Carp Chowder: Cajun Cuisine meets Boston Chowder

Nonna tried something new. She took some Asian Carp, clams, potatoes, and corn on the cobb and made a chowder. Wasn’t too bad, if she says so herself!

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Carp Chowder: Cajun Cuisine meets Boston Chowder

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

    • 1-2 Asian Carp fillets
    • 1/2 pound clams (or 2 cans)
    • 1.5 cups heavy whipping cream
    • 4 cups chicken brothd
    • 2 tablespoons Goat Butter
    • Splash of Olive Oil
    • Cooking Sherry
    • 1 large onion (chopped)
    • 1/4 cup garlic (minced)
    • 2-3 corn on the cobb stalks (halved)
    • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings See Note 1
    • Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasonings See Note 1
    • Jacobsen Chili Salt See Note 1
    • Louisiana Hot Sauce
    • Cajun Power Garlic Sauce

Directions

    1. Ground Carp fillets twice. Remove bones in-between grindings.
    2. Put butter and olive oil in a pot and heat. Melt butter.
    3. Add a splash or 2 of cooking Sherry, onions, and garlic.
    4. Sauteé onions and garlic. Onions should be translucent.
    5. Add 2 cups chicken broth, heavy whipping cream, potatoes, and seasonings. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Potatoes should be about half way cooked through. A fork should penetrate the potatoes with little effort.
    6. After 15 minutes, add clams, carp, corn on the cobb, 2 more cups of chicken broth, and seasonings. See Notes 1 & 2
    7. Simmer until everything is cooked through. No lid.

Note 1: Nonna used her favorite spices. However, there are a lot of different spices the would go well with this recipe. Here are few ideas: lemon salt, lemon juice, lemon pepper, cappers, white wine, red pepper, white pepper, bay leaves, tarragon, celery sticks, bell peppers, green onions…

Note 2: All the online recipes I, Aunt Winkie, checked used the clam juice just as Nonna did. However, I would have drained & rinsed the clams in an attempt to reduce the “fishy taste”. Fresh clams are also best if you can get them. Just a thought or two, but Nonna is a much better cook than I am!


An Amazing Veal Parmesan Recipe.

Nonna makes a Veal Parmesan Recipe that came from Italy through Ellis Island with her great grandmother way back in 1903.

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Good Veal Parm, Starts Here

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

    • Tomato Sauce See Note 1
    • 4-6 Thin Veal Cutlets
    • 1 box Parmesan Herb Panko Bread Crumbs
    • 1/2 pound Mozzarella Cheese (thinly sliced or shredded)
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 – 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
    • 2 cups Parmesan Cheese (grated) or Romano Cheese (grated)
    • Olive Oil
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • Jacobsen Chili Salt
    • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings


Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 375°
    2. Mix the eggs and cream in a bowl.
    3. Add seasonings to the egg mix. See Note 2.
    4. Mix Panko with seasonings See Note 2.
    5. Mix a 1/4 cup parmesan or romano cheese into the panko.
    6. Dip veal cutlets into the egg mix (both sides) and then into the panko (both sides).
    7. Heat olive oil in a frying pan.
    8. Brown the veal cutlets on both sides. When the panko is golden brown flip or if you’ve browned both sides remove it from the pan.
    9. In a baking pan, spread some tomato sauce on the bottom.
    10. Put a layer of browned veal over the sauce.
    11. Put a mozzarella slice or sprinkle shredded mozzarella over each veal cutlet.
    12. Add a thin layer of tomato sauce.
    13. Begin a second layer, by adding veal cutlets on top of the sauce.
    14. Add a thin layer of tomato sauce, but do NOT add cheese.
    15. Place in the oven (375°) for 30 mins. Check at 15 minutes to see if veal cutlets are cooked through.
    16. After veal is cooked through, add mozzarella over each veal cutlet, and sprinkle some parmesan or romano over the mozzarella.
    17. Place the pan back in the oven until the cheese is melted.


Note 1 Nonna does not make the tomato sauce in this video. See the video titled “Spaghetti & Meatballs”. Use the search function and you will find a written recipe and video to make the sauce!

Note 2 There are all sorts of seasonings you can use in the egg mix and panko mix. Choose the flavors you like. Mix them with panko until you get a taste you desire. Then mix them in the egg mix (but don’t taste – raw eggs and all). Thyme, garlic powder, sage, coriander, rosemary, garlic salt, oregano, basil, parsley, and/or red chili flakes are a few options.


