QUICK JALAPENO PEPPER CORNBREAD

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Cooking  No comments

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QUICK JALAPENO PEPPER CORNBREAD

QUICK JALAPENO PEPPER CORNBREAD

QUICK JALAPENO PEPPER CORNBREAD

This jalapeno pepper cornbread is always a quick favorite coming out of my kitchen . I have always gotten the best results when using a cast iron skillet or wedge pan greased really good. It goes by many different names and lots of different combinations of ingredients . Some recipes call  for crisp cooked bacon crumbled up in it. Over the years i have  continued using this basic recipe of many years ago.  If you cannot tolerate jalapeno peppers, omit and use red and green bell peppers and it is still delicious.

1 can whole corn (drained)

1/4 cup finely chopped bell peppers

1 small jar pimento

3/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/4 cup ...

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CURRIED SHRIMP AND HAM CASSEROLE

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Cooking  No comments

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CURRIED SHRIMP AND HAM CASSEROLE

CURRIED SHRIMP AND HAM CASSEROLE

CURRIED SHRIMP AND HAM CASSEROLE

The modern day version of a one-dish meal is only limited by a cook’s imagination. A casserole can grace  any table with elegance and sophistication , served with your family’s taste and nutrition in mind.  In any combination of ingredients, it is important not to let any one flavor dominate all the others, or the magic is lost. A variety of seasonings and spices adds  a delightful touch to casseroles.Cooking is a way to let your imagination and your cooking skills  make cooking a joy. Casseroles can be prepared in a variety of baking dishes from individual servings to family size portions...

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BEST EVER DIVINE CASSEROLE

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Cooking  No comments

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BEST EVER DIVINE CASSEROLE

BEST EVER DIVINE CASSEROLE

BEST EVER DIVINE CASSEROLE                                                                                                              Casseroles may seem like a modern dish, but actually they go further back to cooks of yesteryear , who knew the value of saving on meal preparation of time and ingredients.  The casseroles of today are only limited by a cook’s imagination and budget. Although this casserole has listed ingredients, feel free to substitute food ingredients that you and your family prefer. In combining foods for a casserole, blending flavors and textures are basic characteristics.  Experimentation is a big part of fun cooking...

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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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