"The Perfect S'mores"

"The Perfect S'mores"

This week I'm going to keep it short and sweet for a change...

Now that summer is pretty much here, the pools are open and the barbecues are hot and raring to go along with the fire-pits...

It's now that that old favorite makes its way out of its winter slumber and to every backyard and poolside shindig from the East Coast to the West Coast—this of course being the trusty "S'more"

"Fluffy Homemade Marshmallows"

Scrumptiously sweet and gooey toasted marshmallow on top of rich luscious chocolate and sandwiched between some warm honeyed graham crackers—sounds so temptingly delectable doesn't it, but if you are like me the end result usually falls far short of the desired intention...

So if you want a change of pace from the same stale dry bland marshmallows and graham crackers that taste like they've been sitting, rotting, on some store shelves for what seems like over a decade, then these are the “S’more’s” for you...

"Homemade S'mores"


Full of delicious, organic and quality ingredients along with the most amazing homemade flavor; trust me, you will never go back to eating those tired old S’more’s again...

Now head on out and get started on making yourself some "Perfect S'mores" right now; I know that you'll find them, oh so "Definitely Delish"


"Homemade Graham Crackers"

“The Perfect S’mores”

Graham Crackers:
1 cup Anna extra fine flour
1 cup whole wheat flour   
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup raw organic honey
3 tbsps. half & half
7 tbsps. butter
2 tbsps. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
3/4 tsp. fine sea salt

"Melted Gooey Perfection-S'mores"

3 packs (6 tsps.) unflavored gelatin powder
1 cup warm water, divided
1 ½ cups organic granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
2 tsps. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
1/4 cup powdered confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch

High quality Chocolate, enough for all of your S'mores-(pictured above-Ghirardelli Dark & Raspberry Squares)


For the Graham crackers:
1. Mix all the dry ingredients in the food processor... 
2. Add the butter to the dry ingredients and pulse in food processor until the mixture looks like coarse breadcrumbs...
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, honey and vanilla... 
4. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and pulse until a dough forms, about 1 minute. The dough will be sticky. Knead it together lightly on a floured surface then wrap in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes, or overnight...
5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to around 1/8 inch thick cutting the dough into squares. Bake the dough for roughly 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit so they remain slightly soft…

"Marshmallow S'mores"

For the Marshmallows:
1. Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water, whisk on low for 10 seconds...
2. In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place it over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan (if you have one) and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, this takes about 8 to 10 minutes, it will bubble as it cooks...
3. After 10 minutes or reaching 240 degrees, immediately remove from the heat…
4. Turn the mixer back on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm when you touch the bottom of the bowl, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping…
5. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows; combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly grease a 7 by 11 inch metal baking pan with canola oil. Sift the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use...
6. Grease a spatula, and even your hands, believe me this is sticky stuff...
7. When the marshmallow is ready, work QUICKLY and scrape the mixture into the prepared pan, using your spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight…
8. Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut a little smaller than your graham cracker using a pizza wheel or lightly oiled knife. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining sugar/cornstarch mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks...

"Love Home-made Marshmallows"

To assemble your S'more:
1. Place your "graham cracker" off heat on your grill (or fire pit grill if you have one) to warm them slightly, then toast your "marshmallow" slowly over the open flame, turning it to get an all over color…
2. Place your chocolate squares onto the bottom graham, cover with marshmallow and then sandwich between the graham crackers. Enjoy while still warm… 

"Cooking up some Korean style BBQ way ahead of the Summer Weather"

"Korean Beef Bulgogi"

After a week of crazy weather here in New York; from warm and wet to freezing cold with "tornado like" gusts of wind, we finally have some calmer skies and sunshine...
So since the day is remarkably nice out for a change, I decided to try out a little something new on the menu today...
So, cranking up the grill (and it's not even summer grilling season yet), I got to work...
What I ended up making for us was "Korean Filet Mignon Beef Bulgogi"
Bulgogi means "fire meat" and has more to do with the style of cooking involved; though I have to say, that there is definitely a nice lil kick to the sauce I created as well...

"Beef Bulgogi with Pickled Veggies"

"Beef Bulgogi with Pickled Veggies"

It was so tasty; from the toasted sesame seeds, sliced green onion and tender sliced filet - all the way thru the varied flavors of the "Homemade Sauce" it was tossed in, to coat....
Alongside of that I added a small serving of thin rice noodles tossed in toasted sesame oil with toasted sesame seeds an scallions to garnish, and a spoonful of vegetables pickled in sugar, vinegar, lime juice and chili-garlic sauce....
Loved the taste, because it was so "Definitely Delish"


"Sun light through the clouds at the Peace and Plenty Inn"

"Korean Beef Bulgogi"

3 tablespoons Scallions, sliced
2 tablespoons Toasted Sesame Oil
2 tablespoons Toasted Sesame Seeds
1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
2 tablespoons Japanese Soy Sauce
1/4 teaspoon fresh Ginger, finely grated
2 teaspoons Garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Chili-Garlic sauce
1 tablespoon Water
1 1/2 teaspoons Cornstarch
Sea Salt and Ground Pepper, to taste
12-16 ounces lean Sirloin (or Filet Mignon), sliced
1 package Thin Rice Noodles

To Make Sauce:
1. Simmer brown sugar, vinegar, ginger, garlic, chili-garlic sauce and sesame oil in a small saucepan over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes...
2. Combine water and cornstarch and whisk it into the sauce; return to a high simmer and cook for 1 minute more, then remove from heat and set aside...

"Korean Beef Bulgogi" with "Pickled Veggies" and "Thin Rice Noodles"

Remaining Directions:
1. Toast sesame seeds in a 325 degree oven for 10-15 minutes (being careful not to burn), remove and set aside till ready to use...
2. Turn on grill and/or pre-heat grill pan; then slice beef into strips about 3/4's of an inch thick and several inches long...
3. Pat dry and season with a tiny bit of sea salt and pepper; also begin to cook rice noodles according to package directions at this time...
4. Brush grill top with oil and arrange slices of beef and cook for about 2 minutes per side (or a little less if you prefer it to be rarer) - once done toss cooked beef in a bowl with 3-4 tablespoons of the prepared sauce, tossing to coat...
5. Arrange on a plate and garnish with sliced green onions (scallions) and toasted sesame seeds...
6. Serve with cooked rice noodles tossed with toasted sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds and sliced scallions (I served mine with pickled matchstick cut vegetables-see Notes for info)

1. Serve left over sauce in small dipping bowls on the side of each serving plate...
2. For a side dish try this one below or serve with fresh stir fry veggies of your choice, mixed with some of the "Beef Bulgolgi" sauce...

"Pickled Matchstick Cut Vegetables" (additional side dish recipe)

"Korean Filet-Mignon Beef Bulgogi"

"Korean Filet-Mignon Beef Bulgogi"

1/2 cup Red Cabbage, sliced/shredded
1 1/4 cups Carrots, cut into matchsticks
3/4 cup Yellow Squash, cut into matchsticks
1/2 cup Bean Sprouts
1 teaspoon Soy sauce
1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
1 tablespoon Scallions, sliced
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Lime juice
1-2 teaspoons Chili-Garlic sauce
1/2 teaspoon fresh Ginger, grated (or minced finely)

1. Cut vegetables accordingly and toss together; then in a separate bowl, whisk remaining ingredients together...
2. Toss vegetables with liquid ingredient mix and cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to meld flavors, adjust taste with sea salt, pepper or additional vinegar & oil if necessary...