Sunday, July 24, 2011

It's not a celebration unless we are eating...

Our family loves to celebrate and what's a celebration without FOOD!  Our July 4th menu consisted of traditional summer fare with a family twist…  

Hot Dogs and homemade French fries with Nanny’s Pink Sauce, Top Beverage with Fresh Garden Mint, Apple Crumble Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream, Lowfields Country Meatloaf (of course made with Lowfields Beef) with a salad of mixed greens & CoCo’s Best Ever Dressing and much more. 

We are excited to share with you some of the old family favorites (and some new ones)!
Nanny's Pink Sauce
My aunt always made this sauce for shrimp and oysters. When I was vacationing in the south of France, I dipped my frites in a wonderful aioli and fell in love.  We use Nanny's Pink Sauce for this same purpose when we make our homemade french fries!    

1/2 cup mayo
1/4 cup mustard
1/4 cup catsup
Squeeze of lemon
Hot Dogs & Homemade French Fries with Nanny's Pink Sauce

Top Beverage
Sister is the supreme mixologist in our family, the combinations are not always evident  to the untrained eye but for some reason her concoctions are always delicious!  Several years ago during one of her summer holidays at Lowfields, Sister was enthralled with reading and watching Bridget Jones Diary. In the book the main character mentions a drink being "Top Beverage".  Inspired by the huge patch of mint in the garden, her version of Top Beverage is below! 

Fresca Regular flavor
Fresh mint

In a chilled glass, crush mint in bottom. Add Tequila, Fresca and the juice of 1/2 a fresh lime. Stir and garnish with more fresh mint and a wedge of lime.  

Top Beverage

CoCo's Best Ever Dressing
Mamma has made this salad dressing for years and people were always begging for the recipe, even those who did not like blue cheese dressing. You make it in a pickle jar at the beginning of the week and it lasts for many days. It is good on plain greens or a mixed salad.

Blue cheese , or any cheese of your preference (gorgonzola, chevre, feta, etc) can be used.

1 wedge maytag bleu cheese
1 cup canola oil
3 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped
3 tpsp Pickapeppa sauce
2 tbsp grainy mustard or Grey Poupon

Crumble bleu cheese in jar.  Add chopped garlic, Pickapeppa sauce and mustard and fill with canola oil. Stir with spoon and then shake in jar before use.

Ingredients for CoCo's Best Ever Dressing

Ready for salad!  

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