Fish Tacos with Fresh Cherry Salsa

Fish Tacos with Cherry Salsa

I have had the most incredible cherries this week Washington State, plump and so sweet. I decided to make these Fish Tacos with Cherry Salsa, which were a huge hit at my house. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have your family or guests raving over these! This summer be sure to keep a plentiful supply of Northwest fresh sweet cherries on hand for a nutrition-rich snack.  Place a handful of cherries in sealable plastic bags in the refrigerator for quick grab-and-go snacks or to take for lunch for dessert.

These are so incredibly healthy too. Researchers found that consuming about 45 cherries daily may significantly decrease circulating concentrations of specific inflammatory biomarkers in the body. The research study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, was conducted at the USDA-ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center. Because of the link between inflammatory markers and some chronic diseases, the changes in the identified biomarkers suggest that consuming cherries may reduce risk or modify the severity of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Whether eaten out of hand or added to your favorite recipes, remember the season for Northwest fresh sweet cherries is short so enjoy them now or you’ll have to wait until next year!

 

 

Grilled Turkey Cobb

Grilled Turkey Cobb

I can’t believe it has been three years since my cookbook, 150 Best Grilled Cheese Recipes was released. April is National Grilled Cheese Month so here is one of my kid’s favorite recipes: Grilled Turkey Cobb recipe (one of the 149 recipes in my book). Grilled Cheese sandwiches are still the classic comfort food that continue to gain a resurgence in popularity. In my cookbook you will find a collection of grilled cheese recipes for lunch, dinner, snacks, appetizers, desserts and even condiments. I am offering readers 20% off if you purchase a copy before May 1st. Just click here to order.

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Here are a few of my favorite grilled cheese tips:

1. Spread softened butter ont eh bread instead of adding it to the pan. This will keep the butter from burning.

2. Use grated, shredded or thinly sliced cheese for quicker melting.

3. Slice and grate the cheese when it’s cold for quicker melting.

4. The more cheese, the better the results.

5. Use your favorite bread and don’t slice it too thick (1/2-inch to 1-inch) is best.

6. Use your favorite toppings and combinations. Be creative and enjoy!

Smokey Barbecue Hamburgers

Smokey Barbecue Hamburger

With a house full of teens hamburgers on the grill are the ideal summer or anytime go-to dinner idea. They LOVE this recipe for Smokey Barbecue Hamburgers! To keep it a bit healthier, combine different kinds of ground meats and season them using this Smokey BBQ Ketchup to bridge the smokey flavors of barbecue with the classic ketchup texture and taste. Use a mixture of ground beef, turkey, lamb, chicken….any combination works and mix in a few tablespoons of the Smokey BBQ Ketchup to the meat as you form the patties.It’s SO easy and flavorful! I am loving this ketchup collection from Victoria Amory! Look for it in a store near you or order it on her website.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Wraps

With back to school in full swing, I try to come up with new ideas for school lunches for my kids. These Quinoa Tabbouleh Wraps are great for the kids as well as for those of us who take their lunch to work (or work from home). Place the tabbouleh in an airtight container and bring your tortillas separately. This recipe is also gluten free if you use gluten free tortilla wraps. One more great thing. This recipe can be halved or if you have leftovers, this is a great, healthy salad to have on hand.

Excerpted from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved: Not to be reprinted without publisher permission.

 

Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches: Labor Day Recipe

Can you believe it? Labor Day is just around the corner. This family favorite recipe for Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches uses bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, which are full of flavor and moisture. When combined with homemade barbecue sauce, the tender shredded chicken takes on a sweet smokiness that’s far better than anything you could find in a bottle at the grocery store. See more great recipes like this at RecipeRehab.com.

Grilled Carnegie Sandwich

As an expert for the NFRA (National Frozen and Refrigeration Foods Association), I am excited to share that June is National Dairy month! In celebration, I am sharing my recipe for Grilled Carnegie Sandwich from my latest cookbook, 150 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. This is the perfect sandwich for Fathers’s day this weekend! I love dairy foods because they are more than just kitchen staples. With everything from milk and cheese to juice and dips to potatoes and cookie/pastry dough, the refrigerated dairy aisle is always a destination for mealtime inspiration (especially with 3 kids). Also with a variety of foods and drinks found in the refrigerated dairy aisle, you can create dishes for every meal occasion; from breakfast to dinner and everything in between.

This month NFRA has partnered with chef and culinary expert, Aida Mollenkamp, to show Americans the creative culinary possibilities that can come from foods in the refrigerated dairy aisle. Aida Mollenkamp has created unique, unexpected recipes using foods found in the refrigerated dairy aisle, and each recipe offers a perfect balance of taste and health, and showcases the foods’ real, simple, farm-grown ingredients.

  • Check out culinary inspiration on The Dish Diary Tumblr – The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association’s photo blog for creative ideas and recipes for any meal occasion using foods from the refrigerated dairy aisle, and invites American’s to share their own inspired recipes.  Visit TheDishDiary.Tumblr.com to upload a photo of a creative dish or interesting food pairing made from foods found in the refrigerated dairy aisle. Also, for more mealtime inspiration also visit www.EasyHomeMeals.com

 

Gluten Free Diet idea: Sandwich on a Stick

So many friends are on a a gluten free diet for health or other reasons. This recipe for  Sandwiches on a Stick are the perfect gluten free sandwich recipe idea. These also make great  lunch ideas for the kids or even appetizers for a spring, summer, or fall tailgating party. Get your kids to help choose the ingredients and assist with preparing them. They are so cute, and adults and kids will love them! See some of my other favorite gluten free recipes here.

Black Russian Grilled Cheese: National Grilled Cheese Month

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, so be sure to check out my latest cookbook 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Order your copy today for more recipes like this one for Black Russian Grilled Cheese. This grilled cheese sandwich is as good as it looks, and it makes a perfect  weekday or weekend sandwich recipe. Grilled cheese is America’s comfort, and a hot food trend. I am so fortunate to be a part of the grilled cheese celebration!

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit Recipe

Our weather in Birmingham has been so dreary since the new year with SO many rainy days, so I thought I would share a comfort food recipe.This Grilled Egg, Cheese and Bacon Biscuit recipe is my three kids’ favorite breakfast lately. This recipe is just one of the breakfast recipes in my latest book “150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes”. With 150 options, you’ll find recipes including appetizers, breakfast recipes (such as this one), main dishes, desserts and condiments in this cookbook. An entire chapter is also dedicated to light and healthy grilled cheese recipes. This book has something for about everyone and every season. For more information on where to purchase my book, click here.  It can also be found in local bookstores as well as Amazon.

Excerpted from 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Alison Lewis © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca All rights reserved: May not be reprinted without publisher permission.

 

Superbowl Recipe: Grilled Roast Beef and Stilton

For Superbowl Sunday, how about a grilled cheese sandwich recipe? Grilled Roast Beef and Stilton is a fabulous, hearty sandwich that will go perfect on your Superbowl recipe and menu list. It’s also a great weeknight dinner or sunday lunch idea. Stilton is a semisoft, crumbly cheese that is similar to blue cheese. It is terrific paired with roast beef and peppery arugula. Use store bought basil pesto if you are short on time to make the fresh Basil Aioli. This is just one of the 150 recipes from latest cookbook 150 Grilled Sandwich Recipes. If you’re interested in a copy, click here.

Excerpted from 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Alison Lewis © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved: Not to be reprinted without publisher permission.