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Game Day Hot Wings!

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, these hot n’ spicy wings are a sure fire way to have a great party!

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You’ll need: 2 cups of all purpose flour, 3 tbsp of organic paprika, 3 tbsp of organic adobo, 3 tbsp pf organic chili powder, 1 tsp of kosher salt, 2 lbs of organic chicken wings, canola oil, 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, 1/4 cup hot sauce and blue cheese dressing

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Step 1: Add 2 inches of oil to a pan and place over medium high heat. Then add all your spices to your flour and mix well.

Step 2: Dredge your chicken in your seasoned flour and gently place in hot oil. Avoid over-crowding by working in batches.

Fry each batch for 10 minutes until golden brown.

Step 3: Remove crispy wings and allow to drip dry on a cooling rack

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Step 4: Make your wing sauce by melting the butter in a sauce pan and adding in your hot wing sauce.

Step 5: Coat your wings in the hot wing sauce and serve with blue cheese dressing and an ice cold beer. Enjoy!

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Chef Dawn’s Super Simple Compound Butters

By Chef Dawn Wykoff

Click on the picture to watch our short video on super simple compound butters. Recipes are below.

Click on the picture to watch our short video on super simple compound butters. Recipes are below.

Compound butters – or flavored butters – are an wonderful way to infuse flavor into everyday cooking.  The options or limitless and the butters can be made in less than 5 minutes.  Here are some of my favorite combinations for Thanksgiving.

Asiago Pesto Compound Butter

Use plastic wrap or wax paper to form a log before refrigerating.

Use plastic wrap or wax paper to form a log before refrigerating.

1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature

1 tablespoon of pesto
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Dash of tobacco (optional)
2 tablespoons shredded Asiago cheese
 
Instructions: Mash butter in a medium bowl with fork. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well incorporated.  Place onto a large piece of plastic wrap, roll into a log and tightly wrap. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Use on bread, pasta, flatbread, pizza and more.

Sweet Vanilla Compound Butter

Compound butter log ready for refrigeration.

Compound butter log ready for refrigeration.

1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature

2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon seas salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice
 
Instructions: Mash butter in a medium bowl with fork. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well incorporated.  Place onto a large piece of plastic wrap, roll into a log and tightly wrap. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Use on sweet potatoes, french toast, pancakes, muffins, toast, and more.

Blue Cheese & Walnut Compound Butter

Compound butters are an easy, make-ahead way to add flavor to your Thanksgiving Day meal.

Compound butters are an easy, make-ahead way to add flavor to your Thanksgiving Day meal.

1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature

2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 
Instructions: Mash butter in a medium bowl with fork. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well incorporated.  Place onto a large piece of plastic wrap, roll into a log and tightly wrap. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Use on bread, crackers, mashed potatoes, red meat and more.
 

Have you made compound butter before? If so, share your favorite combinations!

Chef Dawn’s Thanksgiving Day Tip: Use a Leave-In Oven Thermometer

By: Chef Dawn Wykoff, High Quality Organics R&D/QC Manager

Click on this picture to watch our short video on how these savvy thermometers work.

Click on this picture to watch our short video on how these savvy thermometers work.

Hosting family and friends for the big Thanksgiving Day feast can get a little crazy.  The last thing you want is to be constantly watching the clock and opening and closing your hot oven to take the temperature of the turkey.  One of my super simple tips is to get an affordable leave-in the oven meat thermometer.  They range in price from a few dollars to about $50.  Below are some good ones. (Note: Many you can get online at Amazon.com but I wanted to include some stores that might be in your local area in case you are in a time crunch!)

Walmart – Maverick Roast Alert Oven Thermometer – $17.86

Amazon.com – Polder Original Cooking All-In-One Time/Thermometer – $14.67

Williams-Sonoma  – OXO Digital Leave-In Thermometer – $40

Bed, Bath & Beyond – All-Clad Digital Oven Probe Thermometer – $50

Chef Dawn’s Super Simple Flavored Whipped Creams

By Chef Dawn Wykoff

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can sometimes make you want to pull out your hair!  Not to worry. There are many simple tricks you can pull out of your sleeve to make your holidays special and less stressful.

These flavored whipped creams are a standard go-to for me. The ingredients are so simple and it takes about 5-10 minutes to “whip” them up.  The result is a super flavorful whipped cream that is sure to impress your guests.

Caramel Flavored Whipped Cream = 1 Cup Cream + 1/2 Jar Caramel Ice Cream Topping

Caramel Flavored Whipped Cream = 1 Cup Cream + 1/2 Jar Caramel Ice Cream Topping

Pineapple Lemon Flavored Whipped Cream = 1 Cup Cream + 1/2 Jar Pineapple Chutney + 1/4 Jar Lemon Curd

Pineapple Lemon Flavored Whipped Cream = 1 Cup Cream + 1/2 Jar Pineapple Ice Cream Topping + 1/4 Jar Lemon Curd

Simply whip cream in a very cold bowl with cold beaters until soft peaks appear.  Gently fold in your flavorings. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to three days.

Simply whip cream in a very cold bowl with cold beaters until soft peaks appear. Gently fold in your flavorings. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to three days.

Serving suggestions:

Pumpkin Pie Topping: The caramel flavored whipped cream is OUTSTANDING on anything pumpkin or apple.

Cookie Dunking Dip: Make the kids table extra fun with a little cookie tray of gingersnap, pumpkin or other fall-flavored cookies and let them dunk their cookies into a small bowl of the caramel flavored whipped cream.  According to our “little testers” the results were two thumbs up!

Fruit Salad: Make a double batch of the pineapple lemon whipped cream and throw together a last-minute fruit salad.

Have more serving suggestions or flavor combinations? Tell us about them. We’d love to hear from you!

Chef Dawn’s Super Simple Matcha Tea Cupcakes

Matcha Tea Cupcakes copyThese delicious cupcakes are made super simple by using a boxed cake mix and organic Matcha Green Tea.  You can, of course, make your favorite vanilla, pound or lemon cake from scratch if you prefer. Watch Chef Dawn demonstrate the recipe in this video.

Cupcakes

1 Lemon Cake Mix & Wet Ingredients Required to Make Cake

1-2 Heaping Tablespoons Matcha Green Tea

Directions: Add 1-2 tablespoons Matcha Green Tea to the dry cake mix. Mix thoroughly.  Then, follow the directions on the back of the cake mix box and bake according to the cupcake temperature and time. Allow to cool before frosting.

Matcha Cupcake Ingredients

Frosting

1 Bag or Box of Powdered Sugar

1-2 Heaping Teaspoons Matcha Green Tea

1/2-1 Cup Butter

Milk or Water for Thinning

Directions: Add 1-2 teaspoons of the Matcha Green Tea to the powdered sugar and mix thoroughly.  Then, follow the directions on the back of the powdered sugar package or this recipe.