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Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

October 19, 2017

Feeling ambitious or extra chef-y? Making your own blue cheese dressing at home is super simple and quite delicious. This goes especially great with Baked Chicken Wings.

You will need:

  • 1/2 crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 c sour cream
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1/4 t Worcestershire sauce
  • Up to a 1/2 c heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A few splashes of your favorite hot sauce

20170906 Blue Cheese Dressing

Then you will…

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine together the blue cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Slowly mix in the heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and hot sauce to taste.
  4. Allow to sit at least 15 minutes before serving so that the flavors can meld together.
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Baked Chicken Wings

October 18, 2017

I adore these baked chicken wings! They are so easy and very flavorful that they make me smile every time I make them. Plus you can change up the spice level to meet your mood!

You will need:

  • ~2 lb chicken drumettes
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 t dried thyme
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 T your favorite hot sauce (adjusted to your spice preference)
  • 3 T unsalted butter, melted

Then you will…

  1. Preheat you oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Place the chicken in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder with the pepper, thyme, paprika and salt.
  4. Toss the chicken with the seasoning mixture and gently rub into the wings.
  5. In the small bowl, mix together the hot sauce and butter.
  6. Pour the sauce over the seasoned wings and gently rub in so that all the wings are coated.
  7. Spread in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Rotate the pan 180 degrees.
  10. Bake for another 15 minutes or so until cooked through. Internal temperature should be 165 degrees.
  11. Remove from oven and serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing. Carrots and celery are great accompaniments too!

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Banana Pancakes

October 13, 2017

20170917 Banana PancakesR really loves pancakes and bananas, so we made some banana pancakes the other weekend as a treat. They also freeze well after you cool them, so that you can defrost in the microwave for a quick toddler breakfast before school or work.

You will need:

  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1 c milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 3 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 T sugar
  • 2 t baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 c flour

Then you will…

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the banana with the milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and melted butter.
  2. Whisk in the sugar, baking powder and pinch of salt.
  3. Gently stir in the flour, just until mixed.
  4. Warm a nonstick pan over medium heat. Lightly grease with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Drop the batter onto the pan to get your desired size. They will puff up, so be sure to leave space between the pancakes. We made silver dollar pancakes with about 2-3 tablespoons per pancake.
  6. Cook until the edges look like they are starting to set and there are small holes on the top, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Flip and allow to finish cooking through until golden brown, about another 2 minutes.
  8. You will likely need to cook in batches, so you can always preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and keep the pancakes warm on a cookie sheet until you are done.
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Maple Grilled Chicken

October 5, 2017

This is a fun marinade for chicken, especially when you grill it!

You will need:

  • 1/2 c pure maple syrup
  • 2 t sambal-oelek or sriracha
  • 1 t paprika
  • 5 T olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breast or tenders

Then you will…

  1. In gallon ziplock, mix together the maple syrup with the sambal-oelek, paprika, and olive oil.
  2. Add the chicken and toss to coat.
  3. Grill over medium heat about 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through. Turn regularly and baste with extra sauce to keep the chicken juicy and help a glaze to form.

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Fresh Herb Steak Sauce

September 27, 2017

20170819 Herb Sauce 01When we made steaks for D’s birthday, we wanted a bright and fresh sauce to counter the richness of the side dishes. We decided to try our hand at a fresh herb steak sauce, and it was the perfect addition to our steaks.

You will need:

  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  • 1/3 c fresh mint
  • 1/3 c fresh basil
  • 1/4 c fresh chives
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 3-6 T olive oil

Then you will…

  1. In a small food processor, combine the garlic with the herbs, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  2. Pulse to begin breaking it all down.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of olive to start. Pulse to until combined into a sauce.
  4. Add more olive oil as needed, so that the sauce is slightly loose.
  5. Serve with your favorite grilled protein!
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Simple Potato Au Gratin

September 19, 2017

D loves steak and potatoes. For his birthday, we decided a simple potato au gratin would be an excellent side dish for some freshly grilled steaks. These were so yummy!

You will need:

  • 1 lb gold-skinned new potatoes or russet potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut in half (root to top) and then roughly chopped
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 T butter
  • 4 T flour
  • 2 c whole milk
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Create a layer of potato slices in the baking dish, using about 1/3 of the slices.
  4. Sprinkle with about 1/3 of the onions.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Repeat two more times with the remaining potatoes and onions.
  7. Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  8. Whisk in the flour and allow to cook for about one minute, whisking constantly.
  9. Whisk in the milk gradually to avoid clumps.
  10. Allow to thicken, whisking periodically, about 5-10 minutes or until it reaches a pudding-like consistency.
  11. Whisk in the garlic powder and paprika.
  12. Whisk in the cheese and stir until smooth.
  13. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Pour over the potatoes.
  15. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 90 minutes. (I lined a baking sheet with foil and placed the baking dish on that for easier transfer in and out of the oven).
  16. Remove the foil and allow to bake another 15 minutes.
  17. Let cool at least 5-10 minutes before serving, as the cheese will be very hot and bubbly!

 

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Grilled Corn Salad

September 11, 2017

 

20170612 Grilled Corn Salad 03This is a wonderful side dish with only a few ingredients. It comes together quickly and evokes the summer sun and evening BBQs.

You will need:

  • 4 ears of corn, shucked
  • 1 bunch of scallions
  • 2 t olive oil
  • 1/4 c grated Parmesan
  • 2 T chives, minced
  • 1 T butter, melted
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • Salt and Pepper

Then you will…

  1. Brush the corn and scallions with the olive oil.
  2. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill the corn and scallions, until beginning to char. Turn frequently for a total of 6-10 minutes for the scallion and about 20 minutes for the corn.
  4. Remove from the grill and allow to cool until able to handle the corn by hand.
  5. Cut the corn off the cob and put in a medium mixing bowl.
  6. Chop the scallions roughly, after trimming off the root end. Add to the mixing bowl.
  7. Stir in the Parmesan, chives, butter, paprika and cumin.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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