Joe’s Special

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Joe’s Special

I know eggs, ground beef and spinach may not sound like a winner, but his old-school San Fran restaurant item is ridiculous. And by ridiculous I mean effing great.

Makes 1-2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup white onion, diced
  • ¼ pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces cooked chopped spinach (squeeze out liquid)
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • Baguette or any bread of your choice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oil in a small skillet over low to medium heat, add onions and cook until soften about 5 minutes
  2. Add the beef, breaking it up along the way
  3. Just when beef is almost done, add the garlic, cook until fragrant
  4. Add the spinach and mix in well, season with salt and pepper
  5. Add the eggs to the pan, cook slowly, stirring often making sure the eggs don’t stick to the pan
  6. When the eggs are about halfway done, mix in parmesan and continue stirring until eggs are cooked though but still creamy
  7. Serve with baguette.

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Chili Tots

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Chili Tots

Makes 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 15 oz can of chili, heated
  • 16 oz frozen tater tots
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook tots according to package directions
  2. Top with chili and cheese

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Turkey Chili Enchiladas

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Turkey Chili Enchiladas

Makes 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ground turkey, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup chili 
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix first 3 ingredients in bowl, set aside
  2. Pour 1/2 the whipping cream in the bottom of a 9x13-baking dish
  3. Pour chicken broth in bowl and one by one submerge each tortilla
  4. Place approximately 1/8 turkey mixture in the center of each moistened tortilla and roll up
  5. Place all 8 side by side in dish seam down in baking dish, sprinkle with Monterey jack cheese and pour remaining whipping cream over top
  6. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly and gorgeous

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Chili Cheese Omelet

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Chili Cheese Omelet

Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 15 oz can of chili, heated
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 slice Kraft American cheese (you can use any kind you like, but this kinda makes it)
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Beat the eggs well in a bowl
  2. Melt butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat, and add eggs.
  3. If making a true omelet, allow the eggs to set - add chili to one half, cover with cheese and flip side with no chili over making a half moon - cook to desired doneness (which for me is not too dry)
  4. Put on a plate, add a little more chili and garnish with green onions

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Chili Cheese Waffle

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Chili Cheese Waffle

Makes 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 8.5 oz box Jiffy Corn Muffin mix  
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon butter, softened
  • 1 15 oz can of chili, heated
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat waffle iron
  2. Combine muffin mix, egg, milk, oil and sugar in a large bowl - mix well
  3. Spray both sides of waffle iron with non-stick spray, add batter, cook until done
  4. Place on plate, spread lightly with butter, add chili, top with cheddar cheese and sour cream

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Doughnutmisu

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Doughnutmisu

Serves 6

Think Tiramisu, but with powdered doughnuts – yes, it's that simple. And a pretty bitchin name I might add...

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 6 small powdered doughnuts, sliced in half
  • 6 tablespoons Hersheys chocolate syrup
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua
  • Cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Blend cheese, powdered sugar and whipping cream until smooth
  2. Put 1 tablespoon Hersheys in bottom of martini glass
  3. Dip cut side of each doughnut in Kahlua
  4. On top of chocolate, place 1 doughnut half, then a big tablespoon of cheese mix, then another doughnut half, then more cheese mix then dust with cocoa powder
  5. Refrigerate about an hour before eating

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Hash Brown Egg Cups

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Hash Brown Egg Cups

Thank you Jacob from just outside Flagstaff, AZ for this simple but great breakfast idea.  Btw, you could easily make the cups the day before, then just fill and bake when you need them.

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 oz premade uncooked hash browns
  • 1/3 cup Monterey jack cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce
  • 6 eggs

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Combine hash browns and cheese in a large bowl - mix well to combine
  3. Spray 6 muffins cups with cooking spray and press potato mixture into each cup – making sure to press against the sides and bottom
  4. Bake for 25 minutes until golden and getting crispy
  5. Remove from oven and turn oven down to 350
  6. Put a few shakes of hot sauce in the bottom of each cup, crack an egg into each and season tops with salt & pepper
  7. Bake 10-15 minutes or until white is set and yolk still a bit runny
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SIMPLE ALFREDO SAUCE

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SIMPLE ALFREDO SAUCE

Serves 4

Get with the program y’all…this will help your food life. Such an easy base for any pasta to add whatever toppings you want, mushrooms, bacon, shrimp, chicken… you name it.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 big garlic clove, crushed
  • 16oz carton whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 large pinch Kosher salt
  • 3-4 grinds fresh ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat butter in large deep skillet to low/medium heat, add garlic cook for one minute
  2. Add whipping cream to pan, cook for 5 minutes, to thicken and reduce a little
  3. add parmesan to sauce, stir and cook for further 3-4 minutes
  4. Pour over your favorite pasta

 

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Fried Bologna Sandwich

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Fried Bologna Sandwich

I wasn't a bologna fan until I fried some. This is crazy delicious and should not be ignored.

