Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Cajun Sweet Potato Fries with BBQ Fry Sauce

Cajun Sweet Potato Fries
1 bag of frozen sweet potato fries
Rosemary olive oil
Creole seasoning (I use Tony Chachere's)

  1. Preheat oven according to sweet potato bag instructions.
  2. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Spread out sweet potato fries in a single layer on baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle rosemary olive oil on top of fries.
  5. Sprinkle creole seasoning on top of fries.
  6. Bake in oven according to package directions.
  7. Take sweet potato fries out of oven halfway through baking time and flip.
  8. You can add more seasoning at the time if desired.
  9. Put fries back in oven and cook for remainder of cooking time.
Serve with BBQ fry sauce

BBQ Fry sauce

Homemade avocado mayo (Recipe below)
Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce

  1. Mix BBQ sauce with homemade mayo.  The proportion should be somewhere between 30-50% BBQ sauce.  Depends on your preferences.

Avocado Mayo
1 large egg yolk
1 T. water
1 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. honey dijon mustard
1 scant cup avocado oil (too much oil will make the emulsion break and not get thick)
kosher salt and pepper to taste

1.  Combine all ingredients and whip with an immersion blender.

HERE IS A VIDEO to show you how to mix it if you are nervous :)

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Canned Raspberries for Raspberry Lemonade

Super delicious to add to lemonade!!

Canned Raspberries:
1.5-3 lbs. fresh raspberries
4 cups water
1 cup sugar

  1. Boil sugar and water together for 5 minutes.  Skim if necessary.  After the 5 minutes keep water and sugar mixture hot but boiling. 
  2. Wash fruit and drain.  Then fill hot sterile jars with raspberries leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
  3. Remove any trapped air bubbles (you can use a wood skewer or chopstick) and place lids securely on jars.
  4. Process in a boiling water bath 10 minutes for pints and 15 minutes for quarts.
  5. Let cool completely.
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade:
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup sugar
5 cups water

  1. Add fresh squeezed lemon juice and sugar to pitcher.
  2. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add water and stir until well mixed.
  4. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to chill.
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Faux Chicken Carbonora (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

This is inspired by my favorite dish at Cheesecake Factory their Pasta Carbonara with chicken.  I'm pretty sure they don't use a traditional carbonara sauce with eggs and that they just use a garlic alfredo sauce.  So here is my copycat version! I have to say its VERY close and delicious :) I used the sauce from the cajun chicken alfredo recipe and improvised the rest. Sorry the picture isn't that great but I forgot to take one when it was fresh and beautiful haha. This makes ALOT so you could halve it.

Faux Chicken Carbonora
1 box spaghetti
3-4 chicken breasts (cubed, salt and peppered)
1-2 T. butter to sauté the chicken breasts
6-8 slices of bacon (reserve 2 T. grease to saute garlic for alfredo sauce)
3 T. minced fresh garlic
1/4 c. white cooking wine
3 c. heavy whipping cream
3/4 c. freshly grated parmesan
1 tsp. sea salt
1/4-1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 c. sliced green onions
1/2 bag of frozen peas

  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet. Reserve 2 T. grease. Chop the bacon after it is done cooking.
  2. While the bacon is cooking you can start the spaghetti. You can also sauté the cubed chicken in butter while the bacon cooks. Let the frozen peas boil in water for a few minutes until warmed.
  3. Sauté the 3 T. minced garlic in the bacon grease until lightly caramelized.
  4. Deglaze the pan with the white cooking wine.
  5. Add in the heavy cream.
  6. Let the cream simmer and wait for the sauce amount to reduce by about half and is thickened.
  7. Stir in Parmesan, salt and pepper.
  8. When spaghetti is finished cooking place in large bowl and pour the sauce over top.
  9. Add sautéed chicken breasts, chopped bacon, and peas.
  10. Garnish with green onions and more Parmesan.
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Smore's Bars

(1) 16 oz. bag mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
5 T. butter
1/4 c. light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
(1) 13 oz. bag of golden grahams cereal (or 8 cups)

  • Grease 13x9-inch pan with butter. In 3-quart saucepan, melt chocolate chips, butter, corn syrup and 4 1/2 cups marshmallows over low heat, stirring occasionally, until completely melted. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. OR combine all ingredients in a microwave safe dish except the vanilla and microwave on high and stir after every minute until melted (About 2-3 1/2 minutes).  Stir in vanilla after everything is melted. 
  • Pour cereal into large bowl. Pour marshmallow mixture over cereal; stir until evenly coated. Stir in remaining marshmallows from bag.
  • With buttered back of spoon, press mixture in pan. Cool at least 1 hour or until firm. Store loosely covered at room temperature. 
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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Cajun Chicken Alfredo

My friend Kira made this recipe for us like 3 years ago and I've thought about it ever since and I finally decided to make it myself! I just copied and pasted her recipe because I'm lazy like that but you should check out her recipe blog because she's an amazing cook!

