Saturday, July 18, 2015

BACON SLAW with Crunchy Ramen Noodles - 52 Grilling Time Extras Side Dish and Ramen Noodle Upgrade


OK... I am sorry, but I am afraid I tricked you into reading this post.  While indeed, this is a slaw recipe and indeed there is a pound of bacon in the mix, It is still a bit deceptive to get you to read this far.  But I hope you will give it a chance now that you are this far in.

You see, the guts of this slaw is not cabbage, it is Brussels Sprouts.  Now, I agree... I HATE BRUSSELS SPROUTS.  But, I LOVE this recipe.

The Sprouts are not your over cooked slimy Grandma's version.  These are crisp, delicious and flavored with not only Bacon but also quick fried a bit in the bacon grease!

Like I said, Delicious!

And just to up the Ante, I even added a layer of crunchy crisp Ramen Noodles for texture.

Giver this a shot, easy to make, just don't tell anyone in advance that they are enjoying the secret until after they declare their love as well.


OK... Here's what I did...


BACON Slaw


Ingredients
  • 1 Pound Bacon, Thick Cut, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces, Fried until cisp BUT Reserve the Bacon Grease
  • 1 Bag Ramon Noodles (your favorite flavor)
  • 2 TBS Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 TBS Your Favorite BBQ Sauce
  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • 1 TBS Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Medium Onion, Diced
  • 6 Green Onions, Chopped (White and green parts)
  • 3 Stalks Celery, Small Dice
  • 1 Medium Carrot, shredded
  • 2 Pounds Brussels Sprouts, Shaved into thin ribbons (Use a mandalen). Just the tender green parts, not the hard base)
Cooking Directions
  1. First, brown the Bacon until crisp, remove from drippings but reserve the drippings to fry veggies
  2. Meanwhile, To make the Crunchy Ramen Noodle Topping ... In a saute pan, Melt the butter over medium high heat. Add 1 package of Ramen Noodles (without the flavor package) and stir until coated. Continue to stir and heat for several minutes. Soon the noodles will start to brown. Once they reach a desired color, remove from heat.
  3. Back to the saute pan with the bacon drippings, add the Onions, Green Onions, Celery, Carrots and Saute until the onions have softened and all the bacon drippings have been absorbed. About 5 minutes.
  4. Then add the shredded Brussels Sprouts and saute for 1 additional minute. The shredded Brussels Sprouts should begin to glisten from a coating of the residual Bacon Grease yet still be crispy. Do not over Saute until limp.
  5. Add 1/2 of the crisp bacon (reserving some for garnish on top), and all of the crispy Ramen noodles and mix.
  6. Garnish with the reserve Bacon.
  7. Serve Warm, Room Temperature or Chilled from the fridge. DO NOT TELL ANYONE THAT THEY ARE EATING BRUSSELS SPROUTS UNTIL THEY HAVE HAD THEIR FIRST BITE... And you and your guests will ENJOY!

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So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!

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Plus,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Ways to Cook Side Dish Recipes"!!!

Sure the meat gets all the glory but real cooks know it's the spread... the specialty Side Dishes that makes a meal rise or fall. Here's a few of my favorite recipes that will help to create that illusive COMPLETE MENU!

LOTS of Potato Sides, Vegetable Sides, Specialty Salads, Bread and MORE!

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  2. And you must ONLY pin original sources, posts from food related bloggers only.  If you are a blogger, this is a great way to have thousands of potential readers see your work,  If you are a fan of bloggers, a great way to share your favorites...
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Tang Creamsicle Ice Cream Float - 52 BBQ and Grilling Secret Extras Dessert Drinks


You must be 50 years or older to appreciate the slap to the face of nostalgia that this particular drink brings to mind.

Double nostalgia, the combination of Orange and Vanilla Ice Cream brings to mind those delicious Dreamsickle bars from my youth.

But the Citrus drink mix "Tang" makes this doubly nostalgic!

Picture if you will... The year is 1962.  John Kennedy is President, the Beatles are in Germany dreaming of America, Marilyn Monroe dies and Tom Cruise was born...

And John Glenn drank TANG in Outer Space!

I will admit that I, along with millions of other kids drank my TANG along with John Glenn!  It was the Space Program and everything they touched was golden!

I actually made these on one of the hottest days of the year.  I was BBQing and the table was in the shade, but it was still about 90 degrees at dinner time.  SO, who says you can't serve little shooters of Ice Cream as an appetizer.  Cool refreshing and an incredible conversation starter as everyone at the table had their own version of Five Year Old Me pretending to drink Tang with the astronauts.

