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Finger Food Friday: Andouille Baked Brie

If you follow my tweets, you may remember that last week while we were home the hubby and I took the kids to have lunch at Cochon Butcher , one of my favorite food destinations.  Cochon Butcher is attached to and is the laid back “little brother” of the fine dining restaurant, Cochon.  It’s a Cajun deli/butcher shop/bar located in the Warehouse District that serves up outrageously delicious bar food, gourmet sandwiches constructed of house-made and cured meats and sausages and a wide variety of ever-changing and very appealing specials and sides.  It also has a fully stocked bar with [ ... ]

Finger Food Friday: Herbed Potato Chips

I came across this finger food a couple of years back while combing through one of Martha Stewart’s magazines.  It’s a fun way to turn an average bag of chips into a highfalutin party food. The key is to start with the right chips. I think the kettle cooked varieties work best because they’re hefty and super-crunchy. The Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Reduced Fat are my favorites because I can double my portion without the guilt. Those bags also tend to have more twists and folds–I love the folds! Any combination of fresh herbs work. Just be sure to use [ ... ]

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Do you come from a meatballs and spaghetti family or a meat sauce family?  I’m from the meatballs side of the track.  Occasionally, my family traveled to the other side.  But the “grass was not greener” over there.  At least not for me. You see, in our house meatballs and spaghetti dinners were an all-day, family affair. Everything was made from scratch (except the pasta) then set on the stove to simmer until all the flavors came together. That low and slow cooking would always fill the house with familiar and comforting aromas that had us relaxing [ ... ]

Finger Food Friday: Crescent City Sliders with Triple Cheese Topping

Back in February, I introduced you to my basic sliders.  Those are the ones I throw together at least twice a month for fun dinners and last minute gatherings.  The kids love them.  Their friends love them.  My friends love them.  Everybody loves them.  But here’s the downside.  Those sliders are such a bit hit, that I get eye rolling and other unwelcomed gestures from my little “children-of-the-corn” (that’s a term of endearment around here) anytime I suggest creating a new recipe.  I’ve tried to convince my darlings that I’m not looking to replace “their” sliders.  I’m simply wanting to [ ... ]

Bourbon Salmon

Sometimes telling someone about a recipe is not nearly as compelling as preparing it with them, especially if that person is not used to cooking with certain ingredients. Take my Bourbon Salmon for instance. One day, I was chatting it up with a friend who had never bought much less prepared salmon at home. She had never cooked with bourbon and wasn’t particularly comfortable using the broiler either. Bottom line? As delicious as the recipe sounded, she didn’t think she could pull it off at home. So I set out to prove otherwise. [ ... ]

Finger Food Friday: Buffalo Wings

Let’s talk wings, shall we?  Crispy, juicy ones dripping with spicy Buffalo sauce.  Many a weekend night revolves around them, especially during football season.  And we all have strong opinions on who makes the best.  Me?  I’m a Hooters girl.  No.  No.  No.  Not a “Hooters Girl.”  I don’t work there or anything.  What I mean is I prefer Hooter’s wings “hot naked” over all others.  Honestly, that’s how I order them.  If you’re unfamiliar with their menu, let me explain.  “Hot” refers to the heat level (they also come mild, medium, 3 Mile Island and 911).  “Naked” means without [ ... ]

Saints, Sinners and Suds

FINALLY!!!!  After a long, drawn out off-season that had many people questioning whether we would even have professional football this year, we’ve made it to opening day.  To make it even better, my New Orleans Saints kickoff the season tonight against the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. The New Orleans Saints came to be on November 1, 1966, which was, coincidentally (or maybe not so coincidentally) All Saints Day, a Roman Catholic holiday.  Having been created on a Holy Day of Obligation in a predominately Catholic city, the owners felt compelled to call the team the Saints.  But they didn’t [ ... ]

Finger Food Friday: Skirt Steak Fajitas

  Labor Day is upon us.   Already.  There’s no pushing back the clock.  It’s here.  The unofficial end of summer.  That’s okay by me.  I’m ready for football weather and everything that goes along with it.  But before I pull out the soup pot and the snuggie (don’t laugh), I would like to enjoy one last, long weekend in my “white” jeans grilling outdoors with family and friends.  My contribution to the grill is going to be Skirt Steak Fajitas.  I like cooking this hearty finger food when I have a lot of mouths to feed.  It’s also a welcomed [ ... ]