Ketolicious Frog Legs

We made a keto friendly version of fried frog legs. I did some in the air fryer and some deep fried. I’m sorry to say…… deep frying beats air frying on taste all day and how heart healthy are pork rind battered frog legs anyway so may as well deep fry.

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Frog Legs: AirFryer & Deep Fat Fried

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

    • 4-6 Frog Legs
    • 1 bag Pork Rinds
    • 2 eggs
    • 1-1.5 cups buttermilk or heavy whipping cream
    • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
    • Dan Pastorini’s Texas Style Rub
    • Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasoning
    • Special Shit (seriously that is the seasonings name)See Note 1
    • Cooking Oil
    • Non-stick spray

Directions

    1. Season the frog legs with Dan Pastorini’s Texas Style Rub
    2. Mix eggs with buttermilk or heavy whipping cream
    3. Season the egg mix with your favorite seasonings or with the seasonings listed above (do not put the Texas Style Rub in the mix)
    4. Place pork rinds in a ziplock bag. Seal the bag leaving a small open area and mash the pork rinds with a rolling pin until the rinds are mere crumbs.
    5. Dip the frog legs in the egg batter and then into the pork rind crumbs. Make sure both sides of the frog legs are covered/coated. Do this twice.
    6. Deep Fat Fry:

    7. Heat cooking oil in a pot.
    8. Put frog legs into a basket and lower into the pot.
    9. After 2-3 minutes check the frog legs temperature using an internal thermometer. Frog Legs need to be at a 160° F.
    10. When temperature is achieved, remove the frog legs and let them drain on a rack.
    11. Air Fryer:

    12. Spray the Air Fryer pan with non-stick spray.
    13. Put the frog legs into the pan.
    14. Set the temperature to 400°F and cook the legs for 8 minutes.
    15. After 8 minutes check the internal temperature with a thermometer.
    16. If 160°F is not achieved, flip the legs and cook in the Air Fryer for 8 more minutes at 400°F.
    17. Check the internal temperature to ensure it reaches 160°F before eating.


Note 1: To find Special Shit Seasoning visit Big Cock Ranch. This is a very real website with some delicious, assorted, and well named seasonings!


Paella: A Spanish Jambalaya

Nonna and Gamma make a delicious Seafood and Chicken Paella! The recipe are from the Food Network, but Nonna made a few minor changes (mostly because her backwoods grocery store didn’t have all the ingredients)! Nonna dubbed this meal a Spanish Jambalaya and gave it an A+ rating. It was simply DELICIOUS!

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Paella: A Spanish Jambalaya

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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Ingredients

    • Paprika
    • Oregano
    • 4 chicken quarters
    • Olive Oil
    • Jacobsen Chili Salt
    • 1 chopped onion
    • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
    • Bunch parsley
    • 1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
    • 4 cups short grain Spanish rice
    • 6 cups water
    • Generous pinch (’bout dat much) saffron
    • 1ish pound shrimp (peeled & de-veined)
    • 2-4 lobster tails (if budget allows)
    • Lemon wedges for serving
    • 1 large deli salami (1.5ish pounds)

Directions

    1. Season chicken with paprika and oregano.
    2. Marinate the chicken for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
    3. Brown (or sauté) the salami in a medium to large pot. Once browned put the salami in a bowl and set aside until needed. (See Note 1)
    4. Brown the chicken on both sides in the same pan. Once browned put the chicken on a plate and set aside until needed.
    5. Sauté onions, garlic, and parsley over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes (use the same pan).
    6. Add the tomatoes and cook until the mixture caramelizes, but don’t let it burn.
    7. Add the rice and brown it (basically stir-fry the rice for a short period)
    8. Add the water and simmer for 10 mins. No need to cover. (See Note 2)
    9. After the rice simmers for 10 mins, add chicken, salami, and shrimp. Try and put the meat/seafood under the rice. Simmer (covered) for 15 mins (until rice is al dente.)
    10. After about 10 mins you can add the lobster tails. Cover the pot. How long it cooks depends on the lobster tails…Cook it until it is done!(See Note 3)

Note 1: We know Paella means frying pan in Valencian and that Paella is meant to be cooked in a shallow pan. Nonna started with the only shallow pan she had (a frying pan), but it was not deep enough to hold the rice and water. As such she switched pans after browning the meat. Considering the point is to brown the meat and then add the rice into the same pan so that the rice absorbs the meat flavor while browning, we recommend you pick your pot carefully!

