Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Ultimate Bloody Mary

                    Is there anything more wonderful than a Bloody Mary on a Sunday morning?
                    I've been making this drink for years and it's a real crowd pleaser. Make a
                                  large pitcher full if you have guests visiting. Enjoy.

                                                                The Ultimate Bloody Mary

                                                                 1 teaspoon celery salt
                                                                 1 1/2 cups ice
                                                                 3 ounces vodka
                                                                 1 1/2 teaspoons horseradish
                                                                 1 3/4 cups spicy tomato juice
                                                                 4 dashes worcestershire sauce
                                                                 2 dashes hot sauce
                                                                 salt and pepper to taste
                                                                 1/2 a lime
                                                                 celery stalks and Spanish olives - for garnish

              1) Wet the rim of two glasses and dip them into the celery salt. Fill the glasses
              with ice cubes. Mix together - vodka, horseradish, tomato juice, hot sauce, lime,
              worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Pour into glasses and serve with celery &
              Spanish olives.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Coconut Chicken with Apricot Sauce

One of my favorite local restaurants in town makes the best coconut chicken,
it's my kids favorite. So I figured I would try and recreate it for them and you.
I have to say it turned out pretty fantastic and flavorful.

Coconut Chicken

6 small chicken breasts cut in half - chicken tenders works as well
1 bag sweetened coconut
1 1/2 cups flour
3 large eggs
salt and pepper
garlic powder
onion powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper - optional
vegetable oil

Apricot sauce

1 jar apricot jam
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes.

1) In a large skillet. Heat about a 1/2 inch of vegetable oil. While the oil
is heating. Season the flour with spices. Salt and Pepper your chicken.
Dredge the chicken in flour then dip in the eggs and coat with coconut.

2) Place chicken carefully in oil and cook in batches until golden brown
on each side. 

3) In a small saucepan heat the jam and soy until cooked down. 
Serve the sauce in a a bowl and top with red pepper flakes.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mayo Free Potato Salad

Potato salad is a great Summer side dish. This one is Mayo free, so it travels
well and tastes great. The best part is that you can add all of your
favorite extras that you'd like. Very versatile.

Mayo Free Potato Salad

3 pounds red potatoes, cut
1/2 red onion, diced
3 sticks celery, diced
3 hard boiled eggs, diced
8 to 10 slices bacon, cooked
1/2 cup greek yogurt
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
handful of parsley - optional 
3 to 4 green onions, for garnish

1) Cook potatoes until fork tender, Drain. Place in a large bowl.
Add onion, celery, greek yogurt, sour cream, mustard, red wine 
vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and parsley.
Mix well and top with boiled eggs, green onions and bacon. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Barbecue Baked Beans

This is a perfect side dish for your Summer grilling.

Barbecue Baked Beans

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 red onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 ( 28 ounce ) can of baked beans - I used Bush's
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons spicy mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 pound cooked bacon

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) In a large skillet cook hamburg, bell peppers, onions and
garlic. Add beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce,
soy sauce, and brown sugar. Mix and simmer 5 minutes.

3) Transfer to a greased 9 by 13 pan. Sprinkle with bacon and cover with
aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 
additional minutes. Let casserole stand ten minutes before serving.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

          I have a wonderful dessert for you that could not be simpler and yet it looks like you
          spent all day making it. In these warmer months these types of desserts are great.

                                                                Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

                                                                3 pints of strawberries, sliced
                                                                1 angel food cake, cut into chunks
                                                                1 ( 8 ounce ) package cream cheese, softened
                                                                1 ( 16 ounce ) container cool whip , thawed
                                                                3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
                                                                1 teaspoon vanilla
                                                                1 teaspoon granulated sugar

                  1) Place strawberries in a large bowl and add a teaspoon of sugar on them and let
                  sit. In the meantime, whip the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until
                  smooth. Fold in the cool whip. In a large bowl of trifle, layer the angel food cake,
                  strawberries and frosting. Repeat... You can also add blueberries in the layers.

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