Good Grief Cook’s Best Recipes

What to Write? What to write? What to write? I got nothin’! So instead I will share YOUR top 3 favorite recipes from all my years of blogging. BTW-your favorites are for sure some of mine. May love always guide you in the kitchen.

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Sweet William’s Fancy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Not one bit surprised that the recipe that got me started writing made the list. Who doesn’t love a perfectly crisp chocolate chip cookie with a soft inside spiked with bourbon? https://goodgriefcook.com/2013/10/21/following-in-his-light-with-cookies/

 

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Shredded Chicken Mole

I love this recipe not only for its easy great flavor, but also for inspiring me to learn more about food photography. This one made the foodgawker list and I could not have been more proud. Hope to graduate from my iPhone to a real digital camera in 2017. https://goodgriefcook.com/2015/04/30/building-relationships-flavor-a-give-away/

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Maple Smoked Pickled Pork Sliders

Last but not least is this porky goodness on a Hawaiian roll. It’s the contrast in temperatures, textures and flavors that makes this one a winner. https://goodgriefcook.com/2016/07/17/wills-meerkats-pork-sliders/

Gather the ones you love most as often as you can.

More Happiness in 2017

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Saucy Mama’s Island Hopping Burger & A Give Away

Saucy Mama Island Hopping Burger

Saucy Mama’s Island Hopping Burger

When Saucy Mama of  Barhyte Specialty Foods, Inc. put out the call to bloggers to create new recipes using their sauces, dressings and marinades for the chance to win a spot at the World Food Championships I jumped right in. First of all, the company sent me an assortment of their delicious products (yes-I tried them all).  Second of all, one of my lucky readers will win an assortment of wing sauces; such a generous win-win for everybody.

Make Every Meal Extraordinary is Saucy Mama’s philosophy and these products make it easy. They are so flavorful that a recipe needs little else to highlight the fresh ingredients. Inspired by the Orange Habanero Wing Sauce, the Jamaican Jerk Wing Sauce, The Hot Wing Sauce and the Honey Dijon Dressing…and this gorgeous weather (finally) grilling burgers just seemed right. Specifically, Saucy Mama’s Island Hopping Burgers.IMG_1707

This lip-smacking recipe cooks up quickly once you assemble your ingredients and prepare them for the grill. It’s a giant burger with some bold spicy-sweet flavor that will have you longing for some sand between your toes and a cool drink in your hand.

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Tropical Honey Dijon Dressing

Tropical Honey Dijon Dressing

Saucy Mama’s Island Hopping Burger

4 large shrimp, shelled, deveined

2 tablespoons Saucy Mama Hot Wing Sauce

1/3-cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Saucy Mama Honey Dijon Dressing

¼ cup small dice fresh mango

¼ cup crushed, well-drained canned pineapple

3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

¾- pound ground pork

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons Saucy Mama Jamaican Jerk Wing Sauce, divided

¼ cup chopped green onions

4 tablespoons panko bread crumbs, divided

1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

¾-pound ground chicken

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons Saucy Mama Orange Habanero Wing Sauce, divided

vegetable oil for greasing grill rack

4 chunks fresh pineapple

1 sweet onion, cut into ½-inch slices

4 brioche hamburger buns, sliced horizontally into 3 layers

4 leaves fresh butter lettuce

Heat grill to medium-high. Soak 4 (6-inch) wooden skewers in water. In small bowl, toss shrimp with Hot Wing sauce; set aside. In small bowl, stir mayonnaise, Honey Dijon Dressing, mango, crushed pineapple and 1-tablespoon cilantro until well-mixed; set Tropical Honey Dijon Dressing aside. In medium bowl, combine pork, ¼ cup Jamaican Jerk Wing sauce, green onions, 2 tablespoons panko and ½ teaspoon of salt; mix well. Dip hands in cool water; with damp hands shape pork mixture into 4 (4-inch) patties. In same bowl, combine chicken, ¼ cup Orange Habanero Wing Sauce, remaining panko, cilantro and salt; mix well. With wet hands shape chicken mixture into 4 (4-inch) patties. Thread 1 pineapple chunk and 1 shrimp on each skewer. Brush grill rack with oil. Place pork and chicken patties on rack. Cook, turning once, 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until just cooked through, brushing the pork patties with remaining Jerk sauce and chicken patties with remaining Orange Habanero sauce after turning. While the patties are grilling, place the onion slices and shrimp-pineapple skewers on grill rack; cook 2 to 3 minutes per side or until the onions are crisp tender and the shrimp are pink and just cooked through. During the last few minutes of cooking time, place the rolls, cut side down, on outer edges of grill rack to toast lightly.

To assemble the burgers divide the tropical dressing into 8 portions. On each roll bottom spread 1 portion of dressing, 1 lettuce leaf and 1 pork patty. Top the pork patty with the middle layer of toasted bun, another portion of dressing, a chicken patty and some grilled onions. Add the roll tops. Press the shrimp-pineapple skewer through the top of the burger.

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Now for the give away. Simply leave a comment on which Saucy Mama product you are most eager to taste (believe me I know you want them all). In 10 days (May 15) I will choose one random winner who will win a 3 bottle assortment of yummy wing sauces. Meanwhile, do yourself a favor and join Saucy Mama on Facebook and Twitter. Surround yourself with their generosity of spirit.

What If? & Another Game Day Recipe-NOT Wings

My winning recipe as photographed in Taste of Home Magazine

My winning recipe as photographed in Taste of Home Magazine

What if I had called him that day? What if he had accepted the invitation to visit his aunt, and cousins who were in Wilmington? What if he never elected to his extend his stay in the military? The questions come fast and furious following my son’s death in a car accident. What if it could have been prevented? There will always be more questions than answers and that is what makes the loss and the grief journey so prolonged.

Every griever has their own unique set of questions. Of course the answer I search for is that he would be alive. He’d be home and hanging out like usual. He was supposed to be done with the navy in March 2011. Trust me I tried to convince him to not extend his stay, but he, like always, came up with a good defense. “It’s like this mom. My brothers are going to be deployed one more time and I need to be with them. If anything ever happens to them and I am not there I could never forgive myself.” He makes me so proud to be his mom. And for the friends and brothers who knew him you could not have a more loyal and committed player on your team.

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This Sunday is the Super Bowl. It’s the biggest game day ever for all kinds of chicken wing recipes and Buffalo this or that. But “what if” you arrive at the grocery store to find chicken wings selling for $4.69/pound (highway robbery) versus boneless/skinless chicken thighs and breasts for $1.99/pound? I’ll tell ya in our house we ain’t havin’ no wings—no questions asked.

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Rolls

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves pound to a 1/4-inch thickness

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 tablespoons blue cheese (or any good melting cheese you like)

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/4 cup red pepper sauce (I like Frank’s Red Hot)

2 cups crushed cornflakes

Heat oven 400F. Lightly grease a foil lined baking sheet. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place 1-tablespoon blue cheese on the center of each chicken breast. Fold in sides and roll chicken around blue cheese. Secure with wooden picks. Mix mayonnaise and red pepper sauce. Brush each chicken roll with mayonnaise mixture and roll in cornflakes to coat. Place chicken rolls on prepared baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 

Note: 
Remove wooden picks before serving