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Lemon Garlic Herb Chicken Wings!!!

Here is a yummy and tasty appetizer to have anytime.I love little finger foods especially chicken wings very nice.They are so versatile and you could flavor them anyway you want.I chose lemon garlic and herb because it sounds fancy to me and you can have them for lunch or dinner pair them with asparagus or broccoli and rice.These are so good.These are good for you because they are baked and not fried in a pan full of oil.They are guilt free.

Ingredients:

8-12 party chicken wings

1/4 cup lemon juice

4 tbsps olive oil

1 tbsp butter-melted

5 cloves of garlic-crushed & minced

1/2 tsp dried or fresh thyme

1/2 tsp fresh or dried rosemary

1/2 tsp fresh or dried basil

1/2 tsp fresh or dried oregano

1/2 tsp fresh or dried parsley

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

Ingredients:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Put  the party chicken wing in a medium or large bowl.

3. Add the olive oil,butter,minced garlic,herbs ,smoked paprika,salt and pepper to the chicken .With a spoon or spatula stir until thoroughly coated.Place wings in the refrigerator and marinate them for 3 hours or overnight.

4.Transfer wings to a foiled or parchment lined baking sheet .

5. Put chicken wings into the oven  and bake for 35-45 minutes.

6. Place chicken wings onto a serving dish .

Serve them with a rice ,potatoes or a salad.

Now you can eat & enjoy !!!

Italian Anise Ricotta Cookies w/ Lemon Glaze and Non Pareils

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Italian Ricotta Cookies sweet and pillowy  these are my new favorite dessert.I have been making these cookies for sometime now and like to say they are awesome.The ricotta makes them sorta moist and light.The first time I made these I was wowed they tasted so so good.They are easy and quick to make you can make these in no time all.Let me tell you can’t just have one trust and believe me.They are great with a nice mug of tea or tall glass of milk either way you can’t go wrong.They are good as a midday snack or a dessert after a meal.Before I forget let me say something about the lemon glaze ,this glaze catapults this cookie into another dimension okay its only my opinion but I am trying to say these are good  alrighty then .These cookies you make with your kids I am sure they will a have fun.

 

Ingredients:

1 stick of unsalted butter- room temperature

1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1/2 cup of sugar

1 large egg -room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp  baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp star anise

 

Lemon Glaze:

2/3 cup powdered sugar

2 tbsps lemon juice

 

Directions: The Cookies and Lemon Glaze:

1 .Preheat the oven to 350

2. In a large bowl cream the butter and ricotta until combined.Now add in the sugar and vanilla  and mix.

3. Add in the dry ingredients  and mix.( add the dry ingredients a little at a time).

4.Now with a teaspoon or small ice cream scoop  drop the dough onto a parchment lined sheet pan.

5.Bake for 15 minutes or until light brown.When cookies are done transfer them to a cooling rack 10-15 minutes.

6. For the lemon glaze : In a small bowl mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice together until thoroughly mix.Now take a spoon and cover the cookie with the glaze,then add some non-pareils.

Now Enjoy your day with a great cookie I promise you’ll never just have one.

Independence Day Flower Cupcakes

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I love summer it’s the best season for beautiful food.I love summer desserts.Cakes and cupcakes are my favorite and pies too.Now were right here on the of 4th July.Everybody’s getting ready for family get togethers and have that summertime food.Barbecues and swimmimg pools.People get excited because of fireworks and the American standards that will happen later on the day.But let me get back to cupcakes.

I’m going to show you how to cupcakes for the 4th of July.So you can have the at your parties or bbq’s.These cupcakes are quick and simple and fun to make .Your kids will enjoy decorating them for the big day.Now let me show you what you’ll need so you can make these delicous cupcakes.

Ingredients:

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Directions:

  1. For the cake mix follow the in instructions on the back of box for the cupcakes.
  2. When cupcake are out of the oven let the cool on a baking rack
  3. Once the cupcakes are cool frost with vanilla frosting and place the blueberries and slices strawberries on top of the cupcake make a flower pattern.
  4. I think its cool and fun to make.
  5. Place cupcakes on a serving dish and enjoy.
  6. I hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July.

