Easy Clam Recipe for Labor Day!

IMG_4844Labor Day is the mark of the end of summer. The hopes of cooler weather around the corner and all the fun that comes with fall is now in sight. Labor Day for some also marks the end of grilling season. Boca Grove’s Executive Chef Dominick Laudia is sharing a grilling recipe that makes eating clams easy to eat without the shucking! Spend this Labor Day enjoying Chef’s “Grilled Clams Casino and Spicy Corn Soup Shooters”.

 

For the Casino Butter:

1/2 lb.                        Bacon, Minced

1 cup                           Peppers, Diced Fine

1 cup                           White Onion, Diced Fine

1/2 lb.                          Butter, Cut in Chunks

1/4 cup                        Plain Bread Crumbs

2 tbsp.                         Parsley, Chopped

 

Method: 

In a hot skillet add bacon and cook until crisp.

Remove from the pan and reserve half of the bacon fat in the pan.

Add peppers and onions and cook until tender.IMG_4847

Add butter and cook until melted.

Add bread crumbs and parsley.

Hold at room temperature.

 

 

For the Grilled Clams:

24 each                    Clams in Shell, Washed (6 per serving depending on the size of the clams)

 

Method:

Place on a hot charcoal grill and cover for 6 to 8 minutes or until the clams are open.

 

For Spicy Corn Shooters:

4 cups                         Corn Kernels, Fresh or Frozen

1 tbsp.                         Olive Oil

1 tsp.                            Shallot, Minced

2 cups                          Heavy Cream

1 tbsp.                          Chipotle Paste

1 tsp.                             Sriracha

As needed                    Salt and Pepper

 

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In a sauce pot add the oil and shallot, cook until tender.

Add heavy cream and corn and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add chipotle and sriracha.

Remove from heat and place in blender until smooth.

Season to taste and chill.

 

To Assemble:

Place clams on a platter with the casino mixture in a bowl in the center of the platter.

Serve the shooters in small chilled glasses or mason jars.

 

Spend your Labor Day not laboring over your food. Enjoy something nice without the fuss and everyone will thank you.

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Tailgating Food Just Got Better!

IMG_4843September 3rd is “National Tailgating Day” and we want you to be prepared for the whole tailgating season with the best food possible, so Boca Grove’s Executive Chef Dominick Laudia did just that for all of us. You will become the hit of the parking lot with his Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Cheese Hot Dog with Dark Beer Braised Onions and Spicy Asian Ranch Fries for four.

 

Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Cheese Hot Dog:

4 each                                   Large Hot Dogs, Split Lengthwise (don’t cut completely in half)

½ cup                                    Cheddar Cheese

4 each                                   Bacon Strips

4 each                                   Hot Dog Buns, Toasted on the Grill

 

Method:IMG_4840

Fill split hot dogs with cheese.

Wrap each dog with bacon and secure with toothpicks.

Wrap with foil, place on the grill for 15 minutes or until bacon is cooked.

 

For the Dark Beer Braised Onions:

2 cups                                   Onions, Sliced Thin

2 tbsp.                                  Oil

1 cup                                     Dark Beer

As needed                          Salt and Pepper

 

Method:IMG_4841

Place sauce pan on the grill.

Add oil and onions, cook until the onions become soft.

Add the dark beer and reduce by half.

Season as needed.

 

For the Spicy Asian Ranch Fries Sauce:

1 tbsp.                                  Srirachi

2 tsp.                                     Fish Sauce

2 tsp.                                     Soy Sauce

1 tsp.                                     Ginger Powder

1 tsp.                                     Garlic Powder

As needed                          Salt and Pepper

2 oz.                                      Scallions, Minced

 

Method:

Combine all.

 

For the Fries:

4 each                                   Potatoes, Baked and Cooled, Cut into Wedges

2 tbsp.                                  Oil

As needed                          Salt and Pepper

 

Method:IMG_4842

Combine potatoes, oil and season with salt and pepper.

Place on a hot grill for 5 minutes on each side.

Remove and toss in the spicy Asian mix.

 

To Assemble:Place the hot dog in the bun and top with onions, or plate them on the side. Fries placed on the side.

