Cat Head What? I've been asked several times over the years about the term "Cat Head Biscuit." What does it mean, where does it come from, and how do you make a "Cat Head Biscuit?"

Published in Breakfast

Easy Christmas Holiday Treats! Have you ever struggled to find a quick and easy Christmas Holiday Recipe? Sometimes we pick a recipe that's old and familiar to us without thinking about it. If you want to try something quick and easy and add to your Christmas Holiday Recipe collection then it may be time to turn to your local grocery store shelf.


Here are a few recipes that are from products and brands many of us know. I admit that these may not be considered culinary classics by many foodies but they are tasty, easy, affordable and often kid friendly! Enjoy this selection of Christmas Holiday Recipes straight from the grocery store shelves.

Hershey's Peanut Butter Cookies (shown Above)

You can bet that the first thing that starts off this article is Hershey's Chocolate. This recipe combines an easy cookie recipe with the famous Hershey Kiss! You can tweak as you see fit, but the recipe is pretty darned good by itself!. Check out the recipe from Hershey's HERE


Kraft Melted Snowman Cookie Balls

Really... HOW CUTE are these? This is a fun recipe that is kid friendly and tasty. Perfect for a school treat, Chirstmas Holiday snack and they can easily be done in a Halloween style as Ghost Cookie Balls. A pretty versital bite sized recipe from Kraft. You can view the entire recipe and Directions HERE.

 

 

 

 


Betty Crocker Cheese Ball Four Way

I loved this idea from Betty Crocker. They offered up four suggestions four one cheese ball recipe. Just mix the simple list of ingredients together and go from there. It's a pretty neat idea and would apply to any cheese ball recipe including your own. I know it's called a cheese ball... but wh does it have to be a ball? Thanks to this informative and fun recipe that's quick and easy with four variations. Read more HERE..

 

 

 

Published in Deck Chef Blog

Who says you have to use bourbon? Why not Whiskey made in Chattanooga?


Welcome to Chattanooga! Here is the official Kent Whitaker twist on the traditional bourbon or rum ball. But... in this case I'm using Chattanooga's own Chattanooga Whiskey for the main ingredient. So far Ally and I have managed to make barbecue sauce, baked beans, cedar plank salmon glaze and more with Chattanooga Whiskey.

More information on Chattanooga Whiskey

This recipe is almost too easy. The main twist, besides using Chattanooga Whiskey, instead of your normal bourbon / whiskey is the fact that Ally and I really love almonds but we used mixed nuts for this recipe. You can use your choice of nuts. Pick them and place them in a zip close bag and bang them with a spoon! Or place them in a grinder. The message is... Grab some nuts of your choice and break them up into tiny pieces.

Read on, tweak this recipe as you wish and enjoy some classic tasting whiskey holiday balls from the Scenic City otherwise known as Chattanooga and Chattanooga Whiskey.

Kent's Chattanooga Whiskey Holiday Balls

2 cups crushed vanilla wafer crumbs
2 cups finely chopped mixed nuts
2 cup confectioners' sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup Chattanooga Whiskey
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoons light corn syrup
confectioners sugar, divided
Addition water as needed.

Directions:
Thoroughly combine vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped mixed nuts, confectioners' sugar, and the cocoa. In a separate bowl, blend the Chattanooga Whiskey, water and corn syrup. Stir this mixture into the dry mix and blend well. Cover and chill for  two hours. Sift some confectioners sugar onto a cookie sheet or plate. Shape small bits of the dough into balls and roll them in the confectioners. You may need to add a few drops of water as you go. Store in refrigerator in tightly covered containers. Make these a few days in advance for best flavor, and roll in confectioners' sugar again before serving, if desired. These can also be frozen for longer storage.

Published in Deck Chef Blog

Three Chicken Wing Recipes Made EASY! The game is coming on, the guest are ready for some chow, Carl is doing his imitation of John Madden for the billionth time! ARE YOU READY FOR SOME CHICKEN WINGS... made easy? Try Kent's tailgate party staples in three easy versions from the recipe section that you can cook on the grill or in the oven. Both are easy, full of flavor and they may get Carl to stop doing imitations for a while.

Published in Deck Chef Blog

Are you ready for some football… FOOD? Super Sunday is right around the corner and chances are you will be watching the game while munching on a few football party foods. Here are few tasty dishes from some of my cookbooks that you can serve up at your Super Sunday Bash!

Published in Foodie News

Fondue, a Chocolate Martini - A Month for Love & Cooking Tips! - Here are a few tips on how to make a valentines meal a bit special.

Published in Deck Chef Blog

Quick, Easy & Budget Friendly

Need to fill out a brunch menu quickly? Here are five easy brunch menu ideas that will offer great taste, pleasing colors and which are budget friendly.


Keep this in mind, not everything has to be made from scratch! Sure, it would be nice. But more often than not time, budget, oven space and other brunch roadblocks get in the way. Combining pre-made, frozen, packaged and store bought items while adding a simple "home-made" touch can do a lot for a simple plate of pancakes. And, speaking of pancakes!

