Sunday, February 27, 2011

Corn Bread Stuffing

1 large loaf of stale bread

1 pkg. corn bread mix, baked as directed

10 cups broth - I like chicken broth
1/2 stick butter

3 raw eggs

salt and pepper

1 cup celery, chopped

1 cup onions, chopped

1 1/2 Tablespoon sage

1 1/2 Teaspoons poultry seasoning

3 hard boiled eggs
Pre-heat oven to 350*
Break up bread and cornbread and put in a lg bowl and
Mix all ingredients Put stuffing mixture in a dish and bake until done about 35 minutes or until lightly browned.


A mild hot sauce, add more chilies for more heat.
1 can or 1 cup fresh tomatoes

1/4 cup chopped green peppers

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 Tablespoon chopped green chilies

1/4 teaspoon salt.

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients well.
Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Lost Bread

An old Texas recipe.  This recipe came from around 1950's.

Lost Bread
2 eggs

6 slices stale bread
1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Beat eggs until light, then add sugar, milk, cinnamon and salt.  Dip each slice of bread in mixture.  Fry in hot fat until brown.  To make it taste sweeter, sprinkle on more sugar after the bread if fried.

Southern Cornbread

Best served with Fried Chicken and Pinto Beans ..
Sift together 2 tablespoons sifted all purpose flour
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/3 teaspoon soda
 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  Add one cup white corn meal
  Then combine one beaten egg
 3/4 cups buttermilk or sour milk
 and 3 tablespoons melted shortening 
 Add to dry ingredients.  Mix well. Pour immediately into well 8 inch square baking pan or well greased sizzling hot 9 inch cast iron skillet.  Bake in hot oven about 425* degrees for 25 minutes.

Light Rolls

This was a hand me down recipe in the 60's from a friend..
1 1/2 packages of dry yeast

1 3/4 cup of liquid - either milk or water
1/2 cup of white sugar

2 teaspoons of salt

5 1/2 cups of flour, plain

1/2 cup of shortening or oil, minus 1 tablespoon

If milk is used, scald and let cool until lukewarm.  Mix lukewarm water or milk with yeast, salt, sugar in liquid.   Dissolve thoroughly.  If oil is used in place of the shortening include it with the liquid.  Sift flour once before measuring.  Measure flour and pour into large bowl, cut in shortening, and make hole in center of flour.  Add liquids all at once.  Stir with large spoon until mixed will.  Set in warm place to raise, out of draft, about 45 minutes.  Put flour on board and knead until smooth and easy to handle.  Let stand until double in bulk, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.  For rolls, bake at 425* to 450*, and loafs, 375 degrees to 400* degrees. 

Oven Hot Dogs

This is my favorite way to make Hotdogs, This is the only way I do it :)
1 pkg. Weiners
1 pkg. Hotdog Buns
1 Onion , Chopped
Cheese, grated ( as much as you like )
Mustard Relish , or plain mustard if you like
1 can Chili
Pre-heat oven to 350*
On a baking pan or cookie sheet:
Put mustard/relish on bun, lay a weiner, then onions then chili
and last cheese..
Place in oven for about 20 minute or till cheese is nice and melted and the buns are a little crusty..
Serve with chips

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Grilled Veggies

I love this as a light lunch durin garden season when the veggies are fresh and there are tons of them :)
Heat a Griddle or skillet with 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil and a Tbsp. Butter, then
Dice veggies into bite size pieces.
Yellow Squash
Garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
Turn occassionally until tender..

My Mom's Fried Cabbage

This is my favorite way to fix cabbage..
Take a head of cabbage and cut it up into bite sixe pieces..set aside
Cut 3 slices of bacon into pieces and put in a large hot skillet or a dutch oven. cook till crispy then remove.. Break into pieces.. 
Add a chopped onion and saute just till clear..
Now add cabbage and bacon and stir often. You want it browned around the edges and tender..
Salt to taste and a lot of Black Pepper makes it really good :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sloppy Joes


1 lb.      ground beef, browned

1  each green pepper, onion, (optional: yellow peppers)

1 cup     catsup

1 tbsp.   each mustard, vinegar, sugar

       Grind green pepper and onion in food processor until soupy. Place all ingredients in a pot and simmer until thick.  Serve on hamburger buns.  Makes 4 servings.

Garnish with onions and pickles..

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Easy Cake Mix Cookies


1 pkg. Cake mix, any flavor you like

1 c Cool whip

1 large Egg, beaten 

Mix all together, make little balls, roll them in powdered sugar and bake at 350* for about 10 minutes.

MomE's Rich Chocolate Mousse

I made up this recipe when I was working.. My bunch loves it anytime, but I make it mostly around the holidays.. It is THAT SPECIAL :)
2 Lg. pkg.instant  chocolate pudding , make as it says on box.
1 Pkg. Oreo Cookies, Crumbled
1 medium carton cool whip..
Make pudding and then fold the cool whip until blended.. then stir in all the crumbled cookies.. After it is well belended , cover and chill..
OMG So So Good..

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Shrimp In Garlic Butter


1/4 c Margarine

1/2 ts Garlic powder

2 ts Dried parsley flakes

1/4 ts Paprika

1 ds Ground black pepper
1 lb Small shrimp

1 ts Lemon juice
Place margaine in custard cup or 1 cup glass measure. Add garlic powder,
parsley flakes, paprika, and pepper. Microwave on High about 1 minute, or until melted.
 Peel and devein shrimp; spread in 10 inch round glass baking dish. Pour
butter mixture evenly over shrimp. Cover with plastic wrap, making a 1" slit in plastic to vent. Microwave on High 6 to 9 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, until shrimp are just pink and opaque. Let stand, covered, 1 minute.
Sprinkle with lemon juice and garnish with fresh parsley sprigs.