Now that your tummy is happy and fed go root on your favorite team to win the game. Happy tailgating.

A New Way to Teach.

golf month“National Golf Month” is at its close and two of our pros are ready for a new approach for the upcoming season. Boca Grove’s First Assistant Golf Pro Duke Trombetti went to a certification class that has him excited and ready to try a new approach to golf lessons. He and Assistant Pro Phillip Gabes can’t wait for the improvement in our members’ game to come from “Coaching” the game of golf versus “Teaching” it.

 

1. “Teaching” versus “Coaching”?
Golf is one of the only sports where you are “taught” how to play the game. In every other sport you are “coached” on how to play, given proper training, supervised at practice and helped to set goals.  Golf should be no different than any other sport. Professionals have coaches, why shouldn’t you?
2. What is involved in “Coaching”?
Golf is a complicated game that is not easily mastered and it takes more than reading magazine tips, watching videos or taking a few lessons here or there to fully learn the game. This is where coaching comes in. The concept of coaching will help you develop your skills across all of “The Four Steps to Mastery”: Understanding Cause and Effect, Supervised Practice, Transfer Training and Play.

3. Step 1: Understanding Cause and Effect.
This is the assessment stage where the Golf Coach will go through drills to understand the current performance level and to set realistic goals to achieve what can be accomplished. This stage is the key factor in determining a player’s motivation for improving, assessing their level of availability and commitment, determining which skills will provide the greatest improvement, establishing the hierarchy of skills to be developed and providing a clear concept of what will be learned and how. This is the foundation of the coaching experience.

4. golf coachStep 2: Supervised Practice.
Many times a golfer does not play to their full potential because they never fully learn what they are taught in a lesson. It may have been tried a few times, but it did not get stored in their brain. This step focuses on deliberate practice, guidance and effective feedback. A Golf Coach will not leave practice up to chance; they will instead design, encourage, facilitate and supervise practice. Golf Coaches will create a learning environment where their players can participate in regular practice activities, making it deliberate practice.

5. Step 3: Transfer Training.
In this step the Golf Coach creates conditions that facilitate the progression of a player’s skill from one that is a conscious effort to one that is automatic, therefore transfer training. When a skill becomes automatic, or transfer trained, then the player can focus on external targets, general swing triggers and course strategy, and let go of specific technical swing positions. How often are we in a competitive environment on the course and we “choke”? This step works on making this not happen. When “choking” on the course happens it helps to reveal to a Golf Coach what is weak in a player’s game and that it is something that needs to be focused on and learned to make sure we don’t revert back to old habits. This also brings on practice sessions that focus on pressure and course conditions by taking the player on the course and doing “transfer training”.

6. Step 4: Play
This step focuses on coaches taking their players on the course to observe and coach them while they are actually playing. The Golf Coach will spend this step helping players manage on-course interference with intensity management, attention control, thought control and focus of energy.

7. Change in Lessons.
With Golf Coaching changing the way of teaching, so will the change come to lessons. Instead of a lesson here or there it becomes a commitment between the coach and the player(s). There is a set monthly fee that devotes specific time to develop “The Four Steps of Mastery” on a weekly basis either individually or as a team of 4. This will save money by not paying lesson to lesson but by one set cost (like when you get a series of lessons – but better).

 

Duke and Phillip cannot wait to delve into this new thought of teaching and coaching a great team of players.

 

(For more information and pricing call the Boca Grove Pro Shop at 561-488-2582.)

Trail Mix Options for Everyone.

Trail Mix DayAugust 30th is “National Trail Mix Day” and we want to make sure you are prepared with your very own trail mix. We tirelessly searched the internet looking for the perfect trail mix recipes for back to school and we found two that we think will work from yummly.com. The first one is a “School Fuel Trail Mix” from thenutritionadventure.com and the second recipe is “Trail Mix No Bake Cookies” from a-kitchen-addiction.com.

 

For the School Fuel Trail Mix:

¼ cup                                    Walnuts

¼ cup                                    Banana Chips

2 tbsp.                                   Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberries

1 tbsp.                                    Raw Pumpkin Kernels

1 tbsp.                                    Salted Sunflower SeedsSchool-Fuel-Trail-Mix-1

 

 

Method:

Combine all ingredients into an 8-ounce container.

