MEMORY BOOK SUGAR COOKIES

Thursday, January 9, 2020 Cooking  No comments

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MEMORY BOOK SUGAR COOKIES

MEMORY BOOK SUGAR COOKIES

MEMORY BOOK SUGAR COOKIES

Long before store-bought-slice-and-bake cookies, Southern cooks were shaping cookie doughs into cylinders and storing them in the icebox-ready for drop-in company at a moment’s notice.  Also was a way to help young promising cooks a few things in the kitchen. I started cooking with  Lil Mama when I was 8 years old. She taught me what a smidgeon was and a pinch of sugar or salt and how to sift ingredients thru my fingers.  The recipes in her fabulous memory book , which is  filled with family favorites is still passed around by my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.This vintage recipe is made with brown sugar and chopped pecans...

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ZUCCHINI SQUASH CORN CASSEROLE

Thursday, January 9, 2020 Cooking  No comments

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ZUCCHINI SQUASH CORN CASSEROLE

ZUCCHINI SQUASH CORN CASSEROLE

ZUCCHINI SQUASH CORN CASSEROLE

The ever abundance of so many fresh vegetables gives us an opportunity  to take full advantage of all the taste , textures, and flavors of produce we have in our own garden or from the nearest farmers market.   As passionate as we are about smoky barbecue, crisp fried chicken , grilled steak or baked pork chops, its what we serve alongside the main course that always steals the show.    This recipe comes from my memory book of favorite family recipes of many years ago. I have always liked to share what my family likes at family reunions or church gatherings...

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HONEY PECAN FRIED CHICKEN

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Cooking  No comments

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HONEY PECAN FRIED CHICKEN

Southern fried chicken comes to the table pan-fried, skillet-fried, deep-fried, sweet-tea brined ,or  basted with a honey pecan glaze. Any way fried chicken is served , it is an all time favorite!

4 1/2 pounds chicken pieces

2 cups buttermilk

1 large egg

Vegetable oil

2 cups self-rising flour

1 Tbsp. Kosher or sea salt

1/2 tsp. ground red pepper

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup honey

1.2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place the cut up chicken pieces in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Whisk together the buttermilk and egg until blended, pour over chicken...

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Texas Style Enchilada Casserole

Thursday, December 12, 2019 Cooking  No comments

Texas Style Enchilada Casserole

Serve something with a little kick this season. This recipe will bring a welcome change from the standard fare. Relatively inexpensive , comparing price per pound per cost per serving . Ground beef is just what the budget-conscious homemaker needs to stay on a budget. Ground beef is versatile, economical, nutritious and satisfying..Ground beef is one of the easiest meals to prepare, and the taste seems to please people of all ages.

1 pound ground chuck

1/2 medium-size red onion, chopped

1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies

12 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 (103/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup

1(2 1/4 ounce) can  sliced ripe black olives

1 cup mild enchilada sauce

1/2 cup sour cre...

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SEAFOOD AND CORN CHOWDER

Thursday, December 12, 2019 Cooking  No comments

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SEAFOOD AND CORN CHOWDER

SEAFOOD AND CORN CHOWDER

SEAFOOD AND CORN CHOWDER is historically a peasant food  prepared in a large pot or cauldron. The ingredients for chowder includes vegetables , and often fish or seafood, depending  on the area you live in. You can make this dish with  or mussels, different types of fish, scallops or shrimp.  It is a simple but sweet soup that gets its flavor from fresh ingredients. Sweet corn and shrimp are my favorite ingredients in this recipe.

6 bacon slices

2 celery ribs, diced

1 medium-size green bell pepper, diced

1 medium onion, diced

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)

1 (32 ounce ) container chicken broth

3 tbsps. all-purpose flour

3 cups fresh sweet corn kernels

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CROCKPOT ITALIAN POT ROAST

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Cooking  No comments

         

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The inspiration may be Italian but the taste is pure Southern comfort. Countertop cooking is in again, but today’s slow  cookers are plugged into more elegant and sophisticated   flavors-dinners worthy of special guests. Pot roast was once synonymous with a thrifty one pot meal but now with little effort is ready to serve when the family returns home.

1 (8-ounce) package fresh sliced mushrooms
1 large sweet onion,cut in half and sliced
1 (3-to 4 pound boneless chuck roast
1 tsp, fresh ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 (1-ounce) envelope dry onion mix
1 (14 ounce)can beef broth
1 (8-ounce)can tomato sauce
3 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp.dried Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp. cornstarch

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Chocolate Pound Cake

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Cooking  No comments

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Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

This old-fashioned favorite gets its lift the traditional way-from well creamed butter and sugar and a half dozen eggs. It stays moist for days. There is no wrong way to serve this dessert.  Pound cakes can be baked in any size pan , depending how you plan to make your presentation. A  bundt pan is  great  and a drizzle frosting is elegant and delicious  I prefer 2 (5 x 3 inch) loaf pans.

1 1/3 cups butter, softened

2 1/2 cups sugar

6 large eggs, room temperature

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

12 ounces melted chocolate

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour your pan...

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Cream Cheese-Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Cooking  No comments

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Unusual for the use of cream cheese, combined with brown sugar and buttermilk, this more than a traditional cheese cake. You can use your imagination and your great taste with berries for decorating finished cake . Cream cheese adds moisture to your cake.

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup light or dark brown sugar

6 large eggs

3 cups sifted all-purpose or cake flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup fresh or reconstituted powdered  buttermilk

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees, butter and flour a 10-inch round cake pan. Bundt pan can also be used...

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Pickle-Brined Pan-Fried Chicken

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Cooking  No comments

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Pickle-Brined Pan-Fried Chicken

This simple recipe  will soon be a favorite for you to prepare . The surprise ingredient is dill pickle juice. It makes for  tender and juicy pieces of chicken

Pickle-Brined Pan-Fried Chicken

This simple recipe  will soon be a favorite for you to prepare . The surprise ingredient is dill pickle juice. It makes for  tender and juicy pieces of chicken

Pickle-Brined Pan-Fried Chicken

Pickle-Brined Pan-Fried Chicken

Pickle-Brined Pan-Fried Chicken

This simple recipe  will soon be a favorite for you to prepare . The surprise ingredient is dill pickle juice. It makes for  tender and juicy pieces of chicken. The panko breading gives each piece a great crunch...

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Blue Ribbon Hot Chicken Salad

Friday, November 15, 2019 Cooking  No comments

Blue Ribbon Hot Chicken Salad

Blue Ribbon Hot Chicken Salad

Blue Ribbon Hot Chicken Salad                  Chicken is one of the homemaker’s best buys today for feeding our families. It can be prepared in a variety of ways and its delicious , mild flavor is one which most people never seem to get enough of. Chicken is rich in iron, protein, and niacin. Whether it is broiled , baked, fried, roasted, or used as a hot salad, the satisfying taste is there. Even dishes made from leftovers can be delicious meals ever eaten.

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1/8 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp.garlic powder

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1/3 cup white cooking wine

3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

6 skinned and boned chicken breasts

6 hard-cooked eggs, choppe...

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