31 July 2009

Recipes: 3 BBQ Sauces, Pulled Pork and Coleslaw

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BBQ pulled pork over white ricePulled Pork over white rice, add some sauteed seasoned chopped bell peppers and onions and this is how I like pulled pork! - Image via Wikipedia
From Denny: Mmmmm.... Barbecue is one of those out of this world experiences we call comfort food. Our national "piggy" board always has recipes for us to enjoy. The Pork Board (proper name) featured two recipes for pulled pork sandwiches.

North Carolina (and South Carolina too) is known for its pulled pork and long, long, long, very long slow smoked cooking of the piggy meat. That's the secret, they say, to success with pulled pork. Otherwise, if you are impatient and don't cook the meat long enough, you end up with a tough product. How long do the experts tell us we should cook the meat? They are talking at least two days. That's how it gets infused with that awesome smokey flavor over a wood fire.

You can take the shortcut of cooking your piggy roast in a slow cooker though you won't achieve that intense smokey flavor that can only be achieved from a wood fire. However, the piggy roast will be moist, tender, and very flavorful when you add any of the following wonderful BBQ sauces. Whichever method you use, if you don't think it's tender enough then send it back to the cooker and cook longer to the level you like.

North Carolina-Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches

From: National Pork Board

Serves: 18

Ingredients:

1 pork butt, Boston butt or un-trimmed end-cut pork shoulder roast, about 7 to 9 pounds

5 to 7 cups hickory wood chips, soaked in water for 30 minutes

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil

3/4 cup Lexington-Style Vinegar Barbecue Sauce (recipe follows)

North Carolina Coleslaw (recipe follows)

18 hamburger buns


Directions:

1. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for indirect cooking.

2. Remove pork from wrapper. Do not trim any excess fat off the meat; this fat will naturally baste the meat during the long cooking time. Brush pork with a thin coating of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and place on tray until ready to cook.

3. Before placing the meat on the grill, add soaked wood chips. Place pork in center of the cooking grate with fat-side up. Cook slowly for 4 to 5 hours or until instant-read meat thermometer inserted in the middle of the pork registers 190 to 200 degrees and the meat is very tender and falling apart. If there is a bone in the meat, it should come out smooth and clean. There is no need to turn meat during the cooking time.

4. Let meat rest for 20 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Using a sturdy fork and a knife, pull meat apart and discard fat. Set aside any crispy bits of fat that have been completely rendered and look almost burned. After the meat is completely shredded, chop the reserved crispy bits and mix them into the warm pork.

5. Mix with enough Lexingston-Style Vinegar Barbecue Sauce to moisten. Serve on a white hamburger bun and top with North Carolina Coleslaw.


No Stress Barbecue Pork Sandwiches

From: Carma Rogers with the National Pork Board
Serves: 10 to 12


Ingredients:

4 to 5 pounds boneless pork butt (or pork shoulder roast)

1 (14-1/2 ounces) can beef broth

1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon liquid smoke

1/3 cup hot pepper sauce

1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce

10 to 12 sandwich buns


Sauce:

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup molasses

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup yellow mustard

2 Tablespoons hot pepper sauce


Directions:

1. Put pork in bottom of a large slow cooker. Mix broth, liquid smoke, pepper sauce and Worcestershire; pour over meat.

2. Cover and cook on High for 5 hours (or 8 to 10 hours on Low) until pork is very tender.

3. Meanwhile, for sauce, combine all ingredients in large saucepan; set aside.

4. Place pork on cutting board; reserve 1/2 cup of cooking liquid from pork. Coarsely chop pork; combine with reserved cooking liquid and sauce in saucepan; heat over medium heat until warm.

5. Spoon pork onto sandwich buns to serve.


Now for the easy to make sauces:


Lexington-Style Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

From: National Pork Board

Makes: about 2 cups


Ingredients:

2 cups cider vinegar

1 Tablespoon kosher salt

1 Tablespoon ground white pepper

1/2 to 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes (the more flakes, the hotter the sauce)

2 Tablespoons white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup ketchup

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and let sit for at least 10 minutes to indefinitely in the refrigerator. The longer the it sits, the hotter it gets. Store covered in the refrigerator.



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South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

From:It’s All American Food” by David Rosengarten

Makes: about 4 cups


Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon butter

1 cup apple cider vinegar

3/4 cup French’s mustard

1 Tablespoon ketchup

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 Tablespoon molasses

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/8 tsp. cayenne

1-1/2 cups cooking liquid from pork shoulder

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Combine the butter, vinegar, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire, cayenne and the cooking liquid in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.

2. Cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently with a wire whisk. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


Eastern North Carolina Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

From: “It’s All American Food” by David Rosengarten

Makes: about 2 cups


Ingredients:

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup white vinegar

2 Tablespoons light brown sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

1 cup cooking liquid from pork

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.

2. Cook the mixture for 3 minutes, stirring frequently with a wire whisk.

3. Use or serve sauce immediately.



North Carolina Coleslaw

From: National Pork Board
Serves: 18


Ingredients:

Lexington-Style Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

1 large head of cabbage, chopped

Directions:

Mix barbecue sauce into chopped cabbage until well mixed and not quite wet. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Thanks for visiting! Guess you had better get started on this pulled pork is you want to eat by Sunday noon... :)


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Falling in love again: A poem about opening yourself up to love




Falling in love again: A poem about opening yourself up to love

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From Denny:

Since yesterday was my birthday I thought I'd mellow out on the early AM posting today... :)

Here's the comment I left on her page - What a beautiful piece, loved it! And such good encouragement to others to dare, one more time, in spite of feeling burned out emotionally, to love once again, discovering they can now rest in the loving. Thank you for the word treat! Blogging this on over to my poetry blog for everyone else to enjoy too! Thank you for writing it.

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30 July 2009

Funny Cat Photos and Cat Joke: Cat Goes to Heaven





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From Denny:  Relax and mellow out today with this funny joke and the zany photos. Found this over at Jokes.net, enjoy!  I don't know which is funnier:  the joke or the Tokoyo Cat Cafe photos!


