Category: Gourmet Meals at Home

I’ll do ‘The Dance of Joy’ kickin for BBQ with Fried Chicken!

Pork ribs, beef ribs, potato salad, fried chicken, hotlinks collard greens

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Did you know….

The earliest European settlers were looking for quick wealth so agriculture in the South didn’t take off until African farmers were brought here. African Americans brought seeds of collard greens, peas, okra (kumba), yams, watermelons and sesame (benne). They used the same farming techniques they had learned in Africa, creating a surplus of crops that became the basis for traditional Southern Hospitality.

The rural South of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries produced few cities outside of ports like Baltimore, Charleston, and New Orleans. Travel was difficult. Lonesome homesteads and plantations were far apart. Guests expected to visit for days if not weeks. Not only did they need to rest, but they brought news and entertainment to isolated families. Chickens and pork were served in every possible fashion. Salted, smoked country hams were boiled and baked and served with beaten biscuits. Greens and their potliquor were served with cornbread. Desserts featured ambrosia, trifles, sweet potato and pecan pies. Barbecues, and fish feasts drew distant neighbors together. At oyster roasts, oysters were steamed, fried, stewed, served in patties or just raw.(

Today’s Restaurant

Mom’s House (TasteBook Recipes) – Tracy, Ca

Average Cost

A whole lot of hugs, kisses, love and helping her grill the meat. 🙂

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Recommended Dishes to BBQ with family: 

Fried Chicken, Pork and Beef Ribs, Hotlinks, Collard Greens, Potato Salad, and Corn!

Favorite Food Celebration Dance:

It’s the weekend and it is sunny outside and any time the sun is willing then I am willing for a BBQ!

“Trevis, I love to eat BBQ but it is always so hard for me..I guess I’ll just read today..”

“My dear friend, BBQ is really easy and you can do it with the simplest ingredients.”

Let’s talk about it.


Gourmet Meal at Home for under $20!!!


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Did you know….

There are 5 star restaurants around the world that can charge you up to $600 per person for a nice meal.(

Today’s Restaurant

My Home – San Jose, Ca

Today’s Recipe

Cajun Salmon sitting on top of a bed of mash potatoes with asparagus


 2 Salmon Fillets – You can buy at a market for under $15

3-4 large potatoes

Cooking Oil

1/2 cup Milk

1/2 Stick of Butter

Creole Seasoning

Italian Herbs

2 Garlic Cloves

1/4 Yellow Onion

Asparagus – Half a bundle

2 Lemons


Salmon Prep

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grab a pan to place in oven and place foil within and pour about 4 tablespoons of oil
  3. Season salmon fillet on top only with creole seasoning and Italian Herbs and place onto pan
  4. Slice onion into long slices and sprinkle around the fish
  5. Mince garlic and sprinkle around the fish
  6. Cut half a lemon and squeeze lemon juice over fish

Place in oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Potatoes and Asparagus Prep

  1. Grab 2 large potatoes and place in boiling water for 45 minutes
  2. While potatoes are boiling grab a pan to cook asparagus on stove top
  3. Pour about 4 tablespoons of oil in pan and turn on medium heat
  4. Slice small pieces of onion and throw into pan and then immediately place in the asparagus
  5. Toss asparagus for 10 minutes and remove from stove top
  6. Grab a bowl and remove mash potatoes. Be careful they are hot!
  7. Use a fork and begin to mash them in a bowl. If they are still hard you can place them in microwave for 5 minutes and then they should be soft.
  8. Pour 1/2 cup of milk and stir until blended together
  9. Add half a stick of butter and stir until blended
  10. Lightly Salt and taste, salt and taste until it tastes exactly how you want it.

Plating Instructions

1. Use spoon and place mash potatoes on plate to the slight left of plate in the shape of your salmon filet.

2. Place salmon fillet on top of potatoes

3. Lay out a couple of pieces of asparagus towards the right side of the plate

4. Cut of circular slices of lemon and lay on the plate to fill the gaps. Just make it as elegant as as you can and serve.

Tip: A loaf of garlic bread would go great with this and a glass of white wine!

Average Cost

Between $15-20 for feeding up to 2 people

Rating (1-10)


Being in the comfort of your own home and eating a gourmet meal that would normally cost you $50 a person is a blessing in itself but where do you start from. Many of us have a Ferrari taste but Honda budget so how do we get a gourmet restaurant meal in our home without having to spend ridiculous amounts of money to get it.

There are many different types of dishes you can cook at home to reach a gourmet meal display on a plate by adding some type of bright veggie to your signature dish and not over-setting the plate.

Asparagus tends to be the vegetable of choice in many elegant restaurants because it’s decorative and has an artistic shape to it.

Now let’s get down to business and talk a bit about how I even got to this point to cook at home rather than go out to eat.