Archive for the ‘Side Dishes’ Category

Homemade Jo-Jos (Super Crunchy)

July 14, 2019

I found this new recipe on ““, which is some how an appropriate website for me, LOL.  I already have a Jo-Jo recipe on the blog but this one is a much better.  They are so crunchy and taste amazing.

1 1/2 – 2 lbs gold potatoes, cut in wedges or sliced in 1/4 inch slices
2 T vegetable or canola oil, plus extra for frying
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornstarch

Spice Mix:
1 T kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper (this was my addition)

Toss the potatoes in a microwave safe bowl with 2 T oil and 1 T of the spice mix.
Cover completely with plastic wrap. Microwave for 8 minutes, carefully tossing them around after 4 minutes to redistribute without removing the plastic wrap.
Carefully remove plastic wrap and pour potatoes out onto a baking tray and let cool. You should be able to pierce them with a knife but they won’t completely fall apart.
Heat a couple inches of oil in a dutch oven or deep pot to about 350 degrees.
Set up 2 bowls. In one, mix the buttermilk and baking soda together.
In another, whisk the flour, cornstarch, and remaining spice mix together.
Coat the potatoes in the flour mix, then the buttermilk, then back in the flour mix.
Place on a wire rack and continue coating the remaining potatoes.
Fry in batches for a few minutes, flipping halfway, until golden and crunchy.
Since they potatoes are pretty well cooked you’re really just cooking the coating more so.
When done, remove to a new wire rack set over a baking tray.
Sprinkle with salt while warm if desired.


Deep Fried Jalapeno’s

August 18, 2018

I have been trying to recreate Applebee’s Jalapeno Coins for some time now.  I have tried different recipes, all were good but not what I was after.  I finally came across this recipe and for the life of me, I can’t find it to give them credit.  So I am basically recreating the recipe from memory.

These are fantastic and I could eat them every day.

These are the jalapenos that I used, they are our favorite and they stay fairly firm after deep frying.


Tomato Mozzarella Salad

July 21, 2018

I made this recipe for Bella’s birthday last night and I thought it was pretty amazing.  The recipe comes from allrecipes but I modified it a lot to adjust it to feed a large group of people.  Please see my notes below.

3 large tomatoes, sliced
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh basil


Old Fashioned Onion Rings

July 15, 2018

I got this recipe form allrecipes, we use them quit a bit. They seem to be a “go to” for us when we are looking for a good recipe.

I have a good recipe for onion rings, but I was looking for something more like the ones you get at Red Robin.  These were really close.  They turned out fantastic.  Please see my notes below.

1 large onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk, or as needed
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
seasoned salt to taste
1 quart oil for frying, or as needed


Beer Batter Onion Rings

May 18, 2018

I think these homemade onion rings are the best ones I have ever made.  I got this recipe from Genius Kitchen. They have some really good looking recipes on their site.


1 cup flour
1 cup beer
2 large onions
Vegetable oil


Put the flour into a bowl and make a well in the center.
Pour the beer into the well and whisk until combined.
Let rest, covered for 1 hour.
Peel onions and cut crosswise 1/3 inch thick and separate into rings.
Dust the onion rings with the additional flour, shaking off the excess, and coat them with the batter.
Working in batches, fry the onion rings in 2 inches of preheated 370 degrees, oil until they are golden.
Transfer them with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain and sprinkle them with salt to taste.

We serve our onion rings with Bloomin Onion Sauce and here are the ingredients:

      • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
      • 2 tablespoons ketchup
      • 2 tablespoons horseradish sauce
      • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt
      • 1/8 teaspoon oregano
      • 1 dash ground black pepper
      • 1 dash ground cayenne pepper

Mix all of the ingredients then chill and serve



March 3, 2018


This recipe was sent to me by my cousin Debbie in Texas.  It’s a low carb recipe and directly from her “This is YUMMMMYYYYYY!!!!!”

1 med/ large head of cauliflower chopped up small
5 oz Cream Cheese
1/4 cup light cream
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
3/4 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
2 and 1/2 Tbs Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp Paprika
Non stick spray ( I used Olive oil spray)


Hashbrown Casserole

December 2, 2017

This recipe comes to us from a co-worker of mine, Chris C. He brought a pan of this stuff into work and I loved it. The recipe is fantastic as-is, but it sure lends itself to some modifications; diced jalapenos or serranos. Maybe drain some Rotel and add. The possibilities are endless.


2 pounds frozen hashbrowns – thawed (Chris used a 30 oz. bag)

1 can cream of mushroom soup (Chris used Trader Joe’s Portobello)

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

1 yellow onion – diced

4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups sour cream

1/2 cup butter – melted

Mix everything together except 2 cups of your cheese.  Add to a buttered 9″ x 13″ casserole dish. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with the 2 cups of cheddar you reserved and bake for 10 more minutes. Chris indicated he baked for a little longer.


Restaurant Style Buffalo Chicken Wings

October 27, 2017

This recipe is the best hot wing recipe I think I have ever had.  It is fantastic!!!  I got this one from allrecipes, we use them a lot for our new recipes.  I will definitely recommend this one!



  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 chicken wings
  • oil for deep frying
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1 dash ground black pepper
  • 1 dash garlic powder


  1. In a small bowl mix together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Place chicken wings in a large nonporous glass dish or bowl and sprinkle flour mixture over them until they are evenly coated. Cover dish or bowl and refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). The oil should be just enough to cover wings entirely, an inch or so deep. Combine the butter, hot sauce, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir together and heat until butter is melted and mixture is well blended. Remove from heat and reserve for serving.
  3. Fry coated wings in hot oil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until parts of wings begin to turn brown. Remove from heat, place wings in serving bowl, add hot sauce mixture and stir together. Serve.

Homemade Jo Jo’s

October 27, 2017

I’m not sure where I got this recipe from, it was a Google search and I can’t find it again.  These are definitely restaurant quality Jo Jo’s.


  • 6-7 whole Medium-Small Sized Russet Potatoes
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper, Fresh Ground
  • 1 teaspoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • High Heat Cooking Oil (I used Coconut Oil)
  • For Serving: Ranch, Fry Sauce, Ketchup


  1. Scrub potatoes well and cut out any bad parts but leave skin intact.
  2. Slice each potato in half. Slice each half in half and then half again.
  3. Place in a large bowl and cover potatoes with cold water. Soak sliced potatoes for 20 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl or Ziploc bag add flour, cornstarch, salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, thyme, paprika and chili powder. Mix until well combined.

Drain potatoes but do not dry and add to flour mixture. Toss until well coated. Allow potatoes to rest 15-20 minutes in flour mixture before frying. If any of the potatoes stick together sprinkle with a little more flour.

  • While potatoes rest heat 3-4 inches of cooking oil in a heavy duty deep frying pan until 350-375 degrees.
  • Carefully add potatoes in a single layer and cook for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Carefully turn potatoes over and cook until other side is golden brown.
  • Place Jo Jo’s on a baking sheet covered with paper towels and keep warm in a 200 degree oven.
  • Repeat with remaining potatoes until all Jo Jo’s have been cooked.
  • Serve with Ranch, Fry Sauce, Ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.


Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

May 24, 2017

This recipe comes from cousin Debbie in Texas.  It looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it.

2 1/2 lbs fresh asparagus
2 tablespoons olive oil (enough to coat asparagus)
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2.Wash and trim the asparagus stalks (I usually break the bottom off.). Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a cookie sheet and drizzle with the olive oil  and toss to coat.  
3.Roast for 8 – 10 minutes until tender.
4.Sprinkle with the parmesan and return to the oven for about one more minute.