I love to make finger foods, especially if they are sweet. So, with the season being Thanksgiving I thought I would share an easy Mini Pumpkin Pie recipe. Serve with a dollop of cool whip on top and enjoy.
I love to make finger foods, especially if they are sweet. So, with the season being Thanksgiving I thought I would share an easy Mini Pumpkin Pie recipe. Serve with a dollop of cool whip on top and enjoy.
In thinking about Halloween and carving pumpkins, thought I would share my favorite pumpkin soup recipe. Hope you enjoy it.
– 2 lbs pumpkin, skin and seeds removed, chopped into small cubes
– 1 small onion finely chopped
– 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
– 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
– 1 tsp crushed garlic
– 4 cups chicken broth/stock
– 2 chicken bouillon cubes crumbled
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 1/2 cup half & half
– 1/2 cup cooked, chopped bacon
Place all ingredients, except cream, in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat until vegetables are tender.
Remove from heat, use a stick blender and blend until smooth. Add the cream and stir through (do not boil after adding cream). Add any salt or pepper if needed, and serve with bacon sprinkled on top (can put parsley or roasted pumpkin seeds on top if desired).
My Mother passed away on August 11, 2018 and the last month has been hard. We know she is in a good place but I miss her dearly. She was a great cook, had a gentle heart and was very much a Southern gal! She taught me everything I know about cooking and the love of food. She had many recipes so I can’t say I had a favorite cause they all were good. To name a few: red velvet cake, pumpkin poll, oyster dressing, biscuits and gravy (with scratch biscuits), hot dog sauce, peanut butter fudge, orange cake, cornbread and beans, pickle relish (which she canned every year), apple butter (made outside over an open fire in a kettle), and I could go on forever. Thanks Mom for helping me become the woman I am today and for showing me how to cook!
So, in memory of Mom, aka Mollie B., aka Mammie, here is her Orange Cake recipe:
Fall is here and the first step to getting ready is prepping your kitchen. It is good to clean out your pantry and kitchen at the beginning of each season. I am not saying, throw everything away, but it is smart to reorganize and take inventory of what you have – you don’t want to be caught baking a pie and realize you are out of a main ingredient. Here are fall pantry staples I know you will be using the entire season.
Make sure you keep a collection of hearty recipes close by for those cool fall nights to keep you cozy.
Here is one that is filling and light that everyone will enjoy:
Mash sweet potatoes until desired consistency, put into a serving dish and set aside. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted. Stir butter, milk, and salt into potato mixture and top with pecans. You can use a small amount of natural brown sugar mixed in to add a little sweetness. Serve warm with your favorite meat.
With summer winding down and gardens producing great veggies, I thought I would share one of my favorite summer salads. It is quick, easy and very filling. You can serve it with just about any kind of meat. I hope you enjoy!
Summer is always a fun time of year, and it’s full of great food and friends. It’s a time to unwind, enjoy the sunshine and be grateful for all that God has blessed you with.
When I prepare meals or socials I like to do quick and easy recipes; so here is one for you to enjoy and it is somewhat healthy.
1 container Mozzarella balls
1 package Old Wisconsin Honey Brown Sausage Snack Bites
1 small package of Spinach leafs
1 small package Cherry Tomatoes
Balsamic Vinegar (I used Raspberry flavored)
1 package skew sticks
Alternate placing 1 of each item on the skew until the skew is half full. Once all ingredients are used, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and let set in refrigerator until ready to serve. Can also be put in a dish without the skews and served as a salad.
Enjoy!!! Thanks Marcia L. for the recipe.
It’s been a cold and long winter but Spring is just around the corner, fingers crossed. With that in mind, thought I would add a grilling recipe. Hope you enjoy!
Once grill is ready, arrange large sheets of heavy-duty foil on a work surface, layered. Mound the tomatoes in the center the sheets, drizzle with the olive oil and season with sea salt and ground pepper; then place garlic clove on top. Fold up the foil to create tight packet. May have to divide into two packets.
Set the packets on the grill and cover. Grill over moderately high heat for 18 – 20 minutes, until the tomatoes begin to soften and burst. Carefully cut open the foil packets. Serve over a toasted crostini or grilled ciabatta bread and sprinkle feta on top before serving.
As the holidays grow closer it reminds us to stop and enjoy life. Talk with family, reunite with old friends and appreciate what you have.
I recently lost a life-long friend to cancer. It really puts life into prospective. People come and go in your life and you may have a lot of acquaintances but how many true friends do you really have? Something to ponder.
My Dad taught me growing up to always find the good in people; be positive and truthful; remember that when others are mean or sad there is something going on in their lives that is making them that way; and most of all, always take time for friends and family!!!
So my recipe I am sharing today is one that you can share with your friends and family anytime of the year.
