Wednesday, August 4, 2010
It was very delicious. The judges loved it. There was a good bit of the salad left, but within 15 minutes, it was gone. People who had watched wanted some and a few came back for seconds.
God bless. :-)
Monday, July 26, 2010
Lime Sweet Pickles
7-8 lbs. Cucumbers (the big, yellow ones work best)
2 C. Pickling Lime
2 Galllons Water
3 T Salt
2 Qts. White Vinegar
10 C. Sugar
1-3 T Pickling Spice
Peel, seed, and slice cucumbers into the right length. Stir together water and pickling lime in a large bowl. Soak cucumbers for 24 hours. Rinse well. Cover with fresh water and soak for 3 hours. Mix vinegar, salt, and sugar in a large container. Measure pickling spice out onto a square of cheese-cloth. If desired, pick out any red pepper flakes. Tie cheese-cloth around spice. Place in vinegar solution. Soak cucumbers in vinegar solution overnight. Pour cucumbers and vinegar solution into a pot large enough to hold it, plus a little. Boil pickles in vinegar for 35 minutes. Pour in jars and seal.
Hope you enjoy them. :-)
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Here are the two recipes. I found them in a Southern Living cookbook.
2 C plain flour
1 C quick cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 C sugar
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 C plus 2 T butter, softened
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 C milk
1/4 C light corn syrup
1 C fresh blueberries
Combine first 7 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Combine eggs, milk, and syrup in a seperate container; mix well. Add to the dry ingredients, stirring until moistened. Fold in blueberries. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9- X 5- X 3-inch loaf pan (I just used a 9X13 cake pan); bake at 350 degrees for one hour and 10 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean (I baked it for 30 minutes). Cool in loaf pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping
2 C Self-Rising flour
1/3 C sugar
1 egg, beaten
3/4 C milk
1/4 C vegetable oil
1 C fresh or frozen blueberries
Combine flour and sugar in a large bowl. Measure out 2 tablespoons and set aside. Combine egg, milk, and oil in a seperate container; stir well. Add to dry ingredients, stirring until moistened. Combine blueberries and the 2 tablespoons of flour and toss to coat. Stir into batter. Spoon batter into a greased muffin pan(s) (depending on the size that you make them), filling 3/4 full.
1/4 C firmly packed brown sugar
2 T flour
1 T butter, softened
Combine brown sugar, flour, and butter and mix until crumbly. Spoon over batter. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 - 18 minutes, or until browned.
Hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I also made corn on the cob to go with it. All in all, it was a delicious dinner.
Chicken-and-Rice Skillet Dinner
1/4 c flour
3/4 tsp seasoned salt (I used Chachere's seasoning)
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into small cubes
2-14 1/2 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1-1 1/4 oz package taco seasoning mix
1 c thinly sliced celery
1 small onion, chopped
1 can sliced olives (I did not use these)
1 c uncooked rice
1 c water
Combine flour and salt (or seasoning, whichever you use) in a large, heavy-duty zip-top bag; add chicken. Seal bag; shake to coat chicken thoroughly.
Brown chicken in hot olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and next 6 ingredients; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes, or until rice is tender. Sprinkle with cheese before serving.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday, I did cook something else. I made another 7UP cake for a family in our church. Last Saturday, my church had a car show and a bake sale, with the proceeds from the car show going toward the Mexico Mission Team to help fund their mission trip to Mexico, and the proceeds from the bake sale going toward the family in our church, the Gaithers. The Gaithers are wanting to adopt two very cute twin baby boys. They started the adoption process in October hoping they could adopt internationally. They were blessed just a couple of months ago with these two sweet baby boys, Cason and Harley. They are raising funds for the adoption, and the bake sale is one of several fund raising opportunities that they are using. They raised $450 last Saturday. God is blessing them. Please keep them in your prayers.
Tomorrow night the cooking adventure continues with Chicken-and-Rice Skillet Dinner, green beans, and whole wheat rolls.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
These are some pictures of tonight's recipes.
Here is a picture of my 7UP cake. Notice that it has a piece missing.
This is a picture of my meal put together on a plate at the table.
This is another picture of my meal.
Today, I made fried pork chops, a Paula Deen recipe, corn casserole, a family recipe, hoecakes, also a Paula Deen recipe, and 7UP cake, which is one of America's lost recipes.
I will talk about them in the order I made them.
The 7UP cake turned out good. I found this recipe in a cookbook called America's Best Lost Recipes. This cookbook has lots of recipes from families all over the USA. Some of these recipes are family recipes from Germany, Holland, Britain, and some were created here in America. The 7UP cake is one of those family recipes that is from America. It first appeared in the marketplace in 1929, though it was called a different name. It wasn't until 1936 that it came to be called 7UP cake. This particular recipe that I used has the usual cake ingredients, flour, eggs, salt,vanilla, and sugar, and it also has lemon zest, shortening, and, of course, 7UP. I did not have any shortening, so I substituted with butter. Once all the ingredients were mixed together, I then baked it in a bundt pan for about an hour. That sounds like a long time, but it is just the right amount of time for everything to cook. Tonight, the cake turned out delicious. It was very moist and not crumbly. Definately a recipe I will use again.
The corn casserole is a family favorite. We have been having this at family gatherings for many years. This casserole has rice, cream of chicken soup, and you just cannot have corn casserole without corn. It calls for cream corn and Mexi-corn, although whole kernel corn nibblets work just as well. All these ingredients are stirred together in a pan, then cooked for about 30 minutes, adding cheese for the last few minutes. Tonight, it turned out extremely good.
The fried pork chops are a recipe that I found in a Paula Deen magazine. This recipe just calls for three ingredients, four if you count the oil with which to fry the chops with: buttermilk, flour, seasoning, and pork chops. You use the buttermilk and flour to coat the pork chops with a light crust, then fry them for about 8 minutes on each side until they are done.
And I just cannot forget to mention the pecan pie. Today is my Daddy's birthday and pecan pie is his favorite, so I made it for him as a birthday surprise. This recipe calls for Karo syrup(or any light corn syrup), a pie shell, sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt, butter, and pecans. I did not have enough pecans, so I improvised and added cashews to make up for it. I heated the syrup, butter, and sugar until all three were thoroughly combined. I then added the eggs, vanilla, and the salt, stirring to make sure that they were mixed together. Finally, after I put the nuts in the pie shell, I poured the liquid over them. I then cooked it for 50 minutes. Daddy loved his birthday surprise.
After each post, I will try and add in a recipe or two. Tonight's recipe is corn casserole.
Hope you enjoyed reading this. Comment and let me know what you think.
1 pkg. Mahatma yellow rice
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 large can cream-style corn
1 can whole kernel Mexi-corn
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the rice according to the directions on the pack. Then mix with the remaining ingredients. Pour into a buttered casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with grated cheese for the last few minutes.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Only four more days until I start cooking and posting. So excited. I have some recipes lined up from Paula Deen and a few other cookbooks that we have. I will also be posting pictures of the meals that I cook, and a few recipes on here after I cook them in case you would like to try them and. Comment when you read each post and tell me what you think.