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Friday, January 30, 2015

Baked Apple Dumplings


You, know what? There nothing better than a hot dessert on a cold day, guess??? what??? I am thinking about >>> "Baked Apple Dumpling" with a lot of concentrated flavor.

These Dumplings will warm your very soul and make you smile. remember the classic animated film Snow White and the seven dwarfs...well Snow White baked apple dumplings, so she could stay with the seven dwarfs.

Now, how about those baked apple dumplings this weekend....

Dough:

2 1/2 cup all purpose flour

3 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 stick butter cold butter pieces

5 tablespoon shortening cold pieces

3/4 cup cold buttermilk

Apple Dumpling

4 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 tablespoon butter

3 tablespoon golden raisins

4 golden delicious apples

3 egg white lightly beaten

making dough

process dry ingentant in food process until combined. add butter and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles wet sand.

take the dough out process and place in  bowl. stir in buttermilk and forms into a ball.place on floured surface and knead into a ball. place refrigerate about hour.

next combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, in a second bowl,combine butter,
raisins and three tablespoons cinnamon sugar mixture.

peel apples and cut in halve. scoop out the core and seeds. be careful not to cut bottom part of the apple.

divide the butter mixture among the apple halves filling the hollows.

on lightly floured  surface, roll each dough half into 12 inch square

brush edge of dough square with .egg white and place apple cut side up, in center of each square.

fold the corner of the dough up to enclose the apple halves. overlapping and crimping to seal

arrange dumplings on a baking sheet, brush with egg white. and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

bake until dough is golden brown and juices are bubbling.

Serve with Cider Sauce

Cider Sauce Recipe:

1 cup apple cider

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon lemon juice

bring cider water,sugar and cinnamon to simmer in saucepan and cook and cinnamon over medium high heat until thickened and reduced about 10 or 15 minutes.take off heat, and whisk in butter and lemon juice.

use this sauce to drizzle over  apple dumplings


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cornbread Casserole



Cornbread Casserole is a meal all by it self... I am telling you, your family and friends would ask for more and more...you would not mine because  you love to cook. this recipe is so so gooooood on a busy day...just pop it in the oven.

cornbread mix:

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup self-rising corn meal

1 cup self-rising flour

1 egg, beaten

1 1/2 cup whole kernel corn, drained

1 can rotel tomatoes

FILLING:

5 eggs, beaten

1 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 1/2 pound ground beef

1 cups chopped red bell pepper

1 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic minced

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400. greased with oil a 3 quart  13x9 glass baking dish.place in oven until hot about 10 mins.

In large mixing bowl, combine all cornbread ingredients; stir until well blended. Pour into hot baking dish. Bake at 400 for 15  minutes or until lightly browned.

Reduce oven to 350 . In large mixing bowl, combine 5 eggs, milk, salt, pepper and cumin; beat well.

Brown ground meat in pan, breaking it up into pieces and adding peppers,garlic and onions. after ground beef and veggie cooked remove from the pan, draining excess fat.

Layer beef and veggie over cornbread. Pour egg mixture over top. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown and set.add more shredded cheddar cheese on top to you liking and let it melt.

Cool 5 minutes before serving. Cut into squares and serve with a dollop of sour cream, dice tomatoes and cilantro.



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fish Sticks With White Sauce


When, I was growing up in Texas... my folks would deep fry fish in a big black pot...talking about gooooood!!!!WOW!!!! Fish Sticks ...??? Yes!!! Fish stick with real fish...like catfish, halibut and mostly cob would be used.

When the fish was fried you can do so much with it.

Making Fish Taco




FISH:

2 pounds skinless whitefish fillets, such as cod, haddock, or halibut, cut crosswise into 4 by 1-inch strips

Salt and pepper

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup beer

1 quart peanut or vegetable oil

Pat fish dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Whisk flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt together in large bowl. Add beer and whisk until smooth.


In a deep fryer add oils and heat medium high heat to 350 degrees. dip fish into batter mixing very well to coat, remove fish from batter, allowing excess to drip back into bowl, add to hot oil, briefly dragging fish along surface of oil this will keep it from sticking together,fry until golden brown and crispy and flowing. Return oil to 350 degrees and repeat with remaining fish.


