Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bobby Flays Cuban Style Burgers Recipe!

Hi everyone!

This is one of my favorite recipes for grilling hamburgers out on the grill. So good!!

 Bobby is the Grillin’ King! So, lets grill us up some burgers!
Bobby Flay

Cuban Style Burgers ~Bobby Flay recipe
Cuban Style Burgers
Serves: 4
1 lb 80/20 ground chuck,
Salt and freshly ground pepper
½ cup best quality mayonnaise
3 cloves roasted garlic, pureed
¼ cup Dijon mustard
4 soft, classic hamburger buns,
4 slices thinly sliced smoked ham
8 slices thinly sliced Swiss cheese
2 dill pickles, sliced into ¼ inch thick slices

1.Preheat grill to high. Form the meat into four ¼-inch thick burgers. Season the meat with salt and pepper on both sides and grill for 2-3 minutes on both sides for medium doneness.

2. Combine the mayonnaise and roasted garlic in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread both sides of each bun with mayonnaise and mustard. Place a slice of cheese on the bottom portion of each bun, place the burger on top of the cheese, then top the cheese with a slice of ham then another slice of cheese then the pickle slices. Place the tops of the bun over the pickles, wrap the burgers in aluminum foil and place on the grill. Using a heavy pan or a brick wrapped in foil, press down on the burgers for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Lower the lid on the grill and continue grilling for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted and the bun has become pressed and firm.
recipeGetting my garlic ready to roast. I peeled some fresh garlic cloves added about a teaspoon of oil and sprinkled with salt & pepper. Toss to make sure all is coated. OMG, you should smell the house when this is roasting!!
recipe 083Nicely roasted. I roasted the garlic in a 400 degree over for 15 minutes. Time to mash them up.
recipe 084I have the roasted garlic mixed in the mayo in the fridge to get all yummy. Every time I roast garlic, I always think to myself, “Oh yum! I need to do this more often!”
recipe 088Salt and peppered and on the grill! Here is my little tip for the day:
When making something like hamburgers up and you need to salt and pepper them, you don’t want to reach with your raw meat covered hands. This is when those little salt and pepper packets you get with your fast food meal come in handy! Just rip them open before you start to work with the raw meat.  Just sprinkle on and throw away!
recipe 089Another tip:
Put your dried Rosemary stems and branches inside your grill. Gives a lovely flavor to your meat! 
recipe 090Looking good!
recipe 091The rest of the ingredients: Dijon mustard, the mayo/garlic sauce, smoked ham, Swiss cheese and pickles. 
recipe 092Assembled and ready to be wrapped and put back on the grill.
recipe 093recipe 094recipe 095I choose to use a patio block because it would easily cover and weigh down all four burgers at once. 
recipe 096recipe 097recipe 102Did you honestly think I was NOT going to show you some new pretty dishes along with the recipe? Of course you didn’t!   I just bought these fun and pretty brightly colored plates at the Home Goods Store. They were clearanced at half off! How could I refuse?  And the dish towels were also new and clearanced from HGS! I thought they looked pretty with the plates instead of placemats.
recipe 103recipe 104Oh yum! Look at all that melted cheese! Let’s cut one open now! 
recipe 105recipe 106  These are so good! I will make them again. But, I think next time I will add a slice of onion and some yellow banana pepper rings to it.
recipe 107 I hope you enjoyed your visit! Have a great day!


