Monday, March 31, 2014

Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoe Fries

When you're in the south you can find out people like me will bring a WOW moment to the these sweet potato fries. Ohhhhh Boy! They are so good when they are hot are even when they cool off. Try them with my easy recipe. You can't go wrong, I promise you...

2 lbs sweet potatoes , peeled, and cut like ranch fries

2 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste) (optional)

nonstick cooking spray

Line a sheet tray with parchment. In a large bowl toss sweet potatoes with just enough oil to coat. Sprinkle sugar and spice. Spread sweet potatoes in single layer on prepared baking sheet, being sure not to overcrowd. Bake until sweet potatoes are tender and golden brown about 20 minutes. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Another Thing....For a humble root vegetable, the sweet potato sure does have a lot going for it. The orange tuber packs 438% of your daily value of infection-fighting vitamin A and, like carrots, sweet potatoes are a major source of skin-protecting beta-carotene.

Bake Some these Goodness...

Just rub them down with cooking oil and bake them until fork tender in a 350 oven.

Friday, March 28, 2014

7-UP Cake Or Pound Cake

This 7-up cake will never go out of style the 7-up cake can be a pound cake THE BOLD ONE people just love the favor of this wonderful cake. It's the true Lemon taste.

Leah Williams sells her pound cakes at the 32nd Street Farmers Market.

Leah Williams’ display of carefully wrapped slices of plain,lemon, and 7-Up pound cake. Since I’d never heard of using 7-Up in a cake, I had to investigate. Apparently, the 7-Up acts as the leavening agent. Happily, the cake did not taste like a can of soda; the 7-Up imparted a lemony flavor, and the slice was dense, moist and delicious.

Mrs William knew how to bake that cake. Great Job! Goes Out To her.

You can bake this pound cake in so many ways

1. slice it long
2. Make a single round layer

3. The round way with glazy
4.The Round way Plain

5. With Shapes

Try this pan when you bake your next pound cake

7-Up Cake Or Pound Cake Recipe

3 sticks of butter, room temperature

3 cups sugar

5 eggs, room temperature

2 tablespoons lemon extract

3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

3/4 cup 7-Up

Powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 12-cup tube pan or Bundt pan.

In a heavy-duty mixer, beat together the butter and sugar for 20 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the lemon extract.

Add the flour to the butter mixture alternately with the 7-Up, beginning and ending with flour. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Invert the cake onto a platter and let it sit until the cake drops out of the pan. When cool, dust with powdered sugar.

Southern Pecan And Coconut Pralines

Enjoy the sweet taste of the South with these heavenly homemade pralines with roasted pecan and added roasted coconut... makes these babies great!

2 ½ cups roasted grated coconut

3 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon coconut extract

3 cups light brown sugar, packed

1   cup half and half

3   cups roasted pecan halves

Combine the sugar, milk in a heavy pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil, stirring, until the mixture comes to the soft-ball stage (about 239 degrees on a candy thermometer). 
add pecan and coconut and coconut extract
Remove from the heat, add the butter and beat until the mixture begins to sugar.
Drop in small mounds on wax paper. Cool, then gently lift with a thin knife. Store in an airtight container.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spicy Pinto Beans and Ham Hocks

Pinto Beans and Ham Hocks is nothing but a Soul Food Dish. You can just eat it with a good piece of cornbread and a tall glass of Ice sweet Tea.


3 smoked hamhocks are a high-fat food so don't used many

1 lbs. dried pinto beans sorted and rinsed

3 toes garlic chopped

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 medium chopped chopped

2 c. tomatoes, chopped

2 t. ground cumin

2 t. chili powder

1 whole chipotle pepper in adobo sauce


The night before, cover the beans with water and let soak overnight. Drain. Add fresh water to cover the beans and hamhock.

Boil hamhocks and beans med heat for 2 hour adding all seasonings except onion.

After the beans and seasoning cook tender add onion. mashing some of the beans on the side with a wooden spoon of the pot to make them creamy.

this would be the time to remove the chipotle pepper for a milder dish. If left it in, resulting in a spicy dish of beans. cook beans 10 more mins on low heat.

Serve with cornbread . you can also use the hamhocks as your meat side dish.  

