Saturday, April 2, 2011

My BFF Paula

You know I love me some Paula.
We're like this.
Only she doesn't know it.  But it's still true.

Oh Come on Paula, show us those beautiful eyes.  She's shy, just like me!
I 've been buying her "Best Dishes Special Collector's Issues" for the past year.  Many times I find recipes in these that you can't find on her website or in any of her cookbooks.  I found this one yesterday.
I was looking through it in the check out lane at the grocery store and saw something I wanted to make right away so I left the check out and picked up a few more things.
Today I started the grill and got these babies going.

My husband loves wings. 
Apparently, they are a fun snack to eat
while watching the Speed Channel.
Or HGTV, in my case.

Fruity Chicken Wings
1/2 cup apricot-pineapple preserves
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 garlic cloves
2 lbs chicken drummettes and wings

I blended the sauce in my bullet.  Love the bullet.  Then I coated the chicken and put them on the grill.  Turn them over frequently so they don't burn.   Baste frequently with the preserves mixture.
Oh, and I did add about a teaspoon of red pepper flakes to give them a little heat.

Very sticky and delicious!
You may possibly use an entire roll of paper towels when eating these.

I'm joining up at Melynda's Cookbook Sundays!
This is a new, fun way to share recipes and Melynda is lovely, although, she does leave comments on my blog that may, or may not, be true.  Only I know for sure.

Check it out here.

Click on the "here", not on the picture because I have no idea what I'm doing.

On another note, we spent the morning on bee patrol.  You may remember from a previous post that we have had a real problem with bees.  They have been making hives under my husband's workshop.  Back in February, we ended up jacking up the shed and digging the hives out.  Well, some of the pesky critters have been trying to get back under there so this morning, we pulled all the rock from around the shed and filled everything with sand.
Do bees dig?  Can they get through sand?  If so, I give up and I'm moving.
Yes, that is my vacuum out there.  While Brian was using his air compressor to get the rest of the sand out of the back of his truck, I let him blow out my vacuum. I allow him to do this once a month.  Who wants to clean with a dirty vacuum?

One more thing.
Do you see anything growing in here?
Look very closely.
No, you don't see anything?
Neither do I.
How long does it take zinnias to start growing from seeds?
And marigolds?
I'm not so patient.



Jan said...

Wings: a man's dream food! Personally I hate eating with my fingers.

Bees: pesky and persistant. Hope the sand works and they don't start their own playground.

Plants seedlings: dead-o me thinks

YOU: funny



Kris said...

Greetings from Vegas. We had a huge hive about a year or so ago, in the grove. Pesky varmints! Hope you got rid of them.

Kris said...

Totally forgot to mention Paula!! Love her!!! I buy all her mags too. We went other book signing a couple years ago and met her &Michael. They were so warm & friendly, just like you would expect. We make her gorilla bread every Christmas morning! YUM!!!

Erika Grover said...

Paula reminds me of my Grandma :)

Happy Blooming :)

Melynda said...

I will eat Jan's share of the wings, they looked great the sound better! Now about those bees, they will go where they want to go. Maybe if you understand why they want under the shop, then maybe you could get rid of them completely. Oh and the starts, I have no idea, sorry. But I wanted to sound helpful!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I no longer do AZ we just don't have enough time. By the time they are big enough to plant...the sun will eat them up. I just get flats of flowers and plant them.

Cindy said...

Hey, she is my BFF too!! Love Ya!!

Bev said...

I love Paula too ~ except that I don't like to cook. A friend went to a book signing and brought me an autographed copy of one of her books. When she told me, I was thinking "what in the world am I going to do with a cookbook." Thankfully it was her DECORATING book. Whew.

On the seeds, it depends on when you planted them. If it was yesterday, then there's hope. Or do you do like our little grandsons? Keep digging them up to see if anything is happening until the seeds are just worn out.

Love your blog!

Dina said...

My son met her at a book signing once. Said she butter!

Tammy said...

I LOVE Paula!!! She's awesome! I think I'm going to watch Food Network all day today. lol I hope the sand fixes your bee problem. They just wanna be in your yard, because you are so sweet. HeHe. . . . I don't know anything about plants. Sorry. The ones I bought Frankie are starting to grow. He's so excited! We are still waiting on one pot to come up.

Laraine Eddington said...

I just made Paula's shortcake recipe which contained cream AND cream cheese. She's a genius.

Melynda said...

Holly, this comment is true, thanks so much for linking up with Cookbook Sundays! I think these wings would be great. And BTW, all my comments are true, only the names have been changed to incriminate the guilty, I'm just sayin.....

Donnie said...

I've had those winds before and they are delicious. Ps- it took my marigolds forever- like 3 months to grow.