Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Recipe courtesy Aaron McCargo Jr.

Prep Time:
20 min
Inactive Prep Time:
Cook Time:
8 min
16 lettuce cups


Spicy Salsa:

  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet marinated peppers, chopped (recommended: Peppadew)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapenos, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Blue Cheese Sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup blue cheese
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Buffalo Chicken:

  • 1/4 cup mild hot sauce
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 16 Bibb lettuce leaves, washed, dried, and separated


For the salsa: Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Allow to marinate.

For the blue cheese sauce: In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, blue cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, lime juice, garlic, and salt and pepper, to taste. Mix in the cilantro, chives, and parsley.

For the chicken: Place the hot sauce into a bowl. Dredge the chicken with the hot sauce. In a casserole dish, mix together the flour, salt, paprika, and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture. Shake off any excess flour.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil to about 1/4-inch up the sides of the skillet. When the oil is hot (it will bubble around the handle of a wooden spoon), add the chicken to the skillet. After 4 minutes, turn the chicken over and cook until the chicken is browned and cooked through, about 4 more minutes.

Place the lettuce leaves on a platter and spoon the chicken into the lettuce. Top the chicken with 1 tablespoon of the blue cheese sauce and salsa. Serve immediately.

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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Uncategorized


My new favorite show ~ SANDWHICH KING

Jeff Mauro is adorably hilarious on the Food Network show “Sandwhich King”.  On today’s show, he offered healthy sandwhich alternatives that looked mouth-watering good!

He is just the right amount of funny, and very Italian Gumba.  The things he says while he’s cooking make me laugh.  He’s the kinda guy you want to invite over for dinner to meet your Grandma.  He would kiss her and schmooz her and win her over in about 3.5 seconds.

If you want to check out the recipes for today’s show…here is a link:

The Chicken Salad sangwhich looked DIVINE ~



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Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Ummm….yeah…I’m there for you…

Last night, I went shopping with my daughter.  As we shopped, she lamented that all of her clothes in her closet…(which, by the way is so jam-packed, that I think it is affecting the structural soundness of our home) were not the latest trends, and she didn’t want to wear them anymore.  I myself, cannot wrap my mind around this type of notion.  I shop at Anne Taylor and Lord and Taylor and carfully choose classic wardrobe staples that last for many years and still look fairly current.  I spend more to begin with and reap the benefits later (And NO, I don’t have any Gaucho’s from the 80’s).

In my daughters world, the latest fad clothes are what she seeks.  She pours over fashion magazines, and consults the internet and our good friend Gina, the fashion guru weekly.  Then it’s off to the mall with her Tanning Salon paycheck… to stores like Forever 21 and H & M for some trendy throwaway clothes that she won’t like anymore in about 3 weeks.  I guess it works.  I just can’t do it (ok, and I would never fit my big gulu into those clothes anyway).

So last nights shopping trip included about 6 items including peach jeans, cheetah shorts, new sandals, and some trendy tees.  I made her promise that she would go thru her closet and get rid of the stuff she was never gonna wear again.  Problem number 1…she has a difficult time being honest with herself about what she is and isn’t gonna wear again.  Problem number 2…when she does get rid of things and her closet isn’t bulging to the point of eruption anymore…she is consumed with fashion-loss depression that only 72 Starbucks Upside down triple caramel machiatos can cure.  Again…this kind of emotion is very hard for me to understand.  Take my cast iron skillet, or my goat cheese, however…and I would need to be hospitalized.

So, as promised…Alissa decided to purge today.  And purging she is.  I was happily watching my lastest  favorite Food Network show, “Sandwhich King” and she comes downstairs and says that she needs me.  I must go upstairs and sit on her bed and offer moral support and condolences as she painfully considers each “sooooo last summer” garment.  So, because I really am not that interested, but am trying to do my “motherly duty”…I am sitting on the bed with my laptop…blogging about her pain.  I occasionally look up from the computer and say, “uh huh” or “yeah…that’s so summer of 2011…” and she seems comforted.  Best outta 2.  I get to blog and she has support in the funeral of her discarded clothes.

Even Daisy came into lend some moral support.  Here she is standing on a pile of last years fashion faux pas.  They say that dogs can sense bad fashion choices…um…obviously!

Half way thru and I feel I’ve blogged about all I can think of for this situation.  Her closet is far from empty, and I’m feeling like I need some Salted carmel potato chip Ben and Jerry’s icecream.  But I will remain…here in my spot on the bed…perhaps checking out facebook or Guy Fieri’s latest recipes…and occasionally offering my sage advice…”Those shorts…so last week…totally wrong for you!”

It’s just what Mom’s do.

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Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


A favorite for weekend breakfasts!




6 eggs

1/4 C. Salsa

1/4 cup chopped red onion

2 Italian sausages (casing removed)

1 Pillsbury frozen pie crust

Cheddar cheese



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray cupcake pan with PAM.

