Restaurant Recipes - Popular Restaurant Recipes you can make at Home: Copykat.com http://www.copykat.com CopyKat Recipes - You have loved that recipe in the restaurant, now make that recipe at home. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:29:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 How to Make Cocktail Saucehttp://www.copykat.com/2014/10/28/make-cocktail-sauce/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/10/28/make-cocktail-sauce/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:29:54 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18477 You might have made some fried shrimp, or even have made some simple boiled shrimp. You may wonder how to make cocktail sauce. It is very easy to prepare you...

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You might have made some fried shrimp, or even have made some simple boiled shrimp. You may wonder how to make cocktail sauce. It is very easy to prepare you own homemade sauce, you really don’t need to buy this from the store.

how to make cocktail sauce from CopyKat.com

One of my long standing objectives with CopyKat Recipes is to replace recipes you would normally get out of home. I really try to make as many things from scratch as I can. I love to make my own taco seasoning. I recently bought some fantastic Texas Gulf Shrimp. I wanted some cocktail sauce to go with it. I wanted to make up a fresh batch of cocktail sauce.

Making homemade cocktail sauce is very easy to do. You only need a few simple ingredients. You will need some ketchup, Chili sauce, prepared horseradish, and some Worcestershire sauce. Some folks ask me what chili sauce is, it is a tomato based sauce. You can find this in the grocery store right next to the cocktail sauce.

I like to use Chili Sauce in in chili, it is great for 5 way chili, or even cocktail sauce. It doesn’t add a lot of heat, but what it does add is some sweet, slightly spicy flavor. If you haven’t tried this I would definitely recommend you giving this recipe a try.

If you like you can make this more spicy by adding a bit of horseradish. This is a great way to get a bit more heat. So if you like it a bit hotter be sure to add a little more horseradish.

I hope you enjoy making this homemade cocktail sauce the next time you want to serve cocktail sauce.

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Clam Chowder Recipe with Tasteful Selections Potatoeshttp://www.copykat.com/2014/10/25/clam-chowder-recipe/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/10/25/clam-chowder-recipe/#respond Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:07:55 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18459 One of the my favorite things about fall is coming home to a warm bowl of soup, I am in love with this Clam Chowder Recipe. For me, there is...

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One of the my favorite things about fall is coming home to a warm bowl of soup, I am in love with this Clam Chowder Recipe. For me, there is nothing like a bit steaming bowl of soup.

Prepare this quick and tasty clam chowder recipe from CopyKat.com

Using the Tasteful Selections of potatoes means that with the potatoes pre-washed, and being of a small size I know I can prepare a bowl of soup that is tasty and quick and easy to make. By using these carefully selected potatoes, I can cook up a bowl of soup that tastes like I spent all afternoon cooking this soup.

This quick and easy clam chowder can be put together so quickly, and it tastes so much better than any canned soup that you might purchase in the store.

Tasteful Selections Potatoes

About Tasteful Selections Potatoes

These potatoes are grown by family farmers who grow potatoes for today’s busy lifestyle. With small sizes and special flavors, each variety has been tested to assure that it meets the highest standards for quality, taste, and texture.

These potatoes are pre-washed and require no peeling and little prep work. Since they are of even size they good evenly.

Tasteful Selections are sold nationwide and can be found at Food Lion, Walmart, Whole Foods, and Kroger.

Tasteful Selections Partnership with Katie’s Krops

Currently, Katie’s Krops is a non-profit organization that supports the cause to end hunger one vegetable garden at a time. Currently over 80 youth-run gardens in 29 states from which the fresh harvest is donated to the underserved. Read more about Tasteful Selections partnership with Katie’s Krops.

· A portion of the profits from specially marked bags of Tasteful Selections’ Ruby Sensation and Honey Gold potatoes will go to the non-profit to help maintain current Katie’s Krops grantees and gardens and provide funding for a new grant cycle.

Quick and Easy Clam Chowder Recipe

One of the reasons I really like homemade clam chowder is it is filled with potatoes, clams, and flavor. I grew up eating soup from a can, but did you know when you make it from scratch it is simply amazing. When you use Tasteful Selections potatoes your soup will come together quickly. This soup has added flavor by using clam juice for added flavor. I find that if you use a bottle or two of clam juice you will have an amazing flavor.

