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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cathy's Fried Chicken


1 Chicken cut into pieces
1 bunch of parsley--chopped
1 bunch of Thyme--chopped
1 bunch of sage--chopped
5 bay leaves-chopped
6 cloves of garlic--chopped
1/8 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup of fresh ground pepper, plus 1 tablespoon
1/8 cup of kosher salt, plus 2 tablespoons
1/2 quart buttermilk
1 teaspoon of hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon of sugar

2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of rice flour
1/4 cup garlic powder
1/4cup onion powder
1/8 cup salt
1/8 cup pepper
1/2 gallon of oil, ( vegetable, grape seed, )

Garnish with fresh lemons


Preheat oven to 200 degrees

Mix the parsley, thyme, sage, bay leaves, and garlic with olive oil
Add the salt and pepper
Rub the chicken with the herbs
Roast for 2 hours then remove and cool slightly
In a large bowl, combine buttermilk, hot sauce and sugar
Submerge chicken in buttermilk and let sit for 30 minutes
Add oil to large heavy pan then heat
Combine the flours, garlic and onion powders and the salt and pepper
Remove the chicken from the buttermilk mixture and coat in flour
Fry the breaded chicken, turning halfway through about 5 minutes. Do not overcrowd in pan
Continue to fry for about 5 more minutes
Drain on paper towels
Put on platter and season with salt and garnish with lemons

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pineapple Burgers


1 can of sliced pineapple
3/4 cup of Teriyaki Sauce
1 pound of ground chuck
1 large onion-sliced
1 tablespoon of butter
4 lettuce leaves
4 large buns of your choice
4 slices of Swiss cheese
4 slices of cooked bacon
Salt and fresh ground pepper


Put pineapple and Teriyaki sauce into a ziplock bag and shake.
Shape meat into 4 patties and remove pineapple from bag and pour sauce over patties.
Season with salt and pepper.
Grill patties flipping one time.
While patties are grilling--sauté onions in butter.

Place pineapple on grill-- heat all the way through
Layer onions, pineapple, bacon, lettuce and tomato on burgers-place on buns.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Oysters Rockefeller


1 dozen large oysters in shell
3/4 cup of butter--melted
1 cup finely chopped fresh spinach
1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley
5 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped tomato
3 slices of bacon cooked and chopped
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons of mayonnaise 
Salt and fresh ground pepper
1 lemon-squeezed over shucked oysters


Shuck oysters and squeeze lemon over them.
Mix all the ingredients.
Top each oyster with a liberal amount of mixture.
Carefully place on a heated grill.
Cook until mixture is golden-- I usually shut top of 
my grill while cooking.

*may serve with hot sauce

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Garlic Toast with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli


1 loaf of Ciabatta bread
1/2 cup of olive oil


2 cloves of garlic
2 large roasted red pepper
1/3 cup of mayonnaise
2 tablespoon of olive oil
Salt and pepper


Cut bread in half, drizzle olive oil over bread--bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes

In a food processor chop garlic, red pepper until smooth, add mayonnaise 
Blend in the oil while motor is running
Season with salt and pepper

Spread onto toasted bread and slice

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Spicy Bloody Mary


1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup of ice
1.5 fluid oz of Vodka
3/4 cup of Spicy Tomato Juice
2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
1 dash of Tabasco Sauce
1 Celery Stalk
2 Blue Cheese Olives
Pinch of salt and pepper


Salt a rim of a tall glass ( pour salt into a small plate, moisten the rim of the glass on a damp towel, press into the salt)

Fill glass with ice cubes

In a cocktail mixer full of ice, combine Vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and salt and pepper

Shake vigorously-strain into glass

Garnish with celery and olives

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Seafood Boil


4 quarts of water
1 12oz can of beer
1/2 cup of old bay seasoning
2 tablespoons of salt

3 cloves of garlic
1 large onion - peeled
8 med red skin potatoes- cut in half
2 pounds of smoked sausage ( I used a variety of smoked, andouille  and turkey sausage cut into 2 inch pieces)
8 ears of corn cleaned and cut in half
4 pounds of large unpeeled shrimp
14 fresh clams
2  1 1/2 pound Lobsters
*I also used a large bag  of frozen crawl fish from Nino Salvaggio's
3 bay leaves


Bring water, beer, old bay seasoning , onion , bay leaves and garlic to a boil
Add potatoes, cook 8 minutes
Add sausage, cook 5 minutes
Add corn, cook 7 minutes
Continue to keep water at a rapid boil
Add clams, cook 5 minutes than add shrimp, lobster and claws
Season with salt and continue to cook until clams open and shrimp turn pink

Melt some chopped parsley, chopped garlic, lemon and butter

Serve Seafood in bowls with the broth and dip the Seafood into butter mixture!
I also serve this with a garlic toast--recipe to follow!