Friday, May 22, 2009

My Memorial Day Cookout Plan: Kick back with the Dogs

© photo copyright 2009 Carrie Boyko
Oliver, Xena and Tanner
No Finicky Eaters Here!

Memorial Day is coming and I cannot even honestly say we'll be having a cookout. At least not with my family. It's just the dogs and me this year. Everyone else will be off doing their own thing. Perhaps I'll cook up some organic burgers and spoil the furry kids. I know they'll chow down on those babies without any coercion.

My plan, since I'll have several days alone, is to work on getting caught up with some of the blogging tasks that go on in the background. You know, the stuff you can't see that makes this all work. I'd like to say it works "seamlessly", but it doesn't always work out that way.

Of course, I'll have to get some exercise while wrestling with the blog stuff. Oliver has volunteered to get me out for a bike ride.

© photo copyright 2008 Carrie Boyko

Oliver Likes to Run With Me

If you're looking for a cookout menu, check Lazy Cooks' Labor Day Organic Cookout, a post from 2008 Labor Day. It includes Barbecued Organic Chicken, Hot dogs, Baked Beans, Organic Veggie Sticks, Organic Melon wedges, and Organic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. That's pretty much an all-American cookout menu.

Memorial Day could be a different matter if I had company. I'm in the mood for London Broil, since my mom just called and asked for a recipe. That's a turn of the tide. I used to call her for recipes, but now she's forgotten how to prepare stuff that hasn't been on her table for many years.

Perhaps you'd like to try my marinade for a tender Organic London Broil:

Mix red wine and organic Italian dressing with chopped organic onions and garlic. After tenderizing a flank steak, pierce it repeatedly on both sides with a fork, to allow the marinade to seep inside. Poor the marinade over the meat in a well-sealed container, to allow for occasional shaking, turning and stirring. Marinate for 2-3 days for best results, before grilling. Slice it at an angle, in very thin slices, for the best presentation.

If, like me, you prefer to have dishes that can be prepared in advance, try twice baked potatoes, my way. You can make these ahead of time, ready to be popped into the oven while the meat is grilling.

Carrie's Twice Baked Organic Potatoes

  • 4 large Organic Baking Potatoes
  • 1 16-oz. container Organic Sour Cream
  • 1 lb. Organic Cheddar, shredded
  • 2 Teaspoons Organic Garlic Salt

Easy to Make Instructions:

  1. Bake the potatoes till completely done, about 1 hour at 400 degrees.
  2. Cool and slice in half longways
  3. Using a serving spoon, scoop out the potato, preserving the skin in one piece.
  4. Mash the potato in a medium sized bowl.
  5. Mix the sour cream, cheese and garlic salt into the mashed potatoes.
  6. Fill the skins with the mixture, distributing evenly.
  7. These can be baked again immediately at 350 for about 20 minutes, or frozen and baked later, after thawing.
  8. Sprinkle some extra cheddar on top during the last 5 minutes of baking.
  9. Serves 8

Add a generous green salad and you've got a delicious meal that is mostly prepared ahead of time, leaving you able to enjoy your guests. The link above has an oatmeal cookie recipe in it that is to die for--cliche, I know, but so true. Try it. You won't regret it. Have a great Memorial Day. I'm off to play Pack Leader!

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