Flavorful Chicken Wings Are Our Favorite Football Fare

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Are you ready for some football? I know I am! I cheer for my favorite college and pro teams, but really I love football season for the food. Chili, burgers, chili dip, pretzels … I love it all. But, to me, no tailgate is complete without chicken wings.

Wings are my favorite. Drop ‘em in the fryer, add some hot sauce and I’m happy (and don’t forget the bleu cheese dressing on the side!). But, these days, chicken wings have gone to a whole new flavor level.

The wing sauce on Cynthia Sigler’s Korean Chicken Wings is scrumptious. “Everyone loves these when I make them, they are usually the first to go,” shares Cynthia. We loved this sauce so much so, in fact, that we decided to soak our second batch of wings directly in the sauce while they were still hot. It made them a lot messier, but oh-so-good! The soy sauce, garlic, ginger and scallions add great flavor, while the sugar adds a nice sweetness.

"These wings are delicious - a bit of heat and a bit of sweet," explains Teresa Clayton when describing her Wings Worth the Wait! recipe. “My husband talks me into making them every Sunday for the football games.” These wings are fried and baked. It gives a nice crunch to the wings. The sauce is really good too. It has some heat, but not too much. Teresa mentions leftovers are yummy. These are so tasty, I don’t think you’ll have any left!

I love that Mary Ann Hanson’s Slow Baked Chicken Wings are baked (making them a bit better for us!). The slow baking made the meat just fall off the bone. “My family has eaten these right out of the pan right from the oven because they are so good,” says Mary Ann. The sauce won me over on these wings. It’s really good, and different. Who would have thought to put french dressing in wing sauce? The Kitchen Crew gobbled these up and I’m sure your guests will too.

Why not throw wings onto the grill? Heather Johnson and Angela Gray do! Grilling adds a great extra flavor boost to their recipes.

"I made these marinated wings on the fly (pun intended) for a Sunday afternoon cookout," explains Heather. "I didn’t have enough of the one type of marinade so I made my own." Well, the marinade she came up with for her Ginger Lime Chicken Wings makes this recipe. Ginger and lime are a wonderful combo and give these wings a ton of flavor!

Angela Gray’s Orange Glazed Chicken Wings do not disappoint. “The orange marmalade and the lime juice are a tangy combo,” says Angela. “And the hot sauce is the surprise kick!” The orange marinade and sticky orange glaze is unusual and made these wings so tasty. These wings are definitely gooey so make sure to have some wet naps on hand. These would be great at your next tailgate.

Kick-off a full-flavored football season with a few of these chicken wing recipes. You’ll definitely earn extra points with the crowd! I’m curious … what’s your favorite tailgate food?

The Ultimate Back-to-School Time-Saver — Crescent Dough


Easy Crescent Dough Lemon Bars

Tuesday, August, 19, 2014

I don’t know about you, but back-to-school time is always hectic in my house. These days, I’m running to my grandson’s functions. But, I still remember taking my son to football games, swim practice, a friend’s house, etc. I was always looking for recipes I could easily throw together.

One of the things I grew to love was crescent dough. You know … you find it in a tube at the grocery store? I was always figuring out ways to make something quick with it. After searching on Justapinch.com, it looks like members have found great uses too!

Lora D.’s Crescent Breakfast Cups are the perfect on-the-go breakfast. We loved the mix of flavors and ingredients in this recipe. Bacon, eggs and cheese in bite sized (and portable) form. What’s better than that?

Your taste buds will be woken up when you bite into Penny R.’s Sausage and Cheese Crescent Squares.”This can be used as a breakfast dish or an appetizer - we love it both ways,” says Penny. The heat of the pork sausage is a great way to start off your day. But, if you want something milder feel free to substitute. It’s whatever makes your taste buds happy. And with only 4 ingredients it really couldn’t get any easier.

Elaine Moretti’s Miniature Meat Turnovers are a great snack idea. “I’ve been making these for over 40 years,” shares Elaine. “They are really very easy to make.” Depending on how many you need, you can easily double or triple the recipe. I think everyone will scoop these up fast!

In a pinch, you can quickly put together Jennifer Tennyson’s Cheesy Spinach Pinwheels with items you probably have in your fridge. These are fast, easy and really tasty! They’d also be great to serve alongside a bowl of soup. Easy dinner in a flash.

"This is a wonderful vegetable dish," is how Shirley Schiavone describes her very savory Zucchini Crescent Casserole. This is a great way to use extra zucchini and sneak some veggies into dinner. The herb cheese spread, seasoning and vegetables combine together to give great flavor. The crescent rolls creates a nice crust and makes this recipe pretty easy to whip up!

Blue ribbon winner - and guaranteed to be a winner in your house too - is Gail Herbest’s Antipasto Squares. “A cross between antipasto and deep dish pizza,” explains Gail. “Cut into small squares for an appetizer or larger squares for a main dish.” This is the type of dish that’s so good it will haunt you … to the point where you find yourself having eaten the whole pan. A quick trip to the deli counter and you’ve got a great dinner.

And let’s not forget about something sweet! Amber Moon’s Easy Crescent Dough Lemon Bars are a recipe everyone will enjoy for breakfast, dessert or an after-school treat. “My mom now requires me to make these for her birthday while the kids ask for them all the time,” adds Amber. “The butter, lemon curd, juice and sugar can all be tweaked to your liking.” We loved the creamy filling in this dish. And the crunchy sugar topping is perfect and adds the right about of sweetness. Super and simple!

Have you noticed a theme with these recipes? They’re all easy! Which is exactly what we need on a busy day. Open the fridge and grab a tube of crescent dough. I’d love to hear what recipe you create.