Cashews Chicken

1 1/2 Microwave spirals ( pasta ) , uncooked

1 can (14-oz) chicken chow mein

1 c Ready to serve chicken broth

1/2 c Cashews

Soy sauce

In 2 quart microwave safe casserole, stir together pasta, chow mein and broth.
Cover; microwave at high 8-10 minutes, stirring once, or until pasta is tender. Stir in cashews and soy sauce to taste.

Low-fat Burritos


1 Tortilla

1/4 c Beans, canned

1/4 c Rice, cooked

Cilantro pesto or salsa

Lettuce, shredded

Monterey Jack, or other cheese- reduced fat
Top tortilla with beans and rice, warm in the microwave.
 Top with cilantro pesto
or salsa, shredded lettuce and a little grated low-fat cheese. Roll up and serve.

Honey Butter

OMG I love honey butter. Great on bizkits, cornbread or anything else you may wanna put it on..
1 c Butter
1/3 c Honey

Whip butter in a food processor or blender and add honey slowly while
continuing to mix.

Easy Apple Sauce

This is good and also fast.. yum
4 sm Fugie Apples peeled

1/3 c Water

Cinnamon or nutmeg to taste

Wash and slice apples into a 2 quart glass casserole dish. Add water and cover.

Cook 5-7 minutes until fruit is soft cooked but not mush. Stir in seasonings.
 Let rest 5 minutes before eating. Delicious warm or cold.

Easy Taco Salad

1 lb Ground beef

1 pk (1 1/4 oz) taco seasoning

1 med Head lettuce, shredded
2 med Tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 c Bottled Ranch or Catalina dressing

4 c To 5 corn chips, crushed

2 c (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
Brown ground beef, drain well. Put in taco seasoning. Combine beef, lettuce,
tomatoes, dressing, corn chips and cheese in a large serving bowl; toss well.
Serve immediately.

Easy Taco Dip

1 1/2 c Mayonnaise
1 1/2 c Sour cream

1 pk (1.25 oz) taco seasoning mix

Assorted chips or Fresh vegetable dippers

Mix mayonnaise, sour cream and taco mix till blended, chill. Serve with chips or
vegetables. Makes 3 cups.

Easy Chili


1 cn Kidney or pinto beans

1/2 lb ground chuck
1 can Tomato soup
1 tbsp. Chili powder

1 sm Onion, chopped

Dump all into a pot. Bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer about 30 minutes.

MY Easy As Pie *Pie Crust*

add it all to the pie pan your going to bake it in.
Place 1 stick of melted margerine in a pie plate.
Add 1 cup - all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
Stie until it comes together then pat it out to form the crust.
Bake @ 350 for about 15 minutes or until it browns around the rim.
Use as with any other pie recipe.f it says brown first, then do that , if it says put in filling then bake, do that..

Pot Roast in Tomato Gravy

1 - 4Lb. round roast

 1 medium onion,diced fine

 1/4 cup diced celery

 1/4 cup diced bell pepper

 2 med. cloves garlic,minced

 1/2 cup oil

 1/2 cup flour

 1/2 T Italian Seasoning

pepper and salt to taste

  1 sml. can tomato paste

 5 lg. potatoes; peeled & quartered

 8 carots; peeled & cut into large pieces

     Salt pepper and flour roast. Put oil in heavy roaster & brown roast on all sides; remove from pan. Add flour to oil in roaster and stir untill very brown; add onion, celery, bellpepper, & garlic. Cook until vegetables are tender; add 4 cups water. Stir until flour is dissolved.
     Next add tomato paste and seasonings; stir until tomato paste is dissolved. Place roast in gravy; put carots & potatoes around roast. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees covered 30 minutes per pound of meat. Super delicious

Saturday, February 19, 2011


3 eggs
2 teaspoonfuls of baking powder
1 quart of flour
2 tablespoonfuls of melted butter
1 pint of sweet milk ( Whole Milk )
1/4 teaspoonful of salt

Mix well, Pour in hot, well-greased waffle-iron. Sour milk and 1 teaspoonful of soda may be used in place of sweet milk.

Friday, February 18, 2011


Although we are Texans, we do love chinese food.. Heck we love all foods :)

1 head lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1 can water chestnuts

1 c. chow mein noodles

1 c. cashew nuts

1/4 C. roasted sesame seeds

Toss with dressing.

1 tablespoon dried onions
1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1 cup oil

1 cup cider vinegar.

Mix, pour over salad.

Country Style Dressing

2 cups cornbread crumbs
3 slices of whilt bread, torn in small pieces

1 stick butter

2 eggs
1 TBSP sage

1/2 TSP salt

1/2 TSP pepper
1 cup unpopped popcorn

Combine ingredients, stuff turkey and bake at 375 degrees until turkey is done.

Texas-Style Beef & Beans

This is an awesome dish, easy too !!!
1 pound lean ground Chuck

1 small onion, diced

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

salt and pepper to taste

1 clove garlic, diced fine

2 teaspoons chili powder

3/4 cup tomato catsup

3 tablespoons corn oil

2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen baby lima beans
1 cup bottled hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce

Tabasco sauce to taste

1/4 cup water

Combine beef, onion, eggs, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic, chili powder and 1/4 cup catsup in a medium-size bowl; mix well.

Shape mixture into 24 balls, about 1 inch in diameter.

Heat oil in a large skillet; brown meatballs well on all sides.

Drain and discard excess fat from skillet.

Add beans, barbecue sauce, Tabasco sauce, remaining 1/2 cup catsup and water to skillet; bring to a boil, stirring.

