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Kimchi Relish Recipe Perfect for Labor Day!

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We had an early Labor Day party at our house last weekend with one of my oldest friends and her family. The weather here in Palo Alto couldn't have been better and with great food and great company, we all had a fantastic time!

I was asked by Hebrew National to come up with an interesting way to serve hotdogs at our party. Since my husband loves spicy, I decided to try my hand at homemade kimchi relish. We love kimchi at our house! For those of you who don't know, kimchi is a Korean fermented side dish made with cabbage and other vegetables. It's spicy, sour, and delicious!

This recipe is simple, but you do need to wait three days for the kimchi to ferment. And I don't know if you've heard all about the probiotics in fermented foods, but kimchi is actually super healthy! So here's how I did it:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 napa cabbage
  • 5 green onions (scallions)
  • 1/3 cup coarse Korean red pepper powder
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • About 12 cups warm water, plus more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 4-5 large garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
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Directions:

Cut the bottom off the cabbage, then cut it in half lengthwise. Cut into 1/2 inch strips. This is smaller than you'd cut for a traditional kimchi, but I wanted people to be able to easily spoon it onto a hot dog bun.

Put the cabbage in a large bowl, add the salt, and cover with enough water to cover the cabbage. Use saran wrap to cover, and press it down so it is touching the cabbage. This keeps it from floating. Let it sit for 3-4 hours.

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Strain and rinse the cabbage. You can squeeze the cabbage with your hands to get some of the excess water out.

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Add the cabbage, hot pepper, chopped green onion, diced or pressed garlic, and grated ginger in a bowl and stir with a spoon or spatula until the cabbage is thoroughly coated. Transfer the mix to a glass jar. We used two ball jars (1 pint size). Close and let sit in a cool dark location for at 24 hours.

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After 24 hours, open the jar (you should get a small release of gas). Reseal and move to the refrigerator for another 2 days. It should last for at least 1 month!

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And now onto the party... We have a Weber grill that we like to use because it gives food a real charcoal flavor. We grilled Hebrew National hotdogs (our favorite), onions, and peppers.

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kimchi-relish-recipe-59A Inside, I decorated for Labor Day using fresh flowers and these 1950's retro cool free Labor Day printables I love from our site.

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I put the kimchi relish out, and so people knew what it was, I printed out an editable free Labor Day food label from our site.

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The hotdog with kimchi tasted delicious! The kimchi added a great spicy sourness that went perfectly with the salty hot dog.

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No Labor Day BBQ would be complete without beer, chips, watermelon, and dessert.

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For dessert, I went with a pie theme: apple pie and whoopie pies! We have the most amazing whoopie pie recipe on our site if you're interested in trying them.

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Again I used our free printables to dress up the whoopie pies.

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And there you have it... our little backyard party!

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Happy Labor Day, everyone! Here's to a great end of summer!

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{RECIPE} Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

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Want a quick, fun, yummy treat to serve at your Memorial Day barbecue? How about homemade cinnamon sugar pita chips? I promise your guests will love them!

CINNAMON SUGAR PITA CHIPS

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3-4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 stick of butter at room temperature
  • 2 pita
  • 1 pinch of salt
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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut each pita into 8 slices.

Combine butter, sugar, cinnamon, and pinch of salt in a small bowl. Mix until creamy.

Spread the mixture on top of each slice and in the middle. 

Bake for 12-15 minutes checking often. The longer you bake, the crispier they will get.

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Enjoy, and Happy Memorial Day!!

{TRENDS} Memorial Day Parties

Need some ideas for your Memorial Day parties this weekend? And how about some free Patriotic and BBQ printables? Take a look at these incredible parties!

(To see the whole party click on the photo or the link...)

Made By a Princess' Patriotic Picnic

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Melissa N's Memorial Day/Patriotic

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 Eye Candy Event Details' Americana Luau

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Caroline T's Memorial Day Party

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Claudia S's Memorial Day Family BBQ/Julians 6th Birthday

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Brittany S' Memorial Day Shrimp Boil

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Free Patriotic Printables by Printabelle

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Free BBQ Printables by WCC

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FREE Patriotic Party Printables from Printabelle

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With Memorial Day and July 4th on the horizon, I wanted to give away some printables to help you celebrate this year. Michelle at Printabelle designed this fireworks set that will look fantastic at your parties and BBQs!

The collection includes: invitations, party circles, banner, mini candy bar wrappers, welcome sign, thank you and menu/place cards, treat toppers and water bottle labels.