Great Cat Massage - Source:  http://www.stripes.com/military-life/tokyo-an-order-of-fur-with-purr-on-the-side-1.222396


Black Cat Diva Cocktail Platter


Satirical black cat declares to the world her worth. Get an ego boost and a laugh.

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29 July 2009

Recipe: John's Cajun Pot Roast

Pot RoastAnother version of Pot Roast Image by Offbeat Photography via Flickr
From Denny: Here in Louisiana we aren't shy about dining on meat even in hot weather. Pot Roast is a perennial American favorite and Cajuns have their spin on it. My father-in-law, John, was Cajun and a wonderful cook. He didn't have a wide range but what he cooked was awesome and everyone licked the plate! :)

He had been an Army cook in WWII. Originally, he was an infantry soldier in General Patton's pack. The story goes that Patton's troops were forever outrunning their supply lines. What that means to those of you who have never been in combat is that they often were on rations or went hungry. Everyone knows an army runs on its stomach.

Well, John was not about to be denied a good meal. Like any good Cajun country boy he just went out and shot himself a big plump rabbit. He soon had it skinned, skewered and roasting over an open fire. The whole camp smelled it and came moseying over for a friendly meal. John looked at them and yelled, "Ya bunch of Momma's boys! Go get your own damn rabbit!"

Of course, John was an only child and yes, a Momma's boy but at least he knew how to hunt and was independent enough to take care of himself. He had a real disdain and fear for those spoiled soldiers whose mothers did too much for them. Why? Because he saw them get shot first, killed and in large numbers during the war. He was upset they refused to be teachable in order to save their lives. "War is not a country club!" he often used to say.

It was then that the Army realized the man was resourceful and could cook better than anything listed for recipes in the Army handbook. John was taken off the field and placed on Kitchen Duty where he fed at least 4,000 men a day, three times a day.

He used to tell stories of what it was like to clean the Army cooking pots. We all would scratch our heads, wondering why that was such a big deal. Then he would describe how he had to get a ladder - he was a tall man too - to climb down into the pots to scrub them! Can you imagine how long it took for water to boil in pots that large? It must have taken hours for what we do in smaller portions for our families in only 15 minutes!

John used to cook a wonderful simple Cajun version of Pot Roast on Sundays, his favorite meal. As a new bride I was fascinated with his cooking. He also was a friend of the famous Justin Wilson who started the national obsession with Cajun and Creole food.

Justin Wilson was a fishing and hunting buddy of my husband's maternal uncle, J. B. Roux - yes, Roux really is his last name. Uncle J. B. was an incredible gumbo cook, a big bear of a man and terribly funny. He and John cooked together often, especially on Christmas Eve when they cooked gumbo together for everyone when they came by to visit during the holiday.

Anyway, Justin Wilson was interested in recording all the campfire recipes and Cajun style cooking he could. Uncle J. B. and the other friends were so used to their cooking they thought it was silly. They thought everyone knew how to cook like they did. In their minds, they could not conceive of anyone being a bad cook or not knowing how to cook the obvious.

Anyway, Justin recorded it, started up a local cooking show, wrote and sold books, made videos, went national and then international. If not for Justin Wilson, Uncle J. B.'s recipes and that of his friends would never have been published and perished with them when they died.

Over the years I've adapted John's recipe to make it my own.

John's Cajun Pot Roast

From: Denny Lyon

Total: 3 hrs 40 mins
Active: 40 mins
Makes: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients:

3 teaspoons salt (or to your taste)

3 Tablespoons Tony Chachere's (Cajun seasoning, or to your taste)

2 teaspoons freshly ground cracked black pepper (or to your taste)

1 4-pound boneless chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat

3 Tablespoons canola oil

1 large red/purple/Cajun onion, coarsely chopped

4 medium celery stalks, coarsely chopped

1 green bell pepper, diced or sliced in strips

8 medium garlic cloves, slivered lengthwise in strips

3 Tablespoons tomato paste

2 cups low-sodium beef broth

4 fresh thyme sprigs

Optional: 8 dahes Tobasco sauce (John liked some heat!)

Optional: Fresh mushrooms

Directions:

Heat the oven to 325°F and arrange a rack in the lower third or you can place this roast in an electric skillet on the kitchen countertop like John did to simplify cleanup.

Here comes the fun tactile part: Take a small paring knife and poke and dig lots of hole in the meat all over, including the fat area. Then push the garlic slivers into each hole with a little of the spice combination or a salt and pepper combination, your choice.

Combine all dry spices in a small bowl. Evenly rub spice mix on all sides of the roast; set aside.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven/electric skillet or a large, heavy-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat until smoking, about 5 minutes. Add meat and sear it, browning on all sides, about 20 minutes total; remove to a plate.

Add onion, celery, bell pepper and leftover garlic to the pot, season with salt, and cook until just softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir to coat vegetables. Pour beef broth into the pot and scrape up any browned bits called "fond" from the bottom.

Add thyme, meat, and any accumulated juices to the pot and bring to a simmer. Add Tobasco sauce if you are including some spicy heat. Cover and cook in the oven/electric skillet until fork tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. At the last 20 minutes, add the fresh mushrooms if you are including them. John loved mushrooms and used them often.

Melt in your mouth, exploding with flavor! Serve over rice or with fresh parslied and buttered new potatotes. It's quite awesome when you get a bite of roast with a mellow garlic flavor from the simple cooking technique of inserting those garlic slivers into the meat before searing. Enjoy!

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28 July 2009

Recipe: Fast and Easy Sloppy Joe Biscuit Pot Pies

Key west - Sloppy Joe's at 3 AMKey West, Florida bar called Sloppy Joe's Image by bfraz via Flickr

From Denny: School season is fast approaching and busy moms need some easy recipes with little hassle to keep from being overwhelmed and over tired. Pillsbury always comes up with easy ideas at their site.

