Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day

Hey everyone!

Hope all has been well. Its been quite a while since I have made a post so I'm going to start this one off with a bang. You will definitely be hearing more from me now. Over the passed year my cooking confidence has shot through the roof, no food is too big or too small in my mind. I don't mean these in a cocky way, more less a proud way. I would like to start posting more often what I am cooking, and the tips and tricks I am using to cooking what I am cooking.

First off, check out my grill :)


My wife in I celebrated our first married Valentines Day this year so I felt the need to cook an amazing meal for her. I started the meal off with two appetizers, Bacon wrapped asparagus and Moink Balls. A Moink ball is a meat ball wrapped with bacon, sprinkled with rub, and then dipped in barbecue sauce. Normally Moink balls are smoked, but this time I just grilled them. With the asparagus I put them in a tin pan, laid them all out in a single layer, sprinkled them with olive oil, then added salt and pepper, I then wrapped in bacon and set them aside.

A few of the asparagus came unwrapped, but overall they were amazing. Try and wrap them as tightly as you can to the asparagus and you should end up with an appetizing dish more like the 3 to the left. The moink balls turned out great, just used your regular bbq rub bought from the store.

For our main meal I cooked a lovely surf and turf. I bought some rib eye steaks and 2 lobster tails. For my steaks I marinaded them in my homemade marinade that consists mostly of dales steak seasoning, and alittle extra :).

For the lobster, I first cut off all the fins on the lobster, then split the lobster down the middle. I then made a pouch for the lobster out of tin foil. I melted together some better and lemon juice and poured over top of the lobster, then put the lobster on the grill, directly, for 15 minutes. Came out amazing.

I put the steaks on the grill shortly after the lobster because we both like our steaks at a good medium, I even like more of a medium rare. I got a good sear on both sides, to do so, the easiest way is to set your steaks on the grill at a 90 degree angle, cook them for 90 seconds, then turn your steaks at a 90 degree angle, and cook them for another 90 seconds, flip and repeat. Depending on how well you like your steaks, adjust the time to your liking.

I also made a 5 cheese pasta, sorry guys, but this was store bought. Best ravioli I've ever had, didn't require salt or pepper.

My wife made 3 amazing cheesecakes for dessert. She made Red Velvet, Butterscotch and NY Style.

Happy Valentines Day Everyone,

And as always, Happy Grills!

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