20th October 2016

Fried Pickles, Anyone?

Fried Pickles, Anyone?

My husband had been talking about fried pickles for quite some time now and after chatting about it one day on Face Time, he came home with 2 jars of pickles. So off I fried them pickles. They're actually better than I've anticipated and as you may have guessed by now, yes fried pickles are good accompaniment to either burgers, hotdogs, or fish fry. I adapted the recipe from Food Network. Recipe: Fried Pickles, Anyone? Ingredients 1 jar ...
8th July 2016

Zucchini Boats With Chorizo & Mozzarella Cheese

A few Zucchini Boats recipes have popped up in my Facebook timeline for a while now and I've always wanted to try making them but have never gotten around to it until this week. Instead of ground beef or sausage meat I've decided to add a spicy flair into my zucchini boats by using chorizo. We love this Spanish sausage which I always add into the dirty rice side dish so it has become a ...
27th June 2016

Yellow Squash Patties

A family friend gave us a whole bag of yellow squash so now I'm thinking of new recipes to make using them. There's always the stir-fry, a simple saute in the pan with butter, au gratin, adding them in kebabs, or even grilled-steam inside a foil packet. There are definitely different ways to cook yellow squash as a side dish especially this Summer. For something new at Feistycook, how about some yellow squash patties? I've just ...
14th June 2016

A Simple Cookout Party Menu

For my son's high school graduation party with family and friends, we had a simple cookout with the usual burgers, hotdogs, pork ribs, cold side dishes, and chips. The side dishes were prepared pretty much the day before the party so all we had to do was grill the meat.   It's the season for fresh fruits so here's a huge bowl of grapes, watermelon, honey dew, cantaloupe, and strawberries.   Pasta salad with broccoli florets, cherry tomatoes, sweet ...
6th May 2016

#PizzaHut Seasoned Fries: Cajun VS Ranch

Last Friday was Caine's Prom Night so while he was there, Scott and I took Emma to Pizza Hut as promised. She had her personal pan pizza fix while Scott and I got wings and seasoned fries instead. We didn't want pizza since Caine was having a birthday party with pizza the following day anyway. Scott got ranch fries and I got the cajun version for our sides. I wanted the ranch too but I ...
29th April 2016

Iron Skillet Red Skinned Potatoes

Iron Skillet Red Skinned Potatoes

When my husband was transitioning from the Marines to Army we stayed at his parents house for a few months. It was during that time when I learned to cook some family favorites from my mother-in-law. Her Polish stuffed cabbages are so good. Another one I've learned is this iron skillet potatoes aka potato hash or home fries. This is so easy to make and can be eaten for breakfast with eggs and bacon or ...
8th November 2015

Margaret Holmes Simple Suppers Review

We were first introduced to Margaret Holmes when our neighbor Ms. Peggy invited us to her family's Easter dinner a few years ago. She served Margaret Holmes Collard Greens as one of the side dishes and it was really good. I love collard greens but I don't make it that often because it takes a while to cook and it needs to be seasoned well. I have no expertise on collard greens. I think I've ...
3rd November 2015

Spinach & Portobello Mushrooms Quiche

All I can say about this Spinach & Portobello Mushrooms Quiche is that it is good. I mean really good. Make it soon good. As in really really soon so good so without further adieu... Recipe: Spinach & Portobello Mushrooms Quiche Ingredients SHORTCRUST PASTRY 2 cups of flour 1 stick of cold butter, cunt it small pieces 3-4 tablespoons of cold water extra flour FILLING 1 pack of frozen spinach, thawed completely 2-3 slices of portobello mushrooms, chopped salt and pepper for seasoning 4 eggs 1/2 of cream 1 ...
7th April 2015

Beer-Battered Onion Rings With Honey-Mustard Dip

Caine and I love onion rings. Scott doesn't. Emma doesn't count because she has her own list of 'food groups' and most of the stuff I serve is not part of that list, HAH! But that's another story for another blog some other time. Anyhoo, I don't make onions rings that often because as much as I love it the lingering smell of deep-frying is just not something I want my whole house to smell ...
23rd February 2015

