#HeinensGrill: Grilled Caesar Salad with Shrimp Scampi (plus a GIVEAWAY)

Disclosure: In exchange for writing this post and running a giveaway for a tote bag for a reader, I received a gift card to purchase supplies for this blog post from Heinen’s. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Along with plenty of Northeast Ohioans, I’ve been soaking up every second of outdoor time I can get this summer. Yoga-ing in the park, bike riding on the towpath, plenty of patio happy hours. This time of year also includes using my grill as much as possible. So when challenged by Heinen’s to grill something other than a cut of beef, I said “not a problem!” But what to throw on my trust outdoor cooking device…

Fruits were featured by other CLE bloggers including Bite Buff (combining shrimp with pineapple) and i heart cleveland (not only in her entree but in her cocktail!) in fun fashion. As I gravitate towards more of a pescatarian diet, the combo of seafood and veggies sounded perfect for me… although my husband still requested steak. (If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.)  I went ahead and purchased Hans the filet he wanted to make sea-to-farm-to table dinner a few Saturdays ago.

Inspired by Kate’s approach by adding rosemary to her steaks, I also took advantage of the pre-cut and pre-skewered veggie kabobs available for purchase at my Brecksville Heinen’s store. Adding the lobster was a special treat. We used one of my favorite tricks of skewering the tail to make sure it didn’t curl up as it was cooking on the grill. What a lovely, chill Saturday evening at home it was.

For my second weekend of Heinen’s inspired grilling, I dug into one of my favorite salad options, but with a new-to-me approach: 

Grilled Caesar Salad with Shrimp Scampi & Parmesan-Romano-Asiago Cheese Blend

  • Heat your grill.
  • Clean your shrimp, then lightly coat in olive oil. Season heartily with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Skewer the shrimp and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Cut your heads of romaine in half. Brush the romaine with olive oil and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place romaine flat side down on the grill. Cook until your desire level of “grill” lines, or for a few minutes. Once done, take off grill.
  • If you have room, feel free to put the shrimp on the grill along side the romaine. Cook the shrimp until pink and just cooked through – no more than 90 seconds to two minutes per side.
  • Put  shrimp and romaine on plates. Sprinkle with the shaved cheese blend. Serve with your dressing of choice — Caesar for example! - and lemon on the side. For you gluten eaters, buy some bread from the Heinen’s bakery department and grill that too!

Ready to join in on the #HeinensGrill fun? Enter to win a tote full of grilling supplies from Heinen’s at the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Tuesday, September 2nd at 12:00PM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning. 

LONG STORY SHORT: I apparently have a think for skewers. And good eats. Thanks to Heinen’s for another opportunity to tap back into why I enjoy making meals at home again. Remember to stay in touch with Heinen’s via their social media feeds: on Facebook and on Twitter at @heinens.

Disclosure: In exchange for writing this post and running a giveaway for a tote bag for a reader, I received a gift card to purchase supplies for this blog post from Heinen’s. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 8.22.2014

Sometimes as I’m going about my day, I throw various blog posts, online articles and fun YouTube video URLs in my Gmail drafts folder. Well, when I saw over 80 draft emails (90% of which were these types of links), I knew it was time to revive this blog series. I do love sharing these with you!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMANDA!

My great friend and fellow CLE blogger Amanda at Clue Into Cleveland (on the far right in this photo from Jump Back Ball) is celebrating her birthday this weekend, and I’m honored to join in on the fun. Read her most recent post on how she’s participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge by supporting a good friend participating in the ALS Association’s local walk. Consider donating to Jen’s team here.

TASTE OF HUDSON GIVEAWAY

Don’t forget: you have until this Monday at midnight to enter my giveaway to win two $25 dining cards to the 10th Anniversary Taste of Hudson. Click over to yesterday’s post to enter this weekend.

AROUND THE CLE

If you’re looking for some local dining inspiration, look no further than Bite Buff‘s recent series of posts when she hosted a Pittsburg blogger for a #ThisisCLE culinary tour in conjunction with  Positively Cleveland. She just posted Part Three, which included visits to North Union Farmers Market, Dante Next Door (p.s. they have gluten free pizza!), Lilly Handmade Chocolates and A Cookie and a Cupcake.  Here’s Part One, Part Two and Part Two x2 for you to catch up on if you missed the first two days.

In case you haven’t heard, Cleveland Gladiators are in the ArenaBowl happening this Saturday night. They have the chance to finally bring the good people of Cleveland a championship, so go cheer them on at The Q. More information on the team’s website.

This Sunday includes another Yoga Rocks the Park. Teresa Gorski from Vision Yoga is teaching and long time blog friend Brandon Kocher is accompanying her with his musical stylings. Purchase tickets on the event website or at Tremont’s Lincoln Park morning of the class.

Cleveland Cocktail Week is coming! My very good friend Smitten in Cleveland is very excited to celebrate this Northeastern Ohio gathering September 4th through 8th — check out her blog post for more info or the event website at cocktailweekcle.com

EAT IT UP

Fellow CLE FitBloggin’ blogger Jill shared her grilled maple bacon peanut butter and jelly sammich recipe this week. If eating this is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

This fennel roasted veggies recipe from Michael Chiarello over at the Food Network site reminds me of a dish we enjoyed while in San Francisco this past April. This WILL be made once I get my hands on some fennel!

I’m all about a recipe that doesn’t involve anything beyond a bit of chopping, boiling, blending and mixing: I’ll be making Kathryn Budig’s Time-Saving Sun Butter + Coconut Curry soon. It uses brown rice noodles, making it gluten free.

Holly Clegg’s Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad combines roasted sweet yams, crunchy corn, black beans in a light jalapeño dressing — check out the Cleveland Clinic’s Speaking of Women’s Health site for an array of info.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar. Rest in Peace and Thank You! #bksiyengar

Got a link to share? Put it in the comments below… and happy Friday!

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GIVEAWAY: The 10th Anniversary Taste of Hudson

Disclosure: In exchange for sharing information about this event, I was offered two $25 dining cards to share. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Images from Taste of Hudson. 

As time goes by, I enjoy visiting those areas of the Northeastern Ohio area that I’m not as familiar with. One of those places I’ve gotten to know a lot better in the past year is Hudson.  If visiting this historic and quaint town is something you haven’t done in awhile, the town’s annual food, art and music festival makes for a great reason to do so. Get ready for Taste of Hudson.

taste of hudson logo

The 10th Anniversary Taste of Hudson will be held Labor Day Weekend 2014 – on August 31st and September 1st - in the downtown village Clocktower Green and the adjacent First & Main shopping district.

taste of hudson food

From the event website, highlights include:

taste of hudson band

Main stage entertainment runs into the evening with Straight On and Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings  (Pictured, Wanted from last year’s Taste of Hudson)

Admission to the festival grounds is FREE. Food will be sold in small and medium plate sizes — the samples are generally in the range of $2-$5. More than 20 different restaurants will be providing a variety of food offerings.  Ready to buy dining cards?  Visit the event website to purchase today.

Ready to WIN some dining cards? Enter the Rafflecopter today for a chance to win two $25 dining cards:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Monday, August 25th at 12:00PM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning. Since this is for an event on a specific date in Hudson, I suggest that only those that can use the dining cards enter to win!

Want to learn more about Taste of Hudson?  Visit their website, follow @tasteofhudson on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

Disclosure: In exchange for sharing information about this event, I was offered two $25 dining cards to share. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Images from Taste of Hudson.

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