Thursday, January 29, 2015

Spicy Bruschetta

Following up on my post about SRIRACHA-GLAZED BACON, we recently enjoyed some Spicy Bruschetta, that contained what else?  Sriracha Sauce.  Oh yeah, and some chopped jalapeno.  Most of the time bruschetta seems to use only Italian flavors.  We LOVED this version because the cilantro, red onion and jalapeno gave it a Mexican flair.  I bought a package that contained two loaves of Italian-style bread and this recipe actually made enough topping to cover two loaves.  I refrigerated the leftover topping and we enjoyed this snack two different nights.  With the Super Bowl right around the corner, you'll want a new and different appetizer for the big game.  Here ya go!

A fun twist on an old favorite.
Just in time for Super Bowl Snacking!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sriracha Glazed Bacon

One of the reasons I chose the name The Devilish Dish for my blog is we love spicy stuff around here.  We have two pantries and one of them is FULL of spices and chile powders.  The door of the fridge in our garage is full of nothing but bottles of hot sauce.  So you could say we are spicy food junkies.  We put Sriracha Sauce on just about everything.  If you aren't familiar with Sriracha, it's an Asian chili sauce made from a paste of chile peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt.  It's named for the coastal city of Si Racha in Thailand.  It's bottle is famously recognizable, with it's trademark rooster and bright green lid.  Don't just limit it spicing up just Asian foods though.  It's great on french fries, scrambled eggs, pizza and just about anything else you can think of!  We love it around here.  Devilish Nephew puts it on EVERYTHING.  And I mean EVERYTHING.  And Mr. DD, he does too.  He loves the sauce so much, he even got Sriracha Socks for Christmas. Now that's some Sriracha Love!  You can only imagine what a big hit this bacon was.  The combination of the spicy sauce with the brown sugar and just a touch of cinnamon was the ultimate pairing with thick, salty bacon.  Whether you serve this with breakfast, make it for the Man Cave Superbowl Snack, or just eat it like candy, I promise it will be a spicy hit!
It's like Spicy, Sweet, Salty Man Candy!
Place the bacon slices on a wire rack.  Brush with
Sriracha Sauce mixture.
Continue glazing and baking on both sides
until crisp.
Sriracha Sauce can be found on the Asian aisle
in most supermarkets.
For breakfast, sandwiches or a snack!
You'll love Sriracha Glazed Bacon so much,
you'll want to wear Sriracha Socks!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Slow Cooker Spicy Southwest Chicken Spaghetti

My Crock Pot is my BFF.  I love to use it year round.  I love it on days when I'm gone from the house, and want to come home to a prepared dinner.  I love it when I'm home all day and I'm busy and don't want to baby sit dinner.  I love to use my Crock Pot in the summer.  The kitchen stays cool, and Mr. Devilish Dish and I can come home from the golf course or baseball game to a delicious meal waiting for us! But nothing beats using it during the winter for a hearty warm meal.  It's my theory that Velveeta and R0*Tel make anything tasty.  Turns out it's just as good in this spaghetti meal as it is with tortilla chips!
Warm, hearty and ONE POT easy!
The Line-Up
(Couldn't be easier, just throw it all together!)
Combine all of the ingredients together.
Add cooked, drained spaghetti.
Stir well and cook in slow cooker
on LOW for about 4 hours.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Benedict Strata

I love Eggs Benedict.  Well what I really love is hollandaise sauce, but I do love the other ingredients as well.  We recently had overnight guests, and I wanted to serve them something a little different than the standard breakfast casserole.  This strata goes together the night before, a bakes in the morning.  It has all the delicious flavors of Eggs Benedict with a lot less effort.  Perfect for company and brunch!
All the flavor of Eggs Benedict
without having to deal
with the hassle in the morning. 
(I'm not a morning person.)
The Benedict Strata Line-Up
Cut English muffins into cubes.
Combine with chopped
Canadian bacon in a
greased baking dish.
Beat eggs, and add milk.
Add lemon juice and lemon zest.
Add mayonnaise. 
(I know that doesn't sound too
tasty for a breakfast dish,
but the mayo helps give the texture
that you would get from the emulsion of
a real hollandaise sauce.)
Season with salt and pepper.
Pour egg mixture over muffin cubes
and bacon.  Cover
and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, bake until golden brown,
about 50 minutes.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Philippe's: The History of the French Dipped Sandwich

A french dip sandwich, also known as a beef dip consists of thinly sliced roast beef (or other meat) on a French baguette style roll.  It is usually served with au jus ("with juice"), that is, the beef juice from the cooking process.  The sandwich in its original form was not served with the cup of dipping juice on the side as we know it today.  Philippe The Original, or Philippe's in Los Angeles is one of the oldest and best known restaurants in Southern California.  Established in 1908 by Philippe Mathieu, this restaurant has the distinction of having created the French Dipped Sandwich.  At Philippe's the roll is dipped into the hot beef juices before the sandwich is assembled, rather than with the au jus on the side.  It is said the sandwich was invented when Mathieu accidentally dropped a French roll into the beef juice, and a customer offered to eat the roll anyway.  Thus the French Dip was born! 
My hubby, outside Philippe's Restaurant
He reports that the French Dipped Sandwich was mighty tasty!