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Share – A – Meal – Helping those in Needhttp://www.copykat.com/2014/10/25/share-meal-helping-need/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/10/25/share-meal-helping-need/#respond Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:22:55 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18452 I know during the fall we all give thanks for everything that we do have. Did you know that 1 in 5 children here in the United States does not...

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I know during the fall we all give thanks for everything that we do have. Did you know that 1 in 5 children here in the United States does not have enough to eat every day?

I recently wrote about the Turning the Tables on Childhood Hunger. I wrote about the many different ways you can help those in need. You can always donate to your local charities; you can purchase food and help someone directly, volunteering time at your local food bank, are just a few ways you can help those in need.

Houston Food Bank

I think the most important thing to realize is that you can make a change for people in your area. Whether it is you cleaning out your pantry bringing a few extra cans to your local church or charity. You can simply drop off a sack of groceries for someone in need, or donate your time and a cash donation to a local food bank. In my area, we have red food donation barrels at the grocery store. Sometimes I buy an extra jar or two of peanut butter or tuna fish and put those into the barrel when I leave the store. Where I live 1 in 5 people are assisted by food pantries once a month. I like being able to donate very directly to those in need.

Project Sunlight - Turn the tables on hunger with #SHAREAMEAL

Unilever Project Sunlight is a website that can give you many more tips on helping to Turn the Tables on Childhood Hunger. What I love about this website is that they give you many suggestions for what you can do. Learn about the many ways you can Share A Meal – because no child should face hunger.

Share A Meal – My Efforts

I belong to a wonderful group of ladies in the north side of Houston. We often get together and do a wide variety of activities. To help those in need, we gathered up a group of ladies and spent a Saturday morning working at the Houston Food Bank.

Donating time at the Houston food bank is completely rewarding. They have 4 hour shifts set up, two a day, one in the morning at 8 A.M. and one in the afternoon at 1 P.M. I will say that you really hustle when you work at the Houston Food Bank. We met up with several others, and we packaged together meals for seniors.

You never know what you will be doing there; it is based upon their need. Our first time we went we assembled meals for seniors. We put together almost boxes of meals for seniors this particular day. Our guides at the Houston Food Bank called our group ‘The Beast,’ we managed to do 4 hours of work in less than three hours.

Houston food bank the beast

We went again October 4th. This day we worked in the big carousel room where you sort food from donations and get them ready to go out to the various charities in the Houston area. We worked very hard to sort the food as it came over through and move it along to the next station. What I really love about this, is at the end of your 4 hour shift they tell you how many pounds of food you worked on and how many meals you helped to provide.

time at the Houston Food Bank

Join me on November 8th

If you want to join us, we will be going again on November 8th. You can contact me through the contact page if you want to join in. I have to say I find donating time at the Houston Food Bank to be very rewarding. I know that November will be one of their busiest months, so the help would be much appreciated. If you would like to join there, we will get there about 7:45 in the morning. I will love to meet you if you can come out. I would encourage you to bring a can or two to share with others when you come out to donate time.

People as young as 8 can donate their time, even if you need light duty work, it is available. Be sure to wear clothes you feel comfortable working in and shoes cover up your toes you will be ready to go. The Houston Food Bank Portwall Location can be found on this link.here.

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How to make Deep Fried Turkeyhttp://www.copykat.com/2014/10/22/how-to-make-deep-fried-turkey/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/10/22/how-to-make-deep-fried-turkey/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:16:20 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18461 Deep Fried Turkey, if you haven’t had it, I promise you are missing out on a juicy and well flavored turkey. It isn’t only people in Texas, home of the...

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Deep Fried Turkey, if you haven’t had it, I promise you are missing out on a juicy and well flavored turkey. It isn’t only people in Texas, home of the fried food exhibit in their State Fair, that enjoy this, you can make these at home.

Learn how to deep fry a turkey  indoors from CopyKat.com

I used my Masterbuilt 23011114 Butterball Indoor Gen III Electric Fryer Cooker Extra Large Capacity what I really like about this is you can really fry a turkey indoors without an issue.  A few years back I tried this at a Blogging convention.   I asked the lady doesn’t it make a mess, isn’t it difficult to do while I munched on some of the best turkey I had eaten.  She told me I was standing right next to the a turkey frying at that moment.  Since then I have wanted to try one of these myself.

