We've all got one; a group of friends who get together and talk about food, share recipes and techniques and generally shoot the shit. Ours just happens to be foul-mouthed and unabashed. This blog is a collaboration of authors (even occasionally male!) who share a love of booze, profanity, food and bitching.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Best. Wings. Ever!

One of the things that I love about living in the Caribbean is the local tendency to waste nothing when it comes to a carcass. Go to the grocery store and you'll see the necks, wing tips, backs, offal... Every part of a chicken, laid out fresh. This grosses a lot of American students out when they first get here. Me, I had visions of roasted bones and savory chicken stock dancing in my head!

You can also buy huge bags of fresh wings. I found this recipe the other day and decided to give it a go. I can't get Frank's buffalo sauce down here, and the local stuff is too buttery/not spicy enough for me, so I decided to try a teriyaki glaze instead.

I marinated the wings in the 50/50 mixture of Italian dressing and soy sauce overnight. This morning I pulled them out, drained them, patted them dry and then roasted them for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. I mixed up some teriyaki sauce and sriracha sauce and tossed the wings in it before popping them back in the oven for another 10 minutes.

Oh. Em. Gee. Sooo good! I only wish I'd used a little more sriracha, because a little more heat would make these perfect.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bow before me, puny humans!

Or, as my sister would put it, “Gawd Cwaffee Cheesecake” (picture Mike Myer’s Jewish mother voice from SNL in the nineties). No, I dunno why she started saying it like that.

Anyway, God Coffee is an invention of our friend Jes who would mix various liqueurs into her coffee during parties, traditionally Irish cream, Kahlua, and Amaretto, but it could include any combination of these things (plus some more exotic concoctions; we picked up a bottle of Dooley’s toffee flavored liqueur, and it was a welcome addition). Lovely stuff, and for my friend Thomas’ birthday (since he didn’t give me a definite item to make) I decided to delve into making a cheesecake version.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Greatest hits.

I'm missing my good baking pans, Penzeys spices and weather cool enough to make baking tolerable. I've been nostalgically browsing my Photobucket account, drooling over things I made in yesteryear.

Spooky Halloween "rainbow" cupcake. Rainbow cupcakes are super easy to do. Just make a box white cake mix, separate the batter evenly into different bowls, add food coloring to desired intensity and then layer the batter into the pan. Buttercream recipe.
Sugar and spice! Sugar cookie recipe. Icing recipe. Spice crackles recipe.
Chocolate angel food cake. Recipe via "The Cake Bible."
Mandarin orange cupcakes with vanilla pineapple whipped cream topping and toasted coconut. Sorry, ya'll aren't getting this recipe. Family secret passed down from my grandma. ;)
Chocolate Guinness stout cupcakes with Irish cream and peppermint frosting. Recipe via smittenkitchen. Only change I made was to add Rumple Minze to the frosting as well as the Bailey's.
Persimmon cheesecake. Changes: Omitted the sour cream topping and ginger. Added 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg to the filling and did a crushed gingersnap crust. This was so incredibly delicious. This was all that remained after a weekend in Chicago with friends.
Lemon cake with lemon curd filling (Trader Joe's) and raspberry buttercream icing (same buttercream recipe as the Halloween cupcake, plus raspberry fruit spread) for my mother's 49th birthday. Yeah, the top is domed and the piping on the bottom is amateurish. I finished this at like 11:30pm when I had to be at work at 6am the next day, so I couldn't be arsed to level it or get fancy with my decorating. It tasted amazing and my mom loved it, and that's all that matters.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sticky, delicious chicken.

Hello again from the Caribbean! Today marks the beginning of our "semester break", which means we get one day off next Monday for a three day weekend. It seems paltry, and it kind of is, but it when you're used to putting in 8-12 hour days on campus 5 days a week, plus TA sessions on weekends, a day off feels like an eternity. So I'm going to be having an extra meal at home this week and thought I'd do it up right. Lucky for me the decision about what to cook was pretty much made for me as yesterday, while I wandered around the grocery store looking for ideas, I spotted whole chickens on sale. Sticky chicken it is!

This recipe always gets praise from my husband and friends. It's a rotisserie-like chicken with crispy, sticky skin, tender, juicy meat and lots of flavor.

4 lb whole chicken, skin on and guts removed
2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

If you don't like your food spicy, I've substituted the 1/4 tsp each of black and cayenne pepper for 1/2 tsp of lemon pepper in the past when I knew I was feeding people with a milder palate.

Sprinkle evenly all over your chicken and then rub the spices into the skin to evenly distribute the flavor all over the bird. Don't forget to rub a little bit on the walls inside of the chicken as well. Sometimes I spray a little canola oil on the skin before adding the spices to make it really crispy. If you want to use 4 lbs of split chicken breasts or drumsticks you can just toss them in a big bag with the spice mix, but I'm not sure how that would effect the cooking time so that's on you to figure out. Preheat your oven to 300 degees. Grease your baking dish, otherwise the skin will stick horribly and you'll lose all of that delicious flavor on one side of your bird. Bake low and slow, uncovered, for 3 hours or until it reaches 170 degrees internal temperature. Pull it out and while it rests it will continue to cook until it reaches 180 for perfect doneness.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A very heart-y followup

The Peanutella project is a mixed bag. On one hand, the product itself is so very good. On the other hand, the Peanutella sandwich cookies were a colossal failure.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Some things I've tried, and some upcoming projects

I dunno about anyone else, but this time of year always gets me down. I'm laid off for a few months, it's cold, I'm bored and housebound, and I get sick of cooking the same thing in-and-out. My live-in is what some people would generously call, "a picky eater," and what I call (in my less-kindly moments), "A GIANT PAIN IN MY ASS!"

It's hard for me to find things he'll eat; given his druthers, his entire diet would be made up of Little Debbies, spaghetti marinara with garlic bread, steak, cake, and ice cream. I've tried over the years to expand his palate a little, but much of the time I'll just go, "Welp, I'm making this, so grab some ramen for yourself if you don't want to eat it."

So this time of year is my time for combining recipes, combing the web for new ideas, and raiding my local library for cookbooks.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Enchilada sauce.

So it's been awhile! Sorry for the absence, but I kind of moved to another country, so... y'know.

Last night was the first night myself and my new roommates threw together a joint-contribution meal where I made enchiladas and they made tacos. Living in a 3rd world country means adapting in oh-so-many ways, one of which is availability of ingredients. I can get many of the things I need for enchiladas here, but not enchilada sauce. An added complication is that one of my new roomies is gluten intolerant, so I had to do some searching until I found what looked like a decent recipe.

I ended up going with this one. We don't have any rice flour or other flour substitutes yet, so I just left out the roux formation and most of the water and oil. I added those in at the end until I got the right consistency. Amazingly, even without all that, it still tasted very good! Very flavorful and bakes up just like enchilada sauce should - not too gummy, not too runny, just right.

I don't have any pictures, sorry. I gobbled up the last of the leftovers for lunch today before thinking to grab my camera. You'll just have to take my word for it.