Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Story With a Side of Macaroni Salad

Tale of two roni's...........

On the warmest day in April of last year, while getting ready for the first impromptu BBQ of the season, I found myself in my local supermarket looking for a container of macaroni salad. Smacked by sticker shock, I turned the other cheek and thought to myself ..."is that it? this small container....is HOW MUCH??!!" I quickly recovered and marched right out of the deli isle and headed off to buy some ingredients....because I knew that I could do better...and even if I failed, it could be no worse than the bland stuff they sell in the tub.

With my mothers famous potato salad recipe in mind, I hit the kitchen to see what I could accomplish. The result was something tasty and fun to make. The next day at the bbq, when it came time to take the mac salad out of the cooler, to my horror water had seeped into the container!!! I cried like a baby, I was so proud of that salad!! Sadness washed over me just like it did to my dish. My sister and boyfriend were the first to eat the half ruined salad. They were surprised that it still managed to taste good dispite the quick rinse...lol

I vowed to re-do the salad at our next cook-out, and it's been a highly requested favorite ever since!

I made this post especially for my sister who has been bugging me for the recipe.
As a teaser I'm only going to post the pictures......good luck in figuring it out girl, I left 2 ingredients out just for you! LOL

Just a side note...you can change it up by using different kinds of noodles.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Do Over - Crabby Cakes

Ok,...... Now I'm cooking with gas!!

Just as promised, I present to you my "Crabby Cakes" RE-DONE!! I changed up the ingredients and got much better results.
I also promised a recipe, Here ya go!

BTW- These cakes got rave reviews from the young and old.

What you need............

  • 1lb lump crab meat
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks scallion, chopped
  • finely minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • dash of sea salt
  • butter or olive oil
  • Tarter sauce
  • a few radishes & cilantro
  • 1 lime
Mixing it up....

Rinse and pick over crab meat to make sure there are no small pieces of shell in there. Do not break up the lump meat too much.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over low heat. saute diced onion, red pepper, and garlic until tender.
Beat egg in bowl; add mayonnaise, creole seasoning, mix in sauteed vegetables bread crumbs, crab meat

Form into loose patties; place on plate. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Get out your heated skillet with oil, put the cakes in, fry them up for about 3 mins on each side or until they are cooked through and browned.

Serve with tartar sauce!

Eat and Tell me all about it!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Winning Wings

Out of the blue I got a craving for hot wings!......

Just as equally from the blue, came the recipe! I just threw together some of my favorite hot sauces and seasonings and out of the oven came something so tasty I had to share!

What you need....
  • Mexican hot sauce
  • Buffalo wing sauce (American hot sauce mixed together with melted butter)
  • Honey (to taste, I like a good amount of honey in my wing sauce)
  • Adobo
  • Whole wheat bread crumbs (this will make the wings a little crispy)
  • Lime
  • Salt (to taste...lol)
  • Chicken wing portions
  • Baking dish or tray
  • Aluminum foil
  • Olive oil

Mix all the wet ingredients together in a small cup. In a large bowl, mix chicken wings and the sauce you prepared well, add in the bread crumbs, mix well.

On a large cookie sheet, lay out a fitting sheet of foil, lightly grease with olive oil.
Place chicken wings onto sheet evenly spaced.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until tender and well done (no one likes raw tough chicken).


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Craby Cakes!

So I tried to make this one dish I do love so very much.


I used the the good REAL crab meat (claw), and all the seasonings. I think ....no, I know I over salted them. They "looked" really good........, like the ones at some restaurants. The smelled good too! I feel so silly for putting in the sea salt. I should have known that the Worcestershire sauce the recipe called for would provide all the additional salt they needed.

Anyway without further stalling.... , I (regretfully) present to you My Crab Cakes (over-salted) with a side of fluffy corn bread!

I will not include the recipe for failed attempts....

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