List of Participating Restaurants…

Restaurant Week – Participating restaurants offer three-course prix fixe dinners for either $35 or $45, as indicated on the official list. Many restaurants also offer the Cadillac Lunch Experience brought to you by Oak Farms Dairy featuring two courses for just $20.

For a list of Restaurants to view on your desktop click here.

For a list of Restaurants to view on your mobile device click here.

If you would like to make reservations through OpenTable click here.

Though it isn’t included in the price, many restaurants are offering wine pairings and theme cocktails!

Restaurants Week is from August 15 to August 21, yet many are going to extend until September 4th.

Enjoy!

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-Dawn Redmond

 

Tomorrow is National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day!

I bet you didn’t know that that August 8th is National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Is it a truly legit holiday? Well…it is listed on the National Day Calendar along with some other awesome (and not so awesome) holidays. But I say…let’s celebrate!

Did you know Zucchini, or Courgette, is a fruit? It is treated as a vegetable but it comes from the zucchini flower. Zucchini is one of the easiest plants to grow and most gardeners end up with tons on their hands come August…hence, the holiday.

So why not share? If you are one of these gardeners out there and you are looking for a way to get rid of excess, leave some secretly on your neighbor’s porch. Don’t forget to send me your pictures and stories!

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One of my favorite and easy recipes is Zucchini Fritters.

You will need:

1 ½ pounds zucchini, grated

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 large egg, beaten

2 cloves garlic, minced

Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

  1. Mix zucchini and salt together in a colander then place in sink to drain for 10 minutes.
  2. Use some cheesecloth to get excess moisture out of zucchini, or just squeeze excess water out with your hands. Don’t miss this step – otherwise they get soggy.
  3. Mix flour, cheese, egg, garlic, salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  4. Heat the olive oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet.
  5. Mix the flour mixture with the zucchini.
  6. Scoop about a Tablespoon of batter in the skillet, gently flatten with the top of your spatula, and fry about 3 minutes per side. Add oil as needed.
  7. When they are golden brown they are done. Enjoy!

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As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any assistance with your home selling or buying needs!

-Dawn Redmond

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Murphy Steaks

Looking for a different way to make your steak? Try this recipe posted by Carise Yake from  www.allrecipes.com.  “This is a very simple, quick, delicious recipe for garlic-stuffed steaks. We use a lot of garlic! Serve with baked potatoes and a green salad.”

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Prep Time: 30 minutes, Cook Time: 10 minutes, Ready in: 4 hours, 40 minutes, Servings:  4

Ingredients:  2 pounds beef tenderloin steaks, 1 bulb garlic (cloves separated and peeled), salt to taste, ground black pepper to taste

Directions:  

1.  Separate garlic bulb into cloves, and peel.  Cut into lengthwise strips.

2.  Using a sharp knife, punch holes into steak.  Stuff holes with garlic strips.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

3.  Preheat grill for hot heat.

4.  Lightly oil grate.  Place stuffed steaks on hot grill, garlic side up. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, turn, and season with salt and pepper.  Continue cooking until done, another 4 to 5 minutes.

Fun times @ The Thanksgiving Recipe Swap

Good food + good company = a good time by all. I enjoyed meeting new Murphy friends, talking “Murphy” and exchanging cooking secrets. Each participant at the Swap had a chance to sample recipes and later received a copy of each recipe. For the first time, I tried Mincemeat Pie and found that I liked it.

Look for future AT. Deeds events in Murphy.
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Thanksgiving Recipe Swap

Thanksgiving Recipe Swap

Please join me on November 17th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Saxby’s Coffee in Murphy. We will be sharing recipe ideas so we can freshen up our Thanksgiving menu this year! Please bring samples of your recipe…enough to feed about 20 people. RSVP’s appreciated! Hope to see you there!

Not your average black-eyed pea recipe – Click “like” if you are tempted to try this recipe!

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Every New Year’s Day, I have to eat black-eyed peas, cabbage and rice. My mom said if I didn’t have my peas, I was not going have good luck for the year.

I have a vegetarian recipe that I like to serve on New Year’s Day, but I really don’t eat Hoppin’ Johns any other time of the year. This may change. The other day at my Ebby office’s Annual Black-eyed Pea Luncheon (the speckled pea may be key to our #1 ranking in the Dallas area!), I had a delicious version of this dish. It puts the Hop in the Johns!

