Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cook Along with Bobby Flay

The 15th of each month, Lynn of Happier Than A Pig in Mud hosts the Celebrity Cook Along.   July's "guest chef" is the very handsome, redhead celebrity chef,  Bobby Flay.   Lynn has teamed up with blogging buddy Jo, at Lazy On Loblolly, for a fun giveaway, one of Bobby's cookbooks, "Grilling for Life".

Grillin' and Chillin', Boy Meets Grill, Throw Down, Brunch At Bobby's, just some of the cooking shows over the years hosted by Bobby Flay.  I had the pleasure of dining at one of his restaurants a couple of years ago, Bar Americain, on West 52nd Street in New York City.  It was one of my more memorable restaurant meals, a melt-in- your-mouth sliced steak sandwich served with the best French fries that were perfectly seasoned.  Service was excellent, even though the restaurant was packed with business people having lunch.   It was my pre-blogging days, so I wouldn't even carry a camera around, let alone snap photos of my dinner plate.  My, how things have changed.   We inquired but Bobby was not in the house that day.

I guess I fell into cooking.   -  Bobby Flay

While I admire Bobby very much, and look forward to eating in one of his restaurants soon,  I don't have any of his cookbooks.  I have been searching for recipes at Food Network and Bobby's website.   I must admit I am feeling somewhat lazy and not in cooking mode at all.  Maybe it is the heat, or just summertime blues.    Keeping it real  :).  Blogger has me in ranting mode, too, but that is another post.  I found two recipes that were easy, cool and refreshing, did not require a grill or oven,  and just a simple jalapeno pepper!  I made half of each recipe for myself.

Who can resist creamy guacamole and tortilla chips, while sipping an icy cold limeade?  Not me, that's for sure!

Bobby Flay's Guacamole

4 ripe Hass avocados - peeled, pitted and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, minced
2 limes, juiced
salt and pepper to taste
2 T. canola oil
chopped fresh cilantro, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mash with a fork.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and fresh cilantro.

Blender was running but hard to tell!

Bobby Flay's Limeade
serves 4

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup fresh cold lime juice*
1 lime zested
2 1/2 cups cold water
1/4 cup tequila**
crushed ice
lime wedges for garnish

  (*)    I used about 8 limes to get half a cup-they were rather small, next time I will use bottled

  (**)  I did not add tequila

1.  Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat, bring to a boil, and cook til sugar melts; transfer to a bowl set over a bowl of ice and stir to cool down.

2.  Place lime juice, zest and water in a large bowl.  Add simple sugar to taste.

3.  Put 2 cups lime juice mixture, 1/4  to 1/2 cup tequila (to taste), if using, with 1 cup of crushed ice in a blender.  Pour into tall glasses and garnish with lime wedge.

I bought the chips at Wegman's and they are really tasty,  all natural, and one might become convinced that they are a healthier choice.  I chose blue corn because Bobby is a big fan of it.  The jalapeno chips were good with just a hint of heat. 

It's what's for dinner tonight

Please be sure to stop by and see the other Flay recipes  at Happier Than a Pig in Mud and to enter the contest at LazyonLoblolly.

I will also be joining Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum.



  1. I love guacamole and this look so yummy! I haven't joined in the Bobby Flay cooking since I have not been in the grilling or oven mood either...way too hot! Now the drinks, right up my alley!

  2. Give me a big glass of limeade and chips and dips for meal time ANYTIME!This looks delish!
    Wish I had some right now, my lunch is gone and it's time for supper!
    I had Bobby Flay Miami burger and creamy coleslaw, now I want some chips and dip.

  3. Oh yum, Barbara. Two delicious recipes. I love to watch Bobby's "Throwdown" show, but unfortunately I have never eaten in one of his restaurants. Lucky you!

  4. I could easily call this dinner Barbara! I love guacamole and the limeade sounds very refreshing! Lovin' that cool glass too! Thanks so much for playing along:@)

  5. This is a perfect summer dinner. Yum on the guacamole...I love it.
    xo bj

  6. Guacamole and chips...could make me very happy...just add a margarita!

  7. Oh spicy guacamole, just perfect for my taste. Looks so good!

  8. I would really love to have him cook something for would that be! These look so good! ;D

  9. Guac, chips & a margarita are the perfect combination! I'm wishing I had some right now :-)

  10. Barbara, it looks great, guacamole and limeade, delicious combo for a nice summer afternoon! I have a few of his cookbooks and was dying to go to Bar Americain, ended up at China Grill instead. One of these days I'll get there. He has a Bar Americain cookbook coming out soon.

  11. Now this is my idea of a treat...I would have added the tequila! I'm not cooking either. I'm watching the calories, so I'm just grilling chicken and eating frozen meals when we are home. I eat what I want when we are out, but pretty simply at home right now.

  12. That looks like a perfect summer dinner, but I would add the tequila. :o)

  13. Thank you for this great dinner tonight.

  14. Its been years since I had guacamole, YEARS. I love it

  15. OOh the limeade recipe looks delicious!! Perfect for this heatwave. Looks like a good guacamole recipe too. Thanks for dropping in with your kind comments, Many blessings, marlis

  16. Yes!!! You have a handsome shef in one of your follower friends♪♪♪
    And thank you for introducing delicious looking meal recipe.
    Weel, I loved the words "a melt-in- your-mouth" you used for the stake☆

    I LOVE YOU my friend!!! I hope you've read my mail.
    I just came back from eerrand after sending you a mail. Oh, How much I wish to know what is wrong with my blog. Cannot believe you even had to type in my blog name.

  17. Great sounding summer recipes, perfect for hot weather dining & snacking.

  18. Ciao Barbara,
    I am starting a diet today !!!!
    No guacamole!
    Love, Lorraine

  19. What fun! You've made my perfect snack combination. Now I just need a porch swing and a breeze.

  20. Hi Barbara,
    How are you?Its been a while.I went home for a short vacation.Im so sorry I was not able to get back on you at once.I love your guacamole recipe.I still have some nacho chips in my pantry.Have a great weekend.

  21. Haha..I Love that expression (Happier then a pig in mud"...My dad used to use those expressions all the time (he came form south west PA south of Pittsburgh for a little coal mining town on the Monongahela River..

    One of his favorites on a hot day was "sweatin' like a pig in a slaughter house..". He Loved BBQ too!

    I have to check out that site. (the limeade sounds really good!)

  22. Looks amazing! I will be referring back to this post!! Thanks for sharing, and also for your visit! I appreciate your kind comments.

  23. I've never had limeade, but guacamole is an absolute favorite!!

    Blessings, Debbie

  24. Barbara, I had to laugh at your comment about carrying a camera! Your really becoming a pro! :D I love the ease of the Recipes so light and refreshing.

  25. I love guacamole! Unfortunately, hubby does not, so we rarely have it. This looks so delicious! The limeade is perfect for this hot summer heather weather we are having.

  26. Limeade is my favorite!!! Mmmmm....lovely and perfect dip for chips! Thank you for sharing the recipes!

  27. That looks delicious, especially with those chips. I loved the line "...and one might be convinced that they are healthier."

  28. I enjoy Bobby Flay...but your glass in the last photo...I REALLY got a kick out of that.

    I'm your newest follower; found you via Jenny matlock.

  29. I think your choice is just prefect. I love limeade and his recipe looks so fab. The chips and dips look so festive too. Joni


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