Thursday, October 28, 2010

Eight O'Clock Coffee Brownies

Here is a great brownie recipe for folks that like a great coffee flavor with their chocolate fix!


1 1/4 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate chips
12 Tablespoons butter plus 1 Tablespoon to grease pan
1 Tablespoon of Eight O'Clock Coffee grounds (any flavor, I used Hazelnut this time)
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs

Preheat oven to 325°.
Grease Pan with butter
Mix flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl - set aside
Melt chocolate chips butter
When chocolate is melted whisk in sugar.
Wisk in coffee
Wisk eggs on at a time
Then add vanilla
Then mix in the dry mixture
Then spread your mixture in a buttered pan

Cook 30 minutes

Then let them cool for 10-15 minutes and eat them warm!
Good Stuff!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Louisiana Fish Fry Seafood Sauce

Seafood Sauce
Sweet, spicy and loaded with pepper seeds, this sauce makes a fantastic barbecue sauce or dip for any seafood. Great on beef and chicken. Spicy!

The other day I found some nice butterflied shrimp at No Frills grocery store. So I fried them up and cracked open of Louisiana Fish Fry Seafood Sauce. I will tell you, if your like a seafood sauce with great flavor and a little bite - try it out! It will be at our next shrimp boil or fry!

Italian Tomato Plate

Well before it gets real hard to find good fresh tomato's, I made my Italian Tomato Plate.
This a great dish anytime of the year, but traditionally I make it more in the Summer.

3 - Ripe Roma Tomatoes
6 - Slices of Genoa Salami
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Coarse Sea Salt
Coarse Grind Pepper
Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Slice your Roma tomatoes into 1/8" patties, then arrange them on a platter
Salt and pepper your tomatoes to taste
Chop your Genoa Salami into small pieces, then sprinkle over the top of your tomatoes
Drizzle everything with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
Then top with Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Thursday, October 21, 2010

LaCaja China Wings

The last couple night I have been experimenting with making wings in my LaCaja China. I have an event coming up where I will need to make a couple hundred wings, and in my LaCaja China I can cook about 100 at a time. So here is my process

1. Get your charcoals lite and bring them to a white hot.
2. Place your wings on a broasting pan with a grill rack.
3. Place your wings in the LaCaja China Roasting box and close the lid
4. Roast for 15 minutes.
5. Open box and flip wing to other side
6. Close box and roast for 13 minutes.
7. Remove from box and toss in sauce
8. Plate and Eat

These turned out great, Nice crisp skin, just like frying them, but you can do alot more in a shorter period. They are also healthier this way, without sacrificing taste.

The LaCaja China is truly a magic box

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


After we got home from my daughters soccer practice, we cracked open a bottle of Lemon Olade to share. I have to tell you, I am becoming a bigger fan of this stuff everytime I have one!

The Lemon is my favorite so far! If you like REAL lemonaid, not the sugared up koolaid crap, but real lemon flavor with just a touch of sweetness you are going to love this. The flavor is tart and bold, yet the drink is very light and refreshing.

Olade is becoming a family favorite at my house, and that's great. It is a great tasting drink, with a ton of upside!

Monday, October 4, 2010

100% Columbian Coffee Review

100% Colombian Coffee Review

This week we cracked open a package of Eight O'Clock Coffees 100% Colombian Roast Coffee.

Eight O’Clock Coffee offers a full line of gourmet coffee type in ground and whole bean. Eight O’Clock Coffee is available at most retailers throughout Omaha and across the country.

Coffee was introduced to Colombia in the early 1800s.

Colombian coffee beans have a lot of character, yet mild enough for the average coffee drinker. They are rich in flavor, heavy bodied, and intensely aromatic, yet very smooth.

The 100% Colombian Roast from Eight O'Clock Coffee is one of our favorite all purpose coffees. It is a mild enough to be a great everyday coffee, yet bold enough to use in many recipes, like brownies, milkshakes and BBQ sauce.

This is a roast I would recommend to anyone!

To learn more go to

Check back for my recipe for the brownies, milkshake and BBQ sauce!

LaCaja China Roasting Box - First Meal

After much anticipation I finally got a chance to put my LaCaja China Roasting Box to work!

Initial review - INCREDIBLE!

1. Easy to assemble
2. Easy to use
3. Delicious output
So I will take you through a pictorial of my first meal, made with the LaCaja China

First off - I made a pork shoulder.

I injected with a marinade made mostly of butter, brown sugar and some secrete spices.

After I injected it, I brushed it with the mixture.

Going forward I don't recommend brushing the extra on the outside of the meat . The sugar charred, pretty bad, but don't worry the meat inside the crust was awesome!

After I injected my meat and put it in the LaCaja China Roasting Box, I put the lid and charcoal rack back on, and spread a bag of Kingsford Charcoal evenly across the top of the cooker

Then I squirted some Kingsford Orderless Lighter Fluid on my Charcoals and let it soak in for a few minutes.

After I got my coals going, I set my timer for 2.5 hours.

Then I just waited.

You do not want to open the lid until the cooking time is over.

It is that easy!

So I sat down and watched some Football.

Unfortunately we didn't get the Steeler Game here!

After 2.5 hours I took it out!

Like I said the brown sugar charred a bit, but the meat in side was perfect!

Nice and Juicy and very tender!

My family and neighbors loved it!

Of coarse they wanted to know what's next!

I really enjoyed using the LaCaja China.

I got great pork, while I enjoyed the football games.

I will warn you, when you set this up in your driveway, be ready to field questions from your neighbors and people driving by.

I have a lot more friends in the neighborhood, after the arrival of my LaCaja China!