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.


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 Lamb Roast Or Veal

Crown Lamb 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 Lamb crown is ordered ahead of time from a local butcher shop or gourmet market.

A crown roast is usually done with lamb,/ veal,.{ However sometime it is done with beef}. It is called a crown because it is two rib racks 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 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


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 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 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.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Strawberry Cake

I found this recipe for this strawberry cake on  It's sooooooo Good!!!!>>>WOW!!!!

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

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.

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.


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

Banana 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.


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.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pumpkin Cheese Cake

Let try something else for that Thanksgiving Dessert. A Pumpkin Cheese cake will go very well. Pumpkin is a must for Thanksgiving so let's put it on the table and serve it proudly.


 How to make Graham Cracker Crust

Making a graham cracker crust is so simple and quick that there is hardly ever a reason to buy store-bought. Just crush the crackers into crumbs, mix with melted butter, and bake. No fuss, no muss! You can even freeze the baked crusts so you have one on-hand for those times when you don't want to heat up the kitchen.

Graham Cracker Crust

Makes one 9-inch pie crust

1 3/4 graham crackers

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 stick butter

3 tablespoon brown sugar

A rolling pin and a plastic bag

9-inch spring pan


1. Crumble the Graham Crackers: Break up the crackers and place them in the bowl of a food processor along with the sugar, if using. Pulse to break the crackers further and then process continuously until the crackers are crushed into fine crumbs. Alternatively, place all the crackers in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin until broken into fine crumbs. You should end up with about 2 cups total of graham cracker crumbs.

2. Combine with Butter: Transfer the graham crackers to a bowl. Melt the butter and pour over the graham crackers. Stir until the crumbs are evenly coated and look wet. The crumbs should hold together in a clump if you press them in your fist; if not, add water a tablespoon at a time until this happens.

3. Press into a Pie Pan: Heat the oven to 375° F. Pour the crumbs into a 9-inch pie pan and press them evenly along the bottoms and sides.


Place 3 boxes 8 oz cream cheese, 3 eggs and one yoke, 3 tablespoon flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar,1 can 15 oz pumpkin, and 1/4 cup sour cream. mix well together.

 NEXT: ADD SPICE: 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. 1/8 teaspoon clover and 1 teaspoon cinnamon mix in mixture.

 Add to spring pan

Bake 1 hour let rest in pan for 15 mins

Monday, November 17, 2014

Anna Vaughn's Mustard Potatoes Salad

My Mother-in-law Anna Vaughn passed away Nov 4 2014. She was one of the best cooks in New Orleans cooking.I love her Mustard Style Potatoes Salad for the Holiday meals.

She made a southern-style mustard potato salad that will melted in your mouth. Potatoes and tons of hard-cooked eggs. Surely this woman will be missed by all of her family and friends.( Love You Mrs Vaughn Always)...

1½ pounds Russet Potatoes

6 eggs

1/2 cup fine chopped celery

2 tablespoon fine chopped green bell pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder ( only if you like it).

½ cup fine green onion chopped

½ cup sweet pickle chopped

2 tablespoons sweet pickle juice

2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard

½ cup mayonnaise

salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed, cooked in salted water until fork tender not falling apart, drained well in a colander, add back to hot pan to dry out water. while yet hot add the hot peeled boiled eggs and smashed with a fork into the hot potatoes very fine and well.

Add celery,green onion,sweet pickles and bell pepper and pickles juice stirring well.Gradually add the mustard and mayonnaise, stirring between additions.

You don't want it too creamy, and you don't want it dry.
Add salt and pepper and garlic powder,adjusting to taste.

Pour into a bowl and smooth it out. I add to her recipe slice boiled eggs and cayenne pepper on top
refrigerate until ready to serve. If you want it really good, make it a day gets better overnight.