Note 2: You don’t need to stir so much as you need to make sure the rice is spread about (not clumped) so that the rice absorbs the flavors and water.

Note 3: The original recipe suggested 5 minutes for the lobster tails to cook, but it took Nonna an additional 25 minutes before the lobster tails were cooked through. Be careful the lobster is cooked before you eat it. Putting the lobster under the rice or flipping it will likely help it cook faster.


Gamma found this recipe on Food Network. The recipe is titled “The Ultimate Paella.” Their directions are a little different from Nonna’s directions. Feel free to check it out!

Emu Eggs & Survival Potatoes

There is no written recipe for this cooking video. The recipe is quite easy. Simply heat up some marinara sauce and crack an emu egg into the sauce and let simmer (covered) for 5 minutes for a runny yoke. Nonna added mushrooms to the sauce and spiced the finished egg with her favorite seasonings. The mushrooms and seasonings were personal preferences and you should add flavors and spices as you desire.

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Shredded Chicken & Tomatillo Sauce

This is a quick break out video from the longer Tamale video. In this clip Nonna Snowden and MawMaw Gwen show you how to make shredded chicken with a delicious Tomatillo Green Sauce. The chicken goes good in tacos, quesadillas, and fajitas to name a few options! Enjoy!

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Shredded Chicken & Tomatillo Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy.
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Ingredients

    “Shredded Chicken”

    • 2-3 pounds chicken quarters (dark meat is best) (See Note 1)
    • 1 large onion (chopped)
    • 1/4 to 1/2 cup minced garlic
    • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 2 tbsp Jacobsen Ghost Chili Salt
    • Olive Oil
    • 2ish cups Tomatillo Green Sauce

Directions

    “Chicken”

    1. Put chicken (with skin and bones) into large pot.
    2. Add onion, garlic, cumin, ghost chili salt.
    3. Fill pot with water and boil chicken for 30 mins. (See Note 2)
    4. Let chicken cool and pull chicken meat and skin off bones.(See Note 1)
    5. Pull meat apart to shred chicken.
    6. Coat a frying pan or pot with olive oil and heat
    7. Add shredded chicken to the pan or pot and Tomatillo Green Sauce.
    8. Mix sauce & chicken and let simmer.
    9. Simmer until all excess water has evaporated.
    10. Check chicken to ensure it is cooked.

Ingredients

    “Tomatillo Sauce”

    • 4 Tomatillos
    • 1-2 Jalapeños
    • 1/4 Onion
    • 1/4 bunch cilantro
    • 2 tsp Kosher Salt

Directions

    “Tomatillo Sauce”

    1. Peel tomatillos and remove stems
    2. Remove Jalapeños stems
    3. Place tomatillos, jalapenos, and onion in a pot.
    4. Add water to the pot and boil until tomatillos and jalapeños are soft.
    5. Once vegetables are soft remove them from the water and place them in a blender.
    6. Add salt.
    7. Do not add water to the blender.
    8. Blend until smooth. (See Note 3)

Note 1: You can use boneless or bone-in chicken parts. MawMaw Gwen uses bone-in because she uses the bones to make chicken broth.

Note 2: Chicken may not be entirely cooked through. Check it if you are going to eat it at this point.

Note 3: As the tomatillos and jalapeños will be hot, remove the center piece on the blender lid to keep the sauce from expanding quickly out of the blender! (exploding)


Broccoli & Potato Cheese Soup: A Loaded Soup

Nonna combined two of her favorite soup’s to make this delicious potato, broccoli, and cheese soup. There are several different seasonings and ingredients that could be used to make this dish fit your favorite tastes.

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Broccoli & Potato Cheese Soup

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy.
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Ingredients

  • 3-4 large brown potatoes (peeled and chopped). (See Note 1)
  • 4 Fresh Garlic Cloves (you will have to mince them or use already minced garlic).
  • 1/2 Cup Goat Butter
  • 3 tbsp AP Flour
  • Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings
  • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
  • Jacobsen Chili Salt
  • 16ish ounces Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 16ish ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Broccoli Heads (broken apart)
  • 8 cups (64 ounces) Chicken Broth
  • 6 pieces (strips) cooked bacon (chopped up)
  • See Note 2 for a few alternate seasonings suggestions

