Smoky Haricots Verts and Mushrooms

So here is the second of the sides our friends brought over for a dinner on the 4th.

This was a delicious combination. Especially with the crisp green beans. There is nothing worse than mushy vegetables. Add the bacon and mushrooms and you have a hit.
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Did you know we are on Yummly? #recipes

Have you ever heard of Yummly?

Have you ever wanted to save a link to a recipe you wanted to try? It’s kind of a hassle to do it in your browser. With Yummly it is really simple just look for the ‘Yum button’ on the post and click it and save it to your own collection. I just installed a button yummly_button on my site. You’ll find it at the bottom of each post. Even if the site doesn’t have such a button you have the option of installing a button on your favorite browser too. This allows you to capture links to just about any recipe you find on the web. NICE.

Its a really great application for capturing recipes you find on the web, actually one of the top. I’ve been using it for some time to capture recipes from all of the web. Other sites exist to do similar things but Yummly is purpose built for recipes and has a great community to go along with it. It is the only one I have found that allows you to include or exclude specific ingredients and perform searches according to your particular diet preferences.

Recently, though I found out that it is possible to become a ‘publisher.’ Hopefully by doing so it will make it easier for those outside the WordPress community to find the recipe’s you and I have found so enjoyable.



Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 7/4/2016 its a #Grilling

So today was a day off for us due to the holiday here in the U.S. So we thought we would spend a little time with friends enjoying good company and conversation.

As seems to be the custom in most places, this type of activity revolves around food. With time off who can resist the opportunity to do a little grilling out, actually this time it is smoking meat.  Continue reading “Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 7/4/2016 its a #Grilling”

A week in review – #recipes in our #menu

Again this week we combined our “Summer Electric Plan”  with a Theme Week. This time it was Asian, really it turned out to be Thai.

We had some really good dishes. I especially liked the Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup. It reminded me of another Thai soup I really like. By the end of the week though we had a small rebellion 🙂 After two weeks of “Theme Weeks” the family (me included) were ready for ‘regular food’ so we skipped the last dish Kowloon Chicken. It was just as well since we had run out of chicken anyway. We enjoyed the ‘Theme Week’ idea. we tried a lot of new dishes we probably never would have. However, it should probably only be done for one week at a time.

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Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 7/2/2016 its a #party

Last night I mentioned that I was going to make Bourbon Street Deviled Eggs for a going away party, potluck style, we attended this evening.

All in all I am quite pleased with how they turned out. Before we went I did a test run on the family. They liked them. But I was still a little nervous to see how they would be received by the larger audience. Continue reading “Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 7/2/2016 its a #party”

Bourbon Street Deviled Eggs

I’ve often wondered why these traditional ‘picnic’ eggs are called ‘deviled’. Turns out according to several references that the first known printed mention of ‘devil’ as a culinary term appeared in Great Britain in 1786, in reference to dishes including hot ingredients, which including but not limited to mustard and pepper. By 1800, deviling became a verb to describe the process of making food spicy.

This is a fun twist on traditional Deviled Eggs including both the mustard and pepper but also Bourbon Chicken inspired ingredients.
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Bourbon Street Bacon Jam

I saw this really cool idea for Deviled Eggs with Bacon Jam and Pancetta. I really wanted to give it a try but didn’t have time to order the Bacon Jam online. I thought about it a while and decided it would be fun to try and make a version using bourbon, kind of a bourbon street chicken inspired version. So I adapted our Bourbon Chicken recipe and came up with what I am calling Bourbon Street Bacon Jam.

It doesn’t look all that appealing (kind of like an alien sea slug). But it is quite tasty as a condiment. It does go well with Deviled Eggs. I’m looking forward to trying it on other things, Burgers come to mind.
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Guess #whatsfordinner tomorrow 7/1/2016 its a #party

Tomorrow night we will be going a going away party for some friends. I saw this really cool idea for Deviled Eggs with Bacon Jam and Pancetta. I really wanted to give it a try but didn’t have time to order the Bacon Jam online. So I started looking at recipes and came up with an idea of my own for what I am going to call Bourbon Street Deviled Eggs. So far i have gotten as far as boiling the eggs and making the Bourbon Street Bacon Jam (as I am going to call it)

Here’s the recipe so far.(I’ll let you know how it turns out)

1 lbs Smoked Bacon 1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 ounces soy sauce
2 tablespoons minced onion
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3/8 cup bourbon
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 medium onion diced

First I fried the bacon until crisp and then crumbled it.

Next using 2 tablespoons of reserved bacon grease I caramelized the onion
Everything was then placed into a blender, except for enough bacon crumbles to use as garnish, and processed until smooth
Then the mixture was placed back into the frying pan and reduced until it was the desired thickness.
At this point I tasted it and thought it was a bit salty and just a little bitter so I added.

1/2 cup white sugar (I ran out of brown sugar)
1/4 cup bourbon
3/8 cup water

Next is was cooked down to evaporate the alcohol.
Rather than reduce it further, I was afraid that would just reconcentrate the salt, I decided to thicken it with a bit of cornstarch. I simply mixed up a slurry of 1 tablespoon each of water and cornstarch added it the mixture and heated until it thickened.

 Once the project is complete we will post pictures and let you know how it all turns out.

Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 6/28/2016 its #asian

Day two our “Asian Theme Week” dinners. Tonight was again a Thai dish.


Originally a friend of ours shared this dish with us. We would go over to their house on a regular basis for an evening of dinner and cards. Often we would work together to make this Continue reading “Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 6/28/2016 its #asian”

Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 6/27/2016 its #asian

Tonight we tried the first of our “Asian Theme Week” dinners. Tonight we had a Thai inspired version of a classic Chinese dish.

This was a great fit because we love Thai food. The only thing about Thai cuisine is being careful with the peppers. We do have sensitive palates in the house.
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