Category Archives: BBQ

Sunday Dinner: Recipe or No Recipe?

How often do you use a recipe when you cook? Me, not that often; if I’m baking then all the time. But, after cooking Sunday dinner with my mother, I realized we don’t often use a recipe.

20130114-094803.jpg

Sunday Dinner: BBQ Pig Feet, Baked Beans and Potato Salad

People ask me all the time about recipes for the items that I cook throughout the week. Most of the time my response is “I don’t have one.” Usually, I don’t. I just cook sometimes I experiment with spices and other times I know what the ingredients are, I just don’t know the measurements.

Growing up in the kitchen with my family, I watched my mother, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents just add stuff to the pot. As I got older I started to ask about the measurements and how much is too much to put in certain dishes. The unanimous response for family ” I don’t know, I just pour and stop when it looks like it’s enough.” That right there is trial and error. I’ve learned a lot from the people in my family and have chosen to educate those that come after me. My challenge is to take one recipe at a time and write down the measurements so my younger relatives and children (when they come) can have them.

So often we learn things just by doing them. When it comes to showing others we have to figure out a way to do because there are no accurate directions. No recipe? No problem. But what do you do when a family member or friend wants a recipe for a dish that you make? I have had to make the dish again, recording the measurements just so I can give it to them or I end up making the dish then telling them to come to pick it up. But due to my schedule lately, I don’t always have that option.

Here’s to me recording all of my recipes that don’t have measurements to them!

3 Comments
POSTED IN: ,


Taste Test Tuesday: Summer Grilling from Tastefully Simple

It’s mid-summer, cookouts are still in effect, parties are calendar and we’ve got something to help ease your mind about what to cook for dinner, your next gathering or even bring to an outing. Tastefully Simple has paired together a selection of items from the Spring-Summer line entitled ‘Summer Grilling’

Summer Grillin' Assortment

This assortment provides you with items to make your grilling adventures, tasty, exciting and will leave you wanting more. The Summer Grilling assortment includes:

* Creamy Caramel Sauce

* Vidalia Onion Dressing

* Honey Teriyaki Sauce

* Fuzzy Navel Slush Drink Mix

Each of these products are great by themselves. The sauces and dressing can be used on chicken, fish, beef or pork. The vidalia onion dressing can be used to saute vegetables or kick up your favorite potato salad recipe. Caramel sauce drizzled on ice cream, fruit or cake is a great way to end a night or or relax mid-day. Use Honey Teriyaki as a glaze over salmon, chicken or as a sauce in some stir-fry. Fuzzy Navel Slush Drink MIx can be used with or without alcohol, pairs very well with sparkling water, lemon-lime soda or sparkling cider.

There are many possibilities to Tastefully Simple’s Summer Grilling assortment. Get it while it lasts and let us know what you were able to create.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Do you have a food item that you would like us to feature? Be sure to contact us via our blog, Facebook, Twitter or email. We would love to know all about it.


Foodie Friday: 4th of July Goodies!

Happy Friday Everyone! This week’s Foodie Friday post is a continuation of last week with ideas for the July 4th holiday. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

Ingredients 

1   pinch salt
1   9 ounce box raisins
2   Eggs, beaten
2   4.5-oz cans fruit cocktail (undrained)
1   14-oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk (not evaporated)
2 dozen Krispy Kreme Donuts
1 or 2 teaspoon cinnamon 
Butter Rum Sauce:
1 stick butter
1-2 tablespoons of Rum (or rum extract)
1 pound box confectioner’s sugar
Directions:
1. Cube donuts into a large bowl.  
2. Pour other ingredients on top of donuts and let soak for a few minutes.  
3. Mix all ingredients together until donuts have soaked up the liquid as much as possible.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour until center has jelled.  Top with Butter Rum Sauce.
Butter Rum Sauce: 
1. Melt butter and slowly stir in confectioner’s sugar.  
2. Add Rum and heat until bubbly.  
3. Pour over bread pudding. 
BBQ Chicken Kabobs with White BBQ Sauce
 Smoky Chicken Barbecue Kabobs Recipe  
Photo Credit: Southern Living
Ingredients 

2 pounds skinned,boned and seasoned chicken breasts 
1/2 large red onion, cut into fourths and separated into pieces
1 pt. cherry tomatoes
Favorite season salt
8 skewers




Directions

  1. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Season and cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. 
  2. Thread chicken, onion, and tomatoes alternately onto skewers, leaving a 1/4-inch space between pieces.
  3. Grill kabobs, covered with grill lid, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. 
  4. Serve with White Barbecue Sauce.  

White BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise 
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon pepper 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 garlic clove, pressed
Directions

1. Mix together all ingredients and chill for an hour.

Note: You can use, steak, veggies or seafood for your kabobs. You can also make the BBQ Sauce a day ahead of time.

Fruity Fizz

No-Fuss Party Dessert

Ingredients

Favorite fruity carbonated drink
Vanilla ice cream (or any flavor)

Directions

1. Scoop ice cream into a cup or a jar, then pour in your favorite carbonated beverage.
2. Grab a straw and enjoy!

Beer Battered Fried Pickles

 Beer-Batter Fried Pickles Recipe 

Ingredients

2 (16-oz.) jars dill pickle sandwich slices, drained 
1 large egg 

1 (12-oz.) can beer 

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Vegetable oil

 Directions
1. Pat pickles dry with paper towels.
2. Whisk together egg and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; add 1 1/2 cups flour, and whisk until smooth.
3. Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches into a large heavy skillet or Dutch oven; medium-high heat to 375°.
4. Dip pickle slices into batter, allowing excess batter to drip off.
5. Fry pickles, in batches, 3 to 4 minutes or until golden. 
6. Drain and pat dry on paper towels; serve immediately with Spicy Ranch Dipping Sauce.
Dipping Sauce

3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise 

2 tablespoons minced green onions

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon hot sauce 

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

Garnish: seasoned salt

Directions
1. Whisk together first six ingredients together and garnish.

2. You can store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.

We hope you enjoy these recipes, feel free to give us your feedback.


Taste Test Tuesday: Doritos Jacked…cheesy goodness!!

Yes, it’s Tuesday and you know what that means. It’s Taste Test Tuesday. Now today’s post thrives from a conversation we have been having with some friends, we saw the Taco Bell commercial with the Doritos taco shell and we immediately thought about the different flavors of Doritos. Now, Frito Lay (Doritos parent company) has some amazing things happening with their Doritos line. We will definitely keep you posted on what they have coming out. Here are just a few of the new editions to the line.

DORITOS JACKED Enchilada Supreme

Mouth watering bag of enchiladas is what it is, lol. Really enjoyed these chips, they were filled with seasonings that remind you of eating an enchilada at your favorite Mexican restaurant. Now, we like lots of sour cream on our enchiladas so we decided to dip them in sour cream as we were eating them. Talk about yummy.

 DORITOS JACKED Smokey Chipotle BBQ

Opened the bag and you can smell the chipotle flavor coming from inside..WOW!! We knew right then and there that this would be another chip with a big bold flavor. The BBQ flavor is definitely there, so if you like BBQ chips you will definitely like these Doritos. Now as you noticed the name does have Chipotle written in it. As you bite into the chip you do get the taste of chipotle peppers dancing around on your taste buds. Imagine, hickory smoked BBQ sauce with garlic, onions, and chipotle peppers…that’s what it tasted like to us.
DORITOS did an excellent job on these ‘Jacked’ flavors, bigger chips, bolder flavor and great combination of seasonings. We look forward to many more flavors and the new line.
Just a Note: We tried the Doritos Supreme taco from Taco Bell. Oh my…..soooo good. Party in your mouth. Cheesy goodness of the Doritos shell and all the fixings of the taco supreme it was just tasty and we’ve had a few since our first try. Yum Yum Yum!!
As always, let us know what you think about Taste Test Tuesday’s. You can email us at southernrootskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com, follow us on twitter @S_RootsKitchen
Until next time…