Price: $50.97 (price subject to change)

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September 15 – National Linguine Day


Today is National Linguine Day!

Linguine is a long, flat, narrow type of pasta which is wider than spaghetti, but not as wide as fettuccine.

It is most commonly used in seafood or pesto dishes such as linguine alle vongole (“linguine with clams”).

Linguine, which means “little tongues” in Italian, originated in the Liguria region of Italy. Take a moment to imagine you’re there at one of the local trattorias, taking in the wonderful aromas of good, hearty pasta dishes!

Linguine is a quick and easy dish to make for your family on September 15. If you do not feel like making the dish yourself, you can take your family out to a favorite Italian restaurant. Mention to the waitress or waiter that it’s National Linguine Day. Who knows? You might get a discount on your meal.

Enjoy National Linguine Day!

Pasta Fresca: An Exuberant Collection of Fresh, Vivid, and Simple Pasta Recipes
by: Evan Kleiman

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August 24 – National Peach Pie Day


Today is National Peach Pie Day!

August is also National Peach Month and today id National Peach Pie Day, two holidays in August, so I thought I’d share a few of details surrounding the fourth popular fruit in the U.S.

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  • The peach, Prunus persica, is a deciduous tree, native to China, where it was first cultivated.
  • China is the largest peach producer in the world, accounting for 50 percent of world production.
  • Ranking fifth, China is not the world’s largest exporter of peaches.
  • California produces more than 50% of the peaches in the United States (and grows 175 different varieties).
  • So many peaches are grown in Georgia that it became known as the Peach State.
  • Peaches are considered the “Queen” of the fruits and are second only to apples in popularity.

High quality peaches are firm and free from defects such as bruising and insect or disease damage. The best ripe peaches have a deep yellow or creamy white color. Green color indicates immaturity. Peaches harvested when too green may shrivel or fail to develop a desirable flavor upon ripening. The red blush makes the fruit attractive but may not be helpful in determining fruit maturity.
Peaches that cannot be consumed or processed immediately should be stored in an area with temperatures of 32 degrees F and high-humidity (a home refrigerator may work well). It is best to use or process the fruit as quickly as possible since it is highly perishable under high temperatures and not well suited to prolonged cold storage (no more than 14 days).
Fresh peaches provide a respectable amount of the antioxidant vitamins A and C in addition to potassium and fiber.

As a side note:

  • Nectarines can be used in the same way as peaches, and may be considered as substitutes for peaches. The only difference between peaches and nectarines is the lack of fuzz on the nectarine skin. Nectarines tend to be smaller and more aromatic than peaches and have more red color on the fruit surface. Nectarines provide twice the vitamin A, slightly more vitamin C, and much more potassium than peaches.

Peach Pie Recipe:
Homemade peach pie is a summertime favorite. This is the perfect Peach Pie Recipe for any summer picnic, BBQ or party.

Since today is also National Waffle Day how about a nice Caramel Peach Sauce to spoon over your homemade waffles, I grabbed this from Miss Martha herself.

This unit is the best thing to bake in. Your home doesn’t get hot, it uses less energy then your oven, it’s fast and it has a great money back guarantee if your not satisfied.

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July 29 – National Chicken Wing Day

There are over a billion chicken wings consumed each year. Yummy!!

In 1977 Chicken Wings received their own day in Buffalo, New York when then Buffalo Mayor Stan Makowski proclaimed July 29 as National Chicken Wing Day. Thousands of pounds of chicken wings are consumed each week in Buffalo and around the world. [1]

Chicken Wings are prepared in a couple of different ways:

  • Hot wings are covered in a vinegar-based cayenne pepper sauce
  • Buffalo-style chicken wing sauce is composed of a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter
    Both are traditionally served with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing.

    National Chicken Wing Day even has its own Facebook page.
    This is the recipes I used when I made my first batch of chicken wings. Enjoy the recipe!

    1/2 pound butter, melted
    Tabasco Sauce — see note
    salt and pepper, to taste
    chicken wings
    celery sticks
    blue cheese or ranch salad dressing


    Cut off wing tips and save for stock. Combine melted butter, Tabasco and salt and pepper. Divide the mixture, one part for raw wings and the other part for cooked wings. Coat raw wings in Tabasco mixture. Deep fry until golden and crisp on the outside, then coat cooked wings in Tabasco mixture again. Serve hot with celery sticks and blue cheese or ranch dressing.

    Note: use Tabasco sauce to taste, anywhere from 1/4 bottle to the whole bottle depending on the durability of your taste buds!
    Source: [1] National Chicken Wing Day (

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National Salsa Month – Recipe #4 – Salsa Rojo




Please enjoy the fourth recipe of the month for National Salsa Month: Salsa Rojo








Salsa Lovers Cook Book: More Than 180 Sensational Salsa Recipes for Appetizers, Salads, Main Dishes and Desserts



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May – National Salsa Month

Summer is almost here and May is National Salsa Month!

For those who don’t know much about salsa, it translates to “sauce” and its origins trace back as far as the Aztec civilization! Thanks to it’s fresh and healthy ingredients, salsa replaced ketchup as the top selling condiment in North America in 1997.

I’m not sure how this monthly holiday came about, but who cares, we love it. With Cinco de Mayo this weekend, it’s time to really get our fill of Mexican flavors; starting with – salsa!

Salsa is seen as many things, a dip, a party food, an ingredient and to some a condiment. It makes a wonderful snack, is a must-have at any party, and can easily jazz up boring old recipes.

Chiles are the main ingredient in most salsa’s. Adding othere ingredients will create a delicious salsa that can be used with chips to meat.

If you are culinary challenged there are terrific recipes online or you can check this site daily for a salsa recipe through the month of May. Salsa makes everything better!

Salsas and Tacos:
Santa Fe School
of Cooking
                                   Secret Salsa Recipes Revealed

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National Pound Cake Day

Today is National Pound Cake Day.

Traditional pound cake is made with a pound of each flour, sugar, butter and eggs.    This of course would be to much cake for most families to consume.   Over the years the recipe has been scaled down to accommodate a much smaller cake.

Different countries and regions have different variations of the traditional pound cake.    Over the years there have been additions of flavorings, dried fruits, baking soda and baking powder or sour cream and buttermilk resulting in a less dense and flavorful cake.

Different Variations:

Southern American style
The traditional pound cake recipe is typically used in the Southern United States and is a staple at picnics and potlucks.

British style
Britain’s variation of pound cake is a Sponge cake (served with tea) or Madeira cake (served with tea or liquor). Both are light in texture and are traditionally flavored with lemon.

French style
The French version of Pound cake is called “quatre-quarts” which means four-quarters. Popular and traditional in the French region of Brittany, the recipe uses the same quantity of 4 ingredients. Some variants, are made by adding chocolate or lemon juice for flavor.

Mexican style   (i was not able to fully confirm this)
In Mexico, the pound cake is called panqué. The basic recipe of Mexican panqué is much like the traditional U.S. recipe. Most common variants are panqué con nueces (pound cake with nuts) and panqué con pasas (pound cake with raisins).

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