Sunday, July 3, 2011

BBQ Treats

Here are a couple things I made for a BBQ yesterday I thought I'd share, both were a hit and are long time favorites in my house.

 Lemon Glazed Pound Cake

18-1/4 oz. pkg. super moist yellow or vanilla cake mix
3.4-oz. pkg. instant lemon pudding mix
3/4 c. oil
3/4 c. water
4 eggs, beaten
Garnish: powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350.
Grease pan completely with butter and then dust with flour coating completely with a thin layer of flour, shake out excess.
Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar; mix well. Pour into a greased bunt cake pan or a large loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately poke holes through cake with a fork; pour glaze over cake. Dust with powdered sugar (optional)
 Serves 10 to 12.
1 c. powdered sugar
1 T. butter, melted
1 T. milk
approx 1/3 c. lemon juice
Combine all ingredients; stir until smooth.

Dee's Famous Salsa (ok famous in our house but just give it time!! lol)

1 28 oz can plain whole tomatoes
2 green onion stems
1-2 jalepenos (optional to remove seeds for less heat)
2 large hand fulls of fresh cilantro
Garlic salt with parsley (my favorite it McCormick's California style) enough to taste
1 lime

Put all ingredients into blender and bend until well incorporated and nearly smooth. Taste and adjust to preference. Add juice of 1 lime. Refridgerate a few hrs-overnight to meld flavors.


~ Watermellon slices soaked soaked in tequila (Sorry no pics available)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 60 minutes
Serves 4
    * 1 small seedless watermelon, red or yellow, quartered and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges
    * 1 cup sugar
    * 3/4 cup water
    * 1/2 cup tequila
    * 1/4 cup Triple Sec
    * 2 limes, halved or cut into wedges
    * Flaked sea salt or coarse salt
   1. Arrange watermelon in a single layer in two 9-by-13-inch baking dishes. Bring sugar, water, tequila, and Triple Sec to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly. Pour syrup over watermelon wedges, and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
   2. Remove watermelon from syrup, and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over melon, and season with salt.
The secret here is in the syrup.
The "tequila" in which the fruit is placed is not straight liquor.  Instead, it's a simple syrup of sugar, water, tequila and Triple Sec. This combination -- light on the booze -- becomes a fragrant syrup after a brief boil.
Drizzled on watermelon and left to sit for an hour, the fruit and syrup meld into a lovely combination. With a squirt of lime and a dash of salt, Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges are a terrific summery treat, with bright, sharp flavors.

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