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garlic-butter-recipeI like garlic and I really like butter, so it should go without saying that I love garlic butter!

Garlic butter is best known for making Garlic Bread or Toast (which I love to make and eat with a big plate of spaghetti…, but I digress). Garlic butter also provides a flavor boost to all kinds of dishes. Try it on steaks, chicken, mashed potatoes, bread and rolls and vegetables such as corn on the cob (that’s so good), green beans and steamed carrots. Did I even mention seafood, oh and don’t forget to add a heaping garlic butter pat onto your perfect baked potato.

Garlic Butter Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground paprika

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine softened butter, minced garlic and parmesan cheese.
  2. Season with Italian seasoning, pepper and paprika.
  3. Mix until smooth.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Garlic Toast Recipe

Ingredients

  • Garlic Butter
  • Loaf, French Bread or Italian Bread

Directions

Cut bread about 1/2 to 1 inch thickness. Spread garlic butter on both sides of bread. Put on cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees until toasted, about 20 minutes. Turn if necessary for even browning. You can also toast it under the broiler (Broil 4″ from heat for 2-3 minutes or until golden).

Grilled Garlic Toast
Place buttered bread slices on hot grill and cook on each side until the bread begins to show grill marks. Flip and continue grilling. Remove when the bread starts to get crunchy.

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A little more than six months ago our family was blessed to move to our new home.  The new place provides plenty of room, a big yard and great schools.  My wife, Raquel, loves her closet, the kids (and the dogs) love the yard and the nearby reservoir.  As for me, I love my kitchen.

The kitchen is big, airy and open to the family room. This lets me cook and still be in the mix with the rest of the family.  But of all the wonderful things I can say about my kitchen I think my favorite thing is the cooktop with the built-in griddle.

I LOVE MY GRIDDLE!

The Cook Top w/ Griddle

The Cooktop w/ Griddle

Cooking on a griddle makes life so much easier. There’s just one surface to clean – no pans, no scrubbing, no fuss. And you can cook so many things at once; the entire meal is ready- literally – in minutes. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, griddles just naturally make food taste good.

The best griddle time is breakfast, especially when my hungry boys and their friends are around. Griddle Cakes  or pancakes are the kid’s favorite. I usually do bacon and always cook that first. When cooking the bacon, use the spatula to slide the drippings over to the drip pan, so the bacon will be crispy.  After the bacon is done, I wipe down the griddle with paper towels, and then do the pancakes. The pancakes have the smokey taste from the bacon when you leave a thin coat of bacon drippings on the griddle before pouring the batter.

For pancakes the griddle should be about 350 degrees. You can tell if the griddle is ready by letting a drop of water fall from a spoon onto the hot surface. If the liquid immediately bubbles and evaporates, the griddle is too hot. If the water does boil and evaporate in a minute or so, it’s ready. If the griddle is not hot enough, the water will take several seconds before it appears to boil.

When the griddle is hot enough, pour the pancake batter onto the surface, spacing them side-by-side until they almost touch. I can get eight good pancakes on the griddle! You’ll know it’s time to turn the pancakes over when you see that the top of the pancakes are bubbling. The bubbles will be swelling up and popping before it’s time to turn. When turning, use a thin spatula and scoop it quickly. Thick, coated spatulas (like my big silicon spatula) tend to scrunch the pancake up when you turn them. Let the second side cook for only a couple of minutes, and then slide the spatula under one to check for browning.

Adding maple syrup and butter results in a quiet house while the crowd scarfs down the cakes.

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