Caribbean Style Hot Wings

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If you’re looking for a way to spice up your average chicken wing, I have a great recipe that I want to share with you.  This is my take on a Caribbean Style hot wing cooked over charcoal.  There’s nothing wrong with deep fried hot wings but the flavor that the grill gives these wings is much better, and it’s a little healthier for you too! I start with 4lbs of frozen wings that you can find at any supermarket.  Look for the bag that contains both 1st and 2nd wing sections.  You can also buy whole wings and cut …

Grilled Lamb Loin Chops

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When I think of lamb, fresh herbs and garlic come to mind, and that’s the ingredients I’m going to use for this dish.  Herbs like Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano compliment the natural flavor of lamb, and  I’m using them in a marinade for the loin chops. Here’s the recipe for the marinade: ½ cup Olive Oil Juice of 2 large Lemons Zest of 2 large Lemons (heaping Tablespoon) 4-5 cloves of fresh garlic chopped 1 Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary finely chopped 1 Tablespoon Fresh Oregano finely chopped 1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme finely chopped Pour the lemon juice in a mixing bowl and …

Korean Style Short Ribs

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You can find these beef short ribs at your local grocery store for around $3 per lb. They’re cut about 1/4” thick from the chuck flanken area of the beef rib which makes them perfect for quick grilling.  You’ll want to give the short ribs a good rinse under cool water when you take them out of the package.  I found that there are tiny bits of bone shard left on the meat from the butcher process.  Rinse this away and you won’t have to worry about biting down on any hard bits of bone after it’s cooked.  Be sure …

Kickin’ Cajun Deviled Eggs

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The Annual Crawfish Boil was this weekend and the weather was outstanding. Who thinks of a crawfish boil in New York but our friends have them flown in and it feels like Cajun country even if the zip code reads New York! Nothing makes a crawfish boil or cookout more fun than deviled eggs. Wonderful finger food or use a fork, the choice is yours. For every deviled egg there is a “special” recipe but these are easy, “kickin” and a bit different than your Grandmothers stuffed eggs. Yes, I guess I have a bit of “the devil” in me, …

BBQ Bologna

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Don’t let the name fool you. Some people are a little hesitant to try this stuff, but I promise you it’s a real crowd please and not just in the South! BBQ Bologna is probably the easiest meat you can possibly cook on a smoker.  This recipe is done with a smaller chunk of bologna versus the traditional “whole stick” that we do at events.  It’s scaled down, so that anyone at home can easily throw a chunk on the pit. There’s really no wrong way to make BBQ bologna.  I like to score the outside in a diamond shape …

Spaghetti Salad

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Nothing is more fun than a Crawfish Boil. Crawfish are a cross between lobster and shrimp at least that is how I explain these delicacies. Crawfish may seem like a lot of work to peel and eat, but worth the effort. We were invited to a Louisiana Crawfish Boil, hosted by friends from Louisiana, everything was authentic including the spices. I love parties where you bring a side, especially since the host was boiling crawfish all day. From hot sauce to remoulaude sauce, the crawfish were divine. A good side dish for any outdoor gathering is Spaghetti Salad. My recipe …

Lemon Ice Box Pie

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A huge favorite in my family is Me Me’s Lemon “Ice-Box” Pie. The name comes from the pre refrigeration days, the “Ice-Box” kept everything cold. This pie is a make ahead, put in the refrigerator pie, served cold. It is the perfect combination of tart, creamy and sweet decadence. The condensed milk, lemon zest and graham cracker crust combination will put a smile on your face. My mother-in-law, Me Me, always makes at least two pies for a family dinner, everyone always wants seconds! Recipe: Graham Cracker Crust: 4 Tablespoons melted butter 1 ½ to 2 cups of crushed graham …