Saturday, March 31, 2012

Honey-Russian Dressing

1 cup oil
1/2 cup each honey,cider vinegar, minced onion
1/3 cup chili sauce
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
       Put all ingredients in a covered jar and shake well.  Especially good with Spinach Salad.

Fresh Tomato Sauce

I love fresh made everything :)
2 oz. olive oil
8 oz. onions, 1/4" dice
4 oz. celery, 1/4" dice

2 oz. carrots, 1/4" dice

2 cloves garlic, minced
48 oz. tomato concasse, peeled, seeded, diced 1/4"

1 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. white pepper

1 tbsp. each basil, chopped parsley

       Assemble all ingredients and equipment needed to prepare.  Heat a sauce pot over medium heat; add oil and heat 1 minute.  Add onions, celery, carrots and garlic, sweat vegetables until onions are translucent. About 3 - 5 minutes.  Add tomato concassé and simmer approximately 5 - 10 minutes, until flavor has developed and correct consistency is reached.  Adjust seasoning with salt and white pepper, stir in basil and parsley. 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

BAKED PRETZELS And Butter/Garlic Dippin Sauce

You just can't beat fresh baked Pretzels right out of the oven..

1 cup beer or water
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. active dry yeast
1 egg
1 tablespoon warm water (110 degrees F)
Course salt and sesame seeds

Measure first 6 ingredients in order listed into baking pan. Select: Dough/Pasta setting and press start.

When the cycle is complete remove dough to a lightly floured surface. If necessary, knead in enough flour to make dough easy to handle. Roll into a 14X9 inch rectangle. With a sharp knife, cut into (18) 14X1/2 -inch strips. Gently pull each strip into a rope 16 inches long. To shape into pretzels: Curve ends of each rope to make a circle; cross ends at top. Twist ends once and lay over bottom of circle. Place on greased baking sheets. DO NOT LET RISE.

Combine lightly beaten egg and 1 tablespoon water; brush on pretzels. Sprinkle with coarse salt or sesame seeds. Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 18-20 minutes or until done. Remove from sheets and let pretzels cool on wire rack.
Garlic Butter Dippin Sauce
1 stick melted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
Stir to mix well.. adjust garlic to suit your taste..

Chex and Chocolate Party Mix

Why wait until the holiday's..
(This is a hand me down recipe) 

9 c Rice or Corn chex brand cereals
1 c Peanuts
1 c Packed light brown sugar
1/2 c (1 stick) butter
1/2 c Light corn syrup
1 ts Vanilla extract
1/2 ts Baking soda
12 oz Pkg (2 cup) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 1/2 c Raisins

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine cereal, and peanuts in large roasting pan. In small saucepan over medium heat, heat brown sugar, butter and corn syrup to boiling, stirring. Without stirring, boil 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour over cereal mixture, stir until evenly coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool, stirring frequently. Stir in morsels and raisins. Store in airtight container

IN A PINCH Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon cornstarch

Mix together, store in refrigerator. Can be doubled or tripled.

Cream Cheese Danish

This is so good..a friend shared it with me many years ago.. 
1/2 cup margarine , softened 
1 cup all-purpose flour 
2 tablespoons water 
8 oz. package cream cheese, softened 
1/4 cup sugar 
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup margarine 
1 cup water 
1 teaspoon almond extract  
1 cup all-purpose flour 
3 eggs 
 Glaze (recipe follows at bottom)  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut 1/2 cup margarine into 1 cup flour. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons water over flour mixture.  Mix with fork. Shape into roll with floured hands.  Pat and shape into wreath  shape, 11-1/2" in diameter with 4" wide side and 3-1/2" hole in  center on ungerased cookie sheet  Beat cream cheese, sugar and egg yolk in small bowl until light  and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Spread evenly over wreath, up to  1/4 inch in from edges.  Heat 1/2 cup margarine and 1 cup water  to rolling boil in 2 quart saucepan.  Remove from heat.  Quickly stir in almond extract and 1 cup flour.  Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute.  Remove from  heat.  Add eggs, beat until smooth and glossy.  Spread evenly over cream cheese mixture.  Bake until topping is crisp and light brown (about 40-45 minutes).  Cool.  (Topping will shrink and fall.) 
Drizzle with Glaze.  Glaze:  Mix 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla and 1-2 tablespoons hot water until smooth and of desired consistency.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Omelette Casserole


12 eggs

1 cups sour cream
1/2 cup melted butter, melted
1 cups chopped tomatoes

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 small onion, chopped

1 pounds ham,or sausage (chopped ham-crumble sausage) if using sausage, precook and strain grease.

