Bull’s Eye Beer Cocktail

Man, has it been hot here in Michigan!?! Sheesh, with what equates to tropical humidity and almost 100-degree temps I’ve been spending a lot of time hiding out in the air conditioning.  While it’s been nice I have to admit that it’s not conducive to a nice tan and getting much personal use out of our pool.  So what better way to enjoy the refreshing pool than make a cocktail to float in the pool with? A Bull’s Eye beer cocktail to be exact.

Bullseye Beer Cocktail | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Since I blog mainly about beer and food pairings, but I’ve been dreaming about fruity strawberry daiquiris or margaritas, I decided the best of both worlds would be to start playing with some beer cocktails!  Now, I do not prefer an overly fruity drink or what my brother-in-law calls ‘purse drinks’ but something light is right up my alley.  After doing some research I came across this article in Marie Claire, 15 Super Simple Beer Cocktails to Cool You Down this Summer.  All of them looked great but I was intrigued by the ‘Bull’s Eye’.  While the article states this is a Cuban drink I felt since it’s made with light beer and ginger ale it was waiting for a Michigan twist.

Bullseye Beer Cocktail | Bottom Left of the Mitten

So to the store I headed to pick up Michigan’s own Vernor’s Ginger Ale.  Then I picked up some Local’s Light Ale from Short’s Brewing.  I have a deep fondness for Short’s Brewing. They have such unique and delicious brews that they make pairing them with food so much fun! A few of my favorites are:

Enough of the reminiscing and let’s get on to the recipe.  This is will make 2 drinks.  I made them right in the glass.  I’m sure if you were serving a crowd you could easily double and make right in a pitcher.  You might even avoid the overflow that you see below!

Bullseye Beer Cocktail | Bottom Left of the Mitten

To a glass add 1/2 of the beer.  Then add 1/2 Tbs sugar and half the amount of the lime juice, about 2-1/2 Tbs.  This is where the bubble up will happen so let the fizz settle then using a spoon stir the ingredients together.  Top off with half a cup of ginger ale then fill to the brim with ice.  Add more ginger ale as needed to fill the glass. Give it one last stir and top with limes for garnish and straw.  This beer cocktail is both refreshing and light, perfect for a hot day.  And here you are….cheers!

Bulls Eye Beer Cocktail | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Bull's Eye Beer Cocktail
This Bull's Eye beer cocktail is so refreshing and perfect for summer. Made with light beer, ginger ale, lime juice and sugar it's a slightly sweet drink perfect for by the pool.
Course Beverage
Cuisine Cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
drinks
Ingredients
Course Beverage
Cuisine Cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
drinks
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To a glass add 1/2 of the beer. Then add 1/2 Tbs sugar and half the amount of the lime juice, about 2-1/2 Tbs.
  2. Let the fizz settle then using a spoon stir the ingredients together.
  3. Top off with half a cup of ginger ale then fill to the brim with ice. Add more ginger ale as needed to fill the glass.
  4. Give it one last stir and top with limes for garnish and straw. Cheers!

Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon #CookoutWeek

For my last #CookoutWeek recipe I made something that I’ve never cooked at home before, duck.  I was so excited to receive from one of our sponsors, Maple Leaf Farms, a whole bunch of duck goodies.  Duck breasts, duck bacon, and half roasted ducks.  So it was time to get creative and I think I created a winner for sure in this duck breast wrapped in duck bacon.

Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

While I’ve had duck many times at restaurants and really enjoy it for me it’s like fish entrees, I prefer to eat them out instead of worry about how to make them at home. But I am up for a challenge and what better place to take a shot than Cookout Week?!

Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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For this recipe, I decided to keep it simple. As simple as it gets to WRAPPING IT IN BACON!  Make sure that the duck breasts are unthawed.  Pat each one dry then place on a rack.  Open 1 package of bacon then wrap at least 3 pieces on each breast.  You won’t use the whole package so what I did was add the bacon to the sheet that I baked these on and my family enjoyed them as an addition to the breasts. The duck bacon was amazing!  The boys raved and raved about it.

I ended up baking the breasts in the oven since Michigan weather has been kind of a pain (rain, rain, and more rain).  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and they should be done in around 1 hour.  Next time I plan on cooking these on the grill!  But I was very happy with how these turned out without going to grill route and it gives me a way to make these all year round.

Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

One of my favorite combinations of flavors is chicken blackberries.  Since duck has a similar flavor profile I thought a sweet sauce would be great with this.  And then it’s summer so why not heat things up a little with chili powder?  Yes!  It’s so simple.  Remove the pit from the apricots and chop.  Add the preserves, salt, red pepper and chili powder.  Done!

Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Check the final temperature to make sure the duck is cooked all the way through.  It should be at an internal temp of 165 degrees.  And here you are….

Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmA Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresApril GoLightlyAuthentically CandaceBlogghettiBody RebootedBottom Left of the MittenCheese Curd In ParadiseChef Sarah ElizabethCoconut & LimeCookaholic WifeCookwithRenuDaily Dish RecipesEveryday EileenFairyburgerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceFamily Around the TableFix Me a Little LunchFor the Love of FoodFrankly EntertainingFrugal & FitGet the Good Stuff!Hardly A GoddessHerbivore CucinaJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJolene’s Recipe JournalJonesin’ For TasteKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKelly Lynn’s Sweets & TreatsMildly MeanderingMoore or Less CookingOur Good LifeOven Tales By SyamaPalatable PastimeSarah Cooks the BooksSavory MomentsSeduction In The KitchenStrawberry Blondie KitchenSweet CoraliceTampa Cake GirlTechnotiniThat RecipeThe Baking FairyThe Beard and The BakerThe Freshman CookThe Simple SupperThe Spiffy CookieThe Weekday GourmetThis is How I CookWho Needs A Cape?Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen

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Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon
Delicious duck breast is wrapped in duck bacon then topped off with chili apricots. The perfect mix of spicy and sweet. Great on the grill or in the oven.
Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Make sure that the duck breasts are unthawed. Pat each one dry then place on a rack.
  2. Open 1 package of bacon then wrap atleast 3 pieces on each breast. You won't use the whole package so what I did was add the bacon to the sheet that I baked these.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and they should be done in around 1 hour.
  4. Remove the pit from the apricots and chop. Add the preserves, salt, red pepper and chili powder.
  5. Check the final temperature to make sure the duck is cooked all the way through. It should be at internal temp of 165 degrees. Top with the apricots and enjoy!

Margarita Pie #CookoutWeek

I really don’t think that #CookoutWeek can pass without having an easy, no-bake dessert that everyone will love!  My Mother-In-Law’s Margarita Pie is a creamy, citrus no-bake pie with a pretzel crust that’s the perfect summer treat.

Margarita Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten

I have previously updated the recipe for this pie and made a Cherry Limeade Pretzel Pie for National Pretzel Day.  The change was great but for today I thought I would just make the classic Margarita Pie recipe that I’ve been enjoying for years now.

Margarita Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This Margarita Pie also gives off some serious summertime vibes.  Full of creamy filling mixed with lime and orange juice it’s the perfect compliment to the salty pretzel crust.  No turning on the oven when it’s 100 degrees but you NEED to get a dessert made for that cookout your heading to.  Now on to the recipe because Summer is short!

Margarita Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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For the crust, it’s as simple as crushing the pretzels. You can use a food processor or a good old Ziploc bag and a rolling pin. Melt the Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil, which made a fabulous swap for regular butter in this recipe, then either add it to the bag or slowly pour into the food processor while pulsing to combine and get the pretzels nice and fine. Add the sugar to the mix then press the crumbs into a 9-inch pie plate.

Margarita Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten

In a seperate bowl add the whipped cream, lime juice, orange juice then the sweetened condensed milk.  Fold the ingredients together from the bottom up.  Keep stirring until all the ingredients are well combined.  Add the filling to the pretzel crust.  Put into the refrigerator to set for at least 1 hour.  Slice into 8 pieces and here you are……

Margarita Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Don’t forget to enter the #CookoutWeek giveaway!  This prize pack has an ARV of over $750! You have until June 30th at 11:59 PM to enter, follow our sponsors and bloggers on social media by entering your information below:

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Follow the other bloggers as well to get great ideas for your next cookout. Here are all the bloggers who are part of #CookoutWeek 2018:

The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmA Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresApril GoLightlyAuthentically CandaceBlogghettiBody RebootedBottom Left of the MittenCheese Curd In ParadiseChef Sarah ElizabethCoconut & LimeCookaholic WifeCookwithRenuDaily Dish RecipesEveryday EileenFairyburgerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceFamily Around the TableFix Me a Little LunchFor the Love of FoodFrankly EntertainingFrugal & FitGet the Good Stuff!Hardly A GoddessHerbivore CucinaJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJolene’s Recipe JournalJonesin’ For TasteKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKelly Lynn’s Sweets & TreatsMildly MeanderingMoore or Less CookingOur Good LifeOven Tales By SyamaPalatable PastimeSarah Cooks the BooksSavory MomentsSeduction In The KitchenStrawberry Blondie KitchenSweet CoraliceTampa Cake GirlTechnotiniThat RecipeThe Baking FairyThe Beard and The BakerThe Freshman CookThe Simple SupperThe Spiffy CookieThe Weekday GourmetThis is How I CookWho Needs A Cape?Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen

