Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Quick and Easy Salt and Pepper Grilled Potato Chips

Summertime means lots of fun and lots of activities that take up most of our time.  When I was looking for a super quick and easy way to make french fries, to go with our barbecue I decided to cut them thin and grill them.  No time for parboiling when there is so much to do!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Copycat Jack-in-the-Box Chocolate Malt Crunch Ice Cream Milk Shake

Jack in the Box serves this out of this world Malt Crunch Ice Cream Shake.  It is seasonal or something, so I created this copycat version.  You are going to love it!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Munchkin Meatballs: Baked Turkey and Vegetable Meatballs

I am constantly looking for new ways to make my daughters meals even more nutritious.  So far her toddler favorites seem to be cheerios, fruit, pastas, ice pops and meatballs.  If I would allow it I am sure she would eat fruit, pasta and Cheerios all day. 

As a mom I feel a lot of responsibility for what my family is eating, so I started to work with what is in front of me (what she actually likes).  I started creating ice pops packed with delicious and nutritious fruit and yogurt to make her snacks healthier.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fruit of the Islands Ice Pops: Raspberry, Mango, Pineapple and Kiwi

We are truly enjoying the fruits of summer this year.  This ice pop was inspired by my desire to make an awesome ice pop that brought together some of the flavors of the islands and then luckily, the planets aligned (aka the store sales cooperated).  We combined some of our favorite flavors to make an incredibly eye catching amazingly flavored ice pop.  This one our Munchkin calls an I-Pop.  Cute huh?

Truly a rainbow of fruit flavor. Geesh, every time I start to describe this I run across another product advertisement.  Those Saturday morning commercials must have been really good as a kid.   They are still stuck in my head.  Taste the rainbow!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Best Ever Strawberry Daiquiri

I love fruit in the summer time (especially fruit cocktails, but we will get to that in a minute).  Berries rock my world.  Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries I love them all equally.  At the top of my list are the snozzberries.  Snozzberries!  Who ever heard of a snozzberry???  (Willy Wonka reference)

All silliness aside, its Ladies Night Slow Roasters!  Time to kick off your heels and slip into the Best Strawberry Daiquiri this side of Havana!  You hear that??  A little Kool & the Gang to get things started.  We will be having out weekly Ladies Night party on our Facebook page today.  Hope you will join us and bring your favorite cocktail or appetizer to link up and share with our friends and yours.  Be sure to tell your friends!  Everyone is invited.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

8 Fabulous Ways to Celebrate National Tequila Day

Happy National Tequila Day!  In the last few months I have discovered a new found appreciation for tequila.  Cuervo Gold had been my favorite. I am not sure if my palette has changed or just that this tequila is that good, but I find it smooth and sweet.

Although I am not a spirit connoisseur, I can tell you it is my new favorite spirit!

My appreciation for the cocktails has carried over to our dinner table.  I found tequila to be amazing in a marinade.  Margarita Chicken is the best chicken I have ever had!  Chad will very happily second that.  As long as I am making it again.  Lastly, tequila has shown up on the dessert table too.  This awesome Boozy Margarita Cupcake is definitely something to put on your list to make.

Enjoy!  Happy National Tequila Day, or whatever excuse I can find for enjoying this spectacular spirit!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pretzel Buns, Pretzel Rolls

A few months ago we took an amazing trip with my parents to Sedona; known as the most beautiful place in the United States. During our trip after a long day filled with spectacular sight seeing we stopped to eat at this fascinating restaurant; Cowboy Club.  It was 2 restaurants in one with 2 different menus.  Formal dining on one side and casual on the other.  Well if you know us, casual was right up our alley.  I got the taste for these Pretzel Buns during that visit!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Simple Barbecue Ranch Sauce

I have to say Red Robin is one of my favorite gourmet burger places.  People who know me realize I am a simple girl when it comes to food extravagances.  I just can't justify paying $50 for a meal I can make at home, and on something that doesn't last.  But, Red Robin is reasonable and I truly enjoy their atmosphere and food (and prices).  They always have some cool new burger to try. 

So, on special occasions I like to go to Red Robin.  By far my favorite thing is the campfire sauce on the fries and onion rings.  I never really worked on trying to come up with a copy, but this sauce does remind me of their campfire sauce a little.

This sauce is really simple and perfect for dipping or topping your favorite burgers, the Simple Barbecue Ranch Sauce is creamy and has a nice cooling element to it.  Perfect when paired with the Spicy JalapeƱo Jack Burger!  The ranch really gives this a new dimension of flavor. 


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Classic Long Island Iced Tea

Happy Thursday and welcome to Ladies Night!  Every Thursday we are so excited to bring you the best cocktails we can dig up and develop.  Chad our fabulous mixologist has been digging through the archives once again and came up with an old favorite.  Every cocktail has a story, and every story stars a devoted mixologist, bartender or spirit enthusiast that we can thank for these fabulous classic creations.