Shake to mix.

 

For the Trail Mix No Bake Cookies:

1 cup                                     Sugar

¼ cup                                   Unsweetened Baking Cocoa

½ cup                                   Butter, Melted

½ cup                                   Milk

1 cup                                     Peanut Butter

1 tbsp.                                  Vanilla Extract

3 cups                                   Rolled or Quick Oats

1 ¼ cup                                 Trail Mix (suggestion: almonds, cashews, peanuts, M&M’s and raisins)

 

Method:trail-mix-no-bake-cookies-vert-w-name

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.

Stir together sugar, baking cocoa, butter and milk in a large saucepan.

Bring to a boil over medium heat.

Boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.

Remove from heat.

Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.

Stir in oats until combined.

Add trail mix and stir again until combined.

Drop batter by heaping tablespoons (an ice cream scooper will work) onto the prepared baking sheet.

Gently press to shape into a cookie (can use the back of a spoon or your hand).

Top with additional M&M’s, if desired.

Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.

Keep them in a cool place to store them.

Note: The cookies will appear “loose” when you scoop them on the baking sheet, but as the cookies cool, the oats will soak up the moisture and “solidify”.

 

Make one or both trail mixes and pack them for a quick healthy snack. An easy treat for anytime of the day.

 

How Sweet it is to be Cherry Popsicle Day!

tumblr_naxj6h4Ad41sq18tno1_500School is back in session and summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean summer treats have to come to an end as well. August 26 is “National Cherry Popsicle Day” and we want you to have some options on how to celebrate. With some help from yummly.com we have a recipe for “Cherry Yogurt Popsicles” from naturallyyella.com and “Cherry Pineapple Popsicles” from platingsandpairings.com.

 

For the Cherry Yogurt Popsicle:

2 tbsp.                                  Concentrated Cherry Juice

1 cup                                     Water

1 cup                                     Vanilla Greek Yogurt

1 tbsp.                                  Honey

½ cup                                    Milk

 

Method:

In one bowl, combine the cherry juice and water.

In another bowl combine the yogurt, honey and milk.

Using 3 oz. popsicle molds, fill 1/3 of each mold with the yogurt mixture.

Stripes Method:

Freeze the first 1/3 of the filled mold for 45 to 60 minutes.

Remove from the freezer and add 1/3 layer of cherry juice and place back in freezer for another 45 to 60 minutes to let it set.

Remove from the freezer again and add the last layer of yogurt and add the stick.cherry yogurt popsicle

Place the mold back in the freezer for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.

Blended Method:

If you don’t want to wait for each layer to freeze you can do all the layers at once.

Start with the 1/3 yogurt mixture and then add the cherry juice and the last layer of yogurt.

Use a skewer to swirl the layers and add the popsicle stick.

Freeze overnight.

 

For the Cherry Pineapple Popsicles:

2 cups                                   Pineapple Chunks

3 cups                                   Pitted Cherries

1/3 & ½ cup                        Pineapple Juice

3 tbsp.                                  Simple Syrup

 

Method:

In a blender combine the pineapple chunks with 1/3 cup of pineapple juice.Cherry-Pineapple-Popsicles-2-1-682x1024

Taste and sweeten with 1 tbsp. simple syrup, if necessary.

Transfer the pineapple puree into a liquid measuring cup that has a spout and set aside.

Rinse blender and puree the cherries with the ½ cup of pineapple juice. Taste and sweeten with 2 tbsp. of simple syrup if needed.

Transfer the cherry puree into another liquid measuring cup with a spout.

Pour the cherry puree into the molds half way, and then slowly pour the pineapple puree in the last half.

Insert the popsicle sticks into the molds and freeze for 4 to 5 hours until firm.

 

How to make simple syrup:

1 cup                                     Water

1 cup                                     Granulated Sugar

In a small sauce pot, combine the water and sugar. Bring to a boil until the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

 

Serve them as a treat or a quick breakfast out the door. Either way summer can hang on for a little while longer with these delicious treats for any age.