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Margarita Pie
This creamy, citrus no-bake pie with a pretzel crust is the perfect summer treat.
Margarita Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Pie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Pie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Margarita Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Crush the pretzels using a food processor or a Ziploc bag and a rolling pin.
  2. Melt the coconut oil then either add it to the bag or slowly pour into the food processor while pulsing to combine and get the pretzels nice and fine.
  3. Add the sugar to the mix then press the crumbs into a 9-inch pie plate.
  4. In a seperate bowl add the whipped cream, lime juice, orange juice then the sweetened condensed milk. Fold the ingredients together from the bottom up. Keep stirring until all the ingredients are well combined.
  5. Add the filling to the pretzel crust.
  6. Put into the refrigerator to set for at least 1 hour. Slice into 8 pieces. Enjoy!

BBQ Baked Potatoes #CookoutWeek

I’m so excited to be participating in another #CookoutWeek! Time sure goes by fast when it feels like we just got done with Choctoberfest. Here we are though heading straight into summer and that means grilling out! Give these BBQ baked potatoes a try. Loaded with a beef and beans then topped with cheese and green onions this potato makes a wonderful summer meal.

BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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I feel like summer just started yet we are a week away from the 4th of July.  Michigan is odd though because due to the law we do not start school until after Labor Day.  Where we live in Michigan it’s very close to Indiana and they’ve already been out of school for what feels like weeks! I’m sure they feel the same when they go back to school close to the beginning of August and we’re still chilling through Labor Day though.

Well whenever your summer starts no matter where summer usually means cooking out.  So let’s get to my first contribution to #CookoutWeek.

BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Chef Shamy sent me two tubs of what I am referring to now as ‘the good stuff’.  From beginning to end Chef Shamy is what made these potatoes. The whole time we were eating them my 11-year-old kept saying, ‘The butter is what makes it.’ He is my best go to for honesty on recipes and he loved these BBQ baked potatoes.  So let’s get to the recipe!

After looking into a few different variations of making BBQ baked potatoes on the grill it seemed like the only logical choice would be to season the tin foil that we are wrapping our potato in.  So start by ripping off 6 large sheets of tin foil.  Wash the potatoes then set them aside.  In a microwaveable bowl melt the Chef Shamy Garlic butter.  With a basting brush spread the butter on one side of each piece of tin foil.  Sprinkle with sea salt.

BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Poke each potato with a fork to make holes for steam to escape as they cook. Put the baked potato right in the center of the tin foil then fold at the top then the sides.  It is now ready for the grill.  Crank the heat on the grill to medium heat so these cook low and slow for 45 minutes-1 hour.

BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten

In the last 15 minutes of the potato cooking make the toppings. I decided on beef, beans and a slightly sweet BBQ sauce would be perfect!  In a pan brown the beef, garlic and chopped onion until the meat is cooked all the way through.  Drain off the extra fat from the pan.  Now add the beef broth,  ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, apple cider vinegar, molasses, chili powder and paprika.  Stir to combine and heat through.

Take the potoatoes off the grill and let set for a few minutes.  Open the foil carefully since steam will escape.  Cut the potato in half.  Fluff the potato then add some more Chef Shamy Garlic Butter.  Top with the beef and beans.  Sprinkle cheese and green onion.   Return to the grill for 2-4 minutes to melt the cheese.  And here you are….

BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Don’t forget to enter the #CookoutWeek giveaway!  This prize pack has an ARV of over $750! You have until June 30th at 11:59 PM to enter, follow our sponsors and bloggers on social media by entering your information below:

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Follow the other bloggers as well to get great ideas for your next cookout. Here are all the bloggers who are part of #CookoutWeek 2018:

The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmA Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresApril GoLightlyAuthentically CandaceBlogghettiBody RebootedBottom Left of the MittenCheese Curd In ParadiseChef Sarah ElizabethCoconut & LimeCookaholic WifeCookwithRenuDaily Dish RecipesEveryday EileenFairyburgerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceFamily Around the TableFix Me a Little LunchFor the Love of FoodFrankly EntertainingFrugal & FitGet the Good Stuff!Hardly A GoddessHerbivore CucinaJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJolene’s Recipe JournalJonesin’ For TasteKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKelly Lynn’s Sweets & TreatsMildly MeanderingMoore or Less CookingOur Good LifeOven Tales By SyamaPalatable PastimeSarah Cooks the BooksSavory MomentsSeduction In The KitchenStrawberry Blondie KitchenSweet CoraliceTampa Cake GirlTechnotiniThat RecipeThe Baking FairyThe Beard and The BakerThe Freshman CookThe Simple SupperThe Spiffy CookieThe Weekday GourmetThis is How I CookWho Needs A Cape?Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen

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BBQ Baked Potatoes
Potatoes are even better when made on the grill! Loaded with a BBQ beef and beans and topped with cheese and green onions this potato makes a meal.
BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Rip off 6 large sheets of tin foil. Wash the potatoes then set them aside.
  2. In a microwaveable bowl melt the Chef Shamy Garlic butter. With a basting brush spread the butter on one side of each piece of tin foil. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Poke each potato with a fork to make holes for steam to escape as they cook. Put the baked potato right in the center of the tin foil then fold at the top then the sides.
  4. Crank the heat on the grill to medium heat sthen place these on the grill and cook low and slow for 45 minutes-1 hour.
  5. In the last 15 minutes of the potato cooking make the toppings. In a pan brown the beef, garlic and chopped onion until the meat is cooked all the way through. Drain off the extra fat from the pan.
  6. Add the beef broth, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, apple cider vinegar, molasses, chili powder and paprika. Stir to combine and heat through.
  7. Take the potoatoes off the grill and let set for a few minutes. Open the foil carefully since steam will escape. Cut the potato in half.
  8. Fluff the potato then add some more Chef Shamy Garlic Butter. Top with the beef and beans. Sprinkle cheese and green onion. Return to the grill for 2-4 minutes to melt the cheese. Enjoy!

Cookout Week 2018 + Giveaway

#CookoutWeek 2018 is here! During the next week, I am joining over 50 of my blogger friends to celebrate summer by posting delicious cookout-themed recipes. If you love grilling, frozen treats, picnics, berries, s’mores, campfire meals, and other summer goodies… you are in the right place!

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This week, we are also hosting a HUGE giveaway thanks to our generous #CookoutWeek sponsors. Enter below to win. Here’s what one lucky will will receive:

  • Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill from blog hosts The PinterTest Kitchen. This grill has 280 square inches of cooking space over porcelain-coated grates and two 12-inch side shelves for extra prep space.
  • A Red KitchenAid Mixer and 5 Flavored Butters from our friends at Chef Shamy. Make the World a Butter Place® with Chef Shamy! The winner will receive Garlic Butter, Cinnamon Brown Sugar Honey Butter, Vanilla Bean Honey Butter, Strawberry Honey Butter, and French Onion Butter with Asiago Cheese to use in your favorite cookout recipes. And if you just can’t wait, use 10BUTTER10 starting today to get 10% off your Chef Shamy butter order on Amazon. These butters contain no oil, and the savory butters are perfect for keto recipes.
  • A Duck Product Pack from our friends at Maple Leaf Farms consisting of 2 pkgs All Natural Boneless Duck Breasts (7.5 oz), 2 pkgs Fully Cooked Roast Half Ducks w/Orange Sauce (14 oz), 1 pkg Duck Bacon (12 oz), and 1 pkg All Natural Duck Legs (16 oz). Maple Leaf Farms is celebrating its 60th anniversary raising White Pekin ducks on local, family-owned farms.
  • Butter-flavored Organic Coconut Oil from our friends at Barlean’s. This dairy free option offers all the healthy benefits of organic coconut oil, with the rich taste of butter. It’s great on toast, popcorn, baked potatoes, or cooked vegetables. You can also substitute it 1:1 for butter in baking, cooking, and frying, and of course it is perfect as a butter substitute for all your favorite cookout recipes.
  • 24 Cartons of Vinegar Shots from our friends at Vermont Village. You’ll receive 12 cartons of turmeric flavor and 12 cartons of cranberry flavor. Each carton contains 12 individual, 1 fluid ounce vinegar shot pouches! This raw, organic apple cider vinegar has rich flavors from whole foods and is sweetened naturally with honey.

That’s a prize pack worth over $750!

