Delish Features Memorial Day Recipes To Drool Over

Delish Features Memorial Day Recipes To Drool Over

Avid readers of “Design Your Lifestyle” know that 2 recipe blogs make us salivate like none other – Delish and Epicurious.

Since our inception, we’ve relied on Delish and Epicurious more than any other sources for food tips, recipes, drink recipes, and seasonal menus that always fit the bill and ‘hit the spot’. And boy, has Delish delivered once again with its Memorial Day Recipes feature page.

BBQ in style with Delish's Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)
BBQ in style with Delish’s Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)

From the Delish team:

We wanted to make a space that was for everyone — people who liked to eat more than they actually liked to cook. We created a place that was as much about delicious, easy recipes as it was about food as a fun lifestyle and cultural phenomenon. We produce nearly 200 recipes a month, but we’re also creating videos about our favorite brands, restaurants, and stores, or celebrities and their eating habits. Plus, we’re all about telling the crazy food stories you won’t find anywhere else.

How could we not love that mission statement? (And if that’s not enough, check out their Pinterest page – we dare you not to get hungry and make a recipe immediately.)

The thing we love most about the Delish Memorial Day Recipes feature is that it’s drawn from the real world. We’re not saying that some people don’t adorn their Memorial Day dinner table or cookout table with “deconstructed crawfish etouffee” or “artisanal curated something-or-other with lemongrass foam”. We’re just saying that most people eat burgers, hot dogs, salads and sides.

BBQ in style with Delish's Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)
BBQ in style with Delish’s Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)

And this is precisely the foundation of the Delish Memorial Day “menu” of recipes. The splashy lead article, 43 Insane-Slash-Brilliant Things To Do With Hot Dogs“, hooked us from the beginning. Simple summer pastas, summer salad recipes, kebabs and homemade condiments follow the charge, and soon you may find yourself like us…

(“Did I really just spend 52 minutes looking at Memorial Day recipes? Yup, I sure did.”)

Vegetarians and vegans, fear not – Delish has you covered for Memorial Day as well, with grilled veggie recipes that are more than satisfying.

So if you’re at a loss for Memorial Day cooking ideas and need some recipes for inspiration, head over to the Delish Memorial Day Recipes site and get searching! (We’ll give you a call in a day or two if you get carried away.)

Man Cave Month, From Peter Salerno’s Grill: Best BBQ Texas Beef Brisket

Our Favorite Recipe For BBQ Beef Brisket

As the weather gets nicer, it’s never too early to step outside for a delicious barbecue. In honor of Man Cave Month at Peter Salerno Inc., we’re offering up one of our all-time favorite barbecue recipes: the BBQ Texas Beef Brisket, as posted by the experts at AmazingRibs. (If you haven’t checked out AmazingRibs, please do so: they’ve earned their name!)

The great thing about recipes from AmazingRibs is that you’re guided, step-by-step, through the often complicated process of creating delicious barbecue. In this case, their Texas Barbecue Brisket recipe has it all covered: recipes for homemade sauce and rub, exactly what to look for when buying brisket, how to prepare and slice the brisket, and exactly how much prep and resting time your brisket will need. Even the most inexperienced BBQ cook will look like a grill master!

This recipe for BBQ beef brisket is one of Peter Salerno's favorites. (Credit AmazingRibs)
This recipe for BBQ beef brisket is one of Peter Salerno’s favorites. (Credit AmazingRibs)

There’s no way we can convey all this brisket recipe material without giving due credit, so we’re posting the most pertinent details to get you started. Once you’re ready, make sure you check out the full recipe, instructions and guide at AmazingRibs to achieve the perfect Texas BBQ beef brisket recipe and results.

So take a quick break from your man cave, step outside into the warm sunshine, and get to grilling!

Texas BBQ Beef Brisket Recipe Essentials (from AmazingRibs.com)

Toolkit
1 grill or smoker with lots of fuel
6 feet of heavy-duty aluminum foil
16 ounces by weight of hard wood chunks, chips, or pellets for smoking
digital meat thermometer
digital oven thermometer
plastic beer cooler bigger than the brisket (not styrofoam, which could melt)
1 towel or blanket
long, thin, sharp knife
Cooking log
1 alarm clock
lawn chair
good book
6 pack of beer
1 pair of shades
Sun tan lotion
Tunes
A crowd of hungry friends

The Meat
1/2 cup Big Bad Beef Rub (check out AmazingRibs for this recipe!)
1 whole packer brisket about 12 pounds, untrimmed, USDA Choice grade or higher
1/8 cup of beef broth per pound of raw meat for injecting
1/2 cup of beef broth for use in the Texas Crutch

The Sauce
2 cups of Texas Barbecue Mop-Sauce (check out AmazingRibs for this recipe!) for a packer, or 1 cup for a HOF

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Sarde a Beccafico (Sardine Beccafico)

Today’s recipe from Peter Salerno’s kitchen is a classic Italian favorite that emanates from the traditional cuisine of Sicily – Sarde a Beccafico! For those of you who aren’t familiar, “beccafico” is an Italian term referring to small songbirds that were traditionally prepared as meals.

So how did “beccafico” become associated with fish? With the sea surrounding Sicily, many staple Italian dishes and ways of preparing food were altered to suit a more “seafaring” diet. This mean that many meat dishes featuring game birds on the mainland were adjusted for fish in Sicily. This is the case with Sarde a Beccafico – the main ingredient may be fish instead of fowl, but much of the classic preparation remains the same.

Sicilian classic Sarde a Beccafico. (Courtesy ManusMenu.com)
Sicilian classic Sarde a Beccafico. (Courtesy ManusMenu.com)

The word “beccafico” is a combination of the Latin for “bird” and “fig”, so it should come as no surprise that traditional beccafico dishes involve the meat being fed and/or stuffed with fruits and nuts. Many Sarde a Beccafico preparations call for ingredients such as raisins, pine nuts, and a mix of sweet and sour elements (i.e. lemon juice and sugar).

One of our favorite recipes for Sarde a Beccafico comes from Manu’s Menu, a fantastic recipe blog featuring dishes from around the world. Although Manu’s Menu doesn’t have a “speciality” per se, we were very impressed with their suggestions for this classic Sicilian dish. So from Peter Salerno’s kitchen (through Manu’s Menu) to yours, enjoy this recipe for Sarde a Beccafico!

Recipe: Sarde a Beccafico (via ManusMenu.com)

Author: Manuela Zangara
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 kg sardines, cleaned, heads and backbones removed
  • 2 tbsp orange (or lemon) juice
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • Bay leaves
Filling
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 tbsp breadcrumbs, toasted
  • 50 gms raisins (or sultanas)
  • 50 gms pinenuts
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Roast the breadcrumbs by putting them in a frying pan and cooking them on a medium fire while constantly stirring with a wooden spoon. They have to become golden brown. Do not burn them or they will become bitter.
  2. Mix all the filling ingredients together and keep aside.
  3. Put a tsp of filling on each sardine and roll it like an involtino and put them in an oven proof dish, greased with olive oil.
  4. Put 1 bay leaf to separate each roll.
  5. Mix the orange or lemon juice with the sugar and pour it all over the rolls.
  6. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C – 355°F for 10 or 15 minutes.

Be sure to visit Manu’s Menu for more recipes – and to Manuela, our thanks for the great recipe! For more about Peter Salerno and his award-winning design firm, visit Peter Salerno Inc. online.