Archive for September, 2010

A Visit to the Fishers Farm Market

I have high jacked my husbands blog for the day (that is what he gets for letting me set everything up, I know the username and password)!

But I have taken over the blog to chat about our visit to the Fishers Farmers Market this past Saturday.  Johnny and I have far different experiences at Farm Markets – he searches high and low for the best produce, squeezes tomatoes, asks the proper questions about blueberry season, looks for spots on apples, and stands in long lines for the sweetest, tastiest corn in history.  I watch Christopher dance to the live music and pet puppies, I take pictures of flowers and visit the guy selling chocolate (I also happened to find a lady selling cute baby girl headbands – I left her booth with two new things for Baby Girl Buckner).

As Johnny mentioned before, he was cooking a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for me (it turned out so delicious), and he had to find the proper ingredients for an optimum taste experience.  While he went on his search, I took photos:

Pretty pink flowers... I ended up buying the most gorgeous mums for $5!

Don't these colorful pumpkins just scream "FALL is here!"?

Sweet, crisp apples - I am actually eating one as I type...

Christopher's favorite thing about the farm market? PEACHES.

Peppers & onions & cucumbers - Oh my! I think a few of these found their way into the turkey dinner, it was goooood.

If you see this corn truck - hand over all of your money - you won't regret it!

Sadly, the Fishers Market only goes for one more week.  The good news?  You can visit the Carmel Market through Saturday, October 2nd or the Noblesville Market through Saturday, October 30!

Sarah, happily gaining one pound at a time through Johnny’s experimental cooking.

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

As some of you know, my wife Sarah is currently pregnant and what mama wants….mama gets.  Her favorite meal is Turkey with all the fixings, so that is what I decided to make tonight.  Plus, I needed to perfect my Thanksgiving Turkey, well before Thanksgiving.  For best results for a delicious Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, you are going to need a full day to really do it right.  First off, you need to brine your Turkey in Water, Fruit Juice, lots of Salt, and Sugar making sure that the entire Turkey is submerged.  It is best to brine overnight, but if you do not have that much time, a few hours will make do.

Ingredients Needed

1 Turkey Breast

1-2 White Onions

1-2 Apples

Bell Peppers

1 stick of butter

Tony Chachere Creole Butter Injectable Marinade

Salt

Pepper

Garlic

Rosemary

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  After preheating your oven, it is time to prepare you Turkey.  Take the Turkey out of the Brine, and pat dry until dry to the touch.  First I dice up an Onion, Apple, and half the stick of Butter.  I stuff that into the cavity of the Turkey Breast, and then lay it in a oven safe baking dish.  In the bottom of the dish around the Turkey, I fill with Bell Peppers, Onions, and any other Vegetable that will add to the delicious broth that will come while the Turkey cooks.  Next, I inject the Turkey Breast in every possible location with the Injectable Marinade.  After injecting, I rub down the bird with Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Butter.  I then finish off with lots of Salt, Pepper, Minced Garlic, and Rosemary.  I like to rub this on top of the skin and under the skin as well.  This will help create a great tasting skin and give it that golden brown color that you are looking for.  Here is a picture of what you will have before cooking.

Bake at 450 for 25 mins until the Turkey starts to brown, then back the temperature back down to 350 and tent your Turkey with aluminum foil.  Do not seal it, just make a tent over the top of the turkey so the heat comes in still from the sides, but it has a cover.  This will help keep all the juices in your pan and prevent your Turkey from drying out.  I had a 6.5 lb Turkey Breast, and it took me 2 hrs and 10 minutes to finish the Turkey.  Once the Turkey reaches and internal temperature of 165-170, it is done.  When you are done cooking, you will have something that looks like this.

Once your cooking is done, let the Turkey sit for 10 minutes or so to let the juices redistribute throughout the meat.  Then take the bird out and carve to your liking.  Also, drain all the vegetables out of the drippings, and use the drippings for a great dipping sauce or gravy.  Enjoy!

Pizza King

When I think of great memories as an adolescent growing up, a lot of those great memories involve Pizza King Pizza.  Whether it was going for breadsticks after a high school basketball game, eating Pizza after a big high school or college baseball win, ordering in on a Friday night with my wonderful family, or having a BBQ pizza delivered on a Saturday night with my friends.  Pizza King was always the staple for the best Pizza around.  I have eaten alot of pizza, from a lot of places, and Pizza King still ranks at the top of the list.

After college, I moved to Fishers, IN where unfortunately Pizza King is not available.  Well last night, I really was craving my favorite Pizza, so I decided to test my salesman skills.  It turns out that I still have it.  Well, actually it just turns out that I dont mind giving a guy a huge tip to deliver my favorite Pizza way out of their delivery area!

My favorite Pizza from Pizza King is the Royal Feast.  It has Pepperoni, Sausage, Red and Green Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms and extra cheese.  I get half BBQ Sauce, and half Pizza Sauce, then of course….extra cheese!  Along with this, you must also order their homemade Ranch dip, and Cheese dip for dipping your crust into.