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Here’s a full list of the bloggers participating in #CookoutWeek 2018! You can find yummy recipes by checking out any of the links below:

The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmA Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresApril GoLightlyAuthentically CandaceBlogghettiBody RebootedBottom Left of the MittenCheese Curd In ParadiseChef Sarah ElizabethCoconut & LimeCookaholic WifeCookwithRenuDaily Dish RecipesEveryday EileenFairyburgerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceFamily Around the TableFix Me a Little LunchFor the Love of FoodFrankly EntertainingFrugal & FitGet the Good Stuff!Hardly A GoddessHerbivore CucinaJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJolene’s Recipe JournalJonesin’ For TasteKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKelly Lynn’s Sweets & TreatsMildly MeanderingMoore or Less CookingOur Good LifeOven Tales By SyamaPalatable PastimeSarah Cooks the BooksSavory MomentsSeduction In The KitchenStrawberry Blondie KitchenSweet CoraliceTampa Cake GirlTechnotiniThat RecipeThe Baking FairyThe Beard and The BakerThe Freshman CookThe Simple SupperThe Spiffy CookieThe Weekday GourmetThis is How I CookWho Needs A Cape?Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen

Comment below with your favorite cookout recipe!

Dry Rub Chicken Wings

Kicking off Father’s Day weekend with Mitten Movie Night! I thought I would make my husband a special dish just for him, dry rub chicken wings.  Coated with a sweet and smoky dry rub and baked to crispy perfection they are a great treat for Dad.

Dry Rub Chicken WIngs - Chicken wings are coated with a sweet and smoky dry rub then baked to crispy perfection. Serve with a side of blue cheese for a great appetizer.

When I was thinking about what to make my husband this weekend I remembered some really great wings that we had in Florida.  While there we stayed in a condo so we hit the local Costco (Fun Fact: I think my husbands goal in life is to visit every Costco in the United States) and grabbed some already made up dishes from the deli area.  That is where we got the chicken wings and they were fabulous.  We heated them up in the oven and paired with a giant salad.  When we got home sadly our local Costco did not have them.  So light bulb moment, I will make them!

Full disclosure I have never made wings before.  If you read my post about Wing Sauce Sliders you would know why and how I just finally came around to buffalo sauce.  I was willing to give it a try though you know since I kind of like the guy who has been a part of my life for the better part of 20 years.  So off to the internet I went to check out how some of my favorite bloggers make chicken wing dry rub and since I don’t have a grill how to bake chicken wings.

Dry Rub Chicken WIngs - Chicken wings are coated with a sweet and smoky dry rub then baked to crispy perfection. Serve with a side of blue cheese for a great appetizer.

For the rub I visited Bewitchin’ Kitchen and followed the recipe for Sweet n’ Smoky Rib Rub. It had all the spices I thought were in the rub I was basing these on. It turned out great and I didn’t need to go out and buy any fancy ingredients. I had all of them in my spice cabinet.

Next I headed over to The Chunky Chef’s site and followed the directions for baked chicken wings from her Epic Dry-Rubbed Chicken Wings recipe. To a large bowl, I added the wings then drizzled them with 2 Tbs oil.  Spinkled them with 3/4 of the rub but saved some for after the chicken bakes to add some extra flavor.  Then rubbed all the wings with that good flavor.

Dry Rub Chicken WIngs - Chicken wings are coated with a sweet and smoky dry rub then baked to crispy perfection. Serve with a side of blue cheese for a great appetizer.

On a prepared cookie sheet I put down tinfoil and a baking rack.  Layeded the wings out then put into a preheated 400 deree oven for 45 minutes.  Be prepared because if you make these your house will smell downright amazing!

Once the chicken was done I decided to use a part of The Suburban Soapbox’s Grilled Old Bay Chicken Wings recipe.  At the end of the recipe it called for melting 4 Tbs of butter.  Add the spice that was left over to it then tossing the baked wings with it.  So I did and believe it or not it made them smell EVEN BETTER!

Dry Rub Chicken WIngs - Chicken wings are coated with a sweet and smoky dry rub then baked to crispy perfection. Serve with a side of blue cheese for a great appetizer.

These sweet and smoky dry rub chicken wings pair great with my hubbies favorite style of beer, IPA.  Greenbush Brewing Starchicken Shotgun to be exact. Make a bowl of blue cheese dressing to dip them into.  And here you are……..

