Corn Fritters…Where Have You Been All My Life

I love three day weekends.  Something about that extra day where I feel I don’t have to be productive every minute of the weekend, because I have one more day to get stuff done.  This weekend was a perfect balance of rest, relaxation and productivity.

I think I told you our gas grill died.  RIP – you served us well these last 10+ years!  But I had a boat load of tomatoes I needed to char up for salsa, so Mr. Weber stood in.  Well, let me tell you, charring the tomatoes on the Weber took me about three times as long, but it was worth it.   These are only 3/4 of the tomatoes I got for $6.  The rest made a gallon of marinara sauce!

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I used my new totally deluxe canner.  Wow, what a breeze to can with that machine!  Clean jars went into the canner where they steam for 12 minutes.  You only use SIX CUPS of water in the canner.  After the 12 minutes are up, you take a jar out, fill it with salsa, put the lid on and put it back in – I could fit 4 pint jars at a time.  Then just hit the “salsa” button and it did all the work.  It only took 40 minutes to can the salsa, and then a green light comes on when it’s cooled off enough to open the lid.

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While I can’t do that many jars at a time, I love the fact that I don’t have to heat up the whole kitchen with the water bath method I usually used.  This will be put to good use!

I am sure most of you have seen Half Baked Harvest’s website.  She’s super creative, has the longest recipe titles which crack me up, and she’s doing what she loves.  She’s actually in the process of converting a barn on her families property into a totally deluxe kitchen/pantry/photo studio and will live in a bedroom above the studio.  #jealous

Well last week she posted a recipe for chipotle burgers with corn fritters.  While I knew Tony wouldn’t touch a chipotle burger to save his life, the corn fritters intrigued me.   It kind of reminded me of a kicked up hush puppy.  She pan fried hers, so I had to adapt her recipe a bit since I was using my deep fat fryer – I needed the batter to stick together a bit more so they would hold their shape once they hit the oil.  I also left out the jalapeno, but if you can handle the heat, I would add a seeded and diced jalapeno to the batter in a heart beat.  And of course, left out the green onions.   I added the panko bread crumbs to thicken the batter.


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Holy balls were these good.  With a bit of ranch dressing on the side for dipping – these were wonderful – and best of all – Tony loved them!  Crunchy on the outside, yet tender on the inside.  We seriously could have made a meal with these alone.  Thanks for the idea Tieghan!

We hung outside Saturday night – Tony indulges me with 80s music every once in a while – he pretty much hates 80s music, so I appreciate the gesture.  We also listened to a Doug Benson podcast.  Love his smile!

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I ended up running a bunch of errands on Sunday.  I had to laugh at this product.  One, because I almost bought it and two, well, isn’t everything better with bacon?!

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My Mom came over yesterday.  I try to make things for her that she wouldn’t normally cook for herself since she lives by herself.  I know she loves ribs, so that was easy.  I ended up making a kick ass baked bean side dish – recipe to come later this week.  We ended up hitting up my local grocery store to see if my Mom could score some tomatoes off the $1 rack – it was full of eggplant – gross!  But we lucked out because they had VINE ripened tomatoes for .39 cents a pound!  She bought 5 pounds of tomatoes and 5 years of corn and her total bill was $2.39!

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That’s the picture I sent to my brother (check out his latest post on beloved Ramen noodles) and sister, reminding them that our Mom was spending another holiday with her favorite child.  Not the most appealing dinner plate I’ve ever put together, but it was super tasty!

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And then Mom and I brought wine out and Scrabble and played a quick game before she headed back home.  For the record, I won! (by 68 points, but who’s counting?!)  My Mom is actually an awesome Scrabble player, I just lucked out with the letters.

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Remember last week when I showed you hot peppers an old friend sent me from his garden?


Well I forgot to buy jalapenos at the store, but decided to use these peppers for my salsa.  I had tried pretty much all of them, but decided to take a bit out of the two bigger ones on the right hand side.  Holy shit.  I have never tasted anything so hot in all my life.  My face got red, I started sweating, I couldn’t stop making saliva – it was awful.  Swigs of milk did absolutely nothing.  I ended up slathering my tongue in Chobani to cool down the heat.  About an HOUR later my mouth was almost back to normal – I went on Facebook and told the story to my friend, wherein he informed me that those two peppers are in fact Naga Jolokia or aka “ghost” peppers – only the hottest pepper known to man.  Check out where it sits on this chart – 1,000,000 scoville units!  I can eat jalapenos like apples, so this will tell you how hot those were – I actually threw them out – even if I took out the seeds, it would still be way too hot for me.  Lesson learned!


