Sunday, November 22, 2015





I just made my cornbread early for the dressing.  It does better when it is stale.  I added bacon, garlic and jalapeno!  I sauteed the bacon, and then at the end, threw in the jalapenos and the garlic.  Made my cornbread batter on the side with buttermilk and eggs and melted butter.  Dumped it right on top of the bacon mixture in my iron skillet.  Baked at 450 for about 25 minutes.  Perfection!

Here is the recipe for the cornbread:
Skillet Cornbread

1/2 lb. bacon
2 tablespoons minced garlic
4 jalapenos seeded and diced
3 cups cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons of salt
1.2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups buttermilk
2 eggs slightly beaten
10 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 450

Brown chopped bacon in a cast iron skillet.  Add the garlic and jalapeno and saute until soft.


In a bowl, mix the cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper and mix it up real good.  in another bowl mix the buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter.  Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  Make sure you stir from the bottom so you don't have dry patches in the batter.  Dump this right into the iron skillet.  Bake for 25 minutes and it is golden brown on the top.  I doubled my recipe because everyone really likes Chicken and Cornbread dressing, and I am serving 16 this year.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I'm BACK!!!!

Thanksgiving always brings out my cooking bug.  I'm back to share some past recipes and to share some new ones!  I just got back from New Orleans, so there will probably be a bit of a Cajun flair!  Get, ready! Here we go again!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fried Green Tomato With Spicy Crawfish & a Charred Tomato Lemon Butter



  


This is a dish that we had at Walker's Drive In in Jackson, Mississippi this weekend while attending the Zippity Doo Dah Weekend.  I have tried to recreate it and hope this fits the bill.  I swear the whole table was licking the plate!  I will dedicate this to all of the Vietnam Veteran's.

My Adaptation of Walker’s Drive In
Fried Green Tomatoes with Spicy Crawfish in a Charred Tomato Lemon Butter

Charred Tomato Lemon Butter



Ingredients:

  • 2 each Roma Tomatoes
  • ½ cup White Wine
  • ½ tbsp. Chopped Shallots
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 8 oz. Cold cubed Butter
  • Olive Oil

Directions:

1. Cut tomatoes in half and lightly brush with oil. Place on hot grill for several minutes turning several times until slightly charred then remove from grill.

2. In a 2-quart sauce pan, add white wine, lemon juice, shallots and coarsely chop charred tomato at med-high heat.

3. Reduce by ¾’s, then add heavy cream and reduce by ½.

4. Remove from heat and slowly whip in butter season with salt.


Fried Green Tomatoes


Ingredients

  • 3 medium, firm green tomatoes
  • Salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning (optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil or other vegetable oil

Method

1 Cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle slices with salt. Let tomato slices stand for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, place in separate shallow bowls: the flour and Cajun seasoning (if using), buttermilk and egg, and bread crumbs and cornmeal.

2 Heat the peanut oil in a skillet on medium heat. Beat the egg and the buttermilk together. Dip tomato slices in the flour-seasoning mix, then buttermilk-egg mixture, then the cornmeal-bread crumb mix. In the skillet, fry half of the coated tomato slices at a time, for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown. Set the cooked tomatoes on paper towels to drain.


Sauteed Spicy Crawfish Tails



2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup minced onions

Salt and pepper
1 pound crawfish tails

Cayenne to taste





In a large saute pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and season with salt and pepper. Saute for 1 minute. Add the crawfish tails and season with cayenne. Continue to saute for 2 to 3 minutes

To Plate



Place a bed of spring mix on a plate.  Layer slices of fried green tomatoes.  Cover with sautéed crawfish.  Spoon sauce over the top of it all. 

Dang.  I need to make this NOW!!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Duck and Wild Rice Casserole
There is nothing better on a winter's eve than a duck casserole.  Nothing.  I'm going to give you my recipe and at the same time inject some humor to have you all "quacking up"!  This is really very easy but tell everyone that you slaved all day.  I'll give you a list of ingredients first, and then we'll proceed to waddle over to the kitchen and stir this up.
If you don't have any ducks flying over your house, or you are just a bad shot, go to the store and get:

1 large duck
3 stalks of celery
1 onion
1 package long grain and wild rice 6 oz.
a buttload of wild mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1.2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups half and half
chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup slivered almonds
salt
pepper
Stick Daffy in a pot and cover with water. Add the stalks of celery roughly chopped, 1 onion cut in quarters, salt and pepper.  Simmer a little over an hour until Daffy is tender.  Remove him from the pot, let him cool down and then remove the meat off the bone, cut into chunks and set aside.  I always strain my stock and save it for other recipes. Cook the rice according to the package but use duck stock instead of water.  Saute the 1/2 cup of onion and the mushrooms in the butter.  I hope you actually bought a buttload.  You may have to add a bit more butter.  Add the flour and stir until smooth.  Gradually stir in some more duck stock until it is thickened and bubbly.  Mix in your duck, rice, half and half and parsley.  Dump it all into a greased 2 qt. casserole dish.  Sprinkle almonds on top.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Uncover it and bake 10 more minutes.  By now all of your neighbors will be smelling this and beating a path to your door.  Maybe you should have made 2!  Serve with a nice Pinot Noir a simple salad and put on Looney Tunes.
You are going to LOVE this!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Not The Same Old Same Old Stuffed Pepper


I have been missing comfort food from the past.  I used to make stuffed peppers, but need to kick it up a notch.  So, I scanned the net, and found one from Robert Irvine that sounded interesting.  It was a vegetarian version though, and I wanted MEAT in mine.  So this is what I did.......

New and Improved Stuffed Peppers

6 green bell peppers, tops removed and seeded
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
1 white onion, diced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 teaspoons freshly chopped garlic
1 zucchini, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
2 cups cooked wild rice
1 (14-ounce can) tomatoes, drained
1 cup diced red and green peppers
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup fresh arugula or spinach
2 teaspoons freshly chopped tarragon leaves
Shredded Mozzarella
1/2 cup grated Parmesan, to finish 
 
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Wrap the peppers in aluminum foil, and bake in the oven until tender, but not falling apart, about 15 minutes.  If you are out of foil (like I was) put them in a dutch oven with a bit of water in the bottom, fit with a tight lid and bake for about 3 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add the beef and pork and brown. Then add the onions, mushrooms and garlic and saute until the mushrooms are golden brown. Add in the zucchini, yellow squash, wild rice, tomatoes, red and green peppers and continue to cook until the vegetables are tender. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste, and stir in the tomato paste. Remove from the heat and fold in the fresh arugula or spinach and the fresh herbs. Spoon the vegetable mixture into the cooled peppers. Transfer the peppers to a heat-proof serving dish and top with shredded mozzarella a little Parmesan. Bake until the peppers are heated through, about 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and serve.

Robin's Note: This can be served on a bed of fresh tomato sauce or on its own. Enjoy.
This made too much for just 6 peppers, so I froze what was left for another day.




Thursday, November 21, 2013

Let's Talk Cranberries!



One of the most traditional and delicious condiments to serve with the turkey are the cranberries!  Now, if you don't like cranberry sauce, then it is because you probably have slid it out of a can and onto a plate and whacked it up.  No. Thank. You.  

Let me give you a few ideas that are easy, delicious, and won't scare the crap out of everyone when it is brought to the table.

Cranberry Jalapeno Relish

Grab 2 medium oranges.  Peel them, section them, and roughly chop them up.  Put 1 half of them in a food processor.  Zest about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the peel.  This will give it a good orange kick in the pants.   Seed and chop 2 jalapeno peppers.  Put this in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped.  Add about a cup of sugar and pulse 3-4 more times.  Add 1 pound fresh cranberries and pulse until they are roughly chopped.  Adjust the seasoning adding more sugar if you need it.   Dump this in a bowl and add the remaining chopped orange.  Throw in a tablespoon of chopped mint leaves.  Chill for about 30 minutes.  You can make this 2 days ahead and it will have tons of flavor!   I love the texture of this and the sweet/hot thing going on!

Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

In a medium pot add 2 cups of cranberry juice, 1 6 ounce bag of sweetened dried cranberries, a cinnamon stick broken in half and a cup of sugar.   Bring it up to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.  Add 2 Gala apples, seeded, peeled, cored and diced.  Cook until the cranberries have softened and the apples are tender.  About 5 minutes.
Remove about 8 ounces of the liquid to a small bowl and whisk in 2 teaspoons of cornstarch.  Slowly add this cornstarch stuff to the cranberry mixture and keep stirring for 5 minutes.
Take it off of the stove and pour into a pretty serving bowl.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour and remove the cinnamon sticks.  
Put it on the table and watch it disappear.