1 pounds Velveta cheese, shredded

Beat eggs in mixer bowl until lemon colored.  Add sour cream and
butter.  Beat at medium speed for two minutes or until smooth.
Stir in drained tomatoes, green pepper, onion, ham/sausage and cheese.  Spoon
into a greased 9x13" baking pans.  Bake at 325*  for one hour.
This makes 12 servings, but you can adjust recipe to double ( 24 servings use 2 pans )
Any size just by changing amounts!!!

Green Bean Bundles

 Fresh Green Beans
1 lb. Lean Bacon
Extrs Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper, to taste 
Garlic Powder 
Toothpicks  Wrap a slice of bacon around 5 green beans and stick a tooth pick to hold down.  After  all green bean bundles are made lay on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt, pepper and  garlic powder.Drizzle Olive Oil over green beans and toss to coat well.
  Bake in 350* oven for 30 to 45 minutes until bacon is cooked and crisp and beans are tender.
Pour off grease ( from bacon )

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Jalapeno Hush Puppies


2 cups corn meal

1/4 cup flour

1 egg (beaten)

2 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup onion (chopped fine)


2 Jalapeno's, Chop Fine with
seeds and membranes removed.

1 tsp. baking soda

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1 Tbsp. salt

Mix, Shape, then fry in deep fat until they float and are golden brown. For lighter puppies, add 1/2 cup more milk and 1 more egg then drop by Tbsps. into fat.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Meatloaf with Brown Sugar Glaze

1 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup crackers, crushed
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper


1 can tomato sauce
1/4 cup each vinegar, brown sugar
1 tsp. mustard

       Heat oven to 350º
.  In a saucepan, mix glaze (tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar and mustard).  Stir until brown sugar is dissolved.  Combine egg, onion, crackers, meat, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup sauce mixture.  Mix well.  Turn into shallow baking dish; pour rest of sauce over loaf.  Bake 1 hour, basting occasionally.

Honey Barbecue Meatballs

1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1/4 cup each chopped onion, chopped green pepper, rolled oats
1 egg, beaten
1/2 pint (8 oz.) bottled honey barbecue sauce
       Combine all ingredients except barbecue sauce in medium bowl.  Mix well and shape into 1-1/2" meatballs.  Brown meatballs in medium skillet; drain.  Place meatballs in crockpot.  Pour barbecue sauce over meatballs.  Cover and cook on Low 5 - 6 hours.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Crunchy Frog Legs

Nasty to look at whole, but delicious to eat the legs ( ONLY) .. lol

5 lbs. small frog legs
1/4 of a cup lemon juice
Crushed ice
1 cup milk
6 eggs, separated
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil

Wash frog legs thoroughly. Place in a large Dutch oven; sprinkle with lemon juice, and cover with crushed ice. Refrigerate 1 to 3 hours.

Combine milk, egg yols, olive oil and 1/4 tsp. salt; mix well. Beat egg whites until stiff; fold into batter.

Sprinkle frog legs with salt and pepper; dip each in batter, and dredge in flour. Fry until golden brown in deep oil heated to 375 degrees F. Drain on paper towels. 

Venison Roast

Texans are known for living off the land.. We hunt and we eat what we kill.. No wasting anything. My mama always said " Waste Not, Want Not " such a true statement :) 

4-6 slices of bacon
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. pepper 
5 1/2 cups meat stock, little more if needed 
2 tsp. garlic powder
six small carrots
six mushrooms
1 medium onion 
1/2 cup minced celery

Fry 6 slices of bacon (crisp) in dutch oven. Remove bacon and leave grease in oven.  coat roast with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Heat bacon grease and sear roast on all sides until very brown. Add medium diced onion, carrots, mushrooms and celery. Cook very slowly for about 3 hours (or until done). Blend vegetables to thicken sauce.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Diabetic Friendly Applesauce Cocoa Cookies

1/2 cup shortening

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup granulated artificial sweetener

2 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsweetened applesauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees .  Grease cookie sheets.

Cream together shortening and sugar replacement. Add egg and blend well.

