Cuban Mojito

Mojitos!  My favorite.  And very easy.

Don’t use simple syrup if you want a more authentic taste – muddling the sugar, lime juice and mint leaves is how it’s done in Cuba!

This makes a big drink with less alcohol (usually you’d add just a splash of club soda), perfect for sipping on a hot day.

Cuban Mojito

  • 10 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste
  • 2-3 ounces white rum
  • 1/2 cup club soda
In a tall glass (16 ounces), squeeze lime juice from wedges (throw them in once squeezed), and add the mint leaves and sugar.
Using a muddler (I have this one) or a spoon, gently crush the lime wedges and mint leaves into the sugar.
Fill glass with ice, add rum and top with club soda.  Stir and enjoy!

Crispy Oven-Baked Chicken Wings

Happy Birthday America!  In honor of your day, I made an American favorite…chicken wings!  I’ve made these many times before and to help control calories, I bake them for crisp skin.  No one ever cares that they’re not fried. Men will still eat these while watching football!

But I learned another secret that is the real key to tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone wings: parboiling.  This means you semi-cook the wings in boiling water first.  It makes all the difference!

First – a little advice.  Don’t do what I did, and go buy the wings the day before the holiday…supermarkets mark them up double or more – ugh.  Buy ’em super cheap and freeze ’em until you need them.

You’ll never know they aren’t fried!

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these wings are blackened; see the recipe for instructions.

Crispy Oven-Baked Chicken Wings

Sauce will coat up to 4 pounds of wings.

  • chicken wings, up to 4 pounds
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon mustard powder
  • few dashes of Worchestershire sauce
  • juice of 1/2 large lemon

for the blackened seasoning, as pictured, add the following to everything above:

  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons ground pepper

Melt the butter in a large bowl, and add the other ingredients.  Whisk to combine.

In a large pot filled halfway with boiling salted water, boil the wings for 10 minutes.  Remove onto paper towels and pat dry.

Toss the wings in the butter/hot sauce mixture, and lay in a single layer on a broiling pan.

Bake with convection at 400 degrees (or 425 without convection) for 20 minutes.  Flip wings over and continue cooking another 10 minutes or until wings are brown with the edges just starting to burn.

Serve with ranch dip (contains MSG):

  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix
  • 8 ounces low fat sour cream
  • 8 ounces fat-free Greek yogurt

Serve immediately with carrots and celery.  Enjoy!