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Here are the individual files...

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Thank you Michelle, for such a explosive collection! Sorry, I had to. :)

If you’d like any of these printables personalized, Michelle will do it for $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

Labor Day Party Ideas and a Great Summer Grilled Corn Salad Recipe

To give you some ideas for your Labor Day BBQ, I wanted to post my recipe for delicious summer grilled corn salad and show you these cool retro 1950's Labor Day printables we're giving away.

First, the corn salad...

This is my go-to summer salad because there's no better time to find delicious sweet corn and delicious cherry tomatoes. Plus, this salad is simple to make, and tastes a little like vegetable candy. :)

SUMMER GRILLED CORN SALAD

Ingredients:

For the salad

  • 5 ears of sweet corn
  • 1/2 basket of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 package of arugula
  • 1 poblano pepper (poblanos are also commonly called "pasillas")
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Cotija cheese

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 lime juiced and zested
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

Shuck the corn, and lightly coat it with vegetable oil (I used olive oil). Put the corn on a grill (or in a large frying pan on medium heat), and rotate them every few minutes until the corn starts to turn a golden color. I like to let it blacken in spots for some extra flavor.

Let the corn cool for a couple minutes, then cut off corn off the kernels and put them in a large bowl.

You can grill the pepper along with the corn. Let it cook until it softens, turning it periodically. Cut the pepper open and scrape out the seeds.

Poblanos aren't that hot, but the seeds can still burn if you touch them, then touch your eyes, so be careful. Dice, and add to the corn. If you want to add some extra heat, you can also add a jalapeno in addition to the poblano.

Since Cotija is a strong cheese, I like to cut my pieces into 1/4 inch cubes so the flavor is more evenly distributed when I add it to the salad.

For the dressing, combine olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, red wine vinegar, and mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add the cheese, arugula, cilantro, tomatoes, and dressing. Mix well and you've got summer in a salad! It tastes great served warm, or you can keep it in the refrigerator overnight, and serve chilled the next day.

If you want to add some 1950's retro styling to your Labor Day BBQ, check out these fun party printables  by Clickable Party we're giving away.

The collection includes: an 8x10 inch party sign, party circles, and tented cards that you can type your own text into. DOWNLOAD THEM HERE.

Happy Labor Day, everyone! (Can you believe it's almost time to welcome fall??)

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{RECIPE} Tasty and Refreshing Granita for Summer

It's been hot hot hot here in Palo Alto, so I wanted to come up with a recipe that would be cool and delicious. That's why I excitedly created these strawberry and orange granitas.

For those of you who don't know, granita is an Italian dessert that's a cross between a snow cone and sorbet. It's sweet and icy, simple to make, and the key to getting the texture just right is to mix it every twenty minutes with a whisk while it's freezing in the freezer. Plus, I added a little champagne to each flavor to give them both a nice zing.

I love how they turned out. They were so tangy and delicious and just the thing to cool David and me off!

STRAWBERRY GRANITA RECIPE

(For orange granita, substitute 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice for 1 1/2 cup strawberry juice)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3-4 cups strawberries mashed and strained to make 1 1/2 cup strawberry juice (for strawberry granita)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup champagne (or any other liquor you'd like to add)
  •  Mint for garnish

Directions:

In a pot, add 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup sugar. Heat until sugar is dissolved, then take it off the heat to cool.

Once cooled, mix the sugar-water mixture with 1 1/2 cups orange juice or strawberry juice (depending on which you are making), 1/2 cup champagne, and juice from 1/2  lemon.

(Since we've just moved, I couldn't find our Cuisinart in our sea of boxes, so I mashed the strawberries by hand, then strained them using a fine strainer. I only used 2 cups of hulled strawberries which produced about 3/4 cup of strawberry juice, so I added a little less sugar-water mixture and champagne, and it turned out great.)

Pour the mixture it into a shallow baking dish. I used a small lasagna pan.

Here's my orange granita mixture where I substituted 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice for 1 1/2 cups strawberry juice.

Place in the freezer covered, and every 20 minutes mix it with a whisk so you continue to break up the ice crystals. It should take 3-5 hours to freeze. And look like this when you're done...

Once it reaches the consistency you like, you can store it in the freezer until you are ready to serve.

Garnish with a mint leave and look how pretty...

I promise you will love this for summer!

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FREE July 4th Printables from Sarah Hope Designs

Woo hoo! July 4th, one of my favorite holidays, is in a little over two weeks!

