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Mar 102016

Sweet And Zesty Carrot Sticks

I know I have been slacking off in the kitchen department lately and I do apologize! I have had a few things brewing up in this old noggin but have yet to put them to use. Hopefully this week will alter my absence and I will get back to getting something done even if it gets screwed up as I have done in the past so many times, ha ha!

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With summer temperatures getting closer to us here in the South, I thought these might go great with a sandwich or even as a topper for a nice refreshing salad. These carrots have a delicate sweetness along with a bite from the horseradish that went very well for our taste buds; only thing is that the next time, I am going to add a little more horseradish to give them a little more zing. I sure wish I could have some of the fresh horseradish that my dad used to dig up on our property. After he dug it up, he and I, mostly he, would clean it and grate it for my mom to jar it up! I can still feel the tears rolling down my face from the pungent smell that can only be smelled when fixing it fresh out of the garden. My sister sent me some pieces to try and grow, but they didn’t like our soil or something, and didn’t do a thing but die, maybe I’ll try again!!! Another thing, with St. Patty’s Day next week, they are going to really compliment our corned beef sandwiches on the weekend………

Sweet And Zesty Carrot Sticks
  • 2 large carrots, pared and cut into sticks
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1-1/2 teas prepared mustard, maybe next time I'll use horseradish mustard for my extra kick
  • 1 heaping teas horseradish
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Dash of white pepper
  1. Steam carrots to a crisp-tender stage; drain and reserve 1 tablespoon of the water.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients along with the reserved water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Place carrots in a small glass jar (I used a small pickle jar), and pour mixture over carrots.
  4. Let cool to room temperature, top with lid and let sit in the frig for a day before using so as to absorb the flavor.

I did get to make my egg rolls with the Chinese marinated pork loin and that night we gorged ourselves, my daughter eating 4 of those bad boys! Don’t think I’ll ever make them again unless I first cook off one of those pork loins…………um um GREAT!

Hope you enjoy and see ya real soon, God willing………..

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Sep 112015

Sangria Honey BBQ Sauce

Daughter got to come out for Labor Day and I promised her some ribs on the grill along with all the normal side dishes including cole slaw, potato salad and corn bread! It is so sweet to have her back into our lives after years of having to avoid us due to a husband that was paranoid of people?; so sad as she is a people person like her mom and he is also very lovable………..

Homemade cole slaw and potato salad...YES!

Homemade cole slaw and potato salad…YES! And don’t forget the Cowboy Cornbread….:-)

You can use this sauce to baste about anything you want to, including pork or chicken or you can also use it as a marinade for them, so here we go…………

Sangria Honey BBQ Sauce
  • 2 cups sangria wine, homemade or store bought (didn't have any homemade unfortunately!)
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ mustard, I used Dijon but next time I think I might try some horseradish!
  • 1 tbs minced sweet onion
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • ½ teas lemon zest
  • About 4 pounds of cooked ribs, I used baby backs
  1. Cook or smoke ribs the way you like them!
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes to slightly thicken and sauce is reduced by about half.
  3. Place cooked ribs over medium-high heat on your grill and brush with sauce; turning and basting frequently until heated and done to you desired taste (I like mine a little seared on the outside).
  4. Serve with remaining sauce for dipping...........

These babies melted in our mouth and reminded Kenny of ribs we used to serve in a restaurant where I used to work; he was a happy camper! Daughter Michelle wasn’t too bashful either as she ate her fair share, but I wasn’t keeping tabs………….enjoy!

On another note, I am writing this on 9/11/15, only 14 years after the horrific attacks on our homeland and I remember that day like it was yesterday! Please join me in prayers for the families that lost loved ones on that day and pray that it never happens again in our home, the great United States of America; may she forever stand tall……………

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