Friday, December 18, 2009

Corny Cups!

Back to our cup theme, here's a non-fried corny dog substitute. It's not rocket science, just a cornbread mix put into the muffin cups and then a half or third of a hotdog dropped inside. Cook just like the cornbread would cook. They were a big hit!


This annoyingly out-of-focus shot shows one cut long-ways and one short-ways.



Peace, Love, and Dinner,

~HD

Mom of Fred and Ginger
Wife of Mr D
Cupper of Courageousness

Pretzel Turtles

Here's my favorite easy-yet-impressive candy for the holidays.

You need: Rolos (peeled), pretzels (the waffle kind, preferably), and pecan halves (toasted if you have time).

In the pictures below I've lined a cookie sheet with wax paper and then laid out as many pretzels as will fit. I suggest you space them out a little more than I did, but they ended up coming apart fine. Then, put a Rolo on top of each pretzel.




Put them in the oven at 300 degrees for 4 minutes. Take them out and immediately put a pecan half on top of each Rolo and press down.




They are addictive!


Peace, Love, and Candy,

~HD

Mom of Fred and Ginger
Wife of Mr D
Expert Peeler of Rolos

It's the Marinade, People

In a previous post, I wrote of the joys and delights of a slow-roasted pork butt. (To wit: Why Do They Call it Pork Butt if it's the Shoulder?) In said post, I wrote of how I marinade it in a marinade primarily made of sherry and then lots of spices, etc. Well, while I love the way this tastes, I really didn't think that it would be much different with a different marinade or (horror) no marinade at all.

Well, wrong. I am out of sherry and cooked a pork butt this week. I bought one of those injector marinades to try. First of all, I had a GIANT roast and after injecting all this liquid into it, it just cooked out and spilled over into my oven into a black, smoky mess-o-crap. But, the meat survived and would have been great - if only the marinade was great. Seriously, it wasn't. The flavor I like (and that's just me, I know) is, in fact, the flavor that the sherry gives it. I will not make this mistake again. But I WILL save the injector and try it with my marinade - but I will buy a smaller roast so that at least spillage will end up in the pan and not my oven.

Peace, Love, and Smoky Kitchens,


~ HD

Mom of Fred and Ginger
Wife of Mr. D
Future Hoarder of Sherry