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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Basil Butter

This butter is great on just about everything! Breads, vegetables, rice or pasta, but it's awesome on pork chops or steaks right after that last flip on the grill. Add a pat of this butter directly on the meat on the grill. Let it melt and soak into the meat! Yummy!

½ cup butter, softened
¼ cup finely chopped fresh sweet basil and purple basil *
1 large garlic clove, finely minced
½ teaspoon lemon pepper

Mix together well.
Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Makes ½ cup.

*You can use sweet basil alone. I used both, because I have both in my garden.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fruit "Cake"

The hubby and I made this whimsical Birthday "Cake" for a friend. Her daughter contacted me and told me that her Mom really didn't care all that much for cake, so could I make her a cake out of fruit. She sent me a picture as a reference, to let me know what she was looking for in a fruit cake. It also had to be sturdy enough to make the trip to the beach where they are vacationing! The hubby and I went through image after image trying to find just the right designs to make the cake special... after all this lady shares the same name as my Mama... Judy! So, she's pretty special to me anyway! Love you, Judy! I hope your birthday was as special as you are! Have a great time at the beach with your family!!! Have fun and Safe travels!

Happy Birthday Judy !!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Judy's Ice Cream Base and 4 Flavor Options

Mama was famous for her Ice Cream Socials! She would invite everyone over to the pool for a swim, while 5 different churns were whirling away inside the pool house! (For course, there was also a pitcher of her poolside lemonade on hand in the freezer!) Mama's Ice Creams were simple, but tasted better than any ice cream shop in the world. Her favorite was Strawberry! She started with a standard base.

Ice Cream Base

6 Eggs
2 cups Sugar
2 quarts Milk

Bring to boil, cool and put in a churn or your freezer device.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

4 cups Ice Cream Base
8oz Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup Sugar
1 pint Strawberries, stemmed and diced
1/4 cup Sugar
1/2 Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 T sugar
1 tsp butter, melted

Combine the strawberries and 1/4 sugar and set aside. Pour the base in a 13x9 casserole dish and freeze. Meanwhile, in a mixer, blend the cream cheese and 1/4 to 1/2 of sugar, to taste, until cream and combined. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the frozen ice cream base and top with strawberry mixture, juice and all. Return to the freezer to set. Combine the remaining crackers, sugar and butter, and sprinkle over the top. Freeze until firm.

Whopper Ice Cream

2 cups Ice Cream Base
1/2 Chocolate Malted Milk Powder
Whopper Malted Milk Balls, crushed

Mix and freeze. Once frozen, cover the top with crushed Whopper candies.

Almond Joy (pictures coming soon!)

2 cups Ice Cream Base
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Mix and freeze. Once frozen, cover the top with slivered almonds.

Samoa (like the Girl Scout Cookies) Pictures coming soon!

2 cups Ice Cream Base
2 teaspoons coconut extract
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup 
2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping

Mix and freeze. Once frozen, cover the top with toasted coconut.

Orange Pineapple was a HUGE favorite of all my Mama's Ice Cram Flavors!

Add to full base recipe: 1 bottle of Orange Crush (At that time, that would have been a one liter bottle.)
1 can of crushed Pineapple.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Mexican Pizza

1 pound Ground Beef
1 package Taco Seasoning
4 Flour Tortillas
1 can Refried Beans
Taco Sauce
Shredded Colby~Jack Cheese

Possible Toppings... Lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole and/or scallions

Brown hamburger, drain and season with your favorite taco seasoning. (Follow the package direction.)
Spread all 4 of the tortillas with refried beans.
On two tortillas spread half of the meat mixture.
Drizzle with 2 T of taco sauce.
Top with cheese.
Add a second layer with the other tortillas and repeat layering meat, sauce and cheese.
Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees or until cheese is melted and starting to get golden brown.
Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Canned Goods for Sale!

