There's nothing better than grilling up some tasty meats during the summer! Barbeque king Ted Reader recently teamed up with Schneiders to create recipes that are a spin off traditional summer time family favourites.I'll definitely be testing out these recipes this summer!
Schneiders® Grill’ems® Fully Cooked
Smoked Sausage Cheddar, each cut into 4-5 chunks
cup (60 mL) Cream cheese
cup (250 mL) Shredded Cheddar cheese
Large green jalapeno peppers, seeded
Schneiders® Pepperettes Original Sausage
Slices Schneiders® Bacon
Tooth picks, soaked in cold water for at least 30 minutes.
4 to 6 inch (10 to 15 cm) Square sheets of aluminum foil
tsp (10 mL) Ted’s World Famous BBQ Bone Dust BBQ Seasoning or your favourite
Grill’ems® sausages in food processor and pulse until finely
chopped. Add cream cheese and cheddar
cheese and blend until well mixed.
Transfer mixture to a bowl, cover and refrigerate.
hollowed out jalapenos under cold running water to remove any remaining seeds.
Stand peppers cut side down on paper towelling to drain.
a small spoon, stuff each jalapeno with the sausage/cheese mixture pressing
gently to fill the jalapeno. Using the handle
of a very small wooden spoon or a chopstick, push it into the center of the
stuffed jalapeno to make a hole. Insert
a Pepperette into the center of the stuffed jalapeno to make a meat stick
jalapeno stuffed lollipop. Repeat with
a slice of bacon on a flat work surface and run your fingers across the entire
length of the bacon to stretch it by almost one third. Wrap each smoked sausage stuffed jalapeno
lollipop tightly with the stretched slice of bacon making sure to cover the
entire surface of the jalapeno, leaving the Pepperette stick exposed. Start by wrapping the bacon at the base of
the Pepperette, where it meets the jalapeno, and wrap down to the tip of the
jalapeno. Secure with a toothpick ensuring pepperette and bacon are both
pierced. Repeat with remaining stuffed
jalapenos and refrigerate covered for at least 1 hour.
grill up for indirect cooking (1 burner not turned on) and preheat remaining
burners to approx. 400°F (200°C), about medium to
medium high heat.
a piece of aluminum foil around the end of the Pepperette end of the lollipops,
nice and tight. This will keep the Pepperettes from burning and drying out on
the grill. Place over the unlit burner, close lid and cook for 10 minutes. Turn jalapenos, close lid and continue to cook
for another 15-18 minutes to allow the bacon to begin to crisp. Once the bacon
just starts to crisp, move the lollipops over a lit burner and grill, turning
gently and frequently, for about 15 minutes until the bacon is fully cooked and
crisp and the jalapenos are tender and the stuffing is hot.
lollipops with a little BBQ seasoning.
Remove from grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Serve with your favourite BBQ sauce for
dipping. Yeah Baby! It’s a meat stick
Large white onion, peeled and cut in 6 or 8 wedges
Medium sweet red bell peppers
Green onion, finely chopped
tsp (2 mL) Chopped fresh thyme
olive oil, about 2 tsp (10 mL)
tsp (10 mL) White balsamic vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 Schneiders® Grill’ems® Smoked Sausage
Pieces pre-baked flat bread, about 4-6 oz (125-170 g) each
tbsp (30 mL) Olive oil
tsp (10 mL) Smoked paprika
cups (375 mL) Grated smoked Provolone or Mozzarella cheese
BBQ to medium-high, about 400°F (200°C).
Grill onion wedges for 10-15 minutes, turning frequently until lightly charred
and tender. Remove from grill and allow
to cool for 10 minutes. Slice onions
into thin strips, place in a bowl and set aside.
whole red peppers until skin is blackened and blistered, about 15 minutes,
turning the pepper to char on all sides.
Place hot roasted peppers in a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and
let stand covered for 10 minutes. This will allow the skin to be removed more
easily from the flesh. Carefully peel
pepper, remove seeds, and discard skin and seeds. Slice the roasted red pepper
into ¼-inch (1 mL) thick strips and add to grilled sliced onions. Add green
onion and thyme and drizzle with a little olive oil and white balsamic
vinegar. Season to taste with kosher
salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Set aside and keep warm.
the smoked sausages for 10-12 minutes turning occasionally being careful not to
have them split. Remove and slice into ¼-inch
(1 cm) thick pieces.
olive oil and smoked paprika together and stir well. Brush top side of flat bread evenly with
smoked paprika olive oil mixture. Grill
flat breads for 1-3 minutes per side until golden brown and lightly crisp. Slice
into small wedges, about 12-15 pieces per flat bread, and arrange in an even
layer, smoked-paprika-oiled side up on a cookie sheet.
a slice of smoked sausage on one piece of flat bread. Top with 1 tsp (5 mL) d onion pepper mixture and
a small amount shredded cheese. Repeat with remaining flat bread pieces.
WARM on grill 2-3minutes or until cheese
melts. Serve immediately.Tips: Substitute
flatbread with Naan or Pita. These both
For my parent's vow renewal celebration in August, my mom and I already planned on making s'mores packages for the guests during the party. I also really love the idea of doing an entire s'mores bar like this one from Cookie Creatives.
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own birthday party I think a few of these items and decor ideas would be
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For years I've always worn dainty simple jewellery (which I still love), but over the past couple of years I've really been into chunky pieces that make a statement.
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I'm also in need for some jewellery for the wedding I'm in next week. I thankfully have a pair of shoes that work - my pewter snake print Calvin Klein Mary-Jane's. The bridal party is wearing the grey Henkaa convertible wrap dress and the wedding colours are coral and grey, so I thought the middle pair of earrings would work perfect - what do you think?
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I'm so excited about one of my new sponsors The Fooding Company. Now everyone knows I'm a huge lover of all food and if you're like me then you're going to love this company! The Fooding Company is based in Toronto and is run by Jaime Verk who is passionate about food. She offers private cooking classes and cooking parties in the comfort of your home. There are a ton of class options such as Grill & Chill, Sexy Dishes Deux, Best of Brunch, Meatless Mondays, 30 Minute Meals, Throwing Your First Dinner Party and a whole bunch more. I don't even know how I would pick just one!
The Fooding Company is also available for demos, personal chef services, catering and weekly meal deliveries. And if that's not enough check out Jaime's blog The Tomato Snob for healthy fresh simple recipes.
I couldn't be more excited to have a backyard at my new apartment. It'll be the first backyard I've had in 4 years! I've been brainstorming fun ideas to spruce up the space that are both easy to do and easy on the wallet. I'm really digging the look of a vertical garden. What do you think?
Boy-Girl Tees are known for their silk screening (on tees, dish towels, bags, placemats etc), but I have to admit my absolute favourite items in their shop are these animal planters. Each planter is made from a re-purposed toy and has been primed, painted and sealed. The planters come shipped with an air plant (for US customers only). How fun and quirky are these? Love!
I'm loving these images from the wedding photoshoot Ginger's Closet did recently. How gorgeous is the table decor?
Ginger's Closet is a luxe bridal consignment boutique located just west of Toronto. The once loved gowns are in great condition and sell for nearly half of the original retail price! Or if you're interested in selling you're bridal gown this is the place to go to.
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Big thank you to my handyman boyfriend Nate who was a huge trooper these past few days working some long hours with me! xo
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Other options for this dress:
Classic look - black tuxedo jacket with a basic black pump
Summer relaxed look - flat sandal and over sized brimmed straw hat
Transition to fall/winter - black opaque tights, chunky grey sweater, black belt and booties
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