As I mentioned last week, I’m participating in JSL Food’s Twin Dragon Wrapper Recipe Contest. I shared my entry for the Holiday Appetizer Category last week, and this week I want to throw my entry for the Game Day Appetizer into the hat!

Football season wasn’t quite as victorious as last for us 49ers fans, not to mention the lack of football parties with COVID – this year was definitely a change, and one for the books. But, that didn’t stop the Davis fam from enjoying the games from home and munching on some delicious football snacks while doing so!

I made these Cheeseburger Egg Rolls for Super Bowl – and they were a hit with our crew! A few simple ingredients and you’ve got a super simple appetizer that’s sure to please your MVPs. I loved the addition of pickles – gave a  nice, tangy, crunchy bite. And, I’m definitely sold on the wrappers…

I’ve made alot of egg rolls over the years, using different brands – and none of them have fried up as beautifully as these did. Low oil absorption, nice crunchy little bubbles, gorgeous even browning. Not all egg roll wrappers are created equal, and the Twin Dragon wrappers really pleased THIS MVP.

I served with a simple sauce composed of mayonnaise and ketchup as the base – and it completed the flavor profile of a cheeseburger  nicely! Don’t wait until next season to make these, guys.

You can find Twin Dragon Asian Egg Roll wrappers at your local Walmart. And, be sure to follow along on their social media channels for great recipes!

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Lunar New Year just passed us by last week, along with Valentine’s Day – and now Mardi Gras tomorrow. It’s been a busy time! You guys know I like to make things special for my family for all the holidays, especially in the food department.

JSL Foods reached out to me about participating in their Twin Dragon Wrapper Blogger Recipe Challenge, using their egg roll and won ton wrappers. I’m of course I’m waiting until the last horn blows to submit my entries in both categories: Holiday Appetizers, and Game Day Appetizers…

But, I used the Lunar New Year on Friday as my opportunity to make these spicy crab won tons. Ginger-Scallion Crab is a popular dish at many Chinese restaurants, so I wanted to use that flavor profile to give a nod to Chinese culture and the holiday.

Everyone really liked them! They were super-quick to throw together – and with the addition of Sriracha, they really packed a punch in the flavor department!

Spicy, but not too spicy that the boys couldn’t enjoy them too. A winner in my house, let’s hope it’s a winner in the contest too!

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Hey guys! I hope everyone is doing well in light of the struggles we are all currently facing. I know everyone (myself included!) is getting into the kitchen a lot more these days, and cooking from our pantries and with what we have available.

I thought I’d do a roundup of some of my favorite bean recipes here on Tide & Thyme. They’re great to keep in the pantry in either dried form, or canned – or both! They can always be counted upon to provide a hearty meal – whether the recipe is a quick one that takes just a few minutes…or one that’s simmered for hours. Beans are so versatile in the kitchen!

Also be sure to take a peek at the post I did a few years ago for a well stocked pantry. I list all of my favorites to have on hand! Stay safe everyone.

Nancy’s Beer Braised Pinto Beans – Beans, beer, and spices are simmered for a couple of hours to yield a tender and flavorful pot of beans. Instructions for Instant Pot included too! I like using dried beans – you can use an overnight soak or the quick one-hour method (place beans in pot and cover in cold water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn off heat and let beans sit one hour. Then strain, and proceed with recipe. Soaked beans can also be frozen for future quick recipes, instead of using a can!

Chile con Carne – Chili has long been one of my guy’s favorite meals. Serve it with chips and fixings the first night, and leftovers make great nachos or chili dogs!

Bean and Cheese Enchiladas – These enchiladas take just a few minutes to throw together, and after a quick bake in the oven yield a filling meal that everyone will love.

Crockpot Red Beans and Rice – I love this super easy twist on classic Red Beans & Rice. It uses smoked sausage, which lasts in the refrigerator for months (great to have around to add to a quick meal!) – and it cooks in the slow cooker – so you set it and forget it!

