Monday, May 18, 2015

Memphis In May World Championship BBQ contest!

Memphis In May World Championship BBQ Contest!



Now, in Memphis, that line means a lot to all of us! Memphis is the best for Blues and BBQ.
I mean if you don't know anything about BBQ, you best MOVE.
It is that serious. Even Veggies have to be smoked and sauced!

Memphis in May is a month long festival that celebrates Music and BBQ and Soul Food.



I knew I wanted to be a BBQ Judge when I was like 5 and after I went to White House, they let me take the Judge's Class, so I would be prepared when they asked me to be a Judge.

Now this is an honor for anyone and I took the job super serious! I brought my A game and tried to be as serious as all the people in the room.

Believe me they were not too easy on me - standards are high, they went from Suspicious to Curious to Respectful to Happy!

I ate. I judged. I upheld the long line of BBQ lovers and hopefully made Memphis proud.

I know you may not understand the depth of the Honor I was given, but trust me I did!
All I can say the food was good. ok, out of this world! I judged exotics, beef, seafood, RIBS, and WHOLE HOG! I mean The Shed won the entire thing, I might have helped judge that!

Thank you Memphis in May and Thank you Judges. It was an honor to sit with you!

Love the Cabbage Leaf,
Logan


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Monday, May 11, 2015

Bam! Cooking for Make-A-Wish!

Cooking a 12 top with

Felicia Suzanne was just - WOW!

Ok, Memphis, if you have not tried Felecia Suzanne your missing something special. Chef Felicia was Emeril's Bam apprentice and she runs one of the tightest kitchens in Memphis. She is in the kitchen expatiating and really working the line. 

I loved it!

She invited me to do a fund raiser Dishes for Wishes and tossed in this exclusive dinner in her kitchen. Now most Chefs try too keep folks out of the Kitchen but Chef Felicia opens hers up on a regular basis and it is entertainment to the max.

She let me make up some menu items and BAM! we were off! 

I am not going to talk much but let these pictures speak for me! 
If you missed it you missed a TREAT!

I, then went back a few weeks later for the Dishes-For-Wishes main event and I had even for fun. Cooking and Serving and helping wishes come true. If you don't know Make-A-Wish provides wishes for kids who are sick. I mean how cool is that.



If Felicia Suzanne ever offers me the chance to work in her kitchen I assure you I will say YES!

So, run don't walk down town and have dinner or lunch tell them Logan sent you! I promise some 4 star food from an exceptional Chef and a Crack TEAM! Thanks for having me.


Love the Cabbage Leaf,
Logan
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Enter the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' State Dinner Contest !!!!


Enter the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids's State Dinner Contestant !!!!

Go to: http:/www.pbs.org/lunchtimechallenge




I entered in 2012 and LOVED it! Now it is your turn so get in the kitchen and start cooking time is running out!
Logan










































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My Chicken and Waffles Recipe


When you get invited to do a spot for the Oscars-- first thing you do it think "what do I wear" LOL
Not a problem for a Chef.... I worried what will I cook?!

This was a great fun day and I had a blast- sorry it took so long for me to write! I am trying to get back in the swing of blogging!









Sweet, Hot and Low Jazz Chicken and Waffles (Inspired by Whiplash)



Drummies

Ingredients

20 chicken Drummies part of the chicken wings
3 cups buttermilk
Salt and pepper
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 Tablespoons Franks Hot Sauce
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika
1/2teaspoons Onion Powder
1/4 teaspoons black pepper
1/4teaspoon salt


Directions
1.    Season the drummies with salt and pepper, then drop into 2 cup buttermilk, and marinade for 2 hrs in refrigerator.
2.    After marinating, remove the drummies and pat them dry on paper towel.
3.    Dredge the Drummies in flour mixture (3 cups flour, 1/2teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, ½ teaspoons Onion Powder, 1/4teaspoons black pepper, and ¼ teaspoon salt)
4.    Make egg mixture which consists of 2 eggs, 1 cup of buttermilk, and 1 1/2 Tablespoons Franks Hot Sauce.
5.    Create flour mixture which consists of 3 cups flour, 1/2teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, ½ teaspoons Onion Powder, 1/4 teaspoons black pepper, and ¼ teaspoon salt
6.    Dredge drummies into the egg mixture and then back in the flour.
7.    Dredge the drummies again in the flour mixture. This should make a thick coat  on the drummies.
8.    Set on a rack and prepare to fry.
9.    Heat 3-4 cups of Oil (peanut) to 325 F degrees in a skillet and fry the drummies until brown.
Temperature of the meat should be 190 degrees F (roughly 10 minutes).




