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Appalachian recipes ideas?

It ended up like this:

Appetizer: Fried Green Tomatoes with dipping sauce and smoked trout dip served on saltine crackers

Salad: Kilt salad (Lettuce and Onions)

Main: Chicken and Dumplings, Turnip Greens, Fried Corn

Dessert: Apple Stack Cake

We washed it all down with sweet tea and moonshine. It was delicious and a memorable evening! Thanks to everyone for the awesome suggestions!!!!

Appalachian recipes ideas?

Thanks to everyone for the great ideas and keeping me more true to Appalachia! LaLa, I'm leaning towards the chicken and dumplings as the main course. Any recipes to recommend?

Oct 24, 2014
janiecarp in Home Cooking

Appalachian recipes ideas?

My husband and I are hosting our supper club in November and want to do an "Appalachian Thanksgiving" theme. We are not married to the idea of Thanksgiving recipes as much as we are to true Appalachian fare. Our assignment will be the main course and related sides. I am stuck on what to serve 10 people as the main course (the sides are easy). I wanted to do pan-seared trout filets for all, but it's just too hard to do that in a home kitchen and get it all timed right, so I think I'll incorporate that into the appetizer. Does anyone have ideas on what to serve at the main course? Here is my menu so far:

Appetizers: Fried Green Tomatoes with some kind of awesome dipping sauce + Smoked Trout dip with crostini

Soup/Salad: Wilted Greens salad (exact recipe to be determined, but will involve bacon grease)

Main Course/Sides: This is where I am stuck. Thought about Burgoo. That would be OK, but what else could I do? I am comfortable with sides like cornbread, grits, greens, Appalachian-style slaws, what-have-you.

Dessert: Apple Stack Cake or some kind of fruit cobbler/ice cream.

Oct 22, 2014
janiecarp in Home Cooking

Padron peppers to flavor pumpkin seeds?

Thanks for all the great advice! I ended up dehydrating the peppers in a low oven, then cooling and grinding them into a powder in a spice(coffee) grinder. I then used the powder to flavor the pumpkin seeds in accordance with the recipe (and extra salt).

OMG - the seeds by themselves were amazing! On top of the flan they were amazing!

I ended up "winning" the Chopped theme for the evening with this recipe and the excellent padron-spiced seeds.

Thank you so much for all the great suggestions!

Oct 22, 2014
janiecarp in Home Cooking

Padron peppers to flavor pumpkin seeds?

I need to make a recipe for my supper club that has a "Chopped" theme. My assigned recipe is Pumpkin Flan with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...). My "secret ingredient" is fresh padron peppers. I was thinking I would somehow replace the cayenne pepper in the pumpkin seed recipe with the padrons. But how do I go about this since the padrons are fresh and not a dried powder? Is there a method to dry them fairly quickly without a dehydrator? Thanks for any advice.

Sep 15, 2014
janiecarp in Home Cooking

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Apply it liberally to all surfaces of a bone-in or boneless leg of lamb. Roast in oven or on the grill. The flavor of the lamb will be life-changing.

Sep 15, 2014
janiecarp in Home Cooking

Shade on the Canal's Hoppin' Sauce - Canal Winchester, Ohio

I know it's a top secret recipe, but I would like to try my hand at making the amazing Hoppin' Sauce from Shade on the Canal Restaurant in Canal Winchester, OH. I think I taste corn syrup, tabasco, crushed red pepper, and perhaps some chili powder in Shade's version. Anyone have any information or advice on a base recipe I could play with? Thanks!

Dec 15, 2012
janiecarp in Great Lakes

Vodka shooter for smoked salmon appetizer

Thanks wineguy7 - see my reply to EvergreenDan. I guess what I ended up doing WAS pretty close to the Kamikaze, too!

Jan 27, 2011
janiecarp in Spirits

Vodka shooter for smoked salmon appetizer

Thanks EvergreenDan - I ended up doing "Russian" sidecars in a shotglass, using vodka instead of cognac (and Grand Marnier instead of Cointreau or triple sec). Very tasty and nice with the salmon. A big hit with my guests! Thanks for getting me on the right track!

Jan 27, 2011
janiecarp in Spirits

Vodka shooter for smoked salmon appetizer

Thanks Johnny. Definitely thought about that. Simple and a crowd-pleaser. And an excuse for a new bottle of Chambord!

Jan 14, 2011
janiecarp in Spirits

Vodka shooter for smoked salmon appetizer

Hosting an apres-ski-themed dinner next weekend. The appetizer will be the traditional smoked salmon/red onion/cream cheese/rye bread/capers preparation. I'd like to serve some flavored iced vodka shots with it, one on the dry side and one sweeter. I've got the dry shooter covered (just a basic dirty martini, but in a shot glass), but need help with the sweeter shooter. Any ideas? Something that will appeal to the ladies. Thanks!

Jan 14, 2011
janiecarp in Spirits

Shade's BBQ sauce - Canal Winchester, OH

Shade's on the Canal restaurant in Canal Winchester, Ohio makes a delicious BBQ sauce that they use on their award-winning BBQ brisket pizza. It is tomato-based, sweet and smoky. I would LOVE to have the recipe, but I'm sure it's secret. Does anyone happen to know anything about this sauce? Like what's in it???

Feb 19, 2010
janiecarp in Great Lakes

Shade's on the Canal BBQ Sauce

Shade's on the Canal restaurant in Canal Winchester, Ohio makes a delicious BBQ sauce that they use on their award-winning BBQ brisket pizza. It is tomato-based, sweet and smoky. I would LOVE to have the recipe, but I'm sure it's secret. Does anyone happen to know anything about this sauce? Like what's in it???

Jan 27, 2010
janiecarp in Home Cooking

Care packages with substance

Hi Val - she's in a dorm room and has a microwave only, so I wanted to send something fully prepared that she would only have to heat up and enjoy.

Jan 02, 2010
janiecarp in Home Cooking

Care packages with substance

Just sent my daughter back to college today. She begged for care packages when she left. I have done the usual cookies,brownies, etc., but what she misses most at school is "real food." I would be interested to hear tips, ideas, and experiences on shipping perishables such as soups and casseroles. My food needs to travel from Ohio to Georgia. Also appreciate any recipes that might work well.

Jan 02, 2010
janiecarp in Home Cooking