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Home Field Advantage Wings

Home Field Advantage Wings| Licious FoodI was suppose to post this wing-mazing recipe prior to Superbowl and it didn’t happen.

Take this as a lesson. Don’t. Put. Off. I had planned to compose this post and have it publish on the Friday before the big game but I said, “naah, I can do it in the wee hours of the morn and still accomplish my goal.” Yeah, about that.

FFWD TO NOW: I am just posting this wingtastic recipe due to the putting off and other things. So let’s pretend that Superbowl hasn’t happened and the winner of the game is still TBD. My twitter timeline and instagram feed is not full of how great Beyonce is …yada, yada. Seriously, if they decide to make a Wonder Woman movie and they cast Beyonce as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. I will be “pised” (if you have ever watched “The Sweetest Thing” you will understand “pised”). She’s a great singer and I will leave it at that.

So back to the Superbowl preparation; you know you want to serve some wing-a-lings. What’s a Superbowl party without those delish fingerlickin’ toe tapping bits of deliciousness?! These wings are double cooked so they can be doubly awesome. Bah-zing!

The sauce is sweet yet tangy. The sauce contains a favorite Trader Joe’s product that I have stumbled across, their Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar along with some other ingredients that you will reduce in a saucepan.  Another great thing about the sauce is that you can give it another notch of heat on the kick barometer by adding more hot sauce to the mix, if you prefer.

Remember a recipe is simply an outline. You adapt and make changes where you see fit and make it yours.

Until Next Time,

 

Home Field Advantage Wings

“A Licious Food Original Recipe”

Yields: 12 Wings

Ingredients:

12 Chicken wingettes

2/3 cup Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar*

2/3 cup water

3 Tablespoons honey

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

2 teaspoons garlic, minced

2 teaspoons hot sauce

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F.

Clean your wingettes and place on a baking sheet.

Bake wings in the oven for 30 minutes.

While your wings are baking start working on your sauce reduction. In a sauce pan add the vinegar, water, honey, soy sauce, garlic, and hot sauce. Cooking at a high heat you are going to reduce the liquids until it’s reduced in size along with resembling a syrup/glaze. It should take about the same amount of time that it takes to cook your wings in the oven.

Remove the sauce from the stove and let cool. Remove wings from the oven and let sit.

Set up your fryer and begin heating your oil to the proper temperature to fry your wings. I set my fryer to 375F.

Using a large ziploc bag pour the cooled sauce into it and set aside. Zip and prop it accordingly so it will not drip. Next fry your wings, I like to fry 4 at a time since my fryer is on the small side, but if you can do 6 at a time go for it. You will fry the wings to a nice golden brown color (about 5 to 7 minutes). You’ll know when to take them out since they will also begin to float to the top. Remove and place on a paper toweled lined plate to drain for about a minute or so.

While the wings are still somewhat hot you are going to want to add them to the ziploc bag and shake until the sauce completely covers the wings. Remove wings from sauce with tongs and plate to serve with your dipping sauce of choice.

*You don’t have a Trader Joe’s or you can’t locate a Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar then try doing 1/4c orange juice with 1/4 c. champagne vinegar.

“Hail Mary” Bacon Cheese Dip

Hail Mary Bacon Cheese Dip| Licious Food

Another day of blogging?! Holy Shnikes! It’s my favorite day coming up soon and I want to share some yums with you! Original “Licious Food” yums.

My favorite day (ok, one of my many fave days) – Superbowl Sunday, is a day that I will have to work but hopefully you won’t.

I love the Superbowl simply for the parties and usually the half time show. That’s right, I’m here for the food -whoop whoop!

Can you tell I was never sports oriented? I was that girl/kid that was always picked last for EVERYTHING. I excel better at solo types of sports, just a fact, although I was pretty bad ass at volleyball.

So let me tell you about this dip. It’s the jam. It’s like a loaded baked potato without the potato — that’s why potato chips were invented.

Why is sour cream, cream cheese, bacon, and cheese so magical? I guess it’s one of life’s mysteries.

