Spicy Smoked Bourbon BBQ Sauce

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Smoking”. I am definitely a fan of a good smoked meat or something similar but where I live does not allow for charcoal or smokers so I decided to play around with some liquid smoke. This BBQ sauce ended up turning out really good with a good ration of smokiness, bourbon, and a little bit of heat that lingers a little after you ate it. Given how easy this is to make, I do not see a reason to buy BBQ sauce ever again.

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Shrimp & Grits

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Poaching”. Honestly, I have no idea what it means to poach anything other than an egg. It does not mean that I have not done it, I just did not know that it was the name of a process. That being said, this turned out to be one of my top 10 dishes I have ever made. I cannot remember the other 9 because I have not been keeping track but this is definitely up there. Plus, how could it not be? Shrimp is good, grits are good. Boom!

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Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Portuguese”. Honestly, nothing really came to mind when I saw this theme. I have always wanted to visit Portugal and I have no doubt the food is amazing but I had no idea the kind of food that was made. Then I found this recipe and I thought of it like Portuguese lasagna due to the layering of the casserole. Plus, just like lasagna, this was much better the next day!

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Stir Fry Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Spicy”. Kind of a boring theme because I am a spice head and most of my dishes have some sort of heat but I was really craving peanut sauce and I needed to use up some of the peanut butter I made so I stop eating it with a spoon. These bowls were really good and a good way to raid my freezer for chicken and pork that I have been meaning to use. Just looking at it makes me want to eat it again. Also, I hate chopping up peanuts when my food processor is in use. Can you tell?

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St. Louis Style Spicy BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Blue Cheese

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “American Midwest”. While I usually do not go for chicken when cooking, I have always had a soft spot for wings, drumsticks, and thighs. Also, the fact that these were cooked “St. Louis” style intrigued me because I want to go to St. Louis just for the food. Hell, I have traveled for worse reasons before.

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Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles) with Beef

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Thai”. I am just going to start to say that Thai food is one of my favourite cuisines, so much so that I constantly try to recreate it. Thus, why I had issue with this theme was trying to come up with something I have never attempted before. Then I remembered this small Thai place near my old work that made killer Pad Kee Mao. This dish also gave me a chance to try out my new wok that I have been meaning to break in.

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Red Beans and Rice

This dish was part of a meal that was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Southern”. I am just going to start that this makes a lot but I am 100% ok with that. I plan to eat this for days because of how good it is. It might look like a pain due to the waiting and simmering time but I barely noticed it.

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