In a frying pan…fry crumbled sausage with chopped onions til sausage is cooked.  Roll out the pie dough and using a 3″ round cookie cutter (or I use a glass) cut out 12 circles of dough.  Place each circle in the bottom of cupcake pan.   Whip eggs and salsa with a whisk until frothy and set aside.  Put about a teaspoon of sausage/onion mixture in each dough cup.  Then put 3 to 4 Tablespoons of egg mixture over the sausage.  Top each one with cheddar cheese.  Bake for 30 minutes or until set and slightly browned.

(Use a butter knife to go around each quiche to loosen it from the pan)

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Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Promises to a sweet old lady…

   I was driving yesterday…just going to the grocery store.  I needed buns for some meatball “sangwhiches”.  As I passed by a local rehab/elderly care facility…I noticed an sweet lilttle old lady…walking thru the parking lot and then into the busy street.  I pulled over immediately and got out.  She was wearing a sleeveless nightgown and slippers (it was freezing cold out)…and tho she wore a lovely smile…it was also the facial expression of someone that had lost their faculties.  I introduced myself and asked her where she was going…and she told me that she was going to California to visit her brother (via Detroit, I guess).  I told her that if she got into my car, I would take her there.  She looked at me for a few minutes, deciding whether or not I was a worthy travel partner.  Then she agreed, and offered to give me money for gas.  I helped her into the car and pulled up to the door of a care facility.  There were 2 ambulances at the front entrance, and I supposed things had gotten busy and she had just slipped by them.  I found myself thinking that if this was my mother…I would want someone to make sure she was safe.  I found a nurse, who came out to the car to bring my new friend back to her old room.  She kept telling the nurse that I promised to take her to her brother in California.  She looked broken hearted.  I felt miserable that I couldn’t fulfill my promise to her.  Then I consoled myself with the fact that she probably didn’t even have a brother in California….and if she did…he was probably gone to his reward by now.  I told myself that she was probably on her way to the cafeteria and a nice big serving of Jello. It didn’t make me feel much better.  At least she was safe.  I moved on then…to fresh buns…and my “meatball sangwhich”.   A sandwhich like that could make any situation better, right?


Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Uncategorized


Actin’ Big…

When my brother Gregg and I were little, we fought a lot.  About everything.  We could be heard saying, “He started it…”  “She’s touching me….”  “He’s lookin at me me!”  My poor Mother.  But THE MOST annoying thing we did to one another was something we called, “Actin’ big”.  The act of actin’ big was actually something most people would call showing off, being a brown-noser, or boasting about something.  And it bothered both of us….MUCHLY.  My mom probably wishes she had a dollar for everytime one of us accused the other one of actin’ big.    What does this have to do with anything????  I’ll get there.

The past week or so has been a week of much agonizing stress for me, as well as some life-changing events, and some not-so-eventful victories.  Today was a good day…for small reasons.  When I got home from work today, it was 82 degrees in the Detroit area.  IN MARCH.  WHAT?  I decided, for the first time since July, that I was gonna go for a walk.  A real one…outside…with normal running shoes.  I got Daisy into her doggie harness and she looked at me like, “You’re kiddin me right?” because it had been so long.  But as we stepped outside into the sunshine and cool breeze, I felt like an olympic athelete.  As we started to walk down the street (it was actually a half walk/half limp/ hop kinda thing) I started actin’ big.  I couldn’t help it.  I waved to the neighbors,  and when I crossed the street and a car was driving by, I kind spun around and made a “go right ahead” arm-sweeping gesture at him…and boy did he look confused.  I started to sing to myself, and limped a little faster…I kept asking Daisy if she was proud of me…but she was cruzin for bunnies or squirrels so she just ignored me.  A jogger went by me and I gave him the finger pistol mouth-clicking wink thing…he kinda just chuckled and ran faster.  I actually limped all the way to my daughter Alissa’s work…about a 1/2 mile.  I sat on her couch for a few minutes and dramatically wiped the sweat off my face, as she let Daisy drink water out of a big glass.  She knew I was actin big…but I think she was proud of me, too.  Then she asked me if I wanted to borrow her car to drive home.  I just snorted at her and acted shocked at the idea. The walk home was equally as glorious.  Painful, and so so so glorious.  If my brother could have seen me, walking through my neighborhood with cocky, bad girl limping swag…he would have immediately called my mother.  I can hear it now…”Karyn’s actin’ biggggggggggggggggggggggg!”

Small victories.  Huge miracles.  Answered prayers…and PEACE.  Winning!

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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


YUMMY BREAKFAST…Ham and Cheese Waffles

Today I made waffles with a twist.  I had leftover spiral-sliced ham, so I added small pieces to my waffles on the iron, along with some shredded cheddar.  Note:  You have to spray your waffle iron liberally with PAM after each waffle.  The cheese gets kinda semi-burned crunchy, and surprisingly, with a drizzle of maple syrup…it tastes amazing!

Not difficult or time consuming…just differently delish!

Daisy sat staring at me the whole time, waiting for me to “throw a doggie-sista a taste!”

Have a wonderful Saturday!


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Posted by on March 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


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