eat, drink and be merry

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

i've dubbed this evening tipsy tuesday because that's what me, court, hatchel and the klutz are right now.

at about 4:30pm on tuesday court and i decided that we were going to drink wine on my deck and that i was going to whip us up a nice meal to enjoy.


flash forward to 7:30pm and i'm cooking dinner with a glass of belle glos pinot noir blanc (see right) in my hand.

so this evening i made a couple of my new favorite summer meals which not only are delicious but are ridiculously easy things to put together and i think you all should make them.

summer watermelon salad
watermelon (cubed)
feta cheese (crumbled)
red onion (chopped)
fresh mint (chopped)
balsamic dressing drizzle

i cut up a half a seedless watermelon as the base ingredient, covered it in crumbled feta cheese and chopped fresh mint leaves. i add red onion because i like it but i think it can be optional. finally drizzle some balsamic dressing over the salad (i use the whole foods organic 365 brand), and toss everything together.

i think the salad tastes better chilled adding the balsamic dressing right before serving. and i know it sounds like a completely random gathering of ingredients but it's SO GOOD. try it.



peanut chicken lettuce wraps
boneless skinless chicken breasts
t marzetti thai peanut dressing
sriracha hot sauce
minced garlic
salt and pepper
bibb lettuce
julienned carrots and cucumbers
crispy rice noodles

cut the chicken into thin strips and place in a bowl. add salt/pepper, a tablespoon or more of minced garlic, and sriracha to taste depending on how hot you like it. add enough peanut dressing to heartily cover the chicken and mix. let sit for a half hour or so.

while the chicken is marinading prepare the bibb lettuce wraps and cut the carrots and cucumber.

add chicken to an olive oiled skillet and cook - i like to make sure there is plenty of the dressing in the skillet to help it simmer. once the chicken is finished let your guests make their own wraps adding chicken with sauce to the lettuce wraps, veggies and crispy rice noodles to taste then enjoy.


i highly recommend this meal combination - make it, it's tasty!

after dinner on the deck i realized that i haven't chosen the winner for my stove monkeys t-shirt giveaway giveaway contest and decided that what better way to choose than through a video!?!

now i must be tipsy on court's famous sangria because i'm letting myself be video taped, so please excuse my lack of make-up, grubby clothes, tired eyes and my hair not being done but that's me tonight and it's what you're getting.

and thanks to hatchel, the klutz and court for their awesome participation.



congrats to the winner, you loved the excitement in my voice didn't you? now go pick out your shirt of choice at stovemonkeys.com

editors note: the jerk is WEAK

37 comments:

  1. that looks delish!!

    congratulations to the winner!!


    <3,
    Iva

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  2. I am sooo going to try those recipes! Lettuce wraps are my fave...I don't make them..I order the, but maybe not anymore:)

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  3. Drinking Pinot Noir on a patio > eating food.

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  4. Sounds wonderful- I love cooking on a hot summer night with a cool galss of wine.

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  5. You have a sexy voice, boo. Did I ever tell you that?

    Also, apparently I say "boo" now.

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  6. God do those recipes sound amazing! SOOO cannot wait to try those, especially the wraps.

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  7. IM SO MAD I DIDNT WIN.

    the video almost makes up for it.

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  8. Favorite part of the video: Pan back to Hatchel and the Klutz giving their best golf claps.

    Thank you so much for a scrumptious dinner and a couple glasses of your fancy wine! For those interested, my "famous" sangria is a random mixture of cheap red wine (I prefer Crane Lake Sangiovese, $4.99) and 7-UP. Feel free to throw in some fruit to dress it up but if you wanna keep it real (as in real redneck) just pour over ice.

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  9. I miss your homemade dinners! And that back porch!! :(
    And feta cheese! :)

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  10. That dinner looks so yummy. Congrats Allison!

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  13. that meal looks INCREDIBLE. nice job just "whipping that up."

    and i love at the end of your vid when you go "yay allison YAY!" haha.

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  14. You are just too adorable. :)

    The meal looks super yummy! I'm going to have to especially try making that salad. Good combo!

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  15. ohmygod, you're so flipping cute in this video! i love how it froze for me about 3 seconds in, and you had a humungo smile on your face!

    that watermelon salad looks realllly good, and i love the bowl you're serving it in!
    also, im digging the lettuce wraps, i love that type of stuff!

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  16. The wine and food look so tasty, thanks...I'll have to try it all :)

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  17. Definitely going to try the recipes. Apparently I should be "eating less meat and ice cream" and a little more "salad."

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  18. This all sounds (and looks) so good! I just had breakfast but now I'm ready for lunch!

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  19. Oh, that looks delicious! I'm going to shock my husband and actually cook this. He's going to die of shock (or food poisoning, I'm a horrible chef).

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  20. That watermelon salad looks divine. I'll let you know if it makes a showing at one of my gatherings!

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  21. You're officially the cutest person EVER. :-)

    Thanks for the recipes, I definitely want to try the watermelon one this summer.

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  22. I LURRRRRRRRVE lettuce wraps. I keep trying to recreate PF Chang's but they're never as good. Stupid awesome consistency Corporate Americana.

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  23. my lord, that salad looks amazing!

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  24. oh that all looks tasty. i may have to try that out.

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  25. I recently made some Rachael Ray lettuce wrap recipe that took WAY longer than 30 minutes... these look much easier and much better, thanks for sharing!

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  26. i'm so glad everyone is thinking of trying these recipes out!

    make sure you let me know how they turn out if you do :)

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  27. Wow, you're so fancy! You're officially Blargtha Stewart.

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  28. Yum! That watermelon salad looks really good. =)

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  29. Oh, YUM! Those both look incredible, and I know I'm going to have to try them out. I've heard a lot about watermelon salads this summer, and that makes me really happy. And chicken lettuce wraps? Heaven!

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  30. I just realized I had all the ingredients to make that salad when a student came in my office and asked if I wanted to buy some seedless watermelon just a few minutes ago. WIN

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  31. I made this EXACT same salad last Tuesday night. Only I used vidalia onions instead of red. Nom.

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  32. The watermellon salad looks PHENOM! We've made something similar, but with haloumi :) yum!

    Btw - we soo need to do another pot luck dinner + booze party*

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  33. i love how it froze for me about 3 seconds in, and you had a humungo smile on your face!

    that watermelon salad looks realllly good, and i love the bowl you're serving it in!
    also, im digging the lettuce wraps, i love that type of stuff!
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