Click the like button if you are tempted to try this recipe.

Mike’s Texas Caviar

2 cans of Bush’s (15 oz) black eyed peas drained
and rinsed
2  Roma tomatoes, diced
3/4 c. black olives
3 Jalapeno peppers diced,  or one habanero
pepper diced
1/2 a red bell pepper diced
1 bunch of green onions diced with tops
1 cucumber, diced
1/2 c. of chopped cilantro
1/2 c. Bragg’s Organic Vinaigrette  or your
favorite vinaigrette dressing

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and chill in
fridge, best if chilled over night.

Nanny Woods potato chip cookies

Two lunch box favs in one – cookies and potato chips.  Butter, flour, crushed chips and sugar are blended to make fabulous short bread cookie. The recipe is so simple I had to share in case you needed  a last minute cookie idea this holiday season.

Ingredients

1/2 C of sugar

2 sticks of butter (room temperature)

1 tsp of vanilla

2 C of flour

1/2 C of crushed potato chips

1/2 C of pecans (optional)

ungreased cookie sheet

350 degree oven

Directions

1. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth.

2. Slowly add flour, crushed chips and nuts.

Crushing chips in a sandwich bag keeps things tidy in the kitchen

3.  Take a piece of dough and make a ball. Place the ball on the cookie sheet. Dough will be kind of dry.

Be sure to leave room between dough balls

4. Dip the bottom of a glass in a little water. Then dip the glass in some sugar. Flatten the dough ball with the glass.

5. Add more sugar on to cookies if you want.

We added additional colored sugar

6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

7. Let cookies cool and enjoy.

I did not add nuts to the batter. Instead I added nuts on top of a few cookies.

Tip: To keep cookies  moist, add a piece of bread or an apple core to the cookie jar.

Nanny Woods was one of my best girl friend’s grandmother. While looking through her grandmother’s things, my friend found this recipe and shared it with me.

Adorable Thanksgiving bird

Sweet Thanksgiving Turkey

 

Do you need a fun idea for the Thanksgiving table? Try this “sweet turkey” idea. With Oreos, candy and icing, you can have these little guys greeting your guest as they are seated. Make ahead or have the kids make them as an activity before the real bird hits the table. Either way,this is one turkey you will want to gobble

Ingredients for 1 bird

  • 2 oreo Double Stuff cookies
  • 1 Whopper Malted Milk Ball
  • 1 Mini Reese Peanut Butter Cup
  • 4-6 candy corn
  • 2 Mini M&M’s
  • 1 red Mike & Ike candy
  • Vanilla Icing

Directions

  1.  Take 1 Oreo apart. This will be the base.
  2. Place the whole Oreo on its side on the base, so that it sticks to the white of the Oreo. If you have trouble getting it to stand up, you can put icing on the flat Oreo.
  3. In front of the Oreo on its side, place a mini Reese’s Cup for the body and a Whopper for the turkey’s head. Use icing to stick the Whopper onto the Reese’s Cup.
  4. Place candy corn, points down, in between the Oreo cookie that is standing on it’s side.
  5. Use icing to put mini M&M’s onto the  Whopper to make the turkey’s eyes.
  6. Break off the end of a candy corn for the beak. Use the icing to stick it on the Whopper.
  7. Use the red Mike & Ike for the waddle. Use icing to stick it to the Whopper beside the beak.

(Received this recipe courtesy of Burgess Inspection Group)

Athenos 5-Layer Greek Dip

Such an easy and delicious dip to make. I took it to the Pumpkins on Post Oak party and it was a hit!

 


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Total Time: 10 min
Makes: 2 cups or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. and 11 pita chips each
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Ingredients:

1 pkg. (7 oz.) ATHENOS Original Hummus

1 pkg. (4 oz.) ATHENOS Traditional Feta Cheese, crumbled

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

1/4 cup chopped cucumbers

2 Tbsp. sliced kalamata olives

ATHENOS Pita Chips Original

 

Instructions:

SPREAD hummus onto bottom of 9-inch pie plate.

COVER with layers of remaining ingredients.

SERVE with chips.

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