Jim’s Appetizers, Drinks

 

Fanelli’s Monterey Cheese "SoHo" Snack


from Fanelli's Restaurant in Soho, Manhattan

This one is so easy you may think it’s not a big deal.  Wait’ll you try it!


Monterey Jack cheese cut into 1/4” cubes

toss with:


olive oil

garlic

pizza red pepper

Italian seasoning

salt


Serve with Carr’s crackers.

                  

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Sue Wilkerson’s Cheese/Onion Dip


Wilkie's cute wife Sue made this dip. It was all gone in 5 minutes.


1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese

1 cup chopped Onion

1 cup Hellmann’s Mayonnaise (no substitute)


Mix together in baking dish that you will serve it in.

Bake at 350” for 15 minutes.  Serve with sturdy

Crackers like Carr’s.

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Jim’s Smoked Salmon Dip

In the photo above the refrigerator container on the left has the completed mixture in it.

Salmon already tastes like it’s smoked but smoking it makes it even BETTER.  I get a 2-1/2 pound bag of frozen salmon filets from Kroger for about $12 and then smoke the salmon for about an hour on my electric smoker with some wet hickory chips next to the heating coil.


The recipe for the Smoked Salmon Dip (or Spread)


About 6 oz. of smoked salmon

About 1 Tablespoon of Dill Weed

Juice from half of a Lemon

About 2 Tablespoons of Hellman’s Mayonnaise.


Break up the smoked salmon in a mixing bowl and mix in the other ingredients.


I don’t think you’ll believe how good this’ll taste!

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Guacamole


Ingredients:

  1 Big Hass Avocado

  1 small Lemon

  1/8 tsp. Salt

  1/3 Cup Herdez Salsa - Hot

  2 tsp. Cholula hot sauce

  1 Tbsp. finely chopped Cilantro


That’s all you need to know.  You know how to smash and mix this.  The Herdez “Hot” Salsa is not really very hot but it has great flavor. The Cholula “Hot” sauce is not very hot either but flavor is super.


The Cilantro drives this recipe to the maximum of good taste.

DRINKS


A bartender at our favorite place in California told us that he invented this drink.  He lied.  It was invented at some bar in San Francisco that he didn’t work at.  It is the single best gimlet/martini drink we’ve ever tasted.

Here’s what you’ll need

  for TWO drinks:


A martini shaker


A mulling rod


Tanqueray or other good London style Gin (OK, if Gin gives you a headache the next morning this drink is still great with Vodka.)


6 Basil leaves (for two drinks)


Simple Syrup (half water and half sugar)


A Lime

Step 1:


Squeeze the juice of one lime into the martini shaker.


Put the 6 basil leaves into the martini shaker.

Step 2:


Mull (smash) the basil leaves and lime juice mixture.  I made a mulling rod out of a piece of 1” diameter wood rod from Lowes.  A shorter muller makes you cut your hand on the shaker edge.

Step 3:


Add to the martini shaker:


4 Jiggers of Tanqueray Gin

(or Vodka)


1 Jigger of Simple Syrup --  

  note:  you may want more than one jigger of syrup.


Crushed ice


(To stretch this delicious drink and to keep me sober while I have too many, I add a jigger or two of water.)

          

Step 4:


Shake well and then,


Pour into 2 martini glasses either with the crushed ice or with ice filtered out and...


LIVE IT UP !

The BASIL GIMLET

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Greek Chicken Wings


Toss about 12 wing parts in a bowl with some olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper.


Grill wings until skin is crispy and a bit charred.  If gas grill let grill get very hot and close the lid. When grill is hot put wings on the grill.  Turn them over every few minutes.

Grill for 25 minutes and look for the skin to get a bit charred.




Mix the following ingredients in a new or clean mixing bowl:



Some salt

Black pepper

Olive Oil

Oregano

Some Lemon Juice

Half teaspoon cornstarch.


Stir the grilled wings in

the sauce and serve.


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Beach Breeze

JoAnne’s latest drink discovery from the 3S Restaurant and Bar on the  beach in Ft. Lauderdale.  This drink is easy to make and DELICIOUS!!


A jigger or two of Rum

About 5 jiggers of Pineapple/

     Coconut Juice

A dash of Nutmeg

and some Ice.

Sticky Rice Snack

Great snack or side dish. 

In a rice cooker prepare about 2/3 cup of rice (this is the little cup that comes with the machine) with 1 cup water (machine measurment). When finished put into a mixing bowl and stir in:

1 Tbsp. Pine Nuts

Several shakes of Garlic Powder

About 2/3 tsp. Chicken Bouillon (to taste)

Squeeze about half a lemon

Some Finely chopped Parsley

Best Deviled Eggs

BEST TASTE YET!

  For about 4 eggs (8 halves) I mixed:

4 yolks

1 Tbsp. Sweet Relish

1 tsp. Mayonnaise

1-1/2 tsp. Dijon Mustard

2/3 tsp. Cholula Sauce

You can vary the amounts to your taste but the idea that the mayonnaise can be reduced to a teaspoon makes these eggs less fattening.

Best Pickled Eggs

JUST TO REMIND ME HOW TO MAKE THEM !

 

Ingredients:

1 Quart Jar

8 Hard Boiled Eggs

1/2 of Quart Jar full of Apple

      Cider Vinegar

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Cloves, ground

1 tsp. Dill Weed

  Eggs need only 1 days soaking in this mixture to develop flavor. Keep in fridge.