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Friday, August 22, 2014

Frugal Foodie Friday - Nacho Drumsticks


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I must start my post with a disclaimer tonight. The recipe for nacho drumsticks is meant for kids, or those who feed teen athletes or youth groups where young men gather in great numbers. Please don't misunderstand. There is nothing wrong with these drumsticks. They are tasty, easy to prepare and downright cheap to make, but they lack the cache that might make them appealing to adults. This is grub at its finest and it is a great starter dish for young cooks to make and share with their friends. This is more a procedure than a recipe and once all the ingredients have been assembled, it takes about 15 minutes to get the drumsticks in the oven. Plan on 2 drumsticks per person. These do not reheat well and are best served as soon as they come from the oven. Most of my gang likes them with ranch dressing, but I have a fire eater or two who prefer to use a really hot salsa for dipping. Drumsticks are one of the few bargains left in markets today. Their cost makes them a perfect candidate for a Frugal Foodie Friday feature. Here is how this version is made.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Golden Nuggets


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...It's hard for me to believe, but One Perfect Bite will be entering its 7th year of publication in September. You know how grateful I am for your company and continuing interest in the blog, and I owe you, and a handful of other folks, a more than measured thank you. One of the groups to whom I am especially indebted is a small company called The Foodie Blogroll.  FBR is an ad network that gives  member bloggers, currently 18,000 of them, increased exposure and the opportunity to earn revenue for the work they do. They are currently conducting an outreach campaign that will expand their membership and entice more advertisers into the FBR fold.  If you are looking to grow your own audience, one or more of their initiatives may be of interest to you. If you would like to be featured on the FBR Widget which is viewed  over 30 million times a month, details can be found here. You might also want to participate in their Monthly Blogger Appreciation Giveaway and information regarding that can be found here. If you are not yet a member but are interested in joining the network, it's as simple as visiting the Sign Up page which you can find here. I do hope you'll join us.

I had a young visitor today and he and his mother, who does not allow him to eat processed foods, were the inspiration for tonight's post. This is a recipe that will have limited appeal because it doesn't pack much bang for the buck, and the time it takes to prepare the nuggets may seem excessive to some. There is a lot of wait time associated with their assembly and while these are tender and delicious I do understand why many of you would prefer to take a pass. Permission granted, but you must promise to come back tomorrow.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bread and Butter Zucchini Pickles


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I wish you all could experience an early summer morning in Eugene. When there is no haze, the sky is a brilliant azure and the temperature, which will rise as surely as the sun, still hovers in a range the rest of the country would find invigorating. It is perfect walking weather, and every Tuesday morning I begin the first of my 10,000 daily steps on a bike path that parallels the river. A local inn has found room for my writer's group to meet and we talk craft and chat over coffee as the river meanders by. We are occasionally interrupted by excited squeals coming from the water. The river is low at this time of year and local day camps bring young campers to ride the "rapids". There is a lot of white water, and while the kids don't know it, it would be difficult to drown in waters as shallow as these. They are having an adventure, and years from now, a handful of them will ride the rapids of the Snake and those few will remember with great fondness, their first experience with white water here on the Willamette in the center of Eugene. Summer seems to pack more memories than other times of year. There are, of course, visual triggers that churn memory, but mine are stirred by sound and smell as well as sight. I found this recipe for bread and butter pickles in Food and Wine magazine and it seemed so simple that I had to give it a try. The aroma of the brine used to pickle the zucchini took me back to the kitchens of my childhood where a mustard based chow-chow, we called it hot-dog relish, was made every summer in almost every kitchen on the block. Lest you think I am not too tightly wrapped, the Silver Fox came through the door sniffing. "Are you making chow-chow?" I wasn't but it sure smelled that way. Not everybody loves chow-chow, so it is reasonable to assume, that despite the ease with which they can be made, not everyone will enjoy these mustard based zucchini pickles. If, however, you like chow-chow or hot-dog relish, I think you'll enjoy snacking on these crisp puppies, and will find that they are quite good served alongside grilled sausage or burgers. They are easy and inexpensive to make, but do remember they will need to be chilled a full 24 hours before they are ready to eat. Once made, they will keep about a week in the refrigerator. I hope a few of you will give these pickles a try. They really are quite good. Here is how they are made.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Table for Two - Homemade Hash Browns


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...It has been a while since I posted a Table for Two recipe, but I was thrilled when several of you asked that they keep coming and be set apart from other recipes on the blog, perhaps even giving them  a category all their own. Come September, if the good Lord is willin' and the creek don't rise, they will be given their own page where they can be accessed quickly and in a much easier fashion than is now the case. Tonight's recipe is simple in the extreme, but I promise you'll find this version of hash brown potatoes to be delicious, as well as being scaled to feed just two people. The recipe comes from Better Homes and Gardens, so you can rest assured it has been tested and the results will be spot on. I do have a couple of tips to share with you though. When I fry these I use a combination of oil and butter. The butter adds flavor, while the oil helps keep the butter from burning when the potatoes are cooked at a higher temperature. The next tip is an admission of sorts. I am not a ballerina in the kitchen, so I have to be extremely careful when it comes to flipping or turning anything. My simultaneous handling of two spatulas is better suited to a comedy routine than a cooking blog. Over the years, I've developed coping mechanisms that make me appear less clumsy than I actually am. In this case, I turn the half done potato cake onto a flat plate and slip the uncooked side of back into the pan to finish the cooking. I actually use the bottom of a cheesecake pan, which is perfectly flat,  to make the transfer. If you decide to follow suit, be forewarned that it will get hot very quickly and you will curse my name if you are not using pot holders of some type. Remember, I warned you. The Silver Fox and I have passed the age where hash browns can be part of every breakfast we eat, but when I make them, we usually use them as a base for eggs. His are basted and not quite set, while I prefer mine to be poached. The goal here is an egg that will run over the potatoes when poked, adding its eggy richness to the mix. We both like these potatoes and they are a regular feature of holiday breakfasts and those occasions when we have breakfast for dinner. I hope you will try this recipe. I know you'll be pleased with the results. Here is how these homemade hash browns are made.

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