To get the full impact be sure to make this dip at least a day ahead. The flavors need to meld together.

I bet you can’t have just one chip? ;)

Until Next Time,

Looking for more dips? Check out these previous postings: 

BBQ Chicken Dip

BBQ Chicken Dip

Steak and Cheese Dip

Steak and Cheese Dip

“Hail Mary” Bacon Cheese Dip
“A Licious Food Original Recipe”

 Ingredients
4 oz cheese, extra sharp and crumbled
8 oz sour cream, light
3 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 c bacon crumbles
1 t. bacon rendering (grease)
1/2 t. garlic powder
1t. dried parsley
1/2t. black pepper
1/2t. ranch powder
pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions
The great thing about this dip is that I used my food processor/Ninja to make this particular yum.

Slice bacon into pieces (About 4 to 5 slices) and cook/bake in the oven or atop your stove. Cook bacon to nice and crispy and let cool. Reserve 1 teaspoon of baking grease.

In your food processor/Ninja take the 4 ounces of cheese, cut them into 1/2 inch slices, insert into your processor. You will be using your blades to crumble the cheese. Should resemble crumbles, no one crumb will look the same. Remove the cheese crumbles from the processor into a large bowl.

Next add the sour cream, cream cheese, bacon rendering, and spices into the food processor. Pulse until incorporated, no cream cheese lumps. It might look soupy however when refrigerated it will firm up again.

Pour mixture into the large bowl that contains the cheese crumbles and add the cooled bacon pieces. Fold the cheese and bacon into the sour cream mixture. Cover and Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, however if you can prepare this dip a day ahead then all the better. Let those flavors meld!

Serve with your favorite potato chip (That would be Utz’s Kettle Classics Dark Russet Kettle Chips for me)!

Makes Approximately: 1 and 1/2 cups.

Sponsored Post – LifeSize Portions

LifeSizePortions4| Licious Food2013 is full of new beginnings. One beginning for me is to lose weight.

I was suppose to start this quest before 2013 yet stress and thoughts of losing weight don’t go hand in hand.

I am still stressed but as I get older and I carry all this unnecessary weight I realize if I don’t start this journey into weight loss then I may not be here to talk about my procrastinated stressed out ways … and that truly scares me.

Luckily, I received a product to review entitled LifeSize Portions. It’s a neat little kit. It essentially teaches you how to live in moderation and lets face it …. we don’t live in moderation (typically) but in excess. We want it and we “gets” what we want. You know what I mean and I think you do.

Real talk -I am at my largest and I am not happy. The legs that I use to have no problem showing are in hiding. I now have enough tires around my waist to outfit a small car.

Perfect case in point to illustrate my unhappiness is this video (below) that was taken in March/April of last year. A video shines and never hides. Please don’t pay attention to my crazy faces and lack of rhythm. I am part of the Rhythmless Nation and I think I need to visit LiviRae  since my bra was not helping anything.

Well if you are not happy then you should turn it around.

So I am. It’s not going to be easy but I am going to try my damnedest to get healthy and in a way that I can live with myself.

So let me give you a tour of  LifeSize Portions. Step this way and watch your step.

Like I said earlier, it’s a kit that has all these food measurements and instead of putting items on a scale you use these measurements.

LifeSizePortions4| Licious FoodThere is a measurement for everything INCLUDING dessert. Dessert is not an everyday occurrence; you have to earn that bad boy!

The kit also comes with a wall chart, DVDs, and CDs to help you with understanding the plan and how to build your meals.

LifeSize Portions 3| Licious Food
LifeSize Portions 2| Licious Food
Product Review LifeSize Portions| Licious FoodIt’s an investment in time and in the beginning it seems overwhelming however I feel that going through the LifeSize Portions process will teach me once and for all to eat the right portions. Did I mention the beauty of this process? I can essentially eat what I want. That’s right … I can eat what I want. I am not planning to eat fried food galore and countless French Fries because that’s just not me. What I can do is occasionally treat myself to those treats using LifeSize Portions’ tools as my guide.