White Sauce:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons lime juice or lemon

2 tablespoons milk

Cream all together

Fish Sandwich With Tatar Sauce


Tartar Sauce Recipe:

1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup chopped dill pickle

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

2 teaspoons capers

2 teaspoons grated onion

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon prepared mustard

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine all of the ingredients; cover and chill. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mexican Wedding Cookies


Mexican Wedding Cookies are so easy to bake.... this past Christmas these could was so...... so very expensive to buy in the stores.. If you wanted to serve these cookies at a party you would had been out of an arm and leg. You can get the same Mexican wedding cookies in  your oven with that winning cookie fresh bake taste.

Recipe:

1 pound butter

2 cup confectioner sugar

2 eggs, well beaten

4 cups flour

1 cup pecan chopped fine

1 teaspoon vanilla  extract

Heat oven 350


Instructions
Cream butter and sugar. Add rest of ingredients, mix well. with palm of hands, roll into balls. Put on greased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar as they cool.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Brown Sugar Sauce


Brown sugar sauce is a classic is simple and easy to use on your favorite plain cakes and desserts,,,,Ohhhhhhhh!!!! let's not forget..." bake sweet potatoes".

1 cup butter

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoon milk

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

In a saucepan, heat sauce ingredients, except vanilla to a boil over medium heat, keep stirring constantly. boil and stir 2 mins. remove from heat, cool to room temperature stir in vanilla.serve sauce over cakes or sweet potatoes.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake Recipe

1/2 cup butter

5 large eggs

1 cup veg shortening

1 lb light brown sugar

3 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)

1 cup evaporated milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 teaspoons maple flavoring

Preheat oven to 300

Grease and Flour a 12 cup tube pan.

Cream butter, sugar and shortening in a large bowl.
Add eggs one at a time
Sift fllour with salt and baking powder.
Add flour and milk to the mixture alternating each.
Finallly stir in the vanilla & maple.
Pour in the tube pan and bake for 90 mins

Stuffed Zucchini With Bacon



I love to serve a wonderful vegetable with a great meal. You can find so many different vegetables to serve at your dinner table. So try this recipe stuff zucchini and add it to your recipe box in the column of vegetables.

2 green  medium zucchini

2 Tbsp.  butter, divided

1/4 cup  chopped yellow onions

1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic

1 small  plum tomato, chopped

6  slices cooked Bacon, crumbled

1/2 cup  Shredded Five Cheese

1/4 cup  panko bread crumbs

1/3 teaspoon basil

HEAT oven to 400ºF.

CUT zucchini lengthwise in half; scoop out centers onto cutting board, leaving 1/8-inch-thick shells. Place shells in 13x9-inch baking dish.

Take zucchini flesh and chop fine. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic and chopped zucchini; cook and stir 3 min. or until onions are crisp-tender. Add tomatoes and crispy bacon; cook 2 min. Stir in cheese. Spoon into zucchini shells.

MELT remaining butter in same skillet. Add panko crumbs and basil; cook and stir 3 min. or until golden brown. Sprinkle over filled shells.

BAKE 15 min. or until heated through.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Taco Soup


I Am just thinking of all the things you put in a taco, and you turn it around and make a soup. just thinking about those crushed tortilla chips on top! Mmmm

Ingredients

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken, cut into bite size pieces

15 ounce can roasted diced tomatoes

10 ounce can enchilada sauce

1 large onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 tablespoon minced canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, or to taste

4 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon ancho chili powder

15 ounce can hominy, drained and rinsed

1 bay leaf

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

7 corn tortillas

2 to 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

4 limes

  Sea salt

In a 4 to 7 quart slow cooker, add chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, celery, chipotle chile, garlic, broth, salt and pepper, cumin, chili powder, hominy and bay leaf and stir to combine. Cover and set slow cooker on low. Let cook 6 to 8 hours (or 3 to 4 hours on a high setting). About 60 minutes before serving, stir in cilantro leaves. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut tortillas into 1/4-inch strips. In a mixing bowl, toss tortilla strips with oil, the juice of 1 lime (or to taste), and sea salt. Toss together until strips are evenly coated. Spread strips in an single layer in a rimmed baking sheet or jelly roll pan. Bake in pre-heated oven 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp.

Serve soup with tortilla chips, lime wedges, sour cream, or Mexican cheese. Serves 6 to 8.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fried Chicken Livers And Gizzards


Here Gizzard!!! Gizzard!!! Let Me Eat You Up!!!