It will be cool someday, when I can order one of Chad's custom creations at any bar or lounge!!!  Apparently, I am not the only one fond of this spectacular cocktail.  It is listed as one of the 5 most requested cocktails in the world.  With a total of 5 spirits in this drink (gin, vodka, tequila, rum and triple sec), you might expect it to knock your socks off.  However a classic Long Island Iced Tea really tastes like you are drinking a sweet iced tea, with fantastic citrus notes.  Go figure!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Boozy Margarita Chicken with Marinade

With National Tequila Day right around the corner, and a new found appreciation for this amazing creation, I wanted to find a way to incorporate this fabulous spirit into a grilled dish.  That is when I thought of taking the flavors of the Classic Margarita and creating an unbelievable Grilled Margarita Chicken.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Spicy Jalapeno Jack Burger

Smoky flavors, spice, and everything nice that's what the Spicy JalapeƱo Jack Burger is made of.  I have been longing for some good Mexican flavor in my burgers!  The Knock Your Boots Off Tex-Mex Burger is really delicious.  But, I am looking for some chile' spice!  It is time to kick up the heat in this place.  This Spicy Jalapeno Jack Burger will certainly wake up your taste buds.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Terrible Two's and Ice Pops

We have faced many 'terrible two' challenges since my Munchkin was about 1 1/2, that was about a year ago.  Behavior seems to be pretty good, with an occasional stomping fit.  Those are few and far between so we handle them on a case by case basis.  My biggest struggle has actually been food.

As a SAHM, I am responsible for my family's nutrition, among other things.  If my daughter won't eat, I take that to heart.  Some days she could eat us out of house and home and other days nothing will do.  I have come to a few little tricks to give her something she loves with a healthy sneak attack, that makes Mom happy.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Green Tickles: Kiwi Pineapple Popsicles

Gazing out the window on a hot summer day, I find myself longing for a tropical island paradise surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters.  Palm trees, tropical fruit, paradise....

Just then I look out my window and watch the shadows of yet another heatwave pass by, in this hellacious desert.  I developed this tropical inspired ice pop as my own mini get away.  On those long hot summer days, while my Munchkin is napping, I lay on my love seat and enjoy this unbelievable frozen treat.  Just the soothing sounds of a clicking ceiling fan as I savor every moment and allow myself to be swept away to my own little paradise.  If only for just a moment.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sex on the Beach

Hey Slow Roasters, it's Thursday and you know what that means.  It's Ladies Night.  This week we are diving into the archives to bring you a summer classic.  Some drinks need no improvement.  You've all heard of it, but not all of you have had it...  This week we bring you "Sex on the Beach".

This delicious cocktail is loaded with the fabulous fruit flavors of summer.  This is a sweet drink that tastes more like a fruit punch than a cocktail.  The combination is so perfect that you will find yourself left with nothing more than a few ice cubes and a warm glow, as you start sipping your second one.

This classic originated on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida 25 years ago.   But every place is the perfect place for "Sex on the Beach", so kick off your heels and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Homemade Chipotle Lime Mayo and Dipping Sauce

Sometimes a simple dish can be made fabulous with an easy to make flavorful condiment.  The Chipotle Lime Mayo Dipping Sauce was originally developed as the perfect accompaniment for Grilled Sweet Potato Fries or Seasoned Grilled Fries.  It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and is utterly amazing!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ole Smoky - Hickory Peppercorn Bacon Cheese Burger

Is it possible for perfection to arise out of the serious need for simplicity? We think it is.  When there is no time for an inferior burger, only the best will do.  Pull out your favorite flavors from your spice arsenal and get to work. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Grilled Barbecue Potato "Chips" Slices

Summer creates a flurry of activities, commitments and fun obligations.  Play dates, barbecues, picnics, and vacations.  There never seems to be enough time to fit everything in.  Food that is scrumptious and fast becomes number one in our house during the summer.  Not to mention, have you ever grilled when it is 115° outside?  Quick is king!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A Look Back at the Week of July 2, 2012

The TSRI Summer Grilling Celebration continued this week with 4 new dishes and another delish cocktail.  What a fabulous week it has been.  Fourth of July was spectacular and the food we had all week was utterly amazing!  Lets take a look back at what we have been up to this week.

Don't forget to check out Fresina's spectacular giveaway!  We will draw the winner Sunday night at 9:01pm Pacific.  

Fresina's Pasta Co & Italian Specialties is very generously giving away a custom Tour of Italia Gift Box (and will ship to the winners home) with an approximate retail value of $125.

Capture the essence of summer with this scrumptious Gourmet Caprese Burger with Balsamic Reduction.  Loaded with all the flavors of your favorite caprese salad.  This is a must have at your barbecue this summer.

