Pineapple Iced Tea

This a super refreshing version on ice tea. Along with pineapple juice, we use orange juice, lemon and lime juice. Absolutely delicious. We use instant tea in this version but feel free to brew fresh. Makes 2 quarts.


Ingredients:
  • 2 tbs unsweetened instant ice tea
  • 1 cup sugar (more if you like it sweeter)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
Directions:
  • Combine tea and sugar; add hot water and stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Add pineapple juice, cold water, lemon, lime and orange juices. Mix well.
  • Chill.
  • Serve over ice, garnished with fruit slices and or mint.
  • Note: This drink takes well to rum. You may add rum if you desire.

Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps

We love Asian food here is an easy recipe that explodes with deep spicy Asian flavors. It is very adaptable and you can use beef, chicken or pork. Experiment a little and have some fun.

Ingredients:
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds of  lean ground beef, chicken or pork 
  • 2 tbs peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tbs fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs spicy peppers diced (Thai, Serrano or Jalapeno) if you like really spicy leave the seeds in.
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh mint leaves
  • 12 large Boston lettuce leaves ( about 2 heads or you can use iceberg or romaine)
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste.
Directions:
  • In a well heated large saute pan or wok add just enough oil to coat 1 or 2 tbs.
  • When the oil is hot add the ground protein and cook until it changes color, moving constantly with a wooden spoon to ensure even cooking.
  • Then remove protein  and place in a wire strainer to drain off all fat.
  • wipe pan down, return to heat and when hot add 2 tsp of oil and diced onions, garlic, peppers and grated ginger and saute for about 1 minute.
  • Reintroduce protein to pan and mix will with onions, garlic, peppers and ginger.
  • Add hoisin, and soy sauce and mix to heat through.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Just before serving add carrots and torn mint. Toss gently.
  • Scoop mixture into lettuce leaves and serve like tacos.


Lamb Burger with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta Cheese


Lamb, sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese go perfectly together. This is a super simple recipe that can be prepared in about 15 minutes.


Ingredients:
  • 1 lb of ground lamb
  • 1/2 lb of feta cheese, crumbled
  • 8 sun dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • Greens for garnish
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • canola oil for frying
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns 
Directions:
  • Form the lamb into 4 (1/4 lb) patties.
  • Add canola to a saute pan and using high heat cook the lamb burgers. Cook until desired doneness is achieved.
  • Place the lamb burgers on the bottom bun and top with 2 sun dried tomatoes each along with some greens then sprinkle some feta over each.
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Serves 4.