Ingredients

1 1/2 pound chicken gizzards

1 1/2 pound chicken livers

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Batter:

2 beaten eggs

1 cup water

cooking oil

Preparation:


Prep gizzards and livers by cutting away excessive fat and gristle ad removing the green tissue on the livers, then wash gizzards and livers thoroughly under running cold water.

Place gizzards in a pot of cold water adding salt, bring water to a rolling boil and continue to boil for about 25 minutes.

While the gizzards are boiling, pat dry livers with paper towels.

Combine flour and seasoning in plastic bag. Shake well and pour into a bowl and set aside.

Once gizzards finished boiling, pour gizzards into a strainer and allow them to cool.

Preheat deep fryer with cooking oil to cover gizzards and livers set on medium-high heat.

Thoroughly coat gizzards and livers one at a time in egg mixture and then in seasoned flour mixture and place into hot oil.



Don't overcrowd the deep fry. Cook until golded brown. allow to drain on paper towels.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bacon Caramel Popcorn


"You know" I love to share a great found recipe... Well ,I got one, I know you will love too!!! A great snack with bacon and it's popcorn and caramel mixed in...WOW!!! Just Think...Bacon caramel popcorn with chunks of crispy, salty bacon are mixed with caramel and toasted pecan this will being everything together until you have sweet crunchy clusters.I got recipe 

http://candy.about.com/od/sugarcandy/r/Bacon-Caramel-Popcorn.htm

6 slices bacon
5 cups popped popcorn (preferably plain)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
4 tbsp butter
2 tbsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup toasted, chopped pecans
Candy thermometer

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F (121 C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy, then drain off the fat and let it cool. Once cool, coarsely chop the bacon into half-inch pieces.

3. Place the bacon, popcorn, and chopped pecans into a large bowl and toss them together.

4. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup and stir them together over medium heat. Once the sugar and butter have melted, stop stirring and insert a candy thermometer.

5. Continue to cook the sugar until it reaches 238 degrees F (114 C) on the candy thermometer, which should only take 3-4 minutes.

6. Once at the proper temperature, remove the pan from the heat, add the baking soda, and stir vigorously. The sugar mixture will foam up, so be careful during this step.

7. Pour the foamy sugar over the popcorn mixture in the bowl and quickly stir everything together, making sure the popcorn, nuts, and bacon are coated with caramel.

8. Spread the popcorn out over the prepared baking sheet. Bake it for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to distribute the caramel.

9. Once it is golden brown and crunchy, take the popcorn out of the oven and allow it to cool completely. Store Bacon Caramel Popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cheddar Broccoli Tart



Call me eggy..Why??? Or call me Cheddar Broccoil Tart with a nice flaky crust, It's seem to me, cheddar cheese and eggs are a match in the food heavenly world.

Cheddar Broccoil Tart is perfect for brunch or lunch. Or serve it with a mixed green salad and soup for a dinner.

Recipe;

11/2 cup of milk

Three eggs

1 Package knorr recipe classic leek soup dip and recipe mix

1 package 10 ounces frozen chopped broccoli and thawed and drained

Or 1 1/2 cup fresh steamed broccoli florets chopped

11/2 cup shredded cheddar

1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese

One 9-inch unbaked deep dish pie crust

if you like you can add 1//2 chopped ham

Preheat oven to 375 the large bowl, with flock, beat milk, eggs and recipe mix until blended. Stir in broccoli and cheese spoon into pie crust.

Bake 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from its edge come out clean.Before serving less set for 10 minutes, while setting add more shredded cheddar cheese on top, it will melt nicely on top.
makes six servings.



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Spiced Apple Buttermilk Waffles



I love pancakes..... But if you give me a hot crusted waffle, that's another story. waffles hold up to syrup and butter very well...and I like that! I found a great recipe for a great apple fill spice waffles you need to try this recipe, got the recipe http://www.recipegirl.com/2008/10/05/spiced-apple-buttermilk-waffles/

Ingredients:
3 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk, warmed
3/4 cup milk, warmed
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and grated
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour is fine too)
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup toasted pecans (completely optional)
powdered sugar to sift on top

Directions:
1. Preheat waffle iron. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, milk and butter. Stir in apple. In another bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, spice, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; whisk until smooth (some small lumps are okay).

2. Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons pecans (if using) onto waffle iron. Pour about 2/3 cup batter onto surface. Cook waffles until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Keep warm in 200°F. oven while cooking the remaining waffles.

