How to throw a simple yet fun BBQ party

With the summer soon coming to an end I am sure a lot of you are just dying to get the grill out and throw one last awesome BBQ bash for your friends and family. Well, after all, a summer without a BBQ party is simply incomplete.

So today we’ll compile a list of ways to keep the party simple yet have fun.

Go easy with the cook

  • One of the best things about any great chef isn’t making the most difficult dishes but making the simple ones with a twist. Keeping the recipes simple will help you cook well while enjoying the party equally with your near and dear ones. It will also reduce shopping time. Having a great BBQ grill makes for a great start but that just the start.
  • We’d recommend you keep no more than 5 recipes but either provide a flavor surprise or serve it with a twist.  Simple recipes like corn on the cob can be turned into flavor bursts with some parmesan cheese, jalapeno etc.

Try potluck

  • If your BBQ plan was more like a sudden mood swing and now you’re worried about if you’ll have enough for everyone, going the potluck way is the ideal option.
  • While you can arrange the drinks and the main course you could always ask a few close friends to pitch in with a side dish or even a dessert or maybe something as simple as a few chips or beers.

Set the mood with some music

  • One thing that can turn a party into a total bummer is bad music so if you want your guests to have a good time you’ve got to serve them with good food, drinks and yes music. Now there are plenty of songs with summer written all over them.
  • You can also play electric or classic rock songs to get the mood going. The aim of songs should be to keep your guests happy and dancing.

Fun time

Game time

  • Nothing lights up a party like having a few games and there are plenty of games that both children and adults can enjoy alike and one such game is Twister. For a backyard twister game, all you need is 4-5 different sprays.
  • A few water guns or even some pool related games are other ways to get both adults and kids join in the action.

The perfect dessert

  • What’s a party without a yummy sweet dish right? And guess what, you can them on your grill itself. If you’re looking to keep it simple we’d recommend grilled summer fruit skewers. All you’ll need are some apples, strawberries, pineapple, and peaches.
  • Skewer the fruits and season them with some olive oil and a pinch of salt and leave them on a preheated grill for about 10 minutes. Take the skewers off once they’re juicy and have a few char marks top it off with some honey.
  • If you’re in the mood for something fancy, grilled pineapple sundaes, grilled banana splits are other awesome recipes.

game time

How to Clean your Food Processor in simple and efficient ways

All of us love using our favorite food processor to chop and grate all the food items and some of us also like to make sauce or salsa in our food processor. We like to throw the food items in our food processor and let it do all the work for us. However, if you don’t keep your food processor clean and clear out all the grime and dirt from time to time, you will end up ill after eating all that food or your food will taste weird.

This is why it is important to clean your food processor regularly and ensure that it doesn’t accumulate a lot of dirt inside. Not sure how to do it? Just follow these steps and your food processor will be as good as new in no time at all.

Clean your Food Processor

Step 1: Dismantle your food processor

The first step requires you to remove all the food processor pieces to ensure that no food item is stuck in it. Once you have done this, you can proceed with the cleaning task.

Step 2: Wash the detached parts first

Now, you need to first wash the removable parts of the food processor. So, clean the bowls and the blades and with warm water and vinegar solution or with a mild soap. Make sure you don’t scrub any food processor part with a strong solution and avoid soaking your blade in the water, instead wipe it down with a wet cloth. You can also wash these parts in a dishwasher rack.

Step 3: Wipe down the motor and the surface

The next step would be to clean the motor and the surface of the food processor with the help of a damp cloth. Make sure you don’t pour water on the motor unit and just clean with a simple wipe down. If the dirt or grime isn’t getting off, you can use a mild soap to remove the stain from the motor or the surface.

Step 4: Dry and reassemble your processor

Once you have cleaned the entire food processor and its parts, you need to air dry it properly. Once it is dried, you can put it back in its place. Turn on the food processor and check if it is working properly or not and then store it in a safe location.

Tips for cleaning your food processor

Tip 1: If your food processor smells too much, then you can prepare a solution of baking soda and water and keep this stored in the processor for 10-15 minutes. This will absorb all the odor from your food processor and will leave it smelling like new.

Tip 2: If you want to clean the blades of the food processor, then it would be advisable to use nylon brushes as this can protect you from getting any cut and will ensure that you are able to clean the blades thoroughly.

Tip 3: Make sure that everything is dried before you put it together else bacteria might end up growing on the damp parts of the food processor.

easy pumpkin bread recipe with canned pumpkin

Ingredients:

1. Flour (3 to 5 c)
2. pumpkin puree (16 oz)
3. brown sugar (3/4c)
4. white sugar (2c)
5. eggs (4)
6. vegetable oil (1c)
7. baking soda (2tsp)
8. ground cinnamon (1 1/2tsp)
9. ground nutmeg (1 pinch)
10. butter for baking dish

Method of preparation:

1. First heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Take a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, spices, salt and sugar in it. Mix it with spoon or with hands.

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2. Take another bowl, mix pumpkin puree and oil in it. Then beat eggs in it one by one.