It was the 60's after all!


OK... Here's what I did...

Tang Creamsicle
Ice Cream Float


Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 TBS Tang Orange Drink Powder (Just Like the Astronauts Drank)
  • 1 Large Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream
Cooking Directions
  1. Add the Milk and Tang in a Blender (I use a food processor) and Blend away
  2. Pour into a "rocks Glass"
  3. Add a Scoop of Ice Cream and serve quick if in the heat
  4. Serve COLD and ENJOY!
Alternative Recipe...

make a shake...

To make a Tang Creamsickle Shake, Add everything including the ice cream scoop to the blender (Food Processor) and blend away (or Process).

Pick the hottest day of the year and serve as an appetizer at your BBQ...

You will be a minor god to your friends.


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This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Simple but Next Level Dishes"!

Kind of an odd title for these posts. But the longer sentence is... Simple recipes that are easy and inexpensive that will take your cooking to the next level... Things like easy pickled items (I always have a jar of Pickled Red Onions for sandwiches in my fridge). Or how about the easiest bread to make in the world... Beer Bread that is tasty on it's own but also makes a wonderful open face pizza style sandwich... With easy to make Tomato Sauce. Or how about Roasting Garlic for a spread on toast points for a unique appetizer. Infusing Oil with Herbs or spices or spicy peppers. Or how about making your own BBQ sauce. Nothing sets you apart as a grill master like setting out a jar of your own specialty BBQ Sauce.

You get the idea. These recipes are very simple, take very little time but will set you apart as a better cook...

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And,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!

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Plus,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Appetizers Recipes"!!!

From Dips and Salsas to everyone's favorite, Deviled Eggs; Appetizers will set the mood for something special. And make enough different ones and you have a Tapas Meal!

Links include Dips (Take a Look at the WORLD's BEST Guacamole recipe (and world's easiest to make), Salsas, Grilled Bites, Watermelon Art, and of course something with a spectacular presentation and taste... Take a look, something to match any occasion...

****************************PINTEREST**************************

Come and find me on Pinterest... Any of my "52 Ways to cook" Boards are worth following.  If you like this post, please take a second and "Pin" this to your own boards... Better yet, if you are part of a foodie group board please take a second and add this post to your group pins... best way to show your Love!

And BTW, if you are not yet part of a group board, drop me an email at Contact@eRecipeCards.com and request to be added to my group board... FAVORITE FOOD BLOGGERS! (be sure to include your pinterest ID when you write)  Once you are added, any pins you add will be seen by 10s of THOUSANDS of followers of the board (and growing daily).

Rules, only 2... 

  1. In order to join you need to start following the group board as well as at least one of my boards.


  2. And you must ONLY pin original sources, posts from food related bloggers only.  If you are a blogger, this is a great way to have thousands of potential readers see your work,  If you are a fan of bloggers, a great way to share your favorites...
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  3. Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Moink Balls - IMPOSSIBLY EASY Bacon Wrapped Meatball appetizers - 52 SIMPLE Appetizer Recipes


    This is sooooo simple.  SO simple that my long supportive wife, when told that today's post was going to be "Moink Balls", her response was a snort, a laugh and the comment, "What, you going to just tell the folks to go to the store and buy a bag of meatballs"?.

    Well, seriously, first step, go to the store and buy a bag of pre-cooked frozen beef meatballs.

    Told you this was going to be simple.

    First, the MOINK (Beef Meatballs (MOO) Plus Pork Bacon (OINK) = MOINK) Balls have been around for a very long time.  I did just a quick search for the original recipe and couldn't find the genius behind them.  I guess they are too simple to have a single inventor.  This is the classic recipe I learned, just a meatball, wrapped in Bacon with a sweet BBQ dipping sauce.  there are dozens of variations, Chicken Meatballs (Cloinks?), Pork Meatballs (the Oink-Oink), add a piece of pineapple for the Hawaiian Moik or even Turkey Bacon with Vegetarian Meatballs (The Veggie Gobbler).

    Sprinkle a spice rub on them for spicey balls, brush with the dipping sauce as a glaze during the last 10 minutes of cooking for that glowing wet look ball.

    You can bake them, grill them or even use that toaster oven!

    Here's the basic recipe... now just imagine your interpretation!


    OK... Here's what I did...


