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blt dip

This recipe is always a crowd pleaser and is so simple to make. Some like this dip hot and some like it cold or some like to double their pleasure and have it both ways. Either way you choose it will be lip smacking delicious.



1 package Knorr® Vegetable recipe mix

1 cup Mayonnaise

1 container (16 oz.) sour cream

3-4 spring onion with tops, chopped

1 large tomato, seeded and diced

1 lb bacon, fried crisp and diced

What to do- 

This is an easy  one folks.  Get you a large bowl out, add the first four ingredients and give it a good stir.  Next, stir in about 3/4 of the bacon and tomatoes to the dip, reserving some for garnish.  Garnish with the remaining bacon and tomatoes. Cover and pop in the fridge for a couple of hours and let the Knorr do it’s magic.  Serve on a bed of lettuce with toast points or chips. Heated- stir 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese into dip. Pour dip into a greased shallow casserole dish and pop in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese has melted and dip is bubbly.

Honey, Lime and Cilantro Wings

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 wings

 Honey, Lime and Cilantro Wings
Round up-
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)


Do this- 

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 overnight 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.

Big Daddy Rick’s Baby Back Ribs

ribs3 Suzette- Rick is my husband and he and his family have been in the BBQ business for 35 years. Sure as a cat has climbing gear, this recipe is jam up and jelly tight. It is very simple yet mouth watering delicious. You will not want to wear you Sunday best when it comes to eating these ribs.

Big Daddy Rick’s Baby Back Ribs

Just a couple of ingredients for this one-
1 full rack baby back ribs, skin removed
Cajun seasoning

What you need to do-
It is important to skin and trim your ribs before cooking them. So I am going to tell you how to do it. Get your ribs out and turn them over so that the curve side is up and the meaty side is down. You will notice that there is a silvery membrane connected to the ribs. You are going to want to take this off. So, what you do is take a knife and pry under the membrane until you have enough room for your finger to fit inside. Then slowly pull it off. It may come off all together in one piece or you may have to take it off in pieces. Now it’s time to trim some of the fat off of the ribs. To do this take you a sharp filleting knife and cut and scrape the excess fat off of the slab. You can always ask your butcher to do this for you if you don’t want to do it. Place your slab of ribs on some heavy duty aluminum foil and not the el-cheapo kind. You want the shiny side down. Why you say, because my husband said so and he should know because he makes the best damn baby back ribs this side of the Mason Dixie Line. Generously season both sides of the slab with Cajun seasoning. Rub your meat making sure that the seasoning penetrates into the meat. Wrap foil tightly around meat and pop in the fridge for several hours so all of that seasoning can infiltrate into the meat (best to let it sit overnight). Take the ribs out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you are ready to put in the oven. Heat your oven to 300 degrees. Place your ribs, with foil still on, on top of baking sheet. Cook for 1½ hours. Remove ribs from foil and baste ribs with sauce. Place on a hot grill to crisp up the ends. Baste ribs with BBQ sauce on both sides while on the grill.

BBQ Sauce

Round up-
2 cups ketchup
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

Make it-
This is easy to make. Put all of the ingredients in a medium size sauce pot and cook over low heat for 1 hour. Cool before refrigerating.

Stuffed Bell Peppers (Eggplant Rice Dressing)


This recipe is the bomb digity! So good that we even made it on The Food Network for Paula’s Best Dishes. This recipe holds a special place in our heart. We would have had no idea of the greatness of this recipe if it were not for our beautiful Mama Hazel. We can just see that little French lady standing in her kitchen in Marksville, Louisiana, chopping the holy trinity, making the rice in her rice cooker and throwing it all together in her big black iron pot. All while we were salivating over each task that she performed. What a masterpiece she created. Later in life our cousin Kurt shared with us his recipe of adding the eggplant which makes it so creamy and delicious. Just another added bonus thanks to Kurt. So it is with great honor that we share this recipe with you.
Note- This recipe makes a lot of dirty rice. Does not have to be stuffed in peppers.

Stuffed Bell Peppers (Eggplant Rice Dressing)


2 large eggplant, peeled and diced
4 cups water
2 tablespoons bouillon granules
1 pound ground beef
1 pound breakfast sausage
½ pound chicken gizzards and chicken necks
¾ stick butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
5 stalks celery with leaves, chopped
3-5 cloves garlic, chopped
½ cup parsley, chopped
1 cup green onion tops, chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 can chicken broth, or boil chicken/turkey giblets (neck and gizzards) to make broth
2-4 cups uncooked long grain or parboiled white rice
Cajun seasoning
4-6 Bell Peppers (or more if you want to use all of the rice dressing)

