Chipotle Maple BBQ Sauce

Remember when I shared with that mouth-watering recipe for the Maple Chipotle BBQ Pork Tenderloin made in my cast iron pan? Well I have been holding out on you.  See I fell in love with that pork tenderloin as it was so tender but the star of the show was honestly that glaze.  There is just something magical about the combination of sweet and heat.  Kind of like chocolate and salt, hot salted fries and chocolate ice cream, pretzel rods and frosting, bacon and well… anything – it just makes sense. The day after I made that pork recipe I wanted to make more sauce.  I wanted a bbq sauce that I could use an accompaniment to the pork, plus I am a sauce girl.  I’m a dipper. I am that one that gets the sauce on the side, extra to boot, only for me to dip my food in it.  Dear God you give me a salad with dressing on it and I will immediately turn up my nose. It’s not that I don’t like it; I love dressings but I like it on my terms.

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Wha?  Don’t judge me.  Yes I’m a princess (I have the sign and wand to prove it damn it) so leave me alone.  LOL  No honestly I’ve always been like this.  I love saucy things but I hate foods drowned in sauce. Like for example let’s take pizza. I love sauce on my pizza but I don’t want it weighed down with ladles of sauce. Instead just spread out a thin layer of sauce, top with awesomeness (which normally includes bacon, cheese and pepperoni) and then serve to me with a huge side of warmed thick pizza sauce to dip every single bite in.  Seriously there is nothing better than dipping that hot crust into a killer pizza sauce.

This sauce is the boss! Come get saucy with me

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – BBQ Grilling Tips and Tricks

With Memorial having just passed I’m sure all you grill masters are out there strutting your best backyard dishes.  Since I can admit when it comes to bbq and grilling I’m not that well versed so I turned to some of my experts to gather up some of their best kept bbq grilling tips and tricks.  So for you all I’ve put together another edition of Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer around the best BBQ Grilling Tips and Tricks

Tuesday Tip
Using a smoker?
♥ Light the charcoal with a chimney starter. It’s relatively quick to get some hot coals going and you won’t have to fret about getting nasty lighter fluid fumes in your smoker.
♥ Minimize the amount of times you open it. I know, I know you wanna see how the meat is doing, but opening it frequently will keep the smoker below the necessary heat levels. The old adage says, “if you’re looking, it ain’t cooking” – remember that, kapeesh?!
♥ Temperature is one of the most critical components to great smoking results. The best results will be obtained at temperatures around the 225 to 250 degree range. Too low of temperature with larger cuts can lead to unhealthy bacteria colonizing. See my safety tips below. One of the most difficult tasks up front is keeping a some what steady temperature inside your smoker. Large fluctuations in temperature can produce lesser quality in your smoked products. Water pans are commonly used in many of the smokers these days as a heat sink. Some believe  they are there to add moisture. Although they do provide added humidity, they provide excellent heat absorption keeping the chamber from severe heat fluctuation.

Using Charcoal?
♥ Light the coals about 30 minutes before to cooking. If you’re using lighter fluid, make sure the fire is completely out before slapping the meat on the grill, or else you’ll have the nasty fuel taste in your meat. At this time, the charcoal should be mostly an ash-gray color with a little bit of glowing red underneath.
♥ Line the inside bottom of your cooker with a couple of sheets of aluminum foil before you put your briquettes in. This will give you a quicker and easier clean-up of the gray coals and ash once you’re done barbecuing. The only downside to this is that the opening holes in the bottom of your cooker will get covered up. So when you first light your fire, make sure it gets plenty of oxygen to stay lit longer, thereby giving you hotter and longer-lasting coals.

What are some of your best grillin’ tips and tricks?

Weekly Menu

Happy Sunday TKW Family!  So how was your week?  What’s shakin’ in your world?  Last week I was home for the entire week however Mother Nature decided to be an evil cow and make every single thing on this planet I’m allergic to show up in my house and yard.  OMG I don’t think I’ve ever had allergies this bad in my life.  See the thing is with me is I’m almost never sick.  Like yeah I’m human and I get the sniffles or aches (plus I’m old…) but never truly sick.  No with me I get injured that results in either surgery or a hospital stay.  There is no middle ground for me.  So much so I don’t even have a PCP doctor.  Like I had one growing up but I haven’t seen him or a non-specialty doctor in decades.

Well after a week of feeling god awful, no voice (well Mr. Fantabulous enjoyed that I’m sure), ear aches, headaches and gunk in my head I finally broke down and found one.  After meeting with him and finding out that I just have a severe sinus infection, on top of horrific allergies, I got some much needed meds.  What’s awesome is this new doctor is young and totally cool.  Like he took his time and just talked with me, we laughed and bs’d about everything under the sun… including food!  I mean c’mon, if you meet me for more than 5 minutes, we’ll inevitably talk about food and or working out.