Normally, I'm not the biggest fan of frozen mixed vegetables. The only veggies that seem to do well in the freezer in my mind are things like peas or beans like lima beans and other normally dried beans. Okra doesn't do too badly either. Potatoes? Forget it! :) Seriously though, frozen veggies should work just fine here as the chili sauce will overpower any possible "freezer taste." The mustard and brown sugar will also help the flavor tremendously.

As to frozen biscuits that's your choice. I like to control what kind of fat, preferably that without cholesterol, that goes into my food so I make my own, cut them out and then freeze individually on a tray. When rock solid frozen I then place them in freezer baggies and they can last a good year if that were actually possible in our house! :)

This recipe is simple, fast and tailored to individual portions so if you want to spice up (for adults) or down (for young children or picky eaters) it can be done quickly. To make it more Cajun I'd add extra garlic powder and Cajun seasoning like Tony Chachere's (low sodium version).

Meat already has a lot of salt in it naturally, especially chicken as the sellers plump up that chicken you buy in the supermarket with injections of salt water. Sweet, huh? The up side is that salt does kill bacteria so in that sense it can be a good thing. Just watch how much salt you add to any recipe with chicken in it.

Fast and Easy Sloppy Joe Biscuit Pot Pies

From: Pillsbury.com

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

1/2 pound lean (at least 80%) ground beef
(Denny: you could substitute ground turkey or chicken)

1/4 cup chopped onion (from a medium onion)

3/4 cup frozen mixed vegetables (add some fresh chopped celery too)

1 teaspoon packed brown sugar

1/2 teapoon dry ground mustard

3/4 cup chili sauce

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 Pillsbury Grands Frozen Buttermilk Biscuits (from 25-oz. bag)

2 teaspoons milk

1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds, if desired


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Spray an 8-inch skillet with cooking spray. Add ground beef and onion and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until
beef is thoroughly cooked. Drain.

3. Stir in frozen mixed vegetables, brown sugar, mustard, chili sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender.

4. Spoon beef mixture into 2 (1-1/2-cup) ungreased ovenproof bowls or ramekins. Top each with frozen biscuit. Brush each biscuit with milk, sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until biscuits are deep golden brown.


Photo: Key West, Florida bar called Sloppy Joe's Image by bfraz via Flickr

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27 July 2009

Video: Vertical Lasagna On a Budget

From Denny: I'm a big fan of these segments on CBS and Food Network where chefs demonstrate how to entertain wonderfully on a shoestring budget. This idea of taking horizontal cut squares of lasagna and then doing something different where you stand the curved edge noodles on their sides is much more asthetically appealing! And, since I've always liked to play with my food, these cheesecake lollipops that get dipped in a pot of melted chocolate, well, what can I say? Totally DIVINE!

"On this week's Chef On A Shoestring, Domenic Charomonte, Executive Chef at Match Restaurant, prepares Organic Salad, Summer Chicken Lasagna, and Cheesecake Lollipops under $35."


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26 July 2009

Video: What Made Wedding Video a Web Hit?

From Denny: From reporter Mike Taibbi he explains why this wedding video has taken the world by storm. This is also a good video for people who are still scratching their heads trying to figure out what all the fuss is about on this one video.

Video: Wedding Party Recreates Blissful Boogie for Today Show

From Denny: They are at it again for national TV! One of the ushers is now in a cast since the original wedding video and was still in the dance.

25 July 2009

Viral Video: Wedding Entrance Dance

From Denny: Enjoy this fun version of how to do your wedding day! It's gone viral on the web. This will make your day for the happiness quotient!

24 July 2009

Recipe: Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits for dinnerImage by frs via Flickr

From Denny: Shrimp and Grits is a favorite comfort food here in Louisiana! Here is their version of this simple dish from the Grillroom Restaurant.

Roasting Grits for Fuller Sophisticated Flavor

As to making grits, we love Quaker Quick Grits (never instant). Then, in a dry saucepan on medium heat I dry roast the raw grits. This is great for those who want to reduce gluten in their diet or may be non-insulin diabetics, eager to reduce too much starch in a favorite food. Dry roasting is great for using for most grains to accomplish that goal.

Don't over roast the grits or too much starch is burned off and then they won't stick together properly when cooking. If you do over roast them you can add raw grits to the boiling water to help pull it together. It's a fix but not as good as doing a lighter roasting. I go for the smell to tell me when it's roasted perfectly. It begins to lose the raw smell and develop that savory nutty scent of roasting.

Make sure the water is already boiling as the grits roast quickly and can burn if you are not ready to empty them into the cooking pot. Pour in a sifting motion and whisk the dry roasted grits into the boiling salted water. Make sure you use a wire whisk as you add the grits to the boiling water so you won't get any lumps. Then I add some clarified butter to the cooking grits. That's for the plain version.

To spice it up for a late breakfast, lunch or dinner meal I add some garlic powder, turmeric (turns it yellow for a festive look, especially on a white plate, and turmeric spice gives it a slight curry flavor), a bit of Cajun seasoning (a light touch as it is salty), some favorite chili powder and voila! yummy! You can always add your favorite cheese and turn it into Cheese Grits.

For the non-Southerners who are asking "what the heck is a grits cake?": What this restaurant is doing for the grits cake portions is pouring hot grits to cool in portion size shapes. Cooled grits are often cut into portions and fried or baked to heat for another dish. It's a great way to use up leftover grits. Of course, the ducks from the tiny pond in our back yard - otherwise known as the Locust Brothers when it comes to leftovers like grits - usually demand their grits meal for the day because they so love it! They also love cat food... :)

Shrimp and Grits


From: the Grillroom


Ingredients:

6 shrimp each, 16 to 20 count size

1 ounce olive oil blend

1 each grit cake portion

1/2 Tablespoon Cajun seasoning

2 ounces white wine

4 ounces oyster BBQ butter

2 ounces pepper mix

1 ounce Cajun tasso ham, 1/4" x 1/4" diced

1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper mix

1 teaspoon parsley, chopped

1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

1 each lemon wedge

1 each thyme sprig

Directions:

Place the grit cakes in the oven to heat throughout.