Golf Technology at Boca Grove.

IMG_4613August is coming to an end, as is “National Golf Month”. As we start to move into fall and hopefully cooler weather, golf games start to pick up. If you play golf competitively, or even socially, you want to have your game at the best it can be. Boca Grove First Assistant Pro Duke Trombetti is here to help make your game the best it can be with a little help from the technology with the FlightScope.

 

  1. What is FlightScope?
    1. FlightScope is a 3-D Doppler Tracking Golf Radar.
    2. Ball measurement and swing analysis.
  2. What does FlightScope measure?
    1. FlightScope measures 27 variables that are related to the ball, club or swing.
    2. The machine follows the ball trajectory immediately after it is hit giving you instant comprehensive ball measurement.
  3. FlightScope Variables.
    1. Ball Data:IMG_4634
      1. Ball Speed
      2. Vertical Launch Angle
      3. Horizontal Launch Angle
      4. Vertical Descent Angle
      5. Smash Factor
      6. Spin Rate
      7. Carry DistanceIMG_4633
      8. Roll
      9. Total Distance
      10. Lateral Landing
      11. Apex Height
      12. Flight Time
      13. Shot Dispersion
      14. Distance to Pin
      15. Skills Score
    2. Club Data:
      1. Club Speed
      2. Club Speed Profile
      3. Club Acceleration Profile
      4. Face Angle
      5. Face to PathIMG_4636
      6. Dynamic Loft
      7. Angle of Attack
      8. Club Path
      9. Vertical Swing Plane
      10. Horizontal Swing Plane
      11. Spin Loft
  4. How do you read all of this? 
    1. FlightScope tracks each shot and immediately provides the data on the iPad screen.
    2. Graphs and charts are available for viewing as well.
    3. Golf Professional can explain what it all means.
  5. What does this do for you?
    1. FlightScope can help you see how you hit the ball and why it goes in the direction it goes.
    2. It will help you improve your golf swing.
    3. It will allow the professional working with you to re-work your swing to get the results you want from the game.
  6. What’s next?
    1. Take a lesson using the FlightScope (http://bocagrove.org/Golf/Instruction_Clinics.aspx).
    2. Call the Boca Grove Golf Shop to make an appointment (561-488-2582).
    3. Hit some shots on the range and let the FlightScope do the rest.

Duke looks forward to seeing you on the range with his FlightScope in hand. You will never look at a golf swing or your ball flight the same again after this.

Waffles for Dessert!

IMG_4665“National Waffle Day” is August 24 and we want to get you ready early! Boca Grove’s Chef de Cuisine Dave Sirko pulled out the stops with this “Chocolate Marshmallow Waffle Torte”. It is even better than it sounds, don’t trust me? Give it a try!

 

For the Waffle:

3 tbls.                                    Butter

1 ½ cups                               Flour

1 ½ tsp.                                Baking Powder

Pinch of                                Salt

2 tbls.                                    Sugar

1 ½ cups                               Milk

2 each                                   Eggs

 

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Method:

Preheat waffle iron per manufacturer’s instructions.

Melt butter in a microwave.

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

In another bowl, beat together the milk and eggs.

Whisk the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.

Stir in the melted butter.

Spoon about ½ cup of batter onto iron and close to cook.

Cook waffle until golden brown.

 

For the Marshmallow Mousse:

4 oz.                                      Semi-Sweet Chocolate

3 tbls.                                    Sugar

12 each                                 Marshmallows

½ cup                                    Milk

1 tsp.                                      Gelatin, Bloomed

1 ½ cup                                 Heavy Cream, Whipped

 

Method:

In a stainless steel bowl placed over simmering water melt the chocolate, sugar, marshmallows and milk.

Remove and fold in gelatin.

Allow it to cool slightly and fold in whipped cream.

 

To Assemble:

Top waffle with mousse mixture.

Allow to set and cut into 4 portions.

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Do you ever have waffles left over from your breakfast batch that you don’t know what to do with? We just gave you the perfect answer. Use it for dessert and make this delicious torte, and maybe even serve it with a strawberry milkshake. You will never look at left-over waffles the same way again.