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a pot.
  2. Add AP Flour. Use a low heat.
  3. Stir the flour and butter. Do not let it burn.
  4. Add some chicken broth is the mixture is too dry
  5. Add the onion and garlic. Mix.
  6. When the onion pieces are translucent, add chicken broth
  7. Add chopped potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 10ish minutes. See Note 3.
  8. Add seasonings. How much is up to you. It is all about the taste test!
  9. Add Broccoli. Simmer for 10 mins.
  10. Add 16ish ounces heavy whipping cream. Stir. Add more if you want the soup creamier.
  11. Add 16ish ounces cheddar cheese and the bacon chunks
  12. Stir the soup until the cheese melts
  13. Taste test. Add spices and/or more cheese as you desire.
  14. If you want the broth thicker, mix 1 tbsp AP flour with 1 cup water. Mix thoroughly so there are no lumps. Then slowly add the mixture to the soup stirring as you go. Continue to simmer the soup, and it will thicken.
  15. Serve with some sour cream on top

Note 1: Amounts listed above are estimates. If you want, you can add more or less broccoli and potatoes.

Note 2: Here is a list of alternative spices that will go well with the soup. Dried tarragon, Chopped Cilantro, Salt, Black Pepper. You could, also, add celery, carrots, and/or sliced mushrooms. If you like it spicy, you could use Tony Characere’s or Slap ya Mama cajun seasonings. Jacobsen Salt Company has some deliciously flavored salt that you might like.

Note 3: If you boil the potatoes for too long, the potatoes will get mushy. The goal is just to get them soft.


Valentine’s Meal, Nonna Style!

Nonna ordered an Omaha Steak Valentine’s Package for Valentines. The meal was easy to prepare and down right delicious!

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Valentine's Meal, Nonna Style!

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Several things are being cooked and prepped together. The most difficult part is timing everything to be ready at once. Each item is EASY to cook.
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Ingredients

  • Omaha Valentine’s Day Special (came with 2 steaks, 1 package large shrimp, 1 cheese cake and 2 hash browns servings) – (See Notes 1 & 5)
  • 2 Fresh Garlic Cloves (you will have to mince them or use already minced garlic).
  • 1/2 Cup Goat Butter
  • Lemon Juice
  • Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings
  • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
  • Dan Pastorini’s Texas Style Rub (Steaks Only)
  • Jacobsen Chili Salt (Shrimp Only)
  • See Note 2 for a few alternate seasonings suggestions

Directions

  1. Sprinkle Dan Pastorini’s Garlic & Herb seasonings & his Texas style Rub, and Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings on the steaks. (both sides).
  2. Heat a frying pan or grill – needs to be HOT to sear.
  3. Put 2 tbsp butter in frying pan or on a grill once it is hot.
  4. Immediately following the butter, put the steaks on top of the butter.
  5. Sear steak for 1.5 minutes, turn steak 45° and sear 1.5 minutes.
  6. Flip steak and repeat step 3 above.
  7. Place both steaks in a pre-heated oven (400°F) for 5ish minutes or until steak meets your desires (rare, medium-rare, well done…) (See Note 3)
  8. “Tent” the steaks (cover with aluminum foil) and let sit for 10ish minutes.
  9. In a different frying pan, add 1/4 cup butter and garlic.
  10. Melt butter and brown garlic over a medium heat (don’t forget to mince the garlic cloves first)
  11. Add peeled shrimp (See Note 4)
  12. Add Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings, Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings, and Jacobsen Garlic Salt.
  13. Sprinkle some lemon juice over the shrimp.
  14. Flip the shrimp once when they turn white.
  15. Shrimp will cook quickly. When it is white on both remove from heat. Shrimp tastes rubbery when over cooked.

Note 1: Omaha Valentine’s Day Special (came with the cheese cake and the hash browns). Just search the interwebs (internet) using “Omaha Steaks.”

Note 2: Here is a list of alternative spices for the steak and shrimp: Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasonings, Slap Your Mama Cajun Seasonings, Salt & Pepper, Lemon Salt (shrimp only), Lemon Pepper Seasonings (shrimp only), Garlic Salt (shrimp only), Capers (shrimp only). You could also marinate the steaks before cooking or serve with your favorite steak sauce, but that is for another recipe/video.

Note 3: Nonna didn’t pay as much attention to oven time as she did to the steak’s core temperature. She aimed for 130°F-140°F. She removed the steaks from the oven at 140°F and “tented” or covered with aluminum foil for 10 mins (because Nono said so 🙂 ).

