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Friday, September 14, 2007

Cooking Family Memories

This past weekend, my family and I went to visit my side of the family. I was reminded how important it is to keep family alive for my kids. One of the best ways is through food. One of the staples of my growing up was fried potatos. My aunt and grandma make the best fried taters I have ever had. The secret ingredient is bacon grease. That is what makes them the best.

Get a skillet very hot, add bacon grease, potatos, salt and pepper. Let the potatos cook until they start to turn golden brown on the bottom. Turn the potatos and cook until done. They are fabulous!!! Cooking these potatos for my family is one way I can keep my side alive for them.
What do you have in your family food vault that can bring some family memories for you?

Sundays

For the past year, my husband and I have been working on a recipe for Chicksen wings. We go to this restaurant in Alton IL where they serve Hot Chick on a Stick. They totally rock. I have been trying to mimic the cooking method for the past year and tonight I think I really got it.
All you have to do is put your favorite rub on fresh - not frozen - chicken wings, let them sit in the fridge for a while - about an hour, bake them in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, and finish them on the grill - cooking slowly at medium until they are done. They are fabulous and they require no sauce unless one chooses to put some on.

Try cooking your favorite restaurant meal. It is fun to try to recreate something that tastes so good to you. Have fun grilling.

Christmas in July

Ok, it is Christmas in July. I am very excited. My husband just bought me a Kitchen Aid mixer. I am ready to make some bread and some great desserts. There are some really cool recipes that came with the mixer. I can't wait to start working with it.
For the Fourth, we will be grilling. I am going to try to copy some wings I ate at a restaurant called Fast Eddie's at Bon Air. It is a killer restaurant. It looks like a dive, but the food is fabulous. Only adults are allowed in this place, and you stand in line to order your food.
There aren't many choices; burgers, brats, pork kabobs, hot chix on a stick, the big elmo - not sure about that one, peel and eat shrimp, and a couple more. You can also get french fries. I think you have to order a couple of drinks too. I have never seen the place not busy, there is always a line for food.

After talking to the owner, I found out that the restaurant will be featured on Asphalt Dining - I think that is the name - with Alton Brown on August 1.

I will let you know how the chicken comes out. Happy Fourth!!!!!

Vacation

My husband and I went to the Biltmore Estate for a few days. It is such a beautiful house and we have lots of fond memories of the place. One of the really neat places there is the stable restaurant. They have a chicken that is to die for. I found the recipe and made the chicken today.
I have never had such tender chicken in my life. One has to start by soaking the chicken in a brine that has sage, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. After you soak the chicken in the brine for 1 and 1/2 hours, you put a rub on it that has paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic. The chicken bakes for about an hour in the oven. I tried it and it was wonderful. I think there is so much I can do with this chicken. I am really excited to work with it tomorrow.
It is great to be able to remember trips that one takes. It brings back the memories and keeps them fresh. Share your trip with others through food!