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Black bean salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe

Black Bean Corn Salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe: As long as we had some fresh sweet corn laying around we thought we would make some salsa. This is our first time making black bean and corn salsa and it won’t be our last. This recipe is quick, easy and delicious.

Ingredients:

2 Ears of Corn
1 Large Jalapeno Diced (seeded)
1/2 Bunch of Cilantro Chopped
1 Large Lime
2 Large Tomatoes (seeded)
4 Green Onions Sliced
1 – 15oz Can Black Beans (rinsed and drained)
Sea Salt and Ground Pepper

Directions: Cook your corn on the cob in the microwave with husk on (you can see the video for microwave corn on the cob here.) Once cooked rinse with cold water and cut the corn off the cob.

In a medium size bowl add chopped jalapeno, cilantro, tomatoes, green onions, corn, can of black beans, squeeze lime juice over mixture and then season with sea salt and black pepper.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Serve with tortilla chips or put over a chicken breast, it’s delicious!

Raspberry Jam

Raspberry Freezer Jam Recipe and Video

Raspberry Freezer Jam

Raspberry Freezer Jam Recipe and Video: It’s raspberry season and we are fortunate to have friends with raspberry bushes. Our Facebook followers suggested that we make jam and since we have never done that before we thought we would give it a whirl.

Deciding on raspberry freezer jam, we searched the web for the perfect recipe and they were all pretty much the same and all seemed simple. From start to finish it took about 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

3 cups prepared fruit (about 6 cups red raspberries)
5 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl
3/4 cup water
1 box SURE-JELL Fruit Pectin

Directions:

Crush raspberries thoroughly, one layer at a time (we used a potato masher.) Measure exactly 3 cups crushed raspberries into large bowl. Stir in sugar. Let stand 10 min., stirring occasionally.

Mix water and pectin in large saucepan. Bring to boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling and stirring 1 min. Then add the fruit mixture; stir 3 min.or until sugar is almost dissolved and no longer grainy.

Fill your containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of top. Clean the top edges of the containers and then immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. You can store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers for up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.

We will be making this again with blueberries! If you have a different way of making freezer jam be sure to comment below.

Phatphood

DJ Phat All-Star Game Menu Review

DJ Phat Target Center All Star Game

DJ Phat All-Star Game Menu Review: If you pay attention at all to Minnesota sports then you have heard about the four new meaty food items that are being added specially just for the All-Star Game menu.

Our food expert DJ Phat tried out each of these new menu items last night. If you are on Instagram be sure to follow DJ Phat @phatphood – you won’t believe what this guys eats!

DJ Phat Target Center

• The Double Header: A brat and a Polish sausage with all the fixings, served on a foot-long bun and branded with the All-Star Game logo. (At all Kramarczuk locations)

Price: $16.50

juicing

Juicing For Beginners Tips and Recipes

Juicing Weve Tried It

We decided to jump on the juicing bandwagon or at least give it a try. We tested out two different Breville Juice Fountains and made a vegetable and a fruit drink recipe.

Disclaimer before you watch the video: The first juicer used was borrowed from a friend of ours who uses it religiously and loves it. The blades were dull and it took longer than we wanted so we sped up the video a little to move the process along.

We checked out Dr. Oz’s website and he had some important things everyone should know about before juicing: Only make as much juice as you intend to consume at one time, juice that isn’t consumed right away can harbor bacteria and cause food poisoning and threaten the nutritional value of the juice.

Be sure to wash your fruits and vegetables before juicing. If your fruits have pits be sure to remove before you juice.

If you are juicing as a way to diet and lose weight, make sure you consume at least 2000 calories or more per day depending on your metabolic needs. Don’t starve yourself! It’s important that your body gets a sufficient amount of calories, vitamins, nutrients, protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Remember that you need fiber, to keep your digestive system working smoothly. You can add dissolvable fiber powder to your juices or supplement with prunes or pears.

The health benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruit and vegetables are that they retain most of of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals. They help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and various inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis.

Fruit Recipe: 1 green apple, 2 grapefruit and 2 peaches. Half the peaches and remove the pits, peel the grapefruit and if the apple is too big, cut in half.

Vegetable Recipe: 3 tomatoes, 3 carrots, 1 bunch of parsley and one large cucumber. All these can be put in whole with the peels.

Let us know in the comments below what your favorite juicing recipe is.

Pudding Pops

Homemade Pudding Pops

Homemade Pudding Pops: If you were thinking “homemade” means you have to make the pudding from scratch, you are wrong. Super easy snack for those hot summer days.

Homemade Pudding Pops

All you need is your favorite kind of pudding and popsicle sticks. Cut a small opening in the middle of lid and placed the stick in. Place the snack pack in the freezer and within a few hours you will be enjoying a delicious frozen snack.

We used Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding which is fortified with as much calcium as an 8-oz glass of milk and contains no high fructose corn syrup.

This is such an easy snack to make, your children can have fun helping you and enjoy “cooking” in the kitchen.

It’s also a great way to make the pudding cup last for a long time. We will definitely be keeping these on hand this summer! It doesn’t get much easier than this.

We want to hear what you are making with your kids this summer, leave a comment below. We are always looking for new recipes to try with our families.

In May we made yogurt pops, If you missed the Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt Popsicles post you can check that story out here.

Chef Royal Salmon

One Minute Cooking Videos with Chef Royal

Chef Royal Salmon

One Minute Cooking Videos with Chef Royal: During our cooking lessons we asked our Facebook followers if they could ask a chef one question, what would it be.