Speaking of working out, I’m stubborn.  No really, I am.  I know it’s hard to believe but I am.  LOL  Anyway after one day of antibiotics (btw doc.. you prescribed me HORSE PILLS!  WTH dude?  LOL), I woke up not quite better but at least I wasn’t sneezing or wheezing so I decided to hit the gym.  Ever since my shoulder surgery I’ve really had to cut back to next to nothing on working out.  Yeah that’s not good when you’re around food constantly.  I would do what I can but I am that person that needs to bust her butt at the gym to make a difference.  I wasn’t blessed with a high metabolism; hell I think mine is non-existent. And to top it all off the night before, as I was lying in bed on my side Mr. Fantabulous came into the bedroom and said “Honey, did you put on weight? Your belly looks puffier.” <poke the chub, poke the flubber, poke the jiggle> Seriously I, at that very moment, wished I had some type of X-Men powers that would shoot flames out of my eyes for how hard I glared at him.  I said some very, VERY unladylike things (sorry Mom) that involved him kissing a certain part of my butt and that he could sleep outside.

As I laid there ticked off – at him, my shoulder, the stupid deer for running into us and my genetic makeup I decided I had two choices.

– I could either beat the crap out of Mr. Fantabulous in his sleep for being a jerkface for his comments and his POKING OF MY FLUBBER (LOL); or
– I hit the gym for an early morning spin class

Now again this all depended on how I felt.  This thing honestly knocked me on my butt to where I was in bed for almost 3 days. Thankfully when I got up I felt somewhat better and hit the gym.  Spin class was BRUTAL but I stuck with it however I think the additional 30 minutes of core afterwards was a no-no as I think I took on too much at once.  As I was driving home Mr. Fantabulous calls me YELLING at me for not being at home because I’m sick.  When I told him I was at the gym the man yelled again (well okay he doesn’t yell but more gives me that stern tone). I simply said “Honey I don’t know what happened.  I went to roll over and all of a sudden there was this ripple effect that the flubber took over and ended up rolling me out of bed, into my gym close.  The jiggle kept going on like a wave-effect and it rolled me all the way to the gym.” <deep sigh> “Just come home you PITA.  You’re so damn stubborn woman.” Again, what’s with this whole me being stubborn thing. LOL

And with that, this girl is off to shake some more of her jiggle away (if only it was that easy, huh?!) and enjoy a gorgeous sunny day here in Pittsburgh.. while sneezing, sniffling and wheezing.  Hmmm… maybe I am a tad stubborn after all.  What’cha think?  NAHHHHHHH!

Best Kitchen Wishes!

♥ Monday –  Happy Memorial Day!
♥ Tuesday- Aloha Burgers
♥ Wednesday – Meatball Stuffed Manicotti
♥ Thursday Wings with Bourbon Honey BBQ Sauce
♥ Friday – Grilled Flatbread Breakfast Pizzas
Saturday – Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs over zucchini noodles
♥ Sunday – Grilled Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos
♥ Dessert of the week – Brownie Peanut Butter Cup Fudgy Ganache Cake

Memorial Day 2015 Dishes

With this kicking off the beginning of a long 3-day weekend for a good portion of the US population, I wanted to put together some of my top picks for a traditional Memorial Day cookout. Now there’s nothing wrong with the old standby of burgers and hotdogs but for this girl, I want a variety.  Perhaps a grilled white bean and corn burger.  Or perhaps some finger-sized bbq meatloaf snacks.  And if it rains, you can still have S’mores – make my S’mores brownie batter cheesecake dip!

And while you’re kicking back, relaxing, take a moment and say a prayer and thank you to those that have fought for our freedom to enjoy this day.  Those that gave their lives to keep us safe and out of harms way.  Memorial day while many attribute it to that long 3-day weekend of fun, food and kicking back with friends keep in mind the true meaning of it, please. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. As President Ronald Reagan said “Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember. ”

Memorial Day 2015

Pepperoni Pizza Pop Tarts
White Bean & Corn Veggie Burgers
Hot ‘n Sticky BBQ Chicken Legs
Grilled Zucchini Pizza Bites
Butternut Squash Cheesy Bacon Gratin
S’mores Brownie Batter Cheesecake Dip
Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs
Spinach Dip Stuffed Roasted Tomatoes
BBQ Meatloaf Stacks
Honey Bourbon Chicken Wings
Crispy Crunchy Chicken Fingers
Bacon Tomato Marmalade Burger Bites
Guinness Glazed BBQ Ribs
Creole Shrimp Nachos
Sweet Potato Veggie Meatballs
Crispy Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Simple Skinny Banana Cookies

So if you’re like me you are always seeking new and creative ways to use up those ripe bananas that no one in your house eats – well unless you live in my 2nd brother’s house.  The man will ONLY eat black bananas.  Crazy, huh? In the past I’ve given you cakes, cookies, tarts, bars, parfaits, smoothies and so forth types of recipes but even still I do my best to give you even more choices. Let’s face it, we get tired of the same ol, same ol’. Well unless it’s pizza and bacon.  One can never tire of that.  And if you do well… you can’t live on my island.  lol

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Well okay you can… if you make these cookies! What I love about these is that they are super simple, can be gluten free and you can add whatever you want to the mix.  As you can see I made two types – some with raisins and some with mini chips.  See I love bananas with chocolate (and raisins too… oh wait.. OMG!  Chocolate covered raisins!!!) while Mr. Fantabulous hates banana and chocolate together.  He’s weird; sexy as hell but weird.

Name your mix-ins and have at it!

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