I am feeling good about this. I am excited by this. 2013 is here and I will be healthy! If you want to see how it goes with LifeSize Portions in my everyday life then be sure to follow me on Instagram. If you have questions then feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email. I will do my best to answer your questions. This will not be my only post about LifeSize Portions. I plan to do progress reports throughout the year.

My first goal is to lose 10 lbs. Once I lose 10 lbs. I will reward a lucky reader with a prize … that’s right my second ever giveaway!

I am hoping to lose my first 10 lbs. by the end of February. I think that is realistic. My biggest hurdle will be simply meal planning along with eating three meals. I tend to eat once a day and then I snack and drink the wrong things. Bad, bad, habits.

That’s all I have for now. Thanks for your readership. I know I am a stop and go blogger and I am trying to change that (another 2013 goal). I have some plans for this blog but that’s another post at another time.

Until Next Time,

* I received LifeSize Portions to review. I did not receive compensation for this review. This is my honest opinion.

2012 in review (and may 2013 be better!)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 24,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

FB Cookie Swap: Chocolate Oreo Peppermint Bark

FB Cookie Swap: Chocolate Oreo Peppermint Bark Cookies| Licious Food

…and I’m back and with a replacement fridge, HOO-RAY! It is also the early morning hours and I am coming down from my work high. The job is not important at the moment however let’s just say it’s a blow to the ego. Whomp. Whomp.

Today’s post is all about cookies. It’s the holidays and welp,cookies and holidays go hand in hand. As soon as Thanksgiving hits it’s serious baking time. Every cooking website is releasing their top cookie recipes and there are tips for better cookie baking, cookies that ship well … you get the drift.

Well last year there was this cool thing called FB (Food Blog) Cookie Swap and of course I was a day late and a cookie short.  This year though, I was able to participate thanks to getting an email notifier. I had until December 5th to ship out my cookies and of course I waited until the last minute. I should call this blog “Last Minute Jenn”, for reals. I am always putting off what can be done and doing it later, much later. I know I have discussed this before yet let me say it again – I am a procrastinator. My motto is “Just Do It … later.” This is why I am typing this post at this exact moment (it’s due today). It’s like college all over again.

So, I had to send Cookie Mail to three bloggers and they all had to be the same cookies. I thought, and I thought, and I thought. I changed my mind like 50-11 times until I decided to make Chocolate Oreo Peppermint Bark cookies. These cookies are filled with the holiday spirit thanks to the Oreo cookies with the red creme centers and Peppermint Bark. My recipe is an adaption of Triple Chocolate Oreo Chunk Cookies from the e-cookbook, “Cookie Cravings” by Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod.

My cookies did not turn out as planned but they tasted great. I let my cookie dough chill overnight and I should not have done that. These cookies should be baked as soon as they are mixed other wise you will get some dinky cookies as my picture illustrates. Dinky but tasty.

If you are looking for a gift for that baker in your family/friends then I would advise getting “Cookie Cravings”. It’s cookie heaven. There is a cookie for everyone and BONUS you don’t have to go into a store to purchase the book and can be delivered in time for the holidays!

I enjoyed participating in FB Cookie Swap and I look forward to doing it again next year. Thank you to Lindsay and Julie for organizing the fun! It’s a great way to be introduced to new bloggers and puts a different spin to “Secret Santa”.

If you want to add additional blogs to your RSS reader then let me introduce you to the bloggers I sent cookies to and the bloggers I received cookies from:

1-ThePescetarianandThePig.com

2-PrincessPea.blogspot.com

3-BethsBluePlate.wordpress.com

4-RufflesandTruffles.com

5-WhatJenDoes.com

6-BeingCheapIsEasy.com

So much creativity from all of these bloggers; I am simply in awe and I am not sure I would have heard their voices without FB Cookie Swap. Seredipity.

I posted all the delicious cookies I received on Instagram, so if you want to check it out – click on the link.

