Oven Fried Pickles

 

It’s that time of year again.  No, not Valentine’s Day, though I suppose it’s that too.  It’s February – the month-long Festival of Kate.  Today, in The World According To Kate, we do not just celebrate Valentine’s Day, we celebrate Katesmas Eve- the 30th edition!  Yes, tomorrow is my 30th birthday, and I actually could not be more thrilled!  If my twenties were great, my thirties are going to AWESOME!
The Katesmas celebration has been going great so far.  As usual, I’ve taken an entire week off work to celebrate, in which I buy myself a few gifts, spend lots of time with friends and family, drink far too much, eat ridiculous amounts of chocolate and fried food, and even do a few productive things – like catching up on some reading and going to appointments that I had long been putting off.
My birthday celebration got off to an excellent start this year, when the New York Giants won the Super Bowl for the 2nd time in just 4 years!   This was pretty much the best gift ever – especially since I went into this season with pretty low expectations, thinking they most likely wouldn’t even make the playoffs,  but they went in and just did what they do best.  They never cease to amaze me.
Super Bowl XLVI - Super IndyPhoto By AngieSix

And boy, was that game intense!  My dad’s a Patriots fan and we were talking smack texting on and off throughout the game, and I told him that if I just made it though without experiencing some sort of heart failure, I would call it a victory.  Luckily we all made it out OK, but I think Tom may have experience a few injuries when Kevin tried to tackle him to the ground after the win.  Not sure what this was… perhpaps the consummation of their epic bromance?

Bromance

As always, I made far too much food, but then it was a pretty grand occasion and thus, needed to be celebrated with a grand feast.  The best thing on the menu was, without a doubt, these Oven Fried Pickles from Weekly Bite.  LOVED LOVED LOVED these!  They reminded me a lot of the Pickles and Peppers Appetizer that we always get from Eli Cannon’s, but not nearly as greasy, and probably much better for you.  Next time, I may even try throwing a few jalapenos into the mix.

Oven Fried Pickles

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar sliced dill pickels
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1.5 cups panko bread crumbs

 

Turn on oven broiler

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and flour together.  Then mix in  worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder, cajun seasoning, and pepper.

Put panko into a dish.  Dip pickels first into the egg mixture and then dredge in panko.

Place the pickles on a baking sheet that’s been thoroughly coated with cooking spray.

Place pan in middle rack of oven and broil 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

I served mine with a  Peppercorn Ranch Dresssing.  Enjoy!

January Motivation / Do Life!

So, now that January’s about over, I thought I’d check in and see how everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions are holding up.  Still hanging in there?  If you answered no, you’re in good company.   Data shows that only 64% of resolutions made will make it through the first month, and after six months, fewer than half the people who made New Year’s resolutions will have stuck with them.  These statistics actually sound a bit generous to me.  I personally don’t normally make serious resolutions for the new year, but when I have, they haven’t made it more than a couple of weeks.  So if you’re still sticking with your plan, I am impressed! 

If you’re not doing so well, or perhaps you’re just having a hard time staying motivated this winter, here’s a little inspiration for you.  In January 2009, Ben Davis realized he really wasn’t happy with life and needed to make some changes.  He took up running, started making healthier choices, lost 120lbs and gained happiness, choosing to Do Life!   This is his 120lb journey.

 

 

If Ben’s story didn’t inspire you, you may actually want to check to make sure you still have a pulse… 

Ben blogs at Ben Does Life.  Follow him in his ongoing journey!

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

This post could just as easily be entitled Welcome to My Cookie Nightmare or perhaps The Great Cookie Tray of Doom, but I decided to just keep it light and simple.  It’s Christmas Eve, after all, and I don’t want to sound like a total Scrooge!  It’s just that after spending the last two weekends baking and eating cookies, I feel like I might actually vomit if I have to look at another one.  That being said, this is a food centered blog, and I’ve taken like 8,000 pictures of cookies and other peoples’ Christmas decorations, and I would be remiss if I didn’t do some sort of holiday baking post.   Also, I promised my friend Andrea that her Cookie Swap from a couple of weekends ago would make my blog.  Oh, the things I’ll do for my friends…   So here’s a quick photo dump of my last two weekends since I don’t really have the time to post a recipe at the moment, because, get this, I have more baking to do today!  Happy Holidays, Folks!

 

A few photos from the Cookie Swap:

Andrea’s tree… with Christmas gifts already wrapped on December 10th.  Are you kidding me?  I hadn’t even started my shopping yet at that point!

Awesome tower of cookies that Andrea and her mom made – including homemade marshmallows!

The hostess with mostest.  This is possibly the happiest I’ve ever seen Andrea – I think she was several drinks in at this point, so that makes sense :)

 

 

Photos from last weekend – the Annual Baking Extravaganza with Mom:

 

I made Oatmeal Cranberry White Chip Cookies  on my own before heading over to my parents’ house (yes, just about every cookie I make has oatmeal in it).  They had already made four different kinds over there without me.

They were also looking pretty festive over there – pretty impressive since they just moved into the new house a few weeks ago!

The beginnings of Pecan Tassies…  these cookies are the worst to make, but they’re so good to eat!  I guess it’s worth it.

Here’s a picture of Dad supervising…  I have a picture of mom, hard at work, too, but it’s not the most flattering photo, so I won’t post it.  She actually looks kind of pissed – certainly not as happy as Andrea looks in the photo above.  Clearly we hadn’t had enough to drink yet.

Actually, after all that work, I think we’ve all earned my normal Christmas Eve tradition of celebrating with a few Gin and Tonics!

Merry X-Mas from The World According to Kate!