Mother’s Day 2013

We had the In-Laws and my parents over for Mother’s Day this year and had a nice little cook out.

Portilo’s   has a very good “Chicken Pecan Salad” that my mother usually gets when at Portilio’s and I thought that I would try to come up with something similar.


Instead of using a Dijon sauce, I went with Raspberry.


Melt the butter and mix with brown sugar, tabasco  and Worcestershire sauce.


Spread out the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for about ten minutes.


All toasty and candied up (I could have ate them all at that point).


MEAT !!!!!!

A nice slab of ribs and some one inch thick boneless pork chops.

I would have liked to have had the bone in pork chops, but I knew that several of our guests would have not finished a whole chop and did NOT want to have that wasted.

I also seriously over estimated the amount of meat needed.  There are four more chops off to the right.  The good news is that I had pork chops for my lunch the rest of the week.


And here’s the salad all tossed up.

This was probably the best dish that I have ever made that did not include meat or potato.  Next time I will sprinkle BACON on it to take it to “eleven”.


The wife made a loaf of “Dutch Oven Bread”.

Mother’s Day Dinner


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.