Add eggplant and granules to boiling water, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes or until tender. In a separate pot boil the chicken giblets (necks and gizzard) in some of the chopped onion, bell pepper and celery, and cook down to one cup of stock. If you do not want to make your own stock, use 1 can of chicken broth. Drain gizzards and reserve stock. Grind the cooked gizzards and brown the ground beef and sausage in a lightly greased heavy cast iron pot. Pour off the excess grease. Remove the meat and melt the butter and add the chopped onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic and sauté until tender. Return meat to pan and add Worcestershire sauce, and cup/can of broth. Add Cajun seasoning to taste and slowly simmer for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Add the eggplant with the broth, chopped green onion tops and parsley, and simmer for a few minutes longer. Cook 2-3 cups long grain rice or parboiled rice. Mix cooked white rice into heated dressing mix just before serving. Add the rice a bit at a time until you achieve the balance that you like of rice to dressing mix. Remove tops from bell peppers. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Submerge peppers for about 3 minutes. Remove and dry. Scoop rice mixture into peppers. Place peppers in a larege casserole dish. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-45 minutes.

Succotash with Bacon and Sour Dough Croutons


This is a nice change from your ordinary succotash. The bacon adds a lot of flavor and goodness to the vegetables. We love the croutons on top for that extra crunch.

Succotash with Bacon and Sour Dough Croutons

½ pound bacon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small Vidalia onion
1 clove garlic chopped
2 cups diced roma tomatoes, drained
1 pound fresh or frozen Butter peas (cooked according to directions and drained)
1 11 oz can mexicorn
1 11 oz white shoe peg corn
¼ cup basil
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper to taste
½ teaspoon sugar (optional)

Let’s do it-
Get your large black skillet out fry that bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels and crumble. Pour off all of the drippings but about 1½ tablespoon bacon fat. Add oil to bacon fat and cook onions over medium heat, stirring, until softened. Add your garlic and tomatoes; cook until tomatoes are heated and garlic is fragrant. It should be smelling pretty darn good right about now. Add bacon, peas, corn and basil. Stir around making sure that all of the vegetables are coated in that goodness. Cook until veggies are warm. Taste mixture and season with salt, pepper and sugar. Toss with sour dough croutons and serve immediately.

What you need-
2 cups of sour dough bread, cut in cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
Garlic salt to taste

How to-
Brush bread with oil and season with garlic salt. Lightly oil a frying pan and heat over medium high heat until hot but not smoking. Grill bread until golden brown and toasted on both sides.

Mandarin Orange and Pineapple Trifle

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Mama use to make this cake for us when we were growing up and it was one of mine and Suzette’s favorites. Sister and I were talking about desserts one day and trying to come up with some different ideas for some of our family favorites. I thought about this recipe and asked Sis what she thought about turning it into a trifle. She loved the idea and we both knew it would be a hit. We made this for our mother’s day celebration and we knew it was a keeper when the trifle bowl was empty and guests were asking for the recipe. This is great anytime of the year but it is a nice, fresh and cool treat on those hot summer days. This dessert is great for cookouts and backyard parties. We know some of you are trying to watch your girlish figure, so we have included directions on how to cut back on some of the fat and calories while not missing out on all of this goodness.

Mandarin Orange and Pineapple Trifle

What you will need-

1 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 15 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
14 oz can sweetened condense milk
2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained and juice reserved
3 oz box vanilla pudding mix

What to do-

First thing you need to do is turn that dial on your oven to 350 degrees. Second thing you are going to do is make the cake part of your trifle. Get you a Bundt pan out, spray it and set it to the side. Get you a large mixing bowl out and your handy dandy hand mixer. Pour your cake mix in. Next, drain pineapple and reserve liquid, set pineapple to the side. Add the reserved juice from pineapple plus enough water to make 1 1/3 cup of liquid to the cake mix. Then, add your eggs and oil. Beat for about 2 minutes or until combined. Fold mandarin oranges into cake batter. Pour in your Bundt cake pan and pop in oven for about 35-45 minutes or until cake is done. While your cake is in the oven, make your other layers. Suz and I love us some layers of flavors and goodness. Get you 2 medium size bowls out. In one add your block of cream cheese and sweetened condense milk and combine using your hand mixer. Those 2 ingredients are so good together, so go on and get you a little taste. I could drink this stuff. After that, make your whipped cream by pouring your heavy cream into a bowl and mix on medium high until it gets thick. Add your powdered sugar and pudding mix slowly and mix until smooth. Stir in the crushed pineapple and set to the side until you are ready to put it all together. When your cake has cooled for about 10 minutes, remove from pan and let it cool completely. Then, cut into thick slices and then cube into bite size pieces. In a trifle bowl layer the cake, cream cheese mixture and whipped cream mixture in that order. Continue until all ingredients have been used. End with the whipped cream mixture. Store in the fridge until you are ready to serve. Ways to lighten this dessert up- Instead of using the oil and eggs use 12 ounces of diet sprite. Use low fat cream cheese and fat free sweetened condense milk. Instead of using heavy whipping cream, use a large tub of low fat whipped topping and sugar free pudding mix.