Kernels of Goodness in these Summertime Recipes

Tue, Aug 12, 2014

To me, nothing epitomizes summer more than corn on the cob. I’m a fan of quickly boiling the cobs, adding a little butter, salt and I have an easy summer side dish. But you know me … I’m always looking for new ideas. These delicious recipes take corn to a new level!

Shannon Hinkle’s Roasted Corn with Garlic and Olive Oil is an easy way to prepare corn on the cob. “My husband is a corn lover and he LOVES it when I make him this,” shares Shannon. This is a great recipe if you’re serving a large crowd - have everything ready and then stick it in the oven at the last minute. Basic, simple ingredients (you probably have in your kitchen) create the tastiest corn.

Unusual ingredients make Lynn Socko’s quick and easy Corn Salad a very non-traditional recipe. Who would have thought to add rice, eggs and turkey to corn salad? But it works! Give this creative recipe a try. Your guests will love it!

"Summertime finds me with an overabundance of corn," says Christine Hadden. “This side dish is a refreshing change to the same old same.” Christine’s Summer Roasted Corn Salad is a little more on a traditional side and oh so good! I love the addition of zucchini to this salad. The balsamic vinegar and basil definitely add a punch of flavor.

Ashley Dawkins shared her creamy, kicky and fantastic recipe for corn on the cob. How could guests not love a recipe called Crazy Corn?! “I am not a fan of mayonnaise, but I could eat this corn ALL summer long,” says Ashley. If you’re not a fan of mayo, you can substitute more butter in this recipe. But give it a try with the mayo … I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Your dinner will be spiced up with this easy side dish.

"Every summer I look forward to the fresh vegetables, especially silver queen corn," says Cathy Tate. “But even with my beloved veggies, I do get bored eating them in the same old way.” To add a little variety, Cathy experimented and came up with her Falling in Love with Okra and Corn recipe. The okra gives this dish a slight crunch, while the fresh corn adds nice sweetness. A couple of the best veggies of the summer in one recipe - perfect!

Amazing fresh corn, bright peppers, ample seasoning and creamy butter are what make Diane Hopson Smith’s South of the Border Corn Pudding stellar. “Corn pudding has been a favorite side dish for me for as long time as I can remember,” says Diane. “In fact I love corn just about any way you fix it.” This may be one of the best corn puddings to ever cross your plate! The mix of flavors is fantastic. I think picky eaters will be asking for second helpings of this.

Farm stands seem to be overflowing with fresh ears of corn at this time of year. Take advantage of the summer bounty and chow down on one of these fantastic recipes. And make sure to have dental floss ready!

You’ll Be Just Peachy after Trying These Desserts


Amaretto Cheesecake

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

There’s nothing better than whipping-up a fruit dessert with ingredients that are in season. When fruit is at its peak, it adds so much flavor.

Right now, my fruit bowl is overflowing with fresh peaches. There’s a truck near me that sells the juiciest peaches. I think I went a little overboard and bought a few too many of ‘em this week. But, now I have a reason to make one of these tasty recipes.

The combination of amaretto and peach in Karen Halstead’s Amaretto Cheesecake is simply divine. The first time Karen made this, the cake wouldn’t easily come out of the pan. But, even messy everyone ate it because it’s that good! Practice makes perfect and, after a few changes, Karen created a beautiful recipe.

The cheesecake itself is super creamy and flavorful. Placing fresh peaches on the top adds a nice sweetness. The almonds give each bite a crunch that tops off the cake perfectly.

"This is a recipe passed to me by my mother-in-law," says Annette Kisser about her Sour Cream Peach Pie. “As the youngest of eleven children she found her niche at age nine as the family pie baker.” With only four steps, this pie is super easy to make.

As the peaches bake, their wonderful juices combine with the cream and sugar to make a mouthwatering pie. Sweet and fruity, this pie is the perfect antidote to a steamy summer day. Especially topped with a bit of whipped cream!

Another wonderful recipe is Jacklyn Bertolini’s Blushing Peach Pie. “If you like strawberries and peaches, you will love this,” says Jacklyn. The mix of fruits in this recipe is so fabulously scrumptious. The pie is perfectly sweet and flaky. Ideal for a summer evening.

"When I was a little girl, my mom made desserts as cheap as she could, but were also delicious," shares Jeri Thomison. “She made this Peach Fluff - so simple, so good and so light for summer.” You’ll look like the hostess with the mostest without breaking a sweat when serving this tasty dessert. This recipe is proof positive that great-tasting food doesn’t have to be complicated.

Karen Rees’ Strawberry Peach Easy Pies are an easy dessert. Cute as a button, and tasty too! The perfect pick for the next time you’re wanting something sweet in a snap. “Everyone loves these,” says Karen. I recommend grilling the peach as Karen suggests. The grilling adds wonderful flavor. But, get extra creative and try your favorite fruit combo!

When you visit the grocery store or farmers market this week, throw a few extra peaches into the basket. Then, you can whip up one of these sweet treats!

Happy Halloween! Best way to use up leftover candy corn… make Easy Butterfinger Candy!

Happy Halloween! Best way to use up leftover candy corn… make Easy Butterfinger Candy!

Crockpot Apple Butter… Homemade is best!
Amazingly moist Yam Biscuits! They go great with apple butter or sliced pork. Yum!

Amazingly moist Yam Biscuits! They go great with apple butter or sliced pork. Yum!

Bean & Pea Slow Cooker Soup…. Cupboard cooking at its finest. 

Bean & Pea Slow Cooker Soup…. Cupboard cooking at its finest.

Trick Or Treat Trail Mix!
Frosted Fudge Brownie Recipe.