Makes one, but a really good one.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½  medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bun or roll of your choice
  • butter, softened
  • 5 slices of bologna
  • ½ tablespoon grainy mustard
  • ½ tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 slices American cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat small sauté pan on medium-high with olive oil, add the onions and cook until slightly caramelized, about 5 minutes
  2. While they cook, lightly butter the inside of each bun, place cut-side down on a flat top or large non-stick pan until  lightly toasted
  3. Evenly space three small cuts, about 1/2 inch long into the outside edge of bologna - this will help it from curling up
  4. Melt 1 slice of cheese on 2 slices of bologna
  5. Spread mustard and mayonnaise on bottom half of the toasted bun and top with caramelized onions
  6. Then stack all the slices of bologna on the onions, starting with a melted cheese bologna on the bottom, then the other 3 slices and top with the remaining melted cheese bologna
  7. Place the top half of the bun on the sandwich
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Buffalo Chicken Fries

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Buffalo Chicken Fries

Should be self explanatory - but even if they're not...just make em.

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

  • 28 ounce bag of sweet potato fries
  • 1 cup Franks Red Hot Wings Sauce or the regular – both are great
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese dressing
  • 1 cup pre-cooked deli chicken, shredded
  • parsley leaves, chopped for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook fries according to package directions – but get 'em extra crispy
  2. While they cook, combine hot sauce, honey and butter over low heat – stir to combine
  3. Toss fries a portion at a time in some of the sauce (don't over sauce though), plate, add some chicken, drizzle with blue cheese dressing and a little more buffalo sauce
  4. Top with chopped parsley.

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Better Butter Burger

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Better Butter Burger

Makes: 4 burgers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

The idea of cramming a big chunk of butter inside a burger might not be the first thing you think of – but it should be.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ lbs ground sirloin
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted
  • Herb Garlic Butter, see recipe 
  • Lettuce, tomato, mayo – you know what to do here
     

DIRECTIONS

  1. Form meat into 4 loose balls
  2. Remove Herb Garlic Butter from fridge, unwrap and cut four ½ inch discs, and gently press a disc into each ball, then gently form patty around the disc
  3. Preheat grill to medium high and cook burgers to your desired doneness, about 4 to 5 minutes a side for medium rare
  4. Build on toasted buns with whatever you like – not that it’ll really matter, cuz honestly it’s that good.
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* Finlandia butter is available at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway.

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Sriracha Popcorn

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Sriracha Popcorn

Makes one damn good bag

Why put sriracha in popcorn? Because we can, obviously.

Ingredients

  • One bag microwave popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt

Directions

  1. Make popcorn according to package directions
  2. While it cooks, melt butter in a small pot over low heat – stir in, garlic and Sriracha
  3. Toss popcorn with sriracha butter, sugar and salt to taste
  4. Serve

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Double Wrapped Shrimp & Bacon Tacos

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Double Wrapped Shrimp & Bacon Tacos

Makes about 6

I like the idea of putting everything out in bowls, and letting my guests make their own.  I mean come on – why do I have to do all the work?  

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4 lb peeled, uncooked shrimp cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 lime cut in half, then one half into wedges
  • 6 soft corn tortillas
  • 3/4 cup refried beans, warmed
  • 6 hard taco shells, warmed according to package directions
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked, crispy and crumbled
  • 3 green onions, finely diced
  • Cholula hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat pan well then add oil and shrimp - stir-fry quickly as the shrimp will cook fast 
  2. When almost done (about 2 minutes) sprinkle shrimp with Old Bay then squeeze juice from the lime half on top 
  3. Give them one quick mix and remove to a bowl alongside the tortillas, beans, sour cream and lettuce, bacon and green onions 
  4. Now simply let people make their own: put some beans on one side of a soft tortilla, the wrap that around a hard shell tortilla
  5. Add some sour cream, some lettuce, the shrimp, some bacon, some green onions and finally a few shakes of hot sauce
  6. Eat – as if that wasn’t fricking obvious

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Green Goddess Dressing

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Green Goddess Dressing

It’s 1973, Sacheen Littlefeather accepts the Best Actor Award for Marlon Brando in The Godfather, All in the Family was huge on TV and Green Goddess Dressing was all the rage – and still should be.  

