With Labor Day right around the corner we wanted to look into the recipe world and find some of the best recipes for your Labor Day 2014.  Labor day is known for BBQ, and a festive end of summer party atmosphere.  Even if you are just hanging out at home with your immediate family, or alone, you can be festive by making some of these staples to eat in addition to your BBQ.

Here are the top recipe ideas for Labor Day 2014…

BLT Pasta Salad

This is a great idea!  The originator gets some big bonus points for this one.  It’s an American staple the BLT sandwich.  We love bacon around these parts and who doesn’t like the ides of making a BLT in as many ways as possible?

PREP
15 mins

COOK
10 mins

READY IN
3 hrs 25 mins

Ingredients – Serves 12

1-1/4 (16 ounce) packages medium seashell pasta
1-1/4 pounds sliced bacon
1-3/4 cups and 1 tablespoon light Ranch-style salad dressing
1-1/4 small onion, chopped
2-1/2 tomatoes, chopped

Cooking Instructions

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, and rinse under cold water to cool.
Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat until browned and crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
In a large bowl, stir together the Ranch dressing, onion, and tomatoes. Mix in the cooled pasta. The pasta will absorb some of the dressing, so don’t worry if it seems like too much. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Crumble bacon over the top just before serving.

 

Labor Day Berry Crisp

What is more summer then some fresh berries and a cobbler type dessert that will make you the most popular person at your pot luck?  Okay it’s perfect for eating alone too.  It’s Labor Day and the festivities can be limited to eating  and sleeping all day.  It’s your day off, do what you like!  Just make this Berry Crisp for your enjoyment and life will be pure bliss.

PREP
20 mins
COOK
40 mins
READY IN
1 hr

Ingredients – Serves 18

1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
4 tablespoons white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups butter

Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, gently toss together blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and white sugar; set aside.
In a separate large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half of mixture in the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan. Cover with berries. Sprinkle remaining crumble mixture over the berries.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until fruit is bubbly and topping is golden brown.

Amazing Texas BBQ in Branson

There is a new BBQ place in town and it offers the best of Texas BBQ right here in the Ozarks. Little Mo’s in Branson West just across from Silver Dollar City on Highway 76 is going to be some of the best barbecue you have ever eaten.

A traditional Texas BBQ style with a zesty tomato based sauce and amazing smoky flavor. They offer a wide array of smoked meats from beef brisket, pulled pork, sausage, ribs and more that are smoked right there on site.  The instant you turn the corner on Highway 76, just past Silver Dollar City, you get a whiff of the smoky goodness that flows right into an open car window as you drive by.  It’s like a smoke signal that forces you to pull your car into the parking lot.

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The best thing about Little Mo’s is that everything is like home made, all the ingredients are super fresh and local and everything is made from scratch from the family’s recipes. The cole slaw, beans and potato salad are amazing and an example of how fresh everything is. No out of the package slaw or sides these are down home country goodness!

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The ambiance of this place is rustic and welcoming. The BBQ joint is a drive up and eat outside type of establishment with picnic tables and a small covered area. They offer wine and beer and you can drink outside in the seating area. Saturday nights are great with free live entertainment and good people to hang out with.

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How do I get there?

Check out the listings page to find the place… click here.

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What do I have to do?

All you have to do is rate a restaurant you visit. So once you find a place to eat come back after you dine and leave a review on our website. You can also go through the listings and find places you have eaten before and leave a review on those listings as well. The more consumer feedback we get, the better this directory is, and the better the restaurants will be as well! All of the restaurants listed want to improve and it helps to get some feedback from the public.

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We are going to start featuring a restaurant on our foodie blog on a regular basis. Taking a closer look at a restaurant, vising and eating there, and then writing about the experience. In this post we have one of my favorite places in Branson as our featured Restaurant.

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We really like this place.  It’s classy, has good food, and the location on the Branson Landing makes it a great place for dinner or lunch.  This place is known for the well prepared pork chops and steaks cooked to perfection. The salads and the dessert menu makes the entire dining experience worth the price you pay.  For the price, which isn’t cheap, but is not expensive either the food and ambiance are worthy and you will more than likely leave this place satisfied with eh experience.

Watch this video from Black Oak Grill…

 Imagine scanning your watermelon at the store to find out it’s the sweetest of the bunch.  This amazing invention is going to change our lives! The really amazing new invention is something that is from the future and it will absolutely change the way we shop for food in the future by allowing us to scan our food and other items on a molecular level. This invention is so amazing that it’s Kickstarter campaign has reached over $2Million in pledges.

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Imagine you are at the grocery store and you could determine which watermelon was sweetest, or which steak is freshest, or even which berry has less calories than the others by clicking on a hand held device that sends a message to your phone. It works just like a large spectrometer in a lab somewhere but is hand held and portable and available for you to pre-order from the kickstarter campaign linked above.

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The connection to your smart phone via a complex algorithm calculates data, and sends you information like calories, sugars, and ton of molecular level data.

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Watch the video to see more about what this new invention can do for you…

Some people in a kitchen, and the secrets they utilize can make you think, “wow they are genius!”  So I went out on a mission to find the best kitchen secrets and share them with all of you.  So now we can all share and revel in the genius you once admired.

Below are the kitchen secrets that will make you look like a genius, plus you will save time and money too.

1. To get rid fruit stains on your fingers, clean them with a fresh, peeled potato.  White vinegar also works well.

2. Avoid putting citrus fruits like lemons and oranges or tomatoes in the fridge,the low temperatures take away the smell and flavor of these fruits.