Mini Pancakes with Fruit - Sounds nice, but why not use mini-pancakes from the frozen food section of your grocery store? Sure, they are not home made. But if thawed, heated in a warmer with a cover and not allowed to dry out these little skillet treats are easy to prepare and are cost effective. Instead of just a bottle of syrup and butter make sure you add some sliced fruit, berries and nuts as possible toppings.

Baked Bacon & Cheese Hash Browns - That dish sounds nice! A savory baked dish offering hash browns and more. You can make this dish budget friendly by combining frozen hash browns, cheese, real bacon bits, onions and whatever tastes good to you. You can even add in cream of mushroom soup if desired. Bake, serve hot! A simple version of this is lining a baking dish with non-stick spray with a layer or pre-shaped hash brown patties. Add a thin layer of soup, cheese and bacon and the repeat ending with cheese. There are countless versions of this online, look for one that fits your skill level, budget and tastes.

Toast, Toast, Toast - Why not a toast and bagle station? Why just have white bread and toast? A nice tray with toasted wheat, white, rye, Texas, French and other assorted breads with bagles. is always a crownd pleaser. Add butter and flavored cream cheese to the side for a tasty offering. You can also add mini muffins, English muffins and a toaster for those who want to toast their own. The great thing is that all of the bread can be bought on sale or at a bread store. Do the same with the mini muffins and other pastries - look for items on sale!

Frozen & Fresh Fruit - Sure, all fresh would be better! If you have the time to clean, cut, dice, slice and arrange. If you use frozen fruit, allow it to thaw and drain before serving. However; don't let it sit out too long. For frozen fruit it’s best to use a brand that you are familiar with. And, why not add some fresh fruit if you are able to. Bananas, apple slices, fresh cut water mellow. Again, look for sale items and fruits that are easy to clean, handle, prepare and serve.

Now for the coffee fans, Creamer! - Add a nice selection of creamers to the coffee table. You can buy store brand flavored creamers and place them in nice serving containers with labels. And, why not make your own French Vanilla, a few dashes of vanilla flavoring to creamer or milk does the trick. And for the kids and chocolate lovers, why not have Hot Coco ready to go!

 

Published in Deck Chef Blog

Easy Bayou Beer Can Chicken - I've noticed that chicken breasts are huge these days. I am told it's because they are pumped up with all kinds of stuff to make them larger. One the other hand... have you tried to find a whole chicken large enough for a beer can chicken recipe. It seems like these are getting smaller. Go figure.


And who was the first person to think of shoving a beer can into a chicken? It's almost like the first person that ate a snail. Were these progressive culinary folk just sitting around daring each other to try stuff. "Hey Louie, bet you won't eat that snail."

Regardless, I'm happy that somebody decided to shove a beer can into a chicken and grill it. That being said, here is a pretty simple recipe that you can use with some Creole or Cajun seasoning. Take note that the two are not the same. To safe time lets just say that the Cajun seasoning is often spicier that Creole seasoning.

This recipe also offers a bit of citrus flavor with some garlic. And, of course, beer. People are amazed about beer can chicken because they expect it to taste like old beer, but this is full of flavor.

You may need to squeeze the top of the can, or split the chicken if it is too small. Don't worry you can use some oven safe ties to hold things together.

Easy Bayou Beer Can Chicken
1 large whole chicken
lemon juice
2-3 tablespoons Creole or Cajun seasoning
1 (12-ounce) can beer1 teaspoon garlic powder
Directions: Thaw chicken in the fridge and clean out the insides and rinse with cool water. Open your beer and pour a small amount of it into a glass, or have a sip. Sprinkle some of the seasoning into the beer can and some inside the chicken. Do the same with the garlic powder and a splash of lemon. Put the can into the chicken and use its base and the legs to balance the chicken in a foil pan in the grill. (of course you can use a store bought holder if you have one. If you want to add some beer and seasoning to the pan. Cook until skin is deep brown and the wings of the bird rise up as the cooked skin tightens.

From the book Smoke In The Mountains Barbecue - by Kent Whitaker
Kent Whitaker is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He is the winner of the Emeril Live BBQ contest and winner of an American Authors Association Gold medal. Kent’s books are in bookstores nationwide and are available online. Kent lives in Chattanooga. Visit him online at www.thedeckchef.com or via twitter at twitter.com/thekentwhitaker

Original article by Kent Whitaker posted June 14, 2011 www.Chattanoogan.com

Published in Chicken

There are some things that just seem to go together. Pork, apple butter, pecans and Double Cola are some of those things.

Published in Pork

Easy Pabst Blue Ribbon Chili - Here is a great starter recipe for chilli using simple ingredients including some Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. This recipe is from my PBR cookbooklet which is available now as a PDF FREE!Look in more of my cookbooks for additional great chili recipes.

Published in Soup Stew Chili
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