Note 4: You can turn the burner up, but watch the shrimp carefully as they will cook fast.

Note 5: Follow the directions on the package for cooking the hash browns.


Shredded Pork & Chili Pod Red Sauce

In this video, we pulled out the recipe for the pork filling we used in tamales and quesadillas. It is delicious and freezes beautifully so you can make a ton for later.

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Shredded Port & Chili Pod Red Sauce

  • Servings: A Family
  • Difficulty: Several parts to the recipe, but none are difficult.
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Ingredients

    Shredded Pork

  • 10 lb Pork Butt
  • 1 cup minced garlic
  • 1 very large onion quartered
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp Jacobsen Ghost Chili Salt
  • Olive Oil

Directions

  1. Place the pork butt, garlic, onion, cumin, ghost chili salt and water in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low overnight (10ish hours). (See Note 1)
  3. Let meat cook and then shred with a fork. Meat should just fall apart.
  4. Coat frying pan or pot with olive oil and heat.
  5. With a low burner (simmer), add shredded pork to the pan or pot.
  6. Add red sauce (you can add more or less as you prefer). Mix sauce thoroughly with pork.
  7. Simmer 5-10ish minutes. Basically heat the meat and sauce together while letting any excess water evaporate.

Ingredients

    Chili Pod Red Sauce

  • Pack of dried Chili Pods
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  1. Remove chili pods stems and seeds.
  2. Place chili pods in a pot and fill with water.
  3. Bring pods to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Simmer until chili pods are soft and moist.
  4. Put chili pods into a blender.
  5. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper to the blender.
  6. Add 1 cup of water (preferably from the original pot) to the blender
  7. Blend until smooth (See Note 2).

Note 1: You can actually eat the meat at this point. However, it tastes better if you add the chili pod red sauce!

Note 2: As the chili pods will be hot, remove the center piece on the blender lid to keep the sauce from expanding quickly out of the blender! (exploding)


Fire Place Cat Fish

In this video I continue my series of food for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse by making delicious fish and veggies in the fire place. Please check out the whole play list. The whole alligator is one of my favorites. Recipe is below!

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Fire Place Cat Fish

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 cup minced garlic
  • 2 fillets (cat fish or any white fish fillet)
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 medium to small baking potatoes (See Note 1)
  • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
  • Jacobsen Chili Salt
  • Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasonings
  • 1/2 cup goat butter
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Spinach leaves (1 package)
  • sliced mushrooms (1 package)

Directions

  1. Start a fire. You will want hot coals and not so much a flame.
  2. Peel and chop or slice yellow squash and zucchini.
  3. Peel and chop baking potato.
  4. Place 1 potato, 1/2 squash, 1/2 zucchini, and 2 tbsp butter on sheet of aluminum foil
  5. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of onion and 1/4 cup of garlic over the veggies.
  6. Season the squash and zucchini with the seasons listed above or your favorite spices.
  7. Enclose the ingredients in the foil and place the foil in the fireplace hot coals. Make sure the food is NOT exposed. The veggies will take about 20 mins to cook.
  8. Place fish fillet on an aluminum foil sheet.
  9. Add 1/4 cup onion and 1/4 cup garlic over the fish.
  10. Season with the seasonings above or your favorite spices.
  11. Add mushrooms and spinach leaves (as much or as little as you like)
  12. Sprinkle lemon juice over the fish and ingredients.
  13. Enclose the ingredients in the foil and place the foil in the fireplace hot coals. Make sure the food is NOT exposed. The fish will take about 15 mins to cook. (See Note 2)

Note 1: Potatoes are optional. If you want a keto meal, simply don’t add it.

Note 2: The larger the fillet the more time needed to cook it. The smaller or thinner the fillet, the less time needed to cook it. You will have to check it to make sure it is cooked through.

Note 3: If the fish or veggies are not cooked through when you open the packet, simply close it back up and put back in the coals!

Note4: One tin foil package per person.


Chicken & Dumplings

When we first did this delicious southern comfort food we had just gotten a microphone and didn’t have lights. It is such an amazing dish that Editor General Aunt Winkie and I thought we should re- do it using all the awesome new skills and equipment we have acquired over the last year or so.

Written recipe is forthcoming (one would think Aunt Winkie would get this out on time!!!!)

