Category Archives: Appetizers and Snacks

Bacon Wrapped Scallop Skewers

Well that was such a fun weekend. We had two of Dan’s friends from college come stay with us, a hockey game, and a men’s curling bonspiel. Friday night I talked to Janelle, and she filled me on this town. We talked about who is stuck up and belongs to a clique and what there actually is to do. I can’t stand people who are cliquey. It makes it so hard to feel like I belong in this small town when everyone already belongs to a group and won’t even give you two cents..

Dan’s friends were a good time.  Steve-o was the one that got dumped as soon as they got back from Mexico. He was kinda blah.. but Bender is just absolutely hilarious. He has this giggle and once he starts laughing everyone is usually laughing with him. The hockey game was a huge win for us, and after we walked over to the curling rink to watch some of the men’s bonspiel. We came home pretty early and ended up playing video games until early in the morning. I actually slept in until ten yesterday too. I was suprised. I usually don’t sleep past 8 in the morning…

We had made a huge steak and scallop and shrimp supper.. I don’t usually care for seafood that much but these scallops were amazing!

Marinated and Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

4 tsp. chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
1/2 tsp. California hot sauce (or hot sauce of your choice)
1 Tbsp. canola or olive oil
1/2 lb. sea scallops
1/2 slice bacon for each scallop

In a small resealable sandwich bag, combine cilantro, garlic, lime juice, chili sauce, hot sauce and oil. Seal bag and massage to distribute ingredients. Seal both and refrigerate at least 1/2 hour or up to 6 hours.

Lightly oil grill grates. Preheat grill to 400-425F. Wrap each of the scallops with a strip of bacon. Skewer the scallops. Grill for about 4 minutes each side, or till scallops are done, basting with remaining marinade throughout cooking process.

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Buffalo Chicken Wings

Yesterday was a packed full day of sitting around and watching sports.. all olympics and mostly hockey. Let me tell you how excited I was to find out that all I got to do yesterday was watch hockey.. I had wished that I left laundry and cleaning for yesterday. So I thought I might as well skip out on the steak and potatoes for supper and make something manly… wings, fries and veggies.. yum!

Buffalo Chicken Wings

20 chicken wings, split and tips discarded
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup red pepper sauce
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 375F. Bake wings in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until cooked through and crispy.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine melted butter, red pepper sauce, ranch dressing, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Mix together.

When wings are baked, dip in sauce to coat well, then shake off excess and return coated wings to baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 250F and bake for another 15 minutes to set sauce.

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Sweet Potato Fries

I took the weekend off of pretty much everything and did nothing but relax and get some much needed sleep.

We had a suprise birthday for one of our friends on Saturday, and I probably drank just a bit too much, resulting in both Dan and I sleeping until 2 the next afternoon. Sunday was Valentine’s Day, and we didn’t really do anything, just ordered chinese food and watched the olympics and movies all night.

And yesterday, we did absolutely nothing, made breakfast, laid around and ended up falling asleep again.. it was perfect.

Last night for supper I wanted to try something a little bit different. These sweet potato fries were soooo amazing. Not really crunchy though, but they held their shape.

 

Sweet Potato Fries

1 sweet potato
1/2 tbsp olive oil
cajun seasoning
fresh salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425F.

Slice the potato into 1/2 inch thick strips. Toss with oil, salt, pepper, and cajun. Place on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Turn potatoes and bake until bottom is browned, about 10-15 more minutes. Serve immediately.

I might try and experiment with these a bit more and see if I can get them a little more crunchy.. but I’m afraid that the only way to do that would be to deep fry them and I’m really not interested in doing that at all.

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