Game Day Hot Wings

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!

Here’s another wing recipe that I always use, but I can not take full credit for this one.  I found this one on Food Network about 2 years ago and I just made a few adjustments and substitutions.  The original recipe came from Down Home w/The Neelys.  I use to love watching that show on Saturday mornings.  I enjoyed watching the connection between the two of them and the incredible southern dishes they would create together.  This is Pat’s Famous Hot Wings.

Buffalo Wings wRanch Dressing

Ingredients
2 tablespoons dry rub (I use Tony Chachere)

2 tablespoons Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning

4 tablespoons butter

1 clove garlic ( I use 2 tablespoon minced ginger)

1/2 c hot sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar ( I use 3 table spoons brown sugar)

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/4 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I use 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce)

Mix Tony Chachere, cayenne pepper salt and lemon pepper together and add seasoning to chicken wings in a large freezer bag and set aside (about 20 minutes)

Fry wings as normal with a flour batter.  Meanwhile, prepare your buffalo sauce by melting butter in a sauce pan and adding ginger for about 5 minutes on medium-low.

In a large bowl whisk together hot sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce until combined.

Add fried wings to the large bowl of sauce and toss until wings are well coated.

Party wings

I hope you guys enjoy the food and the Big GAME.  Happy Super Bowl Weekend!

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Island Chicken Wings

Why not try something a little different than regular fried chicken for your Super Bowl party, like Island Chicken wings. What’s a football party with chicken wings!!!! Here’s one of the flavor of chicken I usually serve at our parties.

Island Party Wings

Very easy recipe.  Add all ingredients to the baking dish and put in the oven on 350 for about 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Party Chicken Wings

2 tablespoons minced ginger

2 Serrano peppers or Jalapeno peppers, sliced

1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

1 cup red, orange, yellow and green bell pepper, sliced

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 tablespoon Thyme

1 tablespoon All Spice

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 cup of Kraft Hawaiian marinade

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

olive oil

Tony Chachere for taste

Marinade chicken with olive oil, Hawaiian marinade, red wine vinegar, ginger, all spice, cayenne pepper, Thyme and turmeric for at least an hour.  Sometimes I would marinade overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line baking dish with olive oil and add chicken wings with a little of the marinade.  Add bell peppers, hot peppers, red pepper flakes and Tony Chachere for taste.

Bake for about 30 minutes uncovered.

Cajun Egg Rolls w Honey Ginger sauce

Hi All!  Here’s another appetizer for the big game day.  This is a big hit with our guest at our parties in the past.  My family also love them.  The first time I made them, we fought over who would get the last one.  I would suggest doubling the ingredients to make more because your guess will love them.

If you do not like crawfish, you can substitute with cooked shrimp.

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Ingredients (makes 6 full egg rolls)

Egg Rolls

1 cup Tasso ham, chopped*

1 cup crawfish tails (I wash tails with cold water and squeeze 1/2 lime over it)

1/2 cup can black bean, drained well

1 cup of Chinese vegetables

6 egg rolls sheets

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Vegetable oil for deep-frying

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Place an egg roll sheet on a dry flat surface and place mixture in the center of the sheet.  Fold bottom piece over mixture, then fold sides over mixture, and wet the edge of the last piece like an envelope and roll forward.  After all egg rolls are complete, place in refrigerator to set for at least 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a heavy skillet or deep fryer, prepare oil.  Once oil is hot, remove egg rolls from the refrigerator and drop in hot oil.  Cook on each side for 2 minutes.  Remove from oil and sprinkle with a pinch of Kosher salt.

Sauce

1 tablespoon minced ginger, 1/2 cup of honey and a pinch of red pepper flakes

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan on medium low for about 2 minutes (until it starts bubbling).

Tasso is a spicy, pepper smoked pork made from the shoulder butt. I usually find it in specialty grocery stores outside of Louisiana.  You can also find it here online.

Broccoli Balls

It’s no secret, I love football, so this time of year is bitter-sweet.  It’s the end of the football season, but it’s the biggest game of the year.  To celebrate the big game this week, I’m going to post a few of my favorite game day recipes for the big party.

Today I’m starting with one of my favorite appetizers inspired by one of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans, Copelands.

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These can be prepared early and set aside until guess arrive to fry because they should be served hot.