1. How can I keep my chicken breasts juicy? Great question! This is an issue for us too. I can tell you after hearing the answer we have been doing it wrong all along.

2. How to get a good crust on a filet and other great steaks? Ever eat out and order a blue cheese crusted filet and wonder how you can do that at home? Chef Royal tells us…

Being a chef you would think that Royal would eat pretty much anything. One of our followers asked: What is one thing Royal will not eat. Take a guess before watching the video, we were shocked at the answer.

Weve Tried It has really enjoyed our cooking series with Chef Royal and guest DJ Phat. The amount of information we learned was huge, cooking the perfect ribeye, cooking on a Himalayan salt block, preparing exotic meats.

Hopefully we remember all of his tips and if not we can always go back and watch the videos as a reference. Other cooking videos: Perfect Ribeye and Salt Block Salmon by Chef Royal and Exotic Meats.

Don’t forget to follow Chef Royal on Facebook and DJ Phat on Instagram @PhatPhood.

Chef Royal

Perfect Ribeye and Salt Block Salmon by Chef Royal

Perfect Ribeye and Salt Block Salmon by Chef Royal – The title says it all, Chef Royal is back and this time he prepares the perfect ribeye steak in a cast iron skillet and fresh Copper River salmon on a Himalayan salt block.

There is so much great information was in this video, it is worth taking 14 minutes of your day to watch. We couldn’t believe how much we have been doing wrong in the kitchen.

Joining us once again is food connoisseur DJ Phat. You can find him on Instagram @PhatPhood – we should warn you, you will get hungry if you follow him.

Follow Chef Royal on Facebook to keep up-to-date on the classes that he teaches at Kitchen Window. You can also check out his website ChefRoyal.com. If you have ever thought of having an in-home cooking class you really should give Royal a call!

In our next Chef Royal segment we will be learning what oils to use for cooking. If you missed our first cooking segment: Exotic Meats – you can view it below.

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Exotic Meats

Exotic Meats with Chef Royal

Exotic Meats with Chef Royal: Round 2 of trying out exotic meats from Specialty Meats and Gourmet. This time around we brought in award winning Chef Royal Dahlstrom and food connoisseur DJ Phat.

We wish you all could have been with us to taste the amazing meats and sauces that Chef Royal prepared; Bison Rocky Mountain Oysters, Maple Glazed Quail, Kangaroo Loins and Wild Boar Medallions.

Weve Tried It 2

The meats all tasted great without any sauce, but the sauces used brought everything to another level of goodness.

Royal is the creative force behind Chef Royal, a full-service catering and culinary instruction company. He can also be found at the Kitchen Window teaching – you can get the class schedule here.

Royal has 22 years of industry expertise honed at venues including: Lake Elmo Inn, Ristorante Luci, Goodfellows, The California Café, La Toscana and The Napa Valley Grille, to a diverse roster of both individual and corporate clients, staging spectacular and customized dining events.

Specialty Meats and Gourmet is located in Hudson, WI. No worries if you aren’t close by, you can order everything at smgfoods.com. Be sure to order some Bison Rocky Mountain Oysters, they were excellent!

Tell us in the comment section below what the most exotic meat you have tried is and what you thought.

Bang Bang Shrimp

Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe

Bang Bang

Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe: We were hungry for shrimp so we asked our Facebook followers to send us shrimp recipes to make for dinner and we decided this one looked amazing…and it was!

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1/4 Cup Sweet Chili Sauce
3-5 Drops Sriracha Sauce
Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
1 Tsp. Kosher Salt
1 Tsp. Ground Pepper
1 Pound Shelled and Devained Shrimp

In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce and Sriracha. Set aside while you prepare the shrimp. In a large skillet, add 1/2 inch vegetable oil and place over medium-high heat. In a shallow dish, mix together cornstarch, salt and pepper. Toss the shrimp to lightly coat.

When the oil is hot add in shrimp. Cook for a few minutes, flip and cook on the other side. The shrimp will cook quickly and turn pink when fully cooked. Don’t crowd the pan and cook the shrimp in batches. Add more oil if necessary. Once all the shrimp has been cooked, toss it in the mayonnaise mixture and eat immediately.

The shrimp is generally severed on top on a bed of lettuce, but we used white rice.

Bonefish Bang Bang Shrimp

Taste your sauce to see if there is enough heat and add more Sriracha for your desired heat.

Very easy to make and the whole family enjoyed it!

Raspberry Pie

Raspberry Lemonade Pie Recipe

Raspberry Lemonade Pie Recipe: This is as good as it sounds! It’s one of those quick and easy recipes that you will make over and over.

Lemonade Pie

Ingredients:

6oz Keebler Graham Ready Pie Crust
8 oz Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese (1/3 less fat)
1 Packet Crystal Light Raspberry Lemonade Singles
1/4 Cup Milk
8 oz Cool Whip (thawed)
1 TBLS. Sugar

Mix Cool Whip, cream cheese, Crystal Light (start with half the raspberry lemonade and taste for desired flavor), milk and sugar in bowl with mixer until completely mixed.

Lemonade Pie Filling

Using a spatula scoop the mixture unto you pie crust. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving.

Raspberry Lemonade Pie

You can garnish with fresh raspberries and a little scoop of Cool Whip on each piece.

This would be a great dessert to make for a grill out or picnic. There are a few other Crystal Light flavors that you could try: Pomegranate Cherry, Lemonade, Pink Lemonade and Fruit Punch.

Let us know if you make this recipe and what you thought in the comments below.