Monday, March 24, 2014

Beer Battered Halibut

Halibut is one of the best fish to eat on a dish. all you need is to prepare it for the event you want. I really  love Halibut great fish it is a little costly. But I never when wrong in serving it. I like the many ways you can  serve it.

If it taco night...let's have fish tacos with the fixings.

Or serve them bites side for a party when the game come over.

 Beer Battered Halibut is Always welcome to dinner with golden potatoes fries

Let's get started....

2 lbs halibut, cut into 1" pieces or where ever your choice of pieces

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 bottle of your choice of beer

Cooking oil enough to fill deep fryer

Whisk together the flour, salt, pepper, garlic,cayeanne and paprika.

Whisk in just enough beer to make the mixture should resemble pancake batter, not too thin. Set the batter and the fish pieces in separate bowls.

Pour the oil into a deep fryer on medium high heat. You want it to be as hot but not smoking. When the oil is hot, drop a few pieces of fish into the batter and coat well. Shake off the excess batter and using tongs, gently place the fish into the oil.

Let them cook for a few minutes, until the coating is lightly browned.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fried Fruit Pies

When I was a child my mother with make me and my sisters and brothers fruit hand pies. with all kinds of pie fillings she will uses Lucky leaf pie filling in the hand pies it was so good.

I like apple and one of my sister's like cherry and something mom with mix the apple and cherry together and what a treat.

Easy Recipe

One box ready made pie crust or homemade cut in blocks 4x4 inches

1 can Lucky leaf pie filling you choice of fruit

Place 2 tablespoon full fruit filling in the center of the crust and fold over and mash down with a fork
place in a deep fryer and cook until golden brown. and cover with sugar and cinnamon

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cajun-style Dirty Rice

This is a WOW rice and you will never stop cooking this rice for your family and firends. I got this recipe down in New Orleans in the streets where the real cooks are cooking.


1/4 CUP beef drippings

1/2 pound ground chicken sausage

1/2 pound ground lean meat

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper AND RED BELL PEPPER

1/2 cup chopped green onions with tops

2 medium cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon cumin

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

5 cups cooked long-grain rice

1/2 pound chicken livers, finely diced

Sauté the chicken and beef over high heat until is no longer pink. Lower heat; add vegetables and seasonings and cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add cooked rice set a side.

Sauté chicken livers in bacon drippings no longer pink. Toss with the rice, taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper if necessary. Cover and let rice fluff in a 225° oven for 10 minutes 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Vidalia Blooming Onion

Onion Lovers...I got this recipe for you and yours to share with love. It's the blooming Onion. Lot of taste and crispy onions dip in a creamy sauce.

How To Make The Dip For the Onion:

Dipping Sauce

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon drained horseradish

1/4 teaspoon paprika

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Salt and black pepper to taste

Combine all of the dip ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate.

The Batter

1 large sweet onion, such as Vidalia (about 1 pound)

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons paprika

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 black pepper

2 large eggs

1 cup whole milk

1 gallon canole oil

salt to taste

Directions For Blooming Onion

Whisk the flour, cayenne, paprika, thyme, oregano, cumin and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a bowl. In a small deep bowl, whisk the eggs, and milk.

Place the onion in a separate bowl, cut-side up, and pour all of the flour mixture on top. Cover the bowl with a plate, then shake back and forth to distribute the flour. Check to make sure the onion is fully coated, especially between the "petals." Lift the onion by the core, turn over and pat off the excess flour; reserve the bowl of flour.

Using a slotted spoon, fully submerge the onion in the egg mixture (spoon on top, if necessary). Remove and let the excess egg drip off, then repeat the flouring process. Refrigerate the onion while you heat the oil.

Heat the oil in a large deep pot over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 400 degrees. Pat off excess flour from the onion. Using a wire skimmer, carefully lower the onion into the oil, cut-side down. Adjust the heat so the oil temperature stays close to 350 degrees. Fry about 3 minutes, then turn the onion over and cook until golden, about 3 more minutes; drain on paper towels. Season with salt and serve with the dip.

(Watch video blow on how to slice the onion)

Key Lime Cake

Lemon cake is one of my favorite cake. Key Lime pie is one of my favorite too! But I wanted to try in a cake...So knowing the person I am. I found one and tried it. So I am sharing this with you.

