Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sizzlin' Summer Recipes with @CrosbysMolasses!

Summertime is BBQ season, kick back on the patio with a cold beverage season, and I-really-don't-want-to-turn-on-the-oven-let's-have-watermelon-or-salad-for-supper-instead season!

In my quest to try new-to-me recipes, I wanted to incorporate molasses into some of my dishes.  Why? Well, being Asian, I didn't exactly grow up using molasses in my food as a kid, and I am now married to a farmer whose mom uses molasses in her dishes.  There's a certain level of curiosity and also the want for a challenge, and that exciting challenge is cooking with molasses!

Sure, I can make a great gingersnap cookie with molasses, but I want to use it in BBQ recipes and things one wouldn't think to use molasses in!

I came across some Sizzlin' Summer Recipes with Crosby's Molasses!

First up - Iced Chai! I'm a sucker for chai and lovely cool beverages on a hot Summer day! I was perusing Crosby's Molasses' blog, Molasses and More and found out that they have some FREE e-books with tons of molasses recipes! 

This recipe in Crosby's Molasses Iced Chai recipe is divine!

Iced Chai Tea
from Crosby's The BBQ Book
1 cup milk (can substitute nut or soy milk)
1 tea bag chai tea
2 tsp Crosby's Fancy Molasses
1 tsp cinnamon
6-8 ice cubes

(makes generous serving)

Place milk and tea bag in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes, pressing down on tea bag with a spoon a few times.  

Remove tea bag from milk, transfer to a blender, add cinnamon. molasses, and ice cubes.  Whirr until it's slushy and a little foamy.  Transfer to a glass and garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Both my husband and our 4 year old daughter love ribs!  When I saw this recipe for Finger-Licking Oven Ribs in Crosby's The BBQ Book, I just had to make it!

The verdict?  See for yourself?

No dinner would be complete without a tasty side dish!  My family loves a good cabbage salad or coleslaw. The Carrot and Cabbage Slaw with Orange and Molasses Dressing looked interesting! I had to try it out!

Next week, I'm making the Molasses Glazed Grilled Shrimp and a salad with Molasses Herb Vinaigrette!
I'm really excited to have discovered the Molasses and More blog and Crosby's FREE e-books!

All of the recipes I featured on this blog can be found in Crosby's The BBQ Book.


Fariha M. said...

That chai looks amazing! I would never have thought to use molasses in chai. Neat.

Christine McN said...

Me neither! A pleasant surprise! It was so good!

Alyssa K said...

I am not a huge molasses fan but that actually looks pretty good! I always leave your blog feeling hungry Christine! :)

Christine McN said...

Aww! Thanks! You know, I didn't grow up eating molasses or having it in our recipes. Hubby did though. When I was a kid, I had friends who used to have toast with molasses on it! Totally foreign to me, but now that I've been trying out recipes with molasses in them, I really like it.

Nolie said...

I have got to try out that tea recipe. Sounds delish.

Christine McN said...

Thanks! Let me know if you try it! I'd love to hear what you think!

Tasha said...

These recipes sound so yummy! I seriously want to try the Iced Chai Tea! YUM!

John said...

We enjoyed it very much. Definitely a keeper!

Positively Pampered Patty said...

I posted 2 comments. I can't see the other one. I love molasses. It's a great replacement for sugar in lots of recipes and as a clean eater it's so important. Definitely going to try the chai tea. :)

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