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Nothing shows your affection quite like cooking your beloved a delicious meal. This Valentine’s Day, fire up your Big Green Egg and show your love.
Here are some delicious recipes to try!
Appetizer: Spinach and Artichoke dip (from the Big Green Egg)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 cups baby spinach
- 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, rinsed
- ¾ cup cottage cheese
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated in need of any Big Green Egg Eggcessories!
Set Egg for indirect cooking, at 400°F.
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven on the Egg. Add onion and cook, stirring often, for 2 to 3 minutes, until the onions are softened and starting to turn golden. Add spinach and garlic; cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes, until spinach has wilted.
Place artichokes, cottage cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, salt and ground red pepper in food processor; process until smooth. Add spinach mixture and cheese; pulse until blended.
Coat 3 or 4-cup baking dish with cooking spray.
Scrape artichoke mixture into baking dish. Cook 25 to 35 minutes or until heated though. Serve hot.
Entrée: Bacon-wrapped, crab-stuffed shrimp
- 4 jumbo shrimp
- ¼ cup crab meat
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon parsley
- ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
- 4 slices of bacon
- 1 cup Italian dressing
Preheat the Egg to 350°F.
De-vein and butterfly the shrimp. Place the shrimp and Italian dressing in a freezer bag and marinate for 2 hours.
In a skillet, sauté crabmeat with oil, salt, black pepper, red pepper, parsley and lemon juice. Stuff the shrimp with the crabmeat mixture. Roll up the shrimp in bacon and fold so crab meat stays intact. Sear the bacon on the Egg for a few minutes on each side. Cook for 20 minutes, or until shrimp is pink.
Dessert: Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies (from Virginia Willis for the Big Green Egg)
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 3⁄4 cup pastry flour
- 1⁄2 cup cocoa powder
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 cup canola oil
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup buttermilk
- 1⁄2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat Egg to 325°F/163°C. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray.
Mix together cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of sugar and vanilla until creamy. Separate one egg, reserving the white, and add the yolk to the cream cheese mixture. Stir to combine; set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In a medium saucepan, heat oil and chocolate over medium heat, whisking until chocolate is melted. Whisk in sugar, and stir until melted. Add buttermilk, applesauce and vanilla. Remove from the heat. Add the remaining whole egg and the reserved egg white, whisking constantly until incorporated. Add flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Pour batter to pan.
Drop 9 dollops of the cream cheese mixture onto brownie batter. Draw the tip of a sharp knife through the batter to create a swirled effect. Bake until the top is firm, about 40 minutes. Cool completely in the pan.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day from Tri-County Hearth & Patio and come see us if you are in need of any Big Green Egg Eggcessories!
Tending a wood-burning fireplace provides enjoyment as you watch a vivid glow and a warmer flame grow. Tending a fire is relatively simple, but there are some tools that can help you to tend your fire more safely and easily.
Equip Your Fireplace With a Tool Set
The easiest way to make sure you have all the tools you need to tend your fire is to invest in a fireplace tool set, also known as irons. Many tool sets will vary in components, there are four tools that nearly every fireplace tool set will contain. These include:
- A poker. The metal poker allows you to stoke the fire and rearrange logs, as needed to burn a fire more vigorously.
- Long tongs. In addition to the poker, the tongs are used to rearrange logs as needed. The tongs can be used to lift and move logs while the poker can only shift logs gently.
- An ash shovel. The ash shovel is used after the fire has burned out to clear away ashes.
- An ash broom. The ash broom can be used to clear away stray ashes on the hearth. The bristles of an ash broom are generally heat resistant, but they cannot withstand the full force of the fire. As a result full contact between ash broom and flames or hot embers should be avoided.
Most tool sets come in a variety of styles and finishes, and can add a fantastic decorative element to your hearth, in addition to function. More traditional iron sets are made of brass, but for a more modern look, iron has become a popular choice. The styling of tool sets range from the simple to the ornate.
Other Tools to Consider
An iron tool set provides nearly everything you need to safely and easily tend your fire, you may be some other accessories you might want to consider to help you care for your hearth. Additional accessories include:
- A wood holder. A wood holder provides you with a place to neatly stack wood while it awaits the fire.
- An ash bucket. The ash bucket gives you a safe place to store ashes as you remove them from the firebox. Embers may burn for days after the fire is extinguished. You should move these embers to an ash bucket with a tight lid as a safety precaution.
- Bellows. With a good set of bellows you can blow air into your fire, fanning the flames to ignite the wood and build your fire to a pleasant blaze.
It can be helpful to consider all the tools you might want for your hearth, as purchasing them together can allow you to purchase a matching set of tools and accessories. If you need to outfit your fireplace with tools to tend your fire more easily, visit the Tri-County Hearth & Patio Center showroom! We have a full selection of useful and stylish tools to make your hearth more functional and more attractive.