I'm excited to be giving away our first set of free July 4th printables. This "Liberty" collection was designed by Yulia at Sarah Hope Designs and makes me love what our country stands for!

The collection includes: cupcake toppers, tented cards, a party sign, patterned paper, water bottle wrappers, cupcake wrappers, mini food/straw flags, napkin rings, mini cake/food banner, and mini candy bar wrappers.

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Take a look at how festive...

Thanks, Yulia, for another great collection. The fireworks and Lady Liberty are my favorite parts.

To learn more about Yulia and see all of her designs, visit her at Sarah Hope Designs.

FREE Summer BBQ Printables by WCC Designs

With Memorial Day coming up, I wanted to give away a set of BBQ printables that would work for this upcoming weekend all your laid back summer parties.

Wanessa from WCC Designs created this great set. I love the mix of patterns and the rough-around-the-edges feel.

The collection includes: drink labels, mini party circles, party menus, invitations, a food table sign, blank tent cards and pennant flags.

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Take a look at how fun these look...

 

Thank you, Wanessa, for another one of your fabulous collections.

To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

Check out these parties for more Memorial Day inspirations.

{RECIPE} Red, White, and Blue Strawberry Shortcakes

I love this season of outdoor parties and barbecues, and with Memorial Day and July 4th coming up, I've been dying to do a red, white, and blue dessert.

I think strawberry shortcake (with blueberries and lemon zest) is the perfect summertime dessert because it's so fresh and light.

You can prepare almost everything beforehand, then just as you're ready to serve it, either whip up some fresh whipped cream or pull out a can, and you can put these desserts together in seconds. Or better yet, set up a strawberry shortcake "DIY bar" and let your guests make their own.

I promise, these are super easy and absolutely delicious! Here's how you do it...

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced thin
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/8 cup sugar +  3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick cold butter, sliced
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half + 1/8 cup half-and-half
  • White sanding sugar
Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, gently mix strawberries and 1/8 cup sugar. Set aside. The longer this sits, the more strawberry juice it will make.

In a food processor, pulse together flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons sugar, and lemon zest.

Add cold butter and continue to pulse until the mixture looks like cornmeal.

Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture, and pour in 2/3 cup half-and-half.

Mix gently with a spatula or wooden spoon. Be careful not to overmix. It should be sticky.

Pour the sticky dough onto a lightly floured surface. Turn it over a couple of times until the dough comes together. Pat it out so it's 3/4" thick.

Cut out 8 round 3-inch biscuits.

Place biscuits on a Silpat or parchment. Brush the tops with the remaining half-and-half and sprinkle with white sanding sugar.

Bake for 12-18 minutes or until the biscuits have risen and are nice and brown.

While they are cooking, you can make your own fresh whipped cream. It's easy and takes five minutes...

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions:

Place empty bowl and beaters in the fridge for 10 minutes to chill. Beat cream with added sugar and vanilla until the whipped cream makes peaks. Don't overbeat or you'll end up with butter. :)

Once the biscuits have cooled, either cut/break in half, or use one whole biscuit as the bottom and one whole biscuit as a top. Add strawberry mixture, blueberries, and top with whip cream. Serve immediately and enjoy!

If you make some, please send a photo to jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to show off what you do!

And of course, here's Lainey, my official taster, after a day at the farmer's market getting her face painted...

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The Yummy Labor Day Food We've Made So Far...

Earlier this week, I posted the recipes I wanted to try over Labor Day and tonight my husband, David, and I got cooking. Here's what we made...

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad with Balsamic-Basil Vinaigrette

We purchased these tomatoes at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market so it would be hard to go wrong with this dish. Clean and fresh flavors, with a little bit of sweetness from the balsamic and the tomatoes. This was the dish I kept eating.

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Grilled Corn with Basil Butter-Oil

Basil on corn is actually a flavorful combination and the butter-oil with the infused basil was delicate and not too overpowering. But next time I will chop up the basil even more so it doesn't look like seaweed. :)

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Grilled Chicken with a Homemade Rub

David wasn't in the mood for steak, so instead I purchased these air-chilled chicken thighs and with a blend of homemade spices we grilled them. Because of the fat under the skin, the grill kept igniting, hence the burnt skin, but these were delicious!! David couldn't stop eating these.

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Tomorrow I'll bring you the S’mores Bars my neighbor, Paula, volunteered to make. They're setting in her fridge right now (my mouth is watering while I write this). I'll post photos tomorrow.

I'd love to know what you ate this Labor Day. Hope it's delicious!

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