CHOW-CHOW

Chow-chow is a delicious southern pickled relish. I grew up eating chow-chow as a condiment on collard greens,  crab cakes, hot dogs, and hamburgers. I recently learned that there is a host of folks that have never heard of chow-chow, including some southerners. I have tweaked the original family recipe to fit my palate; hope you like it. CHOW-CHOW…

MONDAY NITE FOOTBALL CHEESE BALL

MONDAY NITE FOOTBALL CHEESE BALL 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened, 1 (8 oz.) white cheddar cheese, shredded, 1/4 teaspoon fish seasoning,  1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 1/4 cup crab claw meat, finely chopped, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped, 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped. Get out a bowl, add…

AVACADO TOAST

  THE PERFECT AVOCADO TOAST  4 slices of garlic sourdough bread, 4 tablespoons cream cheese, softened,  2 medium, Haas avocados, 1/4 cup salted pumpkin seeds, hulled and chopped, 6 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled, 1 large heirloom tomato slices, 1/2 cup craw meat First things first, toast the bread. Smear a layer of cream…

FAIR FOOD

SPAM FRIES This just might be the culinary fair food of the century.  I serve these fries with a Green Onion Dip and a Whiskey Sour Cocktail. Grits: 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 cup uncooked quick grits, ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese. In a saucepan, add…

BEIGNETS

BEIGNETS 1 cake compressed yeast, 1/4 cup lukewarm water (110 degrees), 3/4 cup evaporated milk, scalded, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening, melted, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 large egg, beaten, 3 cups self-rising flour, powdered sugar for dusting, and oil for frying. The surprise ingredient is the raspberry preserve….

SHRIMP STUFFED PINEAPPLE BOAT

SHRIMP STUFFED PINEAPPLE BOAT 1 large pineapple, 1/4 cup cooked rice, 1/2 pound large head and tail on shrimp, 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped, 2 firm tomatoes, chopped, 3 tablespoon red onions, chopped, 1 large jalapeno pepper, chopped. Cut the pineapple in half lengthwise, scoop out all the flesh, chop and set aside.  Lightly salt…