Jun 09 dolcedebbie | Comment (0)
Since the Turks made the original version in the 1300s, baklava has gone through a lot of changes. Over time, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves were added to give it more flavor.
Now, in the 21st century, it's time to pump up the flavor once again. When we were visiting Mykonos, Greece, Barry fell in love with the pistachio baklava, so I substituted pistachios for the walnuts frequently found in baklava recipes here in the states. I then added anisette, cocoa, and chocolate to really kick it up a notch. The sweetness of the honey balances the cocoa and dark chocolate, and the anisette gives the dish a bright, fresh flavor.
So come with me to Mykonos, and try my Chocolate Pistachio Baklava. - Debbie
Dec 19 dolcedebbie | Comment (0)
“Paris”, Hemingway once said, “is a moveable feast.” And while there are certainly plenty of wonderful restaurants in Paris, such as Ducasse and Le Meurice, when Barry and I go to Paris we love eating at the smaller cafes and bistros.
One of Barry's favorite cafe foods is the Croque Monsieur – a ham and cheese sandwich. But this is no ordinary ham and cheese sandwich, this is Paris, after all. The French add a creamy béchamel sauce to the ham and cheese inside, then they grate Gruyere cheese on the top, and place the sandwich in a broiler until the exterior is crusty and bubbling. It's an explosion of flavors in your mouth!
So take a trip with me to the Left Bank, and try this delicious Parisian specialty, the Croque Monsieur. - Debbie
Aug 01 dolcedebbie | Comment (3)
It's no big secret how much I love Twitter and this post is a direct result of twitter and perfect example of the wonderful things ripe for the picking!
While catching up with friends and chatting on Twitter not too long ago, I noticed that I had received a direct message. To my pleasure, it was from one of my newest friends Michael Baxter otherwise known as @BaxtersOriginal. Michael owns a company in Georgia that sells BBQ Smoking Woods, Baxters Original. For more information visit www.baxtersoriginal.com. Michael graciously offered to send me a trial of some of his products. Of course I'm not one to turn down a good thing when I see it, so I think I replied yes before he had had time to click the send button.
Within a couple of days my much anticipated package arrived. Inside I found peach wood chips AND this phenomenal peach smoked sea salt. I think I pondered for all of about 2 minutes and decided that whatever I did had to involve peaches! I mean, HELLO, it had come from Georgia and the wood was from a peach tree. I wanted to do something a little different than the typical smoking of ham, chicken, ribs, etc. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a FREAK for hamburgers. Well, the rest is history and here is the result...The Baxter Burger. You have to try this guys to believe it. I've made these several times since as requested from many who have had them. I even made them into sliders for a party.
Make sure to visit my friend Michael's site www.baxtersoriginal.com and order your supplies for making your next masterpiece and if you're on Twitter make sure to follow him at @BaxtersOriginal.
Jun 13 dolcedebbie | Comment (0)
Being from “The South”, I've grown up with certain foods associated with each holiday and for us Memorial Day is no different. In fact, for my family Memorial Day is sacred, as most of my family have served in one manner or another in many of the branches of the military. Our traditional day was filled with bar-b-que ribs, hamburgers, chicken and anything else we had in the freezer, potato salad, and baked beans. For dessert there was always some version of home-made ice cream (my favorite being peach)!
This year I wanted to put a little different spin on my traditional dishes. Now, as most of you know, I consider Texas to be my “home”, and everyone knows how Texans love their spice. So I decided I needed to consult with the expert of all things saucy, the Saucy Queen herself, Michele Northrup. I've created many original recipes using her Intensity Academy sauces, so it just made sense. She reminded me of her national number one winning Chipotle Chup Ketchup and of course the infamous Chai Chipotle Q'. Armed with these spicy saucy treats, I began my journey to a traditional celebration with a saucy spin.
The ribs were a no brainer, I started with my usual seasoning with a mixture of lemon pepper, garlic powder, and kosher salt. I placed them on the grill on a low heat with the bone side down and allowed to slowly cook until about half done, then turned the meat side down and brushed a fair amount of the Chipotle Q' on and allowed to cook for about 7 minutes. Turning them back over to the bone side down, I applied a heavy layer of the Chipotle Q' sauce on the meat side and turn the heat a little lower and allow to cook until the ribs were done (pull at 150-155 degrees Fahrenheit). Pulling them off the grill, I let them sit for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
Without a doubt, one of my all time childhood favorite recipes is baked beans. So simple, but so finger licking (from off the plate, not the fingers...well...maybe the fingers too!) good. Simply take two 15 ounce cans of your favorite pork and beans and mix in 6 ounces Chipotle Chup, 4 ounces of yellow mustard, 2 tablespoons pancake syrup, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons onion powder, and depending on how much heat you want 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoons of Intensity Academy Hot Cubed hot sauce. Top the beans with about a pound of bacon slices and then baked in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 30 minutes or until the liquid is bubbling and the bacon is crisp around the edges.
The potato salad was the one thing that I left without any spicing up, you know I have to have something for next time! (<: But if you're interested in how I prepare my potato salad here it is. I cube about 5 pounds of russet potatoes and place in a large pot and cover with cold water, enough to cover by about 2-3 inches. I also place 3 eggs on top in order to boil the eggs at the same time. Don't allow the potatoes to come to a rapid boil just keep just below a boil for about 20 minutes. Once the potatoes are done, drain and then mince the eggs. Mix the potatoes and eggs with about 6-8 ounces of mayonnaise, 4 ounces mustard, 2 tablespoons onion powder, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, ½ teaspoon ground pepper, 2 teaspoon sweet pickle relish and continue to mix by hand until thoroughly blended. You should still have larger chunks of potato when finished.
Buon Appetito Y'all