Advice for outdoor entertaining

June 6, 2008 4:33:23 PM PDT
Outdoor entertaining advice from food and wine expert Ted Allen!

Ted Allen will be on the cooking stage at the Sunset Celebration this weekend. Join Ted and Robert Mondavi wines for a cooking demonstration and wine tasting at the Sunset Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Sunset is the second stop this year for the Discover Wine with Robert Mondavi tour, which brings an interactive and educational wine experience to cities throughout the country. Discover Wine features wine tastings, pairing seminars and cooking demonstrations throughout the Sunset Celebration Weekend June 7 and 8.

More on Ted Allen: www.tedallen.net

RECIPES:

Tandoori(ish) Chicken

Marinated in spiced yogurt, this chicken gets very tender with a moist coating. It's spicy, but not terribly hot; you can make it hotter by adding more cayenne. The name comes from the free-standing, cylindrical, wood-fired clay oven called the tandoor, which you may have seen in Indian restaurants. Food is placed on long skewers and lowered into the heat. Chances are quite good that you don't own a tandoor, but you can approximate its fantastic, charred crustiness on a regular grill.

SERVES 4

For the Marinade
½ medium onion, quartered
3 medium garlic cloves
2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled juice of ½ a lemon (About 1 tablespoon)
½ cup of plain yogurt
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of cayenne pepper
pinch of ground cardamom

For the Chicken
1½ to 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise 1 ½ to 2 inches thick.
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 lemon or lime into wedges, for serving

1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a blender and purée. Pour out into a glass baking dish. Add the chicken and stir to coat. Add the flour and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

2. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill. Just before you're ready to cook, add the oil to the chicken mixture and stir (this will keep the chicken from sticking to the grill). Also, before you put your grate over the coals, lightly oil it too, with several with several folded paper towels drizzled with oil. Then, heat up the grate for a few minutes, check to see that the coals have reached medium-high heat (when you can hold your hand 5 inches above the grate for only 3 seconds), and place the chicken on the grill. Cook until browned on each side, 8-10 minutes total. Serve with lemon or lime wedges.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Poblano Chili and Goat Cheese
SERVES 4

2 Pork tenderloins
4 oz Goat cheese
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
4 teaspoon olive oil
2 Canned poblano peppers
1 teaspoon salt, to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper

1. Butterfly the tenderloins by cutting then almost in half lengthwise and opening then like a book (it sometimes helps to use a meat pounder to the back of a cleaver to flatten the meat a little bit).
2. Sprinkle half of each loin with 2oz of goat cheese, ¼ teaspoon dried oregano, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.
3. Lay one canned, roasted poblano pepper ?cut in half lengthwise-over the cheese. Fold the other side of the pork over to enclose the filling.
4. Tie the tenderloins at 1-inch intervals with kitchen string and sprinkle each with ½ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
5. Put the tenderloins on the grill over medium heat-high heat and cook for 4 minutes. Turn and cook for another 4 minutes. Pull the pork off the heat to a cooler section of the grill and continue cooking until the pork's internal temperature has reached 140 degrees F. (for medium 13-15 minutes total) Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.

Sunset's Celebration Weekend
June 7th & 8th
10am - 5pm

Location:
Sunset Headquarters
80 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Ticket information:
General admission: $12 Seniors (60+): $10 Children (12 & under): Free

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children's Health Council. Thank you to the City of Menlo Park. No pets, please.

Box office opens at 9:30 am on event days.

Parking:
There is ample free parking in nearby lots. Take the free bus from the Sun Microsystems parking lot (1601 Willow Rd., east of Hwy. 101) and receive $1 off your admission. Box office opens at 8:30 am in the Sun Microsystems parking lot. Take free shuttle from the Menlo Park Caltrain station.

Miscellaneous Questions: Call 800-786-7375 or send an email to celebration@sunset.com

Sunset makes every effort to maximize recycling and composting at Celebration Weekend and encourages visitors to help by using the appropriate containers provided throughout the event

For more information, visit: www.sunset.com


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