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Monday, December 4, 2017

Cake Mix Pie Crust

    If you are ever in a rush and need a pie crust but you don't have the time or energy to make one from scratch or you don't want to run to the store to buy one, just make one by using a cake mix.  It does not taste EXACTLY like a traditional pie crust but it is definitely eatable and doable.

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Cake Mix Pie Crust

1 box cake mix (yellow or white)
4 eggs
1 T. butter, softened


     Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  

      Separate 3 of your eggs and keep the egg yolks but you can toss the whites or save them to make a meringue.  Place those 3 egg yolks into a bowl and add the 4th whole egg also.  

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     Stir in the butter and cake mix.

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     Stir well until the ingredients form into dough.  

     Divide the dough in half.  Dust your table or counter top with flour and roll out one of the halves.

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       Roll out the dough until it forms a circle that is a bit larger than your pie tin.  Place into the pie tin and then pinch the edges to secure the dough to the pan.  Bake in your oven for 25-27 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

      If you are using the crust to make a pumpkin pie or a fruit filled pie,  you do not need to prebake the crust.  For those types of pies, just prepare the pie crust as directed and then fill and bake.  Prebake the crusts for no bake fillings such as for a chocolate pie made from a pudding box.  

     This crust goes great with my Chocolate Chip pie or with my Supreme Pumpkin Pie

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Dr. Pepper Shredded Chicken in the Crock Pot

     I love recipes that are easy to make and tastes great.  This makes some great tasting chicken that I love to shred and use to make some fine tasting sandwiches that can be served on Homemade bread or on homemade hamburger buns.  In fact, we prefer this over Pulled Pork.   A friend of mine recently tasted this and said it is now one of her stand by favorites.  It definitely is just what the doctor ordered.

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Dr. Pepper Shredded Chicken in the Crock Pot

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 c. Dr. Pepper
1 T. dehydrated chopped onions
 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

     Turn your crock pot onto "low".  Open up your chicken breasts and place them into the crock pot.  

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      Sprinkle the onions and spices over the top of the chicken.  Gently pour in the Dr. Pepper.

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    Now pour in the BBQ sauce.  I prefer to use Homemade BBQ sauce but you can use some you bought.  

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      Put the lid back on the crock pot and cook for 8 hours or you can cook these on "high" for just 4 hours.  
     Once the time has elapsed, remove the chicken from the crock pot. 

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     You can now eat it as it is but we prefer to shred the chicken at this point and place back into the crock pot and stir well.  Allow to cook 30 minutes longer and then enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Southern Boiled Cabbage

    I love simple and Southern food.  And today I am sharing a truly Southern and truly fantastic recipe: boiled cabbage.  To many, it is the perfect cheap eat!  If you cook it the way I do, it is NEVER bitter...only delicious.  

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     Yes, cabbage is cheap but I never really liked it that is UNTIL I figured out a way to make it that makes the cabbage so flavorful and delicious. Now, I make it once a week and everyone in the family, including Ronny (my autistic son) eats it.  I say this is "boiled" cabbage but in truth, it barely comes to a boil and then you simmer it.  So technically it should be called Southern Simmered Cabbage but it just doesn't have the same ring to it.  When done this way, your house doesn't get that harsh "cabbage" cooking smell either so it is a win-win situation. Follow my directions and get the most flavorful, tender tasting cabbage you have ever eaten!



Southern Boiled Cabbage

1 head of cabbage
2 c. chicken broth
2 T. butter
2 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

      Cut the cabbage into quarters and remove the hard stem.  Now, slice each quarter in half and then in half again.  In a large pot, add your butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cabbage.  Add in the chicken broth and toss the cabbage.  By looking at it, it really does not look like enough liquid but trust me, it is okay and it will turn out.

     Bring the pot to a quick boil over medium-high heat and then cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer it for about 14 minutes, stirring occasionally.  The cabbage should be tender but not soggy.  Do not overcook it.  

     Makes a wonderful side dish to about any meal.  We like it served along with Pulled Pork or Homemade Meatloaf.  

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Old Fashioned Ground Beef Stew



     This is my recipe for Old Fashioned Beef Stew.  I have nurtured and tweaked this recipe over the past 30 years and have it perfected.  It is hearty and delicious.  Mmm.  A true classic.  Nothing is more inviting! 

     This makes a HUGE pot of stew.  You can divide the recipe in half if you don't need as much.  We like to make a big pot and eat it over the course of a few days. 

Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

2 lbs. ground beef
8 lg. potatoes, diced
2 cans corn, drained
2 cans peas, drained
2 cans green beans, drained
2 cans tomato sauce
2 cans tomatoes, do NOT drain
1 can carrots, drained
1 sm. can tomato paste
1 box beef broth
2 beef bouillon
3 c. water
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper


    In a large pot, brown your ground beef with the chopped onions.  



     Parboil your potatoes.  Parboiling is just partially cooking your potatoes.  To parboil them, just peel the potatoes and dice them into bite-sized chunks.  Fill a pot with water and add the potatoes.  Bring them to a light boil.  Boil the chunks for 8 minutes.  After 8 minutes, turn off the heat and remove the potatoes from the pot and add them in with the cooked hamburger meat.  

     The next part is easy.  Put all of the rest of the ingredients into the pot, stir and turn on the heat to medium-high.  

  

    Cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Serve.  I like mine with homemade skillet corn bread


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Monday, November 27, 2017

Perfect Salisbury Steak Recipe

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     In a recent post, I taught you how to freeze hamburger patties for future use.  Besides just making hamburgers, I also use the frozen patties to make Salisbury Steak.  It is a super easy meal to prepare and tastes delicious.  It is one of Bub's favorite meals.  In fact, no matter where we go out to eat, if they have Salisbury steak on the menu, he is going to order it.  He raved on and on about how good these were and swore that they were the BEST Salisbury steaks he has EVER eaten.  

