These sizzling summer days don't lend themselves to spending long periods of time over a hot stove. A simple, light, tasty, and nutritious dish is the right formula to shoot for. We have four combos that hit the right notes, but you can judge for yourself at Hy-Vee on Wednesday night from 7:00-8:00 pm.
Great Taste co-host Kathy DuBois loves salads. She enjoys the challenge of making a salad the centerpiece of a meal. Using a grain as the salad's focus and adding lots of flavors with citrus, parsley, olive oil, and other super fresh ingredients, she can satisfy your hunger without adding any unwanted calories. I am a big fan of the two salads she's going to make on the show, one featuring french lentils and the other quinoa.
Hy-Vee's Catering manager Dennis Lopp is a sucker for sweets. To satisfy that urge, but keep it healthy, Dennis is going to grill up some fruit. On Dennis' menu are grilled watermelon and onion salad and fresh peaches grilled and paired with bacon two ways-pork and turkey. There's definitely some skill involved with cooking fruit right on the grill. The first and most important principle is your fruit needs to be tasty at the start. No amount of perfect grill marks can make up for a lack of flavor. Satisfy that basic requirement, then pay attention to Dennis, and after the show you'll amaze your guests with unexpected flavor combinations.
The Buy Fresh, Buy Local directory for 2012 is out listing contact information for 75 local producers in 12 counties. This has been a labor of love and dedication spearheaded by Hometown Harvest Local Food Coordinator Jan Swinton. She'll drop by the Club Room/Kitchen Lab to discuss the two upcoming local Farm Crawls, and give us some perspective on the national Buy Fresh, Buy Local initiative.
Just like always when we're live, please drop by and enjoy the show, and, of course, the food. If time and/or distance are a problem, the stream is flowing at www.kruufm.com. Click on "Listen Live" to share in the fun.