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Inappropriate Party Foods, or, How to Make Your Guests Uncomfortable Just by Reading a Menu June 15, 2009

Filed under: events,recipes — Mox. @ 7:21 pm

To try and get myself over my anti-socialness and just for the fun of it, I threw a party (with assistance from J) this past Saturday. I invited almost 20 people and purchased lots and lots (and lots) of alcohol and prepared quite a bit of food. I made a recent adaptation of Buffalo Chicken Pizza (I was thinking I had posted that on here but it doesn’t seem that I have…I’ll have to get around to that-it’s awesome!), Dirty South Sausage Balls (given the name by the oh-so-talented and risque Chef Blythe Beck), and Spiced Nuts. The balls and nuts were um…huge…hits with all 3 of my guests that bothered to come.

Dirty South Sausage Balls

-2 lbs bulk pork breakfast sausage (half mild and half spicy)
-8 oz softened cream cheese
-1/4 c snipped chives or green onions
-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
-salt and pepper to taste
-Juice of 1 lemon
-3/4 c panko or unseasoned dried bread crumbs
-2 sheets of frozen puff pastry dough, thawed (1 lb)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, combine pork sausage, cream cheese, chives, cayenne, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Fold bread crumbs into meat mixture until fully combined (feel free to use your hands!). Roll mixture into 1-inch balls.
3. Wrap a 1.5″ square of puff pastry around each ball, stretching to cover. Pinch seams to seal. Place seam-side down on greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. 
Makes about 24 small balls.

This was adapted from a recipe by Chef Blythe Beck .

Oh my gosh were these good. I felt a little naughty (as Ms. Beck intended me to, I’m sure!) eating all that pork + cream cheese. What an evil and awesome combination! My version calls for less bread crumbs than Chef Beck’s does. I would have sworn on my life that I had a big-ass thing of bread crumbs in my pantry-turns out I had a couple tablespoons and had to make up the rest of what I used with crushed crackers. I made two batches after having some technical difficulties with my second sheet of puff pastry, and froze the second one.  My first batch resembled funny little meaty pastry purses, but the second batch I made a little more “clean” looking by trimming off the excess puff pastry with my dear kitchen shears and rolling them again in my hand to smooth out the seams. Those are sitting in my freezer right now, waiting to pounce on J’s unsuspecting poker buddies this Thursday evening.

And on to the nuts!

Spiced Nuts

-2/3 c sugar
-2 1/4 tsp kosher salt
-2 tsp ground cinnamon
-1 1/2 tsp chili(e) powder
-1/2 tsp ground allspice
-1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne
-1 large egg white
-4 c mixed nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and/or cashews-I bought a big ol’ container that also had peanuts even though this part of the recipe didn’t say peanuts were okay. I didn’t die)

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Whisk sugar, salt and spices in a small bowl. In a large bowl, whisk egg white until light and frothy (don’t use your mixer-I know it’s tempting-you’ll end up with entirely the wrong texture altogether). Add nuts and toss until evenly coated with egg white.
3. Sprinkle sugar and spice mixture over nuts and toss well.
4. Spread nuts in single layer on baking sheet and bake until dry, 45 to 50 minutes, stirring once or twice. Cool to room temperature.

These were also well received. It’s more of a fall flavor, but the hint of spicy mingled in with the sweetness was really refreshing compared to boring old honey roasted nuts.

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Doin’ it for tha shorties… January 14, 2009

Filed under: events,win — Mox. @ 7:27 am
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…to quote Sir Loin .

I still seethe a bit over the “Timmy vs Sally Struthers” incident which led to my HOA not being able to hold our Great American Bake Sale (benefiting Share Our Strength). Hopefully getting this word out will help:

Share Our Strength  has launched a brand new campaign to raise funds to help end childhood hunger. “Operation No Kid Hungry” responds to President-elect Obama’s call to action to end childhood hunger by 2015.

Share Our Strength has partnered with AT&T to offer two great ways that you can support and participate in “Operation No Kid Hungry”:

1.Donate by text: Text “SHARE” to 20222 on your mobile device to donate $5. AT&T will match all text donations up to $100,000. Help us meet this challenge grant! Find out more at http://strength.org/get_involved/text_donation/

2.Hold a food drive: Beginning January 19th, a national day of community service, help feed those in need by holding your own community food drive. Visit http://Strength.org to find a food bank and a list of the most needed
nutritious foods.
For more information about “Operation No Kid Hungry” and how you can help end childhood hunger, visit Share Our Strength’s website: http://strength.org.

 

Happy Birthday to Me! May 12, 2008

Filed under: events,food — Mox. @ 6:52 am
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Yesterday we drove to my parents’ house to celebrate Mother’s Day with (duh) my mother. Since my birthday is coming soon (a few weeks) and we probably wouldn’t be able to get out that way, my mom went ahead and gave me my birthday gift early. She did a hell of a job-pretty much the best birthday present ever (she made a pretty hard act to J to follow!). It was a multi-part gift with a whole bunch of different things in it, but the best parts were a new big mixing bowl with measurements on the side, a good sturdy spatula (also good for keeping husbands in line), a cartoon turned into a piece of art that she customized with my hair color, name, and favorite cooking method – a version of this :

 

, except she had red hair, and it says something close to (it’s in the kitchen downstairs and I’m so not) While working on her cupcake recipe, Mox accidentally opens up a can of Whoopass. Pretty darn funny-oh and her apron is white with cupcakes on it-I thought it was neat that my mom made it match a Jessie Steele apron I showed her a while back. Even neater was when I opened the next part of the present and in it was….

Holy crap! The Jessie Steele apron I showed her a while back! How freakin’ cool is that?! I’m definately going to wear that while working on this month’s cupcake hero.

Yay!

 

Save the Children without fears of Sally Struthers stealing their food. April 26, 2008

(putting on my cardigan, pearls, and rubber gloves to make a suburban domestic announcement)

My neighborhood’s homeowners association is holding their community garage sale May 9 &10  (Friday and Saturday)-this part is of no concern to you. However, we are partnering with Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale (gabs.strength.org) to help end childhood hunger in America. That part is what I want you to think about. If you’re in the DFW, TX area, we’d absolutely love for you to come out and get some delicious baked goods for a good cause. If you’re not in the area or aren’t able to come, please visit our website (join.strength.org/goto/HeritageGlen) and at least consider giving-even 50 cents helps.