Lower heat, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes or until beans are tender.

Mexican Style Corn

Another great recipe that is a great side diah.
1 can whole kernel corn, drained

1 can cream style corn

3/4 cup bread crumbs

1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 tsp. Louisiana hot sauce

2 TBS chopped pimiento

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. sugar

2 tsp. melted margarine

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine corns, bell pepper, hot sauce, pimiento, salt, pepper, and sugar. Mix well. Pour into a baking dish. Top with bread crumbs and drizzle melted margarine over bread crumbs. Bake 35 minutes.


4 qt. thinly sliced cucumbers

2 green peppers (1 2/3 cups)
1/2 cup salt

6 onions (about 6 cups)

3 cloves garlic

Combine above ingredients. Cover with ice tjat has been crushed and let stand for 3 hours. Drain well and remove garlic.

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Although this isn't my recipe ( founf in while searching for recipes that are almost like I make them ), it is exactly the way I make mine. If you have never tried Fried Green Tomatoes then your in for a treat. They kinda taste like squash only with a bit of a tang that is so so good..


To offset the unhealthiness of fried foods, green tomatoes do have some redeeming qualities. One cup of green tomatoes has 70% the daily recommended intake of vitamin C, and they are also a good source of vitamin A. Use a healthier vegetable-based oil to fry.

serves 5 , as a side dish

5 green tomatoes
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cups flour
1 cup course yellow corn meal
1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp ground red pepper
frying oil

Picking the Green tomatoes:

Make sure that the green tomatoes that you pick are mature (full-sized) but not yet ripened at all. They should be light green to whitish in color. They need to be hard and completely green, with not even a hint of pink or red, but they should be far enough along that they have reached full size and the seeds inside are fully formed.

Preparation Instructions:

1. Wash the green tomatoes, remove stems, and cut them into rounds of about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch thickness. The thinner they are, the crispier they will be, but thicker slices maintain more of that tart green tomato taste.

2. Beat the eggs in a small bowl, with milk.

3. In a shallow bowl or plate, mix the flour and cornmeal. Then add the ground black pepper, garlic powder, salt, and ground red pepper. Mix well.

4. Dip each green tomato slice in the egg-milk mixture until fully submerged, then pull them out and coat them with the flour mixture and set aside on a plate.

5. Fill the bottom of a heavy skillet with about 3/4 inch of frying oil and heat it over medium-high heat (medium on a gas stove) until a little flour dropped in sizzles and bubbles.

6. Carefully place the breaded green tomato slices into the oil. Fry the slices, rotate and flip them, until both sides are golden brown. When done, remove each slice and place it on paper towels to soak up the excess oil.

7. Serve with salsa if desired.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I am off a couple days

Due to my diabetes acting up I will not post till I am better..
Sorry, But I have no choice.. Hugs

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Squash Patties

I could eat this whole batch by myself :) It is really good !
5 yellow squash, peeled and diced into chunks
1/2 onion, chopped fine
2 or 3 cornbread muffins, leftover prepared is great
1/4 c sugar
2 eggs
1/4 c flour
Salt and Pepper to taste
Oil with a pat of butter for frying
Boil squash and onions in just enough water to cover,Let cook till tender.
Pour our all but about 1/2 cup water. Add crumbled cornbread, sugar salt and pepper, stir to mix well then add eggs and add 1/4 c flour.
Have a slillet hot with a little oil and butter  to cover bottom good, now spoon mixture into the oil with a tablespoon kinda mashing into a patty...
Let brown on one side before turning over, you want it a nice golden color..

MomE'S Strawberry Shortcake

1 angel food cake
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 small carton cool whip
Put strawberries in a saucepan and cover with water, add 1/2 cup sugar ( more if you want it really sweet ), and bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes.
Let cool, then spoon over a slice of angelfood cake, Top with cool whip and ENJOY!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


1/2 c. shortening

3/4 to 1 c. sugar

2 lg. eggs

1/2 c. milk

2 1/2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda (place in the milk)

1 (12 oz.) bag chocolate chips or butterscotch chips

Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and milk with soda. Mix together and add baking powder. Gradually add flour and stir well. Stir in chocolate chips or butterscotch chips. Place on a greased cookie sheet about 1 teaspoon of dough. Bake at 400* until the edge is lightly brown.


This is a hand me down recipe, but for the life of me I can't remember who gave it to me ..
7 c. flour (save 1 c. to knead with)
2 pkgs. quick yeast

1/2 - 3/4 c. sugar

1/4 tsp. salt


2 sticks butter

1 c. sour cream

1/2 to 1 c. milk

Place in microwave. Heat until butter melts (should be hot but be able to stand to stick your finger in this). Mix wet to dry ingredients and knead 10-15 minutes. Put in warm place and let rise about 20 minutes. Put dough on floured board and punch down. Shape in desired shapes. Let rise again, 20 minutes or until doubled. Brush tops with melted butter. Bake 20 minutes at 350*. Makes 2 dozen or more.

Old Fashioned Potato Soup

There is nothing better then a bowl of hot potato soup on a cold winter day, try it with some cornbread, oh man, ENJOY!
1/2 lb. bacon, fried and diced
4 c. potatoes, peeled and diced

3 c. carrots, diced

1 medium onion, diced

2 Tbsp. parsley

2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Add the diced vegetables to the bacon drippings (and bacon) cover with water. Add parsley flakes, salt and pepper. Cook one for hour covered.