Salisbury Steak

1 1/2 cans of milk (use the empty cream of mushroom soup can)
2 sm. cans cream of mushroom soup
1 beef bouillon
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

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    Place a large skillet on the stove.  Sear the frozen burgers on each side. You do not need to thaw the patties first.  Sear them while they are still frozen.  Also, you are not cooking them all the way through.  You are just searing each side.  Once seared, remove and place on a plate and set aside.  

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     Whisk together the soups, milk, Worcestershire sauce, bouillon cube, salt, pepper and onions.  Whisk it as you cook it and bring it to a boil, then turn the heat to low and simmer it  for about 5 minutes.  
    
     Now, take the seared patties and put them into the gravy.  Cover the pan with a lid and simmer on low for 20 minutes.  Remove from the heat and serve.

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     These are great served over rice or mashed potatoes.  

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Honey Bun Cake

     This is a super easy cake to make and when it is done, it tastes like a giant honey bun.  It is super moist and swirled with cinnamon and sugar.  Everyone who has tasted it tells me how much they love it.  It never fails to please.

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     For the cake: 
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
    
  For the icing:
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

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    Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a 9"x13" cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.

     Mix together the cake mix, sour cream and oil.  Set aside.  In another bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Stir well and set aside.

     Pour half the cake batter into the cake pan.  Take half of the brown mixture and cover the batter with it.  Pour in the rest of the cake batter and sprinkle on the rest of the brown sugar mixture.  Use a butter knife to swirl the batter around.  Bake for 47 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  

      As the cake bakes, prepare the icing by mixing all the ingredients together.  As soon as the cake is removed from the oven, pour the icing on top.  

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thanksgiving Recipes for the Perfect Holiday Meal

    Here is a great list of ideas and recipes so you can plan the PERFECT Thanksgiving meal.  You can find recipes from appetizers-to-desserts.  Traditional recipes and some exotic recipes...they all can be found here in one great location!!!

Appetizers:

    Pickle Sushi:     I know this may sound weird or gross but trust me on this.  It is delicious and almost addicting.  It the perfect snack.  It is salty.  It is cheesy.  It's a bit sour.  All the good stuff, all rolled up into one.  It truly is the most addictive snack and one in which you never even knew you wanted.

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Italian Cannolis:    I had never TRIED a cannoli before in my life.  I found out that they are super easy to make so I decided to have a go at it.  Wow, I had been missing out because they are so delicious and super simple to make. 

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Italian Cannoli

Beverage:

Sparkling Pineapple Punch:       Pineapple is a great fruit.  It is sweet with just a bit of tanginess to it....pineapples are just great.  We like to slice them up and enjoy the fruit fresh but we also like pineapple juice in beverages.  For instance, this Sparkling Pineapple Punch!


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Sparkling Pineapple Punch

Bread:  

One Hour Homemade Bread:    I remember growing up and watching my mother bake bread.  She didn't do it very often but when she did, the whole house smelled great.  One reason she did not bake bread often (I assume) is because it was a LOT of work.  I remember her kneading the dough, letting it rise for an hour, punching it down, letting it rise again, forming into loaves and rising again before she baked them.  Whew!  I'm tired just writing about it.  I make bread at least 4 times a week at my home (usually 5-6 times).    I can make a 2 loaves of bread--from start to finish--in one hour.  Yep, you heard me and you can too.


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Homemade Bread

Main Dish:

 Turkey:    With the holidays coming up, I thought I would tell you a simple way to cook a turkey breast in the crock-pot.  This is a great time of year to pick up turkey breasts for a great price and here is a quick and easy way to cook them.


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Turkey cooked in a crock pot

Side Dishes:

Homemade Country Corn Bread Dressing:   This is my cornbread dressing recipe that I have been making for many, many years.  When I go to potluck dinners, this is one of the dishes they always request I bring.  It is similar to many others out there but each one is tweaked just a bit different.  This is mine.  I hope you enjoy.


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Honey Glazed Carrots:  These honey glazed carrots are so delicious.  I made 2 pounds to go with our supper and my family of four at them all.  Not even one carrot coin was left over...they are THAT good.

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Honey Glazed Carrots

Pumpkin flavored Mac and cheese:  My husband and teenage son loves pumpkin anything any time of the year and most people love mac & cheese, so why not combine the them?  It may sound weird but they really do go together to make a really savory dish.  Not only is pumpkin yummy tasting but adding it to foods boost the fiber and vitamin content.  This mac & cheese is very creamy and filling. 


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Au Gratin Potatoes:   I love my au gratin potato recipe mainly because it gives me a chance to use some of mydehydrated potatoes. 


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Au Gratin Potatoes

Desserts: 

Pumpkin Sheet Cake:    This Pumpkin Sheet Cake is super moist and is packed with yummy pumpkin goodness that is topped with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting that is simply divine!  This cake is right up my husband's alley.  If you could smell this cake right now, y'all would be begging for a slice!  Oh, by the way, did I mention that it takes less than one hour, start-to-finish, to make?!  It's true!

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Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Pumpkin Supreme Pie:  Our family loves this pie.  I try to make it when we are having special company over for dinner or on Thanksgiving but my family would love to have this at least once a week.  It is a perfectpumpkin pie but elevated to a whole new level. It looks lovely and tastes delicious!


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Pumpkin Supreme Pie


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