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, coarsley chopped
  • 2 green onions, white & light green parts coarsely chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup sour cream

DIRECTIONS

  1.  Put all ingredients in a processor and blend until smooth 

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Spicy Honey Shrimp

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Spicy Honey Shrimp

Spice…honey & shrimp. Three of my favorite things all in one recipe. Gung Hay Fat Choy!

INGREDIENTS

  • Canola oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 4 green onions, cut into 1 inch lengths
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled & deveined

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook onions, red pepper and green onions in a tablespoon of oil in a hot wok or pan until starting to soften - about 3 minutes
  2. While it cooks, combine honey, soy and chili sauce in a small bowl - mix well and set aside
  3. Add ginger and garlic to vegetables and stir through for about a minute - remove vegetables to a plate
  4. Put pan back on the heat, allow to get very hot, add a little more oil and then add shrimp - cook about 2 minutes or just until they’re almost done
  5. Add vegetables and sauce - stir through to heat everything and let sauce thicken a bit
  6. Serve on rice, noodles or just eat right of the pan.

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Pork Chow Mein

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Pork Chow Mein

Get ready for the Chinese New Year with these great noodles - and the quick little black bean sauce makes this ridiculous.

Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons black bean garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ pound boneless pork (tenderloin or country style ribs work great), thinly sliced 
  • ½ tablespoon of neutral oil*
  • *(unflavored oils such as canola, vegetable or peanut)
  • ¼ pound sugar snap peas sliced diagonally
  • ½ pound shitake mushrooms
  • 4 oz chow mein noodles, cooked
  • green onions, chopped to garnish

 DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine black bean and soy sauce, set aside
  2. Heat sautéed pan on medium-high, add oil and pork and cook cooked until pork is just done, about 4 minutes ­ - remove pork mixture to a bowl
  3. In same pan, heat to high and add a little more oil
  4. Add peas and stir fry until crisp tender, about 3 minutes then add to pork mixture
  5. Return pan to heat again, add more oil and the shitakes, cook until softened, about 5 minutes
  6. Turn heat up to high, add the pork mixture and then the add soy/black bean - stir until heated through
  7. Add chow mein noodles, combine well, plate and garnish with green onions
  8. Serve

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Finlandia Croutons

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Finlandia Croutons

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Of course you can buy pre-made croutons, but when these are sooo good – should you!

INGRIDIENTS

  1. 4 cups torn bread pieces: French, sour dough – up to you
  2. ¼ cup Finlandia All Natural Butter*
  3. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  4. Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  5. ¼ cup finely chopped curly parsley

DIRECTIONS

  • Toss bread in a dry, medium hot non-stick pan until getting toasty – about 5 minutes
  • Then add the Finlandia*, garlic powder, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and parsley
  • Continue mixing until all croutons are coated – 2 to 3 minutes
  • Serve 

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.

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Butter Tarts

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Butter Tarts

The quintessential Canadian dessert?  Yes or no, it’s still crazy delicious…eh.  

Makes approximately 12

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pre-made pie crusts, rolled out to approximately 14 inches in diameter
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup softened Finlandia butter
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cut pie dough into 3 ½ inch circles, and fit into cups in amuffin pan
  3. Put remaining ingredients in a bowl, except pecans and mix very well to combine – then stir in pecans
  4. Fill muffin cups 3/4 of the way full and bake approximately 20 minutes
  5. Let them cool in the pan about 10 minutes before carefully removing and eating…if you can wait the 10 min

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.


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Finlandia Garlic Butter Wings

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Finlandia Garlic Butter Wings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

There are very hard to resist.  I’m warning you, once you start eating them…

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs chicken wings, tips removed, and the drumettes and flat section separated with a pair of kitchen scissors
  • 1/4 + 1/3 cup Finlandia butter*, melted
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan
  • ¼ cup finely chopped curly parsley

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Put wings in a large bowl, add the ¼ cup melted butter, toss well and place on a baking sheet – bake for 20 minutes
  3. Flip over and bake another 15 minutes
  4. When they are almost done, add garlic & red pepper flakes to the remaining butter in a small pot over medium/low heat – stir well and let simmer about 30 seconds
  5. Remove, place wings in a bowl and add the butter, parmesan and parsley - mix and serve 

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.