Sunday, July 27, 2014

Log Cabin Luncheon

Today's picnic was at Watters Smith Memorial Park in Lost Creek, WV.  There was a reunion in the park office, a birthday party in another pavilion . . . but we found a spot all to ourselves.  Today's menu featured:
Sesame Cumin Beef
Corn and Cantaloupe Salad
Tomatoes and Cucumbers
Mango Ricotta Sundae
Peach and Berry Crisp

While I'd planned on separating the salads, I combined them after realizing my picnic basket plate simply wasn't big enough to do that!  Here's my recipes:

Sesame Cumin Beef
(Serves 4)

1/2 # Chuck Tender Sirloin Steaks
2 tsp. Sesame Oil
1 tsp. Cumin
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
Place steak in crock pot.  Cover with spices and garlic.  Cook on low for 3-4 hours.  Refrigerate.  Slice with electric knife.

3 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds, toasted
Place in ziploc bag and crush.

(Serves 2)   

1 tsp. Sesame Oil
1 tsp. Soy Sauce, reduced sodium
1 tsp. Honey
1 tsp. Cider Vinegar
Juice of 1/2 Lime

Line the plate with Spring Mix.  Add sliced beef, sesame seeds and 1/4 cup Edamame.

 Cucumbers and Tomatoes
(Serves 3)

2 Cucumbers, petite, sliced thin
1 Plum Tomato, diced
1 Tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
Fresh Parsley
I picked these from our container garden!

Corn and Cantaloupe Salad
(Serves 4)

1/2 small Cantaloupe, diced
1 ear of Corn, cooked and cut off the cob
1/4 cup Dill, fresh, snipped
1/2 Lemon, juiced
1 tsp. Olive Oil
1 Sweet Red Pepper, mini, sliced julienne
1/4 tsp. Dry Mustard
Mix all ingredients and chill.

Mango Sundae
(Serves 2)

1/6 Fresh Mango
Slice off ends.  Scoop out filling and dice.  Add
Lime Zest

1/4 cup Ricotta Cheese, part skim
Fill mango shells with cheese.  Top with diced mango-lime zest mixture.

Dessert was Fresh Peach and Black Raspberry Crisp, made with my Crunchy Oatmeal-Almond Crust.  (I'll post this later).  The crust works better in a pie. . . but this was still very tasty!

 The Watters Smith Home, built in 1876, had a magnificent kitchen.  

 I loved the cream separator.  

and the apple peeler. . . though my little vegetable peeler suits my portions perfectly!