Happy Fourth of July !!

CRIKEYS am I behind on my holidays !!

Well, life happens…………………….

So my mother calls and wants me to come over on the Fourth and cook.

I actually managed not to have to work on the Fourth so there was no big rush in trying to cook for everyone.

My contribution was going to be my “Boneless Stuffed Wings.”

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Wings, Cream Cheese and some small Jalapeno peppers.

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I’m never going to be good enough to be a prep monkey in a restaurant, but I’m getting pretty good at de-boning wings.

The bones and bits were saved to make soup.

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I found that it was very hard to use a larger pepper filled with cream cheese and insert into the wing without tearing the wing and there was actually too much pepper in each bite.  So I decided to go with using just strips of some smaller peppers.

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All boned out and stuffed !!

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My mother had about 20 pounds of steak to cook and several packages of bratwurst.   I only did about a 1/4 of the steak and none of the bratwurst.

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A little BBQ sauce charred up on the wings !!

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The cherry tree had a good supply of cherries so I picked a bunch.  My mothers spends maybe one day a month making and freezing pie crusts so at a moments notice she can make a pie, so these became desert.

If any of you ladies need to know, cherry pie is my favorite ( Lemon Meringue a close second)

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A number of years ago, we took down a corn crib on my dad’s property and he used bits of the innard workings to make a nice planter.

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Bad Ass Baked Beans and Stuffed Wings

Another Sunday dinner on the grill.

Going to make some baked beans.  I have never made baked beans from scratch, because the stuff in the can does well for a starter.  A little hot sauce to give it some zip, a little Mexican brown sugar to sweeten it up.  You can’t see it very well, but on the side of the can of beans, there is a label that says “98% Fat Free !!”, well not to worry, the bacon is there to fix that !!

Ran the brown sugar over the grater.  I probably could have just tossed the whole chunk in and let it dissolve.

Chicken legs and wings again.  I de-boned the wings again.

Jalapeno peppers and some cream cheese.

I ran a knife around the edge of the pepper and then used the corkscrew in the body.

A gentle pull and twist and most of the pepper innards come right out.  I used the kabob skewer and scraped out the rest of the inside.  Yes, this is how I clean the peppers because I don’t know any other way.

Snizzle,snizzle,snizzle !!! Only cooking up half of the bacon.

Please note the latest addition to the kitchen, the 8 inch cast iron skillet.  Very handy to use for doing smaller cooking.  Good size to make cornbread too.

When I got done stuffing the wings with the peppers, I still had about 6 wings left.  I thought that I would try to make a very simple crab meat stuffing.  Green onions, butter, stuffing, a can of crab meat and some red chile flakes.

Just melted a stick of butter and mixed it all up.  I had a few hours before cooking, so I put this in the fridge to cool down. Not sure putting something warm into the wings and then letting them sit for a few hours would be a food safety violation or not. (I’ve been sick from bad chicken and it’s not worth the risk !!)

The wife found some locally grown “Yukon Golds” at a Farmer’s market.

Chicken legs getting nice and crispy.

“Double, double toil and trouble;  Fire burn, and caldron bubble”

Mmmmm, boneless wings !!!!!

My de-boneing skills are getting much better, but I doubt that I will ever get good enough to be a prep monkey in a restaurant.  This is the fourth time that I have made the wings with the peppers in them.  I don’t think I will continue with that any more.  It’s “OK”, but not good enough to keep doing it.  I did like the crab stuffing and will look for other ideas for stuffing the wings.  Any suggestions??

Happy Father’s Day !!

Well, at least my Father’s Day post is more timely than my Mother’s Day post !

My mother was in England and my father was invited by other in laws for the day so it was just  my in laws this day.

It could have well have been called “Meat-A-Paloza” with all that I made !!

We start out with a nice slab of St. Louis style ribs.  I sprinkled a little “Soul Food” seasoning on them before wrapping them up in foil.  They cooked for about an hour before I unwrapped them and began putting BBQ sauce on them.

We had a package of leg quarters, so I cut them up into pieces.

Ahhh, the wings.

Yep, I de-boned most of them.

Some jalapeno peppers and cream cheese

The peppers stuffed with the cream cheese and soon to be inserted into the boneless wings.

Here’s most of the food cooking.

Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto.

The prosciutto got nice and crisp.

What may have been at one time a chicken.

Mmmmmmm, PORK !!!!!

Bean salad, pilaf, fruit salad (and of course MEAT !!)

The grill was way to filled to cook the wings, so I saved them for the next day.

These nasty bastards were incredible !!!

I can’t wait to whip up another batch soon.

Mother’s Day Dinner

CRIKEYS !!!!!

Is it so far past Mother’s Day that it’s almost Father’s Day and I haven’t finished my Mother’s Day post?????

Yikes !!

Well, we had my parents over and the in-laws so there was a fair sized group.

Starting out with some drumsticks and wings.

I de-boned the wings and the original plan was to stuff them with a hot pepper filled with cream cheese.

As it turned out, the peppers had no room for cream cheese !!!

I ended up just slicing and seeding the peppers and then stuffing the slices inside the wing.

The wife pulled a couple of packages of bratwurst out and I cooked those as well, and those ended up being in my lunches all week.

Some grilled/charred vegetables too.

I had the hot oil out for cooking homemade potato chips so I also deep fried the boneless wings before slapping some BBQ sauce on them and torched them up some.

I specifically told EVERYONE at the dinner table before we started to eat that the wings had a hot pepper in them. I did not want anyone to take one, bite it and find out it was too hot to eat and then waste it.

Well, about half way through dinner, the M-I-L takes a wing, bites it  and says “Oh, this is hot.” (in a surprised tone)

I tried !!!

Father’s Day just around the corner so I am hosting again and will probably repeat much of the same food.