Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Menu

Baked Beans

2 cans baked beans, drained
1/2 onion, diced small
1/4 bell pepper, diced small
1 slice of bacon cut into thirds
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tbsp mustard
1/2 cup Kraft’s BBQ sauce
1 tbsp molasses

Open baked bean cans then drain the beans in a colander.
In a large mixing bowl add all ingredients and gently mix well.
Add mixture into a sprayed casserole dish.
Cook beans on an open grill occasionally stirring. (Charcoal Grills are My Favorite)
Reduce mixture to an almost syrupy consistency; once the beans reduce by half then remove from the grill.
Remove from heat and serve.
*Can also be done in the oven.

Grilled Ribs Tips

2 pounds rib tips
3 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce or
try Chef Jones's Home-style BBQ Sauce

B. & R. All- purpose Spice Rub
3/4 cup paprika
1/4 cup ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp onion powder
2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp accent seasoning

Heat your grill with your favorite charcoal. Chef Jones used three types of charcoal; hardwood charcoal, mesquite wood chips, and mesquite charcoal. (Gives food a great woodsy taste)

B. R. All- Purpose Spice Rub
In a medium bowl mix together all ingredients for the B. R. All- purpose Spice Rub
then set aside.

Rinse the ribs in your sink.
After rinsing the ribs sprinkle B. R. All- purpose Spice Rub on both sides of the ribs, coating both sides well.
(Store remaining B. R. All-purpose Spice Rub in a covered container and keep in a cool dry place.)
Once ribs are coated add ribs onto a large pan.
Place your ribs onto your heated grill. Cook ribs until meat is tender and pulls away from the bone.
Flip ribs occasionally for even cooking. Once, your ribs are done cooking remove from grill then place on cutting board.
Cut your ribs into digits between the bone segments.
In a small pot bring your BBQ sauce to a boil. Proceed to dip your rib tips into the sauce then place on a serving plate and serve.

Chef Jones Home-style BBQ Sauce
1 tsp Liquid Smoke
2 1/2 tbsp All Purpose spice rub
3 tbsp Lemon Juice
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp molasses
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp chicken base or bouillon
1/4 cup Martell fine Cognac or your choice of bourbon
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tbsp Honey
1 bay leaf
1 sprig of rosemary

In a small bowl mix together the cornstarch and water and then set aside.
In a large pot add all ingredients except for cornstarch/water mixture.
Stir until sauce’s ingredients are incorporated.
Bring the sauce to a boil then gradually stir in cornstarch/water mix.
Let sauce simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
Then remove from the heat.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Shish Kabobs


2 chicken breast

1 ½ lbs country style beef or beef cubes

1 Onions, coarsely chopped

1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped

1/2 large hard tomato

Non- stick spray


Chicken Marinade

1 tbsp Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

1 tbsp Spice Club Chicken Rub

1 tbsp olive oil

Beef Marinade

1/4 tsp Hickory liquid smoke

1 tsp flavor enhancer (accent)

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

4 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 tbsp Fajita Seasoning

1 tsp Marjoram seasoning

1 tbsp Olive Oil

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

Rinse all meats.
Chicken: In a large bowl mix all ingredients for chicken marinade then set aside.
Slice chicken breast into medium to large cubes then mix into marinade.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap then place into refrigerator for 2 hours.
Beef: In a large bowl mix all ingredients for the beef marinade then set aside.
Slice beef into medium to large cubes then add into the marinade.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap then place into the refrigerator for 2 hours.
After removing meats from the refrigerator then begin assembling the shish kabobs.
Start with a meat either chicken or beef, then continue in a sequence of: sliced pepper, sliced onion, meat (opposite of starting meat selection), sliced pepper, sliced onion, mushroom then sliced pepper and sliced onion.
Continue the sequence until you get an inch from the top of the skewer. Top the skewers with the tomato.
Continue this process until you have desired shish kabobs.
Oven Cooking:
If you can't grill shish kabobs then place shish kabobs on a large sprayed baking pan then place in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until meats reach an internal temperature of 180 degrees.
If you are grilling then spray the shish kabobs and the grill with non-stick spray.
Flip the shish kabobs on all sides to ensure even cooking. Grill until meat reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees.
Serve over rice pilaf.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Chef Jones Homemade Pizza



1 cup Ms. Cozzi's Spaghetti Sauce
1/2 small onion, diced
2 cups mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese
1teaspoon of Basil
desired toppings

Crust Edge Topping
2 tablespoons of melted butter
1 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon of Parmesan Cheese

The Crust
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons cornmeal
Preheat oven 400 degrees.


***Bread Machine instructions***
Dissolve the yeast into the warm water once yeast is dissolved stir in sugar.
Let the yeast set until it creates a foam on top of the water surface(takes 10 to 12 minutes).
Mix all the wet ingredients for the crust into the bread machine first.
Then add the dry ingredients into the bread machine.
Select the dough option on your bread machine and press start.
Once the dough is complete continue with the shaping instructions.
***By Hand Instructions***
In a large bowl add flour, salt, and sugar.
Dissolve yeast into warm water then add to bowl.
Mix ingredients well (don't over work dough).
Form dough into a ball and let rest for 5 minutes.
Once the dough is complete continue with the shaping instructions.
***Shaping Instructions***
Using a floured rolling pin and floured cutting board roll dough into a circle.
(Rotate the cutting board while rolling for a optimum shape).
***Setting the Crust***
On a large round sprayed baking pan add rolled out pizza dough.
Adjust the pizza's dough shape to the pan and form the edges to stand taller the center.
(*Smooth your cupped hands around the edges of pizza dough while
gently bunching the crust edges toward the center.*)
Using a fork lightly prick holes evenly over pizza crust except for the edges.
Place into the oven and bake for 8 minutes only.
Remove the crust from the oven then place crust onto a cutting board sprinkled with cornmeal.
(*If your not using a cooking stone then place crust onto a large round baking pan covered with cornmeal
and continue withe the remaining instructions.)
Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
***Making the Pizza***
Mix the Butter Crust Edge ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
Mix together the Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan Cheese and the basil in a small bowl and set aside.
Base crust's edges with the butter mixture.
Layer the center with the spaghetti sauce then add a thin layer of the cheese mixture.
Top pizza with desired toppings and the rest of the cheese mixture.
Either using a large spatula or a pizza wheel carefully place pizza onto the cooking stone
and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are gold brown.
Remove the pizza from the oven the slice and serve.