Onion Rings

Onion Rings


1 large Onion, cut into ¼ inch slices                1 cup Milk

1 ¼ cups All-Purpose Flour                             ¾ cups Dry Bread Crumbs

1 tsp Baking Powder                                      Salt to taste

1 Egg                                                            1 quart Oil for frying


Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees F.

Separate the onion slices into rings, and set aside.  In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Dip the onion slices into the flour mixture until they are all coated.  Whisk the egg and milk into the flour mixture using a fork.  Dip the floured rings into the batter to coat, then place on a wire rack to drain until the batter stops dripping.  Spread the bread crumbs out on a plate or shallow dish.  Place rings one at a time into the crumbs, and scoop the crumbs up over the rings to coat.  Give it a hard tap as you remove it from the crumbs.  The coating should cling very well.  Repeat with the remaining rings.

Deep fry the onion rings a few at a time for 2-3 minutes.  When they are golden brown, remove to paper towels to drain.


Lobster Rolls



3- 1 ½ pound Lobsters

2 tsp Tarragon

2 stalks Celery diced

Juice of one Lemon, plus wedges for serving

½ cup Mayonnaise

6 New England style split top rolls

Salt and Pepper to taste

Salted Butter softened

1 Tbsp Fresh Chives chopped


Fill a large bowl with ice and water.  Steam the Lobsters until bright pink.  Immediately put the lobsters into the ice water to shock.  Remove the tail and claw meat, chop up.

Mix the chopped lobster and all ingredients except chives, mayonnaise and the butter in a bowl.  Fold in the mayonnaise until combined.

Brush the rolls with the softened butter and toast until brown.  Fill each roll with lobster mixture and top with the chives.  Serve with the lemon wedges.

Grilled Corn with Cheese and Lime




8 ears Corn, shucked

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Kosher salt

1/2 cup crumbled Queso Fresco (fresh Mexican cheese) or Feta

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper

2 Limes cut into wedges


Heat grill to medium-high. Brush the corn with the oil and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt. Grill, turning often, until tender and charred, 5 to 7 minutes.

Sprinkle the corn with the cheese and cayenne. Serve with the lime wedges.

Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw


 Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw


1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons brown sugar

kosher salt and black pepper

1/2 medium red cabbage (about 1 1⁄2 pounds), cored and shredded

2 large carrots (about 1⁄2 pound), grated

3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


In a large bowl, whisk together the orange and lime juices, oil, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.

Add the cabbage and carrots and toss to combine. Let sit, tossing occasionally, for at least 45 minutes. Fold in the cilantro before serving.

Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon

Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon



3 pounds small red new potatoes (about 24)

kosher salt and black pepper

8 slices bacon

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

4 stalks celery, thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/4 cup chopped fresh tarragon


Place the potatoes in a large pot. Add enough cold water to cover and bring to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to cool. Cut into quarters.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Let cool, then break into pieces.

In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Add the potatoes and celery and toss to coat. Fold in the parsley, tarragon, and bacon before serving.

Green Beans with Pecans and Maple Vinaigrette

Green Beans with Pecans and Maple Vinaigrette



3/4 cup pecans

Salt and black pepper

2 pounds green beans, trimmed

1/4 cup olive oil

2tablespoons red wine vinegar

2tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup


Heat oven to 400º F. Spread the pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, tossing once, until toasted, 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool, and roughly chop.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon salt. Add the green beans and cook until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, ½ teaspoon Salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the green beans and pecans and toss to combine.

Ice Cream Bread




2 cups of softened ice cream, any flavor

1½ cups of self rising flour


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8.5″x4.5″ pan.  In a mixing bowl, mix together the softened ice cream and the self rising flour until combined. Do not over mix, just until combined.

Using a spatula, pour into the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top with the spatula.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out relatively clean with just a few crumbs.

Remove from oven and allow bread to rest for about 5 minutes.

Remove from the pan and allow bread to cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack.

Enjoy warm or at room temp. Keeps for 2-3 days.



This recipe won a nationwide cooking contest.  My mother, Mae Wooton, put this recipe together and it is the best zucchini bread out there.  You can also make banana bread with this recipe; just substitute 3 ripe bananas for the zucchini.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees


3 large eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups zucchini, shredded (to make this a banana nut bread replace zucchini with 3 ripe bananas)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup walnuts

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla


2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Enough milk for consistency you want

1 tsp vanilla


Mix first 4 ingredients until blended.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well blended.  Grease and flour 6 mini loaf pans or one large loaf pan.  Bake until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool, then drizzle glaze on top.

Jeff’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies



2 ¼ Cups Flour

1 tsp Baking Soda

½ Tsp Salt

1 Stick of Butter

1 Cup Crisco Shortening

¾ Cup Sugar

¾ Cup Brown Sugar

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 Eggs

2 Cups Milk Chocolate Chips

1 Cup Walnuts


Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees F.  Stir flour with baking soda and salt.  In mixing bowl beat sugar, with brown sugar at medium speed until creamy.  Add vanilla extract and eggs.  Mix until incorporated.

Gradually blend dry mixture into the creamed mixture.  Add chocolate chips and walnuts, mix together.

Use an ice cream scoop and scoop cookie dough onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes approx. 3 dozen cookies

Refreshing Limeade

Classic Limeade



1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup Fresh Lime Juice

Lime Slices for Garnish


In a small pan over medium heat combine the sugar and 1 cup of water.  Cook until sugar is dissolved.  Remove the syrup from the heat.

In a large pitcher combine syrup, lime juice and 4 cups of cold water.  Garnish each glass with lime slices.  Serve Cold.

140 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Fiber, 0 g Protein, 37 g Carbohydrates, 1 mg Sodium