Wednesday, December 15, 2010

From an old post The top of the love cake. Click on pics to get a bigger view.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chicken wings, potato salad and bake beans.

You can make your own wings at home it is easy and less expensive. If you like to cook, you get to create your own sauce. I made four different kinds, so simple because you prepare all the wings the same way then add your different sauces to each batch. Cook in no time and smells, taste and looks amazing.

No need to create a new BBQ sauce if you already have one, simply add a little pineapple juice and let those wings bathe in its goodness.

Honey Mustard: Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and honey. I am sure any mustard would be OK, I just used the one I had

Some mustards are more tart however, Dijon has a milder taste.I don't measure ingredients much so I am just giving you the ideas.

HOT AND SPICY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hot wings- mixture of sriracha hot sauce (Asian store) generous amount, honey, red pepper sauce, (Asian market), little soy sauce and pineapple juice. The red pepper sauce has some sweetness to it so use the hot sauce as your base and add the other ingredients sparingly until you have a good combination of flavors.

We decided to have a wing night; Awesome each wing dish has a different flavor

Jalapeno sauce - Is a combination of grated garlic and jalapeno infused in vegetable oil
at the end add little pineapple juice. OK so I use pineapple juice a lot but it is naturally sweet and it is a wonder of essence that add flavors and tenderness to dishes.


Check it out, what is your flavor? we have-very red one is HOT WINGS

the rectangular plate is BBQ

Bowl with the Jalapeno is GUESS?

The one that looks sort of yellow is HONEY MUSTARD

Crockpot Lasagna and Facaccia

I never thought of making Lasagna in a crockpot but a friend brought it to a potluck and it was very good. So I made it. Well it is not a dish I have perfected because I made it one night and I fell asleep and it cooked too long and so the edges and bottom burnt a little, the rest was very good. I made it from my recipe and added extra homemade sauce. I think I will make it again some time. It is easy because I usually cook my noodles first and this time I just layered it ( like a casserole dish) in the crock pot and leave it to cook.

One of my sons made the facaccia bread with herbs . It was very good and it went well with the lasagna.. Have quite a few self made chefs in the family.

Trying new recipes are awesome. Crock pot meals are perfect for the family who don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Use your crock pot more this season. There are so many wonderful recipes you can make in the crock pot from entrees to dessert. You don't have to worry about keeping your food hot. It will keep hot in the crock pot and you can remove the dish right to your table without dish it into a serving dish. Even for a more elegant setting the crock pot can still be used just create a covering around the dish and set on the table. Have fun.

Vegetable salads always brighten a meal. This a colorful salad that goes well with all these dishes whether they are served together or alone. They are healthy and just add a fresh taste to the meal. When you make your meal sometimes just think of what vegetables goes well with a dish.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Salmon, tuna puppies penne and salad

This meal was thrown together with not much consideration. I thought for a moment why am I making pasta with fish . I heard no complains because the tuna puppies ( I call them) or hush puppies goes well with the pasta and the fresh, salad wow!!!!!

So I made tuna puppies , I really need to look up where the name hush puppies came from but since I made mine from a can of tuna, I am just going to continue calling them tuna puppies. This is what I did.
I got a box of chicken stuffing mix, small can of tuna in oil, two tbsp. of cornmeal, bowl with extra cornmeal for coating, oil for frying. ( do not add salt). Hydrate the stuffing in hot tap water, mix with your hand till it is mushy, add cornmeal and tuna (don't pour off the oil that the tuna is in, add it as well) mix well, form mixture into balls then take them and toss one ball at a time around loosely in your hand with cornmeal, letting the excess meal fall through your fingers back in the bowl. Deep fry in your favorite oil. I just use vegetable oil.

Don"t you think salmon is awesome. Well the way I cooked it here may be a little unusual but I took the pic while it was still cooking. It is in garlic infused oil, seasoned with pepper and salt. Does not need much more than that. If it will make you more comfortable just remove the skin and you will have a nice salmon steak. The easiest way to remove the skin is to rest skin portion on the surface you are handling the salmon; hold skin at the beginning of one end. Place the blade of the knife between the flesh and the skin, pointing the sharp side of the blade away from you and slightly pointing down, cut the flesh from the skin. Salmon cooks in minutes and is delicious and nutritious. Fresh herbs are a great enhancement to salmon dish. Infused garlic in oil and salmon has the perfect marriage.

This is a quick dinner, but oh so good!