Sift all dry ingredients together and add alternately with applesauce and water to creamed mixture. Be sure to add flour first and last.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.

Dibetic Friendly Cheesecake

I am a diabetic so I need delicious sugar free stuff that is good but won't harm me :)

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, Low Fat is ok too..

1 1/3 cups milk

1 package (4 serving size) sugar-free vanilla instant pudding

Fresh fruit such as fresh strawberries,blurberries,raspberries or cherries. It is ok to top with sugar free pie filling.

1 prepared graham cracker pie shell - on my diabetic diet I am allowed a small amount of graham crackers but if you cannot have graham crackers just pour the mixture into a plain pie pan

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add milk, beating until creamy. Add pudding mix; beat until smooth and thickened. Pour half of this mixture into graham cracker pie shell (or plain pie pan if preferred). Place a layer of fresh fruit on top of this mixture (if using strawberries chop the berries into small pieces - if using blueberries I place whole berries on mixture). Pour the other half of the mixture on top of the fruit, completely covering the fruit. Top with whole fresh fruit. Refrigerate and enjoy.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Giblet Gravy Reicpe

Giblet Gravy isn't just for the holidays.. Great with Hen and Dressing for Sunday Dinner.. yummm!
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chicken broth
1 gizzard, chopped finely
1 liver - same way

Melt butter, add flour and salt.  Blend well.  Add broth and finely chopped
gizzard and liver.  Cook until thick, stirring constantly.

Island Bread

So simple yet so good!
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
1 cup un-drained crushed pineapple
juice of 1 orange
2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans

Sift all dry ingredients.  Cream in butter and sugar.  Add eggs.  Blend well.  Add dry ingredients alternately.  Mix well.  Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Yeast Rolls In An Hour


1 1/2 cups of warm milk
2 tablespoons of shortening
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 egg beaten
1 teaspoon of salt
4 cups of sifted all purpose flour
1 package of active dry yeast

Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk, and have the shortening melted.  Mix all the ingredients with a spoon.  Let rise 15 minutes.  Then work down and let rise 15 minutes more.  Shape into rolls and let rise 15 minutes.  Bake in hot oven, 400 degrees, for 15 minutes or until done.

Cream of Tartar Bizits

My favorite thing to bake is breads, be it Bizkits,Breads, Rolls or Cornbread.. Gotta Love It..
2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 quart of flour
1 teaspoon of soda
2 tablespoons of shortening

Sift the flour, salt, soda and cream of tartar together.  Work the shortening into the dry mixture and mix until a soft dough is formed with sweet milk.  Roll out and bake in 450 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012


This is a GREAT CAKE !!!
    Cream together:

    2 sticks butter
    2 cups sugar
    2 Tablespoons cocoa
    Then add:

    1/12 Cups self rising flour

    1 1/2 cups coconut

    1 1/2 cups nuts (pecans)

    4 eggs

    1 Tablespoon vanilla

     Mix by hand well and bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes in a
    greased 13x9 pan. Remove from oven and spread large jar
    marshmallow cream on hot cake. When cake is cool frost with the
    Mix 1 stick soften butter,
    1 Box powder sugar, 1/3 cocoa,
    1 small can evaporated milk.


8 oz Cream Cheese, softened (you can use low fat)

    4 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded

    4 oz  Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded

    6 Bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
    2 Eggs, beaten

    1/4 tsp. Salt

    1/4 tsp. Chili Powder

    1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder

    1 lb  Fresh Jalapenos, seeded, halved lengthwise
   (roasted are best)

    1/2 Cup  Dry Bread Crumbs

    In a mixing bowl, combine cheeses, crumbled bacon and seasonings;
    mix well. In a small bowl, beat the 2 eggs. Spoon about 2
    tablespoons into each Jalapeno pepper half. Dip each pepper half
    in egg and roll in bread crumbs. Place in a greased baking pan.
    Bake, uncovered, 350F for 15 minutes for a hot popper or 20-25
    minutes for a more mild flavor.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Southwestern Goulash

1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
1 lb. lean ground beef (90% or higher lean)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
2/3 cup frozen corn
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilis
1/2 tsp.each ground cumin, pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro 
       Cook macaroni according to pkg. directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Stir in tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce, chilies,  Cumin, pepper and salt.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 3 - 4 minutes or until heated through.  Drain macaroni; add to meat mixture.  Stir in cilantro and heat through.
I like lot's of Jalapeno's on the side :)