3 lb. hamburger

1 c. cracker seasoned crumbs

Salt & pepper

1/4 c. chopped onion

1 cans mushroom soup

Mix well and pat out  on a cookie sheet.Cover with plastic wrap and Chill overnight to set. Cut in squares, roll in flour and brown both sides. Place in baking dish. Pour soup over meat mixture. Bake at 350* for 1 hour.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

This is the easiest cake you will ever make.. Delicious!

1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple

1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling

1 C (2 sticks) margarine

1 box yellow cake mix.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9X12X2 inch oblong cake pan. Dump a large can of crushed pineapple, juice and all, and spread evenly on bottom of pan. Add the can of cherry pie filling and spread evenly on top of the pineapple.Sprinkle the dry yellow cake mix on top of this.  Cut the margarine into pats and scatter on top of the cake mix. Bake for about an hour or until the cake pulls slightly away from the sides of the pan.

My version of Hot Wings

Talk About Finger Lickin' Good :)
Take a large package of chicken wings and cut into 3 sections, throwing away the tips, unles you wanna save them to make a great chicken stock later, just put them in a freezer bag and throw them in the freezer until your ready..
Now take the rest of the wings and salt and pepper in both sides..
Have your fryer or skillet ready with oil  " good and hot ".
Drop them in and while they are frying mix the sauce, but first
Light oven to 400* so it can be getting hot..
 1 stick of margarine melted
and 1/4 cup red devil hot sauce
lettle more if your game :)
After the wings get brown and nice, take out and drain on paper towels,
Roll each one in the sauce and lay on a cookie sheet.
Put them in the oven for about 15 minutes to set the suce..
Now have a taste of heaven awww, it is ok to get it all over your mouth , chin and down your arm..that means it is perfect..mmmmm

Kickin' Chicken

Easy and so good ..
But remember, take any recipe and make it your own just by changing the ingredients to your liking..
 6 pounds split chicken breasts
1/2 tsp. thyme, crushed

Nonstick spray
2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons milk

1/8 teaspoon red cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons onion powder

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Wash chicken, pat dry. Cut off skin and discard.
Spray a 12 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Lay chicken in the dish; meat side up.
Brush lightly with milk.
In small bowl mix onion powder, thyme, garlic salt, red pepper,and  black pepper.
Sprinkle over chicken.
Bake in a 350* oven for 45 to 1 hour, or until the chicken is done.

Friday, February 11, 2011


Place in bowl in order given:
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot tap water

1/4 cup oil

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar 
1 pkg. dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon salt

Put in a greased bowl and stir well, let double in size. put on floured surface. Let stand 15 minutes. Knead till smooth and elasticly, shape and put into loaf pan butter top . Let rise 40 minutes to 1 hour.

Bake in 350 to 375 degrees F oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
 Butter top soon as it comes out of oven.
 You can make dinner rolls if you so desire..

Smoked Sausage with fried potatoes

This is another dish mom made a lot.. Hearty and good anytime..
4 or 5 large Idaho pototes
1 onion, chopped
1 ring of smoked sausage, ( like Hillshire Farms ) or whatever you like.
1/2 cup Oil, for frying or 1/4" deep in skillet
salt and pepper, to taste.
Peel potatoes and wash, dry with a cuptowel or paper towels.
Cut in half longways then each half in half then slice each quarter into 1'4 inch thick pieces crossways.
Have oil heated before adding the potatoes.
pour them all in the skillet and let them start browning before turning, after you turn them the first time, add the chopped onions, and let them cook with the potatoes.
Now add the sausage , slice in 1/4" round pieces  ( it is already done so your just heating it with the potatoe/onions, add your salt and pepper and just fold it all over ever so often until the potatoes are tender and has a golden color.

Sweet Potato Pie

If you like Sweet Potatoes, then your gonna like this :)

1-1/2 cups cooked & mashed sweet potatoes
1 stick melted Butter

1-1/2 cups sugar

3 tbsp. flour

3 eggs, beaten

2/3 cup pet milk

juice of 1/2 a lemon 

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 unbaked deep dish pie crust

Combine all ingredients. Pour into unbaked pie crust. Bake at 350° F for 40 to 45 minutes. Test doneness with a toothpick or butter knife.

Spanish Rice

1 cup water
3/4 cup bell peppers,chopped
1/2 cuponion, chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 - 14 1/2 ounce can tomatoes, cut up

3/4 cup long grain rice

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

dash of red devil hot sauce

In a saucepan combine water, bell pepper, onion, celery, and salt.
Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir in undrained tomatoes, rice, chili powder, pepper, and hot pepper sauce.
Return to boiling; reduce heat.
Cover and simmer about 20 minutes or till rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

Makes about 5 or 6 servings.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


1 large head broccoli
1/2 to 1 cup sunflower seeds
1 to 1-1/2 cup cauliflower
6 slices bacon

1 cup raisins

Creamy Salad Dressing

Fry bacon until crisp. Crumble. Wash broccoli and cauliflour. Drain well. Break or cut into tiny-sized flowerettes. Place in bowl along with all other ingredients. Add enough Creamy Salad Dressing so all pieces are moist.



