Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Black Eye Peas


Tell me who don't love Black Eye Peas and cornbread??? Well I know>>> I do and I always like mine a little spicy. Let me share something with you...I have a friend who love them but she can't cook them too well.

When she buy the dry black eye peas in the package, they always get too soft . I came up with this recipe I am posting today.

My friend was happy, when I help her with the peas and I believe you will be too.

Recipe

6 cans Black eye peas. I always uses kroger,they never let me down.

 1 pound smoke raw bacon
Cook bacon and keep dripping...please don't burn the bacon and the dripping.


Adding to a pot 6 cans of water, 6 cans of peas and cooked bacon broken in pieces and adding a large chopped onion (red bell pepper if you like) or 1 green hot pepper.


Salt and Black Pepper to taste
Cover and cook on low med heat for 40 mins.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Crown Pork Roast



Crown Pork Roast always seem to be the best served roast of them all for a holiday entrees.You can impress your guest with this.... it so easy attractive Roasted Crown Pork Roast. It will really show a WOW!!!

When purchasing a crown roast, you usually have to ask your butcher to form it for you. Generally a pork crown is ordered ahead of time from a local butcher shop or gourmet market.

A crown roast is usually done with lamb, veal, or pork.{ However sometime it is done with beef}. It is called a crown because it is two rib racks (usually 12 ribs from one pork loin) that are bent into a circle and then tied together with kitchen twine.


Let Get Started


3 tablespoon Salt

3 tablespoon black pepper

3 tablespoon dry thyme

3 tablespoon dry rosemary

3 tablespoon crushed garlic

Blend all together and rub on the roast... all over.


Place Roast on a rack upside down,this will  keep the bones from burning.


Cook on 350 at one hour checking temp at 145. Turn right side up and fill with your stuffing, spreading melted butter all over the roast and stuffing Roasting for one more hour.






 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Easy Red Velvet Cake For Christmas....





Red Velvet Cake Is A Great Christmas Cake...I don't like making it homemade.,I like using a cake mix.

It turn out the same to me without the worry.... When you uses the homemade icing, it really make it taste wonderful without the fuss in the kitchen. I like using Duncan Hines.



Go by the direction on the box.When it ask for a 1 cup water, I add half buttermilk and half water to the mix..I also add 1/3 cup plain flour to each box this make the cake like homemade. I also
add to each box, extra oil about two tablespoons this help keep the cake moist.


I like a tall cake this will serve more people so I get two boxes that mean everything is double


 I fill up three 9 inch cake pans

 Overage make cupcake


Red Velvet Original Frosting

5 tbsp flour

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup sweet coconut (only If you like too...you can also toast 1 cup coconut and 1/2 cup toasted pecans after you icing your cake you can sprkle on top,

1/2 lb Butter

1 cup Milk

  1. Blend flour into milk in the mixer. Cook until very stiff, first over a medium heat, but you can increase the heat as it gets thicker. Cool this mixture until it is room temperature. Do not attempt to mix in the rest of the ingredients unless the first mixture is truly room temperature. Cream together butter, sugar, coconut and vanilla. Beat the two mixtures together add the flour,milk mixture a little at a time to the butter,sugar,vanilla mixture until it is the consistency of whipped cream.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Apple Spice Caramel Cake

Oxtail Stew





3 pounds Up Cut- oxtails

1 large onion chopped

 water

1 garlic clove finely chopped

2 large carrots chopped into big chunks

2 large white potatoes chopped into chunks

3 sticks celery chopped

1 small can tomato paste

salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 bay leaf



Season the oxtails and coat them in flour. brown them with 1/4 cup oil in a large pot on high heat. in same pot add water to cover oxtail, adding salt and pepper, bay leaf and thyme and cook medium low heat for 2 hours.add carrots,celery, garlic and onion.cook one more hour.add potatoes and tomato paste stir very well. cook until potatoes are fork tender. There will be fat floating on the top just remove it with a spoon and let the stew sit for a while.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chicken And Corn Bread Dressing

Chicken And Corn Bread Dressing


The Dressing is one of the highlights of Holiday Dinner. Folks just love that good favor chicken or turkey broth mixture of bread turn into a delightful cooked and season stuffing prepared just right with that touch of sage.

My Grandmother Sweetie make the world best Cornbread Dressing for us and we just love that rich taste she put in to it...When she pass away. my mother all most got it just right...and when she pass away in 1992 that was the end of that era...

I came up with a dressing almost like my mother and my grandmother and I will like to share with you. It;s kountry and have that taste we loved as growing up in the south. Back then my folk just went in the kitchen and came up with some mighty good eats with a dash of this and a pitch of that.

So that what I did and came out just fine for the recipe of Thanksgiving Dressing...my mother and my grandmother would be so proud. Plus I remember watching them when it was time to prepared for the dressing....and that made it a plus for me!

