Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bacon Jalapeno Pimento Cheese...


When I was younger, there were lots (tons---millions---billions) of foods that I would not, could not, REFUSED to eat. Eggplant was one and pimento cheese was another. My mom did not really buy it or make it a lot but when she did, those freaky looking red things turned me all the way off and I refused to even taste it. I remember pimento cheese being a staple at my mom and dad's parties and gatherings....sitting in one big massive orange blob on a silver platter surrounded by butter crackers. I did not know what it was, what it tasted like and I was not willing to try it out. 

Now that I am older, creeping closer to the nursing home, I am finding that some of the katrillion things I hated as a child, I now love. I mean, who would have thought I would actually like cooking with onions!? I still hate--detest--despise eggplant but alas, I finally tried pimento cheese and I actually liked it. Whowouldathunkit!?

My kids are huge fans of grilled cheese sandwiches. Seriously, I have one kid who would eat them all day, everyday. Imagine the deliciousness that comes from pimento cheese, jalapenos and bacon? Whoah. Blow your mind.

Seriously. Try this. So gosh dang good.

2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
 1/2 cup mayonnaise
 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
 1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimento, drained

Mix everything together and spread on thick bread. Add several slices of cooked bacon, top with another slice of bread and proceed to cook in a buttered (or nonstick) skillet just as you would a grilled cheese sandwich. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Chipotle Lemon Pepper Chicken with Plum and Jalapeno Salsa

It has been so hot here lately that when even the thought of going outside comes into my head I splash some cold water on my face. Today for dinner, I wanted chicken but had no idea how I wanted it. I spied the bag of charcoal and made my way outside in the backyard. I braved the humid sticky heat and grilled.

You will need:
For the Chicken
Chicken breasts (I used 6)
1 can of chipotles (chopped)
2 lemons
4 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
1 tbsp salt

For this chicken, I seasoned the cleaned chicken breast with fresh squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon) and lemon pepper seasoning with salt. Make sure to sprinkle evenly to coat the front and back of the chicken. I then chopped up a small can of chipotles in adobe sauce. I spread the chopped chipotles and sauce over the chicken and and placed them on the hot grill with fresh slices of lemon on top.

Squeeze lemon juice on the chicken every 15 minutes until done. You can also sprinkle more lemon pepper seasoning on it as well. I like a tangy lemon taste, so I added just a bit more.  Also, reserve some of your chipotle sauce to brush over the chicken once after you flip. Cook until juices run clear.  You can also cook these on top of the stove or bake.

For the salsa, I peeled one sweet plum and diced it. I also chopped one fresh jalapeno pepper and 1/3 chopped onion. Squeeze the juice of one lemon and add salt to taste. Mix well and serve over your chicken.

My mother is not a fan of chicken breasts, because she says they are dry. She loved this so much and said it was really moist. I know if my mama says it is good, it has to be pretty good.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Contributors Wanted....

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Good luck!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Calzone School Lunch

Today I made homemade pizza dough. As intimidating as it seemed to me, I was surprised at how easy it was and a bit worried about how sticky it was. Yes, I had to knead it a couple of times in flour to keep it from making my fingers look like something from a sy-fy movie. But oh was it worth it. Yes.

I used this recipe (clickity clack) and it was perfect.

This is not a 'real' recipe but once again, just a suggestion of things you can do for your children's lunchboxes. I love how simple lunches can be and how they can truly be special for your kids.

For the pasta is typical here in the south and super easy. Cooked spaghetti noodles, sliced tomato and cucumber drizzled in Italian salad dressing. Light, quick and easy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Paczki Attempt #1

Here at my house, we try all kinds of foods. I am always online looking for amazing foods and dishes to try with my kids. My saying is that of Andrew Zimmern..."If it looks good, eat it".  Being in Mississippi it is hard to find a great variety in ethnic or cultural foods. The internet has been wonderful at helping me find ways to prepare dishes from around the world right here at home.

For my daughter's school lunch, I decided on pierogies. I was sucked into the vortex of Youtube the other night and some how ended up on Jenny Jone's (the talk show host) cooking channel. Who knew she was Polish?!  She shared some amazing recipes and after stuffing cabbage leaves last night, I decide pierogies and Paczki would be perfect to add to a school lunch.

I did make some mistakes. My dough for the Paczki was not smooth like the one I saw...maybe I was impatient and should have kneaded it more or let it rise more. Despite that, the taste was amazing and so good. It is different from your traditional doughnuts. It was a huge hit with my kids and my mom who does not like sweets!

I will be trying this again.  Here is the link to the recipe I followed. I found it on youtube.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Create With Your Food...

Oh to be a kid and play in your food....or rather create with your food.

This amazing food stylist takes it to an entirely new level.

Check out, Anna Keville Joyce.

Food stylist and illustrator. I. love.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

School Lunch: Falafel

When it comes to school lunches, I like variety for my children. Variety but tasty. We love falafels in my family and mini pita bread is perfect for a lunch sized sandwich. This is no recipe, just a lunch option.

I will be sharing more lunch ideas in the weeks to come.
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