Heat a saute pan over high heat and add the oil.

Add the shrimp, peppers, onions, and ham. Season with 1/2 Tbsp. of Cajun seasoning and the salt and pepper mix. Saute briefly. Add the white wine and reduce until dry. Add the BBQ oyster butter and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the shrimp are cooked throughout.

Bank the grit cake pieces off of each other in the center of a square plate. Pour the saute mixture over the top of the grits, arranging the shrimp so they are on top.

Garnish with the chopped parsley, thyme sprig and the lemon wedge


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23 July 2009

Recipe: Pecan Crusted Red Snapper

Pecan crusted chickenThis is a pecan crusted chicken version, pecan crusting is versatile! Image by churl via Flickr

From Denny: This is a very simple recipe to do at home as it comes from a friendly family-style diner restaurant that has been a Baton Rouge institution for decades! The father has retired and the son, a daughter and grandson have taken over running the two locations. Frank's has long been a family favorite for their breakfast, and their homemade biscuits, have put them on the map around here!

Pecan Crusted Red Snapper

From: Frank's Restaurant (2 diners, one on Airline Hwy. in Prairieville and the other on Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge)

Ingredients:

10 ounces Red Snapper

2 Cups Buttermilk

1 Cup Flour

Salt & Pepper to taste

1 Cup Pecot Bread Crumbs

1 Tablespoon Chopped Pecans


Directions:

Dip Snapper in buttermilk and then into flour.

Add salt and pepper.

Add pecans to bread crumbs.

Dip again in buttermilk and then into pecot breadcrumbs.

Put snapper in hot buttered pan or grill.

Turn snapper 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.


Bourbon Sauce:

1/2 oz Rum

1 Tablespoon Butter

1/4 cup of Demi Glaze

Directions: Mix rum, butter and glaze together. Whip on medium heat until thick. Pour over Red Snapper.


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22 July 2009

Funny Video: I Just Want a Pizza!

From Denny: This girl, Justine, is so funny! She cold calls a bunch of stores asking to order a pizza. Most of them don't catch on to her snarky ways but one guy finally did and the exchange and how she gets out of it is hilarious! He really nailed her and his comments are unbelievable. Of course, her close-up facial expressions steal the show, enjoy!



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21 July 2009

Recipe: How to Make German Chocolate Cake Without a Mix

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From Denny: Louisiana has a strong heritage from Germany as they immigrated here over 150 years ago! One of the delights we quickly absorbed and love to this day is their German Chocolate Cake.

While there are those folks in Louisiana who use convenience foods some of the time, a lot of us stick to "the old ways" of what is called "cooking from scratch." What that means is that everything is fresh. I also think that is why Cajun and Creole food is so popular beyond the spices; it's all about the dedication to freshness even by simple home cooks.

The problem with pre-packaged foods is that they are often months old while languishing on the shelf, stuffed full of preservatives to make it still healthy enough to use in a recipe - which is why it probably is not as palatable as it could be. Too bad food companies would not do a special promotion of "Just fresh from the factory to you, only 3 days old!" I might be more inclined to use more of their products. :)

Now that the economy has everyone so wallet conscious people really are motivated to learn how to be more independent of convenience foods! I've never been a huge fan of cake mixes as the texture seems to be so, well, gummy. Too many preservatives and who knows what else is in there you don't know about. More than anything, it's a great idea to learn how to make your favorite foods without pre-packaged kitchen helpers so you don't become miserably co-dependent. You also end up with a much higher quality and fresher food!

Found this little gem of a recipe over at the AOL food section. I've always enjoyed German Chocolate Cake but the cake mixes often leave a lot to be desired. Here is the real deal like people used to make it in our grandmothers' time before the large conglomerate food companies started pushing cheap imitation cake mixes on busy women trying to get a good meal on the table in less time.

There are some things that just require the time to make them. You can always break up most recipes into smaller time allotments over a few days when you are pressed for time - or suffer from ADD and can't focus for long. Either way you get to eat well! :)

German Chocolate Cake

From: Stephanie Zonis, "For Chocolate Lover's Only," StarChefs.com
Adapted by StarChefs.com

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins

Ingredients:

Frosting:

2 cups shredded, sweetened coconut

1-1/4 cups chopped pecans

1 cup evaporated milk

4 egg yolks, from eggs graded "AA large" (Denny note: AA is fresher than A)

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

9 Tablespoons (1 stick + 1 Tablespoon) unsalted butter, cut into pats

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cake:

2 cups buttermilk

3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pats

2-1/2 cups flour

2-1/4 cups granulated sugar

2/3 cup Dutch process unsweetened cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

Pinch salt

2 eggs, graded "AA large" - beaten to mix

2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:

For Frosting:

Combine coconut and pecans in small bowl and set aside. Pour small amount of evaporated milk into heavy-bottomed, nonreactive 2 quart pot. Add egg yolks. With large spoon, beat to mix well. Gradually and alternately add remaining evaporated milk and both sugars, beginning with evaporated milk and stirring well after each addition. Add butter pats. Place over medium heat. Stir constantly until mixture just comes to a boil (it may appear as though very slight curdling takes place as mixture heats--OK). Remove from heat immediately; mixture will be thin. Stir in coconut and pecans, then add vanilla. Cool briefly, then chill. As frosting chills, beat occasionally with large spoon. Frosting should thicken considerably to spreading consistency in 2-1/2 to 3 hours, but it's OK if it needs to chill longer--this frosting won't harden completely.

