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Other Recipes by macKenzie SMith

Tasty Summer Sandwiches for Grillin’ + Chillin’

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I won’t deny that at the time, summers in NYC seemed like the best thing ever. It probably had to do with the fact that we all appreciated it so much more after coming out of almost 6 terrible months of potential frostbite. But that’s not to say that the rest of the country isn’t scoring big off of the shifting seasons. You see, there are a few things that New Yorkers are missing out on that are far more awesome than a really good Instagram shot of a hotdog positioned in front of the city’s skyline.

Down here in the South (and everywhere else that’s not surrounded by skyscrapers) we have yards! Yards that can be filled with awesome cooking equipment without the fear of it falling 10 stories to its demise. Instead of climbing up sketchy fire escapes or wasting time on DIY levees to help transport your $30 no-name grill up to the rooftop, I now rejoice with my feet safely on the ground, which just so happens to be manicured and solely dedicated to grilling and growing. And I totally am bragging right now but I have to say that my summers outside the city are so much better because of my new fav cooking tool – the Big Green Egg®! Continue reading

Pineapple Upside-Down Baked Brie – The Perfectly Cheesy Retro Tiki Appetizer

Pineapple Upside-Down Baked Brie - the perfect retro tiki appetizer full of delicious cheese!

A few months ago, I had a food tour grilled cheese pop-up in Chicago for About.com. Besides making about 700 grilled cheese sandwiches for lots of hungry ad agents, the boyfriend and I also ate and drank our weight in the deliciousness that Chi-town had to offer. One of the nights my dearest pal Joanna Miller, from Wisconsin Cheese, took us out and showed us how a real mid-westerner did the city. So like big city people, we uber’d out to Logan Square to begin our adventure! to meet her at Bang Bang Pie where we had… you guessed it… PIE!

Having started our eating tour on a sweet note at Bang Bang Pie, where we had two pies and a grilled cheese (whoops), we then headed out to get our salt on with some ice cold margaritas and a never ending supply of tacos at Big Star. After that, we then somehow made it across the street for too many super strong cocktails at The Violet Hour. And because I don’t really drink anymore and because I find that it nearly impossible to imbibe without finishing on a full belly of food (you know to help with the hangover of course), we headed to Lost Lake to get found. This was my favorite bar by far. Tiki drinks, cutie pie waitresses dressed as Polynesian princesses, and a super tasteful spunky retro asian food menu that paired perfectly with all the coconut and pineapple liquors that we were downing. Continue reading

Cinco De Mayo Sandwiches Recipes

Let’s be honest with each other. Pairing one too many margaritas with a couple thousand baskets of chips and salsa may sound like a good idea tonight, but nope, not at ALL, it’s a straight up bad idea. If you don’t want your hangover to whoop your ass, I recommend trying one of these awesome Mexican sandwiches for Cinco De Mayo!

To view my top 5 pics, click [HERE] otherwise, keep scrollin’ to see my top three choices! They’re muy bueno!

cemita sandwich recipe

Oh, la, la right? Yuh. Big time. This Pueblan style cemita sandwich is stuffed with tender yet crispy chunks of pulled pork, avocado, tomato, Wisconsin queso fresco, cilantro (although typically made with papalo – an herb that was impossible to find where I live) and spicy chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Want more? Click [HERE] to get the recipe from my About.com Sandwich Expert pageContinue reading