 

Dry Rub Chicken WIngs - Chicken wings are coated with a sweet and smoky dry rub then baked to crispy perfection. Serve with a side of blue cheese for a great appetizer.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Dry Rub Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are coated with a sweet and smoky dry rub then baked to crispy perfection. Serve with a side of blue cheese for a great appetizer or meal.
Dry Rub Chicken WIngs - Chicken wings are coated with a sweet and smoky dry rub then baked to crispy perfection. Serve with a side of blue cheese for a great appetizer.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Dry Rub Chicken WIngs - Chicken wings are coated with a sweet and smoky dry rub then baked to crispy perfection. Serve with a side of blue cheese for a great appetizer.
Instructions
  1. Mix together the paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, peppers, coarse kosher salt, dry mustard, chili powder, cayenne powder and cumin in a small bowl.
  2. To a large bowl, I added the wings then drizzled them with 2 Tbs oil. Sprinkled them with 3/4 of the rub but saved some for after the chicken bakes to add some extra flavor. Then rubbed all the wings with that good flavor.
  3. On a prepared cookie sheet I put down tinfoil and a baking rack. Lay the wings out then put into a preheated 400 deree oven for 45 minutes.
  4. When chicken is done melt 4 Tbs of butter and add the remining rub to it.
  5. Toss chicken in butter mixture. Serve with blue cheese dressing on the side. Enjoy!

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Looking for great Father’s Day Gifts that will Wow Dad this year?
Check out this Gift Guide that is full of fun and unique
gifts that every Dad will love.

Fathers Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Celebrate with 8’ is a weekly feature at Bottom Left of the Mitten – learn more here.

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Dad can start the day out thinking of the kiddos while drinking coffee from this ‘Yoda Best Dad’ Mug from DuneStudio.

Yoda Best Dad Mug from DuneStudio | Fathers Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This cute Train Track Shirt is a best seller for SOhandmade1 and you can see why, right?

Mens Train Track Shirt from SOhandmade1 | Fathers Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Send a Cheers to Dad with this Fathers Day beer glass from CrazyLovely.  Pick one of 4 different glasses that fits his personality best.  This really is the perfect glass for a cold one.

Fathers Day beer glass from CrazyLovely | Fathers Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Pampering isn’t just for Mom’s because Dad’s deserve to look their best too.  This Beard Care Kit from FieryGizzardBeardCo will keep him looking as handsome as can be.

Beard Care Kit from FieryGizzardBeardCo | Fathers Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Is Dad a grilling machine?  Does he spend most weekend out by the grill cooking up all kind of good food?  Then get him this custom cutting board from from BlueRidgeBoards.

Fathers Day Grilling from BlueRidgeBoards | Fathers Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Add to Dad’s culinary arsenal with this 10 Piece BBQ Grilling Planks from KitschyChicSpicery.  With spices named things like ‘Smokey & The Tomato Dip’ & Rockabilly Grilled Burger Spice there is something in here that he is sure to love.

BBQ GRILLING PLANKS from KitschyChicSpicery | Fathers Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Is your Father a frozen treat lover?  This Dad The Ice Cream Killer Hand Stamped Spoon from LeBreux is a great gift that he can eat his ice cream with and be reminded of you at the same time.

Dad The Ice Cream Killer-Hand Stamped Spoon from LeBreux | Fathers Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

If your Dad is the ultimate fire starter get him this Personalized Fire Pit Pokers from AmeHighCrafts.  Take this bonfire to the next level!

Personalized Fire Pit Pokers from AmeHighCrafts | Fathers Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Today is Dad’s Day so do as he says. Celebrate.

Need more More Father’s Day inspiration? Visit Etsy for items from simple to customized.

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Double Deluxe Tacos

Crispy and crunchy these Double Deluxe Tacos have everything that a taco lover is looking for. Double the taco goodness! A hard taco shell filled with spicy beef  wrapped with a flour tortilla then spread with refried beans.  Finish it off by sprinkling with cheese and bake. Top with crunchy lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. Don’t wait for taco Tuesday to enjoy these.

Double Deluxe Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the start of June I’m living for these fruity, lemon, citrus and bright beers. Nothing heavy just delicious and makes me think of sitting on a beach, getting a tan then taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon.  Chicka Chicka Yeah from Odd Side Ales is the perfect beer for just that.  Similar to my favorite beer, Dirty Blonde, but different enough to feel like it’s not a repeat.

Then for this Mitten Movie Night Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back so we must binge!! Sadly this is the first half of the last season of this adorable show.  If your a fan of The Office, Parks & Recreation or 30 Rock I think you will love this show too.  Now on to the tacos!

Double Deluxe Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Start by browning the pound of ground hamburger.  Cook through until no longer pink, around 8-10 minutes.  Then drain the grease from the pan.  To the beef add the water, beef base, tomato bouillon, cumin and chili powder.  Cook medium heat until the bouillon has dissolved and the sauce is reduced which just takes about 4 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and great an 8″x11″ pan the set up the assembly line.  With a knife spread the refried beans over the flour tortilla shells.  Place a hard shell in the center of the flour tortilla then add some the beef to the middle of that. Place the finished taco in the pan and repeat until all 6 of them are done.  I found that 6 was the perfect amount for the beans and meat ratio.