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Super Bowl Snackage: Better than Cocktail Weenies!

One last Super Bowl Snack Recommendation. This is a simple and quick recipe and makes for a great treat. Nonna made these boneless ribs in the Instant Pot.

This is a very basic recipe. As such there is not written recipe. The steps Nonna took are as follows:

1. Brown the ribs with an onion and garlic. You can brown them using the sauté feature in the instant pot. However, Nonna used a skillet on the stove top.
2. Season the ribs with your favorite spices. Nonna used Dan Pastorini’s Texas Style Rub and Garlic and Herb Seasoning and Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings. You can marinate the ribs in your favorite BBQ sauce over night if you desire. Seasonings is really up to you in this recipe.
3. Place ribs in the instant pot (on a rack).
4. Add 1 cup beef broth and additional spices (optional). Nonna added some hot sauce.
5. Cook meat in your instant pot. Use meat stew setting. Nonna set time for 15 minutes and depressurized it. However, you should check your multi-cooker’s instruction for cooking times.
6. Cut ribs into bite size chunks and serve!

The intention was to put all three keto friendly party snacks in one video, but Editor General Aunt Winkie made an artistic decision to put these in three different videos. 

There are 3 videos to the Super Bowl Snack Series. 7 Layer Dip, Crab Dip, and Boneless Ribs!

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Crab Dip – Just in time for the Super Bowl!

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The intention was to put all three keto friendly party snacks in one video, but Editor General Aunt Winkie made an artistic decision to put these in three different videos. 

Sunday 1/26 we will post the deliciousness what I substitute for those nasty cocktail weenies.

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Getting Ready for the Super Bowl? Try Some Ketolicious 7 Layer Dip

It’s that time of year again….. Super Bowl Party time!

Unfortunately neither the Saints nor the Texans will be there. I have however cooked through the disappointment to put together some delicious snackage ideas for the upcoming festivities.

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If you are Ketoing it click here for the low carb tortillas to go with the dips.

The intention was to put all three keto friendly party snacks in one video, but Editor General Aunt Winkie made an artistic decision to put these in three different videos.

Saturday 1/25 we will post an amazing crab dip and Sunday 1/26 we will post the deliciousness what I substitute for those nasty cocktail weenies.

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Low Carb Tortillas

Nonna makes low carbohydrate tortillas. This is a breakout video taken from her Tortilla to Quesadilla video. If you enjoy this “break out” please leave a comment!

Click here for the TORTILLAS written recipes. The video outlines the HOW TO make quesadillas! 

The Keto friendly low cab tortilla recipe is compliments of Simply so Healthy website. 

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Tortillas to Quesadillas: Keto and Not Keto recipes

In this video we make amazing Quesadillas with the left over tamale meat as well as homemade tortillas both Keto friendly and not keto friendly. They are quick and easy as well as an amazing meal.

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When they get your GOAT make Curry in a Hurry! #InstantPot

Nonna made a delicious Goat Curry recipe. The recipe comes from http://www.MyHeartBeets.com and is called Goat Curry in a Hurry. It was, in fact, absolutely delicious so says Nono (Nonna’s beloved husband)!

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Tamales made from scratch are a Team Sport! Happy New Years!

In this video this video, Maw Maw Gwen teaches Nonna and Cindy, the Dessert Lady, to make delicious New Year’s Tamales. It was most assuredly a team effort and they were absolutely worth all the work! You know what else is a team effort, beating breast cancer, so please check out the Non-Profit we help support. http://www.JumpfortheRose.org and http://www.TheRose.org

Below are the written recipes. They are broken down into sections for your convience.

Shredded Pork Butt with Red Sauce
Shredded Chicken with Green Sauce
Chili Pod Red Sauce
Tomatillo Green Sauce
Masa
Refried Beans
Tamale Assembly & Cooking

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The Rose: Donate Now!

Dear Supporter,

As we near the end of 2019, we look back and see a heartbreaking increase in patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Even more heartbreaking is to witness many of these patients attempt to overcome breast cancer with heavy financial struggles.