3. Serve with warmed maple syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Friday, January 16, 2015

BlackOut Donuts


I FOUND..... The darkest and richest chocolate Donuts RECIPE. Blackout Donut .WOW!!!
Written by George Geary Published November 15, 2012

Here Is The Recipe:

2 3/4 Cup all-purpose flour, divided 

1/2 Cup unsweetened black cocoa powder

1 1/4 Teaspoon baking powder

1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Cup packed brown sugar
3 large eggs, beaten

1/4 Cup whole milk 

1/4 Cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 Teaspoon vanilla extract

Canola oil

PREPARATION


In a bowl, whisk together 2 cups of the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside.


In mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment, combine brown sugar, eggs, milk, butter and vanilla. On low speed, mix until well combined. Add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Gradually mix in more of the remaining flour, as necessary, until dough starts to come together and is the consistency of biscuit dough. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes.


Meanwhile, in a large, deep pot or deep fryer, heat about 4 inches oil over medium heat until temperature registers.

Tip: Be careful not to over fry chocolate cake donuts. 

INGREDIENTS

Blackout Donut
Written by George Geary Published November 15, 2012 


On a floured work surface, roll out dough to slightly thicker than 1⁄4 inch . If dough is tacky, dust with additional flour. Cut dough with cutter into 18 donuts, re-rolling scraps as necessary. Place at least 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet.


Deep-fry 4 donuts at a time in hot oil, turning once with wooden chopsticks, until puffy and firm, about 25 seconds per side. Using a slotted spatula, transfer to paper towels to absorb excess oil. Fry remaining donuts, adjusting heat as necessary between batches to maintain oil temperature.


Let donuts cool completely before icing, Chocolate sprinkles and chocolate frosting will complete this job.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Chicken Soup With Vegetables



Ingredients

2 lbs boneless chicken thighs with fat removed

1 can 29 or 32 oz canned whole tomato

2 tablespoon tomato paste

1 large onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves chopped

3 large carrots, peeled and chopped 2 inch thick

6 medium size red potatoes, each cut in 4 halves

8 small corn on the cobb

2 bay leaves ( If you like dry basil and parsley you can add it as well about 1/4 teaspoon each)

8 cups chicken broth

Salt and Pepper to taste

Flour for dusting chicken about 1/4 cup

1/4 cup cooking oil for browning

Brown chicken thighs in frying pan with oil on both sides. take chicken and place in a stock pot.add onions,garlic and carrots. then pour in the chicken broth and bay leaves bring to a boil over high heat.

Add in the tomatoes, and turn down to medium low let cook for 30 minutes add in the potatoes and cook until tender.

Add in the corn,and cook 5 mins.

PECAN LOGS


These Pecan Logs are filled with marshmallow cream, covered in caramel and rolled in toasted chopped pecans.

This is my favorite candy recipe. They are so easy to make and not so costly.

Your friends and family will be so impressed and surprised when you bring these fresh and not store-bought pecan logs to your next function.

Recipe:

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 pound box of confectioners sugar

1 jar 8oz marshmallow cream

1 pound caramels

1 pound  toasted pecans, finely chopped

Mix vanilla into marshmallow cream. work in confectioner sugar, small amount at a time
roll into logs.

Melt caramels in saucepan over low heat. If needed, add a small amount of milk to thin.

Roll logs in caramel and then roll in chopped pecans. chill in refrigerator before cutting.

Yield approximately four dozen small slices.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Collard Greens With Cornmeal Dumplings



All this about Greens, I mean collards greens down south in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia where the greens grow. This is a new twist in cooking collard greens, with cornmeal  dumplings.

Meaning bread in the pot! Cornbread that is already to enjoy. You can choose the meat you like, whether it is ham hock or salt pork, you cannot go wrong in the South. enjoy the pot liquor of the collard greens in the cornbread dumplings.Yum!!!!

For the collard greens:

Dutch oven or a large pot add water,oil and ham hocks and Cook 45 mins. add collard green stirring occasionally, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, chiles, and measured salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the collard is tender.

For the dumplings:

2/3 cup all-purpose flour


1/3 cup yellow cornmeal


1 teaspoon baking powder


1 tablespoon unsalted butter


1/2 cup whole milk

whisk together flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, then blend in butter well with your fingertips. Stir in milk until just combined. Let dough stand 5 minutes.

