One of my favorite times of the year is the NBA All-Star Weekend. To celebrate I decided to get out on the grill despite the cold temperature. I chose to grill turkey sausage, chicken wings and thin steaks. After a coating in my special sweet and spicy bbq sauce everything was ready to go! We added some potato salad and deviled eggs (not pictured) to finish things off and the family has been enjoying this delicious summer food all weekend long. I can’t wait for the big game tonight! Happy cooking to everyone on this lovely weekend! Enjoy!!!
Tonight I had a taste for something light, flavorful and simple, so I decided to make something I haven’t made in a while, one of my favorite meals as a child, my Mother’s famous pasta salad! I had most of the ingredients but, I did have to modify her recipe slightly. She uses spaghetti noodles but I wanted to try shells this time. It came out delicious and I plan on experimenting more with a few changes to her recipe but, don’t tell!!! 🙂 I would list the ingredients but, then it wouldn’t be a secret anymore and my mother would probably kill me?! Sooo, you’ll have to figure out your own recipe…sorry.
Last night I enjoyed a very light, delicious dinner of chickpea and sautéed shrimp salad stuffed in avocado shells with seasoned cumbers and tomatoes, finished with thinly sliced sharp cheddar and pepper-jack cheeses.
For dinner on Tuesday I really wanted to try something a little different. I decided to inject a chicken with a cajun marinade and deep fry it the same way I would a turkey. First, I used a Caribbean jerk spice rub for the seasoning. Once the chicken finished cooking I glazed the entire bird with a spicy jerk-bbq sauce that I had been experimenting with for a while. For the sides I chose steamed broccoli, three cheese tortellini with a garlic parmesan sauce, baked potato and garlic bread. This was my first time preparing my chicken and pasta this way but, everything turned out really good together and I would definitely try this recipe again in the future. Happy eating!
This is my dinner for tonight. Grilled turkey breast, sharp cheddar jack cheese, tomato, avocado, romaine lettuce, and olive oil mayo on a toasted croissant.
My family and I don’t eat pizza very often but, when we do we eat at our favorite place in Columbus, Picasso’s Pizza. The food is amazing and I’ve never had a bad experience there. This particular pizza is their incredible buffalo chicken style pizza. If you’re ever in Columbus Georgia and want top quality pizza I highly recommend you go to Picasso’s in the downtown area.
Homemade chicken breakfast sausage. Created with my family’s traditional secret recipe.
Baked lemon pepper garlic hot wings.
Panko breaded, pan fried green tomatoes.
No BBQ for me this Memorial Day. Instead I prepared a simple grilled chicken and turkey sausage jambalaya. No cook-outs, parties or celebrating, just a quiet dinner with family and some NBA basketball. Remember, this is a day to honor and pay our respect to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us to enjoy the freedoms we so often take for granted. I’ll say a prayer for all of the fallen soldiers as well as their families. Blessings.
I know that it has been a long time since I’ve posted anything into my food category and it’s a shame because, I’ve eaten some really wonderful food since my last entry. I’ve traveled quite a bit, as well as cooked/experimented with lots of great dishes since my last food entry. Well, I promise to share more food photos from my travels as well as from my own kitchen from this point on. First up, one of my favorite Vietnamese dishes, Bun Ga Nuong! Bun Ga Nuong is a simple meal consisting of vermicelli rice noodles mixed with fresh vegetables and topped with grilled chicken. Served with Nuoc Cham sauce (fish sauce) it is light and absolutely delicious!!! This particular meal was purchased at one of my favorite local restaurants, Pho Vy, here in Columbus Ga. If you’re ever in town I highly recommend checking them out.
I love to cook! One fact about me most people don’t know is that since I was child I’ve always wanted to attend Culinary Art School. Preparing food is an art, it’s both challenging and very interesting to me. There are quite a few really good cooks in my family so I’ve always had great influences to draw inspiration from. Although I’ve never stepped foot in any cooking classes, I live out my chef fantasies within my kitchen, preparing meals daily for myself and family. I’ve always documented meals that I feel look especially appetizing whether I made it or not, but, I wanted to dedicate a category here on my blog in which I can share these unreleased photos with the world. First up are just a few from this spring as my family and I kicked off our grilling season. Funny thing is, being from Illinois has never prevented me from firing up my grill no matter what season it is! I was raised in a family that would grill in the middle of a Midwest winter in 10 feet of snow, a blizzard, whatever!!! As long as the the charcoal can be lit, we’re going to grill no matter how hot or cold it is outside! Now that I live in Georgia my friends think it’s unheard of for me to go outside in freezing temperatures to grill but I love grilled food so much, plus Georgia winter is NOTHING like Illinois winter so it’s very easy for me to grill year round. Well, I will continue to update my adventures in food from this point forward so be sure to check back often if you love the sight of delicious looking foods straight from my kitchen and from all of my travels. And remember, it’s always a great time to grill!