Sinful Chocolate Cake

OMG, This lives up to it's name :)
1 pkg. (18-1/2 oz.) chocolate cake mix
1 cup water
1 pkg. (small) instant chocolate pudding
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
Butter Syrup
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water

       Heat oven to 350º
.  Grease and flour a Bundt pan.  Cake:  Mix above 5 ingredients and pour into Bundt pan.  Bake 45 - 60 minutes.  Butter Syrup:  Bring butter, sugar and 3/4 cup water to a boil over medium heat.  Pour over warm cake while cake is still in pan.  Let mixture soak well into cake.  Turn cake out onto plate and cover immediately so that cake will "steam."  Makes 6-8 servings.

Cow Chip Cookies

Got this from a good friend !

3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco
® butter flavor)
2 cups eacch brown sugar, granulated sugar
4 large eggs
6 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. each baking soda, baking powder
2 cups each oats; corn flakes, uncrushed
2 - 3 cups chips (12 - 18 oz.) [1 cup white chips/1 cup milk chocolate]
1 cup coconut, optional
1 cup pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
       Heat oven to 350º.  Mix flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.  Melt butter and shortening in a microwave oven until very soft.  Cream in brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, 1/2 cup at a time.  Mix in oats, cereal, chocolate chips, coconut (if using), and nuts one at a time.  Drop ice cream scoop-sized dough onto a greased cookie sheet .  Bake 12-15 minutes. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cream Apple Pie

Tasty bite still warm from the oven.. ummm, delicious!
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 or 4 apples, peeled, sliced
1 unbaked (9-inch) pie shell
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened

Combine 3/4 cup sugar and 2 Tablespoons flour in a bowl and mix well.  Stir in the sour cream, egg, vanilla and nutmeg.  Add the apples and mix gently.  Spoon into the pie shell. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

Combine 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well.  Cut in the butter until crumbly.  Sprinkle over the baked pie. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes longer. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.

  One cup sliced or chopped apple is the equivalent of one medium apple.

Harvest Pumpkin Bread with Orange Butter

This is so good !
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup hot water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups sugar
2 cups canned pumpkin
4 eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
3-1/2 cups all purpose flour


1/2 pound butter, softened
1/2 box powdered sugar
Grated rind of 2 oranges
2 Tablespoons orange juice concentrate


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare Pumpkin Bread: Dissolve soda in hot water.
2.  Mix together oil, sugar and pumpkin and add to soda mixture.
3.  Add eggs, cinnamon, cloves, salt and flour and mix until moistened.
4.  Pour batter into 2 greased and floured loaf pans.  Bake for 1 hour.  Remove from loaf pans and cool on wire racks.
5.  Prepare Orange Butter:  Beat butter and sugar together.
6.  Add orange rind and juice concentrate and mix well.  Place into decorative crock and serve with Pumpkin Bread.

 2 loaves

Hungarian Goulash

2 pounds lean beef or veal, cut into 1-inch cubes
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons peanut oil (or salad oil)
2 teaspoons butter
2 cups onions, thinly sliced
1-1/2 Tablespoons paprika
1-1/2 Tablespoons flour
1-1/2 cups beer
1/2 cup fresh or canned chicken broth
1 teaspoon Dijon or Duseldorf mustard
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 cup sour cream


Season meat with salt and pepper.  Heat oil and butter in skillet and brown meat on all sides.  Transfer meat to heavy casserole.  Add onions to skillet and cook, stirring, until wilted, adding more butter if necessary.  Stir in paprika and flour.  Add beer and chicken broth, then mustard and caraway seeds, and bring to a boil.  Add salt to taste and pour mixture over meat.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1-1/2 hours.  Just before serving, stir in sour cream.  Serve with noodles or dumplings.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


* 3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate cut into pieces 

* 8 to 10 miniature foil cups  
Melt chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.
 Brush insides of foil cups to within 1/8 inch of top edge with melted chocolate.
 Repeat until about 1/8- inch thick.
 Refrigerate 5 to 10 minutes or until chocolate is set.
Apply second layer of chocolate over the first layer. 

Refrigerate until chocolate is very firm.
 Carefully peel foil from chocolate.
Store in covered container in refrigerator or  
freezer until ready to use.
Just before serving, fill with your favorite after-dinner liqueur.  
Makes 8 to 10 chocolate cups.  