Ingredients needed:

1 cup of cooked bacon, chopped

2 cups cooked broccoli, chopped

2 cups of grated cheddar and Coby jack cheese

2 eggs

1 cup bread crumbs

In a large bowl, mix bacon, broccoli and cheese together.  Add half of one egg and a table-spoon of the bread crumbs to mixture.  Mix together and take a spoon full and roll into a balls.  Place balls in the refrigerator for at least an hour to set.  When you’re ready to fry, heat cast iron skillet or deep fryer with vegetable oil.   While you’re waiting for the grease to heat, place the rest of the egg in a small bowl and place the remaining bread crumbs in another bowl.  Remove balls from the refrigerator and roll in egg mixture and then in bread crumbs to create a coating.  Carefully place balls in oil and fry for about 45 seconds on each side.  It doesn’t take long, because the ingredients are cooked and you just want to melt the cheese. And you’re done!

Magazine Issue

Happy Friday Everyone!!!!! I hope you guys are staying warm.  It’s in the single digits here…..COLD.

I’ve been in this organizing phase lately and I’ve been wanting to do this project for a couple of years now but I never had the time.  I’m talking about organizing all of the inspiration photos in my magazines.  You see, I have a problem.  I love home decor and fashion magazines and I have a ton of them.  They are stashed in my office, my craft area in the basement, my bedroom, the family room and even in the bathroom.  I have a really bad magazine issue and it’s growing.  I even have a couple of magazines from 2006.  Well, I’ve decided enough is enough and toss some, but keep some of the ideas I love.  Here’s a picture of just a fraction of the magazines that was stashed in my basement craft area.

Magazine Organization

Just too many

I’ve decided to skim through them all and cut out all of the inspiration pictures and possible projects I want to complete and compile in one binder.

Magazine Organization 8

I took a regular 2″binder and took Post it tabs to label the different sections.  I glued the pictures onto the three hole copy paper. It will be easy for me to add more pages to the binder.

Magazine Organization 9

The home decor categories I have in the binder are Living room, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, accessories and projects.

I still find it hard to depart from my magazines, but I have to keep telling myself “it’s better for you”.  I’m thinking about taking some of the covers and framing them.

Well, this project has taken all week to complete.  And after all of this, I purchased another magazine this morning.  I HAVE A PROBLEM!

Do you have too many magazines?

Weekday Chicken & Sausage Pasta

Hi All!

If you’re looking for a quick weekday meal, check out this recipe. It’s quick, easy and delicious

Creole Pasta

Ingredients:

Cooked penne pasta, chicken tenderloin, sliced smoked sausage, 1 bottle of Ragu Tradition sauce, 1 bell pepper chopped, 1 small onion chopped, 1/2 rib celery chopped, 1/2 c mushrooms, 1 tablespoon green onion (garnish), 1 tablespoon flat leave parsley chopped, 1 teaspoon ground thyme, 1 teaspoon white pepper, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 3 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon hot sauce, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, pinch of red pepper flakes, pinch of cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon butter.

Cook pasta according to box directions.  Meanwhile cook chicken and sausage in a separate skillet for about 5 minutes.  In a large pot add vegetable oil and butter.  Add onion, bell peppers, celery, salt, black pepper, garlic powder and cayenne.  Sweat vegetables for about 2 minutes.  Add mushroom and sauté for about 3 more minutes.  Add Ragu, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, ground thyme, white pepper, parsley and bay leaves.  Cook for about 5 minutes. Then add sliced chicken and sausage and cook for about 8 more minutes. Once sauce is complete, add pasta to sauce and garnish with green onions and parsley.  Simple right?

Sometimes I add a pinch of sugar to get rid of that twang, as my grandmother would say….LOL

Treasure Tuesday

Do you take your time when you’re in the thrift shop?  Well, I do, especially when I’m by myself.  I walk very slow down each aisle and scan every shelf.  I recently got the chance to sneak out the house and went to one of my favorite thrift shop and I found this lovely mirror  for only $20….yes $20. The framed part of the mirror is wood, but the curvature top is actually plastic.  I’m thinking about using it as a wardrobe mirror for our bedroom or possibly an entryway mirror since I do not have one.  A lady should check out herself in the mirror before she leave the house right?  I don’t know why I don’t have one there. Anyway, I walked passed a group of mirrors and this mirror was sitting in the back and it caught my eye.   I actually walked by it twice and kept picturing what I would do with it, but I knew I would regret leaving it in the store.  The sales clerk pulled if from behind the other mirrors and one of the ladies passing by said she wish she would have seen it first.  I knew I couldn’t leave it. The clerk took it to the register and another lady standing in line also wanted it.  She even gave me pointers on painting it.  I just had to smile. It will be painted as soon as our weather permit…..can’t wait.  I have a lot of paint project lined up, but I’ll bump this one up to the front of the line.

Mirror

As you can see from this picture we’re still waiting on our baseboard.  Our contractor moved out-of-town and I’m looking for a replacement, but now we have to wait until the weather permit.  So hopefully this project will be completely finish in April or May.