Great ways to make it at home

Gluten Free Menu for Outdoor Dining

Family Outdoor EntertainingI have many friends who are discovering that their tummy troubles have all been due to their sensitivity to gluten. They are now going gluten free.

In addition, many of you have found that you want to eat sensibly, cutting calories, while cutting out gluten.

I know some of you have despaired over being able to enjoy seasonal cook-outs or “barbecues”. I’ve been thinking about this and here’s my suggested gluten free outdoor menu.

My menu focuses on the freshest local produce and a variety of complimentary flavors. We’re using the grill for several items, although if you don’t have a grill or the weather turns bad at the last minute, you can easily prepare this menu in the oven. Just oven roast the chicken and asparagus, and boil the corn in the traditional manner.

For the chicken, be sure and select a hormone-free range organic bird. To prep the chicken for the grill, wash it and pat it dry. Rub with a little olive oil and roast on the grill, glazing with Slatherin’ Sauce in the last ten minutes on the grill. This video is really informative and helpful if you’ve never used your grill to roast a chicken. The video calls for a honey glaze, but you’re going to be using Slatherin’ Sauce which is 25% honey.

Click to view video on how to use your grill to “roast” a chicken.

Be sure to build your fire on one of the grill, letting the coals get ashy before you put the bird on the other end of the grill. If you have a double burner gas grill, heat up one end of the grill and place the bird on the other. Roast until an internal temperature of 165 degrees is achieved. Do use your meat thermometer to check for doneness!

Because I’m a cook-from-the-hip-chef, I’ve located some great recipes for some of the basic items that you can add to your repertoire. And I’m sharing my friend Cheryl’s Oil & Vinegar Potato Salad recipe with you at the end of this post.

You might want to serve this with a refreshing rosé wine, not “pink” zinfandel, but a real Spanish dry rosé, that will complement the fresh, delicate flavors of the foods.

Be sure to create an outdoor environment that sets the festive mood. Invite your best friends and get ready for a relaxing afternoon.

Slathered Chicken

Our wonderful roasted chicken finished with a glaze of Slatherin’ Sauce. Serve Slatherin’ Sauce on the side as well for dunking!

Oil and Vinegar Potato Salad

Made with tiny new potatoes, cut into chunks, and dressed with olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing

Grilled Asparagus

Select tender local asparagus

Grilled In-the-HuskCorn on the Cob

Soak un-shucked corn from which you’ve removed the silks, then grill

Strawberry Infused Minted Fruit

Cut up chunks of Bananas, Watermelon, Honeydew, Grapes, or your choice of fruit

An assortment of fresh fruit with just a touch of strawberry simple syrup and freshly shredded mint leaves to your taste


Oil and Vinegar Potato Salad Recipe

Serves 8

1.5 lbs small new potatoes, scrubbed, cut into quarters and boiled until fork tender, drained

¾ cup extra virgin olive oil, select a premium organic oil

2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar, be sure to read the label so you are sure there is no malt vinegar added to this.

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

2 Teaspoons Organic, Gluten Free Dijon Mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

½ Teaspoon Kosher salt

¼ Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Garnish Ingredients

Scallions, chopped

Radishes, sliced

Tomatoes, cut into wedges

Place potatoes into a pottery or glass bowl. Mix all the ingredients except garnish ingredients and pour over the potatoes. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. Garnish with scallions, radishes, and tomatoes.

Remove from refrigerator about an hour before you with to serve, so the salad isn’t too cold.

Get it at the Pig!

Piggly Wiggly-Selling Slatherin' SaucePiggly Wigglys in Charleston were the first to put Slatherin’ Sauce on the shelves. The “Harbor View Pig” has been one of our most loyal accounts.

Get Slatherin’ Sauce at Your Pig!

Now we’re delighted to report that Slatherin’ Sauce can be on the shelves of every Piggly Wiggly! How? Just by your asking for it!

Our distributor, Haddon House, now has Slatherin’ Sauce posted to the available inventory for any Piggly Wiggly…all you have to do is ask the store manager for Slatherin’ Sauce and all the manager has to do is order it from Haddon House.

