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Father's Day Breakfast Recipes

Celebrate Dad with a Hearty Fathers Day Breakfast

World class hearty breakfast is Biscuits and Gravy.  If you want to surprise your dad this Father's Day, make him homemade biscuits with sausage gravy. Serve it nice and hot with a bowl of fresh fruit, steaming hot coffee and fresh OJ and your dad is sure to have a great start to a fantastic Father's Day

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Recipe

Making Biscuits and Gravy is actually simpler than it sounds. Although the biscuits do take some time to make, they are surely worth the extra work, since they will be warm, and taste as fresh as possible. If you don't have time you can always substitute with pre-made biscuits that you only have to cook, however, the flavors won't be quite the same.

To make biscuits:

2 Cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 cups cream or whole milk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Start by thoroughly mixing the dry ingredients. With a wooden spoon or spatula mix in the milk or cream. Stir the milk in until the dry ingredients are moist and are just starting to form a ball. Gather the dough into a ball and on a lightly floured work surface knead the dough briefly, approximately 5 to 10 times or 30 seconds.

To shape the biscuits, shape dough into a circle and roll out with a lightly floured rolling pin until dough is about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Cut into rounds with a lightly floured biscuit cutter or  drinking glass. When the rounds are cut out there will be some scraps, which can be gathered, reshaped and cut into more rounds.

Place biscuit rounds on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown on top.

While your biscuits are baking prepare the Sausage Gravy.

To make Sausage Gravy:

1/2 to 1 lb bulk sausage (spicy or breakfast sausage)
1 to 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
Salt and Black Pepper to taste

In a large skillet over medium heat brown the sausage. Stirring and crumbling as you brown, until sausage is completely browned. Leaving the sausage in the skillet, but skim a bit of the fat from the sausage with a paper towel, but be sure to leave at least 2 tablespoons of fat in the skillet.

With the skillet still over medium heat, add the flour one tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly. Only add as much flour as you would like to make the gravy the desired consistency. Make sure that the flour is browned, about 5 minutes. Cooking the flour will remove the raw flour taste, making a better flavored gravy.

When the flour is brown, add the milk to the flour and sausage mix. Cook the gravy over medium heat stirring constantly until the gravy is the desired thickness. Stir in the salt and black pepper to taste.

Place 2 warm, freshly baked biscuits on each plate and pour hot gravy over the biscuits. Serve the hearty biscuits and gravy with a fresh fruit bowl.

Find fresh fruit like grapes, cantaloupe, strawberries and grapes, depending on what is in season. Thoroughly wash the fruit, remove and stems and cut larger fruits into bite sized pieces.

Easy Summer Suppers | Tacos and Mojitos

Easy Summer Suppers

Long summer days provide hours to enjoy our favorite outdoor activities, whether its spending the day at the beach playing in the water, hiking, or gardening. At the end of these long days, there is nothing better than having a quick and easy recipe on hand to whip up. Tacos are simple to make, fun to eat, and delightfully refreshing after a long day in the sun. Pair your tacos with a delicious Mojito (for kids or a non alcoholic alternative serve lemonade) and you have the perfect easy summer supper, that can be enjoyed on the patio or at the kitchen table.

Tacos

Tacos are a simple dinner to prepare and lots of fun to enjoy. If you want to be more gourmet than this recipe provides for, you can always prepare your own taco seasoning, and make your own tortillas. To keep it simple, this recipe calls for pre-made taco seasoning and purchased tortillas.

To Serve Three:
1 package lean ground turkey or beef
1 package taco seasoning
1 head of lettuce
Salsa or chopped fresh tomatoes
12 or more small corn tortillas
Grated cheddar cheese
Sour cream

Start by browning the ground turkey or beef in a large non-stick skillet. Break up the ground meat with a wooden spoon and cook evenly. As your meat begins to be cooked through, add the package of taco seasoning, with the quantity of water called for in the recipe.