Jazz Honey

Ingredients
4 Tablespoons Butter
4 Tablespoons Honey
1/4 Teaspoon cayenne powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon powdered garlic

Directions
Melt butter in small sauce pan, add in honey and melt the two together by stirring. Then, add in the spices and continue to stir. This should be served warm. Be careful not boil the sauce.





Savory Cornmeal Waffles with Herbs

Ingredients
4 Tablespoons butter melted and let cool
1 cup cornmeal (stoneground)
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon thyme

Directions
1.Heat waffle iron and spray with cooking spray before using.
2. Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl.
3. Mix wet ingredients together in another bowl.
4. Combine the two together and stir until just blended.
5. Scoop into the waffle iron and cook until brown.
6. Assemble the dish by plating the hot waffle topping with the drummies and drizzling with the spicy jazz honey sauce.


**You can decrease the heat (spiciness) with less cayenne or knock it up by adding more.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Build the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen by Abby Quillen

I really like this article by Abby Quillen


Build the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen

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Build the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen
The kitchen is a bustling place in most homes: Meals are made, conversations happen, and days are planned. That’s probably why it’s one of the most popular rooms to renovate according to The National Association of Home Builders. And with the improving economy, both remodeling and newhome building and are surging.
Choosing to build or remodel with sustainably in mind can help families reduce their carbon footprint and create a healthier home. Home energy accounts for 19 percent of a family’s total environmental impact, and the kitchen uses a large portion of energy in most homes, as well as a sizable amount of water. By selecting the right eco-friendly materials, low-flow faucets, and efficient appliances, a family can reduce energy use and utility costs. As an added bonus, avoiding the use of toxic chemicals in the construction process can improve indoor air quality.
A new kitchen also offers an opportunity to design a more sustainable lifestyle. The choices we make in our kitchens—whether it’s ordering takeout or tossing together a salad with veggies from the farmers’ market—make a huge impact on the health of agricultural systems and wider ecosystems. Food actually accounts for a bigger portion of our ecological impact than home energy. The ultimate sustainable kitchen is one that encourages green living beyond just counter materials and appliances, and it all starts during the design phase.

Design for Sustainability

  • Remember, size matters.

Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to sustainability. Smaller spaces require fewer building materials and less energy to heat and cool. A smart layout with wise use of cabinets and countertops can make the most of a smaller kitchen.
  • Think timeless.

The key to a sustainable building project is to create something durable because most construction projects require resources and energy for execution. Careful planning before breaking ground can prevent the need for a move or later renovations. Consider your home’s future. What will the family need in five to ten years? Will an aging family member require special accommodations? Assess the durability of every material. It doesn’t matter how green something is if it has to be ripped out in a couple of years. And try to keep decor as fresh as possible by choosing classic styles. Don’t get stuck with the avocado green appliances and paisley wallpaper of tomorrow.
  • Plan for natural lighting and ventilation.

Windows and skylights can minimize the need for artificial lighting, passively heat a room, provide ventilation, and improve air quality. But plan wisely, or they’ll drain heat and energy in the winter and make a room scorching hot in the summer. South-facing skylights provide the greatest potential for passive heating, but often allow unwanted heat gain in the summer. To prevent excessive summer heat, install skylights iundern the shade of deciduous trees or add movable coverings or a special glaze, and carefully consider the placement of windows and awnings. Another way to create more natural light in a kitchen is to create an open floor plan.
  • Construct a lifestyle.

Even the greenest architecture and appliances won’t counteract a wasteful lifestyle. Incorporate aspects of green living right into the plans to make a sustainable lifestyle even easier.
  • Design a kitchen garden.

During the Renaissance, the French built potagers, or kitchen gardens, which provided food and herbs for households year-round. Kitchen gardens were designed to be low maintenance and aesthetically beautiful, with lots of edible perennials. Even small vegetable gardens or herb patches help a family connect with nature and eat healthier—the closer to the kitchen, the better.
  • Create an indoor growing station.

No outdoor growing area to admire from the kitchen window? Create an indoor herb or vegetablegrowing station in a sunny window. Most edible plants require six hours of light daily, either from sunlight or a grow light. Many plants, such as lettuce, celery, ginger, potatoes, bean sprouts, garlic, and onions, can be grown from kitchen scraps. Bonus: Indoor plants help improve air quality.
  • Build a composting system.

