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Cornbread for Thanksgiving

Cornbread for Thanksgiving

    Well, it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and though I usually like to start my prep the day before Thanksgiving. My youngest Jade will be celebrating her 14th birthday on the day before Thanksgiving, well thank God this is not the year that […]

Frugal Friday/ Barbeque Chicken

Frugal Friday/ Barbeque Chicken

wanted to make something simple, and fun for dinner on Friday. Since Fridays are usually the day my children or at least one of them would join me in the kitchen as well as the day I would let them pick what is for dinner.  A few days prior I needed some chicken broth for something I was cooking, I realized that I had everything to make some homemade chicken broth, and that was when this great money saving tip hit me.  And that was to make the chicken broth and save the chicken for a recipe, I had a few recipes in mind that I hope to share throughout, but this one, is barbeque chicken tacos, with coleslaw. I bought the prepackaged coleslaw in the grocery store. And whipped up some mayonnaise, black pepper, whole milk, sugar and vinegar and voila I had cole slaw.

CHICKEN BROTH

  • 1 whole chicken
  • A large stock pot filled with water
  • 6 regular size carrots ( peeled and chopped in chunks)
  • 8 stalks of celery (washed and chopped in chunks)
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 6 whole pimento seeds
  • 1 cube chicken bullion
  • 1 tbsp black pepper

 

Directions

Remove the insides from the chicken, soak chicken in water with vinegar.

I prefer to dunk the chicken in the pot of water before putting on so I do not risk burning myself while dunking it into boiling water.  Put on medium-high heat, cover the pot and bring to a boil, once it begins to boil, add the remaining ingredients, cover and cook for 1 hour.

Using a tongue remove the chicken from the pot, set aside to cool, (about 10 minutes) once it is cool shred the chicken.

To make barbeque chicken for tacos. If like me you do not need to use all of the chicken, you can put in a freezer bag and keep for another recipe.

One Pot Cajun Chicken and Potato

One Pot Cajun Chicken and Potato

    Debbie Doyle Yields 4-6One Pot Cajun Chicken and Potato10 minPrep Time 1 hrCook Time 1 hr, 10 Total Time Save Recipe Print Recipe My Recipes My Lists My Calendar Ingredients• 1 ½ lbs of redskin potatoes ( washed and cut into desired pieces […]

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

  Beef Stew Ingredients 3 ½ lbs beef cut for stew ¾ -1 lb of potatoes ( peeled and cubed to the desired size)4 medium-size carrots ( peeled and chopped to the desired size)3 ½ lbs beef cut for stew ¾ -1 lb of potatoes […]

Jerk Stew Chicken

Jerk Stew Chicken

 

Yields 4-6

Jerk Stew Chicken

15 minPrep Time

1 hr, 30 Cook Time

1 hr, 45 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 3-4 lbs chicken ( I used thighs and legs) I remove skin
  • 3 tbsp jerk marinade
  • 2 tsp all spice
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 medium size onion ( sliced)
  • Few slices of red and green bell peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves ( minced)
  • 2 regular size roma tomatoes ( diced)
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 medium size carrots ( peeled and diced)
  • ¼ stick of butter
  • 3-4 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce ( low sodium)
  • Small pinch of fresh ginger,( minced)
  • 1 ½ tsp vinegar ( I used balsamic, but apple cider is fine also)
  • 1/3 cup of white vinegar ( for cleaning the chicken)
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth ( low sodium)
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Instructions

  1. Soak chicken in water and white vinegar. Remove skin and excess fat. Season, chicken with jerk marinade and all the dry seasonings as well as the soy sauce. Cover and marinade for at least 1 hour, the longer the better. Heat oil on medium high heat, then brown chicken pieces on each side, just till you have a light golden color, about 3 minutes on each side. Place back in the same bowl you had seasoned chicken in. When done, turn heat down to medium low, in the same pot, not cleaning anything, sauté onions and garlic about 2 minutes, then add bell ginger, sauté about another minute, then add bell peppers and tomatoes, saute for a minute, then add tomato paste and brown sugar, stir and combine really well. Place the chicken pieces back in the pot and add 1 ½ cup of chicken broth, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Add carrots and add the carrots , cover and cook slowly for another 30 minutes.
Cuisine: Main | Recipe Type: Jamaican
7.6.5
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One Pot Dish

One Pot Dish

Check out my youtube video of my Jamaican Inspired Season  Rice. This is our version of Famous paella dish,

Steam Cabbage/ Jamaican Style

Steam Cabbage/ Jamaican Style

  Debbie Doyle Yields 6-8Steam Cabbage/ Jamaican Style8 minPrep Time 15 minCook Time 23 minTotal Time Save Recipe Print Recipe My Recipes My Lists My Calendar Ingredients• 1/2 of a large cabbage,( cut up, washed and drained )• 1 ½ cup of diced carrots• 1 […]

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Oven Baked

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Oven Baked

 

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Oven Baked
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Ingredients