Turn your ordinary barbecue menu into a spectacular one with this Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad!  Fresh grilled summer vegetables and handmade pasta tossed in a simple garlic sauce and Parmesan cheese that is fantastic cold or warm!

Wake up your everyday sandwiches and burgers with this delightfully creamy simple Homemade Pesto Mayonnaise.  Fresh basil pesto and olive oil mayo combine to make this incredible gourmet mayo!

Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail is a purely refreshing summer cocktail with tart raspberry and lemon and sweet grenadine!  Absolutely perfect for an afternoon barbecue with the grown ups or an evening girls night.  You are going to love this one.

This is NOT your ordinary strawberry popsicle.  This elevated strawberry flavor and sweet balsamic is pure pleasure for your palate.  Treat yourself to a Gourmet Strawberry Balsamic Popsicle!  A low calorie decadent summer treat.

Have a beautiful weekend.  We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at the week.  We love to hear your comments and feedback, so if you make or bake any of our recipes, please let us know.  We would love to link you up on our Featured page.

Have a fabulous weekend,

Donna, Chad and Munchkin

Friday, July 6, 2012

Gourmet Strawberry Balsamic Popsicles

Summertime calls for refreshing treats; fresh fruit and ice pops are tied for number one in our book.  So how do you take your favorites and combine them into one incredible treat?  It occurred to me when I was making the balsamic reduction for the Gourmet Caprese Burger.  After reducing the balsamic, it was so amazing I was literally licking it off the spoon.  So, I had to make a second batch, okay and a third too.  I could not stop eating it and drizzling it on everything.  I realized that first of all, Fresina's should look into turning their Signature Balsamic into lollipops.  Seriously.  I would buy them!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail

It's Thursday Slow Roasters!  You know what that means...  LADIES NIGHT!  Tonight we are serving up a light and tangy cocktail to celebrate summer.

Everyone is looking for cold refreshing drinks with temperatures sizzling all over the country.  What better to cool you down than a cold summery cocktail?  Raspberries and lemon make the most delectable lemonade and this cocktail is a scrumptious adult version.

As a surprise to follow up my new found love of Cherry Limeade Cocktails, Chad surprised with me with a bottle of Raspberry Pucker.  The first thing out of my mouth was Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail!  So, off he went to the mixology lab to create this sensational drink for you!

Sweet grenadine mixes with the tart Raspberry Pucker and lemon juice to create an incredibly delightful cocktail.  Watch this one ladies, it goes down so smooth and its so fabulous you will be making more!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Homemade Pesto Mayonnaise

It's the 4th of July, Happy Independence Day, Slow Roasters!  God Bless our Country and our troops!  While you are enjoying family, friends, fireworks an other festivities; here is a delicious condiment that will dress up any barbecue!

Wake up your everyday sandwiches and burgers with this delightfully creamy Homemade Pesto Mayonnaise.  This is a rockin' condiment for your table that uses garden fresh basil and homemade olive oil mayonnaise to make this superb creation.  Homemade Pesto Mayonnaise is great anywhere you would use mayo.  This mayo has so many uses; on sandwiches, in summer salads, burgers, and more!

This Homemade Pesto Mayo is the 'basil' layer in our mind-blowing Gourmet Caprese Burger with Balsamic Reduction.  It truly lends an amazingly fresh flavor to the burger and really helps pull the caprese burger together!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

Summer salads are a staple on barbecue tables everywhere; potato salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw, and pasta salads.  Make your menu memorable with this cold Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad.  Step out of the ordinary with a pasta salad that features your favorite fresh summer vegetables, grilled to caramelized perfection with an added smoky flavor that you can't get in your oven.

This pasta salad is so simple and truly celebrates the flavors of summer with eggplant, zucchini, yellow bell peppers and gorgeous grape tomatoes!  It is really versatile too, what is growing in your garden?  Pasta salads are truly a favorite of mine.  But, the grilled vegetables really help to turn up the heat on this sizzling summer pasta salad. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Gourmet Caprese Burger with Balsamic Reduction

Summer salads are always a favorite at barbecues and summertime parties.  When you are having a Summer Grilling Celebration, how do you bring your favorite Caprese salad to the grill?  You transform it into an incredibly scrumptious gourmet burger that captures the essence of summer!  With luscious tomato, fresh basil, creamy mozzarella and sweet balsamic vinegar this burger was destined for TSRI's burger hall of fame.

A perfectly grilled beef burger drizzled with a sweet balsamic reduction, served atop a layer of fresh chunky tomato sauce on a toasted ciabatta bun is enough to make your stomach growl and your taste buds swoon!  Add a slice of fresh mozzarella and a spoonful of fresh pesto mayonnaise and you may just have to pick your tongue up off the floor!