Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sugar and Cinnamon Candied Pecans

These candied pecans remind me of Christmas! They smell awesome and taste delicious! Just a word of caution, they are addictive! We eat them by the handful!

½ sugar
¼ butter
¼ light corn syrup
½ tsp cinnamon
3 cups pecans

Whisk sugar and cinnamon together in a medium sauce pan. Bring sugar mixture, butter, and corn syrup to a boil. Place pecans in a grease 13X9 dish, pour sugar mixture over them and stir. Bake at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Cheeseburger Pie and a South Your Mouth Cookbook Giveaway

My friend Mandy at South Your Mouth has some awesome recipes! I've made many of her dishes, and all of them have turned out delicious. As a matter of fact, she has compiled them in her cookbook, "South Your Mouth: Tried & True Southern Recipes", and I'm giving away a copy! It's easy to enter! Go to the link below and enter to get wonderful recipe like the one I've linked in the picture... Cheeseburger Pie! This cookbook is a great guide for the beginner or anyone wanting some good ole comfort food!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Homemade Beef Jerky

This first time I made this was for Christmas gifts for the guys to take hunting... In turn, they brought me venison to make them some more! LOL  It must have been pretty good! I like making it in the oven better than a dehydrator. Basically, you put it in the oven and walk away... Your nose will remind you it's in the oven!

2 1/2 pounds lean round steak
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons liquid smoke
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon black powder

Place the meat in the freezer for a couple of hours to make it hard and easier to cut into thin strips. Cut long narrow strips about 1/8” thick.
For the marinade, combine the remaining ingredients in a gallon plastic bag. Add meat slices to the bag, seal and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Remove meat from the bag and drain. Line a cookie sheet with foil and place wire racks on top. Place meat slices on the racks, leaving a little space in between each slice.

Place racks in the oven and prop the door open with the handle of a wooden spoon. This will allow the air to circulate. Bake for 6-8 hours. 

The meat will lose about half its weight and will be dark brown. It will be dry to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Store in an air tight container. 

This recipe makes about a pound of jerky. :-)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pies

These pies are a favorite at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The name sounds strange, but it's just a pumpkin cheesecake in a pie crust.

2 - 8oz packages Cream Cheese
2 Eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cups Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
12oz Pumpkin

2 Homemade Pies Crusts, uncooked

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and mix until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Pour into the two pie crusts. Bake 35-45 minutes or until set.

Mama's Macaroni and Cheese

There were certain dishes that my Mama made especially for her Daddy for Sunday Dinners. The most requested was her Chicken and Dumplin's, but the runner up was her wonderful Ole Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese! This one will be on my Thanksgiving table this year for sure!

1 cup Macaroni, uncooked
2 Eggs, beaten
2 cups, Milk
½ pound, Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Salt & Pepper
2 T Butter

Cook macaroni, drain. Combine eggs and milk in a large bowl. Stir in macaroni, cheese and seasonings. Spoon mixture into a casserole dish that has been sprayed with oil. Dot with butter and bake at 325 degrees for 40 to 60 minutes or until set. You can try the knife method. Stick a knife in the center. It should come out clean. Mainly just check that it's not watery. (I use the giggle method. I shake the pan gently, and if it barely moves in the center, it's done... If it's set hard and doesn't move, it's over-done and hard. It takes a while to get this method down, but after you've made as many as I have, you can just look and tell!)

Note: Add a little extra cheese on top, if you like the ‘Crunchy Cheese Top’.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Big Hunk of a Sandwich!

No matter what you call it... Sandwich, Submarine, Hero, etc., it's a big ole hunk of a sandwich!


Red Onion strings
Oil & Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Basil, Oregano and Garlic
French Bread, or any other large bread hollowed out

No matter what you call it, we called it supper tonight! :-)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pizza Monkey Bread

Pull-apart bread, which we call Monkey Bread, is perfect for parties, showers or just a great supper. They can be sweet or savory. This one is made with pepperoni and cheeses, but you can add anything you want to it. There are no limits to the combinations that you can make. I made this one very simply using Krusteaz Garlic and Onion Flatbread mix. I highly recommend it. It was delicious in this recipe!

Pizza dough or canned biscuit dough
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 tbsp. basil leaves
1/2 tsp. fresh minced garlic
1/3 cup olive or vegetable oil
1 (8 oz.) package of mini pepperoni
1 cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray pan well.

Cut pizza dough or biscuits into small pieces.

Add all the ingredients in a bowl, except the dough and toss. Add the dough pieces a few at the time and toss so that the oil is spread evenly on each piece of dough. If you add them all at once, they stick together and just make a huge ball... I found that out the hard way! LOL

Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center is cooked. If the middle is still not cooked thoroughly, leave it in the oven for another 5 minutes at a time until it’s done. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve with marinara, pizza or spaghetti sauce for dipping.