At this time of year, it is more evident than ever that our responsibility to the community is crucial. With each donation, no matter how small, we are able to remove the unnecessary financial stress placed on our patients so they can focus on their strength to overcome this deadly disease and beat cancer!
Sponsor a woman this holiday season:

A Doctor’s Visit: $50
Screening Mammogram: $150
3D Mammogram: $250
Mammogram and Ultrasound: $500
Biopsy: $1,500
On behalf of the patients and families who are being sponsored through your giving, thank you for letting your donation be the gift of someone’s life. Sincerely,
Dorothy Gibbons
CEO & Co-Founder of The Rose

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Bake Off: Bourbon Cupcakes, Glazed Bacon, Creambutter Frosting

Nonna and The Dessert Lady (AKA Cindy) bake delicious cupcakes, glazed bacon, and make a tasty frosting. The Dessert Lady even won a local bake-off using these recipes. This a perfect holiday party recipe.

Written recipe found here. These recipes come from Wonky Wonderful. You can, also, find these recipes by visiting www.WonkyWonderful.com.

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Southern Pecan Pralines, Christmas Deliciousness

Nonna and Gamma come together with their favorite guest cook to make some AMAZING and simple pralines. They were a big hit at the office too! Your children and grandchildren will LOVE them AND it is such a simple recipe, even your families toddlers in the room can HELP make it!

Recipe is very easy. Please watch the video as no written recipe is posted.

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Beef Stroganoff: When you Have a Small Crowd to Feed!

Nonna hosted Jump for The Rose board of director and then some (8-10 people total). She made a delicious beef stroganoff using flank steak. Most people ate it over noodles . However a few preferred a KETO friendly version. For those persons, Nonna made cauliflower to go with the beef stroganoff.

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Tuna Salad: Caught, Canned, and SERVED!

This tuna salad is DELICIOUS and goes well with everything! The recipe itself is keto, but can be served with bread. It would go well as stuffing for tomatoes or avocados. Or you can eat it with lettuce and tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits. It is, also, (and as is Nonna’s way) interchangeable! What I mean is, you can easily swap out the tuna for left over turkey, chicken, or ham!

Click here for the written recipe. The main ingredient in this recipe (canned tuna), can be swapped out with LEFTOVER Thanksgiving turkey, chicken or ham! Just chop it up and put in the mixing bowl!

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Rattle Snake: Baked & Fried

Nonna makes Food for the Zombie Apocalypse! Good ol’ fashion Rattle Snake. She deep fat fried some of it and wrapped the other half in bacon and baked it. Watch the video to find out how it tasted!

There is no written recipe as preparation and cooking is fairly simple!

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Air Fryer Hash Browns: Both Cauliflower & Potatoes

Nonna tries her hand at the Air Fryer with hash browns. She made both Cauliflower and Potato hash browns. Both were delicious. As always, Nonna has some lessons learned. Those are incorporated into the recipe! We hope you enjoy!

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Boudain: from Scratch

In this video, Nonna made delicious Cajun Boudain (Sausage). It is fairly easy and wonderful for snacking or a meal. There are many Boudain Seasoning Packets out there, but she just winged it with my favorite spices.

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Italian Sausage

Nonna makes AND actually follows Mama Tessie’s Italian Sausage recipe! This recipe has 4 ingredients which includes fat full boston butt, fennel seeds, coarse ground pepper, and hog casings. Just mix the fennel seeds and pepper into the ground meat until it sticks to your hand! Watch the video to see exactly how Nonna puts it all together and WHY she followed this recipe to a T!

This recipe is best followed by watching the video. Neither Nonna, nor myself (Aunt Winkie) wrote it down. It is very simply put together and is absolutely DELICIOUS!

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Oatmeal Cookies

Nonna’s biggest rival, Gamma, and their grandson come together to make delicious oatmeal, pecan, and dark chocolate chip cookies. Gamma shared the family recipe and Nonna provided the kitchen. They both played a part in providing the grandson! What a cute video and an awesome tasty batch of cookies!

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Asian Carp Cakes

This recipe is a favorite of Miss Mickey’s husband (remember Miss Mickey was the guest cook on the Plum Tart video). It is simply delicious. Nonna made a few minor changes. For instance, she substituted crab meat with Asian Carp. Asian Carp has a nice texture and a good taste (not fishy). The only problem is that the carp has a lot of bones. However, once you learn how to remove/grind the bones the fish is delicious. Check out how Nonna makes a delicious Asian Carp Cake!

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Asian Carp purchased from Dirk’s Fish.

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Artichoke – Appliance Wars

Artichokes! A delicious and nutritious vegetable! In this HOW TO MAKE ARTICHOKES, Nonna shows you how to make then in both an instant pot (multi cooker) and a pot on the stove top. Both are equally delicious, but one method is much faster than the other!Nonna also demonstrates how to eat them – leaves and the heart. Everyone from Nonna Snowden Cooks hopes you enjoy one of our family favorite recipes!