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Blackening spice (Recommended: Paul Prudhomme's chicken)*, generously season chicken
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 T minced garlic
  • 1/2 C roughly minced marinated sun-dried tomatoes 
  • 1/4 C white wine
  • 3 C heavy cream
  • 3/4 C grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. cooked fettuccine
  • 1/2 C sliced green onions
  • Have the Fettuccine ready to start cooking whenever you feel is best to get it started so it doesn't end up sitting around waiting for everything else to be done.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over very high heat
  • While the pan is getting hot, make sure the raw chicken is dry, coat the chicken breasts with the blackening spice and place on the hot skillet pan**
  • Blacken both sides of the chicken (When you place the chicken on the pan, remember that it's really really hot, so don't be alarmed when it starts smoking. That's the blackening happening!)
  • Keeping the chicken in the cast iron pan, place the pan into the oven and cook chicken for about 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked all the way through.
  • Slice chicken in strips and set aside (Personal preference is letting it rest until you're ready to use it to slice it up, but that's up to you!)
  • In a saute' pan over medium heat, lightly caramelize the garlic in the olive oil
  • Deglaze the pan with the white wine
  • Add in the heavy cream
  • Let the cream simmer and wait for the sauce amount to reduce by about half
  • Add in the sun-dried tomatoes (Guy points out not to add in the tomatoes too early so they don't "bleed out," yet in the recipe online it says to put them in before the heavy cream so...up to you!)
  • Stir in Parmesan, salt and pepper
  • When fettuccine is cooked, place that in the sauce with the chicken slices
  • Garnish with green onions and more Parmesan
 *Blackening spice from scratch
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 T. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 T. salt
  • 1 T black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper

**If you made your own blackening spice, sprinkle the amount of you want to use for the chicken onto a different dish instead of using the bowl with all of the spice in it so you aren't contaminating all of your spice. Also, don't lean over the pan when you place the chicken on there or you will inhale a nice amount of cayenne pepper. 
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Oven Baked Cheese Fries

Sorry the picture isn't great but we may or may not have eaten almost all of them before I remembered I wanted to take a picture.  They are that good!

Oven Baked Cheese Fries
2 tsp. vegetable oil
2 large baking potatoes
1 large egg white
2 tsp. Emeril's original Essence
8 oz. white cheddar cheese, grated
2 T. thinly sliced green onions

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Grease a baking sheet with the vegetable oil
  3. Cut potatoes into 1/2" segments
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the egg white until very light and foamy.
  5. Add the potatoes to the egg white and coat evenly.
  6. Spread the potatoes on the baking sheet, so the fries aren't touching each other. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, sprinkle fries with half of Emeril's original Essence on one side.  Flip fries and sprinkle with remaining seasoning.
  8. Return the baking sheet to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes until crispy and brown. 
  9. Remove potatoes from the oven and sprinkle with cheese and green onions.
  10. Return the baking sheet to the oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Peaches & Cream Yogurt Dessert

Someone made this at my cousin's baby blessing and I couldn't stop thinking about it for months afterwards trying to figure out how they did it.  I finally asked and it could not be any easier!

Peaches & Cream Yogurt Dessert
6 fresh peaches, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
Peach Yogurt
2 T. sugar

  1. Peel and cut fresh peaches into bite size pieces
  2. Scoop some peach yogurt and top and add enough till the peaches are coated.
  3. Add about 2 T. sugar and mix.
  4. Top with fresh whipped cream (recipe in link)
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Southwest Chicken Filing for Tacos

Easy and delicious filling for tacos to shake things up a bit!

Southwest Chicken Filing for Tacos
3 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (about 3 cups)
(1) 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 c. cooked rice
1/2-1 c. corn (drained if canned or frozen works too)
2 c. monterey jack cheese, shredded
2 c. mild salsa
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
pinch of pepper

  1. Warm it all up in a crockpot and serve with tortillas and taco toppings.
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Monday, June 8, 2015

Poppy Seed Dressing and Candied Nuts Salad

To make this salad I like to do a combo of romaine lettuce and baby spinach.  Then I like to top it with fresh cut strawberries, raspberries, candied nuts and of course the dressing!

Poppy Seed Dressing
Recipe from: Susan Peterson
2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
1 small onion, quartered
1 1/2 c. canola oil
1 T. poppy seeds
Handful of raspberries (optional)

  1. Put vinegar in blender.
  2. Add ingredients one at a time.
  3. Blend for 10 minutes.
  4. Refrigerate after using.

Candied nuts
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup pecans or slivered almonds

  1. Put sugar in frying pan over 1 cup of desired nuts.
  2. Cook on medium high heat.
  3. Stir until sugar is melted. (Make sure to not let the sugar burn!)
  4. Remove from stove and pan.
  5. Cool on wax paper.
  6. Break apart before serving.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Strawberry Jello Salad

This is so addicting you probably shouldn't make it ;-). You can actually make this with any flavor that you can get the same flavor in of yogurt and jello.  So for the big size you could do either strawberry or peach. And you could probably halve this recipe which would open up more flavor options for you.

Strawberry Jello Salad
Recipe from: Joan Norman
2 lb. container of strawberry yogurt
(1) Large box of strawberry jello (I think they are 6 oz.)
16 oz. cool whip
1/2 of a big bag of mini marshmallows

  1. Mix together the yogurt and jello powder together in a large bowl until the jello powder is dissolved.
  2. Then fold in the cool whip and marshmallows until thoroughly mixed. 

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