Journey toward happiness

February 3, 2009

What did you serve for the BIG Game?

Filed under: Charlotte, recipes, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Tara @ 9:08 pm

We had a few friends over and decided to do a wing cook off.  We started off with Tasty Onion Rings  with the Southwest Dipping Sauce. Then it was on to the wings. I made The Best Wings Ever The other wings were delicious also, but needless to say,  I won the cook off. Thank you Stubb’s! 

We also had Becki’s Pickles(if you all leave comments, then I might give you the recipe), NC Style BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, Rotel cheese dip, and Twinkie Cake(another one of Becki’s fabulous recipes). I swear I gained 10 pounds that day.

And I forgot to mention the homemade waffles, bacon, and sausage links that we had for breakfast. I can officially say that I am sick of eating. We will be eating salads and veggies all week after that binge.

So, tell me what you binged on and make sure to leave the recipes.

Play on Players,



May 18, 2008

Tasty Onion Rings

Filed under: recipes — Tags: , , , , — Tara @ 4:08 pm

I ran across this recipe on a great website We are not big fans of the big crunchy restaurant onion rings, but I found the pictures and description of the recipe to be irresistable. These are light and crispy and perfect with Southwest Dipping Sauce. I love to serve these with Stubbs Chicken Wings or Hamburgers(chicken or beef). I could make these everyday. They are so yummy. Just make sure that you make more that you think you will need. I always end up eating half of the batch before dinner is served. PW’s recipe is called Onion Strings, in case you want to look up the original. I have made only a few small changes.

Yummy, crisp onion rings with southwest sauce

Onion Rings
1 large onion
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour (I use 1.5 cups Bisquick and .5 cups wheat flour)
1 scant tablespoon salt
Lots of black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper(or a little more if you like ’em spicy)
Canola Oil


1. Slice onion very thin. Place in a baking dish and cover with buttermilk for at least one hour.
2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl or plastic bag.
3. Coat the rings with the dry mix.
4. Deep fry until golden brown.
5. Serve with Southwest Dipping Sauce or any sauce of your choice. Enjoy.


I don’t remember where I found the recipe for Southwest Dipping Sauce so I apologize for not giving proper credit. This sauce is great with fried foods, veggies, chips, and even on sandwiches. It will keep for several weeks in the fridge.


Southwest Dipping Sauce
1/2   cup mayonnaise
2     tsp ketchup
1      tbsp cream-style horseradish
1/4  tsp paprika
1/4  teaspoon seasoning salt
1/8  tsp ground oregano
1/8  tsp ground black pepper
1/8  tsp cayenne pepper
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Store covered in the refrigerator until needed.


 Happy frying,



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