Baked Swai Fillets With Sauteed Spinach & Kale

I've finally found the best way to cook swai fillets. Usually I'd lightly bread the fillets with flour or corn meal then pan fry 'em in butter. Easy and simple but more often that not the fish is wet. I do everything to absorb all the liquid from the fish before cooking but I must be doing something wrong because none has worked. Take in consideration of course that these are from a frozen ...
20th October 2014

Grown-Up Mac ‘N’ Cheese With Bacon

While my in-laws were down here for a visit a few weeks ago, my mother-in-law and I were watching something from a cooking show about comfort food. One of the featured dishes was 'grown-up' mac'n'cheese. I had been craving for my own version ever since. I finally made some a few days ago and my cravings were definitely satisfied. It's a slightly baked version of the CREAMY MAC ā€˜Nā€™ CHEESE W/ CRISPY BACON BITS that I ...
14th October 2014

Roast Chicken & Red Potatoes

Nothing beats a whole roast chicken for a cozy dinner, no? I mean, all dinners are good, homecooked ones especially but there's something about the preparation of a whole chicken and making sure it's cooked perfectly. It's been a while since I cooked a whole chicken actually and I've been craving for the whole ambiance of a roast chicken for weeks now so I finally made one last night for our dinner. Roasting the quartered ...
9th September 2014

The Secret Ingredient To Perfectly Grilled Vegetables

We've grilled up a fair amount of steaks, pork, chicken, kebabs, and vegetables this summer. One thing Scott and I discovered is the sea salt. We've had a sea salt grinder in our pantry for years now and we've probably used it on everything else without even realizing how good it is on grilled veggies. Particularly asparagus and portabello mushrooms. I'm sure it'll be great on sliced zucchini and yellow squash too. There's nothing to ...
17th June 2014

Turnip Greens With Smoked Pork Neck Bones

For our Father's Day dinner I made roast beef with potatoes and turnip greens as one of the side dishes. The other one was rice. I planned on picking up freshly baked bread from Walmart's bakery while we were out for lunch that day but just didn't have the time to swing by that corner of the store, hence the rice instead. So Anyhooo, here's how I made the turnip greens.   Recipe: Turnip Greens Ingredients 1 bunch of ...
3rd June 2014

Watermelon Rinds & Apple Slaw

Whenever I make fish, in fillets or nuggets or a whole one, I always serve some kind of salad next to it. Normally I'd make pico de gallo or mango/avocado salsa. I can't remember what cooking show I've watched recently but I surely remember a fresh slaw using watermelon rind in the episode. I made a mental note that the next time I gave my daughter watermelon I'd save the rinds to make the slaw. I've ...
19th January 2014

Emma Lyn’s Fruit & Cheese Kabobs

While cooking the hot chicken tenders(to be posted later) for dinner last Friday I was also thinking of a healthy side dish that would go along with it. The traditional route would be sliced celery, carrots, and/or sliced cucumbers. Been there done that and would probably do that the next time I make hot wings. Amidst all of that in my head I was also thinking about baking strawberry cupcakes with my daughter on ...
12th August 2013

Homemade Chili-Parmesan French Fries

Homemade Chili-Parmesan French Fries

In order to achieve the best homemade french fries you need to do the double-fry technique. I've read about this technique before and even watched cooking shows mentioning it but I've never really done it in all the years that I've made fries at home. Until tonight when I made these chili-parmesan french fries that are just sooo good. I couldn't stop eating the 1st batch that I made for testing. While I was preparing ...
26th May 2013

Baked Whole Bass With Caramelized Onions In Hoisin Sauce

From the recent fishing trip of my husband with his brother, he came home with 2 bass and a catfish. My dear husband was nice enough to keep 1 bass as a whole fish, just scaling and gutting it for me. It sure looked pretty to bake as a whole fish, with head and skin intact. And that's what I did. It's just a simple seasoning of salt and pepper but I made a separate ...