Until Next Time,

Chocolate Oreo Peppermint Bark Cookies
Adapted from Triple Chocolate Oreo Chunk Cookies by Maria Lichty

Makes 3 1/2 dozen

 Ingredients
1 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/4 cups Cake Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dutch cocoa

1 cup butter, unsalted and room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon coffee liquid (2 parts instant coffee to 1 part hot water)
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup Peppermint Bark, roughly chopped
1 cup Holiday Oreos, roughly chopped
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375-F degrees.

Sift All Purpose Flour, Cake Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, and Cocoa; set aside. Roughly chop the Oreos and Peppermint Bark; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl cream the softened butter with the granulated sugar and brown sugar until mixed together, no sugar lumps! Add eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add coffee liquid and vanilla and mix into the creamed ingredients. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the “wet” mixture until mixed together; no dry spots. Stir in the Oreos, Peppermint Bark, Chocolate Chips (White and Semi-Sweet) to the dough.

Scoop dough ( I used a small cookie scoop) onto either a greased or parchment paper cover cookie sheet and bake approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool before inhaling.

Caramel Cider Rice Krispy Treats

Caramel Cider Rice Krispy Treat | Licious Food

Happy Halloween!

I am not a big Halloweener. This holiday does nothing for me. Where is Thanksgiving? That is my jam.

You know what makes me happy? On sale candy!? Cadbury Halloween Eggs I am coming for you along with Snickers, Kit Kats, and possibly Candy Corn. I will eat this candy and also use it for all these after Halloween recipes I have. Candy Corn & nuts are exquisite – the sweet & salty (yum to the E)!

Sugar makes me hap-hap-HAPPY! My sugar craving is my inner Fat Bastard saying, “get in me BELLY!” If I am truthful and since it’s the wee hours of the morn, and I am not quite awake… It’s also me eating my emotions. Sugar soothes the doubts that float through my head along with a 1000 other things. I am not saying it’s right but it is the truth.

That’s enough confessions from Jennifer today. (Yes, I just referred to myself in the third person.) Let’s chat about Rice Krispy Treats. You can’t just have one. I prefer making them from scratch than buying them store bought. I may like sugar but the store bought ones are like a sugar overload plus they are not crispy enough. Know what I mean, Vern? What I am saying is that there is something (good) about making them from scratch.

A blog entry always starts with a thought. My thought was what would caramel and apple taste like wrapped in a Rice Krispy Treat? Frakkin’ Awesome! The apple is just a hint. It lends some tart to the sweet. It’s a treat that is great once in awhile since the original Rice Krispy Treat is the best. It’s not scientific fact just this blogger’s opinion.

Until Next Time,

 

Caramel Cider Rice Krispie Treats
Adapted from Classic Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients
3 Tablespoons of butter, salted
1 -10 oz. package of Jet-Puffed Swirl Mallows Caramel & Vanilla Marshmallows
2 1/2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Reduction*
7 cups of crispy rice cereal

Directions

Grease a 13×9 pan and set aside.

In large saucepan melt butter. Add marshmallows and melt until it is in a liquid state. Remove from heat. using a greased whisk add the apple cider reduction and whisk into the melted butter/marshmallow mix. Make sure it’s incorporated. Lastly add the crispy rice cereal. Incorporate the cereal with the marshmallow mixture fully using a greased cooking spoon.

Spoon the rice krispie mixture into the greased pan. Using a greased spatula press the rice krispie treats into the pan until it’s fully spread and level.

Let them cool for at least 20-30 minutes before serving. If you want to add some “drama” use a cookie cutter to cut out your treats. Make sure the cutter is greased, too. Grease is a great combatant to sticky.

*Apple Cider Reduction – pour two cups into a saucepan and reduce until it is a syrup. It can take anywhere from 30-45 minutes and will result in approximately a 1/4 cup of syrup once finished. You can make the apple cider reduction a few days ahead and simply refrigerate or you can just buy apple cider reduction through King Arthur Flour Company.