What should I do with those extra taco shells then?

I always like to have tortillas on hand since my 4 yr old loves cheesy roll ups.  Just add cheese and some chili powder then microwave for 20 seconds and lunch is served.  With a side of fruit it’s perfect for busy days.

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Once all the tacos are assembled top them off with cheese then put them into the oven to bake for 15 minutes.  Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes and any other toppings you like.  Open up some sour cream.  And here you are…..

Double Deluxe Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Double Deluxe Tacos
Double the taco goodness! A hard taco shell filled with spicy beef wrapped with a flour tortilla spread with refried beans then sprinkled with cheese and baked. Top with crunchy lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. Don't wait for taco Tuesday to enjoy these.
Double Deluxe Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Double Deluxe Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by browning the pound of ground hamburger. Cook through until no longer pink, around 8-10 minutes.
  2. Then drain the grease from the pan. To the beef add the water, beef base, tomato bouillon, cumin and chili powder. Cook medium heat until the bouillon has dissolved and the sauce is reduced which just takes about 4 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and great an 8"x11" pan the set up the assembly line. With a knife spread the refried beans over the flour tortilla shells. Place a hard shell in the center of the flour tortilla then add some the beef to the middle of that. Place the finished taco in the pan and repeat until all 6 of them are done.
  4. Once all the tacos are assembled top them off with cheese then put them into the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes and any other toppings you like. Open up some sour cream. Enjoy!

‘Celebrate with 8’ National Salad Month

Salad can be a small side or a big meal.
Break out the salad bowl and let’s
‘Celebrate with 8’ for National Salad Month.

‘Celebrate with 8’ National Salad Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Celebrate with 8’ is a weekly feature at Bottom Left of the Mitten – learn more here.

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Crisp fennel and kohlrabi mixed with sweet blueberries and a creamy Honey Lemon Dressing.  This Fennel, Kohlrabi, and Blueberry Salad from Simple Seasonal will have you eating it all Summer long.

Fennel, Kohlrabi, and Blueberry Salad from Simple Seasonal | Celebrate with 8 National Salad Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The green you usually think of in a salad is lettuce but what about using something entirely different? Try this Shaved Brussels Sprouts & Apple Salad from Kitchen of Youth. Brussels Sprouts set the stage for smoky bacon, sweet apples and a Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts & Apple Salad from Kitchen of Youth | Celebrate with 8 National Salad Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start a little garden of your own so you have toppings for some really great salads.  Grow Your Own Microgreens Kit from QuantumMicrogreens.  This great company is offering Bottom Left of the Mitten readers a $2 Off Coupon – Just use SALADMONTH2018 at checkout.

Grow Your Own Microgreens Kit from QuantumMicrogreens | Celebrate with 8 National Salad Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Want a quick and healthy lunch that leaves you satisfied?  Easy Salad Niçoise from Pinch and Swirl is loaded with potatoes, tuna and a homemade Dijon dressing.

Easy Salad Niçoise from Pinch and Swirl | Celebrate with 8 National Salad Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This Black Rice and Shrimps Salad from The Cookware Geek is hailed as a ‘exotic twist to the regular shrimp salad’ and it sure doesn’t disappoint.  Drizzle with a honey dressing for the perfect finish.

Black Rice and Shrimps Salad from The Cookware Geek | Celebrate with 8 National Salad Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Keep lettuce fresher longer with this Greens Keeper from LilacHillDesigns.  Perfect for your fridge or a gift for the foodies in your life.

Greens (Lettuce) Keeper from LilacHillDesigns | Celebrate with 8 National Salad Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Take a beloved sandwich, throw out the bread to make it a salad and you’ve got a Low Carb Reuben Chopped Salad with Russian Dressing from Peace, Love and Low Carb.  All the makings of a family favorite.

Low Carb Reuben Chopped Salad with Russian Dressing from Peace, Love and Low Carb | Celebrate with 8 National Salad Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Spice things up with this Cajun Steak & Potato Salad then cool things down with a Poppy Seed Dressing.  A dinner salad that will have you eating your vegetables and asking for more.

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Celebrate with 8 National Salad Month | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Grab your vegetables and leafy greens.  Or grow your own. Celebrate.