For Cake:

Grease two 9" by 2" deep round layer cake pans with vegetable shortening. Line bottoms with wax paper cut to fit, grease paper, then dust entire inside of pan lightly with flour, knocking out any excess. Set aside. Adjust rack to center of oven; preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In small, heavy-bottomed, nonreactive saucepan, combine buttermilk and butter pats. Set over low heat; stir often just until butter is melted. Remove from heat; set aside to cool until just warm.

Meanwhile, into large bowl sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. With whisk or large spoon, mix well until of an even color. When buttermilk mixture is warm, add beaten eggs and vanilla; with fork, beat in to mix well. Add all at once to dry ingredients. With whisk or hand-held electric mixer, stir until dry ingredients are moistened, then beat just until batter is well-combined (a few small lumps may remain--OK). Divide batter, which will be thin, evenly among prepared pans. Run batter up sides of pans slightly by tilting pans in a circular motion. Drop each pan three times onto a flat surface from a height of about 3" to distribute air bubbles in batter.

Bake in preheated oven 30-35 minutes, reversing pans back-to-front and exhanging oven positions about halfway through baking time. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in center emerges with only a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Do not overbake. Remove to cooling rack. Let layers stand 10-15 minutes.

Gently loosen cakes from sides of pans. Invert onto cooling racks; remove pans and gently peel wax paper from bottoms of layers. Re-invert to cool completely, right side up, before frosting.

To assemble:

If necessary, trim tops of cooled layers so they are level. Place one layer upside down on serving plate. Top with half of the chilled, thickened frosting. Spread frosting almost, but not quite, to edges of layer. Top with second layer, right side up. Press cake together gently to force frosting to edge of first layer. Top second layer with remaining frosting and spread evenly over top. Serve immediately or chill until needed; refrigerate any leftovers.

To cut this cake, you'll need a large, sharp, heavy knife. I use a knife with a serrated edge, though I know people who use a straight-edged knife here; try both and see which you prefer. You'll also need something to drink when you eat this--a glass of milk or a cup of coffee are fine accompaniments.



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20 July 2009

Video: Bobby Flay's Fancy Food Finds

From Denny: I don't know how I missed this cool video discussing the latest food trends like, drumroll, pahleez! chocolate tortilla chips, yum! Chef Bobbly Flay, reporting on what he discovered at the Fancy Food Show, gives you some great ideas on how to pair or use as an ingredient many of these new trendy tasty snack chips.

"TV host and chef Bobby Flay showed off some of the great new foods featured during New York City's Fancy Food Show."


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19 July 2009

Bloggers Unite: Global Human Rights Abuses



Update: Federal Agents Investigate Burger Kings Treatment of Foreign Students - An excerpt: "RIVERTON, Wyo. – Federal agents from the Department of Immigrations are expected to arrive in Riverton today to investigate a possible indentured service case involving foreign students. Five university students working in the states through an exchange program said they were fired from the local Burger King and evicted from squalid living quarters provided by the company after they complained about the conditions.

They described the 15x15-foot house as a boiler room prison, because the windows wouldn’t open, bunkbeds with air mattresses were the beds, a hot-plate on a counter sufficed for a kitchen stove and the toilet and shower stall were unsanitary due to corrosion.

Riverton police, who executed the eviction notice over the weekend, were appalled at the conditions found and reported the situation to immigrations and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Local Burger King management has refused comment and corporate officials in Florida say they were unaware of the situation. The students were matched with the local Burger King through the work/travel programs of Worldwide International Student Exchange (WISE) and Aspire Worldwide. They paid $3,500 to $5,000 each to participate, and were told adequate housing would be provided at an affordable fee.

They said rent for the house was $1,800 a month, paid to Burger King District Manager Peggy Handran. Her phone number listed on the work agreement is no longer in service.

The university students are all men, ages 18-21, coming from Turkey, Mongolia, Azerbaijan and the Ukraine. They have found temporary sanctuary with a neighbor, Donna Michel."

Click on the title link for the rest of the story.

From Denny: This is a post I ran over at The Social Poets Friday evening for the Bloggers Unite Human Rights Day post on 17 July 2009. Bloggers everywhere are all blogging on the same day about human rights.

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Humanity is at a crossroads in our world history where we must make a profound decision. It’s time to live better.

Currently, human rights abuses are no longer exclusive to certain regions of the globe. There is a sharp increase in human rights abuses worldwide for decades now and situations are increasing in violence yearly.

Stories abound globally of the most heinous crimes to humanity. Nothing good is accomplished by mankind trying to annihilate mankind. Just what is going on in the world? Here are just a few areas:

• Hamas and Taliban Islamic terrorists and other terrorist groups worldwide are on a bloodthirsty killing spree with bombings of civilians, women and children in many places in the world.



Photo by azrainman @ flickr

• Rogue unstable governments, covertly cozy with terrorist groups, working feverishly to acquire the nuclear bomb so they can kill off their neighbors they don’t like because they are another religion, a different economic or another kind of social system – or just plain won’t give them what they want.

• Genocide in Africa because people of different tribes can’t work out their differences like civilized people.



• Jailing journalists - trying to report the truth - as political temper tantrums to get their own way: North Korea and Iran.

• Tortured prisoners worldwide with the most notable recent heinous acts perpetrated during the Bush years on terrorist suspects never given trials, mainly because there was no real hard evidence.



• Under Taliban Islamic law and culture women are still regarded as subhuman and not deserving of first class treatment like men.

• Here in the United States, during the Bush years, women were raped, often savage gang rapes, at our military universities yet went unreported.

• Then there are battered women worldwide from Islamic to Christian countries whose husbands will not stop pummeling them.



We, the majority, are allowing the few to terrorize us, our neighbors and our loved ones. We must mobilize to stop it. How? Education for starters.
In the end, in order for humanity to not come to an end, we must consider a working alternative to what exists today in the way of abuses. It is a basic human right to be loved. Loved, you say? Yes, loved. We all have the right to be loved.

Love comes in many forms. We have the human right to certain expectations of basic decency and civility. We have the human right to healthy drinking water and sanitation and affordable housing. We have the human right to expect our political leaders that are guardians of our country to be honest and get serious about addressing pressing social and economic issues.