    Moink Balls


    Ingredients
    • 24 Precooked Frozen Beef Meatballs (Thawed)
    • 12 Slices Thick Cut Bacon (Cut in Half)
    • 24 Wooden Toothpicks
    • FOR THE DIPPING SAUCE
    • 1/4 Cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce
    • 1/4 Cup Grape Jelly
    Cooking Directions
    1. Prepare the Moink Balls, Wrap each Meatball in a Half piece of Bacon. Thick sliced bacon works best, but you can use thin if you like.
    2. Secure the Bacon to the Meatball with a toothpick. I like to just push the toothpick only half way in so at least half stick out, creating a Moink Lollipop! Hint: Soak the wood in water for an hour before cooking to keep them from catching fire while cooking.
    3. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 25 Minutes (15 minutes if using thin sliced bacon).
    4. OR... Grill! Set your grill up for indirect grilling (Coals bunched on one side, a pan with water under the area NOT heated by the coals). Coals should be medium high HOT, making the temperature under the dome about 400-450 degrees. Arrange the Moink Balls over the pan of water (see the photo below), close the lid and check after 20 minutes. Balls are done when the bacon is cooked to your likeness.
    5. While the balls are cooking, make the sauce. Over medium heat in a small sauce pan, mix the Jelly and BBQ sauce. Stir to evenly mix.
    6. Serve Hot with the dipping sauce and ENJOY!
    Makes a great appetizer to share while your HAWAIIAN BACON EXPLOSION finishes cooking... But that's a post for another day!


    ******************************************************

    This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Simple but Next Level Dishes"!

    Kind of an odd title for these posts. But the longer sentence is... Simple recipes that are easy and inexpensive that will take your cooking to the next level... Things like easy pickled items (I always have a jar of Pickled Red Onions for sandwiches in my fridge). Or how about the easiest bread to make in the world... Beer Bread that is tasty on it's own but also makes a wonderful open face pizza style sandwich... With easy to make Tomato Sauce. Or how about Roasting Garlic for a spread on toast points for a unique appetizer. Infusing Oil with Herbs or spices or spicy peppers. Or how about making your own BBQ sauce. Nothing sets you apart as a grill master like setting out a jar of your own specialty BBQ Sauce.

    You get the idea. These recipes are very simple, take very little time but will set you apart as a better cook...

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    And,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

    Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!

    *************************************************************************
    Plus,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Appetizers Recipes"!!!

    From Dips and Salsas to everyone's favorite, Deviled Eggs; Appetizers will set the mood for something special. And make enough different ones and you have a Tapas Meal!

    Links include Dips (Take a Look at the WORLD's BEST Guacamole recipe (and world's easiest to make), Salsas, Grilled Bites, Watermelon Art, and of course something with a spectacular presentation and taste... Take a look, something to match any occasion...

    ****************************PINTEREST**************************

    Come and find me on Pinterest... Any of my "52 Ways to cook" Boards are worth following.  If you like this post, please take a second and "Pin" this to your own boards... Better yet, if you are part of a foodie group board please take a second and add this post to your group pins... best way to show your Love!

    And BTW, if you are not yet part of a group board, drop me an email at Contact@eRecipeCards.com and request to be added to my group board... FAVORITE FOOD BLOGGERS! (be sure to include your pinterest ID when you write)  Once you are added, any pins you add will be seen by 10s of THOUSANDS of followers of the board (and growing daily).

    Rules, only 2... 
    1. In order to join you need to start following the group board as well as at least one of my boards.

    2. And you must ONLY pin original sources, posts from food related bloggers only.  If you are a blogger, this is a great way to have thousands of potential readers see your work,  If you are a fan of bloggers, a great way to share your favorites...
      Come and be a part of ... FAVORITE FOOD BLOGGERS! on Pinterest
    3. Wednesday, July 15, 2015

      Bourbon Butterscotch Ice Cream Sauce - 52 BBQ and Grilling Dessert Ideas


      OK, I apologize, but let's get this out of the way first thing... "Not that There's anything wrong with it".

      Recently I got an opportunity to review The Big Gay Ice Cream Book!   here's the legal stuff... "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." But the review and opinions are 100% accurate and mine!".  I was very excited to get the book (Today it's going to top 95 degrees and 110% Humidity),  I felt cooler just reading the book.

      And it is a great read.  The fellows have a fun story to tell.  Starting out as a summer fling and turning into a nationwide mini but growing conglomerate, the brief history of how the truck came to be, to their current success was inspiring and educational and entertaining.