  • 4 lbs leg quarters
  • 1/3 cup jerk marinade
  • 1 ½ tsp olive oil ( divided 1 n ½)
  • 3 tsps brown sugar ( divided 2 n 1)
  • 1 tsp ground all spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder( I used roasted garlic powder, regular is fine)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce ( divided 1n1) ( low sodium
  • 1 tsp vinegar ( I used balsamic, you can use apple cider)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • Juice of 1 lemon
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Instructions

  1. Clean chicken, remove skin if you choose. Make some slices into each chicken pieces. Fill a large bowl with water and add the lemon juice soak chicken in it for about a minute or two. Rinse and remove. Add jerk marinade in a small bowl, add all the dry ingredients in another small bowl, except only 1 tsp of the brown sugar, combine really well, then pour into the bowl with the marinade, add to the marinade also 1 tbsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp olive oil, mix really well to combine. Cover and marinade in the fridge at least 2 hours, over is best.
  2. Preheat oven to 400, using a small kitchen brush, later your baking dish with remaining 1 ½ tsp olive oil, layer chicken in pan, bake uncovered for 45 minutes.
  3. The sauce for chicken in a bowl combine the remaining 1 tbsp soy sauce, the ketchup, the vinegar, and the remaining 2 tsp brown sugar, and mix to combine really well. Remove chicken from oven and brush sauce on each side of each pieces of chicken, if there is any remaining pour all over the chicken. Bake for another 45 minutes .
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Mac N Cheese

Mac N Cheese

  Mac N Cheese Save Recipe Print Recipe My Recipes My Lists My Calendar Ingredients1 pack uncooked pasta of choice1 (8oz pack of colby jack cheese, cut into cubes)1 (8oz pack sharp cheddar cheese cut into cubes)2 cups shredded cheese ( use cheese of choice […]

Potato Salad

Potato Salad

    Debbie Doyle Potato Salad25 minPrep Time 13 minCook Time 38 minTotal Time Save Recipe Print Recipe My Recipes My Lists My Calendar IngredientsIngredients2 lbs yukon gold potatoes (peeled, washed and diced, I like to dice them more larger then small, so they do […]

A Delicious Filled with Flavor Roast Chicken

A Delicious Filled with Flavor Roast Chicken

 

A Delicious Filled with Flavor Roast Chicken

This is great with baked or mashed potatoes.

25 minPrep Time

2 hrCook Time

2 hr, 25 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 (5lb roaster chicken)
  • 1/4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 stick of butter ( melted)
  • 3 garlic cloves ( minced)
  • 1 large sprig fresh rosemary( remove the leaves of 1 and chopped finely)
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 medium size onion ( cut into 4)
  • salt n pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 1/
  • tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper ( you can use more or less
  • 2 tsp creole seasoning,
  • 1 tsp old bay seasoning.
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Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, add the melted butter, olive oil, the finely chopped rosemary and all the dry ingredients and mix very well. You should have almost a paste like consistency. Wash and clean your chicken , removing the giblets from the inside. In the cavity of the chicken place the cubed onions, the thyme sprigs and the remaining 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Rub the outside of the chicken really well with the mixture, being sure to properly coat, and lift the skin from the breast placing some underneath. I also made slices in the legs and thighs and add a little mixture in each also. Cover and place in the fridge to marinade at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 400, and bake uncovered for 2 hours. Removing it from the oven after 1 hour and base with juice in the pan and again 15 minutes before it is done
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Main
7.6.5
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http://lifewithdebbie.com/2017/10/26/a-delicious-filled-with-flavor-roast-chicken/

Buttery Rosemary Garlic Potatoes

Buttery Rosemary Garlic Potatoes

      Debbie Doyle Yields 6-8Buttery Rosemary Garlic PotatoesThis is an absolute perfect side dish for almost anything. i think this will be on my lists for the holidays. But I also find it is a great snack, when I make it and make […]

Spicy Bourbon Chicken

Spicy Bourbon Chicken

Debbie Doyle Yields 4-6Spicy Bourbon ChickenThis is dish is so simple, yet so delicious, And is perfect for any busy caregiver. 8 minPrep Time 20 minCook Time 28 minTotal Time Save Recipe Print Recipe My Recipes My Lists My Calendar Ingredients• 2lbs boneless skinless chicken […]

Creole Cajun Red Beans

Creole Cajun Red Beans

 

Yields 4-6

Creole Cajun Red Beans

This is served with white rice, but as my husband says he could just eats loads of it just by itself. It says it is like chili.Perfect for the fall/winter season. If you cook your beans stove top, that should cut your cooking time down at least 3 hours, but why, when you can take care of business while cooking them in the slow cooker.