What was the highlight of your weekend?  Me – hanging out with Tony and having my Mom over.  Tonight I am having dinner out with Hannah and my Mom – Hannah had to work all weekend.   We are going to Wok N Fire – I think I am going to get their thai red curry tofu stirfry – its so good!  And maybe my body could use some vegetables – they were lacking a bit this weekend.

And thanks to everyone who commented, sent me emails, posted on Facebook or Instagram about my trip to New York.  And I don’t have any details yet of exactly where it is, or if it will be televised or anything – I’ll keep you posted!  Make it a great day!

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  • Helen
    September 2, 2014 at 7:07 am So funny that you've never had a corn fritter. My mom made these on the regular when I was growing up. Maybe fritters (corn, clam, etc.) are a New England thing?
    • Biz319
      September 3, 2014 at 9:26 am I used to love Long John Silvers hush puppies, which these kind of remind me of, except the filling is lighter than those - thank God the closest Long John Silvers is 30 miles from me!
  • Charlie Hills
    September 2, 2014 at 7:09 am Most of my day was spent bill paying and related. Basically forgot that it was a holiday at all. Looks like you and mom had fun. Too bad I wasn't there to play Scrabble with you. That way mom wouldn't have come in last place.
    • Biz319
      September 3, 2014 at 9:26 am Sorry you didn't have a fun day Charlie - still going to look for the Oriental flavor ramen noodles for you!
  • Jennifer Olszowy
    September 2, 2014 at 7:39 am So proud that you get to head off to NYC! Go kick some butt and have lots of fun! What part of the city will you be staying in?
    • Biz319
      September 3, 2014 at 9:27 am I still don't know yet Jenn - I am supposed to get a detailed itinerary by the end of this week - nervous and excited at the same time!
  • Kim of Mo'Betta
    September 2, 2014 at 9:42 am That's so awesome that you won the NY trip! I wasn't surprised :-) That canner is completely awesome! I so want one!! Also glad that Tony seems to be feeling better. He has lost a lot of weight, but he looks good...and you can let him know that 80's music RULES! haha
    • Biz319
      September 3, 2014 at 9:27 am Believe me Kim, I try to tell him all the time that 80s music rules! Thanks!
  • Lisa
    September 2, 2014 at 10:48 am We have 18 jalapenos plants in our garden. They are hot as hell but tolerable. Cannot imagine those others!!!
    • Biz319
      September 3, 2014 at 9:28 am Lisa, just walk away if you ever see those ghost peppers - so not worth it!
  • Louise
    September 2, 2014 at 11:05 am Looks like you had a great weekend. Making salsa with your new canner looks like the way to go. Can you do pickles in that canner too? Fritters sounds delish and your dinner with beans, ribs and fritters looks excellent!! Hot peppers, no not for me, that ghost pepper would probably knock me down and out in a second. Hooray for Chobani it can put fires out too!!! I play scrabble on my computer....I have learned how to beat the computer every time....hahahaha....but playing the old fashioned way, with another person is the way to go and with a glass of wine too! Nothing special going on here Labor day. Did not even cook out. It was just like any other day....oh well. As the world turns. :)
    • Louise
      September 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm Hey Biz....just got back from Walmart....guess what I found "Pumpkin Chobani" !!! Was that ever delicious! Oh and "Flip - Nutty for Nana" Chobani and "Indulgent Banana and Dark Chocolate" Chobani......oh my....I can hardly wait to try these others....is it morning yet???? I had pumpkin Chobani on the way home from shopping and I absolutely enjoyed the ride down Wisconsin Ave!!!! Have a great day, hope you can find these new tastes from Chobani :) :) :)
      • Biz319
        September 3, 2014 at 9:29 am My DIL found the pumpkin - my local store just got the watermelon and grapefruit, so I think we are a bit behind - glad you liked it though! And yes, I can do pickles in the canner - I bought pickling salt over the weekend - that will be next. :D
  • Heather
    September 2, 2014 at 11:46 am Favorite part of my weekend was playing cards outside last night with my boys. It was the perfect way to unwind after a LONG weekend where we definitely played hard - lol. I love corn fritters!!!
    • Biz319
