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Cool as a Cucumber – Summer Agua Fresca

Got lots of cukes in your garden? Here’s a super-refreshing summer drink to make good on your garden’s goodness.
Agua Fresca (Spanish for “fresh water”) is a combo of fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds blended with sugar and water to make  a light non-alcoholic beverage.
This recipe is refreshing, yet has a little zip from a hot pepper.
I added an alcoholic version too. See Chef’s Note for that.
Enjoy!

Cucumber Agua Fresca

Cool as a Cucumber – Summer Agua Fresca
by Chef Steffani Adaska
Serves 12

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups sugar
10 cups cold water
2.5 pounds cucumbers, peeled, coarsely chopped (more for garnish)
1 cup fresh lime juice plus
1 jalapeno pepper or serrano chile, seeded, minced (more for garnish)
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Ice cubes
12 thin cucumber slices (for garnish)
12 fresh mint sprigs (for garnish)
12 lime slices (for garnish)
12 slices of jalapeno pepper or serrano chile (for garnish)

Make Simple Syrup: Stir sugar and 2 cups water in large saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat Pour into bowl, bring to room temp, then chill. This can be up to 1 week ahead and kept in fridge.
In a blender, working in batches, puree cucumbers, lime juice, jalapeno or chile, salt, with 2 cups of your simple syrup until smooth. Strain puree into large pitcher or bowl. Mix in 8 cups cold water.*
Cover and chill 2+ hours or overnight.
Fill glasses with ice cubes. Add a cucumber slice, lime slice, mint sprig and jalapeno slice to the rim of each glass. Pour your chilled cucumber goodness into each glass and serve.

*Chef’s Note: If you are daring and want to  impress your friends with a fun summer drink, try an alcoholic version. Swap out 4 cups of the water and with 4 cups of vodka.  (I love Tito’s Vodka with this drink.)

Yummy!!!! Be careful, they go down quickly.

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Summer Wheat Berry Salad

Here is a great vegetarian recipe for summer! If you are interested in more vegetarian meals and recipes, don’t miss our Vegetarian Cooking Class with Chef Steffani Adaska on October 26th.

Summer Wheat Berry Salad

Summer Wheat Berry Salad
By Chef Steffani Adaska

Serves: 6
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 2 large, fresh tomatoes, cored, small dice
  • 1 red bell pepper, small dice
  • 1 English Cucumber, small dice
  • 3 stalks celery, small dice
  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 3 Tbsp Aged Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ Cup crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1/3 cup, Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, stemmed, rough chopped
  • ¼ cup, mint leaves, rough chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 Directions:

  1. Cook the wheat berries according to the directions on the package. Drain them in a colander and allow to cool just a bit.
  2. Mix together all of the chopped vegetables in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, zest and vinegar to make a dressing.
  4. Add the wheat berries to the vegetables, and stir in the dressing.
  5. Add Feta, parsley and mint. Season with salt & pepper.
  6. Allow to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving.
  7. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.
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Get Your Grill On With Chef Bryant Alden

Last night Chef Bryant Alden taught a Grilling cooking class at A Taste of the Mountains cooking school. We had so much fun and ate lots of delicious food!

Here’s what was on the menu:

Grilled Scallop with Pear and, Proscuitto in a Champagne Sauce
Grilled Asparagus and Brie Soup

Grilled Asparagus and Brie Soup
Grilled Avocado and Field Green Salad with a Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Grilled Avocado and Field Green Salad With A Honey Lime Vinaigrette
Grilled Pork Tenderloin Tier with a Cider Currant Glaze

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Tier with a Cider Currant Glaze

Future Celebrity Chef Ethan chopped some asparagus:

Get Your Grill On Class With Chef Bryant Alden

Food and Fun was had by all:

Get Your Grill On Class With Chef Bryant Alden

Get Your Grill On Class With Chef Bryant Alden

Get Your Grill On Class With Chef Bryant Alden

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Get Your Grill On

Get Your Grill On

Get Your Grill On with Chef Bryant Alden
Price $95

Thursday, July 11th, 4-7 pm • Open
Class Description:
Local favorite Chef, Bryant Aldent of the Chef’s Market, in North Conway,  joins A Taste of the Mountains to teach you how find thrill with your grill!
Join Chef Bryant for a fun-filled class of tasty treats from the Grill.
Grilled Avocado – Who knew? Bryant knows how to bring flavor and fun to your food. Sign up now ‘cuz his classes fill up quickly!