Photo by alicepopkorn @ flickr

Human rights abuses worldwide, in our own countries, in our homes will continue until the average person stands up and says "No!" to it all. Human rights abuses will continue until we all get serious about connecting up to create a tsunami force to push humanity along until we all do better, choose better and, in the end, start living better. Now that’s Love in action! We all have the human right to be loved. Let’s give Love.

A few places you can go for education and plug in to help:

Bloggers Unite where you can help by blogging

Youth Movement For Human Rights - worldwide

Human Rights Watch

Amnesty International, dedicated to bringing world attention to human rights abuse


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18 July 2009

Recipes: Interesting Recipes with Figs!



Photo of Mediterranean Fig and Radicchio Salad @ 2theadvocate.com


From Denny: Usually, figs are not my biggest interest but I have to admit that they way they use them in recipes in Louisiana have peaked my interest considerably. The South does have a way with food!

These recipes were featured in our local newspaper's food section this week and they all looked so good I thought I'd park them all here today.

Figs are a great source of fiber, those all important must-have antioxidants, build and maintain strong bones calcium, iron to keep you from feeling tired, potassium and magnesium!

Check out what the first-century Roman writer and naturalist Pliny the Elder wrote that “figs are restorative, they increase the strength of young people, preserve the elderly in better health and make them look younger with fewer wrinkles.” Sign me up on that program! Who said I was lukewarm on figs? You must be mistaken... :) I wonder if eating figs for your health will become a raging trend like Twitter? Hmmmm... time will tell about this "super" fruit!

The food writers over at 2theadvocate.com advise about figs: "When you buy fresh figs, treat them carefully because they are very perishable. The fig skin is fragile and scars easily. If the skin on some figs is scarred from coming in contact with the tree’s leaves while the fruit is growing, don’t worry. Such marks don’t affect the flavor or nutritional value of the fig.

Fresh figs should be kept refrigerated until ready to eat. Dry figs (unrinsed) will keep in the refrigerator uncovered for five to seven days, but no longer.

If you are freezing the figs, they can be rinsed, patted dry and frozen in a plastic freezer bag for up to six months.

Some people prefer to peel figs before eating. Others, say, “Why bother?”

Whichever style suits the palate, now is the time to turn over a new leaf — a fig leaf, naturally — and try figs fresh, out of hand, or preserved and find out if Pliny the Elder was right."

If you are lucky enough to know someone with a fig tree or can get your hands on a lot of this short season fruit, then by all means, can up some of the crop to enjoy all year long!

Johnny Wilbert’s Fig Preserves

From: John W. “Johnny” Wilbert Jr. of Plaquemine
Yield: about 7 half-pints

Ingredients:

2 quarts fresh figs

1 quart raw sugar or light brown sugar if raw sugar is unavailable

1 lemon, sliced thin

Directions:

1. Wash figs gently. Cut stems, leaving ø inch of stem on each fig to prevent breaking up.

2. Place figs, sugar and lemon slices in a 4-quart casserole dish. Cover with lid.

3. Microwave on full power for 55 minutes, stirring gently after the first 20 minutes, the second 20 minutes and then 10 minutes later. Stir again after the final 5 minutes of cooking.

4. Cool until you can handle the figs. These can be ladled into prepared canning jars immediately or frozen to process later.

5. To preserve, wash canning jars in the dishwasher. Then boil jars in a large pot for 15 minutes. Wash the jar lids and rings and bring to a boil in another large pot of water.

6. Once canning jars are sterilized, fill the jars with the cooked figs and juice to within 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch from the top of each jar. With a clean paper towel, wash the top and rim of each jar to remove any figs or fig syrup that could prevent the jar from sealing. Place a lid and ring on each jar.

7. Put the filled, capped jars in a large kettle and completely cover with water. Boil jars for another 15 minutes to process.

8. Remove from water and place on paper towel-covered counter. Cool. Lids will make a pinging sound as they seal. Check seals to make sure they are tight before storing jars in a cool, dry place.

Now here are two salad recipes to enjoy! Remember: fruits and veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuces all work to cool your liver - and when you cool your liver in this heat you end up cooling down your body. Tastes good AND you feel better in 100 degree heat! Though these recipes don't call for it I often add these coolers to beat the heat when making salads.

Fig and Spinach Salad

From: Tommy Simmons, food writer and food section editor @ 2theadvocate.com
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup Steen’s cane vinegar

1 Tablespoon Zatarain’s Creole mustard

2 teaspoon light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 bag fresh spinach leaves, stems removed

4 ounces crumbled feta or blue cheese, depending on taste preference

1/2 cup toasted and chopped pecans

8 to 10 fresh figs, rinsed, dried and sliced, plus 2 sliced figs for garnish

Mint sprigs for garnish, if desired

Directions:

1. In a jar, combine olive oil, cane vinegar, Creole mustard, brown sugar and salt. Shake well to mix.

2. In large salad bowl, toss spinach leaves, crumbled cheese, pecans and sliced figs. Drizzle with enough dressing to coat and toss gently.

3. Garnish with additional figs and a few mint leaves, if desired.

Testing note: I’ve also thrown in five or six sliced green grapes on occasion.

Mediterranean Fig & Radicchio Salad


From: Royal Rose Radicchio Web site, http://www.radicchio.com
Serves: 6 to 8

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar (or cane vinegar)

2 teaspoons honey

1/3 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 head radicchio, torn

1 head frisée, torn

6 to 8 fresh figs, cut in halves

1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped

1/4 loaf crusty French bread, torn into pieces

1 roll creamy goat cheese, such as Montrachet

Directions:

1. In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, honey and oil. Season with salt and pepper.

2. In large bowl, toss radicchio and frisée, then arrange on individual plates.

3. Top with figs, olives, torn bread pieces and bits of goat cheese.

4. Drizzle with dressing and serve.

Testing note: If you can’t find individual heads of radicchio and frisée in the produce department, substitute a lettuce mix that contains radicchio and frisée.