With wet hands, roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls. Gently place dumplings on top of greens. Cook, covered and undisturbed, over low heat until greens are very tender and silky and dumplings are puffed and cooked through, about 20 minutes.


[Dropping the dough in heaping tablespoons about 1/2 inch apart into the simmering greens]



 Sprinkle the greens with the reserved bacon and serve immediately.


Collard Green Dip


Talking about southern hot nights....Here a creamy hot dip, you need to serve at your next party.
It will WOW THEM!!!! Collard Green Dip.

Ingredients

2 slices bacon

1 small sweet onion, chopped about 1 cup

1 medium red sweet pepper

1 pound fresh collard greens, trimmed and coarsely chopped about 6 cups

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 8 ounce package cream cheese cubed and softened

2 ounces  Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 1/2 cup

1/2 cup light sour cream

1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning optional

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Thin bread sticks or vegetable sticks
Directions

In a 12-inch skillet cook bacon until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towel. Remove and save bacon dripping for another recipe but use 2 teaspoons of bacon drippings from skillet and add onion and sweet pepper to skillet. Cook 5 minutes over medium heat or until vegetables are just tender, stirring occasionally. Add cut collard greens and garlic; cover until tender, stirring occasionally. You can add a little water if becoming dry. Remove from heat.
Add cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, and seasoning to the collard mixture, stirring until combined. Crumble remaining bacon and add to collard mixture.  
Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes or until warmed through. Serve with vegetable dippers or bread sticks.

Jamaican Brown Chicken Stew


Jamaican Brown Chicken Stew....How soul can you get??? This stew base on the curry powder and the spices that goes in this stew. I call it goodness of hot soul.

1 medium chicken, cut into 8 portions

salt and black pepper to taste

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 onions chopped

1 chilli pepper, seeded and chopped

1/2 teaspoon thyme

4 cloves garlic chopped

2 teaspoon curry powder

pinch allspice

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

1/2  cup chopped green bell pepper

4  cups chicken stock

1 nice size butternut squash, peeled and cut into bite- sized cubes

2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into bite sized cubes

2 1/4  cup Basmati rice, cooked in coconut milk

Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan until really hot. Add 4–5 pieces of chicken to the oil and fry gently skin-side down for about 5 minutes on each side until the chicken is browned all over,remove the chicken and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.

Carefully pour out most of the oil, leaving just 2 spoonfuls in the base. onions, chilli, garlic, thyme and peppers, and stir briefly.

Add chicken to a big pot adding spices, squash and potatoes. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil and then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes until the liquid is reduced to a rich gravy. Serve with the coconut rice.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bacon And Cheddar Grits Quiche


Southern Living Magazine New Recipe: You Know Grits Are A Southern Thing....


Bacon And Cheddar Grits Quiche {Breakfast Or Supper}


https://subscription.southernliving.com/storefront/SubscribetoSouthernLivingMagazinewithexclusiveoffersGetdeliciousrecipeshouseplansgardenplansdecoratingtipsSoutherntravelideas/site/sl-semrespnodigi0814.html?pkw=google_subscribe_ho&link=1014592&fpa_oc=NON-DONOR+EXTERNAL

In this recipe southern living use stone ground grits. one thing I surely find out about stone ground grits they are a southern thing. these grits are ground in the Carolinas and course-ground the old fashioned way.

They are place between the granite stones of an antique Meadows grist mill. this way make these grits rich in taste and thick and creamy texture.

 I all so find out the longer you cook stone ground the creamier they get.

Recipe

6   thick bacon slices  

2 1/4 cups  milk  

2 tablespoons  butter  

1/2 cup  uncooked stone-ground grits  

2 teaspoons  kosher salt, divided  

1 teaspoon  black pepper, divided  

2 1/2 cups  shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided  

6   large eggs  

2 1/2 cups  half-and-half  

1 cup  heavy cream  

1/3 cup  sliced green onions  

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon; drain and crumble. Transfer 2 tsp. bacon drippings to a saucepan.
2. Bring drippings, milk, and butter to a boil over medium heat. Gradually whisk in grits, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper; cook, whisking constantly, 15 minutes or until very thick. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in 1 cup cheese; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in 1 egg; spread in a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray.
3. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until set and browned. Sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese over warm grits, spreading to edges. Let stand 15 minutes.
4. Reduce oven temperature to 325°. Combine half-and-half, cream, onions, and remaining 5 eggs, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Pour over grits; sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Place pan on a foil-lined baking sheet.
5. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until lightly browned and just set. Let stand 20 minutes. Run a sharp knife around edges of quiche; remove sides of pan.


