Monday, January 24, 2011

Sweet Jerk Wings

If you are looking to try a sweet and spicy recipe for your wings? We made these as part of our halftime feast of the Bears - Packers NFC Division Championship get together. While I will most likely prefer grilled wings to baked wings anytime, they turned out to be quite tasty.


12 Wings
1/2 cup Dad's Roadhouse Jamaican Jerk Hot Sauce
1/2 cup Cola

Salt and pepper the wings. Bake (or grill) them at 350 degrees until almost complete. We had rather large wings. It took about 1 hour, turning them half way through. Mix the cola and Jamaican Jerk Hot Sauce in a separate bowl. Place the wings in the sauce to coat thoroughly. Place the wings back onto the baking sheet and pour any remaining sauce over the wings. Broil for about 3-5 additional minutes to crisp up the wings. Serve and enjoy!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dad's Does Disney with A Twist

The following recipes comes from Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort. We haven't had the chance to dine at the Swan and Dolphin (or Fish and Mammal as one of the Dad's Roadhouse team members call the resort)but have adapted this favorite summer recipe using Dad's Roadhouse Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Peperoni Caprese with Balsamic Vinaigrette
from Swan and Dolphin

Peperoni Caprese:
4 Ripe Beefsteak Tomatoes, Sliced 1/8" Thick
4 Pieces Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella Sliced 1/8" Thick
8 Large Basil Leaves Coarsely Chopped
One 6 oz. Jar Roasted Red Peppers, Drained
Coarse Ground Black Pepper
Balsamic Vinaigrette - we use Dad's Roadhouse Balsamic Vinaigrette

Method for Peperoni Caprese:

Alternate tomatoes and mozzarella cheese starting with the tomatoes. Use 3 pieces of tomato and three pieces of cheese per serving. Season with salt and pepper. Top with chopped basil and roasted peppers. Top with balsamic vinaigrette.

We hope you will enjoy our version of this Disney recipe!

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Page

At the top of our page, I have added a link to a guest book to allow for all of our crafter and vendor friends to post and share information for upcoming events that are looking for folks to sell items at their shows. Feel free to post as often as you have quality information to share. Do not post information for an event that you would not go to yourself.

Feel free to post questions regarding an event to the original poster. If it is a negative comment or serious concern about the event, private message the poster to resolve or share your concern.

Hopefully this can become a simple source of pre-screened information for all of us to use.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

International Hot and Spicy Food Day

January 16th is International Hot and Spicy Food Day.  While many people are afraid of hot and sspicy foods, there are many others who enjoy all of the flavor that hot and spicy foods can provide.  Many cultures have dishes that are considered hot and spicy, yet part of the regular diet.

Of course there are times we venture a little bit too far up tha heat scale only to find out that our tastebuds cannot enjoy the dish that is before us.  How can you get rid of the heat?

Most people make the foolish mistake of attempting to douse the heat with liquids such as water.  Being that most of the heat in these dishes is often contained in an oill form, it is like putting out a grease fire with water.  It just makes it worse as it spreads the oils to other parts of your mouth that were not on fire.

The best way to reduce the heat is with dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt, sour cream etc.  Many cultures will often add these or something similar to the table with the expectation that occasionally, something will be too hot.  Pay attention to the place settings within an Indian restaurant the next time you visit.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Glühwein - Pronounced Glow Wine

We discovered this wine a few years back while we were attending an outdoor Christmas Market in Chicago's Daley Plaza.  While I am not wure if this is the exact recipe for that drink, I do know it is an excellent way to take the chill out of a cold day.  It smells wonderful as it warms and tases wonderful as it goes down.

Hot Mulled Wine (Glühwein, "glow wine")

Ingredients (serves 2-3 persons)

•1 bottle of dry red wine (750 ml)

•one lemon

•2 sticks of cinnamon

•3 cloves

•3 tablespoons of sugar

•some cardamom (or ginger)


Heat the red wine in a pot (don't boil). Cut the lemon into slices and add to the wine. Then add the cinnamon, cloves, sugar and a little cardamom (to taste). Heat everything for about 5 minutes - do not boil - and let stand for about an hour. Before serving, reheat and strain. Serve in prewarmed glasses or mugs.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Butternut Squash Spaghetti

I saw this dish made by Mario Batali recently.  It seemed like a nice variation to a dish which would provide a vegetarian dish which is something we are trying to include in the weekly menu planning at home.  The dish is very simple and was fairly easy to make.  Give it a try for something different.


1 lb Butternut Squash cubed about 1/4 inch
1 lb spaghetti
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 red onion diced
4 cloves garlic finely chopped
1/2 cup curly parsley chopped

Add the olive oil into a saute pan over a medium heat.  Begin to boil your spaghetti.  Add the onions and garlic to the olive oil until tender.  Increase the heat to medium high and add the squash.  Stir often for about 5 minutes.  Add the parsley and drained spaghetti.  Stir until combined.  Add additional olive oil if needed.  Serve. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I happened to stumble upon a site yesterday that has a number of coupons to use on a variety of items.  Pretty much a click and print site that appeared to work well.

Hope it helps...