Monday, June 15, 2015

Seashore Tablescape

Hi everyone!
I thought it was high tide er..time that I did a seashore tablescape. Everything on this table was bought new but, on clearance except the napkins, Coffee cups and teapot. They were all 2nd hand thrift finds There are just so many fun items of this theme for your table. Most of the things here are from the Christmas Tree Shops and the rest from TJ Maxx.
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These are fun plaster letters with sea glass and shells embedded in them. They were clearanced for .50 cents each at CTS.
Beach Table8-11 018Beach Table8-11 040I started with a quilted stripe table runner (a gift from TJ Maxx folks) and then used a round woven white placemat (CTS $1.00). Then the shimmery green scalloped chargers (CTS .89 cents). The round orbs with glass and shells were also from CTS for .50 cents).
Beach Table8-11 030  I love the cool colors in these plates. They too were from CTS for .50 cents each.
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The blue seashell votive holder and the orb with the shells and sand were both clearanced for .70 cents at TJ Maxx.
Beach Table8-11 003 This bottle with rope and shells was on clearance at CTS for .47 cents (the bottom is missing).
Beach Table8-11 006Beach Table8-11 015Beach Table8-11 022The matching platter was .50 cents (CTS). The two large white seashells are salt and pepper shakers (CTS $1.00). The bird was clearance (some breakage on it) for .29 cents at CTS. The shells and glass I had.
Beach Table8-11 011The blue tumbler I got on clearance a year ago at CTS and the aqua glasses were from a Dollar Tree.
Beach Table8-11 012-tileHow cute are these initial flip flop coasters! From CTS.
Beach Table8-11 017Beach Table8-11 021I bought a set of 4 of these seashell napkin rings from TJ Maxx clearanced for $1.00.
Beach Table8-11 026Beach Table8-11 029Beach Table8-11 025Blue lanterns and blue glass seashell bottles from CTS for under a $1.00. 
Beach Table8-11 031I bought the white salad plates at TJ Maxx last year for $1.00.
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Beach Table8-11 034Beach Table8-11 039Beach Table8-11 027Well, that as my fun clearanced seashore table.  I hope you enjoyed your visit!


Sunday, June 7, 2015

A Revisit to Italy Tablescape

Hi everyone!

This entire table was inspired by these thrifted large square Italian plates! They only had two so, I snatched those two and searched like crazy throughout the store for more. But, there were no others.
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I just love the Old World feel of these plates.

I want you to put your imagination cap on and envision our lunch today in the middle of a Vineyard or perhaps an Olive Grove in Tuscany.

I started the table with these wonderful large square woven placemats. I bought them at the Christmas Tree Shops. They were .98 cents each. They ground the table with a very natural feel.
Italian table 027I added the dinner plates along with these cute cheese canapé dishes. Also from CTS clearanced for .79 cents each.
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When serving a repast al fresco style, it only requires a few very simple foods for your guests to enjoy. There is no reason to spend hours cooking and baking and getting your kitchen all warmed up to entertain friends or family. After all, it is about the company, not the food.
Italian table 004I used several different earthy color linens throughout this table. And pretty soft yellow napkins and a twisted metal napkin rings.
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A round of cheese is so easy and perfect to serve. No effort involved and yet delicious! I try to keep something like this in my fridge all the time just to have something light to offer guests.
Italian table 010Add some fresh berries. Not only do they offer a simple sweet treat, they look beautiful.
Italian table 040Fresh strawberries are always a welcomed treat.
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Serve some crackers you have on hand or a loaf of crusty Italian bread.
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Very simple glasses for wine and/or cold drinks.
Italian table 007Wine chilling in a pretty matching fruit design pitcher and platter. You don’t have to have an expensive wine. A bottle of chilled water would be just fine. And no need to worry about using a wine bucket if you don’t have one. Just look around your home and find something a bottle and some ice could fit into.
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Mix and match some candlesticks and candles. We aren’t into the whole “matchy, matchy” thing here. When things don’t exactly match, it has a tendency to give a more informal relaxed atmosphere. And that is what we want for our guests. We want them to relax, enjoy their visit, feel welcomed and comfortable.
Italian table 003Italian table 002Italian table 006     Have fun with your serving dishes. Use different fun bowls/platters. This just adds a welcoming thing for the eyes to roam and check out while sitting at the table.Italian table 012            Italian table 016   Not an Italian wine crate but, a fun addition to the table none the less.Italian table 019Italian table 022Italian table 026Italian table 037Looks like I need to finish taking pictures soon before I eat all my props! But, who can refuse snitching a wedge of creamy cheese or fresh ripe berries? Not me!
Italian table 043Italian table 021Italian table 025I hope you enjoyed our light lunch and chatting today. Remember, it isn’t about expensive or fancy table settings. It’s about enjoying time with your family or friends. Create memories, not perfect tables.
Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!