Amy- You know in a lot of families/relationships the men do all of the grilling and the women work on all of the fixins inside. I love to grill and Andy has no problem allowing me to be the grill master from time to time. I love to get outside, turn me some good tunes on, have me a big ole frosty mug of diet coke and get my grill on. It’s pretty exciting to me and I’m pretty darn good at grilling too. I get it honestly; our Daddy is the master of disaster on the grill. I’m not a huge fan of using the lighter fluid. I never seem to get enough or I get too much. When I was formulating this recipe, my fire went out and I had to add lighter fluid. Well guess what, I added a little too much and about caught myself on fire. It scared me to death but I managed to get the recipe completed. I am so glad I did because these are some of the best wings that I have ever flopped my lips over. All of these flavors are absolutely delicious together. Happy grilling folks and be super sonic careful when using the lighter fluid.
Honey, Lime and Cilantro Wings
4 lbs chicken wings, fresh not frozen
3 limes (juiced)
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup cilantro
½ tablespoon Kosher Salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
For the sauce-
½ cup honey
1 stick butter
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Zest from 2 limes
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
Salt and ground black pepper
Arugula or salad greens
Cherry tomatoes and additional cilantro (for garnish)
Make your marinade by dumping all of the things that you needed in a Ziploc bag. Mush it around making sure everything is mixed up really good. Add your clean wings to the bag and give it a shake or two. Pop in fridge for several hours and let the marinade do its magic. Turn the bag over ever so often to make sure all of the wings are soaking up the marinade. Time to drill- Daddy always calls it drilling instead of grilling. Not sure why, but he does. Get you some good tunes on and an adult beverage or soda and let’s get the show on the road. Stack you about 3 ½ pounds of charcoal in a pyramid on one side of the grill. Since I almost caught myself on fire and have a hard time figuring out how much fluid to use, I did some research to find out how much lighter fluid you are suppose to use. According to the lighter fluid bottle (who knew there were directions on the back), you are supposed to use 1.6 ounces of fluid per 1 pound of charcoal. So, add you 5.6 ounces of fluid and fire it up dude. Let your charcoal burn for about 15 minutes. Spread charcoal on that one side of the grill and let it burn for another 5 minutes. Put your wings on the other side of the grill (not directly on the fire) and shut the grill for about 35 minutes. Don’t be lifting it to take you a look at the wings. Leave the grill closed; you want all of the heat to stay inside the grill. Now head inside and make your wing sauce by putting all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and heating it until butter and honey have come together as one. Use about ½ of the sauce to baste and put the rest to the side. Now, your 35 minutes are up and you can open the grill. Baste wings using a basting brush, flip the wings and baste the other side. Don’t be shy with the basting sauce. Close the lid and grill for an additional 35 minutes or until wings are done. Once the wings are done I like to baste them again and move them to the fire side of the grill. The basting sauce will drip down on the fire and cause the charcoal to spark up. I like to get the skin charred a little bit. Take your wings off and toss with the remaining sauce. Serve on a bed of arugula or salad greens and garnish with cherry tomatoes and fresh cilantro. I like to use arugula because the peppery flavor from the arugula works so well with the honey and lime sauce but you can use whatever you like or have. The heat from the wings will wilt the greens and make them so darn yummy.
Damn Gina, this is the shima longa shing shong shit. That means it is some very fine eating. This cream sauce is the bomb on grouper, steak, chicken, pasta or French bread. Hell, it would be good on a soda cracker or on your finger.
Blackened Grouper with Cajun Cream Sauce
For the grouper-
2 pounds fresh grouper, fillets
1/2 tablespoon Blackening seasoning, or enough to coat fish
3 tablespoons butter
For the sauce-
2 tablespoon butter
1 cup holy trinity (combination onion, bell pepper and celery)
3 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning, or to taste
¼ cup dry white wine
1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, finely grated
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 spring onion, chopped
Couple shots hot sauce
1/4 cup cooked crawfish or shrimp (optional)
Make the grouper-
Brush butter evenly on both sides of fish and sprinkle blackening season. You can make your own but I love Zataran’s. It’s very good and easy. Place grouper in a lined broiler pan and broil until fish is flaky. The time will depend on the thickness of the fish, but start watching closely after 4-6 minutes. You don’t want overcooked fish.
