Sunday, August 22, 2010

Week 35 Emeril LaGasse Buttermilk Onion Rings and Shrimp Remoulade


We loved the onion rings. Of course! Whenever you deep fry something it usually tastes good. Our next door neighbor said they were the best onion rings she had ever had. That's a compliment. We ended up using a half gallon of oil. I'm feeling it tonight! Carl did a great job of making the onion rings. He is a natural cook.

Also, we had large shrimp with a sauce thas was like a cocktail sauce. I love shrimp. Linda does not like shrimp, but she tried it. She said that was the hardest thing to eat of anything we have done yet. Her face was priceless.

Well it was a good meal I never feel so good when I eat deep fried period but I enjoy it very much! They were good in like ketchup or spicy ranch in my case (my new fav condiment). The shrimp were OK I don't like shrimp but my dad and sister do.... My mom hates them. We also had squash cause the onion rings and shrimp wasn't a solid meal plus the dessert fell threw. It was a chocolate torte but it needed overnight chillen and we didn't have that time.

Week 34 Emeril Chicken Delmonico Caesar Salad and Caramelized Onion and Bacon Mushrooms

I liked the chicken it was like 1 big chicken nugget but had creole seasoning to give it a little kick depending on your level of heat. But I hated the mushroom sauce that went along with it the mushrooms gave of a poop smell which turned me off right away. The Caesar salad was good the dressing needed more Parmesan it was a little to acidic and earthy but that's cause we had half the amount of cheese in it so I now why I didn't taste as good. Lastly the bacon mushrooms were delicious they were earthy sweet and Bacon!!! Loved it.

Wow, What a difference a week makes. We went from an all time high to an all time low. This meal did not go too well. We had trouble with the recipe's. We had trouble with the ingredients. I know I was not on my A game.

The mushrooms turned out to not work too well. We took mushrooms that were dried and tried to wet them and then use them in the sauce. It didn't work. Carl thought they smelled like poop.

I did enjoy making the artichokes. That was fun to eat the meat of the leaves.

The chicken turned out to be ok. It was one of those things that was not too flavorful, but it wasn't terrible. It had and egg batter and then corn flakes on the outside. Lastly, we tried some Caesar salad, but we didn't buy enough of the Parmesan cheese. That didn't have enough flavor. I did learn that Caesar salad has anchovies in the dressing. Who would of thought.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Week 33 Emeril LeGasse Beef Fillet, Garlic Potatoes and a Salad

We are back. We have taken a summer break from our cooking. We have been on a few vacations. Carl and I were actually gone a lot this summer and not always together. We did do a mexican taco dinner that was just free styling (no recipe).

This meal

Fine dining at it's best. This was a great meal. Maybe one of our top 3.

Here is the breakdown.

We had Delmonico House Salad, and Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes, and Steak Diane.

I loved the potatoes and they were easy. Here is the recipe:

Cook 2 pounds of red potatoes for 16-20 minutes.

Roast 1 head of garlic in the oven. Smash up the roasted garlic and add to the potatoes and then smash that all up. Don't get rid of the chunks.

Add 6 TBLS of melted butter and 1 cup of cream.

Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.

We really enjoyed this one. It was fast, and it was good. Carl did a great job with the Steak Diane. He made the sauce to perfection. The meat was tender and tasty.

This was my favorite meal I loved the steak it was soft delicious and the sauce was fantastic it was a brandy sauce which we did go to the liquor store to buy! Very new experience for the both of us. The potatoes were very good except they made are house stench of garlic. The salad had a fantastic dressing it had mustard tartness plus a suttle sweetness.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Week 32 Neely's Barbecued Beef Ribs Grandmas Potato Salad and Gina's Perfect Rice


Ribs we OK really expected more but we didn't have the exact ribs they called for we had back ribs and the called for beef spare ribs but that OK. The potato salad was good there was alot of relish but I loved the rice....oh it was so simple but had an incredible flavor like no other. The time was the most part...wait noooo the thyme! haha.


