Candied Jalapenos

  This last week, my baby brother Luke told me admiringly that I had finally done it. “To which it do you refer?” I inquired. “IT!” said Luke. Luke was referring to this. This sandwich blew my mind. It was the perfect sandwich. I do not use the phrase ‘perfect sandwich’ lightly. It is a [Read On]

Canned Barbecue Beans (El Pollo Loco BBQ Black Beans clone)

If I live to be a thousand years old I will never exhaust the possibilities offered by beans.  And what is there not to like about beans? They are- all at once- so inexpensive, so nutritious, so easy to store, so delicious, so versatile. If you’ve been with me here at Foodie With Family for [Read On]

Basic Chicken Stock and Asian Chicken Stock

Let’s talk chicken stock. Do you keep it handy?  Having chicken stock around is like owning a black dress or a pair of red shoes; it’s just something you have to have to have and it makes you feel good. The best chicken stock is made in  your own kitchen.  You can control the final [Read On]

Homemade Cultured Buttermilk

I use a lot of buttermilk.  And by ‘a lot’ I mean a ton.  Many of my baked goods contain buttermilk.  Much of my salad dressing uses buttermilk.  And The Evil Genius?  He drinks buttermilk. *  We go through a lot of the stuff.  And I may have mentioned that I live in the middle [Read On]

Homemade Hummus

I spent nearly seven years as a vegetarian; those years were spent subsisting mainly on hummus, cheese and big green salads. I long ago enthusiastically re-entered the omnivore world* but still spend a great deal of time conveying hummus to my mouth on various crudites and pita chips. Hummus is the first rite of spring [Read On]

Barbecue-Style Pulled Pork Sliders, South Carolina Barbecue Sauce and Kansas City Sauce.

A Disclaimer I love barbecue; real barbecue.  I’m talking about meat that falls apart when a fork looks at it because it was cooked for hours over the smoking remnants of fruit trees.  I refer to the method that requires hours of time spent lovingly tending a fire outdoors and turning and mopping meat. Please [Read On]

Pimiento Cheese

This is the second installment of my Southern New Year’s Foods series.  Happy New Year! Really, The Evil Genius and I complete each other. While I sit here on the couch with the laptop, contemplating pimiento cheese, he is watching ‘Alien vs. Predator’ and talking about which characters he thinks will be eaten. So see? [Read On]

Hotter Than the Hinges of Hell Habanero Jelly

Ow.  Ouch.  Owwie.  Ooooooh.  Oooooch.  Oh it hurts! I want you to be aware that this recipe is not for the faint of heart or wimpy of tongue.  It is a pure habanero relish.  As in lots and lots of chopped fresh habanero peppers. Habaneros, for those who do not know, are one of the [Read On]