Pan Fried Asparagus – Perfect Every Time

Asparagus

Delicious Asparagus!

When I eat Asparagus, I don’t want a limp noodle.  I want a vibrant vegetable that melts in my mouth like butter and at the same time has that nice crispy crunch.  Asparagus that is cooked like that doesn’t just seduce my pallet with flavor, it gives my body the nutrition it needs because it isn’t cooked until it’s dead!  This is very crucial in my book and it should be in yours as well.  Always try to leave some life in your cooked vegetables.  Not only will your body thank you, but your taste buds will as well because you’re not killing the flavor as you save the nutrients, and your Asparagus will be delicious and cooked perfect every time!

Asparagus Ingredients:

1 bunch Asparagus
1 qt Boiling Water (Blanching)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mac and Cheese Clarkston Union Style

Mac and CheeseMac and Cheese from a Box!

If you haven’t seen the Mac and Cheese special that Kid Rock appears in on “Diners, Drive In’s and Dives“, then you’re in for a real treat!  The Clarkston Union has a Macaroni and Cheese recipe that will knock your socks off.  Personally I’ve never been a real big fan of the standard box recipe, but my kids sure love it, and if it’s on the menu when we dine out for something a little more exotic than what kid taste buds are ready for, then we order it.  I don’t know if you’re like me, though, anything my kids order, I usually try for myself.  Usually when it comes to kids meals in restaurants, especially Mac and Cheese, I’m rarely impressed.  And since Macaroni and Cheese is such a big deal for children, you would think that the recipe would be a little more perfected in restaurants by now.  I mean, don’t you think it’s sad that a box of Kraft or even the “Generic” brand has got your local Chefs beat?  Well not at Clarkston Union, and I’m going to show you how to take a regular box of Mac and Cheese and turn it into a Clarkston Union Style Macaroni.

Mac and Cheese Ingredients:

1 Box of Cooked Macaroni
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 cup Chopped Onion (Optional)
1/4 cup of Butter
1/2 cup of Half and Half or Cream
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1 Cheese packet
3 slices of Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
2 tbsp Bread Crumbs or Panko

Follow the Mac and Cheese box instructions to cook the Macaroni.  Strain, add the olive oil and stir it all together.  In a hot pan add the butter, then 1/4 cup (half) of the Half and Half or Cream (Also the onions if you’re using them).  Add the dry ingredients, Nutmeg and Pepper.  Bring to a boil and add a touch more of the cream just to calm the boil, then add the powdered cheese mix and then the Macaroni Pasta.  Stir while adding the rest of the Half and Half.  Be careful not to drown the pasta but be sure that it’s cream and not dried out when you are done stirring.  Remove from the heat and add enough Mac and Cheese to cover the bottom of an oven dish.  Add the Cheddar Cheese, then cover with the remaining Macaroni.  Add the Mozzarella Cheese and Panko, then Bake at 425 degrees in the center of the oven for 10 to 12 minutes.  Let the Mac and Cheese Cool for a few minutes then serve.

Cheese Bombers with Bacon

Cheese BombersWhat’s are Cheese Bombers?

Cheese Bombers are the BOMB!  No pun intended.  The only thing that would make these better is Jalapeno Peppers.  It would take Poppers to whole new level.  I found a Photo of these on a page I “liked” on facebook, called Food Porn.  They only publish food pics that make you drool.  And when I saw a picture of these, I just had to try it.  The recipe is quite simple and I think you’re going to love it just as much as I do.

Cheese Bombers Ingredients:

  • Grands flaky Biscuits cut into fours
  • Mozzarella Cheese Squares 3/4 to 1 inch thick
  • Bacon slices cut in half
  • Oil for Frying