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Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Let’s start this Mitten Movie Night with a classic appetizer mashup.  Do you love coconut shrimp?  How about sweet and creamy wontons?  Why don’t we just combine them?  Of course we can.  So now let’s sit back and start the holiday with a sweet beer and an even sweeter treat with these Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons.

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Have you ever went out to dinner and instead of ordering a meal you just order an appetizer….for yourself?  I do because I can’t resist a good artichoke dip with crispy bread.  A local restaurant here has the best potato skins with ranch that again I will order and just eat as my meal.  This recipe came to me after I made these Sweet Cream Cheese Wontons from The Cozy Cook.  They were so good so how could I make these appetizers into a meal?  Add shrimp?  Sure! I was just waiting for the right beer to pair them with…..and it all came together last weekend.

My husband, the kids and I went up to Flint, Michigan for our nephews graduation party.  With our in-laws we made a weekend out of it and got a hotel so the kids could swim and not worry about driving 6 hours round trip in one day.  It was a great get away and of course while away why not treat ourselves?  We stopped at the Kroger to pick up some beer. Wow!  What a wonderful selection they had.  After picking up then putting down a bunch of choices because it was hard to choose I went with this Palisades Pineapple from Golden Road Brewing.

While it’s not a Michigan Craft Beer I have been on a fruit beer kick so, why not?  This beer ended up being one of my favorites this year.  Light, drinkable, fruity with pineapple and apricots but not overwhelming. Finally I have to perfect beer for Mitten Movie Night to pair with these wontons.  Now to pair a great beer with a great movie?  Since this beer was made in LA we’re watching Pulp Fiction.  So now on to the recipe.

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While the ingredients for this recipe are pretty basic the assembly can make them a little tedious to make.  Worth it but just a little *warning*.  For the shrimp I use already cooked salad shrimp.  I always have a bag in the freezer and you can easily take out how much you need and thaw in some hot water and it’s ready.  For this you need 2 cups.  On the stove top in a pan heat up 1/2 Tbs olive oil and add the thawed shrimp and sautee until brown around 2 minutes.  Add 1 minced garlic cloves and cook for another 1-2 minutes.  Once cooked through the meat needs to be minced.  You can either do this by chopping it into small pieces with a knife or you can do like I did for this Shrimp Cannelloni and bring out the small food processor.

Next set the shrimp aside to cool then preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.  To another bowl add softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and the coconut.  In a smaller dish crack one egg and whisk it to combine.  Once the shrimp has cooled add it to the cream cheese and coconut mixture.  To this I added a ‘splash’ of sesame oil.  While I love the taste it can be overwhelming so proceed with caution or leave this off the recipe if you think you or your guests might not like it.

Lastly is filling the wontons.  This is the step I warned you about taking some time.  Place a small dollop in the middle of a wonton wrapper.  Take your finger and dip it into the egg then rub all the edges with it.  To create the little pillows of goodness pinch the 4 corners with your index and middle finger on top then thumbs on the bottom and pull together making an ‘X’.  A wobbly ‘X’ at best but sometimes flavor makes up for the presentation.

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You won’t use all the egg for this so to the bowl add a splash of water then brush the egg wash onto the top of each wonton.  Pop these into the preheated oven for 12 minutes.  Sprinkle on some additional powdered sugar and serve with a side of sweet and sour sauce.  And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons
A creamy filling of shrimp and coconut is wrapped and then baked to crispy perfection in the oven. The perfect appetizer or a deliciously sweet meal.
CoconutShrimpWontons_Final
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
servings
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
servings
CoconutShrimpWontons_Final
Instructions
  1. Thaw 2 cups of frozen, cooked shrimp. On the stove top in a pan heat up 1/2 Tbs olive oil and add the thawed shrimp and sautee until brown around 2 minutes. Add 1 minced garlic cloves and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  2. Mince the shrimp by hand or food processor. Set the shrimp aside to cool
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  4. To another bowl add softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and the coconut. In a smaller dish crack one egg and whisk it to combine. Once the shrimp has cooled add it to the cream cheese and coconut mixture. To this I added a 'splash' of sesame oil.
  5. Place a small dollop in the middle of a wonton wrapper. Take your finger and dip it into the egg then rub all the edges with it. To create the little pillows of goodness pinch the 4 corners with your index and middle finger on top then thumbs on the bottom and pull together making an 'X'.
  6. To the egg bowl add a splash of water then brush the egg wash onto the top of each wonton. Pop these into the preheated oven for 12 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle on some additional powdered sugar and serve with a side of sweet and sour sauce. Enjoy!

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