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17 July 2009

Recipe: Lighter Simple Summer Seafood Gumbo



Photo from 2theAdvocate.com

From Denny: This summer version of beach vacation gumbo was featured in our local newspaper in this week's food section. The family dilemma was there were a lot of people to feed for each meal, fifteen to be exact. The cooks did not have a lot of time to cook and also wanted to take advantage of the fresh seafood as they were vacationing in Florida. It would have been a culinary sin not to enjoy the local freshest seafood! :)

So, they came up with some shortcuts for cooking gumbo using some convenience foods. They also thinned the roux (nothing like the traditional excessively thick New Orleans roux you will get in every tourist restaurant in New Orleans) to lighten the feel of it for the heat of the summer. Sometimes, when you have been at the beach all day the last thing you want to eat is food that is too heavy on spices, heat or texture.

The cooks saved time and heat in the kitchen by using a prepackaged powdered roux and gravy mix. As per their advice, "As with any thickening agent, always stir it with cool liquid before adding it to a skillet or gumbo pot to prevent clumps from forming."

They also saved time again by using pre-chopped bag of Creole seasoning mix of onions, bell peppers and celery. Make sure you check the date for optimum freshness of this kind of convenience food.

OK, this is where I'd draw the line and chop my own. Why? Because vegetables lose their energy quickly and start leaching water, breaking down within an hour or so of chopping them. So, yeah, I'd take the time here to chop my own; the flavor will be a lot more intense and wonderful if you do!

Use low-sodium chicken broth as seafood has enough natural salt on its own.


Lighter Simple Summer Seafood Gumbo

From: Tracey Koch

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients:


4 Tablespoons canola oil

3 cups chopped Creole seasoning blend of onions, bell peppers and celery

1/2 cup instant roux and gravy mix (I use Zatarain’s or Tony Chachere’s)

8 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 teaspoon gumbo filé, if desired

2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined

1 pound fresh claw crabmeat or half claw and half lump

1 pound raw, shucked oysters (optional)

Cooked rice


Directions:

1. In a large stock pot, heat the oil and sauté the vegetables over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until translucent.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the roux and gravy mix with the chicken broth until all of the mix is dissolved.

3. Pour the broth into the stock pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Add filé, if desired.

4. Add shrimp, stir and cook for 5 minutes, then fold in crabmeat, stirring occasionally. Stir in optional oysters, at this point. When shrimp are uniformly pink, the seafood is cooked, and the gumbo is ready to serve.

5. Ladle over hot, cooked rice.

Kitchen Helpers: Kids can help out in several ways with this dish. They can measure the ingredients, whisk together the gravy mix, pick through the crabmeat for shells and even help peel the shrimp. Just make sure they wash their hands well before and after handling raw seafood.

From Denny: They suggested a simple Greek salad to round out the meal. Besides, all those raw veggies like tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers are cooling to your liver which, in turn, will cool down your body from a hot day in the beach sun. Win-win!

Summer Greek Salad

From: Tracey Koch

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

1 head butter lettuce or mixed greens

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1 small cucumber, diced

1/2 cup kalamata olives

Greek dressing:

1 clove minced garlic

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp. dried mint

Directions:

1. Toss lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives in a large salad bowl.

2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together garlic, lemon juice, oil, salt, pepper, oregano and mint until all ingredients are uniformly incorporated.

3. Add dressing to salad according to taste and toss.

4. Serve immediately.

Kitchen helpers: Younger children can help measure the dressing ingredients and toss the salad, and older ones can make it by themselves.

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16 July 2009

Outrageous Video: Bruno (Comedian Cohen) Talks with Real Terrorist!

From Denny: I usually ignore outrageous movie previews but I have to admit this comedian is actually funnier and MORE outrageous in interview! Check him out on the late night circuit and his interview with a terrorist who clearly looked ticked off! We may have to label his style of comedy as terrorist comedy...



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15 July 2009

Obnoxious Video: News of the Absurd - Twitter, Soc the Cat and Religion

From Denny: It's all about Twitter and the absurd in this amusing CNN segment!



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14 July 2009

Recipe: Easy KeyRecipe: Lime Pie with a Twist - White Chocolate!

key limes for key limeadeSee how tiny these key limes are? Intensely flavored and tart! Image by m kasahara via Flickr

From Denny: In the heat of this summer (which it seems you have heard me endlessly whining about - grin) and to be enjoyed after a good garlicky seafood dish is a citrus flavor to cut the oils, salt and heat.

We adore Key Lime Pie here in Louisiana! Louisianians often visit the Florida beaches and golf courses where we were introduced to such a sweet treat as to what they like to create with Key Limes! (We also love their soft shell crabs - yum!) Here is another twist on the classic recipe by using white chocolate.

Easy Key Lime Pie with a Twist

Yield: one (9-inch) pie

Ingredients:

1 cup whipping cream

1 (11-ounce) package white chocolate morsels

1 tablespoon Breakstone's sour cream (you can use another full fat brand)

1 teaspoon grated Key Lime rind (these things are tiny to grip; if you have a microplane it's easier to grate them)

1/3 cup fresh Key lime juice (these tiny little limes are awesome!)

1 (9-inch) pre-baked chocolate graham cracker crust (I prefer a chocolate crust as I find the plain just a little too bland but you can choose whatever you enjoy!)

Garnish: lime slices

Directions:

Over low heat in a medium saucepan you want to combine the white chocolate morsels and the whipping cream.

Cook 5 minutes or until white chocolate melts; stir constantly. Remove from heat and now add the sour cream, lime rind and juice; stir well. Note: The reason you remove it from the heat is that you don't want the sour cream to separate or the white chocolate to seize up on you.