If you cannot find stone ground grits in a store buy online





 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Meat Balls In A Big Pot

Meat Balls Come And Get Them


My mother always cooked a big pot of meat balls.We ate as many as we wanted. My mother did  not serve them with pasta.... we ate them with creamy mashed potatoes.

It's seem like that red thick tomato gravy just give those creamy mashed potatoes the best taste ever.

When the meat balls was gone from the pot, we did not care too much because we had the wonderful meat ball gravy to do some serious slopping with bread.

Here We Go!

Adding water and two teaspoon salt to a big pot filling almost full to the top and let boil.

In a bowl at 2 pound ground meat
3 Beaten  Eggs
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup water

Chop very fine 1/2 cup each green onion, red and green bell peppers.


Spice 1 tablespoon each onion powder, garlic powder,salt and black pepper.

Mixing all together

Rolling into a ball

Place them on a sheet pan

Than drop them one by one in the boiling water. Cook 10 mins.


Draining meat balls and place in another pot


Pour four Jars pasta Sauce and add bay leaf.cover pot and let simmer on med heat for 30 mins.

You can also make a Meat Ball Sandwich

   

 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Meat Loaf With Stuff Mashed Potatoes


Meatloaf Time!!! "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" is the first single by the American musician Meat Loaf in his solo career. It is a track off his 1977 album" Bat Out of Hell', written by Jim Steinman.

I know this singing group has nothing to do with a meatloaf recipe. I just give the group a plug and added it because it's one of my favorite singing group of all times.

Back to meatloaf  recipe..... Did you know in 2007, meatloaf was voted the seventh-favorite dish in the United States according to Good Housekeeping?

During the Great Depression, cooking meatloaf was a way to stretch the food budget for families, using an inexpensive type of meat and ingredients like bell peppers, eggs, onions and bread crumbs to  give it superior binding and consistency.

The meatloaf is normally served warm as part of the main course, but can also be found sliced as a cold cut. Meatloaf can also be considered a typical comfort food and is served in many diners and restaurants today with brown gravy and peas.

It seems everyone has a recipe for meatloaf, but the best one, is the one you prepare for your family with love and care.

The meatloaf, I am posting today is garnished with lots of crispy bacon and stuffed inside with buttery mashed potatoes and fresh parsley.

Meatloaf maybe also garnished with plain ketchup or a meatloaf sauce. my mother garnished her meatloaf with mashed potatoes, drizzling it with a small amount of butter and cheese and place in oven to brown.


Potatoes Recipe:

2 large white potatoes cut into chunks

2 cups water with 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cook potatoes to tender and pour water off and place in a medium bowl

Mash them and add 1/2 stick of butter and 1/4 cup warm milk and set aside
  
Meat Loaf  Recipe:

1 1/2   lb  ground beef { 80% lean}
  
3/4    cup Progresso Italian style bread crumbs or plain bread crumbs
  
1/2    cup tomato juice

1/4    cup chopped green onions

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup green bell pepper

1/4 cup red bell pepper

2    eggs   beaten

4 slices cooked chopped bacon

Salt and black pepper to taste...you can always test a pinch of raw meat or meatloaf mixture for seasoning.

By placing it in a micowave oven about a second or two... with this method you can add more seasons if needed.{ I like a lot of black pepper in mine}


Heat oven to 350°F.

Make potatoes as directed.  In large bowl mix meat loaf ingredients until well blended. Firmly press half of beef mixture into pan add spoon potatoes over beef mixture about 1/4 inch edges adding fresh chopped parsley on top of potatoes.

Spoon remaining beef mixture over potatoes; press gently bacon on top.   Bake 60 to 65 minutes or meat thermometer inserted in center of loaf reads 160°F. Let loaf stand 10 minutes.


Monday, January 5, 2015

CHOCOLATE CAKE

 

 
 
 

CHOCOLATE CAKE

Everyone love chocolate cake. I am truly one that love the icing and the rich chocolate taste that it bring to your mouth. That creamy taste of moist chocolate cake is very unforgettable. My kids will always say....." Mum" please make a chocolate cake...I just could say no! because it's my favorite too!

