HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!Last minute Memorial Day Recipes

Pacific Sotheby's International Realty wanted to take a second to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day.  We are sure lots of you will be gathering with friends and family for barbeques today.  Hopefully you take a minute to remember what today is really about.  Thank you to all the men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve.  We truly appreciate all of the sacrifices you and your families have made.  we would not be able to live the life we do, if it weren’t for your dedication.  So, Thank You!!!


In honor of Memorial Day, here are a few last minute recipes for your parties...

Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken Adapated from My Coke Rewards

6 chicken drumsticks, skin removed

For the sauce: 2 Tbls Canola Oil 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced 4 cloves garlic, diced 1 small onion, diced 3 cups ketchup 1/4 cup chicken stock 3/4 cup orange juice 1/4 cup molasses 1/4 cup Coca-Cola 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 Tbls liquid smoke 1 tsp garlic salt 1 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp black pepper

To prepare the sauce heat canola oil in a large pot over medium high heat.  Saute the onion, jalapeno, and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add in ketchup, orange juice, Coca-Cola, and molasses.  Mix well.  Add brown sugar, liquid smoke, garlic salt, paprika and black pepper.  Stir until well combined.  Reduce heat to low, and cook until sauce starts to thicken, about 15 minutes.  If you want a smooth sauce, you can use an immersion blender to puree it.

Preheat grill to medium high heat.  Grill drumsticks until fully cooked, about 10 minutes turning frequently.  Serve chicken with sauce poured over the top.

You will have lots of extra sauce.  Store in fridge for a week, or you can freeze it.



Chili Lime Turkey BurgersAdapted from Iowa Girl Eats

For Burgers: 1lb ground turkey 1/3 cup green onions, chopped 2 Tbls cilantro, chopped 1 large clove garlic, grated 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 1/2 lime, juiced

For Guacamole: 1 large avocado, pitted 2 Tbls tomatoes, chopped 2 Tbls onion, chopped 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp paprika 1/8 tsp salt 1/8 tsp black pepper

In a bowl combine chicken, green onions, cilantro, garlic, salt, pepper flakes, and lime juice.  Mix until well combined.  Do not over mix.  Form into 4 patties, with a slight well in the center.

Prepare guacamole.  Mash avocado with a fork.  Mix in tomato, onion, paprika, chili powder, salt, pepper. 


Stir until well combined.


Heat grill to medium high heat (a grill pan or skillet would work as well).  Grill for about 5 minutes per side.  You want them cooked all the way through.  Toast buns on the grill for the last minute.


Place burgers on the buns, and top with guacamole to serve.

Double Cookies and Cream Kiss Bars From  Picky Palate

1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup mini chocolate chips 12 Oreo, crushed 25 Cookies and Cream Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped


Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8 inch baking dish with foil, and spray with non stick spray.


In an electric mixer bowl, combine butter, sugar and brown sugar.  Beat for at least 2 minutes, until it is light and fluffy.  Mix in the egg and vanilla.  Add flour, baking soda, and salt.  Stir to combine.  Fold in chocolate chips, and Oreo’s pieces.


Press 1/3 of the dough into the prepared baking dish.  Place 5 rows of Hershey’s Kisses onto of the dough.  Gently press the remaining cookie dough over the top of the Kisses.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.  Allow to cool before serving.