Wednesday, July 17, 2013

“Grilling, broiling, barbecuing - whatever you want to call it - is an art, not just a matter of building a pyre and throwing on a piece of meat as a sacrifice to the gods of the stomach.” ~ James Beard

BITE seems to have rolled around a bit more quickly this time, but no complaints here!  Our summer theme for this month was "Barbecue".  A perfect theme for a 90+ degree day!  I must confess that I'm getting pretty weary of the hot weather that we have had this summer - and there are a string of 90+ days still in the forecast.  

For our appetizers, Chris prepared two different dishes.  The first was Italian Flat Bread with Roasted Eggplant Spread, and the second was a Corn Dip (please see the BITE page for this recipe).


Delicious and right up my alley!  Served up with chips, I could see taking this to any cookout that I am invited to - fresh and cheesy!

Flatbread with roasted eggplant - I apologize for not getting a very good picture (nor did I get any decent picture of our beverages, strawberry lemonade and peach margaritas!)  The roasted eggplant was in turn tangy and with a bite - just delicious!

As host, Ellen prepared  Grilled Chicken Breasts with Spicy Peach Glaze, a delicious affair.  The sauce was the perfect accompaniment on a hot day!




I was in charge of the side dish and did Barbecue Baked Beans.  I deliberately chose a recipe that I could do in the crock-pot, not wanting to turn on my oven in this weather.  I must say that I was disappointed by this dish.  The only other time that I cook beans from scratch is when I make black bean soup.  In that case, I always soak the beans the night before.  I carefully checked this recipe and did not find instructions to do that.  Thinking that because they were going into the crock-pot for 8 hours, I decided that soaking them might cause them to be mushy.  I followed all of the directions and had everything in the pot and turned on low at 8:00 am.  By 2:00, with only two more hours till they were supposed to be done, the beans were still very firm.  I turned the pot up to high, and with dinner at 6:00, it was able to cook on high for a few more hours. The beans were definitely edible by that time, but I am glad that I got them started earlier.  Also - I was not all that keen on the flavor.  I will admit that when I serve beans at a cookout, I open a can of Bush's Baked Beans, doctor them up with a little bit of brown sugar and bacon, and call it done.  So - I am no bean connoisseur - but I like my quick beans better.  It's all part of the experience though - which makes trying new things worth it.

Lastly, Tierney made Blueberry Hand Pies.


Delicate, buttery crust with a firm, sweet blueberry filling - just delicious.  The taste of summer!


So - all in all - another BITE success on a warm summer's evening!  Next month it is my turn to host again, and in an attempt to continue with our summery themes in ths summery weather, I have chosen "Luau" as our theme.  I think that this lends itself to an endless variety of recipes to try - and drinks as well!  A Blue Hawaiian anyone?

10 comments:

  1. OK, now I'm starving!!! This all looks delicious.

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    1. I am happy that you have reached the point where food looks good again!

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  2. It all looks so delicious! Especially the flat bread is mouth watering! Thank you so much for recipes links!

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    1. You are welcome Linda! We always have fun!

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  3. The corn dip sounds delicious - everything that I really like in it! And, I'm honest, I had to google "Luau" because I had never heard of it before - what a great idea! And I am very looking forward to see, what you all make out of it! I love your BITEs!

    PS: And I have a favourite word from this post: bean connoisseur - great, Tracy! :D

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    1. My step-daughter lived and taught in Hawaii for a number of years , and my husband and I had the good fortune to visit her twice. We went to a Luau on one of those occasions, and it was a lot of fun! I guess that I would have to say that "bean connoisseur" brings a smile to my face as well!

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  4. I want every one to know how tasty the vegetarian batch of baked beans are that you made for me that night - I feel so loved! Ellen did a great job of choosing a theme we could all relax and have fun with. What a great night, as always! Really looking forward to the Luau!!

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    1. Thanks Tierney! We do have fun! Your pies were just delicious!

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  5. Ohhh yeah another BITE and yummy too. Great theme, that dip looks really good and one can not go wrong with hand-pies. Sorry about the beans but lesson learned and that is always a good thing. We eat drunkin beans. I keep cooked beans in the freezer. I brown some onions and bacon, then add a cup of beer (whatever my home brewing hubby has on hand. But I use something with flavor, like ale). Let that cook about 1/2 way down, add beans, you can add some fresh chopped jalapeno peppers and let it simmer 15-25 minutes and enjoy!! xox Clarice

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    1. Thanks for sharing your recipe Clarice!

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