Each person can prevent 140 pounds of waste from going into landfills each year by composting. That’s important for many reasons, but mainly because food waste breaks down in landfills and produces methane, a greenhouse gas. Composting turns kitchen scraps into compost, further reducing the need for fertilizer, pesticides, and water. Build a compost bin outside and keep a container next to the sink to collect scraps, or tuck a homemade compost or worm bin under the sink.
  • Plan for food preservation.

Local food is most sustainable, but many of us don’t have the space or tools to store 20 pounds of pears when they’re ripe at the farmer’s market, or a season’s worth of homemade tomato sauce. By incorporating a pantrydehydrator, efficient freezer, or other food preservation tools into new kitchen plans, a family can take advantage of local and sustainable food options.
The Environmental Impact

Choose eco-friendly materials

Once a design is in place, it’s time to choose the most sustainable building materials, which will vary depending on location and project. Life Cycle Assessment software can help consumers assess how materials are processed, how far they must be shipped, how long they’ll last, and whether they can be recycled. The results may be surprising. For instance, bamboo grows quickly, and is considered more renewable than slow-growing hardwood. However, using sustainably harvested, locally milled wood from domestic trees is more sustainable than shipping in bamboo from China.
Reclaiming or salvaging existing materials is the most sustainable and often the most economical option. Check local salvage yards and building materials exchanges first for desired materials.
When choosing manufactured materials, consider how they will effect indoor air quality. Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) used in building materials, furniture, adhesives, paints, and varnishes off-gas for years and can cause adverse health effects. The World Health Organization warns that 30 percent of new or recently renovated buildings give inhabitants “sick building syndrome” or “building-related illness.” To keep indoor air healthy, avoid products with formaldehyde and other carcinogenic substances, and look for materials labelled low- or zero-VOC.
It’s a good idea to check out resources naturally abundant in the region first. Beyond that, some materials tend to be more eco-friendly than others.

Countertops

Granite countertops are trendy, but most are made from rock mined in ecologically devastating ways and shipped across the world. They also tend to have cracks and fissures that are prone to contamination from bacteria. Instead consider:

Cabinets

Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) certification helps consumers find cabinet manufacturersthat use recycled materials and limit formaldehyde emissions. Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) stamp of approval for wood harvested in a sustainable way.

Flooring

Kitchen floors get lots of wear and tear, so durability is of primary importance. Options to consider:
  • Linoleum
  • Tile made from recycled materials
  • Salvaged or reclaimed wood
  • Domestic hardwood (Domestic trees are often milled in Asia; look for products grown and milled in the U.S.)
  • Bamboo (Many products are FSC-certified and low-VOC. Research thoroughly; depending on how it’s manufactured, bamboo can be prone to dents and scratches. Also, bamboo is imported from China, so it often has a higher carbon footprint than other options.)

Lighting

Natural daylight should be optimized in the design. For evening lighting, install task lighting in key work areas to prevent the need for lighting an entire space all the time. Consider occupancy sensors, timers, and dimmers to make energy saving automatic. And look for Energy Star-rated, shatter-resistant, compact fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs.

Paint

Conventional latex and oil-based paints are known to cause nausea, dizziness, and headaches, and becarcinogenic. Moreover, conventional paint is a hazardous waste product that must be disposed of properly. Low- and zero- VOC paints are readily available and a better alternative than conventional paint. Biodegradable natural paints free of chemical ingredients are best.

Go Efficient with Appliances

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates homeowners can save more than $100 a year in energy costs by simply replacing a refrigerator made before 1992 with an energy efficient model. All new appliances now have an EnergyGuide label to help consumers compare the typical annual energy consumption and operating cost of different models. Look for the Energy Star® rating to find the most efficient models. (Smaller models tend to be most efficient.) Be sure to think long term when shopping. Major appliances usually last between 10 and 20 years, and lower utility bills over their lifetime can offset a higher purchase price. Resell old appliances, or donate them to a thrift store orrecycling center.
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Start Planning

The ultimate sustainable kitchen is one that a family loves, because it’s the one they’ll be happy with for years to come.
If this article has you considering a more sustainable lifestyle, check out these kitchen pantry ideas — http://www.custommade.com/gallery/custom-pantries/
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Abby Quillen

Abby Quillen

Abby Quillen is the author of the novel The Garden of Dead Dreams and the editor of two anthologies. Her articles and essays have appeared in YES! Magazine and The Christian Science Monitor and on Common DreamsNation of ChangeReader Supported NewsThe Daily Good,Truthout, and Shareable. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her family. When she’s not writing, she grows vegetables and weeds, bikes and walks as much as she can, and jots down cute things her kids say.