 

Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti| Licious Food

Autumn is here! Well sometimes Autumn is here and sometimes it’s not. So needless to say I have been alternating between heat and air conditioning. I am looking for that happy balance, well at least inside the house but I don’t think that will happen but this girl can dream. Virginia weather can be so unpredictable at times. Today I am lucky not be using either the heat or a/c. Electricity and Gas can be a biznitch to pay.

I am ready to get in the kitchen to bake and cook but oh what’s that Mr. Refrigerator? Oh, you decided that enough is enough and you don’t want to cool properly. Of course, you don’t. I swear I am being tested but I am over being tested. I want to finally reap some rewards from all this testing but do I think that is going to happen … uh, no. So I continue to pull up my big girl panties and will go forth- upward and onward.

That was the bad so let me tell you about the cool! A few weeks back I attended my very first afternoon tea that was thrown by my friend, Teresa. It was soooo fun! Heck, anytime I can get outside and socialize it is a great thing. The tea was so relaxing and the food was extremely good. It was my first time sampling the delights of a scone and enjoying those dainty tea sandwiches and a variety of teas. The afternoon tea was to celebrate the launching of my friend’s mobile tea service, A Time for Tea. The premise is quite simple; it’s a tea party that comes to YOU with all the bells and whistles. It can be for one or it can be for more. Do you have a special one who could use some “tea therapy” then this would make a great gift! So if you live in the metro Richmond, Virginia area be sure to get in contact with A Time for Tea.

Ok, on to baked spaghetti – it can’t compare to Momma June’s “sketti” from “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”. Yes, I watched and I was amazed and appalled, I was am-palled. It’s BETTER than Momma June’s Sketti – I am quite confident in that statement since the thought of Country Crock and Ketchup is not my idea of tomato sauce. BLECK!

This baked spaghetti is saucy, a requirement for me. I don’t care for dry pasta and I am sure you don’t either. It also has a great cheese filling that is a combination of ricotta and cottage cheese and of course pasta. I found this recipe initially on Pinterest and I made a few minor tweaks. Baked Spaghetti is a great casserole dish that freezes beautifully. It’s meant to be shared with family and friends. This dish is a “stick to the ribs” type that I typically crave in the fall and winter seasons. Baked Spaghetti – it’s what’s for dinner.

Until Next Time,

Baked Spaghetti

Adapted recipe from Salad in a Jar’s Scooter’s Spaghetti

Ingredients
8 ounces whole grain spaghetti, cooked and drained
1 pound ground turkey
1 large container of spaghetti sauce (26.5 ounces)
1 tablespoon of butter
1/2 cup green peppers, chopped
1/3 cup onions, chopped
8 ounces of Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1/2 cup low fat ricotta cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons of milk
2 cups/ 1 8 oz package of Shredded Italian Cheese Blend

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 fahrenheit

Cook pasta according to box instructions; drain and set aside.

Heat skillet and melt butter and saute the onions and green peppers. Remove from skillet.

Brown and crumble ground turkey. Drain liquid from the turkey and add spaghetti sauce and let simmer.

While meat, veggie, & sauce is simmering you will need a large mixing bowl. In bowl you will mix the Neufchatel (low fat cream) Cheese, ricotta, onions, and green peppers, and milk. Combine until is thoroughly mixed (You can either mix by hand or use a mixer).

In a 12×8 or 13×9 inch greased baking pan you will begin the layer process. You should end with sauce and a layer of cheese, so my advice is to divide the meat sauce into three equal portions. Noodles divided into two equal portions. Cream cheese mix divided into two equal portions. Shred cheese into two equal portions. I know you all are smart people and know how to layer but I just wanted to write it out, just in case.

First Layer: Meat Sauce mixture. Second Layer: Noodles, be sure to cover the pan when laying out the noodles. Third Layer: Cream cheese mix, spread evenly. Fourth Layer: shredded cheese. Repeat Layers.

Bake assembled masterpiece in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Let casserole sit for approximately 10 minutes before serving.

Serving suggestion: a nice side salad or green beans and perhaps  some great garlic bread. Spaghetti and green beans reminds me of school food- ahhhh, memories. 

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