      The book is set up as a High School yearbook, with Freshman classes (Store bought ice cream with unusual and fun toppings), to Sophomore year with recipes for kicked up sauces and toppings (like this one),  Junior year leads to shakes, floats and sundaes; while Senior year encourages you to make your own ice cream!

      Just the first chapter alone is worth the price of the book!  A page for each, Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry; with a couple dozen unusual topping suggestions (Like Caramelized Bacon for Chocolate Ice Cream) will be an inspiration for decades to come.  Can't wait to try Vanilla with Curried Coconut!

      The book is top quality, hard cover... It doesn't show in the photos, but even the cover sparkles with simulated sugar sprinkles mixed into the colors.  Nearly 200 pages, color photos throughout, each recipe has it's own photo and PLENTY of encouraging How-To instructions that will guarantee success.

      I just don't have enough good things to say about The Big Gay Ice Cream Book!



      As to this sauce, I LOVE THIS!  Very easy to make, and LOADED with Butterscotch flavor and just boozy enough to make this an adult beverage.  Thick and rich and gooey and FABULOUS!

      I made this to serve at a backyard BBQ (moved indoors due to the heat).  My friends were licking spoons and the bottom of the bowls.  The recipe made enough for me to give small jars away as parting gifts.  This will be another idea for Small Batch Canning, Gift ideas come Holiday season!

      A Fabulous Sparkly addition to me cookbook collection!


      OK... Here's what I did...



      Bourbon Butterscotch
      Ice Cream Sauce


      Ingredients
      • 1 Pound 2 Sticks Butter
      • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
      • 1/4 Cup Dark Corn Syrup
      • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
      • 1/2 tsp Course Brown Sugar
      • 1 tsp Vanilla
      • 1/2 Cup Bourbon
      • Plus a Generous Splash of additional Bourbon to taste
      Cooking Directions
      1. Combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, cream, salt, vanilla, and 1/2 cup bourbon in a large sauce pan (using a large sauce pan will help prevent the mixture from boiling over), and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning, until the sugar is completely dissolved (the sauce should not have any grit to it). Then cook, stirring, for another 15 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced and thickened; it should be a dark caramel color and thick enough to coat a spoon.
      2. Remove from the heat and stir in the generous splash of bourbon, or to taste. If you have a heavy hand with your pour, who are we to judge? Let cool a bit, until warm, not hot, and gooey, not runny, then pour over ice cream. Eat and repeat.
      3. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks; reheat and stir before using.
      4. Variation: for a not-so-bourbon butterscotch, just leave out the bourbon. But if you do, angels will cry.
      And if you check out the book you will also get a recipe for CARAMELIZED BACON that pairs wonderfully with Chocolate Ice cream... See photo below!

      But that's a post for another day!


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      So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my very favorite Growing list of  "52 Small Batch Canning Ideas"!!!

      I love Canning! Love the idea of it, Love having my own Jellies, Pickled produce, Sauces, Chutneys... All those pint, half pint, 4 Ounce jars,,, Even big quart jars of Spaghetti Sauce Lined up in my basement storage shelves.  Small batch means I can usually finish a project in no more than an hour of hands on work and usually less.  Easy DIY Projects that last a month or more... Great ideas for first time canners!

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      I am also pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

      Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!

      ****************************PINTEREST**************************

      Come and find me on Pinterest... Any of my "52 Ways to cook" Boards are worth following.  If you like this post, please take a second and "Pin" this to your own boards... Better yet, if you are part of a foodie group board please take a second and add this post to your group pins... best way to show your Love!

      And BTW, if you are not yet part of a group board, drop me an email at Contact@eRecipeCards.com and request to be added to my group board... FAVORITE FOOD BLOGGERS! (be sure to include your pinterest ID when you write)  Once you are added, any pins you add will be seen by 10s of THOUSANDS of followers of the board (and growing daily).

      Rules, only 2... 
      1. In order to join you need to start following the group board as well as at least one of my boards.
      2. And you must ONLY pin original sources, posts from food related bloggers only.  If you are a blogger, this is a great way to have thousands of potential readers see your work,  If you are a fan of bloggers, a great way to share your favorites...
        Come and be a part of ... FAVORITE FOOD BLOGGERS! on Pinterest

      Tuesday, July 14, 2015

      BLT Scones Bacon - Basil - Sun Dried Tomatoes - 52 Church PotLuck Breakfast Ideas Catering Recipes


      Whoa... These are just as FANTASTIC as they sound.

