Saturday, June 30, 2012

Coconut Chicken Wings


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or light olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup coconut milk 
  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the first seven ingredients, then whisk in the coconut milk. Reserve and refrigerate 1/2 cup of the mixture divided evenly in two containers.
  • Cut off the tips of the wings (reserve them for stock or discard), then halve the wings at the joint. Place them in the bowl and toss them with the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least an hour, but preferably overnight.
  • Just before grilling the wings, toast the coconut in a medium-size skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Pour the flakes onto a plate and allow them to cool, then lightly crumble the flakes with your fingers and set them aside.
  • Prepare the grill for cooking and oil the grates. Grill the wings 8 to 10 minutes per side, turning once, or until the meat is no longer pink inside. Use one container of the reserved marinade to baste the meat at each turn.
  • As the wings finish cooking, warm the other container of reserved marinade in a small saucepan until heated through.
  • Transfer the cooked wings to a platter and coat them with the warmed marinade. Sprinkle the wings with the toasted coconut and serve them immediately. Serves 6 as a main dish or 12 as an appetizer.

Nutritional Information
Per serving (6 winglets):
Calories 659
Total Fat 49 g (76% DV)
Saturated Fat 19 g (93% DV)
Cholesterol 175 mg (58% DV)
Sodium 460 mg (19% DV)
Total Carbohydrate 10 g (3% DV)
Fiber 0.8 g (3% DV)
Sugars 9 g
Protein 43 g (86% DV)
(Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.)

Banana Split with a Twist.


  • Bananas
  • Watermelon balls
  • berries
  • Whipped Cream
  • chopped nuts (optional)
  • Granola (optional)
  1. Cut bananas in half lengthwise and place the halves on plates.
  2. Top with watermelon balls formed with an ice-cream scoop.
  3. Add dollops of whipped dream, then sprinkle on berries and chopped nuts or granola. 
(recipe and photo from

Friday, June 29, 2012

How to make Peppermint Mocha Latte

This is a how to video on how to make a Peppermint Mocha Latte.

How to make a Peppermint Mocha Frap

This is a how to video on how to make a peppermint mocha frappe. If you want Christmas year round this is the perfect drink.

How to make a Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frapp

Just to break up the Walt Disney World recipes here is a how to video that I have found on youtube on how to make a Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino. I am pretty excited about this how to video. Now I am able to make it at home with out having to pay so much at Starbucks. 

Apple Vinaigrette (Animal Kingdom)

Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients:2 each Apple, puree
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1/3 cup Cider Vinegar
½ cup Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed
2 cups Olive Oil
1 ½ each Lemon Zest, fresh
To taste Kosher Salt
To taste Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Method of Preparation: 
1. Peel and shred about two apples through the mandoline and put in a stainless steel bowl with the Dijon Mustard.
2. Whisk in the cider vinegar and the lemon juice, and slowly add in the olive oil.
3. Stir in the fresh grated lemon zests and mix well.
4. Adjust the seasonings with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.

(Recipe from

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Apple and Jicama Salad

Yield: 8 servings
4 Apples
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Jicama, peeled and julienned
1/2 cup Red Onions, diced
1/2 cup Radish Slices
4 cups Spinach or Mixed Greens, washed and spun

Port and Yogurt Dressing
2 ounces Port Wine
8 ounces Yogurt

1. Wash apples. Cut in half and remove seeds. Cut all halves into slices. Place in a mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper.
2. Place apples on a grill on low heat to caramelize and impart some of the smoky flavor. Chill grilled apples and set aside.
3. Wash and peel the jicama. Cut into slices, then julienne. Place in a large mixing bowl.
4. Add the red onions, radish slices, and spinach. Remove the apples from the refrigerator and cut into large dice. Place in bowl.
5. To make the dressing, place the yogurt in a bowl and add the port wine. Mix well.
6. Take the yogurt dressing and add to the bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix and serve.
Note: Peaches may be substituted for apples.
(recipe from photo from google images) 

African Stew

Yield: 16 servings
4 cups water
3 each chicken bouillon cubes
1/3 cup curry paste (or can be dry curry)
2 Tablespoons ground coriander, toasted
2 Tablespoons granulated garlic
4 cups coconut milk
¼ cup sugar
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 pounds beef/pork/chicken, large diced
2 cups mixed red and green peppers, diced
2 cups onions, diced
½ cup whole kernel corn, frozen
1 bay leaf
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 Tablespoons cornstarch (make slurry)
1. In kettle, heat water, chicken bouillon cubes, curry paste, ground coriander, and granulated garlic. Let boil and add in sugar and coconut milk.
2. Add in the soy sauce and the diced meat. Let simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Add vegetables, spices, and cook until tender.
4. Bring to a boil and add cornstarch slurry slowly to the mixture and whisk until thickened.