Chocolate cake is made with chocolate it can be made with other ingredients, as well. These ingredients include fudge, vanilla creme, and other sweeteners.

The history of chocolate cake goes back to 1764, when Dr. James Baker discovered how to make chocolate by grinding cocoa beans between two massive circular millstones.
  

Recipe For Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

2¼ cups all-purpose flour

¾ cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder

1¾ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

3 large eggs

1½ cups sugar

1¼ cups mayonnaise

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Frosting

12 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped

¾ cup sugar

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1 cup heavy cream

1½ cups (3 sticks) butter, room temperature

¾ teaspoon salt


Cake: Preheat oven to 325°. Lightly coat cake pans with nonstick spray and line bottoms with parchment


 paper; spray again.


Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.


Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat eggs and sugar until pale and doubled in volume, about 4 minutes.


Add mayonnaise and vanilla and beat until just combined.





With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with 1⅓ cups lukewarm water in 2 additions, beginning

 ending with dry ingredients.




 Scrape batter into pans, dividing evenly.


Bake cakes, rotating halfway through, until a tester inserted into the centers comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Transfer pans to wire racks and let cool 20 minutes before turning out onto racks. Let cool completely.

Frosting

  2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar

  6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  6 tablespoons butter

  5 tablespoons evaporated milk

  1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions

 In a medium bowl, sift together the confectioners' sugar and cocoa, and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar mixture alternately with evaporate milk. Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar.

COCONUT PINEAPPLE CAKE



 
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Three rich layers of coconut cake are held together by homemade coconut pudding and crushed pineapple, and topped with a light, fluffy coconut frosting. This cake takes some time, but is well worth the effort. You can easily spread out the various steps across an afternoon while preparing any other dishes. Prepare one to two days in advance.
  • Prep: 2 hour 30 min
  • Chill: 2 hours
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Total: About 5 hours 15 min
  • Serves 16
  • Two Hours Before Starting
  • 8 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • Two hours before you plan on making the cake, remove eggs and milk from fridge and let come to room temperature.
  • 1 pound (4 sticks) butter
  • Place butter on a plate and let rise to room temperature to soften.
  • Cake Pan and Oven Prep
  • vegetable shortening
  • flour
  • parchment or wax paper
  • Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 350°F. Generously grease three 9 inch cake pans with vegetable shortening and cover pan bottoms with rounds of parchment paper or wax paper. Grease parchment rounds, dust cake pans with flour, and tap out excess.
  • Batter
  • ½ cup pineapple juice (from can of crushed pineapple)
  • Drain a can of crushed pineapple. Reserve crushed pineapple for cake assembly. Put juice in a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until reduced in half, about 6 minutes.
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • Pour reduced pineapple juice into a small bowl or measuring cup and add coconut. Mix until coconut is evenly coated. Set aside.
  • reserved eggs
  • reserved milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and coconut. Set aside.
  • 21 ounces (3 cups) sugar
  • 14 ounces (3 ½ cups) cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, cake flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • reserved butter
  • Add butter and use a pastry blender to cut the butter into small, pea-sized pieces with the flour.
  • 1 ½ cups of reversed egg-milk-vanilla mixture
  • Add 1 ½ cups of reserved egg-milk-vanilla mixture and mix at lowest speed with a hand mixer until incorporated, 5 to 10 seconds.
  • remaining egg-milk-vanilla-mixture
  • Increase speed to high, add remaining egg mixture, and beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Stop mixer and thoroughly scrape sides and bottom of bowl. Beat on medium-high until thoroughly combined and batter looks slightly curdled, about 15 seconds longer.
  • reserved coconut-pineapple mixture
  • Add reserved coconut-pineapple mixture and mix with a spatula to combine.
  • Baking
  • Pour equal amounts of batter (about 2 cups) into three prepared cake pans. Spread batter to sides of pan and smooth with rubber spatula.
  • Bake until top of cakes turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cakes may rise in center slightly but will level when cooled.
  • Remove pan from oven and cool on rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the perimeter of the pan to loosen. Invert cake onto large plate, peel off parchment, and reinvert onto lightly greased rack. Cool completely before decorating.
  • Coconut Pudding (for Filling)
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • In a medium saucepan, whisk heavy cream, milk, sugar and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally, until mixture just begins to steam, about 10 mins.
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • In a separate bowl or measuring cup, combine cornstarch and heavy cream. Whisk until smooth and there are no lumps.
  • Add cornstarch mixture to saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, until pudding starts to thicken and barely reaches a boil, about 5 minutes.
  • Immediately reduce heat to very low and stir for 5 minutes or so until thickened.
  • ½ tablespoon coconut extract
  • Remove from heat and stir in coconut extract
  • Pour pudding into a 1-quart dish. Cover tightly with plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent skin from forming.
  • Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
  • Coconut Frosting
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • In a small saucepan, whisk flour and milk.
  • Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until it it is as thick as brownie batter, about 3 to 5 minutes. (Once it gets hot enough, mixture will thicken in about 30 seconds so be sure to keep stirring and remain by the stove.)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • Stir in coconut extract once mixture has thickened.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. The thickened milk mixture must be cooled completely before you continue.
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (not powdered sugar!)
  • While the mixture is cooling, use an electric hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar together in a medium bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add cooled milk mixture to creamed sugar mixture. Using an electric hand mixer, beat the frosting until it is very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Stop periodically and scrap down the sides of the bowl.
  • Assembly and Decorating
  • reserved coconut pudding
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple
  • Once completely cool, place one layer of cake a plate or serving platter. Top cake with about half of the coconut pudding. Sprinkle and spread ½ cup of crushed pineapple on top of the pudding.
  • reserved coconut pudding
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple
  • Place another layer of cake on top of the pudding and top with most of the remaining pudding and an additional ½ cup of pineapple. Depending on how much filling you want, you may have leftover pudding that someone will have to eat (oh the horror).
  • reserved coconut frosting
  • ½ cup shredded coconut, or more as desired
  • Place final layer of cake on top and decorate cake with frosting. Sprinkle top of cake with shredded coconut as desired..
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Leftover cake will keep for up to a week in the fridge.
From MakeBetterFood.com. . (http://makebetterfood.com/recipes/coconut-pineapple-cake/).


