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Spicy Thai Marinade with Basil and Cilantro

An excellent choice for skirt or flank steaks.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c basil leaves
  • 1/4 c cilantro leaves
  • 8 peeled garlic cloves
  • 2 T sambal oelek (or other Asian chili sauce)
  • 2 T Asian fish sauce
  • 1 t finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 t finely grated lime zest
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil

Directions

In a mini food processor, pulse the basil, cilantro, garlic, sambal oelek, and fish sauce until finely chopped. Add the lemon and lime zests and oil; pulse until the marinade is fairly smooth. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Serve steaks with grilled corn on the cob and lime wedges.

Korean BBQ Marinade

Whisk 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce, 2 Tbsp. water, 1 1/2 Tbsp. raw sugar, 1 Tbsp. minced garlic, 1 tsp. Asian sesame oil, 1 tsp. grated peeled fresh ginger, 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped scallions. Cover and chill for up to one day.

Marinade is perfect for Kalibi-style short ribs.

Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce

I found this recipe over at Epicurious and am having the wife mix it up tonight:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 8-ounce jar honey mustard
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and sweat the onion until tender and translucent. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and use a handheld blender to process it to a smooth paste. (Alternatively, transfer it to an upright blender and back again.) Simmer gently for an additional 5 minutes.

Separate the sauce into two containers. Use one to marinate and glaze the meat during grilling. Reserve the remainder for use as a sauce at the table.

Keeping the Backyard Bug-Free

Mosquito

Its a great time to head out into the backyard for grilling, playing catch with the kiddos, or just enjoying the summer sun. However, others will also be enjoying the outdoors: bugs. Here are a few ways to keep bugs from ruining your summer fun.

Anti-Mosquito Plants

Gomestic lists a number of plants that you can have in your garden that help repel mosquitos. Catnip, citronella grass, rosemary, and marigolds all made the list. Citronella grass is a tropical plant that  can grow up to six feet tall, so maintenance will be required for most suburban backyards.

Make Citronella Candles

Citronella candles are just regular old candles scented with citronella oil, which is available at health food and specialty hardware stores. Design*Sponge shows how to make them simply and inexpensively.

Free WiFi in Airports and Virgin Flights

From now until January 15, all Virgin American flights and the following participating airports will be offering free WiFi for the holidays:

  • Austin (AUS)
  • Baltimore (BWI)
  • Billings (BIL)
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Bozeman (BZN)
  • Buffalo (BUF)
  • Burbank (BUR)
  • Central Wisconsin (CWA)
  • Charlotte (CLT)
  • Des Moines (DSM)
  • El Paso (ELP)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Fort Myers/SW (RSW)
  • Greensboro (GSO)
  • Houston (HOU)
  • Houston Bush (IAH)
  • Indianapolis (IND)
  • Jacksonville (JIA)
  • Kalamazoo (AZO)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Louisville (SDF)
  • Madison (MSN)
  • Memphis (MEM)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • Milwaukee (MKE)
  • Monterey (MRY)
  • Nashville (BNA)
  • Newport News (PHF)
  • Norfolk (ORF)
  • Oklahoma City (OKC)
  • Omaha (OMA)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Panama City (PFN)
  • Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • Portland (PWM)
  • Sacramento (SMF)
  • San Antonio (SAT)
  • San Diego (SAN)
  • San Jose (SJC)
  • Seattle (SEA)
  • South Bend (SBN)
  • Spokane (GEG)
  • St. Louis (STL)
  • State College (SCE)
  • Toledo (TOL)
  • Traverse City (TVC)
  • West Palm Beach (PBI)

Check it out while it is still available.

Cellar No. 8

I picked up a bottle of Cellar No. 8’s 2006 Zinfandel a few weeks back, hoping to expand my pallet for wines. As a novice red wine drinker (read: I don’t drink red wines), I was looking for something mellow and a little on the fruity side. That seems to be exactly what I found here. From the moment I pulled the cork, I knew I was going to enjoy this bottle.

Based on the quality and drinkability of this wine, I think I’m going to give this label a look the next time I go to pick up a bottle. You should, too.

Building a BBQ Smoker

I plan on building this as soon as we finish moving. Mmmm…. BBQ….

[Video was removed from YouTube. Plus, it was a flash object and I just can’t be supporting that. – SC 6/2/15]