 1/4 tsp. dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp. Sugar

2 c. flour

Coarse salt

3/4 c. warm water

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 beaten egg with 1 teaspoon water

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add salt. Blend in flour with fork on floured board. Knead dough until smooth. Pull off pieces of dough about size of golf balls. Roll into 14 inch ropes and twist into pretzel shapes.  Brush with beaten egg and water; sprinkle with salt. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

If you have small children you can make into other shapes like?
animals,alphabets,numbers etc.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hawaiian Yeast Rolls

Oh Baby, Oh Baby :)
 1 can (8 3/4 ounce) crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/4 cup soft butter
1 package active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg
3 cup Bisquick
2 tablespoons soft butter
1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)

Mix pineapple, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter. Divide mixture among 12 large muffin cups. In mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Mix in granulates sugar, egg and Bisquick, beat to mix. Turn dough onto floured surface; knead until smooth, about 10 minutes. Roll into a rectangle, 12x9-inches. Spread with 2 tablespoons butter' sprinkle with 1/4 cup brown sugar. Roll up tightly, begining at wide side. Seal well by pinching edge of dough into roll. Cut into 12 slices. Place slice in prepared muffin cups. Cover with damp cloth and let rise in warm place  until double, 30-40 minutes. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake 15 minutes. spoon excess sugar mixture over rolls. Serve warm. Makes 1 dozen.

Ranch-Style Beans/ Ground Beef

This is one of my favorite dishes. Fast, easy and so very good. Serve with fried potatoes and Cornbread.. Yummmmmy
2 lbs. Gound Chuck
1 Onion, chopped
3 medium  cans Ranch Style beans
Put meat in a hot dutch oven ( pan ) NO GREASE ADDED
When almost done add onion and cook till onion is done..
Pour in the 3 cans of beans and let simmer about 15 minutes.

Indian Fry Bread

2 c. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tbsp. lard/Shortening

1/3 c. powdered milk

1 tsp. salt

3/4 c. warm water

Oil for frying

Mix allexcept for the lard/shortening  and water.  Add 1 tablespoon of lard/shortening. Cut in until crumbly.  Add water and mix until soft dough forms.  Knead until smooth texture.  Make into 12 balls.  Melt the other tablespoon of lard/shortening  and brush each ball.  Set aside for about 30 to 45 minutes.  On a lightly floured board roll each ball into a 4 inch circle.   Fry in oil  until lightly browned, turning once.  Serve with butter and or honey.

Cucumbers In Sour Cream Salad

This is a delicious Salad

3 Med cucumber, thin slices ( 3 cups )

1 teaspoon Salt

1/2 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon distilled vinegar

2 drops of tabasco

2 tablespoons chopped chives

1 teaspoon Dill seed or fresh chop dill

1  Dash of pepper

Sprinkle the cucumber with salt.

Let stand 30 minutes.

Dry on paper towel.

Combine sour cream, vinegar, tabasco,
chives, dill seed and pepper.
Pour over cucumbers and fold well to mix. 
Chill well before serving .Garnish with fresh dill.

Apple Pandowdy


I made this at The Old Store One Cold Morning.. Ethel and I were standing at the end of the counter and I heard Ethel say " Oh Crap ".

I looked around and a man was coming in with a ski mask on.. Scared the hell outta us..
Thank god he was just paying for his
After he left we got a lecture from Angelo and Jonelle ( our bosses )
They said if anyone comes in to rob us, ask if we can carry the rigister out to their car for them.. They said , We don't want anything to happen to y'all..
Me being the cut up I am said, well that will be fine, but they will play hell getting my Apple Pandowdy , gigglin

5 Granny Smith   apples
 1/2 cup molasses
3 Tbsp. butter
biscuit dough
  I usually make the dough from stratch, but you can  use Pioneer,Bisquick, baking mixes too . 
1 tsp. cinnamon


Core and slice apples and put them in a greased pie dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon, drizzle on molasses and dot with butter. Cover with biscuit dough.drop it from a spoon over the filling. This allows the gooey sauce to come together around the dough. 
  Bake at 375* for about 30 minutes. Serve hot. Serve with whipped cream and sprinkled withCinnamon.

Southern Fried Catfish

Daddy did a lot of hunting and fishing to keep food on the table.
There is nothing better then a ( Yellow ) Catfish right out of the Colorado River. Daddy knew how to catch and clean them and Mom knew how to cook them .
2 lbs. Catdish Filets
2 cups Yellow Cornmeal
Salt and Pepper to taste
Oil for frying
Heat  oil filling about 1/2 way up the side in a iron skillet, Have it good an hot before adding the fish.
Wet the filets in water,Salt the filets then dredge cornmeal That the salt and pepper has been added too also, don't over salt tho.
Now drop into the hot oil and the key to good fish is to let it get really golden..
When all the fish id done, pour all but about 1/2 cup of oil into a grease can ( or metal coffee can. Now add a handful of cornmeal to the remaining oil and stir until golden brown.. This is a gravy to spoon over mashed potatoes.. Awwww the sound of the hot cornmeal hitting the mashed potatoes and the smell it creates is AMAZING!
Be Very Careful Handling the hot cornmeal, it is extremely hot..

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Jerrie's Cole Slaw

My sister's version of KFC cole slaw..
1.2 head of green cabbage, shedded
I use my food processor
3 carrots, shedded
1/4 onion, chopped
2 Tbls. vinegar
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup mayo
 ( if you use miracle whip then don't add the vinegar).
After getting everything shredded and in a bowl, add vinegar, sugar and mayo and fold to blend.
Remember, the sugar draws liquid out of the cabbage, so don't think you have to put a lot of it.. Just enough to coat it lightly.
serve room temp or refridgerated. Delicious..

Potato Salad

My mom took canned potatoe's and made the best potato salad..
You can use as many cans of potatoes as you want, just add extra veggies and mayo.
2 cans whole potaoes , cut in chunks
1/2 onion , diced small
1 bell pepper , diced small
2 boiled eggs, chopped
1 small jar pimentoes, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
After preparing everything in a bowl, add mayo 1 tbsp at a time until the salad is covered with the mayo , don't get to much tho.,
Best if chilled before serving, but still good if not :)
Use the same ingredients if you want to boil your potatoes.
Get them fork tender and run cold water over thm, then peel. dice into chunks and add the rest of the ingredients..
I just love potato salad!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mexican Rice


 ½       Green Pepper  chopped

 3  tbsp  butter 

 1  can  Stewed Tomatoes, 16 oz

 1/2 tsp  Pepper

 3  cup  Cooked Rice

Cook and stir onion and pepper in butter till tender.