Menu:

    • Grilled Scallop with Pear and, Proscuitto in a Champagne Sauce
    • Grilled Avocado and Field Green Salad with a Honey Lime Vinaigrette
    • Grilled Pork Tenderloin Tier with a Cider Currant Glaze
    • Chocolate Almond Torte

Meet Chef Bryant Alden

Are you ready to get your grill on? Register here.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob is not only delicious but it’s an impressive side dish for your next BBQ or clambake. It’s also wicked easy to prepare.

Grilling corn brings out the flavors by caramelizing the sugars that naturally reside in the corn. Who doesn’t like that…? Corn can be cooked on your grill either wrapped in aluminum foil or in its own husks. I like to do it in the husks.

You can liven up grilled corn if you add herbs and spices to the ear of corn before you grill it.

Great corn on the cob must begin with selecting the freshest ears of corn. The absolute best corn is corn that is picked ripe and straight from your own vegetable garden. If not growing corn, go to your local farm. When buying, be sure the husks are bright green and fit snugly around the ear of corn. The kernels should be in tight rows right to the tip of the ear of corn, and be plump and milky. Also, the silk should be somewhat moist. Dry silk generally means older corn.

If you are in the North Conway area, I suggest Weston’s Farm or Sherman Farm.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob
Chef Steffani Adaska

Serves:  5                            Soak time: 15 mim                          Cook time: 10-12 min

10 ears, fresh corn
Large Pot of cold water
Butter
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation: Remove all but a few of the layers of husks. (You’ll want at least a double layer of husks over the corn but not much more). This will keep the corn from burning, but also allow excess moisture out and smoke flavor in. Actually the husks will burn, creating smoke that can then sink into the corn.

Leave the stalk intact, giving you a good handle. Remove as much silk as you can, but you don’t need get it all out at this point. Once grilled, the silk will be easier to remove.

Soak the whole cobs in a pot of cold water for 15 minutes. Be sure the ears are completely covered with water. This will provide extra moisture for cooking and will steam the corn kernels inside the husks.

Time to Grill: Now you are ready to grill. You want a medium high heat. Hold your hand about five inches from the heat source. You should be able to keep your hand there for a count of three to five. Too high heat will cook the corn too quickly, burning the kernels and drying them out. Yuck.

After soaking, remove corn from the water and shake off excess water. Place on an oiled grill.

Corn will take about 10-12 minutes to grill, turning every two minutes. The husks will burn, but the kernels themselves shouldn’t. Watch for the kernels to turn a golden yellow color.

Remove corn from the grill before it starts to turn a dark yellow color. This is the first sign that it’s going to burn.  If you overcook it, the corn will have a tough/burnt outer kernel and become mushy inside.

Grasping one end with tongs, an oven mitt or dish towel, peel the husks and any remaining silk from the top down – they should all come off in one piece.

Serve with butter, salt and pepper and enjoy!

Variation: Before you grill, pull back the husks completely and coat the corn with a compound butter (essentially a butter mixture – try shallots, cumin, cayenne and S & P). This will add extra moisture and flavor to your corn.

 

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Father’s Day BBQ Best

Our Father’s Day BBQ Best Cooking Class is next Tuesday, so sign up now before it’s too late!

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Father’s Day BBQ Best with Chef Kendra Stanley
Price $95

Tuesday, June 11th, 4-7 pm • Open
Class Description:
Get your Marinade on. Get ready to Rub. Get sauced and smoked with all of Dad’s favorites with a special BBQ fest with Chef Kendra. Be prepared to eat lots of Ribs, Chicken, steak Tips and all of the fixins you find at a great BBQ joint.

Meet Chef Kendra Stanley

Register Now!

BBQ Grill

Can’t wait for the class? Check out our recipe for a Chipotle-Orange BBQ Rub

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Chipotle-Orange BBQ Rub

 

Barbecue season is upon us! Time to introduce a new recipe to make your summer delicious:

Chipotle-Orange BBQ Rub
Recipe from Chef Steffani Adaska

Summer BBQ

 Yield: Makes about 1 cup

2 tablespoons Kosher salt
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cumin
3 tablespoons Chipotle Chili powder
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/4 cup dried orange zest

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well; use as a dry rub on beef, chicken, lamb or pork.

Store in airtight container in cool, dark pantry.

Want more BBQ recipes? Sign up for our Father’s Day BBQ Best cooking class on Tuesday June 11th!

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