If you go online you can see all sorts of disaster of people catching everything on fire, and sometimes people actually end up in the emergency room.  I can say with this indoor turkey fryer you are going to have great results and this will be simple for you to do.   What I really like about frying a turkey is that you can have a turkey cooked completely in about 45 minutes.    You can typically fry 2 or 3 turkeys with one batch of oil.   I think getting together with a couple of families you can easily knock out several turkeys together.

 

Tips for Deep Fried Turkey

Completely thaw your turkey – thawing a turkey on the countertop is not the best way to thaw a turkey.  Consider thawing your turkey either in the refrigerator, it may take a day or two, or you can thaw it in a cold water bath.  You can also buy a fresh turkey.  When I used to work in the grocery store business you would be surprised how many people would go into the store the morning of Thanksgiving and buy a frozen turkey to prepare that night.   Thanksgiving is not a surprise holiday.  Buy your bird a couple days in advance.

Take the packaging off the turkey – your turkey will come with a variety of packaging.   Remove it, remove the leg ties, make sure you remove the plastic pop up cooking tab if available, and make sure you remove the giblets and the neck.  You can save the giblets and neck to make broth.

Pat the turkey dry – make sure you remove any excess moisture from the turkey.   Paper towels will do this very well.  Make sure you dry the inside and the outside of the turkey.  Excess water may cause the grease to splash and bubble out of control.

Cooking the turkey – Preheat the oil to 400 degrees or the proper temperature as mentioned by the manufacture.   The bird will need to cook about 3 to 4 minutes a pound.  Cook all dark meat to an internal temperature of 175° F to 180° F, and all white meat to an internal temperature of 165° F to 170° F.

Ideas for Marinade

You don’t need to buy an expensive marinade for your deep fried turkey, you can make one from scratch that is as good if not better than any you can purchase from a bottle. Ideally you should inject your turkey a few hours before you are going to prepare the bird.

Some of my favorites include Lea and Perrins Chicken Marinade this is a simple marinade that can be simply purchased. But you can put together other ones easily.

Cajun – you can prepare one with 16 ounces of Italian dressing, 1 cup creole seasoning, 1/4 cup cayenne pepper, and 1/4 cup black pepper.

Butter and Beer – 1/2 pound butter, 5 ounces beer, 1/2 pound butter, 2 tablespoons salt, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons onion powder

Simple and Savory – 2 cups chicken broth, 1/4 pound butter, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt

You may also want to use a rub if desired. I like using a simple rub of salt and pepper, it works well to help season the skin of the deep fried turkey.

Oil for Frying a Turkey

You can use any type of oil to deep fry a turkey. I personally like to use peanut oil, but this is my personal preference. You could also use a blend of vegetable oils if desired. Canola oil works very well to fry a turkey in, and it is a lot less expensive.

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McDonald’s Egg White Delighthttp://www.copykat.com/2014/10/19/mcdonalds-egg-white-delight/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/10/19/mcdonalds-egg-white-delight/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:33:40 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18447 We all know the McDonald’s Egg McMuffin. Did you know they have a lighter version? They do. Guess what, you can make this lower calorie cousin right now with this...

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We all know the McDonald’s Egg McMuffin. Did you know they have a lighter version? They do. Guess what, you can make this lower calorie cousin right now with this copycat recipe.

McDonald's Egg White Delight from CopyKat.com

What do I like about the McDonald’s Egg White Delight? Would it be that you can get a pretty filling breakfast because it has just 250 calories in this breakfast delight. Egg Whites are low in calories and they can be very filling. The wheat English muffin has a little more fiber in it to also help make this more filling. When you make this at home, you can recreate this copycat recipe too, and save yourself some money.

I hate to say it, but I often grab breakfast out in the morning. I am generally in a rush to get to work, and get out the door. I can make coffee first thing in the morning, and well honestly that’s about it. So I like to make breakfast on the weekends and then reheat it when I am in a hurry. This way I can save some money every day.

For this recipe you will need egg whites, you can use regular eggs and save the yolks for another recipe, or you can buy egg whites in a carton and cook those up. You will need some Canadian bacon, if you don’t have any use another lean protein. You will also need some white cheddar cheese. With just these four ingredients you will soon be on your way to a lower calorie and filling breakfast.

If you like McDonald’s Recipes, be sure to check out these copycat versions.

McDonald’s Old Fashioned Apple Pie
McDonald’s Hot Mustard
Shamrock Shake
Homemade Big Mac
Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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