These Irish Recipes I got off the web :)

3 egg whites room temperature  
1/8 teaspoon salt  
1 cup sugar  
2 drops red food coloring  
1 teaspoon almond extract  
1 1/4 cups shredded coconut  
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Place the eggs whites in a   glass mixing bowl with salt
 Beat until the whites are stiff.
Slowly add 1 cup of sugar and the salt beating constantly.
 Mix in food coloring, almond extract and  coconut using a slow deliberate mix to avoid deflating  the mixture.
 Drop the mixture from a teaspoon onto a greased and
well- floured baking sheet.
 Bake about 30 minutes.
Turn oven off and let kisses continue to sit in oven for 1 1/2 hours.  

Shamrock Sugar Cookies

Shamrock Sugar Cookies,
decorated with icing tinted with Green Food Color.
Prep: 15 min - Cook: 10 min per batch

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
Emerald Isle Icing:
13 drops Green Food Color
2-3 teaspoons milk
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cream butter and sugar until light and
fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Combine remaining cookie
ingredients and slowly add to butter mixture.
2. Chill dough. Roll to 1/8-inch thickness on lightly floured*
surface and cut dough with shamrock cookie cutter. Bake on greased
baking sheet 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Cool cookies
completely on wire racks before decorating with green icing.
3. Icing: Mix 13 drops of green food color with milk. Combine with
confectioners' sugar, stirring until color is evenly distributed and
icing is smooth.
*Combine 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar to use for
dusting surface.
Makes about 22

Sunday, March 11, 2012


The smell of these baking will make your mouth water.. So So Good!

7 c. flour (Plus 1 c. to knead)
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 degrees. Makes 2 dozen or more.


Mix together:
1 c. catsup
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 c. onion

Pour over pork chops which have been browned and drained. Cover. Bake 375 degrees for 2 hours.

Orange Sunshine Cake

I always loved my mama's Orange Cakes !
1, 2 layer, box yellow cake mix
1 can mandarin orange segments, including juice, reserve 5 segments for decoration
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs

Mix as usual. Pour into 3 prepared 8" round cake pans. Bake at 350ºF for 25 to 30 minutes.

1, 9 oz., carton Cool Whip
1, 15 oz., can crushed pineapple, drained
1, 6 oz., vanilla instant pudding

Frost cake as usual, arrange reserved orange segment, pinwheel fashion, in center of cake top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Eddie's Chili-Rice Wraps

Eddie use to make about 5 of these stuffed for his lunch at work..
He was a growning boy LOL....  Really Good!

1 (28 ounce) can chili
1/2 cup water
1 cup Rice made according to directions on package.
6 flour tortillas
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Tomatoes, chopped
Green onions, sliced

Jalapeno's slices fresh or pickled

In a large saucepan bring chili and water to a boil. Stir in cooked Rice, cover and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.

Spoon chili mixture into tortillas. Top with cheese,jalapeno's, tomatoes and onions as desired.

Mexican Bean Wraps

I Love these .. yummy!

1 (16 ounce) can refried beans

1/2 cup salsa

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

6 (8- to 10-inch) flour tortillas

1 cup shredded lettuce

1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded

Cherry tomatoes, quartered

Mix beans, salsa and chili powder in 1-quart saucepan. Heat over medium heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until warm.

Spoon about 1/4 cup bean mixture onto center of each tortilla; spread slightly. Top with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. Fold over sides of tortillas.

More salsa if desired.

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

2 cups cooked ham, cubed
8 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350F. Place half the ham in a buttered casserole dish. Cover with half the potatoes and half the onion. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sift half the flour over. Repeat layering ham, potatoes and onion, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Sift remaining flour on top. Pour milk over all. Cover tightly and bake 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Remove cover. Sprinkle bread crumbs over potatoes. Drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle with parsley and bake another 15 minutes.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Chinese Egg Drop Soup

So Good !!! If Linda was here, I would make her some :)
4 cups chicken broth, condensed

2 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. each dry sherry,cold water, cornstarch

2 eggs well beaten

2 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally

2 tsp. dark sesame oil

       Combine broth,soy sauce,sherry in a large saucepan; bring to boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to low;simmer 2 minutes.  Stir water into cornstarch in small bowl; mix well.  Stir mixture into soup; simmer 2 - 3 minutes, until slightly thickened.  Stirring constantly in one direction, slowly add beaten eggs into soup in thin stream.  Stir in green onions.  Remove from heat; stir in sesame oil  Sserve immediately.