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SWEET POTATOE CAKE




Bored with sweet potato casserole and sweet potato pie?  Try this sweet potato cake, a twist on traditional cake that features nutrient-rich sweet potatoes that is good for you.  It's the perfect addition to holiday dessert tables.

This sweet potato cake is made with mashed sweet potatoes, cinnamon, chopped walnuts, and brown sugar. Sweet potato cake recipe can be made into a pound cake or layer cake.

You will see a lot of wows !!!.... when you serve this cake.

There is a lot of sweet potatoes out there waiting to because a sweet potatoe cake this Sunday. Remember always try something new.

Recipes:

1 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup white sugar

2/3 cup brown sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup cake flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/3 cups milk

1 medium sweet potato, peeled, cubed, boiled, and mashed.

1/3 cup maple syrup

Cream the butter and sugars in an electric mixer until light and fully combined. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, incorporating completely after each addition. Let egg and butter mixture blend until very light in color, about 4 minutes on medium/high speed.

In a separate bowl add the flours, baking powder, and salt and whisk to combine.

In a large measuring cup, measure the milk, add the mashed sweet potato and maple syrup and stir to combine.

When the butter mixture is light and fluffy, add 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix well. Add 1/2 of the liquid ingredients and stir. Repeat with remaining flour mixture and liquid mixture, making sure to end with the dry ingredients. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl when giving it a final mix.

Pour the batter evenly between two 9 inch round cake pans that you've buttered and floured. Tap the pans lightly on the counter to remove any air bubbles and bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool cakes in their pans for 15 minutes, then turn out on to wire racks to cool completely.

When cakes are completely cool, frost with Cream Cheese Frosting, and decorate the sides with chopped walnuts.

PAN-FRIED SALMON


When I serve salmon....  I feel like am eating one of the best thing in the world. You can cook it so many ways and fashion....I like salmon when you taste that good fresh clean healthy fish taste.

1 salmon filet{about 2 inch wide} with skin

1 tablespoon olive oil

 Kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 300º

Cut the salmon sized fillets (about 2" wide), pat dry and lightly salt. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick oven-safe skillet over medium hear until a drop of water sizzles.

Place fillets flesh side down into pan. Sear for 2 minutes until lightly browned. Flip and cook another minute with the skin side down. Place skillet in oven and cook for 8 minutes only don't over cook your salmom.