Stir in tomatoes, salt,pepper  and rice.

Simmer over low heat till heated through.

Chicken Enchilades

I love Enchillada's ( any kind ).  


 ½  cup  chopped onion

 1 small can  mild green chilies, chopped   

 1  can  tomato sauce [15 oz]

 1  cup  chicken broth

 1  tsp  cumin

 1  tsp  salt

 1  tsp  pepper

1 tbsp.  chili powder


1 chicken, boiled and deboned 

 1  cup  onion , chopped 

 8  oz   cream cheese , room temp.

 1/3 cup  half & half cream

         salt and pepper, to taste

2 cup  cheddar cheese,shredded 

 12      flour tortillas

Saute onion and simmer with other sauce ingredients 15 minutes.

Heat tortillas on both sides until softened in a ungreased skillet, but not till crispy.

Dip each in sauce.  Spoon ¼ cup filling over each and roll up.

Place seam side down in a 9X12-inch baking dish.  Pour any remaining sauce over.

Cover with foil and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

Remove foil, sprinkle with cheese and bake  about 20 to 25  minutes.

Eddie's Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers

My son came in about a year ago and made some of these, I don't know where he got the recipe , but I am glad he did..
12 jalapeno peppers,
 cut longways with seeds and membranes removed
total - 24 halves
1 package Ole World smoked Cheddar Cheese,
 Or plain mild cheddar
1 lb. Bacon
After getting the peppers ready, slice cheese and press into the pepper to fit..
Take and cut bacon in half. wrap each pepper with the bacon and place on a broiler pan.
Broil until bacon is crispy.
Oh Yeah, thats some good stuff ..

Hush Puppies with a kick!

 1½  cup  Yellow Cornmeal 

 ½   cup  Flour  

 2½  tsp  Baking Powder 

1 tsp. salt

 ½   tsp  Pepper

 1   cup  Milk

 1        Egg  ,beaten

 3   tbl  Vegetable oil 

 ¼   cup  Onion,diced fine  

 ¼   cup  Jalapeno Peppers, diced fine  

Mix dry ingredients.  Add remaining ingredients and stir until blended.

Using a spoon heaping portions of the mixture into hot deep fat (350°).

Fry each hush puppy about 3 or 4 minutes until golden.

Turn once during cooking.  Drain on paper towels.

Makes About 30 Hush Puppies.

Sunday, February 6, 2011



When I worked at The Olde Store, I made this at least once a week. Everyone loved it and a few customers enjoyed a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top while it was still warm ..yummm


1 #2 can crushed pineapple
1 can cherry, apple,strawberry or blueberry pie filling
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans (opt.)
1 stick margarine

Spread the pineapple, juice included.
in a 9x12" pan.
Next, spoon the pie filling
on top and sprinkle the
dry cake mix over this.

Sprinkle the pecans over all
and dot with margarine.

Do NOT stir any of the ingredients.
Bake at 350* for 1 hour.

When done and cooled, top cool whip.

Mother's Plum Fun Cake


Mother made this cake anytime of the year. It is so delicious and easy to make.. There are a lot of recipes out there for tis cake, But Mother's wins hands down :)


2 C sugar or splenda
1 C Wesson oil
3 eggs
2 small jar of plum baby food
2 C flour
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
1 cup pecans

Blend sugar, oil, eggs and baby food.
Add flour and spices.
Add nuts last.
Bake in bundt or angel food pan (grease & flour)
Bake @ 350°F for 45 minutes to 1 hour.


3 oz. cream cheese
1/2 box of powder sugar
1/2 stick butter (room temp.)
1/2 tsp. vanilla


Beings I am a diabetic, I have to watch my sugar intake.. these are great little cookies, and you don't have to feel guilty.

1 c. oatmeal, not cooked

1/2 c. raisins

1/2 c. figs or dates, chopped

1/2 c. flour

1/3 c. peanut butter, crunchie or smooth

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 c. water, cold

2 eggs, beaten

1 ripe banana, mashed

Mix all ingredients together. Drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes.

Weiners In Tomato Sauce

Growing up I remember my mom making this dish often.. it was cheap and very filling. 
It is good over potatoes or rice, But just as good by itself :)
Easy to make as much or as little as you want. Kids will love it!
2 pkgs. Weiners
1 onion, chopped
2 small cans tomato sauce
2 or 3 Tbsp. oil
in a skillet add oil, and onions, stir just till soft then add weiners that have been cut into round pieces, crossways.
Let the weiners brown some then add the tomato sauce and about a 1/4 ( tomato sauce can ) of water and let simmer until it cooks down to a thickened sauce.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Mama use to make this often, it was one of my favorite cakes, still is.. along with all the other cakes :)

Preheat oven to 350ยบ

1 13 oz. can fruit cocktail, drained ]

2 eggs, beaten

1-1/2 c sugar

2 c flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

c1/3 c light brown sugar

1/2 c pecans, chopped 

Drain fruit cocktail and set aside. Beat eggs and add sugar with a mixer. sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add eggs, sugar and fruit cocktail to dry ingredients. Stir in chopped pecans. Pour mixture into a greased 9" x 12" pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over top. Bake 35-40 minutes.

