Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Knox Blocks or Jello Jigglers

Ingredients
2 packages of your favorite flavor jello
2 packages of knox unflavored gelatin
3 cups of boiling water



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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuna Guac Sliders

This is a Recipe I entered in the Ritz Cracker Recipe Challenge on Super Bowl Sunday

INGREDIENTS video
  • For Guacamole Spread
  • 3 Fresh Avocado's
  • 1 Tablespoon of Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons of Rotel peppers and tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup of Mayo
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of cilantro
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of cumin
  • Couple dashes of hot sauce
  • For Mini Tuna Slider
  • 3 Cans of Tuna
  • 1 Egg - Beaten
  • 1/2 Cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard
  • 1 cup of ground Ritz crackers or bread crumbs
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • Additional Ingredients
  • 40 Ritz Crackers Whole
  • 3 green onions cut up into 1/4 inch pieces
  • Optional: Louisiana-style hot sauce
PROCESS video

For the Guacamole Spread

Place all ingredients in a chilled bowl

Mix well with a spatula

Then Chill for 30 Minutes

Mini Tuna Sliders

Place all ingredients in a metal mixing bowl except for the 1 cup of ground Ritz Crackers and the butter. Everything else mix together well

take a Tablespoon of the mixture and form a small patty (about the size of a Ritz cracker)

Make up 20 patties.

Then lightly coat the patties in the ground Ritz crackers.

Preheat your griddle to 300 degrees

Then lightly butter your griddle and place patties on the buttered spots. Cook each side until a golden brown is reached.

Once your patties are nice and golden brown it's time to assemble.

Assembly video

Place mini tuna slider on a Ritz cracker.

Then top you slider with a Tablespoon of Guacamole spread. Then place 2 pieces of green onion on the Guacamole spread. At this point you have the option of placing a couple dashes of a Louisiana-style hot sauce. To finish place another Ritz cracker on the top!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Balloon Wine - Day 1

Last night I started my first batch of homemade wine. I started with a very simple balloon wine. This type of home wine making has been around for decades. I remember my Grandparents making it when I was a kid. This is going to be my first batch, and I plan on trying more advanced techniques for making home wine down the road.

INGREDIENTS: video
1-1/8 teaspoon of dry active yeast (or a 1/2 of packet)
2 cups of white sugar
6oz of a thawed frozen of liquid concentrate fruit juice (I used grape)
6-3/4 to 7 cups of water.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS
(1) 1/2 gallon glass jug. I used a 1/2 gallon beer growler from a local microbrew
(1) 12" helium grade balloon
(1) rubber band

PROCESS
The first step is the most IMPORTANT
Step 1: Sanitize your container and your balloon with very hot water
Step 2: Add in this order yeast, sugar, and fruit concentrate
Step 3: Add water - make sure to leave about 2" at the top empty
Step 4: Place balloon over the mouth of the container
Step 5: Use rubber band to secure balloon

Place wine in a dark cool place for 4-6 weeks (the basement is usually the best)
With in a few days the balloon will start to inflate. Once your balloon inflates and then deflates again, your wine is done - It take about 4-6 weeks

GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Guacamole Dip SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!

IT'S SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
TIME FOR FOOD, FAMILY, FOOTBALL AND ANOTHER STEELER WIN!

Today one of my many dishes for our family party is home-made Guacamole Dip!

This a great game day dip, that can stand alone or be added on to your loaded nachos.
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INGREDIENTS
3 Fresh Avocado's
1 Tablespoon of Garlic
2 Tablespoons of Rotel peppers and tomatoes
1/4 cup of Sour Cream
1/4 cup of Mayo
1/4 teaspoon of salt (note I said 1/4 tablespoon in the video - I meant 1/4 teaspoon)
1/4 teaspoon of pepper (note I said 1/4 tablespoon in the video - I meant 1/4 teaspoon)
1/4 Tablespoon of cilantro
1/4 Tablespoon of cumin
Couple dashes of Chrystal's hot sauce

Mix all ingredients
Chill and Serve!


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