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  • Sabina’s South Philly Macaroni Salad

    Posted on May 29th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

    I wanted to post “How to have a great Retro BBQ” this weekend but I got into some other projects…so here’s at least one recipe you can still have for tomorrow! Promise to have the BBQ post up soon!

    Sabina's South Philly Macaroni Salad

    Sabina's South Philly Macaroni Salad

    When I was a  kid, every time we had a BBQ my mother made the macaroni salad and my grandmother made the potato salad. My father and my uncle cooked the burgers and dogs on the grill, my aunt usually helped by making something that you could boil in a plastic bag (her specialty was Nibblits in butter sauce) and my grandfather would play with me while everyone else worked.

    Here’s the recipe for my mother’s (Sabina) macaroni salad. I’ve never had it like this anywhere else, have no idea where she came up with the recipe, but it’s my favorite…it’s easy to make, and is a hell of a lot better than the stuff you get a Publix. This recipe goes way back to at least the 1960’s…and since she probably got it from my grandmother, it likely goes back to the 50’s or earlier. So for a little taste of the past, here’s

    Sabina’s South Philly Macaroni Salad

    1 Medium Red Pepper, diced
    1 Medium Green Pepper, diced
    1 Medium (3” Diameter) Sweet Onion, diced
    1/2 Large Red Onion, diced (Dice the other half to add to taste)
    2 Large Carrots, diced
    2-3 Large Celery Stalks, diced
    About 1/4 cup Bacos (not real bacon bits)
    Mayo (Hellman’s only)
    Salt & Pepper
    2 Lbs. Good Quality Elbo Macaronimacsaladclose1

    • Boil the Macaroni as usual, until al dente…not too soft. Drain and let cool. Don’t rinse.

    • Meanwhile, dice all the vegetables into a large bowl and add the bacon bits. When the macaroni is cool, mix it into the vegetables.

    • Mix in mayo one heaping tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency. You want it to just coat the macaroni. Too much will ruin the salad. I use about 4-5 heaping tablespoons.

    • Add about a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of pepper and mix in. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

    The macaroni will absorb the mayo so you ‘mayo’ need to add more. (Get it?) Add more salt and pepper to taste. You can also add more of the red chopped onion to taste. Just be careful, if the onions are too strong they will overpower the whole thing.

    That’s it! Happy Memorial Day!

  • Tiki Cocktails & Kool Ideas for Labor Day Weekend!

    Posted on September 3rd, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    How about this cheesey, '80s-retro-style diner sign I made? As if it were in a diner in the 1980s that was trying to look like it was from the 1950s. All it needs is Cheap Trick playing Don't Be Cruel.

    How about this cheesey, '80s-retro-style diner sign I made? As if it were in a diner in the 1980s that was trying to look like it was from the 1950s. All it needs is Cheap Trick playing Don't Be Cruel.

    Happy Labor Day, Swingers!

    With the three-day weekend ahead I thought I’d throw in a few good old drink recipes and party ideas to make things a little more fun. Sure, Labor Day is all about Barbecues and beer for most people, but for us swingin’ Kats & Kitties, we need something a little hipper. So here goes…

    Tropical Mellon Ball Cocktails

    2 oz. Coconut Rum
    2 oz. Midori Liquor
    1/2 oz. Sour Mix

    Throw it all in a shaker with rocks and shake it up good. Strain over cracked ice in a hurricane glass or Tiki mug, and garnish with an orange slice and a cherry on one of those little plastic swords. Add an umbrella and a flamingo swizzle stick and viola!

    watermelon-martini Watermelon Martini

    8 oz watermelon juice (press watermelon through a sieve or cheesecloth)
    4 oz Vodka
    2 ozsimple syrup
    juice of 1 lime
    3 tablespoons salt
    3 tablespoons sugar
    Watermelon slices

    Rim: Mix together the sugar and salt, then wet the rim of a chilled martini glass with a piece of watermelon. Dip the rim into the mix.

    Throw the watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup into a shaker with ice and give it a good rattle. Strain it into  the martini glasses and garnish with a hunk of watermelon. Oh, yeah!