15 minPrep Time

5 hrCook Time

5 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups dried kidney beans
  • 1 1lb smoked sausage ( sliced in desired size)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers( I used red and green)
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Salt n pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper( can use more if you like , you should not if you also use a hot sauce)
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce of choice ( I used the Jamaican scotch bonnet )
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1 ½ tsp Creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
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Instructions

  1. Directions
  2. Clean and wash beans, Add beans with 4 cups of water in a crock pot, cook on low for 6 hours, or high for 4 hours. When done, using a stock pot, heat olive oil, brown sausage on each side, ( about 1 to 2 minutes on each side), remove and set aside on a plate. Add the butter, when butter melts, add the onions and garlic, saute till softened about 3 minutes, then add the bell peppers and stir to combine, let bell peppers cook for 3 minutes, add the fresh thyme and stir, add the brown sausage back in stir to combine and let cook together for about 5 minutes just so they can flavor each other ( lol), remove the cook beans from the slow cooker and add to stock pot, add the remaining cup of water, and all the dry seasonings, stir really well to combine, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Main

Notes

If you cook your beans stove top, that should cut your cooking time down at least 3 hours, but why, when you can take care of business while cooking them in the slow cooker.

7.6.5
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http://lifewithdebbie.com/2017/10/20/creole-cajun-red-beans/

Simple Homemade Potato Hash

Simple Homemade Potato Hash

  Debbie Doyle Yields 3Simple Homemade Potato HashThis is a great dish for breakfast, but also a great, yet simple side dish for dinner. 10 minPrep Time 20 minCook Time 30 minTotal Time Save Recipe Print Recipe My Recipes My Lists My Calendar Ingredients• 4 […]

Jamaican Oven Made Jerk Chicken

Jamaican Oven Made Jerk Chicken

  Debbie Doyle Serves 6-8Jamaican Oven Made Jerk Chicken15 minPrep Time 1 hr, 15 Cook Time 1 hr, 30 Total Time Save Recipe Print Recipe My Recipes My Lists My Calendar Ingredients• 1 whole roaster ( 5lbs)• 3 tbsp store bought jerk marinade ( 2 […]

Creamy Cheesy Grits

Creamy Cheesy Grits

 

Yields 4-6

Creamy Cheesy Grits

These cheesy grits, I served with my Cajun Shrimp, the recipe is listed.

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • • 1 cup uncooked grits
  • • 2 cups water or low sodium chicken broth
  • • 2 garlic cloves ( minced)
  • • 1 small onion ( finely diced)
  • • ½ cup milk
  • • ½ cup heavy cream
  • • 8oz shredded cheese of choice
  • • Salt n pepper to taste
  • • 2 tbsp butter
  • • 1 tbsp olive oil
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Instructions

  1. • 1 cup uncooked grits
  2. • 2 cups water or low sodium chicken broth
  3. • 2 garlic cloves ( minced)
  4. • 1 small onion ( finely diced)
  5. • ½ cup milk
  6. • ½ cup heavy cream
  7. • 8oz shredded cheese of choice
  8. • Salt n pepper to taste
  9. • 2 tbsp butter
  10. • 1 tbsp olive oil
Cuisine: Main | Recipe Type: American
7.6.5
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http://lifewithdebbie.com/2017/10/16/creamy-cheesy-grits/

Spicy Cajun Creole Shrimp

Spicy Cajun Creole Shrimp

            Debbie Doyle Yields 4Spicy Cajun Creole ShrimpI believe Jamaican Food and Southern food is one in the same, comfort food.I served this creole shrimp with cheesy grits, the recipe is on the blog as well. 5 minPrep Time 20 […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

            Domestic Violence Awareness Month Back way back when I was growing up, You only hear of domestic violence towards women. Today as everything changes, not necessarily for the better, so has the face of domestic violence. Unfortunately, it is […]


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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Back way back when I was growing up, You only hear of domestic violence towards women.

Today as everything changes, not necessarily for the better, so has the face of domestic violence. Unfortunately, it is not spoken about as it should.

When I was growing up in Jamaica sadly, it was as if it was normal for men to verbally and physically abuse there girlfriends/wives. It was accepted and no one was talking about it. I am speaking from what I saw, I have no idea what those women were thinking or feeling. For one thing, I was a child and two no one was talking about it. However looking back it was as if the women just accepted that, that is how it is supposed to be. So then the cycle continues because no one was talking about it. 

Getting older, realizing and learning that Domestic Violence is neither normal or okay 

Now on to the present.

Although we have come along way in the fight against Domestic Violence in the last two decades, there is still so much that needs to be done. 

Why don’t they leave? Or that could not happen to me

This is something we hear quite often from others who do not understand, and I will not lie I am pretty sure at some point my young ignorant self-has said it too. Oh, how I wish I could take it back. Not to excuse it, but maybe because growing up in Jamaica as I did, men beating there women was such a common thing it was as if it was normal and no one was talking about it, not in the sense that it is wrong or anything at all, It was just accepted. 

You know when I first began to write this post, my intention was to do major research on the topic, I even wanted to talk with other women who have been in this horrible situation. What I got from that is that healing takes time and so  I truly wanted to speak from my heart.

And so to those who are still in it, I need you to know words cannot express the sorrow I have in my heart but know that I am praying for and with you. For those still battling the scars of something, you would rather forget, I want to encourage you to continue to seek to heal and you will get it. No, that you are stronger than your scars want you to believe, know that you deserve to be healed and know that I am pulling for you, praying with and for you.


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