Thursday, October 30, 2014

Snicker Cookies

Snicker Cookies are great for Halloween fun and when your kids bring home candy look in their bags and find some snickers candy and make some great cookies.

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter or peanuts butter with peanuts

1/4 cup honey

1 Tbsp. milk

24 miniature snickers

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter and peanut butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat in honey and milk until well combined. Mold roughly 1 tablespoon of dough around candy. Place on cookie sheet, Bake 12 – 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Makes 24

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Popcorn Balls

When I was growing up Mrs Pearl made the best popcorn balls in the whole world it was like magic how  she make the popcorn stay together? Silly me laughing out loudly at my self.

2 c. brown sugar or white sugar

2/3 c. white corn syrup

2/3 c. water

1/2 lb. butter

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla Or maple Favoring or both

1/2 cup toasted peanuts

Cook all ingredients until the mixture forms a soft ball in cold water.Add vanilla and peanuts pour over popped popcorn.

Wait until cool and form into balls as big as you want.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds:

Clean the seeds
Boil for 10 minutes in salt water

Drain the seeds in a colander and dry lightly with a towel
Spread seeds onto a baking sheet and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and spice them up with your favorite spices
Roast seeds at 325F for 10 minutes. ...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Coconut Cake

I love an good ole fashion real coconut cake and this recipe I found really bake the cake for me. If you love the taste of fresh coconut you will love it too. Get Recipe and steps by steps

3 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup Coco Lopez or other coconut cream

For Cream Cheese Frosting

16 ounces cream cheese (2 packages), room temperature
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound confectioner’s sugar, sifted

2 cups fresh sliced or shredded coconut (lightly toasted in 250 degree oven is optional)
Make cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease, flour 2 9-inch round cake pans, then line the bottoms of each pan with buttered parchment paper.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.

In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes at medium speed. Add the eggs one at time, incorporating after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

Reduce the mixer’s speed to low and add the flour, alternating with the Coco Lopez and incorporating after each addition, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed.

Divide the batter between the 2 pans and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of each layer comes out clean (start checking at 40 minutes). Transfer pans to wire racks to cool for 10 minutes, then remove the layers onto racks to cool completely.
Make frosting:

In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract. Turn mixer to lowest speed and gradually add sifted confectioner’s sugar &fras12;-cupful at a time.
Assemble cake and frost:

If your cake layers are puffed up quite a bit in the center you can use a long, serrated knife and gently slice off the “bump.”

Or you can be as lazy as we are and flip the cake onto a serving plate with the bump side down, then press down to flatten it slightly.

Spread the flat, top surface of the first layer with frosting, then place the second layer on top with the bump- or sliced-side down. Frost the top and sides of cake. Press shredded/sliced coconut into frosting on top and sides of cake.

Slice And Enjoy!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tofu Pumpkin Spice Pie

3/4 cup firm tofu

2 cups pumpkin puree

1 1/2 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp canola oil

1 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk

2 Tbsp molasses

2 eggs plus the yolk of a third egg

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp ground cloves

Add all to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour mixture in uncooked crust pie shells.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bacon Cups

When I found A great Ideal...You know I like to share. This Lady  used an upside down muffin pan, covered it in foil, wove bacon around the muffin cups, and baked the bacon at 400 degrees into a crispy mini bowl. Keep in the mind, the bacon is going to shrink, so overlapping the bacon is best for a more secure cup. You can make the bacon cups as deep or shallow as you would like; the shallower ones make for a better finger food. She cautions to use a baking dish below the bacon to catch drips, and to also keep a close eye while the bacon is cooking.
Bacon Cups

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Frying Chicken Recipes

2 lbs cut-up chicken

Seasoning Raw Chicken

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/4 teaspoons black pepper

Dipping mixture

2 eggs beaten

1/3 cup water

1 cup hot sauce

( adding salt and pepper and dipping mixture together could set in refrigerator over night).

Dredging mixture

2 cups self-rising flour

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt


Heat cooking oil in a large deep pot to 350°F making sure the chicken is cover with oil.( the secret of fried chicken don't turn it over).

For dipping mixture: in a medium-sized bowl, beat the eggs with the water.

Add hot sauce and whisk together well.

Pour this mixture into a large plastic zip-top bag and let stand for 1 hour.

For seasoning mixture: In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon salt, 1 1/4 teaspoon black pepper  

For dredging mixture: In a another bowl, mix flour, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper

Rinse and pat dry chicken pieces with a paper towel.

generously Sprinkle chicken on both sides with seasoning.

Drop a few chicken pieces of chicken into bag of sauce mixture and squish around to coat thoroughly.

One piece at a time, roll chicken in flour mixture and drop into hot oil.

Don't crowd chicken pieces

Fry chicken until brown and crisp.

Drain on paper toweling.

Dark meat will take about 14 minutes, white meat about 10 minutes.

Remember smaller pieces cook faster than the larger ones.

You can check if it done by piercing to the bone in the thickest part with a fork.

If the juices run clear, it is done.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

State Fair Corny Dogs

Original recipe makes 20 Corny Dogs.I love them with Mustard!!! WOW!!! Mustard!!!

 1 quart oil for deep frying

 1 cup all-purpose flour

 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal

 1/4 cup white sugar

 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

 1 teaspoon salt

 1/4 CUP bacon drippings

 1 egg, beaten

 1 1/4 cups buttermilk

 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

 2 pounds hot dogs ( Buy the best hot dog brand).

 Wooden Sticks

Heat oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in melted bacon drippings and then add the egg, buttermilk, and baking soda. Mix until everything is smooth and well blended.

Dry hot dogs with paper towels so that the batter will stick. Insert wooden sticks into the ends. Dip the hot dogs in the batter one at a time, shaking off the excess. Deep fry a few at a time in the hot oil until they are as brown as you like them. Drain on paper towels and eat them with a lot of mustard.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Caribbean Fried Rice

3 tablespoons sliced scallions

1 tablespoons minced ginger

2 1/2 cups cooked long grain rice

1/4 cup banana slice in cubes

1/4 cup apple slice in cubes

1/4 cup golden raisins soak in water about 30 mins

1/4 cup almonds

Salt and Pepper to taste

Cilantro for garnish

Cook day old Rice or cold rice. Heat a large non-stick pan with your favorite oil over high heat. Add the ginger and scallion to the pan and very quickly toss until fragrant. Add the rice, banana, apple, raisin and almonds and season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Okra Parmigiana

A Southern take on eggplant parmigiana using fresh summer instead of eggplant.

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup diced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon dried oregano

1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

salt and pepper to taste

1½ pounds fresh okra pods, each about 3-4 inches long

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

¼ cup all-purpose flour

Vegetable oil

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1½ cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion  and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté another 2 to 3 minutes. Add oregano.

Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato paste.Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add parsley. Sauce will be thick. You can add a little water if you wish to thin it out.

Cut off cap end of okra pods and cut pods in half lengthwise. Combine bread crumbs and flour in a pie plate.

Dip okra pods in egg and then roll in bread crumb mixture to coat.
Add enough Vegetable oil to a large skillet to coat the bottom with about ¼-inch oil.

Heat over medium-high heat. Add half the okra and brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Turn heat down some if it is browning too quickly.

Drain on paper towels and immediately season the okra with some salt. Add more oil to skillet and cook remaining okra.

Coat bottom of prepared baking dish with a thin layer of tomato sauce. Layer ½ the okra in the dish and top with half of the tomato sauce. Repeat layers. Top with Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses.

Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until bubbly and browned.