For the sho-nuff sauce-
Melt your butter over medium heat. Add the holy trinity and cook for about 10 minutes or until veggies are tender. Add your garlic and season with Cajun seasoning. Throw your drained tomatoes in and give it a good stir. Next, add your wine and continue cooking for about 5 more minutes. Finally, add your heavy cream and let simmer until thick, about 8 minutes. Lastly, add your cheese, parsley, spring onion, hot sauce and crawfish. Simmer for a few minutes more. Go on and taste and season it up with salt and pepper, if needed. Spoon your cream sauce on top of your grouper. Serve with plenty of French bread to sop up that great sauce.
This is the sho nuff shima longa shing shong sh**!
Million Dollar Trifle
8 oz cream cheese
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 5.9 oz box instant chocolate pudding mix
3 cups cold milk plus 3 tbs
1 pt heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup powdered sugar
13 oz package pecan sandies, crumbled
3/4 cup pecans
1 tablespoon butter
How to make-
Get you 3 mixing bowls out. In the 1st bowl combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons milk using your hand mixer. In the 2nd bowl make your pudding using the remaining 3 cups of milk. In the 3rd bowl add whipping cream and use hand mixer to whip the cream until thick. Stir in powdered sugar. Next, combine pecans, butter and a dash of salt in microwave safe bowl. Pop in microwave and nuke for 2 minutes in 30 second intervals. Stir in between intervals. In a trifle bowl, layer cream cheese mixture, pudding, whipped cream and cookie crumbles until all mixture has been used. Use about 1/3 of each mixture per layer. End with whipped cream and then top with cookie crumbs and toasted pecans. Chill until ready to serve.
. Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!
These cookies are so good. The cake flour makes the cookie so lite and delicious.
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 ½ cups of Swan Cake Flour (sifted)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs (room temperature)
1 ¾ cup Nestlé’s milk chocolate chips
1 cup finely diced walnuts
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. In a larger mixer bowl beat butter until creamy. Slowly add granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Asian Shrimp Skewers
1 tablespoon ground ginger
4 cloves garlic, smashed
½ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3tablespoons chopped green onions
¼ cup sesame oil
Ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1pound large shrimp, shells and tails on
Combine first 9 ingredients in a medium bowl. Place shrimp in a large zip lock bag, pour the marinade over, and let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.Skewer shrimp and grill until done.
Fried green tomatoes is definitely a southern thing. We love them and our Mom has been making these for us forever. They are good for a side dish, an appetizer, in a sandwich or right of the frying pan. We love to make a BLT and substitute red tomatoes for fried green tomatoes. We also like to add avocada. To make it even better slap some dill mayo (recipe follows). Also great with a balsamic reduction, roasted red peppers and feta cheese ( shown in pic)
Fried Green Tomatoes
Vegetable oil for frying
¾ cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons Slap Ya Mama (Cajun seasoning)
2 cups Japanese bread crumbs (panko)
¼ cup parmesan cheese
4 – 5 medium green tomatoes
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
Feta cheese (enough to crumble)
Roasted red peppers for garnish
How to fry these maters-
In a large, deep, heavy pan, heat the oil to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg and the milk together, making an egg wash. Slice the tomatoes into ½ -inch slices and lay on paper towels to dry and sprinkle with kosher salt. Sprinkle tomatoes with ½ teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. Add parmesan cheese to panko crumbs. Dip the tomato slices into the flour, then egg wash and then panko parmesan cheese mixture on both sides. Let tomatoes sit for about 5 minutes so coating will set. Carefully add to the hot oil and fry in the oil until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Do not overcrowd pan. To make reduction add vinegar to sauce pot and heat over medium. Once it comes to a boil reduce heat to simmer and let continue to simmer until it has reduced by half. Serve hot with reduction or with dill mayo.
What you need-
¾ cup mayonnaise
1½ tablespoon dried dill
¼ teaspoon Slap Ya Mama (Cajun seasoning)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon lemon juice
How to make dill mayo-
Combine all ingredients and chill until ready to serve. Best after several hours of chilling out.