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Fish & Pasta Alfredo

Catch and Cook…Nonna caught the fish and a few hours later cooked it. She cooked Rock Cod caught in the Pacific Ocean out of Coos Bay, Oregon. She seared the fish and then baked in a delicious alfredo sauce. The entire West Coast family LOVED IT! Opa even said it was better the next day for lunch than it was for dinner!

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Plum (Cheese) Tart

In this video, we come to you from Ms. Mickey’s kitchen in Coos Bay, Oregon. The plums were home grown in Mickey’s garden and are all by themselves incredible. Fresh home grown vegetables and fruits – well you just can’t do any better than that! Both me and Aunt Winkie want to thank Mickey for sharing her knowledge and kitchen with us. This tart was PLUM DELICIOUS! Seriously best tart either of us has ever had!

Click here for the written recipe. This is the copy Ms. Mickey provided. Aunt Winkie will type it today and post. She is slacking again! 🙂

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Artichoke Chicken

Nonna makes a delicious and simple dinner. This meal takes some time, but is very easy to prepare and doesn’t require much oversight. Pop it in the oven and kick back with a bottle of wine and a good book while you wait!

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Spaghetti & Meatballs

This sauce was passed down from Nonna’s Great Grandmother “Mama Tess,” who immigrated from Sciliy in 1903. In fact, several limbs of the family tree and Nonna’s children, also, make this sauce. Both among the family branches and within the 5th generation, there are very few recipe adaptations (and those aren’t worth mentioning!!!). Mama Tess’ living and cooking relatives, especially Nonna, hope you enjoy this as much as the family does!

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BBQ Sauce & Chicken Quarters (Appliance Wars: Episode 3)

Nonna is learning from experience and Appliance Wars: Episode 3 saw the best and most consistent results across appliances. Nonna cooked 4 chicken quarters each in the oven, instant pot, and air fryer. She even tried her hand at her own BBQ sauce, using, of course, her favorite spices & seasonings. Watch the video to see the results and if you have something you would like Nonna to experiment with, just let her know. She is all about trying new things, even when she has to try it a second or third time around!

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Baked Whole Alligator

This is Nonna’s craziest recipe yet! She made a unique injection butter sauce and olive oil marinade then baked the whole alligator.  If you want to surprise your party guests with an absolutely unique and delicious meal, this is the recipe for you! This pairs well with Nonna’s Strawberry Moonshine.

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Strawberry Moonshine

This week Nonna made Strawberry Moonshine! Why? Because it is not only delicious, but also because no good story ever started with a diet soda! The recipe is easy and the beverage is perfect for a friendly, yet fun filled get together with those old enough to drink (just remember to assign a designated driver)! You can find the written recipe on my website at www.nonnasnowdencooks.com. Nonna hopes you enjoy the video! 

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Shrimp, Tasso, and Grits

Nonna made Gumbo Daddy’s Shrimp, Tasso, and Grits breakfast. It is simple, easy, and delicious. It is a great start to any day!

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Gamma’s Chicken and Mushrooms

This recipe comes from Nonna’s biggest rival, her grandson’s other grandmother, Gamma! Unlike other recipes (well, ALL the other recipes, really), Nonna actually followed Gamma’s recipe (because Gamma made her). It includes chicken and a great mushroom gravy that goes well with noodles and rice. The recipe has several moving parts, but none of those parts are complicated. This is the perfect recipe for guests, social functions, and board meetings for your favorite charity (Jump for The Rose).

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Baked Fish and Salad

Simple and easy baked fish and salad. This recipe is easy, tasty, and healthy.

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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Bacon wrapped and mozzarella stuffed meatloaf is, simply put, very very good and filling. The particular recipe is keto friendly, as Nonna shows viewers how to use pork rinds in place of breadcrumbs. Add some mozzarella and romano cheeses, sautéed mushrooms, and marina sauce and this will be the best meatloaf you’ve eaten! Your family will love it!

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Chicken Wings: Appliance Wars, Episode 2

Appliance Wars: Episode 2. Nonna makes keto chicken wings in R2D2 (instant pot), CP3O (air fryer), and the oven (old school). Watch the video to see how she prepares the wings and how each appliance performed in the Battle of the Wings!

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