Joss' Island

Cheddar Transporter Soup

Posted 3/10/2014 12:40:00 PM

Guy Fieri Cheddar Transporter Cheese Soup

My mom liked this recipe! So you know it has to be quality. Cuz my mom doesn’t run around saying she likes things that she doesn’t like.

What I liked about this recipe was the mix of vegetables in it. When you’re eating the soup – you don’t seem ‘em floating around in there, cuz they are all blended up. BUT you can taste them. The red pepper was my favorite.

Guy is right in the description of this soup. It is NOT a “wow, did I just eat a bowl of nacho cheese here?” kinda soup. It has the texture and consistency of most other soups – but a really good cheese flavor.

The only thing I would change is that I would add less beer to the soup (yes! I said it! Less beer…but hey, less beer in the soup- more in ...

Buffalo Balls!

Posted 3/10/2014 12:37:00 PM

So HERE is something weird…you cannot find ground chicken anywhere. AND you cannot give the butcher at your store (or at least not at the store I went to) boneless, skinless chicken thighs and have them ground them! It’s against the rules!

Here’s why I bring this up. The recipe for Guy Fieri’s Buffalo Balls calls for Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs ground up to “chili grind.” I do not have a meat grinder, and I don’t really have plans to get one right now. So – I set off looking for how I could accomplish this – and had to settle on Ground Beef (it was chuck steak or something)

The main goal of this recipe is to make meatballs that kinda taste like buffalo wings and cover them in buffalo sauce. The meatballs are stuffed with blue cheese – which is a big plus.

So – this whole thing ...

Bacon Wrapped Prawns with Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Posted 3/10/2014 12:23:00 PM

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Bacon + Shrimp + Barbecue Sauce…a fabulous, decadent, amazing combination. This is an appetizer, but, it could be used as a small entrée if you provide a side of rice and some salad.

There were a couple of modifications I had to make to this recipe. First, I could NOT find Guy Fieri’s Kansas City BBQ Sauce in stores, nor could I find the recipe – so I had to use another kind. I think I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Maple and something or other…but I am not at home now lookin’ in the fridge, so I don’t know.

Also, I did not grill the shrimp. I wish I had – because I KNOW this would be amazing on the grill – and I promise you this  summer that I will. BUT my grill has been pushed underneath the overhang for the Winter ...

S'more Pizza

Posted 3/10/2014 11:52:00 AM

Here’s a secret for you. I don’t know what the big whoop about S’mores is. I don’t think they taste that great, I think they are awkward to eat, and I think they are hard and messy.

That being said, I LOVE the combination of melted chocolate and marshmallows. There is a restaurant in Windsor that has baked hot chocolate – and it is HEAVEN. HEAVEN IN A CUP.

This S’more is Heaven on a pizza crust. I LOVED IT. I got the chocolate at Trader Joes near their checkout line btw. This one is def. worth making again.

I gave Rob some and he complained of a “woody” taste. I honestly think this was the toasted almonds. I think I over toasted them. SO you can avoid that by not being like me and over-toasting them…or I suppose you could omit them.

Overall an easy, good recipe that will ...

Good Pho You!

Posted 3/10/2014 11:31:00 AM

Good Pho You

People LOVE this soup – so, to be able to make it in your own kitchen is amazing. BUT it takes time and ingredients. So – be ready to commit to some shopping and cooking and you’ll have hot, steaming pho in your hand before you know it.

Here’s the deal.

I had NEVER made my own broth for anything before (there is a recipe in Guy’s book for chicken stock– but I haven’t done it…meaning I have used store bought stock and broth for all of his soup recipes) Now that I know that I CAN make broth though – my confidence to make that chicken soup stock has been increased.

The broth for this soup contains neck bones, knuckle bones and marrow bones. Being that I’ve never needed these parts before, I’ve never looked for them…therefore, I had no idea where to get them. I ...


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