      Savory Basil (the lettuce), Flavor rich Sun Dried Tomatoes (packed in Oil) and of course BACON BACON BACON! all wrapped around a savory moist scone batter (think biscuit but BETTER!)

      The inspiration for this recipe came from one of my favorite bloggers, Penny from the Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen Blog.  Follow the blue letter link to see her version of this recipe.

      I made a few changes from her version.

      First and not the least, EXTRA stuff... I fried up a whole package of bacon, may as well use it.  So instead of her 1/2 cup I used the whole pound.  Everything's better with bacon, so everything's better with more bacon.

      I used my scone recipe that includes baking powder and soda for a bit more fluff, A bit of Almond Meal for a bit more flavor and Cheese on top for a bit more savory zing.

      And these do zing, a real hit for a breakfast served to my visiting Sister-in-Law.  Next time I may need to double the recipe, 12 scones, 5 people and no leftovers for me!  These would indeed stand out at any Church Social (Breakfast or Lunch), as well as an excellent Catering Idea (I always want something special that stands out as a memorable option - and these are MEMORABLE)!

      Such a hit and as I said, just as FANTASTIC as they sound!


      OK... Here's what I did...



      BLT Scones
      Bacon - Basil - 
      Sun Dried Tomatoes


      Ingredients
      • 1 Pound Bacon, Thick Cut, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces, Fried and grease drained
      • 1 Cup Basil, cut into ribbons, Chiffonade style
      • 1 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes Packed in Oil, drained and squeezed
      • 1/4 Cup Sugar
      • 2 Cups Flour
      • 1/4 Cup Almond Meal
      • 1 tsp Baking Powder
      • 1 tsp Baking Soda
      • 1 tsp Salt
      • 8 TBS (1 stick) COLD Butter, cut into 8 pieces
      • 3/4 Cup Sour Cream
      • 1 Large Egg
      • 1 tsp Vanilla
      • Finely shredded White Cheddar Cheese
      Cooking Directions
      1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
      2. Prepare the BLT Portions, Cut and cook the bacon (Drain and squeeze out as much of the fat as possible); Cut the ribbons of Basil and drain and also squeeze out the oil.
      3. Now, make the Scone Batter... In the bowl of a food processor, add the Sugar, Flour, Almond Meal, Salt, Baking Powder and Soda.
      4. Cut in the butter, meaning add the COLD butter one TBS at a time while the blades of the processor are whirring. Continue to process until the flour mix becomes crumbly.
      5. Transfer these crumbles to a large mixing bowl. Add the Egg, Vanilla and Sour Cream and mix until everything is combined. Should be the consistency of sticky dough. Now, mix in the B (Bacon), L (Basil) and T (Sun-Dried Tomatoes packed in Oil).
      6. Divide in half, place each half on a lightly floured work surface and pat into a circle about the size of a 45 record. Cut into 6 pie slice shaped pieces and transfer to a parchment lines cookie sheet. Leave a bit of space between each piece. Repeat with second half of the dough.  Top each with a sprinkle of cheese
      7. Bake for 17 minutes until the scones are golden brown and of course ... DELICIOUS!
      8. Cool for about 5 minutes, serve Hot or at room temperature and ENJOY!

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      This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Breakfast Ideas!"

      It's the most important meal of the day.  From fancy to simple, there are always ways to dress up a breakfast dish.  These are the meals that make Bed and Breakfast Inns legendary (and usually easier than you think).

      Here's your chance to make your guests Ooh and Aah!
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      This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

      A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

      Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

      "A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
      I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy

      ***********************PINTEREST*********************

      Come and find me on Pinterest... Any of my "52 Ways to cook" Boards are worth following.  If you like this post, please take a second and "Pin" this to your own boards... Better yet, if you are part of a foodie group board please take a second and add this post to your group pins... best way to show your Love!

      And BTW, if you are not yet part of a group board, drop me an email at Contact@eRecipeCards.com and request to be added to my group board... FAVORITE FOOD BLOGGERS! (be sure to include your pinterest ID when you write)  Once you are added, any pins you add will be seen by 10s of THOUSANDS of followers of the board (and growing daily).