Robin's Famous Creole Oyster Dressing



Robin's Famous Creole Oyster Dressing

Let's just say, that without this dressing Thanksgiving would not happen. Not at my house, anyway. This is the only request that my husband simply must have for Turkey Day. Even folks that don't like oysters LOVE this dressing! Now I am going to give you the recipe that would serve about 8 persons or 4 hungry Cajuns. Feel free to double or triple it! You won't be sorry!

Go to the store and get:

Cajun Seasoning
8 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped
1 red bell pepper chopped
2 tablespoons of minced shallots
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
2 lbs. shucked oysters coarsely chopped
2 qts. heavy cream (chill. It's Thanksgiving fer gawd's sakes)
2 tablespoons of hot sauce
6 to 8 cups of day old bread. Cubed and dried out. I like to use french baguettes.
1 dozen eggs slightly beaten
salt and coarsely ground black pepper
1 cup chopped green onions divided
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

In a large dutch oven heat up your olive oil. Add some Cajun seasoning to taste. add vegetables and cook 3-4 minutes or until they are wilted. Stir in the oysters and cook for about 2 minutes. Add some oyster liquor to this. Drink some regular liquor if you want. I don't care. Whisk in the cream, hot sauce, and a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Fold in the bread cubes and mix thoroughly. Remove from the heat and whisk in the eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in 1/2 cup of the green onions and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Pour the dressing into a pan and cover with foil. Bake for about 45 minutes covered and 15 uncovered in a 350 degree oven. Remove the dressing and let it sit for about 5 minutes, or until you get the other stuff heated up. Sprinkle the top with the rest of the green onions and cheese. Call me after dinner and thank me for this. ;)




Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Brownies for a Diabetic Diet.

OK Steve! You asked for it! This ought to satisfy any sweet tooth you may have! It can also be made gluten free, as you have choices! I got this from Diabetic Living Magazine and they sound SCRUMPTIOUS!!! Let me know how they turn out!



Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute blend* equivalent to 3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cold water
3/4 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour**
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil up over the edges of the pan. Lightly coat foil with nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat; remove from heat. Whisk in sugar and the water. Whisk in egg, oil, and vanilla until combined. Stir in 1 cup of the flour and the baking powder until combined. (Batter will be thin at this point.) Place peanut butter in a small bowl; gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of the batter until smooth. Set aside. In another small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup flour and the cocoa powder. Stir into the plain batter; stir in chocolate pieces. Pour chocolate batter into prepared pan.
Drop peanut butter batter in small mounds over chocolate batter in pan. Using a thin metal spatula, swirl batters together. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes* or until top springs back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Tip

*Sugar Substitutes: Choose from Splenda® Sugar Blend for Baking or Sun Crystals® Granulated Blend. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 3/4 cup sugar. Decrease baking time to 15 to 18 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
*Sugar Substitutes: PER BROWNIE WITH SUBSTITUTE: same as basic recipe, except 140 cal., 13 g carb.

Tip

**Flour Substitutes: Substitute 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, white whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, whole grain oat flour, whole grain corn flour, white bean flour, or soy flour for 3/4 cup of the all-purpose flour. Or, substitute 1/2 cup full-fat almond flour for 1/2 cup of the all-purpose flour. Or, substitute 1 1/4 cups gluten-free baking mix*** or 1 1/4 cups hi-maize high-fiber flour (King Arthur product) for all of the all-purpose flour. If using two flours, stir them together before using in the recipe.
**Flour Substitutes: PER BROWNIE WITH WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR OR WHITE WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR: same as basic recipe, except 149 cal., 1 g fiber.
**Flour Substitutes: PER BROWNIE WITH WHOLE WHEAT PASTRY FLOUR: same as basic recipe, except 145 cal., 60 mg sodium, 16 g carb., 1 g fiber.
**Flour Substitutes: PER BROWNIE WITH WHOLE GRAIN OAT FLOUR: same as basic recipe, except 152 cal., 60 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 4 g pro.
**Flour Substitutes: PER BROWNIE WITH WHOLE GRAIN CORN FLOUR: same as basic recipe, except 150 cal., 1 g fiber.
**Flour Substitutes: PER BROWNIE WITH WHITE BEAN FLOUR: same as basic recipe, except 150 cal., 60 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 4 g pro.
**Flour Substitutes: PER BROWNIE WITH SOY FLOUR: same as basic recipe, except 152 cal., 9 g total fat, 60 mg sodium, 15 g carb., 1 g fiber, 4 g pro.
**Flour Substitutes: PER BROWNIE WITH FULL-FAT ALMOND FLOUR: same as basic recipe, except 156 cal., 9 g total fat, 16 g carb., 1 g fiber, 4 g pro.
**Flour Substitutes: PER BROWNIE WITH GLUTEN-FREE BAKING MIX: same as basic recipe, except 148 cal., 8 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 60 mg sodium, 1 g fiber.
**Flour Substitutes: PER BROWNIE WITH HIGH-MAIZE HIGH-FIBER FLOUR: same as basic recipe, except 145 cal., 8 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 60 mg sodium, 1 g fiber.