Ribs. Wow they were good. We enjoyed the beef spare ribs. We had about 10 pounds of ribs. We put 2 cups of Neely's BBQ seasoning on it overnight. We also then cooked them for about 3 hours on indirect heat. They were tasty. I loved the potato salad. I always like potato salad.

The best was the rice. Here is the recipe. Sorry we didn't get a picture.

Gina's Perfect Rice

Melt 2 TBLSP of butter in a pan with a cut up onion.

Add 1.5 cups of long grain rice.

Add .5 teaspoon of salt and pepper.

Add 2.5 cups of chicken stock.

Add 2 sprigs of fresh thyme and 2 bay leaves.

Add 1 garlic clove smashed.

Cook to boiling and then cover and simmer for 16 minutes.

Add 1 TBLSP of chopped parsley to finish.

I love rice and this recipe was excellent. Give it a try.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Week 31 The Neely's Memphis Blues Burgers with Mustard Sauce


Cooking at the cottage was an experience. We were clean the pots and pans before we cooked because of the bees that were all over the place (died of course). The burgers were good they had a mustard sauce that was just Dijon mustard and mayo with a pinch of Cayenne peppa (thats how the Neely's say it). Lastly we had nachos with a little green Chile queso and BBQ pico degalo. We had butterscoth Sundays planned but we had them later on in the week.


I really liked the burgers. We put a little chopped onion in the burger as well as a little grilled red onion on top. Carl made a great mustard sauce for the burger. We enjoyed a big plateful of Nachos too. It was just Linda, Carl and I eating the dinner at the cottage. We had some left over nachos and I decided that I wanted them for later. Both Linda and Carl have given me grief for doing this. However, I really liked the leftovers a couple of days later.

Sunday, May 30, 2010







The best meal we have had yet the juicy pig butt was amazing. Actual it is called butt but it is actually a shoulder, Carl's little fun fact of the day. But we cooked it for about an hour and then we lathered it up with the sauce i made for was defiantly summer BBQ time. Me and Jamie made 2 gallons of BBQ sauce.....yeah 2 GALLONS! We brought up Kelly's college mini fridge to store it. We also made cole slaw that was a topping for the pulled pork. Also we made lime-lemonade. And lastly we made baked beans that were good but not stellar.

There is no doubt that this was the best meal of the year so far. It was delish. It cooked a long time on the grill and everybody seemed to enjoy the meal. I loved the BBQ Sauce. Great job Carl and Jamie. The cole-slaw was terrific ON THE pulled pork sandwich.
I could have skipped the lemonade. Here is the recipe for the pulled pork:
10 pounds of pork butt.
Neely's BBQ Seasoning
1.5 cups of paprika
.75 cups of sugar
3.75 TBLSP onion powder
Mix 3 TBLSP Neely's BBQ Seasoning with 3TBLSP of pepper and 2 TBLSP salt and massage the meat and then cover for a day.
Cook on indirect heat for 6 hours. Soak some wood chips and have them smoldering in the background.
Pull the pork. Add BBQ sauce to it if you wish.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Week 29 Bobby Flay Tuna Burgers and





Well I was in charge of forming the burgers the tuna was no great but it was being cooked so it wasn't a problem. We let them sit which helped them firm up. The mushrooms were good the had sheep's/goat cheese that had a slight tang to it which was topped with a spinch salad. Lastly the potato salad was good but im not much of a germa potato salad person. Although aunt liby injoyed the left over tuna burgers with ther green onion mayo on top she was about to eat it cold before I made her heat it up for better flava


We bought fresh frozen tuna for this meal. Carl chopeed it up and it really was not holding together that we. However, after Carl cooked it, it really firmed up on the grill. We got some sheep cheese for the portabella mushrooms and they were really good. Lastly, we made hot sweet German Potato Salad.