3. Milk in my house doesn’t last long.  But if your milk goes bad because you do not use it a lot… Keep your milk fresh for longer and stop it from spoiling by adding a pinch of salt to the bottle when you first open it.

4. To clean any pot with gunk and calcium buildup, boil a mixture of half white vinegar and half water, then empty.

5. When storing Tupperware, throw in a pinch of salt to keep them from smelling bad.

6. When making a soup, sauce, or casserole that ends up too fatty or greasy, drop in an ice cube.  The ice will attract the fat, which you can then scoop out.

7. If you have some leftover wine, freeze it in ice cube trays for easy addition to soups and sauces in the future.  This also works well to kep your vino cold while drinking it, and without watering it down.

8. After boiling pasta or potatoes, cool the water and use it to water your house plants, the water contains nutrients that your plants will love.

9. If you aren’t sure how fresh your eggs are, place them in about 4 inches of water. Eggs that stay on the bottom are fresh. If only one end tips up, the egg is less fresh and should be used soon. If it floats, it’s past the fresh stage.

10. Keep lettuce and leafy greens fresh in the fridge by wrapping it in a clean, dry paper towel and storing lettuce and paper towel in a sealed bag in the fridge.

11. If you over-salt a pot of soup, just drop in a peeled potato, the potato will absorb the excess salt.  The trick is to keep it whole and not to cut it.

12. If your loaf of bread is starting to go stale, just put a piece of fresh celery in the bag and close it back up.

13. For burnt rice, place a piece of white bread on top of the rice for 5-10 minutes to draw out the burned flavor.  This only works for very lightly burnt rice.  If its totally scorched forget about it, this won’t work at all.

14. Do not store your bananas in a bunch or in a fruit bowl with other fruits. Separate your bananas and place each in a different location. Bananas release gases which cause fruits (including other bananas) to ripen quickly. Separating them will keep them fresh longer.

I know you want to make the perfect scrambled eggs… who doesn’t? Odds are you have been making scrambled eggs completely wrong your entire life and a few simple steps will make all the difference in the world.  Don’t feel bad, not many of us have been making them the correct way.  In fact I don’t know anyone who has.  The tricks are in the details, which are so subtle you are going to want to watch the video below to learn them….

The Secret Revealed

The secrets are fairly simple. I you like to have some sauteed veggies with the eggs, like Gordon made in the video, then you do so in olive oil salt pepper to taste in a separate pan on low heat. The scrambled eggs are best cooked in a sauce pan rather than a saute pan or skillet.

Scrambled eggs are best cooked at a high heat. Taking the pan on and off the heat to make sure they cook gently, as seen in the above video. One big mistake we all make is putting water or milk into a pre-whisked egg batter, then plopping all of it into the pan on the stove. That’s not the best way… what you want to do is plop a knob of butter in with the fresh cracked eggs, before they go onto the heat, and then using a spatula to constantly stir. Do not over cook as most of us usually do.

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The perfect scrambled eggs by Gordon Ramsey.

One of the tricks Gordon uses that shocked me is to add sour cream (he calls it creme fresh) to the eggs after they are done cooking and still in the pan. This cools eggs down, adds a complexity to the flavor profile, and looks amazing!

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Ozark Pudding Recipe

This is a very simple yet traditional Ozarks recipe for Ozark Pudding. This pudding is made up of parts from other desserts, she isn’t the prettiest, but she is really delicious. The filling is gooey, like pecan pie with bits of apple. The outer edge is bubbly and chewy, like pralines. It has the feeling of an old car you loved and would fix rather than sell, because it ran so good.

The top forms a thin, crisp crust that is like a sticky meringue or macaroon. In other words, this is not pudding-cup pudding but pudding in the English sense of the word, meaning dessert in general.  Huguenot tortes made around Charleston are a really similar dessert. | Source

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tart cooking apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup chopped pecan
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Butter a 9-inch square baking dish.

Whisk together the flour and baking powder in a small bowl. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and salt until blended and frothy. While whisking vigorously, slowly add the sugar and whisk until thick. Stir in the apples, pecans, and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture, stirring well to incorporate the dry ingredients.

Scrape the batter into the prepared dish and smooth the top. Bake until the top crust is browned and the filling is bubbly around the edges, about 40 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving hot or at room temperature with the whipped cream.

 

Ozarks Potato Salad Recipe

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Ozarks potato salad is an iconic summer dish for those who are from or visited the Ozarks of Missouri.

This is a recipe that is a bit time consuming but offers a great tasting potato salad with a bit of egg and miracle whip. You have to try this recipe on your next BBQ or cook-put to see if your family and friends love it as much as we do!

  • 1-3/4 pounds red potatoes
  • 3/8 large onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon creamy salad dressing, e.g. Miracle Whip ™
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook until tender enough to pierce with a fork, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool slightly. Remove the peels and cut into cubes. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the onion, salad dressing and mustard. Stir in the hard-boiled eggs and cooled potatoes. Try not to mash the potatoes very much. Season with salt and pepper.

4th of July is one of the holidays that has more to do with food we cook and eat to celebrate, perhaps more than anything else.  When you think of 4th of July you think of food, fireworks, family and friends.  What better way to be patriotic than to cook a meal that is pure 4th of July spirit?  

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We rounded up 10 of the best recipes we could find on the web to share them with you. Watch these 10 videos to find a great recipe for your 4th of July celebration!  The videos are a playlist so you can watch all 10 videos or skip through each one to find which you like the best.

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