the life and times of J T Frey

Cajun Spice Blend

One thing I dislike about commercial seasoning blends is the amount of salt they include; not only am I paying a premium for something which is usually mainly salt, but it's impossible to balance the spice-to-salt ratio just as I like it. This recipe leaves the salt out; the Old Bay and oregano make the biggest difference. If you don't believe me, try making the recipe without them then add them.

Written by Jeff Frey on Monday February 29, 2016
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Candied Walnuts

A very simple candied nut recipe I found online. Uses just one pan and candies the nuts as they roast. I'm thinking a little cinnamon (or other spices) might be a nice addition, though I haven't tried that yet.

Written by Jeff Frey on Sunday November 20, 2016
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Chicken Seasoning

One discount spice vendor at our local supermarket makes a great blend that's simply called, "chicken seasoning." It's an orangey off-white color, tastes of onion, garlic, and paprika, and it just plain great on — you guessed it — chicken. This is an honorable attempt at their mystery recipe for the blend.

Written by Jeff Frey on Wednesday March 14, 2018
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Chicken Tinga

At the Brandywine Arts Festival this year a local caterer was selling tacos. They had various meats and a bar of self-serve condiments. For one of my tacos I chose the chicken tinga, something I'd never heard of before. Adorned with chopped cilantro, pico de gallo, and their house red salsa, it was absolutely delicious. Recipes I've found online seem to call for a base of chipotles in adobo sauce, which is usually just too spicy. The amount of garlic seemed over the top, too. This is a somewhat more tame recipe I developed to turn some leftover roasted chicken into another meal.

Written by Jeff Frey on Sunday September 17, 2017
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Classic Baked Beans

For about a decade now I've been making barbecue: the real-deal, low-and-slow, smoked over wood sort of stuff. Every pit master needs a few recipes for sauce and sides. Baked beans is a classic.

Written by Jeff Frey on Sunday August 28, 2016
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