(Recipe from photo from google images) 

African Smoothie

Yields: 10 servings

1 pint non-fat plain yogurt
8 ounces lemonade juice concentrate
4 ounces pineapple jice concentrate
4 ounces mango frozen beverage mix
1 ounce banana daiquiri mix
2 quarts water

How to make:
Mix all ingredients together

(Recipe from photo from Google images)

African Fruit Fool.

Makes: 10 portions

1 pineapple, peeled and diced
2 green apples, peeled and diced
1 mango, peeled and diced
1 papaya, small, peeled and diced
1 pound red seedless grapes, stamped
5 bananas, peeled and sliced
1 bottle sweetened shredded coconut
1.2 ounce vanilla extract
1 pound sweetened condensed milk
1 cup heavy cream

Combine all diced fruits. Mix vanilla and sweetened condensed milk. Whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form, then blend into above ingredients.
Refrigerate and serve cold.

(Recipe from Photo from Disney website.)

Disney recipes

I have found a website that has all the recipes from various parks in Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line. So I will be posting various recipes from WDW and Disney Cruise Line. I personally have not tried any of the recipes because I don't live in Florida but those that I know in Florida rave about the food at the parks. I will find photos of the food and place it in the blog along with the recipe.

Friday, June 22, 2012

How to find the latest food places

1. Ask your friends. They will know all the latest places that are hip.
2. Watch the food network. They have awesome shows like Diners, Drive ins and Dives that will show all the small little places that deserve at least one trip there.
3. Find meet up websites or Facebook pages.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Best places to find the best food.

These are some of the best places in Southern California that has the best food.

1. Farmers Markets

2. Fab Hot Dogs
19417 Victory Blvd. Reseda Ca 91335
Food: Hot Dogs, Burgers, and sides
Seen On: Diners Drive ins and Dives
Types of Hot Dogs: Monte Cristo, Fab Dog, Cheese Coney, Philly Cheese Steak Dog, Bacon Cheddar Melt, Texas Burrito Dog and various other types.
Info:They have a wide variety of Hot Dogs. The hot dogs that they use are straight from New Jersey. Fab's has a no hold bards on their creativity of the dogs. Make sure you like their Facebook page because they will post various items that are not on their menu in the restaurant.

3. Oinkster
Location: 2005 Colorado Blvd La, Ca 90042
Food: Sandwiches
Seen on: Diners, Drive ins, and Dives
Types of Sandwiches: House Cured Pastrami, Oinkster Pastrami, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and others
Info: They are located in a old wienerschnitzel building it doesn't look like much. But they truly know how to make pastrami and pulled pork sandwiches. If you want true authentic pastrami and pulled pork sandwiches this is the best place to go. 

4. Lawry's The Prime Rib
Location: 100 N. La Cienega Blvd Beverly Hills, Ca 90211
Number: (310) 652-2827
Food: Prime Rib
They are pricy but they do have amazing prime rib. So if there is a special event that is coming up make sure that you save up your money so that you can truly enjoy your evening. 

5. Matsuhisa
Location: 129 N La Cienega Blvd Beverly Hills, Ca 90211
Number: (310) 659-9639
Food: Sushi
This is best sushi spots ever. They have so many different types of sushi. 

6. CUT
Location: 9500 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Number: (310) 275-5200
Food: Steak
If you want good steak and be surrounded by celebrities then this is the place for you. Everything is cooked to perfection. 