    Perfectly Grilled Hound Dogs

    To do this right you’re going to have to find a butcher or a deli that sells Quarter Pound Hounds…jumbo all-beef hot dogs that blow away anything you’ll find in a plastic package. If you can’t, next best thing is Ball Park all-beef (or Angus), or Sabrett’s.hotdogparty

    Prep: Boil the dogs for about five to eight minutes in beer – Miller High Life or Pabst Blue Ribbon, to stick to tradition. This cooks them all the way through and infuses a nice lazy hazy crazy days of summer beer taste.

    Grill: First of all, you can’t BBQ retro with a gas grill. No Patio Daddy-O is going allow propane in his back yard, so get charcoal and hickory wood chips like a real man. Soak the chips in water for at least an hour. Get the coals burning and when they ash over, place some wood chips on top and watch them start smoking. Put the hounds on the grill and let them smoke for a few minutes, turning so they don’t burn. Take ’em off when they start to turn dark brown (if you like them blackened like my lovely wife does, leave them on a little longer. They’ll char up nice).

    Serve: Don’t skimp on buns. Get good quality dog buns, fresh if possible. Potato rolls are great too. Add your choice of condiments (but not ketchup, dammit) and enjoy yourself. Personally I like spicy mustard, sweet relish, a little onion and occasionally kraut on my dogs.

    Mix it up: A variation on this is to add a little hickory BBQ sauce to the dogs, if you dig it. Also you can add some chili to make the most incredible chili dogs you’ve ever tasted.

    Sabina's South Philly Macaroni Salad

    Sabina's South Philly Macaroni Salad

    Old Fashioned South Philly Style Macaroni Salad

    You don’t have to be a whiz in the kitch to pull off this recipe. Click here for the post.

    Sweet Tropical Fruit Dessert

    I got this recipe from a kid’s cookbook when I was about eight. It’s easy to make and fun to eat, and goes perfectly with a Tiki-style party of any kind. Just layer these ingredients (in this order) in a rectangular pan or tupperware:

    Sweetened Shredded Coconut
    Orange Slices
    Apple Slices
    Dark Chocolate Chips
    Sweetened Shredded Coconut
    Banana Slices
    Dark Chocolate Chips

    Top off with Pineapple chunks and decorate with little Tiki toothpick flags, or whatever you have. Serve it chilled. It’s sweet, but sooooo good. If you want to kick it up a little, drizzle some Kaluha over each serving. Uhhh-huh.

    labor-day-luauAnd Of Course…

    Have A Labor Day Luau!

    Click Here for my post on having a groovy tropical Labor Day Luau the easy way. Great for you kids that dig Tiki but don’t have your home devoted to it.

    Well kids, I hope some of you get a kick out of the stuff I’ve posted here. It will probably be raining here all weekend (Hurricane Earl’s kickback) so we’ll probably hit Machete at the movies and stay inside…or at the Tiki Bar under the lanai, at least.

    -Happy Labor Day Weekend from Tiki Chris and the staff at Tiki Lounge Talk: Colleen, Tiki the Cat, Cat the Cat, Rio & Zack (the Parrots), Simon & Sidney (the Cockatiels), and our temps Lucy, Faith, Betsey, Merry, Lila, Fry & Amy.

  • Twilight Dinner on the Lanai

    Posted on June 11th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    tikimanbbqWhat a beautiful evening it’s been; a balmy 76°, a slight breeze, not the slightest threat of rain. We decided to have a BBQ and eat out the lanai, something we certainly don’t do often enough. I turned on the Tiki Bar lights, set the Martin Denny and Les Baxter music to play, and BBQ’d some burgers and fresh corn.

    The sounds of the jungle music intertwined with the soft splash of the waterfall as our conversation floated freely from one subject to another, everything from our crazy neighbor to the Hukilau we’re attending this Saturday in Fort Lauderdale. I swear to you, the music and the lights and the waterfall and eating by the Tiki Bar make plain burgers taste like…dare I say it…Cheeseburgers in Paradise.

    Once finished this post, I believe I’ll return to the lanai to have a nice tropical cocktail, and read from one of my favorite new books, The Parrot Talks in Chocolate.