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.
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?
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.
1 jar sliced dill pickels
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!