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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unlikely

I always thought it extremely unlikely that I would get to meet my favorite tv chef in person but that happened several years ago at a Macy’s in north Dallas on Christmas Eve weekend. My sweet hubby didn’t even fuss about having to circle the mall parking lot for I don’t know how long to find a parking place.

This is me meeting Rick Bayless and getting a book signed by him. 😍 I don’t remember the name of the event photographer so I can’t give him credit and I’m sorry about that. We watched a cooking demonstration and got to sample the dishes he was cooking. I was giddy for days.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction 

I love cooking on the grill and get great satisfaction in creating a good meal. The mahogany color of the pork ribs and good grate marks on salmon are very satisfying. Not to mention, they taste fabulous!


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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken

I’m a fan of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. 

I was planning a trip with my dad last spring to Biloxi. A friend from work recommended a place to eat on our way called Darwell’s Cafe in Long Beach which is next door to Biloxi. We were in the right area for lunch, so I made it a plan to stop at this place. Got there and found out it was a place featured on the show. We got what Guy got and it was a revelation. I already knew I liked grits, but I didn’t know yet that cheese grits and shrimp would take it up to a new level. Yowza. 

The picture with the poster was a bonus 

Tasty Tuesday, October 28

CANDIED JALAPENOS

It’s the end of October, so it’s time to do a final roundup in the garden and see what’s left from the summer. I usually have a bumper crop of jalapeños by this time and was musing on what I could do with them last year. I threw it out on Facebook and the Preacher sent me a link to this recipe. This is found at http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/2010/05/23/candied-jalapenos/
I made them and they were gifts to a few people who like hot stuff and they were quite a hit. I think it’s about time to do it again. I think I will add more garlic this time. A note of warning: when you boil the vinegar and sugar, make sure the room is well ventilated or the fumes will make you cough and cry.

Yield: About 9 half-pint jars of Candied Jalapenos plus additional jalapeno syrup.

Ingredients:

3 pounds fresh, firm, jalapeno peppers, washed
2 cups cider vinegar
6 cups white granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
3 teaspoons granulated garlic
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
Wearing gloves, remove the stems from all of the jalapeno peppers. The easiest way to do this is to slice a small disc off of the stem-end along with the stem. Discard the stems.

Slice the peppers into uniform 1/8-1/4 inch rounds. Set aside.

In a large pot, bring cider vinegar, white sugar, turmeric, celery seed, granulated garlic and cayenne pepper to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pepper slices and simmer for exactly 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the peppers, loading into clean, sterile canning jars to within 1/4 inch of the upper rim of the jar. Turn heat up under the pot with the syrup and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 6 minutes.

Use a ladle to pour the boiling syrup into the jars over the jalapeno slices. Insert a cooking chopstick to the bottom of the jar two or three times to release any trapped pockets of air. Adjust the level of the syrup if necessary. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp paper towel and fix on new, two-piece lids to finger-tip tightness.

*If you have leftover syrup, and it is likely that you will, you may can it in half-pint or pint jars, too. It’s wonderful brushed on meat on the grill or added to potato salad or, or, or… In short, don’t toss it out!

Place jars in a canner, cover with water by 2-inches. Bring the water to a full rolling boil. When it reaches a full rolling boil, set the timer for 10 minutes for half-pints or 15 minutes for pints. When timer goes off, use canning tongs to transfer the jars to a cooling rack. Leave them to cool, undisturbed, for 24 hours. When fully cooled, wipe them with a clean, damp washcloth then label.

Allow to mellow for at least two weeks, but preferably a month before eating. Or don’t. I won’t tell!
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