Good Morning Casserole

8 frozen hash-brown patties

4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups chopped cooked ham,sausage or bacon  

7 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 tsp.salt
1/2 tsp. ground mustard

       Heat oven to 350º.  Place hash brown patties in a greased 13x9x2" baking dish.  Sprinkle with cheese ham,sausage or bacon.  In a bowl, beat eggs, milk, salt and mustard.  Pour over ham.  Cover and bake 1 hour.  Uncover and bake 15 minutes more, until edges are golden brown and a knife inserted near center comes out clean.  Makes 8 servings.

Chicken Cacciatore


1 (3 - to 4 lb.) chicken, cut into 10 serving pieces
1-1/2 tsp. salt,to taste
3/4 tsp. black pepper, to taste 
2 tbsp. olive oil
 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1.2 cups dry red wine
1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes in purèe 
Dry chicken and salt and pepper on all sides .  Heat oil in a 6 - 8-qt. pressure cooker,P;ace pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown chicken in 2 batches, turning once, about 8 minutes per batch.  Transfer chicken to a plate.  Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic to pot.  Cook, stirring occasionally, scraping up any browned bits, until onion and garlic release aromas.  Add wine and simmer until liquid is reduced by half, 1 - 2 minutes.  Add tomatoes with their juices and chicken, then cover and bring to high pressure (according to mfgr's directions).  Reduce heat to maintain high pressure and cook until chicken is tender, about 10 minutes.  Transfer pot to sink, run cold water on pot to quick-release pressure.  Serve with cooked white rice, buttered noodles or mashed potatoes.

Perfect Crispy Bacon & The perfect fried eggs

Tips I learned woking at The Olde Store Lunch Counter :)
Take a paper towel and lay it on the counter..
Lay a slice of bacon on the edfe closeer to you and roll it 1 time away from you.
Lay another slice of bacon on the top and roll over again..Do this up to 4 slices..
Lay in microwave for 1 minute per slice.
When done unroll taking each strip of bacon off as you unroll..
The is the best crispy bacon you will ever eat.
The perfect fried eggs
Instead of oil or shortening try putting a pat of butter in your skillet, it should just cover the bottom..
Gently break your eggs and put them in the butter.. be sure the heat is at medium high.
After they get where you want them turn them over , salt and pepper to taste..
So Yummy!

Onion Muffins

I love onions anyway you fix them !

1 large egg  1/3 cup vegetable oil  3/4 cup milk  1 cup self-rising flour  1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats  1/4 cup sugar  1/2 cup chopped Vidalia onion  3/4 cup grated sharp Cheddar  1/3 cup chopped pecans      In a large bowl whisk together the egg, oil and milk; add the flour,  oats and the sugar; and stir the mixture until it is just combined.  Fold in the onion, Cheddar and pecans; spoon the mixture into 36  buttered 1/8 cup muffin tins (gem tins), and bake the muffins in the  middle of a preheated 400* oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they are  golden. Turn the muffins out onto racks and serve them warm or at  room temperature. 
Makes 36 muffins. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Forgotten Dessert

7 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  Dash salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup whipping cream
  Fresh or frozen strawberries or raspberries, for topping

Heat oven to 450 degrees.  Beat egg whites slightly.  Add cream of tartar and salt; beat until very stiff.  Continue beating, adding sugar gradually; beat until sugar is dissolved.  Butter a 9-inch x 13-inch Pyrex dish.  Spread mixture in dish; put in oven and turn off heat.  Leave dessert in oven overnight. (Do not peek.)  Next day, whip cream and spread over top of meringue.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.  To serve, cut into squares and top with sweetened strawberries or raspberries.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pina Colada Cobbler

So Yummy!

1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 can pineapple tidbits, partially drained
1 can cream of coconut
1/2 cup sliced maraschino cherries (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a 2-quart casserole, mix first three ingredients until smooth. Add next three ingredients and stir to mix.  Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until crust is golden and center is firm.


Seasoned Fries


6 cups frozen shoestring potatoes
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt

Place potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes Combine remaining ingredients; sprinkle over potatoes and mix gently.  Bake 4-5 minutes longer or until the potatoes are browned and crisp.