Optional: Sprinkle nuts on top when ready to serve and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Or you can reserve some of the peanut butter and sugar mixture and put on top (see picture below). Store in refrigerator.
One of my favorite, fast, comforting dishes is beef stroganoff. So, thought I would share this one with you. This takes about 20 minutes to make and is very filling..
I serve with garlic bread or a bread stick.
I recently attended a frozen meal workshop which I loved. Although the up front cost is a lot, you do get 10 meals so if you do the math, it is very much worth it. I selected the One Stop Crock-Pot plan and so far have loved every meal I prepared.
One of the best recipes I prepared was the Beef Enchilada Stew so I wanted to share this recipe with you.
1½ pounds beef stew meat
1 yellow onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 cups frozen cubed butternut squash,
1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce, no salt added
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, no salt added
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup Enchilada sauce
1 1/2 tbsp Spicy Carne Asada Seasoning
Shredded cheddar cheese (for topping) – optional
Sour cream (for topping) – optional
Garnish with Cilantro and avocado slices – optional
Place all ingredients except optional items in crock-pot and cook on medium for 6 – 8 hours or until meat is cook through and vegetables are soft. Serve warm with toppings and crackers if desired.
You can also add a bag of frozen corn or black beans
Tortilla chips and japalenos for a garnish
Or you can substitute shredded chicken for the beef
One of the best recipes I have for apples is one of the easiest. With Fall upon us, I thought I would share it. Hope you enjoy……
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 – 9 oz. pkg. yellow cake mix
2 tbsp. sugar
1 – 2 tbsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place sliced apples in greased and floured pan. combine remaining ingredients. Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples. Bake 35 – 40 minutes or until apples are tender. Can add Vanilla ice cream or thawed whipped topping when serving. Great served cold or warm. For a change, use any fruit like peaches, strawberries, etc.; quick and easy recipe.
Serve as an appetizer or main dish with Nacho Chips.
I found out yesterday that a true Summer Hummer drink is made with Lime Vodka. So, thank you Carrie D., I had to share this today. Hope you enjoy it!
Chilled Lime Vodka is preferred but drinks may be served “on the rocks” if desired. Strain lemonade if necessary. Combine ingredients in an 8 Oz. glass. Stir and serve. Great for Hot summer evenings – hence the name.
1 quart heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1 ounce chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva Liqueur)
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 ounces dark cocoa powder
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate (the better the quality, the better the taste)
11 large egg yolks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat, add heavy cream, sugar, liqueur, and vanilla. When mixture is warm add cocoa powder and chocolate and whisk until blended.
Place egg yolks in large stainless steel bowl.
Slowly add warm chocolate mixture to eggs a little at time while whisking.
Strain and pour into individual porcelain ramekins.
Place ramekins in a large baking pan.
Pour enough hot water into pan to come half way up sides of ramekins.
Bake until firm in center, about 30 minutes.
Remove ramekins from water bath and let cool completely.
Place in refrigerator for 2 hours.
Dust with sugar and caramelize with propane torch. Serve immediately.
Stir all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Taste and season with more pepper as needed. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!!!!
1 – 8 oz package Margaritaville Jammin’ Shrimp
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cups ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 loaf sliced grilled or toasted French bread
Thought I would try a healthy blog for this one; hope you learn something and enjoy it!
Craving sweet flavors is something we all have from time to time but there are alternatives to conquer those cravings without the calories!
A lot of the way highly processed sugars such as granulated sugar and high-fructose corn syrup have popped up in foods where we do not expect them like breakfast cereals, dairy products, salad dressings and nut-butter spreads. These sugars are highly processed and have been zapped of nutrients during refinement.
Luckily, there are a variety of foods that contain natural, unprocessed sugars you can enjoy.
This is honey from flowers that still contains healthful vitamins A, C, D, E and K, various B vitamins, calcium, potassium, magnesium and live enzymes that are removed when honey is heated, filtered and processed.
Raw honey is also rich with bifidobacteria, a group of bacteria associated with digestive and immune health. An effective probiotic, raw honey stimulates bifidobacteria growth in the intestine and aids in digestive health.
Similar to honey, maple syrup contains antioxidants, vitamins and phytonutrients not found in refined sugar. Maple syrup comes from the sap of maple trees and also contains trace minerals absorbed from the ground by the trees.
Not all chocolate bars are created equal, and dark chocolate — containing more than 70% cacao — has a higher quantity of superpowered cacao than chocolate bars, which contain more milk and sugar. The cacao portion of a chocolate bar is made by grinding the nibs in cacao beans. The nibs are dried, then fermented and ground for making chocolate. The percentages you see on a chocolate bar wrapper are indicative of how much cacao is in each bar out of 100% by weight. So, if you read 45% on the bar, it means the bar is 55% milk and sugar and only 45% cacao. But a 75% bar contains only 25% milk and sugar, making it a lower-sugar choice. A bar that reads 100% would be made entirely of cacao nibs and cacao butter without added refined sugar or milk solids.
