The Snacking Dead: A Parody in a Cookbook, by D. B. Walker. "Walker"? Really? D.B. as in "don't be a"? It's like an extra parody in the parody!
This cookbook was a gift from my cousin Jenn for my f-f-f-fiftieth (my second favorite "f" word) birthday. I've had tons of fun with it so far. My first foray into it was two weeks ago for the premiere of the new season. I made three of the recipes: "Dripping Ribs with Bourbon", "Squirrel Poppers", and "Li'l Ass Kicker Punch". I also looked at "Sweet-sh Fleshballs with Red Berries". That will be our next Walking Dead/Snacking Dead Sunday night while-we-watch dinner. Our review? We both LOVED the ribs. The citrus in the marinade/sauce is a great counterpoint to the sweet, sour, and heat. Pre-baking and then grilling (or broiling for us that night) caramelized the meat for a sweet, savory, and fall apart deliciousness. We'll be using this recipe again and again. Gene loved the "squirrel" (chicken) poppers; I was ambivalent. We both loved the chicken base (prior to shaping/breading/frying) so I'm going to use that recipe, with added vegetables, the next time I make chicken pot pie. And the punch? Oh yeah! I did make one more southern (by my definition) ingredient substitution that I talk about later in this post. I made a smaller quantity punch than the recipe (party-sized) calls for but even so, the bottom of the pitcher was dry by the end of the night. 'Nuff said!
What's super easy, takes only 20 minutes, only dirties one pan, and is tasty and filling? Cocktail Franks and Fried Potatoes. I watched a food show a while back, can't remember the name, where a Grandmother chuckled about her grandson's always requesting their favorite of her recipes: Chunked up hotdogs and fried potatoes. She happily made it for her grandson and one of his friends but chuckled that it was one of her family's recipes from the Depression when money was so tight, not one of what she would consider her personal signature dishes.
Just one more proof that desperation is a great motivator.
Actually, I can relate. When I was a kid we were pretty poor. My dad was a welder. We had 5 kids. We never took a dime or block of cheese from Welfare. Do the math on our food budget. I remember often dinners the night before Dad's payday being either Brown Beans and Cornbread or Fried Potatoes with Hotdogs.
Cheap doesn't always negate Taste. Sided with steamed broccoli and a salad, we ate well tonight before I head to work for the night.
I've been seeing this recipe for King's Hawaiian Roll Baked Mini Ham Sandwiches for a long time. It looks and sounds great, but to be honest, I've been burned on some Pinterest recipes. The more loudly it proclaims "Best (fill in the blank) ever and only (fill in the blank) ingredients!" the more I now tend to ignore it. But. I will say that this recipe is delicious. I've seen several versions on Pinterest but I went straight to King's Hawaiian Rolls web site itself to get the recipe and it came out nicely. The baked on sauce adds a little zing, a little salty crunch, and a little savory to the sweetness of the rolls. Yummy!
In keeping with James' birthday dinner of Ina Garten's Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna) and Greek Do Nothing Pineapple Coconut Cake, I made a large Greek Dinner Salad with Easy Homemade Greek Vinaigrette to go with the pasta at dinner.
Quick and easy, it's a matter of chopping a few fresh vegetables from the crisper, tossing over some creamy feta, and whisking together a few clean-eating pantry ingredients to dress the salad just before serving--and not having to dig through the fridge for clunky, who-knows-how-old bottled dressings!
What's better than a hot bowl of comfort on a cooooooooold winter day? A hot bowl of comfort that's as good for you as it tastes! Can it get any better than those two things? It can when it's a quick layer into the crockpot, flip the switch, and getting to go one of the other million things on my to-do list until it's time to grab a bowl, a spoon, and our appetites.
At our house, the only thing better than cinnamon rolls are warm, drizzly cherry sweet rolls. Filled with cherry pie filling, cream cheese, and almond paste, they're just as yummy for breakfast as they are for dessert or even a midday coffee break.
Sharing bread recipes from around the world, come back later in the month to be linked to all the breads in our world basket from this year's 9th Annual World Bread Day. Sharing foods, sharing cultures, sharing breads that adorn all of our tables!
I think I'm having a love affair with pound cake lately. There's no other cake that offers so much "bang for the buck": sweet without being cloying, dense, chewy, with a thick heavy crumb that never fails to please me. After making my Buttermilk Pound Cake several times over the last months, I decided to add cream cheese and bananas to this version and see what happens. Lots of good things, that's what happens. Yum!
The one funny from this experiment was when I asked the hubs to move the cake back to the cabinet from the table as my back was acting up. He did, and as he did, he sort of grunted "Ooomph." I said 'Well, it is called "POUND" cake." He said, "Yeah, MANY pounds cake." True. But that didn't stop either of us from gobbling down our "test" pieces for a second!
You know how you, okay: me, pin a million recipes on Pinterest that look good or proclaim to be "the best ________ ever!" and you, okay: me, either never get around to trying them out or I do try them and they are lackluster at best?
This one (photo to left) works--it's a keeper!
It's called chili mac but, to be honest, it's what we called, when I was growing up, Mom's goulash. The differences are the cheese, the beans, the chili powder, and the best of all: ONE POT! I know, right? That last part made my little heart skip a beat. ONE POT. No cooking the pasta separately and the skillet to brown the ground beef, etc. Just brown, drain, dump in cans from the pantry, pasta that tastes even better from having cooked in the sauce, and it's a done deal. To most people, that's called a weeknight dinner win-win. To me, as a 12-hour nightshifter with a non-traditional work schedule, it's work night or sleep day win-win.
I did make a few changes, no reflection on the original recipe, I just had to work around what I had in my pantry and fridge. I used double the amount of meat (hubs is a big meat eater) half of it ground beef and half ground sausage. I used large shell pasta instead of macaroni simply because that's what I had, I doubled the amount of cheese, used kidney beans only, and used shredded "Mexican" cheddar/monterey jack mix, again, because that's what I had on hand.
OMG, Auntie Miranda made this cake for cousin James' birthday dinner, our theme being "Greek", and it was absolutely divine! She said it was very quick and easy to put together, which is a definite plus, and the recipe writer states that it only gets better with a day or two, and can freeze well. I believe all of those things and will definitely be making this again and again. Two thumbs up from the whole family--thumbs up since our mouths were busy eating this awesome cake!
Other Greek Recipes from James' birthday dinner:
Ina Garten's Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna)
Greek Dinner Salad with Easy Homemade Greek Vinaigrette