Always use good tasting cornbread my mother will always say and my grandmother use day old bread nice and cold and the broth had to be cold too... this will keep the dressing from being sticky and packy.

Let's Start

4 to 6 chicken leg quarter trim fat but not all. Use about 6 chicken backs  to make the broth richer and you can add 6 pieces raw clean chicken livers make sure that green skin off ( leg quarters are rich with broth when cooked).

1 cup celery chopped

2 cups white onion chopped

 Salt and Pepper and 4 cup chicken broth and place in a roasting pot.


Cook in an oven at 350 until done and brothy


Take the chicken out and put to a side. Drain the broth and spoon out 1/4 cup of chicken fat.

Gather Bread like

4 cups Cornbread cubes



2 cups dry France bread in cubes ( hold up better than white sandwich bread)



Mix them together 2 cups onions 2 cups celery and 1/4 cup fat from the broth add to a pan.


Saute until lightly tender pour over bread add your season at your choice like we love lots of black pepper and a little sage to our taste. you may like saute mushrooms or roasted pecans.



 Pour in about 3 cup or 4 cold broth and two beaten eggs too much broth made it to thin too less make it too thick).


Pour into a cooking dish and bake at 350 until golden brown








Sauteed Mushrooms

Freezing Sauteed Mushrooms is a plus in my cooking at home..my family love them on mash potatoes, steaks and soups. when ever I see them on markdown at the store I just stock up on them and sautéed them and freeze them for later.


Saute 1 lb. of mushrooms in butter with salt and pepper, using high heat for 1 or 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool, then store in small containers and freeze. Use frozen, or thaw to room temperature about one hour; use for omelettes, sauces or served on toast.

How to saute mushrooms

3 tablespoons olive oil


3 tablespoons butter

1 pound button mushrooms, sliced


clove garlic, thinly sliced

 1 large onion sliced

1 tablespoon red cooking wine


1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce, or more to taste


1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, or to taste


freshly ground black pepper to taste

Add butter and oliver oil to hot saute pan adding onion,  garlic and mushrooms. let cook down and add wine and teriyaki sauce .Adding garlic salt and black pepper to taste.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Garlicky Black-Pepper Shrimp And Black-Eye Peas

Love this recipe I found, I like to share with you...this recipe total change the serving of black eye peas... It's got a whole lot if south but a little touch of class.


I Found Recipe @ http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2009/03/garlicky-shrimp-and-peas  

Recipe:

Food Styling by   Paul Grimes 
Photograph by   Romulo Yanes
Black-Eyed Peas
4 bacon slices
4 scallions, chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1/2 medium green bell pepper, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 Turkish bay leaves or 1 California
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon hot red-pepper flakes
2 (15-oz) cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

For Shrimp
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped 
1/2 cup dry white wine
e Black-Eyed Peas:
• Cook bacon in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until browned but not crisp. Transfer bacon to a plate, then tear into small pieces.
• Cook scallions, carrot, celery, bell pepper, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, red-pepper flakes, 1/8 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper in fat in skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are pale golden, about 10 minutes. Add black-eyed peas and broth and simmer 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Make Shrimp:
• Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Season shrimp with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Cook shrimp with garlic, stirring occasionally, until just opaque (shrimp will not be fully cooked), about 3 minutes. Add wine and bring to a boil, then briskly simmer 2 minutes. Add bacon and black-eyed-pea mixture and simmer until just heated through (mixture will be juicy). Discard bay leaves. 







 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Strawberry Cake



I found this recipe for this strawberry cake on  http://schottofclass.blogspot.com/2010/06/peach-cobbler-and-strawberry-cake.html  It's sooooooo Good!!!!>>>WOW!!!!


Ingredients:
1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix
1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
Strawberry cream cheese frosting, recipe follows
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract
7 cups confectioners' sugar
Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
FOR THE FROSTING:

In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and the vanilla extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth. Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Field Peas And Snap Beans



Field peas cooked with green beans wow how good.. Your guest will smell them all over the house cooking up a storm. These peas are similar to black-eyed peas but has a reddish color and taste deeply than black-eyed peas and more firmer.

1 bag of dry field peas

1 cup raw green beans cut in half

1 Large onion, chopped

1 Toe garlic minced

4 T. bacon dripping

Salt sand pepper to taste

Place dry peas into pot and cover with 2 inches of cold water for 2 hours.
Pour water off...add five cups fresh water.
Add rest of ingredients.
Cook over medium heat until peas are tender. Add more water if peas are not done and if water cooks too low. ADD RAW GREEN SNAP BEANS.. Taste for seasoning add more too your liking.
Cover pot and cook for 15 mins,



Camellia Field Peas 1 LB





Friday, December 5, 2014

Chess Pie



Try This Easy Sweet Pie ( Chess Pie ). It will become the hit for the Holidays. I love this pie with a very good sweet tooth. It's tasty and will melt in your mouth.