Note: Variation - Before you pour this mixture into the crust you can add some zing with another variation: spread a thin layer of sour cream on the bottom of the crust. You could also spread a thin layer of melted semi-sweet chocolate here too! I've even placed finely chopped butter-roasted pecans here.

If you want to just proceed with the basic recipe and skip the variations, go ahead and pour the sour cream-lime mixture into crust. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Garnish, if desired with more whipped cream, finely chopped butter-roasted pecans and lime slices for beautiful presentation! Dare I say it? Lip-smacking good! :)

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13 July 2009

Video and Recipe: Fried Shrimp with Crab Etoufee Topping

From CajunCookingTV.com:




Ingredients for Fried Shrimp Norman:

1 pound Large or Jumbo Shrimp

Crab Etouffee (see recipe)

1 package Fish/Shrimp Fry (or Corn Flour)

½ cup All-purpose Flour

1 Tablespoon Tony’s Creole Seasoning

1 Tablespoon Sea Salt

Canola Oil

1 egg

½ cup milk

Directions:

Make Crab Etouffee according to recipe, but use less water or stock. Etouffee should be a thick consistency.

Peel shrimp leaving the tail on. Slice deep through the top of the shrimp to both devein the shrimp (take out the black vein) and butterfly it for frying. Set aside in a bowl.

In a mixing bowl, prepare the Fish/Shrimp fry by blending ½ cup All-purpose flour, Sea Salt and Tony’s Creole Seasoning.

In another small mixing bowl, crack the egg and stir in ½ cup milk. This is the egg wash.

Take each shrimp and coat in the egg wash.

Move shrimp to the Fish Fry mixture and coat with corn flour.

Fan out the tail for a pretty presentation (be careful – there is a sharp point on the tail of a shrimp that can pierce your hand or finger). Place a clean platter.

Heat oil. Fry Shrimp a few at a time until golden brown or floating on top the oil. Remove the shrimp to a paper towel lined platter to blot excess grease.
Serving Suggestions for Fried Shrimp Norman:

To serve, arrange 6-8 shrimp with tails up on a plate.

Spoon the Crab Etouffee over each of the tails or just place in the center.

Adding a small mound of white rice is optional.

To eat and enjoy, take a shrimp and scoop up a dollop of Crab Etouffee and take a big bite of some deliciously good groceries.

Crab Etouffee



Ingredients for Crab Etouffee:

½ lb Fresh Crabmeat (claw or white)

¼ cup of Flour

5 tablespoons butter

2 cups Cajun Trinity with minced garlic

1 can Rotel tomatoes

1 cup white rice

1 teaspoon Tony’s Creole Seasoning

Chopped green onions or Parsley for garnish

Directions:

To begin, in a medium saucepan – boil 2 cups water. Add 1 cup rice. Stir. Cover and turn down the heat to medium low (#3) for 20 minutes.

Next in a large deep skillet melt 1 tablespoon of butter and sauté the Cajun Trinity and minced garlic. Set aside in a bowl. In the same skillet make a roux. Melt 4 tablespoons butter on medium heat (#6). Gradually add in ¼ cup of flour stirring constantly. For an Etouffee, continue to stir until golden brown caramel coloring.

Carefully add the Cajun Trinity back to the skillet. Add Rotel tomatoes and 4 cups water. Stir well and simmer on (#4) for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning or scorching.

Fold in the crab meat. Season with 1 teaspoon of Tony’s Creole Seasoning. Simmer another 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Serving Suggestions for Crab Etouffee:

Serve Crab Etouffee over rice in a deep plate. Garnish with chopped green onions or fresh chopped parsley for color and a side of garlic French bread.

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12 July 2009

Video: Easy Shrimp Dip!

From Denny: This is something we really enjoy here in Louisiana. If it isn't a gravy with rice, a soaked cake then it's a dip of some kind, preferably with seafood. Shrimp is the number one choice for dips!



From CajunCookingTV.com:

Yield: This quantity will serve a party of 15-20. Just double the ingredients if you’re having a larger party.

Ingredients for Shrimp Dip:

½ pound medium to large boiled shrimp (peeled and deveined)

1 package cream cheese (softened)

¼ cup sour cream

¼ cup chopped green onions

1 tablespoon ketchup

½ teaspoon prepared horseradish

1 stalk celery (cut very small)

Tony’s Creole Seasoning

Directions:

Using a food processor, place all ingredients except the celery. Pulse several times until mixed well leaving a bit of chunky shrimp.

Remove mixture to a mixing bowl using a rubber spatula. Carefully remove the mixture from the blade.

Fold in the chopped celery. The celery gives the dip a good crunch.

Mix in a sprinkling of Tony's Creole Seasoning.

Serving Suggestions for Shrimp Dip:

Pour into a pretty bowl or hollowed out Hawaiian sweet bread or serve with Petite Mini Toasts.

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11 July 2009

Poem titled "First Impressions"

Pink flowers, lily padsImage by jcolman via Flickr

Poem titled "First Impressions"

By Peggy W @ HubPages (a friend)

From Denny: This is a lovely short six line poem that you will enjoy!

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10 July 2009

Videos How to BBQ a Turkey on Your Grill & Deep Fry Turkey Safely

From Denny: We love our deep fat fried turkey here in Louisiana but it can be a mess and even dangerous to prepare if you don't know what you are doing. This video is from Canada and these guys had a great idea of how to BBQ a turkey for Thanksgiving on a normal outside grill for just a few hours. How they packed the turkey was smart.

Though they could have added the bacon on top of the turkey at the beginning of the grilling instead of stopping it toward the end, adding raw bacon (hello, bacteria!) and then overcooking the bird just to cook the bacon.

The video is sped up to fast forward that it is witty and funny, really easy to watch - AND you get a great, easy and fast idea of how to cook a turkey on your grill! Why wait until a holiday and do like we do in Louisiana: cook it any time you "have a taste" for a special food!



Here is the smart way to deep fry a turkey - funny AND informative video:



For safety and grilling tips:



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