Tip

***Test Kitchen Tip: If using the gluten-free baking mix, increase water to 1/2 cup.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
PER SERVING: 151 cal., 8 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 6 mg chol., 61 mg sodium, 17 g carb. (10 g sugars), 3 g pro.
Diabetic Exchanges
Fat (d.e): 1.5; Other Carb (d.e): 1;

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo for a Diabetic Diet

Steve Booth! This is for you! I grabbed it from Diabetic Living Magazine. Enjoy! This is great in a crock pot and just make the brown rice right before you are ready to eat!


Ingredients

1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 14 - ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast or turkey breast (10 ounces)
8 ounces smoked turkey sausage links, quartered lengthwise and sliced
2 cups sliced fresh okra or one 10-ounce package frozen cut okra, partially thawed
1 cup water
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
1 cup coarsely chopped red or green sweet pepper
1/2 cup sliced celery
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups hot cooked brown rice

Directions

For roux: In a heavy medium saucepan, cook flour over medium heat about 6 minutes or until brown, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Gradually stir broth into flour. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
Pour thickened flour mixture into a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add chicken, sausage, okra, the water, onion, sweet pepper, celery, garlic, thyme, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Skim off fat. Serve gumbo over hot cooked brown rice. Makes 8 (3/4-cup) servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Servings Per Recipe: 8
PER SERVING: 230 cal., 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 48 mg chol., 425 mg sodium, 27 g carb. (3 g fiber), 19 g pro.

Mayor's Crack PeaMeal Bacon Sandwich

In honor of the crack smoking mayor of the City of Toronto, I'm going post a Toronto favorite. With a twist.

Now whether you smoke the crack, or show your crack, this would be the perfect sammich in honor of the fair Mayor Rob Ford. Bottom line is you need to be EXTREMELY drunk like Mr. Ford before you attempt this. After all, he NEVER smoked crack unless he was drunker that Cooter Brown.

OK....go to the store and get this.

8 slices of rye bread or a bun.

1 tablespoon honey Dijon mustard (15 ml)

2 tablespoons butter, softened (30 ml)

12 ½ ounce slices of peameal bacon ( or just roll some bacon in corn meal)

4 tablespoons maple syrup (60 ml)

1 teaspoon lemon juice (5 ml)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil (15 ml)

4 1 ounce slices of sharp 5 year-old cheddar cheese. Stinkier the better.

Now take a huge swig of the libation of your choice. If you are SHOWING your crack, lower those pants just a bit.

1. In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add peameal bacon slices and cook for ½ minute on one side. Turn over and cook on the other side. Drink.

2. In a small bowl combine the maple syrup and lemon juice and add to cooking bacon. Turn slices over and allow each side to get caramelized. Allow the slices to cook until liquid evaporates. Remove from heat and set aside until needed. DRINK.

3. Butter 8 slices of rye bread. Lay slices of bread with buttered side down on a flat surface. Spread honey Dijon mustard on four of the slices. DRINK and call the tv cameras.

4. Top the four other slices with one slice of cheddar cheese and 3 slices of the maple glazed peameal bacon. Cover with other slice of bread, buttered side out. Drink, show your crack more, and let the media inside.

5. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Place two sandwiches and grill until golden brown and the cheese has melted. Stumble around and find more liquor, or crack. Your preference.

6. When cooked take sandwiches off the heat and rip in half. Eat. Drink. Show your crack.

You, too, can be famous like Mayor Rob Ford!