Late night carb load for boy toy

Anyone looking to add pounds to their diet listen up!

Eat you one of these a little before bed and in no time, you will pack on those nice pounds you have been waiting for. Obviously coupled with a good lifestyle through the day and exercising.

Late night last night I made my boyfriend this open faced sammich soon before he was to go to sleep. He looked at it a little funny and said, “I thought you were gunna make like savory food”.

I said NO worries! I got you!

1 slice calorie friendly whole grain bread

Organic peanut butter

½ banana

Golden raisins

Local honey

Cinnamon

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BBQ MELTDOWN!!

With my blogs, I hope to accomplish making people feel more confident in the kitchen.

The only thing that separates me and you in there is this is my passion so I go above and beyond to be knowledgeable about this craft.

One thing I won’t hide is my flaws in the lab.

So, my main goal is to share my mess ups, my missed ingredients, my forehead smacks, but also how I fix or flub them….

Mostly fix though.

Once you can understand the way food works and how to work with heat and knives anything… and I mean anything is possible.

DOWN TO THE “BBQ” TAX

I got a call for a smoked brisket from a loyal customer. I happily obliged even though Q’ing isn’t my strongest cuisine just yet. Which meant…

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

FABRICATION OF THE COW!

I start by taking a chunk of the fat cap underneath to make sure it’s not too fatty, but still has enough fat attached to develop flavor.

I rubbed him down with a generous handful of my delicious RubOn! Garlic Herb Salt and let it sit a few hours.

First “wish I could’ve”.

Wish I could’ve let it sit overnight to soak up and dry out to get crispier on the outside.

BUT

It still worked.

NOW HERE’S WHERE IT MIGHT GET REAL FOR YOU…. BUT IT DEFINATLEY GOT REAL FOR ME!

Since I am not chef girl R grill, I asked my brother in law for some advice before I got started. I asked him because he made …. THE.BEST…brisket… I’ve ever eaten

I’m just saying.

Anyhow…

He gave me some pointers and I THOUGHT I had it.

I got my charcoal. The one that doesn’t need lighter fluid.

[Which I think its soaked in it which defeats the purpose for those who think it’s better for them.}

I got my apple woodchips and headed home.

I got the fire going like he explained and how I’ve done in the past and noticed the temperature wouldn’t go passed 150-200.

So, I throw more shit in to keep the fire up and did that until I was out of charcoal and wood, which took place for about 5 hours.

LOW N SLOW WINS THE RACE… RIGHT

Solution…. or was it. I go to the store for more coal and wood.

As I’m coming home, I see some clouds rolling in…. just my luck, right? But I say it’s not going to rain. Till pass over.

I set the fire back up and head inside just in time for the 10-minute torrential down pour…. Which DID NOT help my fire sitch.

THE REAL MVP

The mini tsunami woke my dad out of his after-work slumber when he asks how the grilling is going.

With frustration, I tell him I can’t get the fire hot. Which lead to the “well why didn’t you just ask?”

Because I’m a big girl now papa and I wanted to figure it out… touch and go ya know!?

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HERE COMES THE FOREHEAD SLAP!

So naturally he tells me all I needed to do was open the vents.

I finally get it rollin’ to 225 for 2 more hours, wrapped with foil for 5 more hours, and finished in the oven for another 2 hours. An initial 8-hour project quickly became a 24-hour adventure.

I CAME. I SAW. I CONQUERED

INGREDIENTS

12 lb. brisket

RubOn! Garlic Herb Salt

Charcoal

Wood chips

ENJOY!

And GOODLUCK!

 

Ladies retreat chef play-by-play

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I want to start by start by saying how blessed I am to have been invited back to cook for 12 wonderful ladies during their annual lady’s retreat. The hostess defiantly has the most-est when it comes to planning the perfect weekend for these deserving lucky ladies to relax and unwind from the prior year’s ups and downs. From gifts to karaoke, poems making the ladies feel special to on demand food for b-fast lunch and din din with wine pairings. She even schedules a masseuse, named donna that lives out in Destin Florida, to come and give massages in a room with a view! My client really knows how to show her gratitude. I’m taking notes.

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I have been the ladies’ chef for, now, 4 years running! How cool is that!? Want to know something cooler!?

I started with them when I was living in Atlanta between 2013-2016 through a recommendation of a mutual friend.

#littleknownchefcidfact

While living in Atlanta, I played for an all-girls flag football league, and had a blast doing it, but in May 2016, I tore my Achilles tendon having that same blasty blast I was just talking about. Having torn a very important walking element, I had surgery and had to move back to San Antonio Texas, which is where I grew up, and my father still lives. So even though I up and had to leave Atlanta, the hostess of the ladies retreat still wanted my food service experience, so she booked my flight to do just that. And for that…. I am extremely humbled and grateful for the confidence she has in my art!

Now about la comida (the food)

This year we had some returning dishes, including my infamous cajun shrimp and cheddar grits with andouille sausage, peppers and onions.

In my version, I adapt the cheddar grits and make them into cakes. If you want to compare, then it’s like polenta cakes. But that’s only because they are one in the same. Polenta is Italian grits and the grits most people I know are southern American.

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This trip I made it a point to showcase my RubOn! Spice Blends and use them in different ways, in as many dishes as possible. Because I use that ish on EVERYTHING! Another huge hit was the crab boil.

Put those bad boys in a pot of super flavorful liquid with quartered onions, whole garlic cloves, lemon halves, andouille sausage, and corn. I then threw some crab legs, shrimp and mussels in at the last 10 minutes. And when they were done I tossed them in my RubOn! Cajun Spice and RubOn! Garlic Salt . with some drawn butter, with, you guessed it, my RubOn! Cajun Spice, for those that love dippin things. I also roasted the baby potatoes separately in a 400-degree oven, with my RubOn! Salt Free Cajun Spice as well as my RubOn! Garlic Herb Salt, and olive oil. Doing my potatoes this way gives one more texture and level of flavor.

However! Out of all the food I made over the weekend I would have to say the most talked about dish was, hands down, my un-fried chicken and homemade sweet potato waffles.

I used a basic Belgian waffle recipe I got from www.thekitchenwhisperer.net

I also added 1 mashed sweet potato

1 cup flour

¼ cup cornstarch

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk (I used ½ cup buttermilk+ heavy cream… had to improvise)

1 egg, room temp, separated

½ cup sugar

1 ½ tsp vanilla

Mix all dry ingredients

Beat egg whites until stiff peak, set aside

Mix wet ingredients

Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, add the wet in the middle, blend with whisk

Fold in egg whites, do not whisk

Let rest 30 minutes before putting in waffle maker.

Un-fried chicken tenders

1 pack chicken tenders, seasoned with RubOn! Garlic Herb Salt , with ligament removed (I hate those things)

Breading station

1 box crushed corn flakes, seasoned with RubOn! Garlic Herb Salt and RubOn! Salt Free Cajun Spice

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup flour

Bread the chicken in order

-flour

-buttermilk

-corn flakes

Bake in oven 400-450 for 20 mins, or until chicken is cooked thoroughly

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