Story:

When I was a child going to school,I think I was in the..... 5th grade. the lunch room would serve this chess pie...and ya'll... I could not get enough.

I was friends with a lunch room lady, she gave me the recipe for this chess pie. The recipe had instructions for how made many pies you could make like 1 pie, 6 pies, or 12 and so on.

I went home and made 1 pie and wow...! it turn out wonderful. My cousin Marie could not believe I baked that chess pie like the lunch room at school.

Now this is a very old southern recipe. It's a very sweet, rich pie which I cannot described as anything but marvelous!!


1 stick melted butter


2 cups white sugar


1 teaspoon vanilla extract


4 eggs


1 tablespoon cornmeal


1/4 cup evaporated milk


1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar


1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar and vanilla together. Mix in the eggs, then stir in the cornmeal, evaporated milk, and vinegar until smooth.
Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce heat to 300 degrees for 40 minutes. Let cool.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Huckleberry Pie


What is Huckleberries? Huckleberries grow wild throughout the Pacific Northwest in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Come mid-August through mid-September adventurous berry pickers scour the sunny slopes just to pick these blue huckleberries. Huckleberries are grouped according to their growth pattern. Some bushes form clusters of berries, while others form single berries on individual stems. The thin-leaf huckleberry is the most sought-after type, according to the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, because of its large, sweet berries.




1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie

 4 cups huckleberries fresh or frozen

 2 1/2 tablespoons tapioca

 2/3 cup white sugar

 1/4 teaspoon salt

 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

 4 tablespoons melted butter


Roll half the pastry out to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place bottom crust in pie plate and chill for at least 20 minutes before baking. Roll out top crust and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Mix together the huckleberries, tapioca, sugar, salt, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar.

Pour mixture into unbaked pie shell. pour melted butter over berries.  Add top pastry and flute edges. Cut vents for steam and place pie on a baking sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake until the crust is golden and the juices are bubbling, 45 to 55 minutes more. You'll need to bake the pie longer if the berries were frozen. Cool pie on wire rack.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bannana Nut Bread




"Sometime" you do not know what??? to give as a gift...I always give this little easy banana nut bread to my friends for the holiday cheer. I wrap the loaf with nice Christmas paper and a bow and I am set for the holiday season.



Directions

5 large ripe bananas

4 eggs, well beaten

1 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped walnuts


Beat bananas until liquid.

Beat in eggs; set aside.

Cream sugar and shortening until fluffy.

Add dry ingredients and banana mixture *and beaten eggs.

Stir until smooth.

Fold in nuts.

Pour into 2 greased loaf pans.

Bake at 350°F on lowest rack, for 50 minutes or until done.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Easy Pecan Pie



Everyone will enjoy this simple and easy pecan pie for the holidays meals...Let a child fix this pie and get them started in the cooking world.

3 eggs, slightly beaten

1 c. Karo light or dark corn syrup

1 c. sugar

2 tbsp. Mazola butter, melted

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cup pecan halves

1 unbaked pie shell (9 inch)

In large bowl stir eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter and vanilla until well blended. Stir in pecans. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean. Cool

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Easy Cocoa Frosting



It's easy to make great chocolate frosting without buying it in a can.. Make you own and you will get a lot of smiles and a lot of licking fingers.


6 Tablespoon Butter softened

6 table whole milk

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 2/3 cup powder sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon extract

Mixed all ingredient into a bowl unto smooth with hand mixer in a sprending consistency.enough for a 9 inch cake.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Baked Ham With Strawberry Glaze

Baking a ham is just a ham to bake it really bake it self just pop it in the oven and just watch over it like a watching a Baby for about two hours


Buying your ham....


Buying your ham it could be uncooked it will take longer to prepared about 3 hours. pre cooked ham take less time.about 2 hours.



Cutting your Ham.........
Take a large knife and make shallow cuts, from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch deep. It isn't very important where you make these. place it in an 350 oven for 11/2 hour with foil laying on top like a hat.


                      
when It bake without the glaze on top it will look like this... it has cook and almost done.... now  it is ready to spread the strawberry jam or jelly on top.


Spread strawberry Jam or Jelly of your choice on top of the Ham and cook another 1 hour uncover .


Cook your Ham until it look like this on top



Ingredients:

One half ham, uncooked, bone in. ours was about 9 pounds.
Strawberry Jam or Jelly
   (Add pineapple for those who love baked pineapple just place them on the sides of the Ham)

Hardware:

Aluminum foil
    baking pan with a cooling rack (you want the ham up out of the fat)  using a one time use aluminum pan with a cooling rack inside and a sheet pan underneath set oven set at  350 .