While your meat is cooking, warm the tortillas on a griddle. Gently grill the tortillas on each side, then place in a tortilla warmer and cover with paper towels. The tortilla warmer will keep your tortillas warm while you prepare and eat your meal. If you don't have a tortilla warmer, you can place the tortillas in a covered bowl lined with paper towels.

Next chop the lettuce, grate the cheese and chop the tomatoes. Once all of your ingredients are cooked and prepped, serve everything together. Each person can assemble their own tacos to suit their liking.

Mojito

The mojito is both simple to make and delightfully refreshing. Try mixing up this cocktail for you friends on one hot evening this summer.

To Make One Cocktail:
2 oz light rum
1/2 oz simple syrup (can increase if you like a sweet cocktail)
1/2 lime
7-8 fresh mint leaves
club soda

In a tall glass muddle mint leaves and simple syrup, make sure to thoroughly crush the leaves. You can either use a muddler or you can use a long handled spoon. After you have crushed the mint leaves and mixed the simple syrup, squeeze lime juice from the lime half into your glass, then add the lime rind to your glass. Fill your glass with ice, you can also use crushed ice if you prefer. Pour the rum over the ice and top with club soda. Stir gently and enjoy.

Banana Leaf Pork Barbeque Recipe

Barbecue Recipes

Every family has their own favorite barbecue recipes. Some love barbecued chicken, others make world-class pork ribs. There are fantastic homemade BBQ sauce recipes, and secret family recipes for the best barbecue methods.

This recipe isn't a traditional barbecue recipe, but it is a family favorite in my house. You should be prepared because this recipe requires a certain amount of preparation, and time. However, the results are delicious and perfect for a nice outdoor summer meal.

Banana Leaf Pork
For this recipe you will need to find banana leaves, which are generally not available at your local grocery store, but can be found at your local Asian market. This recipe is also best made on a charcoal grill, but a gas grill can also be substituted.

You will need:
4 tbsp kosher salt
2 tbsp brown sugar
5lb boneless pork butt
3-4 medium banana leaves, these two leaves need to be large enough to completely seal the meat
A few cups of wood chips, soaked and sealed in a foil package
Twine

Start by removing any twine or netting from your piece of meat. Using a towel pat the meat until it is dry. Next combine the salt and brown sugar thoroughly and use as a rub on your pork. The rub should evenly coat your meat, but you don't have to use all of the rub, just enough to evenly coat your meat.

Next, wrap your pork in the banana leaves. When you buy the leaves they will be probably be frozen and folded in a package. Start by carefully unwrapping the leaves, trying not to tear them. Wash the leaves thoroughly, since they may be dirty. You can try to used just two banana leaves to wrap the pork, but you may need to use additional leaves. Place one leaf on the counter, then place the second leave over the first to create a cross. Put the prepped meat in the center of the leaves. Fold the leaves around the meat, making sure that the package doesn't have any leaks or holes. Use the twine to tie the package securely. You will want to wrap the twine around the banana leaf package around several times horizontally and vertically, then tie with a secure knot. Once your meat is wrapped in the banana leaves, allow the meat to rest for an hour or two.

As your meat is resting you will want to prepare the grill. Start with the bottom vents about halfway open, then light about 80 briquettes. You should allow the coals to burn for about 20 minutes, or until the briquettes have started to get a layer of grey ash. Once the briquettes are ready, pile all of them on one side of the grill. Now finish the pile by putting your packet of wood chips on top. Put the grate over the chips and finish by putting the lid on with the vent halfway open, like the bottom. Allow the barbecue to heat the grate and the wood chips. You won't want to put your meat on the grill until the wood chips have started to smoke.

When the grate and chips are hot, clean the grate and lightly oil. Place your banana leaf wrapped meat on the opposite side of the grill from the coals. Cover again and cook for approximately two hours. This recipes requires that you finish the recipe in your oven, preheated to 325 degrees. You will know that your pork is done and delicious when a fork inserted through the banana leaves can be easily removed, this should take about 2 hours or a bit more.

Once your pork is tender and done cooking, remove from the heat and let it cool in the leaves for at least half an hour. Then, unwrap your pork and serve shredded with fresh fruit salsa and tortillas.

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