This sauce is awesome on shrimp, fish, crawfish, po boys or your finger. I even put it on my egg samich this morning and it was get in the belly good. This recipe makes a good bit but will last a while in the fridge. It is better after it hangs out in the fridge overnight. You need to let all of those flavors get to know each other.
The Sister’s Remoulade Sauce
What’s in it-
1 ¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons horseradish
¼ cup Creole whole-grain mustard
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 teaspoons capers
1/2 cup green onions, tops included chopped
1/4 cup celery, minced
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
Mix all the ingredients together and stick it in the fridge until you are ready to use.
Amy-There are so many variations to coleslaw. Sister and I love to experiment and come up with different dressings for slaw. I was preparing for a Mexican fiesta and wanted to have slaw to put on the fish tacos and steak fajitas. I had some avocado and thought that would make a great dressing for the slaw. I googled avocado slaw to see if anyone else had this same idea, and they most certainly had. I studied several different recipes and came up with my own dressing. This recipe makes a heap and needs to be eaten within a couple of days of being made. So, I would recommend making half the recipe if you are not feeding a heap of people.
Creamy Green Goodness Coleslaw (made with avocado)
What you need-
1 avocado, ripe
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
16 oz bag coleslaw
8 oz tomato trinity, combo of bell pepper, tomato and onion (found in produce section of grocery)
What to do-
Get you a medium bowl out to make the dressing in. Grip the avocado with your hand. Cut around the avocado lengthwise. Open the avocado so that you can see the pit. With your knife gently tap the pit until knife is stuck in the pit. Twist the knife until the pit comes out. Be super sonic careful doing this and don’t cut yourself. You can also use a spoon and scoop the pit out. Now that you have the pit removed, make 4-5 cuts lengthwise. Then make 4-5 cuts in the other direction in a crisscross pattern. Use a spoon and scoop avocado out of the peeling into the bowl. Mash avocado using a fork or masher. Add the honey, lime juice, oil, vinegar, cilantro, salt and pepper. I like my dressing a little on the sweet side. If you don’t add a little honey at a time and give it a taste. Get you a large mixing bowl out and add your coleslaw and tomato trinity. Toss with desired amount of dressing and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
Love this recipe because it is so easy, no cooking involved and it is get in my belly good!
Rotisserie Chicken Salad
What you need-
1 Rotisserie chicken (purchased from market)
1/2-1 Celery stalk, diced
1-2 spring onion, chopped with tops
¾ cup mayonnaise
2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 tablespoon lemon
2 tablespoons drippings (in bottom of packaging) or chicken broth
Celery salt, to taste
What to do-
Clean that chicken off of the bone and put into large bowl. Get in there with your clean hands and break the chicken up. Add celery and spring onions to chicken. In a separate bowl, combine mayonnaise, cream cheese, lemon juice and drippings. Add mayo mixture to chicken and mix using hands. Season with celery salt. Serve on a bed of salad greens with sandwich rolls or any way you want to.
. We could write a chapter on Beach Bread but ain’t nobody got time for that. We have made variations of this recipe FOR-EVA. This is an old trusty- We made it, we liked it and well, we are going to make it again. We made a variation of this recipe on Cooking with Paula Deen and it was a HUGE hit.
What you need-
½ stick butter
1 clove garlic, minced
¾ cup ripe tomatoes (diced and drained)
Cajun seasoning (Slap ya Mama)
½ cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese (or any of your favorite cheese)
3 Tbs. fresh parsley
1 loaf French bread
What you do with the stuff we said you needed-
Get that oven heated to 350 degrees.
In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add your garlic and tomatoes and cook for a few minutes.
Season with Slap ya Mama. In a medium bowl mix mayo, cheese and parsley. Combine butter mixture with mayo mix. Cut loaf of bread in half and then cut bread lengthwise so that you have 4 pieces. Spoon mixture on bread and bake for 5 minutes and then broil for an additional 3- 5 min. or until bread is crisp and cheese is bubbly. Watch closely it will burn. Cut bread into individual portions. Use bread for dipping and sopping.