In addition to their fantastic Pizza, they also offer pastas, salads, subs, calzones, and the best breadsticks you will ever eat.  If you ever get the chance to eat at this great establishment, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.  It is the best!

Grilled Buffalo Wings

Tonight, Sarah and I were wanting something simple, quick and delicious.  We both love to eat alot of Fresh Vegetables, as well as Grilled Meats.  I saw that we have several packs of Chicken Wings and tons of Vegetables, so we decided to go with loaded Salads and Grilled Buffalo Wings.

The Salad part is easy.  Throw your favorite fresh Veggies together; toss and serve.  That is easy.  Most people when they think of Buffalo Wings think that you have to deep fry them.  Deep frying adds lots of fat to a dish that can be made just as flavorful on the grill.

On the side burner of your grill or stove top, melt a stick of Butter, a whole bottle of Franks Red Hot, a few cloves of Fresh Garlic, Salt and Pepper, and a small amount of White Cooking Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar.  This last ingredient is not needed, but it really helps your hot sauce mixture to penetrate the meat

Place your Wings on the grill.  Salt and Pepper them after placing on the grill.  Grill your wings on medium high until the skin on your Wings has a nice brown color to it.  Now drop the temperature on your grill to medium low and let Wings finish heating through.  Grilling is also a much healthier option than frying, so that is an added benefit as well.  Total grill time tonight took me about 30 minutes tonight.  Grilling time will vary due to grill temperature differences.  You will be able to tell when they are done.

When your Wings are done grilling, toss them in your Hot Sauce mixture that you have heated up on the grill or stovetop.  After tossing, let the wings sit for 5 minutes or so in a bowl that is covered with aluminum foil.  This step allows all the juices to redistribute into the meat, plus the foil keeps the heat in.

Enjoy these wings and let me know how they turn out for you.  I know I like these much better than anything I have ever had from BW3s!  Let me know if you try them out!  You will not be disappointed.

Chicken/Sausage/Vegetable Gumbo Soup

Last night Sarah and I were wanting something delicious and fresh for dinner.  After taking inventory of what we had at our disposal, I noticed we had an abundance of vegetables, a rotisserie chicken, and some leftover sausage from Pizza Party night on Saturday.  After checking the pantry, I noticed we also had a couple of huge cans of chicken broth as well.

I started this recipe taking the meat off of the rotisserie chicken.  In a large soup pot, I added all chicken broth, chicken, leftover sausage, diced zuchini, mushrooms, green and red pepper, carrots, and some frozen peas and corn.  I turned this pot on medium high until boiling, then turned down to let it simmer on medium low for an hour or so.  After tasting, I added some salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning.  This really turned up the flavor several notches.  About 20 minutes or so before you are ready to eat, add some white rice to this and continue to simmer.  The rice will thicken the soup up and give it more of a gumbo feel to it.

This recipe turned out great.  It was the perfect supper for a nice cool fall evening.  If you want a healthy, fresh, and filling soup, I strongly recommend this recipe.

Homemade Pizza

Pizza is a dish most people think is best served delivered from Papa Johns, Hot Box, Donatos, or Pizza Hut.  I think that Pizza is a dish best served at home when you have the time to make it right.  Tonight my wife Sarah Buckner, who works for the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau was taken out by her best friends for a Birthday Party/Baby Shower.  When the wife is away, the boys will Cook!  My brothers Brian Buckner and Kevin Buckner and I decided to make some Homemade Pizzas for dinner.  My son Christopher was so excited.  He was ready for a Pizza Party!  The ingredients that you need for your own Pizza Party are:

Pepperoni

BBQ Sauce

Pizza Sauce

Green Pepper

Spicy Sausage

Jalapeno Peppers

Mushroom

Olive Oil

Fresh Garlic

Italian Seasoning

Boboli Pizza Crust

First Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  After preheating oven, Rub Boboli Pizza Crust with Olive Oil and Fresh Garlic.  Then Add you favorite BBQ Sauce and Pizza Sauce.  Then add Cooked Spicy Sausage, Green Pepper, Mushroom, Jalapeno Pepper.  Then add heaping amounts of Mozzerella Cheese and finish off with Pepperoni and Italian Seasoning.

Bake 8-10 minutes and let sit for a few minutes for all flavors to set.  Cut and Serve.

Let me know if you decide to try your own Homemade Pizzas and I bet you will have a much better Pie than any delivery driver can bring you.  Let me know your results!

Food Favorites for Football Season

Now that football season is upon us, the time has come for me to figure out some new and fun things to make before the Indianapolis Colts games this season.  As you may know, the NFL games are a major passion of my friends and family.  We usually get together with some friends and family on Sundays and share some great foods together.  We have cooked lots of different things, but the following items always seem to make multiple appearances during football season.  Some of our favorites are:

Homemade Pizzas

Chili

Buffalo Wings

Meatballs

Ribs

Loaded Cheese Dip w/ Chips

Shrimp Cocktail

Nachos

Slow Roasted Brats w/ onions and peppers (Crock Pot)

I am always looking for new items to cook for my friends and family to enjoy.  Do you have any foods that really go great with Sunday Football?  Let me know!  I need to add some new items into the rotation!