 

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Roasted Potatoes and Green Bean Salad

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Here is another dish with green beans in it .I love how green versatile green beans are it sure make my creative mind blossom.This my green bean and roasted potato salad .This salad isn’t your typical mayo based salad. It’s dressing in a sweet mustard dressing to give it that bit of tang with the sweet .I like to tell you it compliments the pallet very well and its not that strong of a flavor. It’s vegetarian and vegan friendly so you don’t have to worry. This salad can be served ribs,chicken or fish.You can make it for Barbecues,Picnics or for any occasions.It a great side dish that you will enjoy.

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Ingredients:

1/2 lb green beans- clean and steams trimmed

1/2 cup red potatoes- rinsed and cut in half

2 tbsps sliced red onions

1 large clove garlic -minced

Ingredients for sweet mustard dressing:

1-1/2 tbsps yellow mustard

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil

1 tsp Italian seasoning

2 tsps granulated sugar

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Directions:

1.In a medium or large bowl place green beans,roasted potatoes,onions and garlic.Now set aside.

2.In a small bowl put olive oil, vinegar,mustard,Italian seasoning and sugar.With a small whisk or fork mix thoroughly.

3.Pour sweet mustard mixture over potatoes and green beans.Stir with a fork until covered.

4.Now transfer to a serving dish and place into the refrigerator until ready to serve.

5.Eat and Enjoy!!!

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How To Spatchcock A Chicken

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Here is a technique one must learn it is quick and easy once you master it.It’s called Spatchcock is a technique mainly for poultry such as chicken,cornish hens and for other game bird.  The term spatchcock(butterfly) means removal of the back bone .When the bird is butterflied it roasts quicker and more evenly .You can grill your spatchcock chicken or roast it in the oven either or is good.This technique has been around for over 100 yrs and still being used these days.So this is why I will show you in the tutorial down below how to spatchcock a chicken.

 

Things you’ll need:

1. 1 whole chicken

2.Kitchen or Poultry Shears

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Directions:

1.Lay the  chicken breast down on the cutting board with the legs towards you.

2.With the  kitchen shears cut from the tail to the neck.Do this to both sides.

3.When the chicken is cut on both sides take the piece you cut and reserve it for soups or stock.

4.Turn the chicken over and press down  with your hard until you hear a snapping sound.

5.Make sure the chicken is flatten with the legs turned out .

6.Now you have your first spatchcocked chicken and now you are ready to season it any which way you want and cook it on a grill or in the oven.

Good Luck Cooking!!

Homemade Shake N’ Bake Mix

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Here is a simple recipe for homemade Shake N’ Bake breadcrumb mix:

Ingredients:

2-3/4  cups breadcrumbs

1 packet Goya Sazon with coriander and annotto

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

 

 

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients into a medium to large ziploc bag.

2. Zip close the bag at top.

3.Shake the bread crumb mixture until combined.

Now you can use this on your Chicken,Poultry,Seafood Or Vegetables.

Eat and Enjoy!!

 

 

Homemade Tuscan Seasoning

Here is a simple and easy Tuscan seasoning recipe .You can put this rub on chicken,fish,beef or vegetables.It’s very aromatic and tasty.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

1/2 tsp hungarian Paprika

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

 

Directions:

1. Put all in ingredients in a small ziplock bag and shake until mixed.

2.Put season mix in a small container and jar.

3.Keep in dry and cool place for up to 6 months.

4.Enjoy!!!

Shake N Bake Style Chicken Drumsticks

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Shake N Bake- Wow those few words just brings me back to my childhood.My mother would make shake n bake chicken and I was always excited.I love retro foods from my childhood like in the 70’s I guess I told my age.Well lets get to 2013.Whenever I go to the supermarket I always see the shake n bake mix and I always look at the back of the box at the ingredients.I have always wanted to make my own mix and now I finally did.Today I made drumsticks and coated them with my version of shake n’ bake bread crumb mix.Man they were oh so tasty . This recipe is easy to make and your kids would have fun too.I can’t  wait til you try this recipe please let me know when you do.

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Ingredients:

1 lb chicken drumsticks or any selection

Water

Shake N Bake mix

Ziploc Bag

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.Pour shake n bake mixture into the ziploc bag.

3. Take the drumsticks and dip them into the water.

4.Place the drumsticks into the bread crumb mixture.

5. Shake bag until chicken is thoroughly coated.

6.Place the chicken onto a foiled or parchment lined pan.

7.Bake for 50-60 minutes.

8.Transfer to a serving dish and you can have this as an easy Christmas main dish.Serve with salad,rice or potatoes.

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