1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 (3 ounce) package lime flavored gelatin mix
3/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup butter
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 cups confectioners' sugar

Combine cake mix, gelatin mix, oil, eggs and orange juice. Pour into three 8-inch cake pans. Bake according to instructions on box. Allow to cool, then frost.

To make the frosting: In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add lime juice and confectioners sugar. Mix well.

Make Key Lime Cup Cake



1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lime peel
1/4 teaspoon neon-green food coloring
3/4 cup buttermilk


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line standard muffin pan with 12 paper liners. Whisk both flours in medium bowl. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar; beat to blend. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then next 3 ingredients (batter may look curdled). Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with buttermilk in 2 additions. Spoon scant 1/3 cup batter into each liner.
Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool.


1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon finely grated lime peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat all ingredients in medium bowl until smooth. Spread over cupcakes.

Lemonade Iced Tea

The M And M Soulfood Restaurant serve it at on it's tables (half lemonade, half iced tea)…This is similar to an “Arnold Palmer” something refreshing to beat the heat! Give it a shot, something different and fun to bring to a party!

A Southern Living Recipe from

YIELD: Makes 8 cups

3 cups water
2 family-size tea bags
1 (1-oz.) package fresh mint leaves (about 1 cup loosely packed)
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups cold water
1 (6-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
Garnish: fresh citrus slices

1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Remove from heat, add tea bags, and stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
2. Remove and discard tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until dissolved.
3. Pour tea into a 3-qt. container, and stir in 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

This Recipe is really easy. a great Jerk chicken from "Jamaican Man". Coming Right off the grill, to your plate with those side dishes of your choice. Please believe me when I say it is better than Bar BQ Chicken.

    1 tbs. Ground allspice

    1 tbs. Dried thyme

    1 1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper

    1 1/2 tsp black pepper

    1 1/2 tsp. Ground sage

    3/4 tsp. Ground nutmeg

    3/4 tsp. Ground cinnamon

    2 tbs. Salt

    2 tbs. Garlic powder

    1 tbs. Sugar

    1/4 cup Olive oil

    1/4 cup Soy sauce

    3/4 cup White vinegar

    1/2 cup Orange juice

    Juice of 1 lime

    1 Scotch bonnet pepper, seeded and finely chopped

    1 cup Chopped white onion

    3 Green onions, finely chopped

    4 Chicken breasts (6 to 8 oz)trimmed of fat


In a large bowl, combine the allspice, thyme, cayenne pepper, black pepper, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, garlic powder and sugar. With a wire whisk, slowly add the olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar, orange juice, and lime juice. Add the Scotch bonnet pepper, onion, and green onions and mix well. Add the chicken breasts, cover and marinate for at least 1 hour, longer if possible. Preheat an outdoor grill. Remove the breasts from the marinade and grill for 6 minutes on each side or until fully cooked. While grilling, baste with the marinade.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Caribbean Coconut Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs, lightly beaten

2 teaspoons coconut extract

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup sweet shredded coconut


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Grease and flour two 9 1/2" x 5 1/2" loaf pans.

mix with hand and wooden spoon

In medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well.

In large mixing bowl, combine sugar, oil, beaten eggs, and coconut extract; mix well.

Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to sugar mixture and stir only until moist.

Stir in shredded coconut.

Pour batter into the two prepared loaf pans, place on middle rack and bake for 1 hour.

Add more favor by add a coconut glaze

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

3 tablespoons cream of coconut

2 tablespoons Malibu® coconut rum

1 teaspoon hot water

½ cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted

Place sifted powdered sugar in a bowl, add cream of coconut, Malibu, and water and stir until smooth.

Saturday, March 1, 2014


This recipe you will love..only if you are a pecan love like me. I like to used real maple syrup not corn syrup and brown sugar it just made it taste old fashion.

1 cup maple syrup

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon molasses

4 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 large eggs york beaten

1/1/2 cup pecans toasted and choped

1/2 cup whole pecan toasted

1 9inch  unbaked deep dish pie shell

heat cream, syrup,sugar, and molasses in a sauce pan on medium heat until sugar dissolves.removed from and let cool for about 10 mins.whisk butter and salt into syrup mixture.whisk eggs yolks until blended.

Spread pecans on bottom of pie shell. Than pour filling over pie in 350 oven and bake 45 mins
let it cool and set an hour.