My Version of a Breakfast Burrito

Being from Texas I love the Tex-Mex flavors and alittle heat suits me just fine.. Of you don't like it hot then just don't add the jalapeno.. Great way to start the day!
2 eggs
2 sausage patties or
 2 strips bacon
1/4 onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, diced, optional
1 hashbrown pattie
2- 5" floured tortillas
1 slice cheese
picante sauce
Cut bacon into small pieces/break sausage patties up as they cook.
in a skillet ( no added grease ), cook the sausage/bacon till almost  done,
Add onions, jalapenos and hashbrowns to the meat and break it all up with your spatula..
Add the eggs and let it all cook together till eggs are done.
Lay torillas on a plate and cut the cheese in half laying one half on each tortilla.. Place in microwave for about 30 seconds to 1 minute ( depends on the mircowave, some heat faster then others ), just till the cheese is melted.
Spoon half of the egg mixture on each tortilla and add picante sauce and fold into burrito or taco form.

Friday, February 4, 2011

My Best Beef Stew

1 lb. Beef Stew Meat
4 Carrots
4 potatoes
Salt, Pepper, garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1 12 oz. bottle of Beer, your choice
Barely cover bottom of a pressure cooker with oil.
Season meat to taste with the salt, pepper and garlic powder and dust in flour, Add to hot oil in  pressure cooker. Sear till browned but not done.
Add Veggies and bay leave then add beer. Stir to deglaze bottom of pan..
Put the lid on and set the jiggler to 10 lb pressure for 10 minutes, take the jiggler off and let the steam escape. make sure your hans/arms are awy from the vent.
Do Not Open While HOT..
If your in a hurry you can set the pot in the sink and slowly run cold water over the lid till the steam stops.. Turn water off before opening..
This is great served with cornbread..

Pumpkin Balls

I use to make these in the early 1970's, makes a bunch and oh so good !
I can't remember who gave me this recipe or where it came from But I made them a Often...
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. oil
2 eggs
1 c. pumpkin
3 1/2 c. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix the sugar, oil, eggs, and pumpkin in a large bowl. Beat well.

Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.

Add to the sugar mixture alternately with the evaporated milk, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla.

Heat some oil in a pan or a deep fryer.

Drop tablespoons of batter in the oil for about 1 1/2 minutes per side.

Drain and roll in a mixture of cinnamon sugar or powdered confectioners sugar.

Brisket w/ Gravy

Another Southern Classic, I use to make these on sundays at
The Ole Store. We usually had a full house, people came from near and far to eat there :)
Get a nice brisket ( Not a corned beef ). Make sure it is thawed.
Lay it on a large piece of foil, sprinkled generously with garlic powder, meat tenderizer ( your favorite kind ) and salt and pepper to taste.
Bring foil up and foil down tight against meat, now foil the ends so the juice can't run out.. But it will be ok if it does, I just like to take the meat out when it is done , so it can rest while I make the grave and I can lift the juice out in the foil so it pours easy. But be very careful.
Put it in a slow cooker the night before you go to bed, let it cook on HIGH until it is good and hot, then turn it down to LOW. Let it cook all night and up in the morning.. I usually took it out about 11 am to serve for lunch. it needs to cook at least 10 to 12 hours.
When done, unwrap the meat carefullykeeping the sides of the foil up . with tongs and a spatula bring the meat to a plate to rest.
The Gravy
Put enough vegetable oil ( about 1/4inch deep in bottom of skillet,
Add about 1/4 cup flour, salt and black pepper to taste, then stir often  until the color is about like THIS.  Then pour in the juice from the brisket. If it would be easier for you, pour it into a large measuring cup or pan or bowl with a spout.
let it cook until it looks a little thinner then a cake batter..
it is ok if you have to add a little water if it gets to thick.
Slice the brisket about 1/4 inch thick, put several pieces on your plate and spoon the gravy over it.
Great Served with mashed potatoes, Pinto Beans, Green Salad and Cornbread or Bizkits :).

My Very Own Bread Pudding w/ Lemon sauce

Yup I was asked to ake a Bread Pudding at The Olde Store and my reply was " I have never made one " the lady said you will figure it out, So I did.. Now everyone likes my Pudding :)
Take 1/2 loaf of day old bread and crumble into a large bowl. Add enough milk to cover the bread.. Add 6 eggs, beated and 2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
Pour into a buttered 9x12inch pan and put in  a 350* oven for 30 to 45 minutes, Should be light golden on top.
For the sauce
Bring 2 cups water with 1/2 cup sugar  to a boil, add 1/4 cup lemon juice and a tablespoon of butter, Mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch in a 1/2 cup water and add to the boiling mixture. you want it thick but easy to pour on the pudding..
When pudding is done, poke holes in it with a fork.. Now pour the sauce over it evenly, some of it will run down into the pudding...This is a good thing...
Eat it Warm Or Cold.. ummmm I can taste it now ...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My Nacho Grande

Torilla Chips ( Triangles or rounds )
Can Refried Beans
Cheddar Cheese , grated
1 small jar of pickled jalapeno slices
Take a chip and spread with refried beans. Put some cheese on that and stick in oven @ 400* just till cheese melts. you can put the jalapeno peppers on before you put in the oven but this will make them hotter ..
You can shred some lettuce real fine, and dice tomatoes to put on top when they are ready..
Wonderful plain or with the lettuce and tomatoes..
Another layer would be Sour Cream and :
3 Avacados peeled and seed removed
1/4 to 1/2 cup picante sauce
just stir it in and woohoo , Good Stuff .

Am I going to fast for you ?