Sticky Chicken

Love this recipe because it is so yummy and so easy!


Sticky Chicken

This is what you are going to need-
1 whole chicken, quartered
Salt and pepper to taste
¾ cup ketchup
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup soy sauce, reduced sodium
½ cup honey
3 teaspoons horseradish
3 cloves garlic, pressed

This is what you need to do-
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and pat dry chicken pieces. Season the chicken with salt and pepper or a little Cajun seasoning. Combine remaining ingredients in a small boiler and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until sugar dissolves. Place chicken skin side down in a baking dish and pour sauce over chicken. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and turn chicken over. Spoon the sauce over the chicken. Return to oven and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout.

Eggs Beauregard

food pics 239Amy- Eggs Beauregard is an old Southern recipe that is similar to eggs Benedict. Instead of using an English muffin, Canadian ham and a Hollandaise sauce you use a biscuit, sausage patty and a cream sauce. This is the sister’s take on this old southern dish.
Eggs Beauregard
What you will need for eggs Beauregard-
½ cup celery, diced
½ small onion, diced
½ cup red or green bell pepper, diced
½ stick butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 pint half and half
Couple of dashes hot sauce
4 eggs
1 cup gruyere cheese, grated (optional)
¼ cup spring onion with tops, chopped
Cajun seasoning, to taste
Sausage patties and Hot buttered biscuits

Make it-
Go on and break out your skillet. Put your butter in and let it melt over medium heat. Next add your onion, celery and red pepper and sauté until your veggies are tender. Season your veggie with a little Cajun seasoning. Sprinkle your flour over the veggies and give it a good stir and cook, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. Spread vegetables evenly in the skillet. Slowly add your cream while stirring. Season up this goodness with a little salt, pepper and hot sauce. Reduce your heat to simmer and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Increase your heat to medium and let sauce get hot. Put 1 cracked egg at a time in cream (couple of inches apart). Put lid on top and poach eggs in cream until they reach desired doneness. Sprinkle with cheese and spring onions. Cover and allow cheese to melt. Season eggs with the Cajun seasoning. Slice buttered biscuit, top with sausage, egg and cream sauce. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Cheez It Oyster Po Boy

food pics 104Amy-What in the devil is a Po Boy? Well, it’s not a boy that is poor, but some say it got its name because the sandwich was given to some boys that were on strike for 4 months. Since these men were on strike they were poor, hence the name Po Boy. A Po Bo is a traditional sub sandwich served in Louisiana. Usually made with seafood or roast beef and served on French bread. We have been enjoying these sandwiches since we were little girls. We decided to change the recipe up a little bit and try using Cheez Its. Well, let me just go on and tell you, it is a winner, winner oyster dinner. The sister’s give this an A+ on taste. Make sure to have plenty of napkins for this sandwich, it’s liable to get messy.

Cheez It Oyster Po Boy

What you will need for the Po Boy-
1 pint medium oysters
½ cup flour
1 ½ cups Cheez-It crackers, crushed to fine crumbs
Cajun Seasoning, to taste
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening or enough for deep frying

How to make a Po Boy-Clean and wash your oysters. Get as much moisture off of the oysters as you can. I drain in a colander and then pat dry using paper towels. There is a lot of moisture in the oysters and if you don’t dry them good your coating want stick. Get your frying station set up by getting 3 shallow dishes out. In the first, add your flour and season it up with a little Cajun seasoning. In the second, combine your milk and egg. In the last one, combine Cheez-It® Cracker crumbs, Cajun seasoning, celery salt and parsley. Dredge oysters in flour, then dip oysters in egg mixture and lastly roll oysters in cracker crumbs until well coated. Let your oysters hang out for 5 minutes or so. This will allow your coating to set. Get you a large heavy frying pan with high sides or deep fryer out and heat oil until sizzling hot, about 360 degrees. It is important that you get your oil to the right temperature. Too hot and your oysters will burn, not hot enough and all your coating will come off and the oysters will absorb all of the oil. Add oysters to the oil and fry until golden brown, this will take about 2 minutes or so. Drain oysters on paper towels. Get ready for some very fine eating folks. Serve those yummo -licious oysters on buttered and toasted French bread with the Sisters remoulade sauce or tartar sauce. Dress this masterpiece with some good ole sliced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and sliced Vidalia onion. What you talking about?

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
1 tablespoon 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

Make it-
Mix all the ingredients together and stick it in the fridge until you are ready to use. The sauce is best made ahead of time so all of the flavors can get friendly with each other.

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