The Day is Coming Soon….Part 1 – Brine, Refrigerator Rolls, Croutons

Recipes in the post Brine for Turkey Refrigerator Dinner Rolls Home Made Croutons The BIG DAY is coming soon. For me, this is the biggest day of the year. Why? 1. It’s right after my son’s birthday, once only ONE day after 2. It’s right before or on Spane’s Dad’s birthday 3. It’s the first of the holidays where family and friends get together 4. It’s right before Advent 5. It’s the day that everyone expects to have really good food

Deconstructing Packaged Food – Onion Dip

Usually, when I make sauce for artichokes, I get one of the Knoor soup mixes and add it to a container of sour cream. But lately, I have been more interested in “deconstructing” whatever I usually get in a package and make it from scratch. I feel that making things from scratch I can at least know what’s going in, including the lack of rat feces and other nasties! So the other day, I was craving chips and onion dip. I didn’t have any Lipton Onion Soup, so I had to make my own. It wasn’t difficult. The only things I needed were dehydrated onion, beef stock, and sour cream. A word about sour cream. Don’t use anything that is more than cultured grade A cream – gelatin, gum and other ingredients make for a terrible end product. Making the dip was easy. I mixed the ingredients together, waited about … Continue reading

Pizza Fried Chicken

Recipes in this post Pizza Fried Chicken Even if a child does not like spicy food, presented with the prospect of pepperoni pizza (or pep-e-on-i as the toddler set says), a child happily stuffs his or her face with it. I like pizza, too, but some time ago, I decided that I did not like meat on pizza anymore.  Margarita pizza is the one for me.  I like to make my own, with a little help from Trader Joe’s (more on this later). So, I wanted pizza, and I also wanted chicken, but I don’t want meat on my pizza.  What to do, what to do?  I know!  Create Pizza Chicken! This is basically fried chicken fingers with sauce, but I must say, it really fulfilled my desire for pizza.