Add some summer color to your chicken dish!

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped red, yellow, orange bell peppers
8 oz sliced mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
1 t dried thyme or 1 T fresh thyme
2 T dry white wine or chicken stock
small amount of olive oil to coat pan
Preparation:

Heat the oil in the pan on medium-high, and add the mushrooms. Cook until they begin to brown and add the peppers. Cook for 2-3 minutes,and then add salt and pepper, and the garlic and herbs. Cook for 30 more seconds (don’t burn the garlic!), and add the wine or stock. Cook until the liquid evaporates.

Makes two pretty large servings, each with 7 grams of carb plus 3 grams of fiber.

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Melitzanosalata (Greek Eggplant Dip)

pronounced meh-leed-zah-no-sah-LAH-tah

Ingredients:

1 large eggplant
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
4 teaspoons of wine vinegar
3 cloves of garlic, minced
sea salt
freshly ground pepper
Preparation:

Pierce the eggplant with a fork and char on the grill, or over an open flame (alternatively, broil for 10-15 minutes) until the eggplant turns black and is very soft. Set to cool and drain on a rack with paper towels underneath.

As soon as it can be handled, peel by hand (the skin will come off easily), and transfer to a bowl. Chop the pulp into small pieces with a knife, and mash with a fork. With a wooden spoon, stir in oil and vinegar slowly, alternating between them, until well blended. Stir in garlic, salt, and pepper.

Serve chilled or at room temperature, with pita wedges, slices of crusty bread, and/or fresh vegetables, garnished with black olives and a sprig of parsley. This goes well with salty cheeses and fish mezethes like anchovies.

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

Coke Ribeye Steaks!

Cola-Marinated Rib Eye Steaks

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Marinating time: 30 minutes

Grilling time: 8 to 12 minutes

Marinade

1 can (12 ounces) cola
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup Weber® Chicago Steak Seasoning
4 rib eye steaks, each about 8 ounces and 1 inch thick, trimmed of excess fat
1 large red onion, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
1. In a medium bowl whisk the marinade ingredients. Reserve 1/4 cup of the marinade for the onion. Place the steaks in a large, resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, place on a plate, and let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes, turning the bag occasionally. Place the onion slices in a shallow dish and pour in the reserved marinade. Carefully turn to coat. Marinate at room temperature alongside the steaks.

2. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F) on one side of the grill and high heat (450° to 550°F) on the other side.

3. Remove the steaks from the bag and pat them dry with paper towels. Lift the onion slices carefully from the bowl, letting any excess marinade drip back into the bowl. Discard the marinade.

4. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the steaks over direct high heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until cooked to your desired doneness, 6 to 8 minutes for medium rare, turning once or twice (if flare-ups occur, move the steaks temporarily over indirect heat). At the same time, grill the onion slices over direct medium heat until lightly charred and tender, 8 to 12 minutes, turning once or twice. Remove the steaks and onion slices from the grill as they are done. Let the steaks rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve the steaks warm with the onion slices on top.

© 2011 ACH Food Companies, Inc. Used with permission.

Memorial Day

Today I remember the most dedicated heroes of our country. The ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice. May all who consider themselves citizens of this great republic honor them as well.

National Armed Forces Day

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense.

Chicken Mole Enchiladas

Not this week, but next week…Bachelor Menu:

Mole Sauce

9 Ancho Chilies (stemmed)/or
9 New Mexico Chilies
(Ancho will be sweeter than New Mexico)
1 Tbs Onion Powder
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Tbs Peanut Butter
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Medium Tomato
1/4 Cup Raisins
1/4 Cup Almonds
1 Tablet Mexican Chocolate
1 Slice of Bread
1 1/4 Tbs Salt
6 Cups Water

Directions
Place water in a sauce pan, along with chilies, place on medium heat and steep until chilies are softened. Place chilies, and the remainder of ingredients in a blender along with the steeping water, you may have to do this in batches, depending on the size of your blender. Blend until pureed thoroughly. Return mixture to the sauce pan and simmer for approximately 30 minutes without the lid.

Enchiladas
Vegetable oil (for frying)
2 Tbs Olive Oil
12 Corn Tortillas
2 Cups Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
2 Cups Shredded Rotisserie Chicken

Directions

Place oil in skillet about 1 inch high. Once heated pass each tortilla through the warm oil just enough to fry the top layer, but not crispy. You just want the tortillas to be pliable. Once all the tortillas are fried, place about 2 tablespoons of chicken on each and roll into a taco. Place olive oil and about 1/2 cup sauce in the bottom of a pan or skillet, cook for about 5 minutes. Lay the rolled enchiladas in a single layer in the pan. Pour another generous helping of sauce on the top and finally sprinkle with the grated cheese. Place in a preheated 425 degree oven just until the cheese is melted and golden brown (approximately 20 minutes). Top with more sauce, and enjoy!

Harvest Moon Tonight

Prepare for the Harvest Moon! For the first time in two decades, the Sun will sink as the full Moon rises exactly opposite to it on the day the summer ends, creating in a strange 360-degree twilight show.

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, today is the autumnal equinox and a Super Harvest Moon will cross the sky after almost 20 years since the last time it happened. When the Sun starts to set on the Western horizon, a full moon will rise opposite to it on the East, reflecting the light of our home star.

Being close to the horizon, the orange Moon will be gigantic thanks to a psychological effect called the Moon illusion. The sky will be illuminated by the Sun and the Moon at the same time, creating a weird 360-degree effect that is rarely seen.

You don’t need to do anything special to enjoy the show, just get ready for the sunset. Make sure to have a clear view to both East and West.

You can check the time in your city here.

And as an added bonus, when the summer ends at 11:09pm Eastern Time, Jupiter will appear right next to the Moon.