Monthly Archives: February 2013

What the duck?

Sharing from the fan page of

McNally’s Irish Pub in St. Charles IL


“The beards are back and McNally’s will be hosting a Duck Dynasty premiere party Wednesday, February 27th in celebration!! Dress up, eat duck, drink Southern Comfort, and watch what makes America great–Rednecks & duck calls.”

San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

Presented by the Irish Congress of Southern California, the San Diego St. Pat’s Parade and Festival is said to be the largest West of the Mississippi.  (Comment if you know better).  This year the festival is on Saturday, March 16th and will no doubt be bigger and better than ever before.

Many vendors, local and national live entertainment & thousands of spectators of all ages will descend on San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park for the 33rd annual event.  Be sure to check it out if you’re in the Southern California area come the Blarney weekend.

Here’s a link to the official website.

St Patrick’s Party Gear

Ok who needs help finding some fun stuff for St Patrick’s day weekend? Light up pins, hats, earings plopped in a few suggestions below.  If you find something really cool please comment here with a link I’ll check it out.

Sometimes you need a little help showing your pride!

Creative Converting St. Patrick’s Day Flashing Shamrock Sunglasses

Flashing St. Patrick’s Day Pin

Irish Lights Flashing Beaded Necklace

Irish Lights Flashing Light Up Shamrock Glasses-St. Patrick’s Day

Party / Disco 7 Inch Flashing Green Beacon Light 110V UL Cord

St.Patrick’s Day Flashing LED Shamrock Earrings (Pair)

Cook Safe – use a thermometer

Here’s a public service announcement for ya.  Check the safe minimal cooking temperatures for different meats.

Need a food thermometer?

Here you go…. I listed some normal ones, some bbq ones, some high tech no contact thermometers and of course one from Brookstones that you can get anyone for Christmas! It talks to you!

CDN DTQ450X ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer

Taylor 9842 Commercial Waterproof Digital Thermometer

CDN IRL220 InstaRead Large Dial Cooking Thermometer

Maverick Wireless BBQ Thermometer Set – Maverick ET73

Taylor 1479 Commercial Wireless Remote Digital Food Thermometer

Kintrex IRT0421 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer with Laser Targeting

Grill Alert Talking Remote Meat Thermometer



Boneless Pork Loin Country Style Ribs

This pork loin compliments my brussels sprouts nicely.  Not much to this dish. A little dash and spices on the pork and bake it. Quick and yummy. Sounds like a slogan for a T-shirt!



Irish Whiskey Truffles and a Beer Bucket – Dang that sounds good

Ok so I’m on a product kick this week. What’s wrong with that? Sharing my research.  I’ll be buying both of the below products for family and friends this weekend.  Hmm… I better try them out for myself first. Want to make sure it’s safe and a good product! haha Truffles are for sure calling my name…eat me….eat me….who the heck even knew they existed? What a perfect idea!

Butlers Jameson Irish Whiskey Truffles

Irish Beer Bucket Gift Basket – 6 Beers

Get your own seasoned black iron skillet

Grandma Georgette’s recipes often include a black iron skillet on the grill. She does this for a number of reasons. Number one being its the cleanest and easiest. Secondly it gives a even and consistent heat. If you keep it seasoned it will last forever.  The old ways are coming back into style because well simply put we did it right the first time.  They don’t make things the way they use to as the saying goes.

If you already own a cast iron pan don’t throw it away! If it’s in good shape with no cracks you can clean it, season it and keep on using it!

If don’t own one or you’re looking for a new one already pre-seasoned below I have listed various sizes and shapes. There’s an Emril one in there that a lot of people like. Grandma Georgette would suggest you scour your local antique sale, garage sale or flea market and find an old one and season it up :-)

All of these are on Amazon

Also check out this book of recipes specifically designed for your NEW black iron skillet

The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pan in Your Kitchen

Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Square Grill Pan, 10.5″

Lodge Logic L10SK3 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet

Lodge Logic L5SK3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron 8-Inch Skillet

Emeril by All-Clad E9640764 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron 12-Inch Skillet Cookware, Black

Emeril E9640564 Cast-Iron 10-Inch Skillet Cookware, Black

Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Combo Cooker, 10.25″

Bayou Classic 7403, 3-Piece Cast Iron Skillet Set, 6″, 8″, 10″

Lodge Pro Logic Cast Iron Wok, Black, 14″

Lodge Logic Cast Iron Serving Pot, Black, 2-Qt.


Brisket Day Dreaming

I think this picture speaks for itself.  I’m ready for summer and juicy slow cooked brisket!

Chicago & Boston Sports St Patrick’s baseball caps

Ok some people don’t want to wear crazy big green hats, glitter or absurd t-shirt stereotyping how Irish people are alcoholics lol

You can show you’re Irish Pride and your favorite team pride by snagging one of the below hats. I threw in a couple cheesy ones at the end for those “guys” haha.

Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Boston Red Sox

Gotta love it. I’m getting the Cubs one. Go Cubs!


NHL Old Time Hockey Chicago Blackhawks St. Patrick’s Day Doherty Flex Hat – Black/Kelly Green

NFL New Era Chicago Bears 39THIRTY St. Patrick’s Day Flex Hat – Kelly Green (Small/Medium)

Cap Cubs St Pattys Arch Mark

MLB Boston Red Sox St. Patrick’s Franchise Fitted Baseball Cap, Kelly Green, Small

Forum St. Patrick’s Day Costume Party Jumbo Stovepipe Hat, Green/White, One Size

Forum St. Patrick’s Day Costume Party Hat, Green, One Size


Better than Restaurant Chicken Tenders!








1 1/2 lbs Chicken Tenders Store Bought.
2 cups Plain Bread Crumbs
Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese. (Grate it)
2 Eggs
1/4 Cup Milk
 1 1/2 Cups    Flour
Paprika 1 tspn (add cayenne pepper if you like spicy)
Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper for Seasoning
Olive Oil or Canola oil
1 Jar of Chicken Gravy
On the side:
1 Can of sliced Cranberry
Mashed Potatoes and/or Rice
Baby peas

Place your chicken tenders on a cutting board and cover with plastic wrap pound them until flattened.

Mix paprika, salt, pepper and flour into a bowl.

Mix your egg and milk into a separate bowl.

Mix bread crumbs,  garlic powder and grated parmigiano reggiano into a third bowl.

Dip your chicken into flour mixture, then the egg mixture and finally roll your chicken into the bread crumb mix.

Have your skillet heated up with 1/2 inch olive oil.

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with foil wrap.

Now brown the chicken on both sides in oil using metal tongs if you have them. Place the finished strips on the cookie sheet.  Place in oven to fully cook the meat. The internal temp of the chicken should be 165 F.

(tidbit: Food Safety Temps )

While you’re preparing the next batch of delicious chicken strips, serve with mashed potatoes and your favorite steamed vegetable. Mine is baby peas. Comment to my blog and let me know what yours is :-)

Heat your jar gravy to pour over potatoes and chicken. The gravy in the jar is much better then packaged but not as good as home made. Also I like to serve with cranberry on the side.  You can also replace the potatoes with rice if you desire. It was raining outside today so I cooked my chicken on the stove.

Usually I cook this dish on my black iron skillet over the grill.

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