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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Spicy Corn and Tomato Salad

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Here is a simple corn and tomato salad it makes for nice summer side to have along with your hot dog or cheese burger.I love summer because it allows you to eat light and healthy .This is why I started June with this salad it is really good .It covered with a sweetened  balsamic vinaigrette.The side dish is easy to put together in no time and its great for BBQs,Picnics or a quick salad just for you .I hope you like it.

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup grape tomatoes-cut in half

2 cups frozen corn kernels-thawed and sauteed

3 Tbsps purple diced onions

Dressing:

1-1/2 Tbsps balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsps olive oil

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp chili powder

1/8 tsp cayenne powder

1/2 tsp sugar

Directions

1.Place balsamic vinegar,olive oil, Italian seasoning,chili powder,cayenne powder salt and pepper in a bowl.Now mix all ingredients and set aside

2.Stir gently to combine. Set aside.Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.

3. Now add  frozen corn kernels and saute until corn is tender.Now transfer cooked corn into a small bowl and let cool.

4. Cut tomatoes in half and place them into a bowl.Add  the corn ,onions and stir with the tomatoes.

5.Pour the dressing over the tomato mixture and stir with a spoon.

6.Cover with plastic wrap or foil and place into the refrigerator and let the mingle until your ready to eat.

 

You can serve this for lunch,dinner or as a little snack.Make it for a picnic,bbq or just at home as a side dish.

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Cheddar Ciabatta Roll Garlic Bread

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When it comes to garlic bread I wish I can step back into time.I remember my mother’s neighbor she made the best garlic bread oh boy it was good.The best part was the cheese I love the way it tasted.I would eat this with a bowl of Spaghetti-O’s every child’s dream to never to wake up from.I wanted to make a version of that garlic bread from the past and put a little twist to it.Her garlic bread was made with french bread and yellow american cheese. I used Ciabatta Rolls , Cheddar Cheese and added a little red pepper flakes for a hint of surprise.I’d like to thank her for the inspiration and those we’re the good ole’ times.Just me and my Spaghetti-O’s.

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Ingredients:

2 Ciabatta Roll- Slice in half

Cheddar Cheese

4 garlic cloves-roasted

2-1/2  tbsps salted butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp parsley

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

 

Directions:

1.Set oven to 350 degrees

2.With a bread knife slice the Ciabatta rolls in half and toast for 2-4 minutes .Take out of oven and set aside

3. In a small sauce pan melt the butter and now add the oil.

4.Pour butter mixture  in into a bowl and  smashed the garlic until it looks paste.

5.Add in the parsley and red pepper flakes,Now stir until combined.

6.Spoon butter mixture onto bread cover evenly.

7.Top with the cheese and place back into oven  for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Serve this with pasta,seafood or a salad.

Now Enjoy!!