Classic Buttercream Frosting Recipe + Basic Cake Decorating Tools

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Here’s a classic buttercream recipe that can be used to frost layer cakes and cupcakes. This recipe makes enough frosting for a two layer 8″ round cake. If you plan on doing any type of decorating using a piping bag (borders, designs, roses, etc — you should double the recipe).

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Honey Glazed Lemon Pepper Wings

Lemon pepper wings are a favorite flavor at our house. This recipe is full of flavor and has a perfect combination of lemon flavor and a sticky and sweet glaze!

Honey Glazed Lemon Pepper Wings

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients


3 tbl salt free lemon pepper seasoning
1 tbl cornstarch
1 tbl flour
1 tbl lemon juice
1 tbl olive oil
1 tsp salt
2.5 lbs chicken wing pieces
1 recipe of Honey Lemon Butter Glaze (recipe below)

Directions


Wisk together the first 6 ingredients to form a thick paste. Add the chicken and toss until well coated. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Remove chicken from the refrigerator and set the wings on top of a cooling rack set on top of a rimmed sheet pan. Cook for 20 minutes, then brush half of the glaze (see below for recipe) on top the wings. Cook for 15 minutes, turn the wings, brush on the remaining glaze and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove from oven and serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Honey Lemon Butter Glaze

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients


5 tbl unsalted butter, melted
2 tbl salt free lemon pepper seasoning
1 tbl honey
1/2 tsp salt

Directions


Combine all ingredients. If the glaze starts to harden, microwave for 10 seconds.

Quick and Creamy Shrimp and Grits

This shrimp and grits recipe is a favorite in our home. Cooking the grits in water and milk is the secret to their creamy texture. The best part is that this recipe comes together in 20 minutes.

Quick and Creamy Shrimp and Grits

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients


6 slices of bacon, cut to a half inch dice
12 oz peeled, raw shrimp
3 green onions, sliced (green tops & whites separated)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp smoked paprika
Salt and pepper
1 recipe of prepared quick and creamy grits
(recipe below)

Directions

Toss the shrimp with the smoked paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. In a frying pan, fry the bacon until crispy (8-12 minutes). Once cooked, remove the bacon from the pan and set on a paper towel to drain.

Reserve 2 teaspoons of bacon fat and then pour off the rest. Cook the garlic and the whites of the green onion in the reserved bacon fat over medium heat until fragrant and slightly softened (about 1 minute)

Add the shrimp to the frying pan and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked through.

To serve, layer grits and the shrimp mixture then top with the crispy bacon and the remaining green onion.

Serve warm.

Quick and Creamy Grits

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients


3/4 cup of quick cooking grits
1 cup water
2 cups milk
Salt to taste

Directions

In a medium saucepan, bring the water and milk to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, immediately lower the heat to medium-low.

Pour the grits into the milk mixture and quickly whisk to avoid any clumps from forming. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes stirring occasionally. If your grits become too thick, add water a tablespoon at a time to thin. If they’re too thin, cook for a few minutes longer.

Salt to taste.