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Mark T. Carboni shares his Cookin With Carbo party recipes with Shindigz
Growing up Carbo, I have found the greatest joy being surrounded by great family and friends. Whether it’s a small gathering, or more extravagant themed party
, I know that the food and drink you serve will set the tone just as much as the decor.
The best way to make an acquaintance a friend is through amazing food, fun and the ability to be honest and true. Honesty and truth, a mighty powerful combination just like the combination of bacon and avocado. Join me as I open my kitchen, to you, as I share food coupled with fun and a recipe from the Cookin’ with Carbo collection.
This Bacon Avacado Dip will be the hit of your next party!
Bacon and Avocado Dip
3 ripe avocados
1 clove of garlic – minced
1 small lime – juiced
6 slices of bacon – cooked and diced
3 T of fresh chopped cilantro
Heavy dash of salt and pepper
Slice the avocados from top to bottom and around to the top. Hold avocado in your hand and turn one side left and one side right and it will open. Remove the core and keep (just one).
Scoop the avocado from the shell and place in large bowl. Add garlic, lime, salt and pepper. With the back of a spoon. Smush the avocado against the bowl. It should be somewhat chunky. Next mix circular to incorporate all the ingredients. Drop in the bacon and cilantro and mix again.
Place the core in the center, place in refrigerate and serve within an hour of making for best flavors. (Wrap tightly or spray the top with a non stick spray to prevent discoloration).
The passion for cooking was inherited through Carbo’s maternal grandmother who inspired Mark T. Carboni (Carbo) to bring joy to friends and family through the act of preparing food and celebrations. Carbo and his partner travel to sample and learn regional and cultural differences in food. The experiences allow him to make new and exciting recipes that can be reproduce in your own home using every day products and equipment in a short amount of time. Carbo provides private cooking lessons, authored his first cookbook and keeps a highly interactive Facebook page that showcases food-talk and fun. www.facebook.com/carbocooks.
- 2 lbs ground beef – brown and finely chopped
- 32 oz spicy chili beans
- 32 oz kidney beans
- 12 oz can of tomato soup
- 64 oz tomato juice
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- Chili powder to taste
Combine all ingredients in a crock or a large pot. Cook 4+ hours or until desired thickness is achieved. Season with cayenne pepper and chili powder to taste. Chopped onions can be added for additional flavor.
- 2 pounds pork sausage
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk baking mix
- 16 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Combine the sausage, baking mix, cheddar cheese, onion, celery and garlic powder. Mix well and form into 1 inch balls.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans (traditional variety)
- 1 (4.5 ounce) can chopped green chiles, undrained
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, plus
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice for avocado layer
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3 avocados, halved, pitted, flesh spooned out
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup salsa (drain to equal 1 cup if salsa is especially runny)
- 3/4 cup sliced canned black olives, drained
- 1 cup grated pepper Jack cheese
- 1/2 cup thin sliced scallion greens, green part only
Mix beans, chiles, 1 Tb. of lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. In a second small bowl, mash avocados with a fork; stir in remaining 2 Tbs. lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to make guacamole. In a third small bowl, mix sour cream and mayonnaise.
Spread bean mixture, then guacamole, then sour cream mixture, and finally salsa over the bottom of a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate or similar size pan. Sprinkle with olives, then cheese. (Dip can be covered and refrigerated up to 2 days) To serve, sprinkle with green onions.
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 dash garlic powder
- dash cayenne pepper
- 2 1/2 pounds frozen fully cooked meatballs
In a Dutch oven, combine the first nine ingredients Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, thaw meatballs in microwave according to package directions. Stir into sauce; heat through.
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon onion juice
- 1 tablespoon grated onion
- 1 (1 pound) loaf white bread, crusts trimmed
- 1 (22 ounce) jar baby dill pickles
In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion juice and grated onion.
Spread the mixture thinly on the white bread slices. Roll 1 baby dill pickle in each slice of bread. Place in a medium glass baking dish with the seam side down. Cover and chill in the refrigerator 8 hours, or overnight.
To serve, slice each bread roll into 1 inch slices.
- 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cooked and cubed
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 (2 ounce) bottle hot sauce
- 1 (8 ounce) bottle blue cheese salad dressing
- 1 (16 inch) prepared pizza crust
- 1 (8 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
In a medium bowl combine the cubed chicken, melted butter and hot sauce. Mix well. Spread whole bottle of salad dressing over crust, then top with chicken mixture and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
Bake in preheated oven until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly, about 5 to 10 minutes. Let set a few minutes before slicing, and serve.
- 1 pound sliced bacon
- 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup sliced green olives
Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni pasta, and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
Whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Add the bacon, pasta, tomato, cucumber, egg, and celery. Gently fold until the salad is evenly covered with the dressing. Sprinkle with the sliced olives to serve.