COCONUT PALM SUGAR
Similar to the way that maple syrup is harvested, coconut palm sugar is made by harvesting the sap of a coconut plant. Then, the sap is dried to evaporate the liquid out, leaving the natural sugar crystals behind. Coconut palm sugar is lower on the glycemic index than both honey and maple syrup and is a great substitute for granulated sugar in baking recipes.
Dried blueberries, cherries, peaches, apples, dates — even kiwi and mango — are all great options when you’re reaching for something sweet. Dried fruits are made by evaporating the juices out of fresh fruit, leaving concentrated flavors and natural, unprocessed fruit sugars behind. But be warned that in addition to being a concentrated source of flavor, dried fruit is also concentrated in calories, so once again, a little goes a long way.
One of my favorite sweet potato recipes is a Sweet Potato Casserole. Ruth’s Chris Restaurant has one of the best but my Mothers is just as good. So I am sharing my Mother’s recipe with you today.
SWEET POTATO MIXTURE:
2 – 3 lbs cubed chicken breasts
1 Yellow Pepper (cubed)
1 Red Pepper (cubed)
1 Green Pepper (cubed)
1 Medium Onion (cubed)
1 package large Mushrooms (cleaned and dried)
1 package Cherry Tomatoes
Wooden Skews (soak in water for 20 minutes prior to using)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Place 1/2 the chicken in freezer bag with Italian Dressing and the other 1/2 in a freezer bag with Teriyaki Marinade and let marinade for 24 hours. Once grill is ready, put meat and vegetables on skews alternating until all is used except the cherry tomatoes. Cook until chicken is no longer pink. Put cherry tomatoes on skew and grill for the last 5 minutes of the chicken cooking. Season all with salt and pepper to taste. We served with Texas Toast and a side of Sangria. You can use any vegetable you like that taste well with chicken.
Great recipe and very filling!!!
Did you know that more than 200 million pounds of spices are consumed annually? Spices are what makes food more piquant and appetizing. Storing spices properly will help you bring out the best flavor in each spice to ensure a delicious, aromatic dish.
NOTE: You could make a boneless pork roast in the crock pot and flavor with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ and it will have the same affect.
Note: Dried gnocchi are found in the pasta aisle at the supermarket. Do not use fresh or refrigerated gnocchi, or they will become too soft during cooking.
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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Set rack in the center of the oven. Prepare the topping by placing all of the topping ingredients into a food processor. Pulse or mix until the mixture is crumbled to the size of small peas; do not over process. Set aside. Pour the rhubarb directly into a large, shallow baking dish and sprinkle with 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and 3 tablespoons of flour to coat evenly. Spread crisp topping over entire surface. Bake until fruit is bubbly and the top is golden brown, approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature, plain or a la mode.
According to the History Channel:
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.
To all the Mother’s out there, Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you enjoy your day.
And to my Mom, love you to the moon and back. Thank you for all you have done for me and teaching me to be the woman that I am today.
So excited to announce my new cookbook is at the publishers and will be available toward the end of the month! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did putting it together. This has been a dream of mine for a long time and so glad I am able to follow my dreams!
Here is a picture of the cover. The cake on the front is my Mom’s Orange Cake and was made by my sister, Marcia Layne.
Received my new logo this week and love it!! Thank you B.J. Emmick for all the hard work. It is FABULOUS!
According to the History Channel: Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
According to Time Magazine: For many Americans, Cinco de Mayo means enjoying Mexican food and probably a few margaritas. But Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5 in Spanish, is probably one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day. Mexican independence is celebrated Sept.16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. Mexico had trouble paying back war debts to European countries, and France had come to Mexico to collect that debt. Today, Cinco de Mayo has become more of an American holiday than a Mexican one. But most non-Mexican Americans have “no idea” about the day’s history, said Carlos Tortolero, president of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.
Crust: 1 cup finely crushed pretzels, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/3 cup margarine, melted
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 tablespoons tequila, use a good tequila…better flavor
1 tablespoon orange liqueur
3 drops green food coloring, or as needed (optional)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 lime, sliced (optional)
This is one of my favorite grits recipes:
Place the milk, water, and salt into a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once the milk mixture comes to a boil, gradually add the cornmeal while continually whisking. Once all of the cornmeal has been incorporated, decrease the heat to low and cover. Remove lid and whisk frequently, every 3 to 4 minutes, to prevent grits from sticking or forming lumps; make sure to get into corners of pot when whisking. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until mixture is creamy.
Remove from the heat, add the pepper and butter, and whisk to combine. Once the butter is melted, gradually whisk in the cheese a little at a time. Serve immediately.