7. Raffi's Place Restaurant
Location: Glendale, CA 91205
Number: (818)240-7411
Food: Persian/Iranian
Best Persian/Armenian/Lebanese restaurant. Weird part of the restaurant is is that you have to go to the back of the restaurant in order to enter. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

August Food Days

National Catfish Month
National Peach Month
National Brownies at Brunch Month
National Apple Week Second week of the month

National Mustard Day First Saturday

August 1st
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

August 2nd
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 3rd
National Watermelon Day
Grab some Nuts Day

August 4th
National Lasagne Day

August 5th
National Waffle Day
National Oyster Day

August 6th
National Root Beer Float Day

August 7th
National Raspberries in Cram Day

August 8th
National Zucchini Day
National Frozen Custard Day

August 9th
National Rice Pudding Day

August 10th
National Banana Split Day
National S'mores Day

August 11th
National Raspberry Tart Day

August 12th
Julliene Fries Day

August 13th
National Filet Mignon Day

August 14th
National Creamsicle Day

August 15th
Lemon Meringue Pie Day

August 16th
Bratwurst Day
National Rum Day

August 17th
National Vanilla Custard Day

August 18th
National Soft Ice Cream Day

August 19th
Potato Day
Hot & Spicy Food Day

August 20
Lemonad Day
National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

August 21
National Pecan Torte Day

August 22nd
National Spumoni Day
Eat a Peach Day

August 23rd
National Sponge Cake Day

August 24th
National Peach Pie Day

August 25th
Whiskey Sour Day

August 26th
National Cherry Popsicle Day

August 27th
National Pots de Creme Day
Banana Lover's Day

August 28th
National Cherry Turnover Day

August 29th
More Herbs, Less Salt Day
Whiskey Sour Day
Swiss Winegrowers Day
Chop Suey Day
Lemon Juice Day

August 30th
National Toasted Marshmallow Day

August 31st
Eat Outside Day
National Trail Mix Day.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

July Food Days

National Baked Bean Month
National Culinary Arts Month
National Hot Dog Month.
National Ice Cream Month
National July Belongs to Blueberries Month
First Week of July: National Canned luncheon Meat Week
Third Sunday: Sundae Sunday
Third Wednesday: National Hot Dog Day
1st: Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day
1st: National Gingersnap Day
National Anisette Day
National Chocolate Wafer Day

National Chocolate Wafer Day
National Eat Beans Day

National Barbecued Spareribs Day
Caesar Salad Day

National Apple Turnover Day

National Fried Chicken Day

National Strawberry Sundae Day

National Chocolate with Almonds Day

National Sugar cookie Day
Don't Put all your eggs in one omelette Day

National Pina Colada Day

National Blueberry Muffin Day

National Pecan Pie Day

National French Fries Day
Beans 'n' Franks Day

Macaroni Day
National Grand Marnier Day
Pick Blueberries Day

National Tapioca Pudding Day

National Corn Fritters Day

National Peach Ice Cream Day

National Caviar Day

National Daiquiri Day
National Ice Cream Day

National Lollipop Day
National Ice Cream Soda Day
Fortune Cookie Day

National Junk Food Day

National Penuche Fudge Day

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

National Tequila Day

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

National Coffee Milkshake Day

National Creme Brûlée Day
National Scotch Day

National Milk Chocolate Day

Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day

National Cheesecake day

National Raspberry Cake Day
Cotton Candy Day
Jump for Jelly Beans day

June Food holidays

June 1st: National Doughnut Day
June 1st: National Hazelnut Cake Day
June 2nd: National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day
June 3rd: National Egg day
June 4th: National Cheese Day
June 4th: National Frozen Yogurt Day
June 4th: National Cognac Day
June 5th: National Gingerbread Day
June 6th: National Applesauce Cake Day
June 7th: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
June 8th: National Jelly Filled Doughnut day
June 8th: National WOrld Oceans Day (Sustainable Seafood)
June 9th: National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day
June 10th: Herbs & Spices Day
June 10th: National Iced Tea
June 10th: National Black Cow Day (Root Beer Float)
June 11th: National German Chocolate Cake Day
June 12th: International Cachaca Day
June 12th: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
June 13th: Nation Kitchen Klutz Day
June 14th: National Strawberry Shortcake Day
June 15th National Lobster Day
June 16th: National Fudge Day
June 17th: National Eat All Your Veggies Day
June 17th: National Apple Strudel Day
June 18th: National Cherry Tart Day
June 18th: International Picnic Day
June 19th: National Dry Martini Day
June 20th: National Vanilla Milkshake Day
June 21st: National Peaches and Cream Day
June 22nd: National Chocolate Eclair Day
June 22nd: National Onion Rings Day
June 23rd: National Pecan Sandy Day
June 24th: National Pralines Day
June 25th: National Strawberry Parfait Day
June 26th: National Chocolate Pudding Day
June 27th: National Orange Blossom Day
June 27th: National Indian Pudding Day
June 28th: National Tapioca Day
June 29th: National Almond Buttercrunch Day
June 30th: National Ice Cream Soda Day