Banana Split Cake

2 1/2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
12 Tbsp. melted butter
2 (8oz) packages cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
3 or 4 bananas sliced
1 large can crushed pineapple, drained
1 large Cool Whip
      Mix crumbs and sugar together and add butter.  Press into bottom of pan.  Bake at 350 for 6 minutes and cool.  Cream together cream cheese and powdered sugar and spread over cracker crust.  Slice and layer bananas over cream cheese.  Layer pineapple and Cool Whip over bananas.  Sprinkle ground pecans on top and refrigerate.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

PMS Cookies

1 box Ritz® crackers

1 jar each peanut butter, marshmallow cream

1 box chocolate bark 

       Spread peanut butter, then marshmallow cream onto Ritz crackers.   Sandwich them.  Melt chocolate bark in microwave or double boiler.  Dip sandwiched cookies into chocolate, covering both sides.  Place cookies on waxed paper and allow to harden.   Store in airtight container  Makes 68 cookies.
Note:  If you put paper or silpat on a cookie sheet and place it in freezer 5 minutes, cookies harden up faster!

Squash Dressing

Thanks Ross!
2 cups each cooked mashed squash, cornbread crumbs
1 beaten egg

1 can (10-3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup or mushroom
1 tsp. each salt, poultry seasoning

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 stick butter or margarine

       Heat oven to 350ºF
.  Sautè onion in butter.  Mix other ingredients and add onion.  Bake in oven about 20 minutes. 

Bacon N' Ranch Dip

From my friend Ross..thank you!
2 cups ranch dressing (any you prefer)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 pkg. (3 oz.) bacon pieces 
       Mix all ingredients in bowl and cover.  Refrigerate at least 1 hour.  It tastes better the longer it sets.

Friday, March 2, 2012

My Mama's Meatloaf

1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
4 or 5 slices white bread,
 run under wate to soften then squeeze water out...smush it with meat mixture really good.
2 small can Tomato Sauce
 1 can in the meatrloaf the other 1 can on top after shaped into loaf.
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
salt and pepper to taste
2 egg, beaten


Mix ingredients together gently with hands.
Form into a loaf and place in baking dish or loaf pan. Top with other can of tomato sauce. Bake at 350° for about  1 hour.

Nell's Spanish Rice

So Very Good !!!
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 cup water
1/2 cup ketchup
3/4 cup long grain rice, uncooked
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash black pepper
In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove to paper towels to drain.

Leaving about 1 teaspoon of bacon grease in the pan, brown the ground beef, stirring and breaking up as it cooks. Add onion and green pepper and cook until onion is softened. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, water, ketchup, rice, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a dash of pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for about 30 minutes, or until rice is tender.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

sausage and gravy

1 lb. ground sausage
1/2 cup flour
3 cups milk
salt and pepper

Cook the sausage until done over a medium heat. Remove from skillet
and set aside. Drain off the drippings and add enough oil to make
half a cup. Add the oil and the flour to the skillet and cook over
a medium high heat until browned. Reduce the heat and add the milk,
salt and pepper, and cook until bubbly. Stir well to prevent lumps.
Add the sausage to the gravy and cook a couple of minutes more.
Serve over toast or rice.

Quick Buttermilk Biscuits

My sister taught me how to make thise when I was about 14 yrs old.. Great Biscuits :)

2 cups self-rising flour
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup and 1 Tbsp. buttermilk

Combine flour and shortening in mixing bowl. Cut in shortening until it looks
like coarse meal. Stir in buttermilk. Turn out on a floured board. Knead lightly
3-4 times. Roll 1/2 inch thick and cut with 2 1/2 inch cutter or use your hands and pinch them off between you pointer finger and thumb.. Be sure to put flour on your hands to keep them from sticking to your fingers. Place on well buttered baking sheet.Place a biscuit on sheet then turn it over, this butters the tops and they brown better.
 Bake at 450°F for 10-12 minutes.
Butter soon as they come out of the oven..yummm.
Yields about 10 biscuits.

Easiest Trail Mix

2 cups dried fruit, your choice, one or more kinds, chopped

2 cups  Pecans,Almonds or Walnuts, or a can of mixed nuts .

1 1/2 cups  Chocolate-Covered Raisins

In big bowl, mix dried fruit, nuts and chocolate-covered raisins. Store in airtight container.