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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BK Burgers Secret Smoky Taste

BK's burgers are 100% beef burgers
with more added beef flavorings.
They add flavorings to the ground beef
from a company called Red Arrow.
They condense natural wood smoke
 into a refined smoke concentrate
that BK adds to their beef.
It gives BK burgers grilled flavor.
To achieve this BK burger taste at home,
all you have to do is add a few drops
of liquid smoke, into a cup of water,
some brown sugar, salt  and MSG.
Add dashes of ground black pepper and
let it sit for a few hours to mix up good.

Mix in a few grilled onions,
add a few fresh sliced tomato,
some sliced pickles and your good to go.
Add in BK's special sauce and your all set.
Your welcome !

Red Arrow’s Condensed Natural Smoke is a refined smoke condensate created from a 100% natural proprietary process using only heat, water and filtration. It’s that simple.

Best Sauce for Hot Dogs

Most meat sauces are bland tasting.
This one will knock your socks off.
Not with hot pepper heat but with
the fantastic blend of spices.
Of course you could kick it up
with more hot pepper if you like.

1 red onion, peeled and chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups water
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup prepared ketchup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
a dash or two cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 /2 teaspoon onion powder
1 or 2 more cups water

In a soup pot place chopped onions
and peppers along with 2 cups water.
Bring to a boil, then add in vinegar,
Worcestershire sauce and ground beef.
Use a wooden spoon to break up the beef.
Stir in the ketchup, salt, pepper and cayenne.
Lower heat to a simmer and stir in the allspice
garlic and onion powders with more water.
Let simmer for about one hour to cook down.
If you desire a smoother sauce pulse it in a
food processor until desired consistency.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gambas Al Ajillo
Roasted Garlic Shrimp

I like Roasted Garlic and Shrimp together.
Making this and topping it on some Pasta
is a meal fit for the Queen or King in your family.
I like this dish, it cooks up fast using thin spaghetti.
Gambas al ajillo, or “shrimp with garlic”  is just
about one of the most popular Spanish Tapas.

2 whole heads of fresh garlic
a few drizzles of olive oil
1 onion, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
12 frozen shrimp, 15/20 size
1 fresh lemon, sliced
salt to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut garlic heads at the tops, then
drizzle with olive oil and place on baking dish.
Slice onion and place on baking dish.
Bake uncovered for about twenty minutes,
then add shrimp onto baking dish to cook
for another 30 minutes or so until done.
Remove shrimp, peel and toss in a bowl with
roasted garlic, onion, add in sugar, vinegar and
also toss with sliced lemon, salt before serving.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lemon Zest Chow Mein

I made this with canned chicken chow mein,
it was amazing tasting right light and tasty good.
It would work well with any canned chow mein.
Adding in cashews this is gourmet all the way.

1 can of store bought chow mein.
1 package of store bought Ramen noodles
1 lemon, zest and juice of
2 cups water to cook noodles
a dash or two of soy sauce

In a sauce pan heat up 2 cups a water to boil.
place in dried Ramen noodles to cook.
Use a vegetable peeler to remove zest, or peel
from one or two fresh lemons into the pot.
Drain cooked noodles and set aside,
place canned chow mein in pot to heat through.
Serve chow mein on cooked noodles.
Season with soy sauce if desired.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Peanut Butter Potato Chip Dip

This is a chip dip that screams Eat me !
You finely chop up some potato chips,
mix it into a peanut butter cream sauce
to create an incredibly tasting party dip.
All your guests will ask for the recipe.

48 potato chips, finely chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
2 tablespoons milk

Melt butter in a microwave safe dish add in cinnamon,
allspice, peanut butter, stir in chopped potato chips,
sugar, cream cheese and milk into a dip batter.
Chill and serve chilled on ice at the buffet table.
Add in some hot red pepper sauce is desired.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Can You Freeze Pasta
You Can Freeze Pasta

Yes, any cooked pasta freezes up great.
After cooking and draining the pasta,
seal it in a plastic freezer bag and freeze.
Thaw before re-heating in water or sauce.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Making Clear Ice Cubes

When you freeze cold water the cubes get cloudy.
The secret is to heat the water up to just boiling.
Then fill up the ice cube trays and freeze them.
The ice cubes will be clear, not cloudy at all.

Banana Ricotta Cheese Cake

Having bananas turning black on the counter,
I decided to make a banana cheese cake.
The bananas were really ripe yet not as sweet
as I wanted them to taste so I added sugar.
I've made  a cheese cake like this before,
using chocolate boxed cake mix and Ricotta.
In this I used a yellow cake mix with the cheese
and used up all of my over ripened bananas.

3 ripe bananas
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup Ricotta cheese
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 boxed yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Grease and flour a 10" spring form pan.
In a mixing bowl combine bananas,
sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt together
making a loose batter, set aside.
In another mixing bowl mix cake batter
as directed on box and then pour into
center of prepared 10" spring form pan.
Pour banana batter in the center of the
yellow cake mix batter, (do not stir).
Place in oven to bake for about 45 minutes
then reduce heat to 300 degrees F.
to finish baking until the cake tests clear.
Let cool before serving,
Refrigerate any left overs.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What to Eat Tonight ?

I'm sitting here trying to decide what I want to eat.
Should I simply open up a bag of potato chips?
Drive to Micky Dee's or to the Chaco Taco place.
There's a frozen pizza burning up in my freezer...
I like the taste of a good grilled cheese sandwich.
I'm so lazy, a jar of peanut butter would do me.
After about an hour of thinking things to eat over,
I decided on making a big old pot of thin spaghetti.
It cooked up fast and I could dress it with butter.
I simply just love the flavor of butter in everything.

Cooked thin spaghetti
Minced garlic
Dried oregano
Grated cheese
Do I really have to tell you how to cook pasta?
Go out to eat at a diner tonight.

Baked from the Sea

Every once in awhile I get a hankering
for some baked fish or clams or shrimp.
Not at always in fresh fishing season.
In those times I go to my freezer and
bring out a few Foods from the Sea.
You can use what ever you have on hand.

In any serving amounts:
Cooking spray as needed
Frozen shrimp, in shell
Frozen breaded fish fillets
Frozen in shell clams or mussels
Frozen green broccoli
Frozen white cauliflower
Fresh red tomatoes
Fresh basil leaves
Salt and ground pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
or parchment paper and coat with cooking spray.
Arrange frozen seafood like stuff, like shrimp,
breaded fish fillets, mussels and any fresh or
frozen vegetables you have on hand to bake.
Bake for bout 40 minutes, or until you can eat them.
Season with salt and pepper, with dips on the side.