Archive | September, 2010

Bless Me Bloggers …

20 Sep

I feel like my recent blog posts should start with “Bless me bloggers, it has been ___ day’s since my last cooked meal!” … There has been grilled cheese and tomato soup, cottage cheese and tomato basil wheat thins, pizza, McDonald’s and one of my favorites – french bread, cheese and dried salami – but nothing home made or delicious in any way.  Until this past weekend!  We went to a local festival dedicated to Shrimp and Grits and had the most amazing food!  I used to love shrimp when I was a child but somewhere along the line I stopped eating it by the bowl-full and only ordered it at Bonefish (bang bang shrimp are to die for) and grits are not a favorite of mine either… I don’t mind the taste, but the texture makes me want to gag.  However, the shrimp and grits we had at this festival were just simply amazing!  I was able to get a recipe from the winners from last years festival, and I can’t wait for an opportunity to try this recipe out.  Between the butter, the cheese, the whipping cream and others … I may gain 10 pounds in one sitting, but hey – It’ll be worth it!!! Until next time …

Heat and Pour Frosting – Deliciousness!

12 Sep

This week has been crazy.  Crazy in a good way.  But, crazy in a good way is bad for my cooking … or lack there of this week.  I think we’ve had McDonald’s twice, a rotisserie chicken that made two meals and my staple “what’s for dinner” meal – spaghetti.  BUT, I did make some pretty damn good yellow cake!  And yes, it was straight from the box.

I was walking up and down the aisles at Harris Teeter wondering what I would make for dinner …  {Sometimes I think that’s the best way to find dinner} … and I came across an end-cap filled with frosting.  A new kind of frosting that looks like it is in a chocolate syrup bottle that you heat up in the microwave and pour over your cake.  No longer do you have to wait for the cake to cool completely … gone are the days of ripping off the top layer of cake or having crumbles stuck in your frosting… wahoooo!  Here is my beautiful work of deliciousness.

{Amen}

And here is the bottle of yummy goodness.

Thank you Duncan Hines for making my cake so delicious!  Ya’ll have fun with this one… I’m going to go heat the leftover frosting and find some strawberries! Night!

Fish Tacos on a Paper Plate Kinda Night

1 Sep

We had company over the weekend and into the early part of this week.  Company is always fun to cook for because you try to find things that they like and that will be great conversation food … keeping you at the table longer for chats!  We also went to the beach for most of the day and wanted something fresh and light.  Fish tacos where suggested – recipe was found online – shopping was done – and cooking started! {Brilliant idea by the way}

Let me start by saying, my photos are random at best.  I was talking, cooking, drinking, etc… I snapped pics when a good photo-op hit me in the face!  Secondly, if you have a “beer batter” that you like to use on fish … use that.  Otherwise you can follow the directions below for batter.  We had a box of beer batter that we like to use.  And we use MGD as the liquid.  Makes it authentic!!!

To make the beer batter:  In a large bowl, combine 1 cup all purpose flour, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Blend 1 egg and 1 cup beer {Miller Genuine Draft is the best!} then quickly stir into the flower mixture.  Don’t worry about a few lumps. {Remember: You can bypass this whole step if you have a batter you like to use that comes out of a box}

To make the most wonderful white sauce you have ever tasted … follow these directions: In a medium bowl, mix together 1/2 cup plain yogurt and 1/2 cup mayonnaise.  Gradually stir in fresh lime juice until consistency is slightly runny.  Season with 1 teaspoon minced capers {which I hate, but you can’t taste them in this sauce}, 1 jalapeno pepper minced, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon dill weed and 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper. {Delish – I’m going to have to find another use for this sauce. It really was great!}

Now, to get to the fish. We used about 1 pound of Cod fillets, fresh from the butcher.  I’m sure you could use some frozen Cod, thawed.  We cut them up into long narrow strips.  You could also do small chunks if you wanted.  Heat oil or your deep fryer to approx 375 degrees.  Dip the fish into the beer batter and fry until crisp and golden brown.  Drain the grease from the fish on paper towels.

{This is where I should have a lovely picture of a pile of fried fish!}

In the meantime, you want to heat up some corn tortillas in a fry pan.  They taste so nice after they have been heated up and fried a bit with some oil in the pan.  When you’re ready to serve … place friend fish in the tortillas, top with shredded cabbage and some cheese then top with the white sauce. {Mmmm. I’m thinking this should be served for dinner again tomorrow.} It looks something like this – served with black beans.

Don’t hate. It was a paper plate kinda night. I’m telling you though – – Fish Tacos – – Amazing!  And, I’d love to hear about it when you make them.  I hope they bring all kinds of chats to your dinner table!  Night Ya’ll!