Friday, June 11, 2010

Pesto with Angelhair Pasta

Angelhair Pasta with Pesto served cold as a pasta salad is super delicious and healthy. This dish is by far the most popular pasta salad on our menu. Pesto is very easy to make. Follow my recipe below


2 tablespoons chopped pine nuts
2 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups basil leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 pinchs of pepper


Take out your blender or food processor. With the motor running, drop the pine nuts and garlic through the feed chute. Process until finely minced. Add the olive oil and pulse three times. Add basil, Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to the processor bowl. Process until finely minced, scraping down sides. Fold into cooked pasta

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Corn on the Cob ( Mexican style)

Corn on the Cob is a delicious summer time staple. We serve it at many of our backyard barbecues but with a Mexican Flair. It is absolutely unbelievably awesome!!!!! You must try it.Let me inspire you..


4 ears corn, shucked
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup grated cotija cheese
salt and pepper to taste
4 wedges lime

Preheat barbecue on high heat
Grill corn until hot and lightly charred all over, 7 to 10 minutes, depending on the temperature of the grill. Roll the ears in melted butter, then spread evenly with mayonnaise. Sprinkle with cotija cheese and serve with a lime wedge.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Blackend Anything is Delicious

So many of us are on diets or watching our weight. We often cater ladies luncheons and they request an elaborate salad with some sort of grilled chicken on top. BORING!! and sometimes tasteless and dry. Blackening is a great alternative to grilled anything. You simply cover one side completely with the seasoning and then sear on a flaming hot skillet. This causes the chicken or fish to cook quickly while locking juices inside.

1 heaping tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 heaping teaspoon garlic powder
1 heaping teaspoon onion powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoon leaf thyme
1/2 teaspoon leaf oregano


Mix all ingredients, shake, and season

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Grilled Salmon

Many of us love to grill fish on the barbecue in the summer. Below is a simple marinade we use at Elegant Affairs. The flavor is absolutely delicious. All you need to do is simply combine the ingredients below, place in baggies with salmon and marinate 2-4 hours. Let me inspire you.


2 tablespoon packed brown sugar
2 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
2tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon honey
2tablespoon soy sauce
2 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 large salmon fillet (about 2 lb), cut into 8 pieces