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  • 4 lbs fresh strawberries, hulled, sliced & diced
  • 4 C granulated sugar
  • ½ C balsamic vinegar, at least 6% acidity
  • 2 T lemon juice, bottled not fresh squeezed
  • 2 T vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Balsamic Strawberry Jam

“Happiness is like jam, you can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself!” The first adjectives that come to…

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  • 6 cups Roma (Plum) tomatoes, smoked, peeled, diced (see earlier recipe)
  • 2 cups Turbinado sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cups bottled lemon juice
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar (6% acidity)
  • 3 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tsp smoked sea salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Smoky Tomato Jam

“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.” Most people don’t think about using mashed tomatoes as the…

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  • 1 cup Blue Plate® Mayonnaise (or your brand)
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce (or, if preferred, Sriracha sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Spicy Cajun Comeback Sauce

“Y’all come back now, ya hear!” This according to Google, “Comeback sauce is a classic Southern sauce that originated in Jackson,…

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  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage, mild
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 C. gluten free all purpose flour (I use Krusteaz)
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Cajun seasoning

Gluten Free Sausage Balls

“I’m just here for the appetizers (I didn’t really want to come).” What better place to find a gluten free recipe…

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  • 2 (8oz. ea.) cans whole oysters, drained
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 T milk
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan-Romano cheese
  • ¼ cup minced dry parsley
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 ¾ tsps Creole Seasoning, divided (I use Prudhomme’s Magic Salmon Seasoning)
  • 1 (8oz.) can whole oysters, drained
  • 6 T all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ T milk
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 5 T grated Parmesan-Romano cheese
  • 1 T minced dry parsley
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp Creole Seasoning, divided (I use Prudhomme’s Magic Salmon Seasoning)

Crispy Creole Baked Oysters

“When we want to impress someone, the first thing we do is feed them.” Chef Paul Prudhomme Oysters have long been…

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  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • Optional: colored sprinkles or granulated white sugar

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

“Cookies make the world a better place!” My introduction to shortbread was when friends served it to me during a visit…

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  • 5 to 6 sticks unsalted butter
  • 4-5 drops Tabasco or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Crushed garlic or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire
  • 2 tsp Red pepper or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • Pinch sugar
  • 2 cans (15.25 oz ea) Deluxe Mixed Nuts
  • 1 large bag (14.5 oz) Gardetto's Snack Mix
  • 2 large bags (8.75 oz ea) Chex Mix (Traditional)
  • 1 large bag (7.5 oz) Bugles
  • 1 package (6.6 oz) Original Baked Goldfish crackers
  • 1 box (9.1 oz) regular Wheat Thins
  • 1 box (12.4 ox) regular Cheez-Its

Karen’s Holiday Trash

“It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas!” My wife’s holiday trash is a Christmas tradition at our house. For years…

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  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 (2 ounce) bottle diced pimento, drained
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons minced green onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (4 ounce) block Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (4 ounce) block Colby-Jack
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cold

Marinated Cheese

“If we are not supposed to have midnight snacks, why is there a light in the fridge?” This is one of…

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  • 1 large Zucchini squash
  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce (I used the Contadina squeeze bottle)
  • 3/4 cup Italian Style Blend finely shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup mini pepperoni slices
  • Italian seasoning (optional)

Zucchini Pizza Bites

“Nothing says, ‘I love you,’ better than a pizza!” Our grandchildren are coming for a visit next month so I am…

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  • 2 1/2 T Turbinado sugar (or 2 T dark brown sugar)
  • 2 cups tomato ketchup (organic or healthy choice preferred)
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic vinegar that has at least 5% acidity
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 T 14-spice dry rub mix (posted elsewhere in this blog)
  • 4 T fresh orange juice (no pulp)

Tangy Balsamic BBQ Sauce

“Barbecue sauce is like a beautiful woman. If it is too sweet, it’s bound to be hiding something.” – Lyle Lovett…

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