      Rules, only 2... 
      1. In order to join you need to start following the group board as well as at least one of my boards.
      2. And you must ONLY pin original sources, posts from food related bloggers only.  If you are a blogger, this is a great way to have thousands of potential readers see your work,  If you are a fan of bloggers, a great way to share your favorites...
        Come and be a part of ... FAVORITE FOOD BLOGGERS! on Pinterest

      Monday, July 13, 2015

      World's BEST Beans - 52 BBQ and Grilling Secrets


      Beans Beans... The Musical Fruit!

      Well, in addition to the obvious to any 7th grader, this recipe is musical since your guests will indeed be SINGING your praises!

      This is my latest version of THE WORLD's BEST BEANS!  Among grillers and Backyard BBQ aficionados, you can measure a man's worth by the quality of his home made bean recipe.  This recipe is indeed spicy enough to get the attention of a Texan.  BUT, it is also sweet enough that any Kansas housewife will still enjoy.

      I am starting to make large batches of this recipe at a time.  Not only does it go fast, but just in case, freezes nicely.  Less than an hour's hands on work and you have GREAT beans for a year!  Freezing tip, squeeze out all that air.  It's the air that causes freezer burn.

      But the beauty of this recipe is cooking for a crowd.  Church Social, Big backyard extravaganza or for that catering job, this is the recipe you need.

      With one caveat...

      THE SECRET INGREDIENT -

      My Home made Spicy Texas Steak Sauce!

      Double click the photo to the right or follow the blue letter link to my recipe.  The sauce is a spicy version of A-1 Steak Sauce.  In fact, if you prefer you can substitute A-1 Steak Sauce for the home made sauce (You will lose BBQ Guru Points, but acceptable).  But, most of the spices for the heat in the beans comes from the spices in the sauce.  If you do use A-1 Sauce, to get the same taste, add more Chili Powder (about 4 TBS), Cumin (Another 2 TBS), Coriander (Just 1 TBS) and Garlic powder (1/4 Cup) to the mix.

      As with all recipes, adjust the heat to your personal taste.  More if you like, less if you prefer.  Taste in every stage of the process.

      So, here you go.  A terrific catering recipe (if they are paying for it, you always want to serve something special).  A fantastic "Master of your Domain" Backyard BBQ recipe (Anyone can sear a steak on a grill, true Masters serve something special).  And of course something special to serve up at any Church social, Family get together or neighborhood potluck.

      Go ahead, make the big version (although you could cut in half)... You'll be glad you did.


      OK... Here's what I did...


      Sweet and Spicy
      Texas Beans
      for a Crowd


      Ingredients
      • 4 Pounds Bacon, Thick Cut, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces, Fried and grease drained
      • 6 Cans Bush's brand Country Style BBQ Beans, drained and rinsed
      • 6 Cans Bush's brand Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
      • 6 Cans Bush's brand Spicy Chili Beans, DO NOT DRAIN nor RINSE
      • 4 Large Sweet Onions, Chopped
      • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
      • 1-1/2 Cup (12 Ounce Bottle) Mollasses
      • 1/2 Cup Dry Mustard
      • 4 Cups TEXAS STEAK SAUCE (Can substitute A-1 Steak Sauce)
      • 2 Cups (16 ounces) Tomato Paste
      Cooking Directions
      1. This is a dump and simmer recipe. Dump all ingredients into a LARGE roaster or LARGE Baking Dish.
      2. Set roaster for 225 degrees and simmer for 12 hours, stirring occasionally. overnight preferred. The longer and slower you cook the more the flavors mix and mingle.
      3. You can bake this in the oven, covered (again, LARGE Baking Dish), oven set at 225 for the same overnight cook.
      4. Note: Freezable, love those ziplock freezer bags, one days cook and you have a years worth of beans!
      5. Serve Hot and ENJOY

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      So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

      Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!

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      So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Ways to Cook Side Dish Recipes"!!!

      Sure the meat gets all the glory but real cooks know it's the spread... the specialty Side Dishes that makes a meal rise or fall. Here's a few of my favorite recipes that will help to create that illusive COMPLETE MENU!

      LOTS of Potato Sides, Vegetable Sides, Specialty Salads, Bread and MORE!

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      So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of "52 Ways to Cook SLOW COOKER-CROCK POT Easy Recipes"!!!

      From meat dishes (Like an AMAZING Root Beer Pulled Pork that will feed a small army), to kitchen staples (FREE Gallon of Chicken Stock anyone?) to a slew of Soup and Stew recipes, these are the dishes that will change the way you cook.  Start in the morning, set and forget and dinner is on the table... Easy Peasy indeed!!!

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      This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

      A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

      Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

      "A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
      I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy

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