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.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pumpkin Pound Cake With Maple Pecan Glaze

When ever I run a cross a wonderful recipes. I always like to share with you. This pound cake is the bomb and the bomb. If you going to serve something pumpkin this thanksgiving please try this wonderful pumpkin-pound-cake-with-maple-pecan-glaze.

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Pumpkin Pound Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

8 ounces unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

¾ cup packed brown sugar

5 large eggs

1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin

1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Maple Pecan Glaze

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons maple syrup

3 tablespoons milk

1 cup confectioner sugar

3 tablespoons chopped pecans


Pumpkin Pound Cake

Heat oven to 325°. Spray your Bundt cake pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla.
Slowly beat dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Continue beating on medium speed until smooth and well blended. Pour into the Bundt pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center.
Cool for 15 minutes in the pan on a rack; invert onto a serving plate to cool completely. Glaze with the Maple Pecan Glaze (see below).

Maple Pecan Glaze

In a small saucepan, heat the butter, maple syrup and milk over medium heat and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar. Let cool for about 15 to 20 minutes, until slightly thickened. Stir in the finely chopped pecans
Drizzle over the cooled cake.

Candied Yams

Yams potatoes are like sweet potatoes... But yams or sweeter and more full of orange color and not pale yellow as sweet potatoes...When it come to making Candies Yams it mean "Yams Potatoes" Not sweet potatoes.

8 medium yams

2 cups water

2 cups fine granulated sugar

1 stick butter

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Peel skin from yams and slice into 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick circles or long,place them in a pot add water and cook for 8 min.

Pour half water off cooked potato keeping them in pot add sugar,butter, lemon juice, nutmeg. return to boil cover pot and reduce heat to simmer. cook yams  for 35 minutes or until tender and candied.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cranberries For Thanksgiving

When I was a child my mother would buy cranberries sauce and serve it for thanksgiving and we knew no better but to enjoy but now....

 Wow Wee! Now I make it homemade.

12 oz bag fresh cranberries
3/4 cup orange juice
1 cup sugar

2 oz rum

Place all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium high for 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has reduced, stirring occasionally. You’ll hear the cranberries popping don’t worry that’s what you want them to do. Remove from heat and serve hot or cold

Monday, November 3, 2014

Chive and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Who don't love mashed potatoes and gravy...? Well! not too many folk I know. I got a good recipe for those potatoes and a great recipe for cajun gravy to put on top.

4 to 6 pounds potatoes, cleaned and peeled

salt and black pepper to your taste

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 stick butter

4 cloves garlic, lightly crushed

3 sprigs fresh thyme

2 tablespoons chopped chives

cut potatoes into a large pot, cover them with cold water, and add  salt.

bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender in a small pot heat the cream, butter, garlic, and thyme. While the potatoes are still warm Whip with a hand mixer

Stir in the warm cream a bit at a time into the mashed potatoes. mix well. Season with salt and pepper and gently fold in the chives. Serve hot.

Popeye's famous Cajun gravy is no exception. Serve it over mashed potatoes, dirty rice, or chicken and you'll get that wonderful taste right at home.

Cajun Gravy

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 chicken gizzard

2 tablespoons minced green bell pepper

1/4 cup ground beef

1/4 cup ground pork

2 cups water

1 can (14-ounce) beef broth

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons milk

2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon onion powder

1 dash dried parsley flakes

Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté chicken gizzard in the oil for 4 to 5 minutes until cooked. Remove gizzard from the pan and let cool. Finely mince the gizzard after it has cooled.

Combine ground beef and ground pork. Mix with your hands until well mixed.

Add bell pepper to the saucepan and sauté it for 1 minute. Add ground beef and pork to the pan and cook brown. Mash meat into tiny pieces as it browns.

Add water and beef broth to the saucepan, then immediately whisk in cornstarch and flour.

Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gravy until thick, about 30 to 35 minutes.


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