The Kentucky Derby is May 6, 2017. With that, I thought I would add the song that makes me cry every time I hear it yet brings great pride to me. I love “MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME” and miss it everyday!
In the world of sports, there is not a more moving moment than when the horses step onto the track for the Kentucky Derby post parade and the band strikes up “My Old Kentucky Home” and 160,000+ people sing along.
Although there is no definitive history on the playing of the Stephen Foster ballad as a Derby Day tradition, it is believed to have originated in 1921 for the 47th running. The Louisville Courier-Journal in its May 8, 1921, edition reported, “To the strains of ‘My Old Kentucky Home,’ Kentuckians gave vent their delight. For Kentucky triumphed in the Derby.” The story refers to the popular victory of the Kentucky-owned and bred Behave Yourself.
The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,
Tis summer, the people are gay;
The corn-top’s ripe and the meadow’s in the bloom
While the birds make music all the day. The young folks roll on the little cabin floor
All merry, all happy and bright;
By’n by hard times comes a knocking at the door
Then my old Kentucky home, Good-night! Weep no more my lady. Oh! Weep no more today!
We will sing one song for my old Kentucky home
For the old Kentucky home, far away.
Heat over to 400 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the cheddar cheese and parsley. Mix well and divide into 12 pieces. Wrap piece around a cheese cube and place on pan. Bake 16 – 18 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Place on serving tray and sprinkle with parsley. Better served warm.
One of my best memories growing up was going on hikes near our home in the hills of Kentucky (Siloam Bottoms near the Newberry Estate) and picking persimmons to eat along the way.
The Persimmon is native throughout Kentucky in dry woodland settings. The fruit is an important wildlife food and is edible. The fruit is edible, but it is not ripe until the skin is wrinkled. Ripe persimmons are said to taste a great deal like dates. They are used to make cakes, puddings and beverages. Native Americans used the fruits to make bread, and also dried them. Fruit is an important wildlife food. However, the fruit can present a litter problem in the landscape. It is slimy, so when used in the city the tree should be planted where fruit will not fall on sidewalks, where it can cause people to fall. The plant is dioecious, so a male (fruitless) tree would be a much more acceptable landscape plant than the female.
Immature fruits contain a large amount of tannin and are astringent. They have been used to make tea for use in gargling for sore throats. The tea was also used to treat warts, cancers, heartburn, diarrhea and stomach aches.
Cooking oil, with a flavor like that of peanut oil, can be extracted from the seeds. Confederate soldiers boiled persimmon seeds as a coffee substitute during the Civil War.
Persimmon wood is very hard and nearly black. It is used to make golf club heads, billiard cues and parquet flooring.
This recipe is from my brother-in-law, Rick:
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
3 tbsp. salsa
1/2 tsp. chili powder
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
10 hot dogs
In a bowl, combine all ingredients except dogs and buns. Cut a 1/2″ deep lengthwise slit in each hot dog. Spoon 2 tablespoons of mixture into each hot dog. Broil in oven for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve on buns.
Pizza Snack Cups
1 pkg. refrigerated biscuits (10 biscuits)
½ lb. ground beef
1 – 14 oz. jar pizza sauce
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In 12 cup muffin pan, evenly press each biscuit in bottom and up sides of each cup; chill until ready fill. In skillet, brown ground beef over medium high heat; drain. Stir in pizza sauce and heat through. Evenly spoon beef mixture into prepared muffin cups. Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and biscuits are golden. Let stand 5 minutes, gently remove pizza cups from pan and serve.
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To use: just scoop out whatever you need. There’s no need to thaw it out or bring it to room temperature.
Did you know it is important how you store your foods: eggs, baking soda, flour, vanilla extract and more.
Speaking of vanilla extract: you should store it at room temperature in a dark place, such as the pantry. Good quality vanilla extracts often come in darkened glass to protect the vanilla from light. So take a look in your baking supplies and make sure your vanilla stays fresh longer.
Hello and welcome to my site.
I was born and raised in Northeastern Kentucky in the hills of Greenup County. It’s an area full of families with many traditions that love God, family, horses, food, Nascar, bluegrass & country music and their Kentucky Wildcats. Good food!!! Strong southern style food with family traditions and heart put into each recipe. I lived in Greenup until I was 20 years old and have now lived in the Midwest for the last 20 years. So, I have had the privilege of learning new Midwest traditions, food, and love the Green Bay Packers.
I hope you enjoy following my blog. Feel free to share and comment; add recipes, stories, traditions.
One of my favorite meals in the winter or anytime really is soup! So, this time I thought I would share a Split Pea Soup recipe. I hope you enjoy it!
Serve warm with a hearty bread or crackers and a blend of primarily Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. ENJOY!