How to Get Slatherin’ Sauce at your Pig

We’re asking you, our super, always wonderful, incredible fans and friends to start a campaign to request Slatherin’ Sauce at YOUR local Piggly Wiggly. Here’s how:

  1. Ask your Piggly Wiggly store manager to stock Slatherin’ Sauce.
  2. Share the love, go to the Piggly Wiggly Facebook page and “Like” them, and tell them you want Slatherin’ Sauce at your Pig.
  3. Then come to this blog post, and leave your name, the Store/Location you asked to stock Slatherin’ Sauce.

At the end of 30 days, we’ll draw from the fan names below and send a gift pack of Slatherin’ Sauce to the lucky winner!


Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Season Premiere

I’m a Food Revolutionary! That’s right, I’m enlisted in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution army.

Tomorrow, April 12, 2011, the new season premieres and Oliver is asking us all to have a Kum-by-ya moment of linking hearts, hands and minds in the changing of our children’s food and eating patterns. Click to view Jamie’s e-mail about how you can be a Revolutionary.

I want this to be a Call to Action Item. Slather Brand Foods supports this initiative 100%. I want all my Slather Family to get involved!!!!! How can you do that? I encourage our readers to host Tuesday night to “Slathered dinner” with family and friends as they gather around the TV to watch the season premier and discuss how you can make a change in your town, in the lives of the children in your neighborhood and in your family.

Click to Sign Oliver’s petition.


Slatherin’ Sauce in Every Day with Rachael Ray!

When I was giving a cooking demo back in January, many people in the audience asked, “Are you related to Rachael Ray”? I got a huge chuckle out of that. We do spell our names differently, but still, we have the same initials…so maybe it’s just fate that our first major national media mention is in EveryDay with Rachael Ray‘s magazine.

Atlanta Food critic John Kessler was in Charleston and authored this article. The article on Charleston has captured so much of what we love about life here.

We’re over the moon with delight and thank our friends at Whole Foods for pointing us out to Rachael Ray’s team.

Slatherin' Sauce in EveryDay with Rachael Ray
Slatherin' Sauce is included in a list of Charleston made products.

Enjoy the article via PDF clipping from the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.




What is Barbecue to you? Noun or verb?

Skewers on the grill ready to be Slathered

With warm weather arriving now in many parts of the country, our thoughts turn to outdoor entertaining and cooking, or as many people call it barbecuing.

Now, I’ll be the first to say that you can call it what you like, but here in the South (the Southern U.S.A. that is) the term barbecue is a noun, not a verb. And as many of you know, the topic of barbecue can turn friends into enemies, or bring enemies together. Don’t believe me? The BBQ Song says it all.

There have been many books written about barbecue (the noun): how to prepare it, whether beef, pork or chicken is better, what type of sauce you use…and on and on.

When I was in England last month, many people talked about barbecuing…and they weren’t talking about slow cooking pork in a pit. What they were talking about was cooking over open heat, out of doors. So, today I want to hear from you how you barbecue (the verb) meaning cook out of doors.

I enjoy cooking on the grill and enjoying my outdoor deck with my family. What do I like to put on the grill? Slather Burgers®. Although sometimes I confess that I prefer vegetable skewers on the grill, with a bit of Slatherin’ Sauce brushed on them at the end of cooking. My other “go-tos” are locally made sausages or quail. All of which get Slathered!

What I want to learn is how you barbecue? What do you cook? Do you grill-out on week-nights or only on weekends? Who is the grill chef in your household?

Great ways to make it at home

If you’ve been reading my blog and following what I care about, you know that my causes are family dining at home and good nutrition for family and children (at home and at school). I know that a good life begins with eating well!

Good Life Eats Logo

For months I’ve been enjoying the blog posts on Good Life Eats, and cheering on Katie Goodman in her quest to promote the same goals.

Her post on Homemade DIY Dry Pantry Staples as part of a series of Eat Well, Spend Less really caught my attention, so I’m sharing it with you.  Go read, and learn some great ways to save money, and have your own pantry staples right at hand.