Tuesday, January 3, 2012


One of our new favorite local restaurants is The End Zone, here in Davenport.  The main reason we got stuck on them was because they serve.....FRIED FROG LEGS!  I haven't had frog legs since I left Kentucky.  My mother's family actually goes "frog-giggin'" to catch their own.  Not that we're like "Swamp People" or anything, but that's how we roll.  Anyway, the first time we went there and saw frog legs on the menu, I was hooked.  But, today's post is not about frog legs.  Mainly because I have never cooked frog legs before, and also because, where would I get frog legs down here?  Anyway, the last time we were there, Jorge ordered their Garlic Teriyaki Wings, and they were.....to use an over-used word.....DEE-LISH!  So, when we went home, I had to try to make them myself.  They may not be exactly the same, but they were close, and they were great.  : )


1 pkg. (7-9) chicken wings, wingettes, or drumettes
Garlic powder, to taste
1 packet Kikkoman teriyaki sauce mix
10 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 c soy sauce

Sprinkle wings with garlic powder and sauce mix. Cover and refrigerate a couple of hours or overnight. Broil 4-5 inches from the heat for 20 minutes, 10 minutes for each side or until chicken is brown. Wings can also be cooked on the grill, if desired. Place garlic in mini-food processor. Place on grind setting for 5 seconds.

Add butter to processor an additional 5 seconds. Pour soy sauce into processor and mix until well blended.

Pour sauce into saute pan and cook on medium heat until butter foams. Add wings to sauce, cover and simmer 10 -15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
The finished product


Mozart - Symphony No. 25 in G Minor K183 - Mov. 1/4


This Thing of Ours by Cammy Franzese     

This Thing of Ours by Cammy Franzese is a story of God's grace in a turbulent marriage.  Camille Garcia was a naive, twenty-year old dancer when she met and fell in love with Michael Franzese on the set of Knights of the City, which he produced.  She had no idea the man she would soon marry had ties to the Mafia.  During the first decade of their marriage, he would be incarcerated more than once, for a total of eight years.  It was in the dark times of their marriage that she fully learned how God's grace can sustain.

While the author's many examples of God's faithfulness were uplifting, I felt that her message of total surrender to God's will was even stronger.  She makes the excellent point (more than once) that so many of our trials are a direct result of our choices.  It is when we fully surrender our life to God, that He is in control of our situation.  

Because of the message of this book, I would have liked to have given 5 out 5 stars.  Three  things stand in my way, however.  I found the writing style to be disjointed, with the narration jumping from one place or time to another with no explanation.  Also, while the author speaks of grace and surrender, there is no real depth to the subject.  If the reader is unfamiliar with the concepts, the book probably would not be clear enough to be understood.  Lastly, I found the author's repeated claims to naivete to be a bit unbelievable.  While I am not accusing her of knowing all of her fiance/husband's activities, it is difficult to believe that a 20-year old could have ignored all the warning signs.  Therefore, 2 out of 5 stars is more in line.

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595553657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595553652

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )

Feeling a little blue in January is normal. -Marilu Henner





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