Monday, July 20, 2009

From Our Kitchen to Yours: Marinated Flank Steak Sliders with Spicy Black Bean and Corn Salsa

For a recent bed and breakfast association meeting we put together a table of refreshments. My mom prepared the spicy black bean and corn salsa for us. It is a regular recipe we use for get togethers and parties - the recipe is always requested by friends and family!

Spicy Black Bean and Corn Salsa
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
5 fresh corn ears, boiled
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons ground cumin, or more to taste
1 cup chopped ripe tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the tomatoes. Cover and chill at least two hours or up to overnight. Just before serving, stir in tomatoes. Serve with tortilla chips.

Yield: 6 to 8 cups.

Pictured: My mom, Jean, after making the salsa.

Herb and Soy Sauce Marinade
Source: Favorite Foods of Wyoming, Ohio

1 1/2 cups salad oil
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Worchestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients and mix in blender; makes 3 1/2 cups. Marinate meat for 3 hours or longer.

To make the flank steak sliders, we marinated two flank steaks for two days, grilled them outside, and then cooled the meat in the refrigerator before slicing it for cold summer sandwiches. We topped them with a a mixture of sour cream (24-ounce container) and Meyer's horseradish (8-ounce bottle).

The sandwiches and salsa pair well for an easy and tasty summer afternoon. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Planning a Wedding? Don't Miss the Reading Bridal District and Covington Wedding District

With summer wedding season under way, many brides-to-be are making last minute preparations for their big day or starting the planning process for next year. Considering the current economy, shopping around for the best deal is more important than ever. Visiting designated bridal districts in northern Kentucky and Cincinnati is one way to price match and compare items. These two distinct shopping areas are concentrated with bridal stores and vendors.

We are centrally located just 15 miles from Covington Bridal District and thirty minutes from the Reading Bridal District, which boasts the largest bridal salon in the United States and is home to 25 wedding-related businesses.

For those who are visiting from out of town or just want a local place to getaway from it all, we invite you to consider our inn as the perfect place to stay while you plan and prepare.

Spend your evenings using our complimentary high speed wireless Internet to complete additional research or just relax in the luxurious bathrooms to help ease stress related to the experience of planning a wedding. After a full gourmet breakfast the next morning, drive to either Covington or Reading and access the array of nationally recognized wedding-related businesses. In keeping with your search for the best deal, don’t forget that we offer a multiple-night discount, last-minute rates for same day bookings, and have a special bride-to-be package if you are interested in reserving an in-room massage for the happy bride.

As a newly engaged couple, you may also find our gift certificate program helpful as you create wish lists and gift registries. We can customize gift certificates for any amount over $25 and they are redeemable towards a romantic and relaxing Burlington’s Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast getaway.

As always, just let us know if you have any questions. Best wishes to you as you plan your big day!