Navy Bean Soup – I don’t think it gets more comforting than bean soup. This recipe uses a ham bone, so it’s perfect to make with those leftovers from Easter hams!

Brazilian Black Bean & Pork Stew – this is another great meal that utilizes the slow cooker. Tender juicy chunks of pork and tender black beans are simmered for hours. Then topped off with a fresh, spicy salsa.

Beef Burritos with Poblano Queso – I don’t know about you guys, but I LIVE for queso. Enrobe a burrito with it and I’m completely swooning. This one uses ground beef, black beans, and frozen corn kernals as a base. Then it’s bathed in a homemade poblano queso.

Elly’s Black Beans – this recipe comes from an old friend from by blogging days, back when we were all getting started. I’ve since started adding Lizano seasoning to my black beans, which I’ve added into my repertoire thanks to Pico Taqueria here on Chincoteague. But, without it – they’re still ahhhmazing! Great for black bean tacos, on nachos, in a burrito…the list is endless.

Chipotle Bean Burritos – Yes, another burrito. But this on literally only takes 10 minutes to throw together. And they’re incredibly delicious. One of my favorite older recipes here on the blog!

Black Bean Soup – I love black bean anything, and this soup is no different. I like to top it off with a dollop of sour cream and some fresh pico de gallo when serving.

It’s always so hard to see summer go. If you’ve been keeping up with me on Insta, you know that it was a crazy whirlwind couple of months spent in the sun and on the water. Our “Flat Bottomed Girl” got quite a few more nautical miles under her belt,  and I cooked and shared all kinds of goodness with friends (and strangers!) out at our local hangout of Little Beach, on neighboring Assateague Island.

Boatside Bistro was in full effect, y’all! I find myself cooking on the boat more than I do in my kitchen from the months of May – September.  I think the pinnacle was catching fish offshore, cleaning and fileting them on the boat, then turning into fish tacos and enjoying on the beach. However, we had alot of great meals out there this season, and which of them was the best is still a topic of debate…

At any rate, the days have finally started to turn brisk. And while we must say goodbye to some things that fill our heart and soul, there are always others to look forward to. Like watching the vibrant green marsh fade into a rich gold hue – with the occasional burst of salicornia in the mix. It’s an edible plant that grows in abundance in our marshes here on the island, appearing green in the summer months and then turning a vibrant red hue in autumn. It’s crunchy, and briny, and tastes of the sea. Not to mention it’s beautiful!

I have fun harvesting it and coming up with new ideas how to use it. Vodka infusion is a favorite (can you say pickle shot, y’all?), adding it to salads, or chopping and adding to pimento cheese. A few weeks ago I helped harvest a haul to brew a stout with at Black Narrows Brewing, which was absolutely delicious!

It just so happened that I had a bunch of beans after the beer release at the brewery, which I then took to the Chincoteague Oyster Festival with me the next day – and whipped up this super simple salicornia mignonette…

A “mignonette” is just fancy French term for a vinegar sauce that is traditionally served with oysters. I used a red wine vinegar, some chopped shallot, and threw in some chopped salicornia. Talk about tasting the “salt life” – was a hit all around. And I felt so fancy coming up with it!

Which brings me to something else we have to look forward to in the fall and winter months – oyster season! What do you guys look forward to the most?

Oysters with Salicornia Mignonette

1 dozen oysters, on the half shell
crushed ice
lemon wedges

For the mignonette:
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 shallot, finely minced
2 Tbsp chopped salicornia (about 15 “bean” stalks)
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp kosher salt

For the sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl or ramekin. Mix to combine. Let sit for 20 minutes to let the flavors mingle and meld together.

Meanwhile, place the crushed ice in the bottom of a shallow serving dish. Carefully lay the oysters on top of the ice for serving.

Serve the mignonette alongside the oysters with the lemon wedges.