I really get excited when it comes to good food and of course all the memories that go with them.
Not only from growing up, but also from all the years I worked in food service.
I was a deli manager for a few years, and I was the head cook at a little store/lunch counter here in this little one horse town I live in for 12 years.
Lot's of great recipes are bogging my mind, I want to put all of them down now, today! but that is not possible because I cannot type that fast
My Mom ( I lost her in 1995 ) was a great teacher, I learned a lot from her. She never cooked anything that we didn't like, ( well, except for Pork N Beans, but that was just out of a can and I did not like them at all.. I can tolerate them now, but that's about it!
I learned to put ingredients together and make a recipe my own.
When I got married in 1966, I had to learn different things on my own, Mom was up the road if I got stuck on anything, like the day I decided to boil a pot of cabbage ::: rollin my eyes :::, I cut the cabbage and put it in the pot, then I added the ham hocks and salt and pepper, covered the cabbage with water and let it cook.. As it cooked I noticed it had no smell like cabbage is suppose to have.. Upon checking it, it didn't take long to realize it wasn't cabbage, it was yup had to throw it out..
Now I know if you want really good cabbage, taste it first ..gigglin
Now I chop yup 4 slices of bacon and throw it in a big skillet, add a little vegetable oil to cover the bottom of the skillet, then I chop up a head of cabbage and when the bacon is crisp I add the cabbage, salt and black pepper ( the pepper is a must in cabbage ), now just keep turning it ( folding it over to coat all of it with the grease from the bacon and oil..  you will know when it is done, it will kinda brown and droop... Looks like it is caramelized. which it is :)
It is so good it will may your mouth soooo happy !
That's what cooking is all about, trials and errors ...
Ok back to the blog.. We can chat another time :)

TEXAS Sheet Cake


For the Cake

2 C Sugar
2 C All-purpose flour
1/4 C Cocoa
1 t Baking soda
1 t Cinnamon 
1 stick Butter, melted
1/2 C Buttermilk
1/2 C  vegetable oil
1 C Water
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
1 t Vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan. Sift
together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda and cinnamon, and set aside.
Stir together the remaining ingredients.  Mix the wet ingredients with the
dry ingredients, stirring until smooth. The batter will be rather thin. Pour
into your prepared pan, and bake at 400°F for 20 minutes, or until a
toothpick comes out clean.  While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting.


For the Frosting

1/4 C Plus 2 tablespoons Milk (whole, 2%, skim - doesn't matter)
1/4 C Cocoa 
1 stick Butter 
4 cups Confectioner's sugar, sifted1 t Vanilla extract
1 C Chopped pecans

Mix the milk and cocoa in a heavy saucepan (stir, stir, stir). Add the butter
and, over medium heat, stir until the butter melts. Remove from heat and
gradually stir in the sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add the pecans. When
the cake is just out of the oven, spread the frosting evenly over the hot
cake.  If you aren't sure about your oven, you can test it with one of those
little dime store oven thermometers. With its comparatively thin batter,
Texas Sheet Cake requires every bit of the 400° heat in your oven, if it's
going to get done in 20 minutes.

Carrot Raisin Salad

This was one of Mom's favorite salads.. she made it often :)

1 lb. grated carrots

1 can chunked pineapple

3/4 cup raisins

1/2 cup sugar or splenda

Grate carrots. Mix all ingredients together. Chill well before serving.

Cracklin' Cornbread

Man O Man, talk about good eating, as a kid on hog killin day, mom rendered the fat and we had cracklin's galore.. Nothing better !!!

1/4 cup butter or Vegetable oil

2 cups self-rising cornmeal

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups buttermilk

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup cracklings*

Place butter in a 9-inch cast iron skillet, and heat in a 425 degree oven 4 minutes. Combine cornmeal and flour in a large bowl; make a well in the center of the mixture. Stir together eggs, buttermilk and cracklings; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Pour over melted butter in hot skillet. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes: 8 to 10 servings

Note: Cracklins are little pieces of pork fat, fatty meats, or ham skin which are left crisp and brown after the lard or fat has been rendered from them.

* 1 cup of cooked crumbled bacon ( 12 to 15 slices ) may be substituted for cracklings

Southern Style Sweet Tea


8 regular size Luzianne or Lipton tea bags or 3 quart-sized bags
1 1/2 quarts of water
1 3/4 cups sugar

Tie tea bags together and remove "flags".
Place water & tea bags in 2 quart sauce pan and bring to a rolling boil.
While tea is cooking,

This Is The Critical Step For Making Good Tea:
When tea has reached a full rolling boil, take off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Then add  sugar while tea is still hot. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

Add cold water to fill remainder of pitcher.
Serve over ice with a lemon slice and a mint leaf , if desired.

Makes: 1 gallon

Sherry's Tuna Casserole

My cousin Sherry use to make this recipe in about 1965..
It is really good!
1 pkg. wide egg noodles
Salt water and boil till done,
2 cans tuna
2 cans cream ofmushroom soup
potato chips
Grease a casserole dish, or 13x9 pan, set aside..
Drain noodles and mix together the tuna and soup, layer noodles and then the tuna mixture and crush some chips, then repeat ending with a layer of potato chip..
350* oven for 30 minute
You can use cheddar cheese instead of potato chips..

Chile Cheese Grits

Grits is the glue that holds us Texans together..
So good on anyday of the year !!!
3 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup quick-cooking grits
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated (about 6 ounces)
4-1/2-ounce can chopped green chiles
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Bring the water to a boil, and add salt and garlic. Slowly stir in the grits, and continue stirring for 4 or 5 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat.

Add butter, 1 cup cheese and green chiles, stirring until butter is completely melted. Beat the eggs with the milk, add to the mixture and mix well.

Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish and bake uncovered in preheated oven  @ 350* for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Makes 6 servings.