      September 3, 2014 at 9:29 am That sounds perfect Heather! I can't believe how big C looks in his day before school picture!
  • Shelley B
    September 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm So there IS a pepper that even you can't handle! Now we know...even Biz has her limits! Tony is looking better and better. Glad you guys had a great weekend!
    • Biz319
      September 3, 2014 at 9:34 am Yep, there is a limit Shelley! I like flavorful spicy, not just spicy for the hell of it.
  • Kim
    September 2, 2014 at 12:26 pm So good to see Tony smiling and looking like he is feeling better!! Jordan thinks he would like ghost peppers - even after watching this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZstObB4RVsQ Glad you had fun with your mom!!
    • Biz319
      September 3, 2014 at 9:34 am Tell Jordan to walk away! It seriously took my mouth about an hour to get back to normal. I'll check out the video though :D
  • Karli
    September 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm Its the afternoon and I'm feeling punchy... Your comment about the corn fritters "crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside" reminded me of some people I know. :)
    • Biz319
      September 3, 2014 at 9:35 am Hahahaha! Sorry I'll miss you in New York - waaaa!
  • SkippyMom
    September 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm A friend gave you ghost peppers and neglected to mention they were GHOST FRICKING PEPPERS? OMGosh I can only imagine the dance your mouth was doing. I love hot stuff...love, love, love - but not those. No way, no how. I like 3 day weekends because when I go to bed Saturday night I know I have a "whole" weekend left with Steven. YAY! And the kidlet - it was hard to let them out the door this morning. I won't mention hanging off anyone's leg in a pathetic attempt to stop them. No, no need. giggle We ate a lot - cut branches off our trees, chopped those up, drove Evie around - yeah, pretty typical weekend. Oh, and Steven and I went to a Tiki Bar Party - it was nice to see my old friend, but I swear some women have never gotten out of high school mode, regardless of age [they were in their 40s] so I tired of them pretty quick. What's with the snark girls? I don't even know you....and will never see you after tonight. What gives with the whispering and pointing? Grow up. [Could be they were drunk and miserable, and I was sober and happy to be out on the water? Not sure. giggle See...there I go.....] Ah well...it was pretty funny. Tony is looking fabulous - and you can tell how much water has gone away in his face. YAY! He must be so much more comfortable. Love to you guys - glad you had a nice weekend together and Momma.
    • Biz319
      September 3, 2014 at 9:36 am I am so happy you went out - even though when you passed out from exhaustion, you didn't realize what room you woke up in! (sorry for the bruised leg though!) Yep, Tony is looking better every day! He ate ribs and corn fritters - couldn't ask for anything better. :D
  • Fran
    September 3, 2014 at 2:55 am That harvest website looks great, not too smart looking at it just before lunch LOL. But since your measurements are different than mine and I have about a 100 cook books I won't use the recipes. Besides, I'm on the blog right now that gives me cooking inspiration every day :) Looks like you had a lovely weekend. I love 3 day weekens too. Too bad that I have to work 5 days again every 2 weeks, starting this week. At least next week I will be off on Friday.
    • Biz319
      September 3, 2014 at 9:37 am Yep, there are some foreign blogs that I see recipes in metric, and I think "that would take too long to do the conversion." Ha! Here's to us BOTH being committed to being back on track in September Fran! :D
  • Erin
    September 5, 2014 at 7:46 am Corn fritters are so amazing. How rude that your so-called friend didn't tell you they were ghost peppers. I like hot shit, but lord have mercy I would never try a ghost pepper. I'd do a habanero for cash, but that's my limit!
  • Lauren W
    September 19, 2014 at 7:36 am Ha! So those are the infamous straight from the pits of hell ghost peppers?! Your blog is as fabulous as you are, keep up the great work!! Now I need to go buy that canner (just don't tell Louis) ;)
    • Biz319
      September 19, 2014 at 8:01 am Yep - the deadliest peppers on the planet! It was so nice meeting you Lauren - congrats again on the win! :D