3. Take the bowl of flour mixture and then make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Now pour the mixture of pumpkin in this well. Mix all the ingredients with your hands until gets smooth.

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4. Take 2 loaf pans and buttered them. Pour the batter into these pans and then bake for about 1 hour or until the tooth pick inserted in it comes out clean.

5. Keep it cool before taking out the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. It can be served with cream cheese spread on the top.

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Roasted Chicken And Fennel Risotto Recipe

Ingredients:

1. Arborio rice (1 1/2c)
2. diced roasted chicken (2c)
3. hot roasted chicken broth (71/2 to8c)
4. balsamic vinegar (1/4c)
5. unsalted butter (2tbsp)
6. fennel bulb (1) julienned, keep a few leaves for garnish
7. diced onion (1)
8. extra virgin olive oil (1/4c)
9. salt and pepper (to taste)


Method of preparation:

1. Take a pan, heat olive oil in it over medium heat and saute the onion and fennel for about 3 minutes until gets golden. Add rice in it and stir it for 3 to 4 minutes until the rice gets opaque. Now stir balsamic vinegar till it is well absorbed.

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2. Add  balsamic vinegar in it and cook it until it gets absorbed. Add 1 cup of broth to the rice mixture. Stir this until the liquid gets absorbed or until ¼ of the chicken broth is left for about 18 to 20 minutes.

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3. Now add the left over chicken broth and butter in it. Add pepper and salt according to taste. When it gets ready then adds a few fennel leaves on the top to decorate it and then serve it.

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Make 6 servings.

Italian Rice Balls Recipe

Ingredients:

1. Carolina rice (2lb)
2. ground beef (1lb)
3. eggs (5to6large)
4. grated Romano cheese (1 1/2c)
5. tomatoes sauce (1can)
6. water (6c)
7. milk (2 1/2c)
8. butter (2sticks)
9. flour as needed
10. bread crumbs for cooking rice balls (11/2c)
11. oil for deep frying the rice balls.

Method of preparation:

1. Take a large saucepan, boil rice with water in it. Cook it over low heat until the water is evaporated. Add butter, milk, cheese, and 3 beaten eggs and cook it by stirring until the rice is thick and pasty.

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2. Now place the rice on a flat pan and cool it overnight. Take a pan brown the ground beef in it and drain it. Then add tomato sauce and mix it well.

3. Take a mound of rice in the palm of your hand, make a well in it and fill this well with meat mixture. Cover it with another mound of rice and then shape it into balls. Make more balls like this.

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4. Roll these balls in flour and dip in eggs and coat with breadcrumbs. Now deep fry these balls over medium-high heat until gets golden brown.

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Make about 35 balls.

Zuppa Di Cipalle (Onion Soup) Recipe

Ingredients:

1. Vegetable broth (1 1/2quarts)
2. butter (2/3c)
3. ground parmesan (6tbsp)
4. white onions (4 ½ to 5lbs)
5. salt and black pepper (to taste)

Method of preparation:

1. Take onions, peel them and soak them for about 25 to 30 minutes in cold running water. Take out the onions from water and then cut them into thin slices.

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2. Take a non-stick pan. Heat butter in it and then add onions in it. Cook the onions over medium heat by stirring them often. Cook them until they get soften.

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3. Now blend the onions in the food processor. After blending put them in the pan along with the vegetable broth. Simmer it uncovered until it gets thicken to a cream. It should take about 45 minutes or an hour.

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4. Add salt and black pepper. When it gets ready then mix parmesan cheese and serve it immediately.

How to Cook Chicken Milano

Ingredients:

1. Skinless, boneless chicken breasts halves (1pound)
2. heavy cream (1c)
3. chicken broth, divided (1c)
4. sun-dried chopped tomatoes (1/2c)
5. minced garlic (2cloves)
6. butter (1tbsp)
7. dry fettuccini pasta (8ounces)
8. chopped fresh basil (2tbsp)
9. vegetable oil (2tbsp)
10. salt and pepper (to taste).

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Method of preparation:

1. Take a large saucepan, place it over low heat, melt butter in it and add garlic in it and cook it for about 30 seconds. Add ¾ cup of chicken broth and tomatoes in it.

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2. Increase the heat to medium and then keep the mixture to boil. Now turn down the heat, keep it to simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes. Then add cream in it and keep the mixture to boil by stirring until the gravy gets thickened. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of chicken.

3. Take a large frying pan, place it over medium heat. Heat oil in it and cook chicken in it for about 4 minutes. Place it in a bowl, cover it and keep it warm. Throw out fat from pan.

4. Boil ¼ cup of chicken broth in the pan over medium heat by stirring it. When it gets reduced then add prepared cream sauce and basil in it. Adjust the seasoning according to taste.

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5. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large bowl of salted water until it gets soft. Place the drained pasta in a bowl and mix 3 to 4 tablespoon of sauce in it.

6. Now cut the chicken breast into slices. Heat the sauce. Place the pasta in serving plate, place chicken slices on top and coat with cream sauce. Now it is ready to serve.

 

Number of servings – 4