When in Southern California, be sure to visit Philippe's:

Philippe The Original
1001 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone:  (213) 628-3781

Monday, December 1, 2014

Junky Jug Christms Centerpiece

I'm so excited about the Christmas centerpiece I crafted up to decorate my porch.  It's even more exciting when you hear the crazy story behind it.  A long time ago, when Mr. DD and I lived in Nebraska, we would make the long drive home to Oklahoma to visit family.  And when I say long, I mean LLLLLLLOOOOOONNNNNNNNGGGGGGG.  Just across the border into Kansas was an old, abandoned farmhouse that fascinated me.  I always wanted to stop and look inside but according to my straight-laced husband, "That's trespassing" or "You'll fall through the floor."  Last month I made a trip to Omaha to visit my good friend Michaela from An Affair From The Heart.  When I drove by the house, it was still there but in very dilapidated condition.  I decided that I would stop and investigate on my way home, because frankly the condition is so poor I'm afraid the house won't be standing the next time I travel to Nebraska.  So on cold, snowy, blustery Saturday afternoon, I finally mustered up the courage to check out the old house.  The grass was waist-high as I wandered around the yard and out buildings.  I found a few old small glass bottles lying around.  Little Devil collects antique bottles so she was very excited by my finds.  Then I spotted this great big glass gallon jug just lying in the grass.  And I helped myself.  And I went inside the house.  Which was completely empty and had been stripped of all doors, windows, trim and siding.  I wanted to go inside the kitchen because it still had some fixtures, but the floor was completely rotted away and I could hear Mr. DD's warning echoing through my ears.  In true American Pickers fashion, I did find a couple of other things that I'm saving for a future blog.  All the way home, I knew exactly what I was going to do with the filthy jug rolling around my floorboard.  I cleaned it up and it's greeting my guests on the porch with a JUNKY HOLIDAY WELCOME!
Here it is!  Just as Junky and Festive
as can be!
I cleaned up my jug,
filled it with water and fresh cranberries.
(Don't you just love how they float?)
Added some burlap ribbon and a
strip of buffalo-checked fabric
and some greenery snipped from
a friend's yard.
The only thing I paid for was the cranberries!
Here's the house.
Isn't is awesome?
I wish it could talk and tell me
stories about the butter that was churned there.
Merry "Junky" Christmas
(Perhaps it doesn't come from a store...)

Monday, November 24, 2014

MANLY Gift for a Guy

Like any siblings my brother and I have a long history of love and hate.  Now that we are both adults, we are pretty good friends.  But there was a time when firestorm was the norm.  He would wrap up empty boxes and give them to me for my birthday.  He would hide my dolls or hang them from the ceiling.  Hit me with hockey pucks.  You know.  That typical brotherly love.  And of course I was the perfectly innocent angel baby sister who played the, "Who me?" card and got him into trouble whenever possible.  Flat Stanley was my favorite book as a child.  Why?  Because my brother's name is Stanley.  And ohhh how I longed for a bulletin board to fall off the wall and flatten him.  So I could roll him up and mail him in a tube somewhere far away.  His birthday is tomorrow and thankfully, he's not flattened.  He's coming over for dinner and here's the little gift I put together for him.  He's a guy's guy so tools and gadgets are perfect for him.  I found the Stanley hat a while back.  Not only is it a great brand of tools, it's double the fun because it has my brother's name on it.  I used the hat as a little gift basket and added a few Stanley-brand products to it.  If you don't have a Stanley in your family, or if your Stanley was flattened in a tragic bulletin board accident that's okay.  I still think this makes a great MANLY gift for any guy in your life that's handy and likes tools. 
All wrapped up and ready for my
brother's birthday...
A Stanley hat complete with a
bottle opener in the brim.
That's pretty MANLY right?
Some Stanley gadgets for his workshop...
Use the hat as a basket and add some
shreddy stuff.  But don't make it too cute.
We want it to be MANLY.
Happy Birthday Brother!
Still one of my favorite books.
But I'm glad my Stanley isn't flat.
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