Monday, May 28, 2007

Introduction


This blog will provide recipes used by an every day father cooking for his family. Due to events which can occur in any family, several nights a week I was responsible for dinner. So not born with a "golden skillet", I had to learn how to make some meals which would appeal to my three children and my wife. Besides the meals, there are the beverages and also the snacks.
As the I started cooking more, I notice how my family enjoyed the taste. I would like to pass on the recipes which actually I have tried on my family which they enjoy eating or drinking.
Only the recipes which work and are enjoyed will appear here.
A special thanks to Recipezaar which fueled my early interest in finding dishes to prepare for my family, and also Emory S. of Atlanta through Craigs List who allowed me to inherit his back issues of Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and Food & Wine magazines.



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Friday, August 04, 2006

World's Best Buffalo Wings...


World's Best Buffalo Wings according to my wife and my middle child. This recipe is an enhancement of Beach Buffalo Wings when I was trying to fine tune the sauce. After much research, I discovered the mixing of the Frank' Red Hot Sauce and melted butter not only enhanced the the buffalo wing sauce adhering to the chicken wings but also created an unbelievable flavor.


Ingredients:
4 lbs of chicken Wings
3/4 cup of
Frank's Red Hot Original (Cayenne Pepper Sauce)
Coarse Ground Pepper
Kosher Salt
Old Bay Seasoning
1 stick unsalted butter plus 1/8 stick unsalted butter

Steps:
1. Preheat oven at 425 degrees.

2. Rinse and pat dry the chicken wings.
3. For each chicken wing, remove the tip by cutting at joint between tip and wing with large heavy knife on cutting board.
4. Place chicken parts on large pan, sprinkle with coarse ground pepper, kosher salt, and Old Bay seasoning, and cook at 425 degrees for 40 minutes in oven.

5. Melt butter in microwave while chicken is cooking in oven.
6. Combine 3/4 cup of Frank's Red Hot sauce and melted butter in large bowl
7. After chicken parts have cooked for 40 minutes, remove from oven.
8. With tongs, roll each chicken part into the combined sauce and place back onto large pan.
9. Cook for additional 20 minutes in oven at 425 degrees.
10. Remove pan from oven and toss each chicken part in sauce again and place on large plate.
11. Serve with blue cheese dressing, baby cut carrots, and cut celery.

Comments:
Have plenty of napkins, paper towels, or moist towlettes nearby and enjoy.
If you are in the greater Atlanta area or just in the Southeast, I would buy the 4 lb. of chicken wings from Publix . I have always good results with their chicken. Have a pitcher of Southern Sweet tea to accompany your buffalo wings.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


During the summer, fresh strawberries are in abundance at grocery stores in Atlanta. Here's a way for your children to eat three healthy items along with their favorite chocolate in a home made cookie. You won't mind them dragging the cookie jar from the rear to the front of kitchen counter in order to grab one of these delights.
Thsi recipe is a modified version of Kittencal's from Recipezaar.

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 & 1/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (King Arthur flour is good)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups old-fashion oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1 & 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, slice in quarters or eigths ( depending on size of strawberry)
1 cup raisins

Steps:
  1. Place oven rack in middle position.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Line a large cookie sheet ith parchment paper.
  4. With electric mixer, cream butter with sugars and honey until light and fluffy in a large bowl.
  5. Add the eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  6. Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, oatmeal & salt; mix well to combine in a medium bowl.
  7. Add in the dry mixture to the creamed mixture; mix well until combined.
  8. Fold in the chocolate morsels, strawberries, and raisins.
  9. With tablespoon, scoop large round measures and place on cookie sheet.
  10. Bake for 13 - 15 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes on cookie shhet.
  12. Transfer cookies to wire rack to complete cooling process approximately 10 minutes.



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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Cooked Apples


An easy side dish to incorporate apples into your children's diet. Believe me, the kids will clamor for this side dish again. The old adage about being a clean plate cleaner applies when serving these cooked apples. Serve these apples with Parmesan Chicken Strips and black eye peas for a good southern meal.

Ingredients:
9 medium Granny Smith apples
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons of butter

Steps:
  1. Peel each of the apples and slice them. Set apple slices aside in a bowl until all peeled.
  2. Heat pan between medium and medium high and place the 2 tablespoons of butter in pan.
  3. Place apple slices in pan. Stir.
  4. Pour orange juice over aplles in pan. Stir.
  5. Place brown sugar over apples in pan. Stir.
  6. Cover pan like shown in photo.
  7. Stir frequently in pan.
  8. Watch apples until the orange juice/brown sugar solution has covered the apple slices. Approximately 20 minutes.
  9. Serve.

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Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies


My kids like peanut butter and cookies like most kids, so while searching for a tasty recipe I came upon this recipe which includes Reese's Peanut Butter Chips. So here's another cookie recipe to complement Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies.The cookies tasted better than expected, and taste awesome when refrigerated at work for your snack or lunchtime treat.

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey's cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 & 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (10 ounce) package of Reese's Peanut Butter Chips

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  2. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.
  3. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer unter fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well.
  6. Stir in peanut butter chips.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees on center rack of oven for 9 minutes.
  9. Cool for 4 minutes, then transfer to wire rack.
  10. Cool for additional 10 minutes and transfer to cookie jar.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Easy Strawberry Smoothie


Many a morning or evening, you may wish a healthy beverage to accompany your breakfeast or in place of a dessert. A Strawberry Smoothie fits the bill. This recipe is easy because there is only three ingredients to mix in your blender. And at least in the greater Atlanta area, strawberries are available at your local Publix or Kroger at a reasonable price.

Ingredients:
1 cup of strawberries ( frozen the night before in your freezer)
1 cup of orange juice
1 tablespoon of honey

Steps:
  1. Hull the strawberries by removing the top part, and then slice the strawberry in half. *** if huge strawberries, then quarter the strawberries.***
  2. Place strawberries in a plastic bag or container and store in freezer.
  3. Remove strawberries once frozen, and place in blender.
  4. Add orange juice.
  5. Add honey.
  6. Mix the three ingredients in blender until smooth.
  7. Pour into tall glass or 2 smaller glasses.
  8. Drink and enjoy!

Comments:

Mutiply the ingredients by the number of glasses which you plan to serve.



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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Watermelon - A Summertime Treat



So you want to beat the heat, and offer a summertime treat to kids big and small in your household. Watermelon is the key. With a little forethought, you can offer this healthy dessert to your family.
Watermelon is a wonderful complement to Beach Buffalo Wings, or even War Eagle Barbeque Chicken Sandwich. The cool, refreshing taste will satisfy your taste buds. The kids will love it, and you know that Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A.
Locally in greater Atlanta, Seedless Watermelon has been selling on sale for $3.99 per large Seedless Watermelon in the big bins at Publix and at Kroger. Anywhere around that price, it's a good deal.

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Handy Stuff to prepare & Serve:
1 Large Seedless Watermelon
Saran Wrap or its equivalent
Paper towels
Large tray

Steps:
  1. Wash the watermelon before cutting it. Due to its large size, you will probably not be able to run it under water in the sink. Instead, wash it with a wet cloth or paper towel.
  2. With your heaviest and largest knife in kitchen cut the watermelon in half.
  3. Then cut each half lengthwise.
  4. Next cut across each section for individual servings.
  5. Place servings on tray, cover with plastic wrap, and store in refrigerator to chill.
  6. Serve for dessert when ready.
  7. Keep remaining slices from dessert stored on tray covered with plastic wrap. Place back in refrigerator.
  8. Let everyone know that they are welcome to the watermelon treat for a snack anytime. Just grab a slice from the refrigerator and enjoy!


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