I have 9 different varieties of canned goods for sale:
3 varieties of Pickles
2 varieties of relish
3 varieties of BBQ Sauce
1 type of Jam (I'll be adding another jam when my figs ripen)

If you are interested, choose the varieties you would like to purchase from the drop-down list above the "Buy Now" button. I use the USPS's medium flat rate boxes, and their shipping is $12. I can fit up to 5, maybe 6 jars in each box. When you order, there is nothing to join or sign up, and your information is secure! Thanks!

Minimum Order of 2 Jars for Shipping

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Red Onion Jam

My Mama loved Pepper Jelly! I remember her having the green jelly in the little jars. She would get Ritz Crackers and smear them with cream cheese and Pepper Jelly! I bet she would have eaten this stuff up!!!

4 cups Red Onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1 pkg (1.75 oz) fruit pectin
1/2 teaspoon dried Basil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon oil
4 cups sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed

In a large pot, combine all ingredients EXCEPT the sugars. Bring to a rolling boil. Add sugars. Stirring constantly, bring to a rolling boil again and boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and skim off any foam that may have formed. Spoon jam into heat resistant jars and cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator.

If you don't have the pectin, bowl the mixture until it reaches 225 degrees F.
You can also use a water bath and can the jam to store it in your pantry!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ally's Kitchen~A Passport for Adventurous Palates

I am happy to announce the release of my friend Ally's cookbook, Ally's Kitchen~A Passport for Adventurous Palates! It is an amazing culinary road trip for all who love food, family and adventure! Believe me, this cookbook is not for the bland of heart! We are talking a bold bohemian rhapsody of flavors and passion for foods!

Scroll to the bottom to enter to win a copy!!!

I enjoyed reading about Ally's childhood, her adventure in retracing her steps and her recollections of the family and foods that "reflect the legacy and heritage of her homeland." Beautifully written and excellently photographed, it is so full of bold, colorful food that you can almost smell the rich exotic aromas! 

My Own Mama~Bohemian Style!

I chose to honor Ally's book on my own Mama's birthday! A day when I reflect on the multitude of hours, days, years in the kitchen with the women who made me who I am today! Ally's style and stories remind me of the summer's we spent with family on the water's of Mitchum Creek in Topping Virginia.
"We would get up early in the morning, pack a lunch, and go fishing. I loved fishing with Uncle Perry. (Helping gather bait... watching the crabs in the bucket blowing bubbles... watching Daddy on the front of the boat trying to scoop up the peelers on top of the water with the dip net... watching Uncle Perry cut up bait... Mama getting so tired from catching fish, but she wouldn’t quit. She’d just hook them then call Daddy to reel them in...) When we got in we would clean the fish and then get cleaned up ourselves. Usually, we kids could get in a good scavenger hunt before supper. Going through the crab boxes... pulling Periwinkles off the weeds by the water... playing on Uncle Perry’s boat... watching the hummingbirds from the porch... Grandmama having to walk so slow with the feeder because the hummingbirds would come to feed as soon as she opened the front door... Later that night we all came out on the porch to eat supper. In the usual family tradition, there was always mounds of food. Grandmama’s fried oyster fritters, fresh fried fish, fried chicken, Aunt Vashti’s pan fried squash, plates of tomatoes and cucumbers, biscuits and much, much more. And, of course, if Daddy had gotten a couple of peelers, we had soft shell crabs too! Uncle Perry was sitting at the head of the table, to my left. As usual we all over-ate. We sat for a rather long time talking about the day and the ones that got away."
~ Southern With A Twist

The recipe which I chose to make and tell you about is Croatian Potato Salad. (hrvatska krumpir salata) It's different from the potato salad of the South. There is no mayonnaise in this recipe! It's an oil and vinegar style dressing with lots of spices and herbs. I topped it off with some fresh Purple Basil and Sweet Basil as a garnish! Absolutely Delicious! 

Don't forget to enter to win a copy of Ally's Cookbook! Scroll down to the bottom of the post and enter!

Ally's cookbook was released in bookstores on May 12th. It can also be ordered online at:
Ally's Kitchen website:

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