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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Chinese Takeout at home!


I had a craving for Chinese Takeout. I've made all these dishes separately, but I hadn't made them all at one time. So, I took on the task of all three at one time. SCORE!!! It was awesome, and no leftovers!

Egg Rolls (click here for the recipe)

These egg rolls are really pretty easy to do! I think the part about egg rolls that people think is intimidating is just the assembly... the rolling. It's more like folding them into an envelope shape. The most complicated part is rolling the wrappers and sealing them well, but that gets easy after you do it a couple of times! Don't work on the stack of wrappers while filling and rolling. Assemble each one separately to keep them from getting wet and sticking together. Keep your work space dry and neat. If you lay a wrapper down in water, the water turns to glue. The wrapper will tear when you try to pick it up or fold it. Give it a try! If you have kids, let them try too! It's a fun activity for everyone. I think it would make a great kitchen party with all the guests learning how you roll! LOL





Beef and Broccoli with Cauliflower Rice (click here)



Beef and Broccoli served over rice with a substitution of cauliflower rice for those on the New Year's Resolution diets is the casserole of the week! Comfort food doesn't have to be fattening or loaded with carbs! Cauliflower is a great substitution for carb loaded vegetables and starches. It has a neutral taste that blends well with any flavors it is teamed. Try using it in place of rice or mashed potatoes!



Mama's Tempura Batter for Sweet and Sour Chicken (click here)

Mama's Notes and tips: “Great for shrimp, fish, onion rings, mushrooms, eggplant, even fried green tomatoes!”
Use cold water to prepare the batter. Chilled light beer or Club soda can be substituted. For best results keep the batter cold by placing the tempura batter on ice.


Mama's Red Sauce (click here)
I got this recipe from my Mama's recipe file and modified it a little. When I made it, I realized it tastes just like the Chinese Restaurant's Red Sauce! I had been trying to duplicate that sauce for years because that's the main reason the hubby eats Chinese Food! LOL Stumbling on to this recipe was a real find! Mama called this Hawaiian Sauce!





Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Valentine's Day Sale

Valentine's Day Goodies for sale! I think there's a theme here. LOL

Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cheesecake
Red Velvet Truffles
Cherry Delight
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
Chocolate Caramel Brownies
Macaroons with Chocolate Drizzle
Red Velvet Swirl Bites... and more.

Email me at southernwithatwist97@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing any of these Valentine's Day goodies! They can be shipped anywhere in the United States for reasonable shipping costs.













Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mama's Cookbook (ebook) Special Sale to start the New Year!

As a treat to all my followers, I am having a Special Sale with an amazing discounted price to start the New Year. All this month, I will be offering my cookbook, "Mama's Cookbook" for sale as an ebook. It is a PDF file that includes many bonus links to recipes. You can print a single recipe from the file or print your own copy of the book. It has many pictures and extra stories behinds the recipes. Just leave your email address where prompted when you pay for your copy, and it will be emailed to you. From there, you can download the file and have a great cookbook as a resource to over 100 recipes for only $1.99! Just click the "Buy Now" button below!


***Also! You do NOT have to have a PayPal account. You can use any debit or credit card to make your purchase!***





























Thursday, December 28, 2017

Baked Fish with Meyer Lemons



This recipe is wonderful! Even kids will love this flavor. I don't like a strong fishy taste, so this is perfect! It's a quick recipe to put together, leaving time for family and friends while it bakes... and it smells heavenly! You don't have to worry about the smell of fish filling your house!

2 fish fillets per person
Talapia, Bass, Catfish or Whitefish (all white meat fish will work)

Flour
Salt & Pepper, to taste
2 yellow onions, sliced
2 Meyer Lemons, sliced thin
1 bottle Zesty Italian or Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the Flour, Salt & Pepper and dredge the fish. Place them in a shallow baking dish so they fit snug. Place lemon slices on the fish, then sprinkle with onions. Pour dressing over the fish (use about 1 cup of dressing). You can add your favorite spice such as dill, basil or garlic to the dressing if you like... just taste it and adjust the flavor. The flour will bake with the dressing and thicken into a wonderful sauce! Bake fish uncovered for about 30 - 45 minutes or until fish is firm and flaky.

Top with lemon slices and bake!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Roasted Vegetables with Meyer Lemons


Last March, I won a Meyer Lemon Tree in a giveaway sponsored by Simply Citrus Nursery, and it has been an adventure! The lemons are finally ripening, and I am having a blast with all the possibilities! Find the giveaway story in the link above.

Beautiful Meyer Lemons, and they taste delicious!

I decided to start with what I had on hand. I love roasting and caramelizing vegetables in the oven, especially root vegetables! I had carrots, potatoes and onions on hand so I threw in some lemon juice and lemon slices. OMGoodness!!! We already ate one lemon by itself, but roasting the slices and eating them rind, pith and all was more than delicious! My mouth is watering as I think about it!

Roasted Vegetables with Meyer Lemons

Carrots, peeled and sliced into sticks about 2-3 inches
Potatoes, peeled and cubed
Onion sliced thick
2 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 tablespoons red wine vinegar, to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
Dash of pepper
Dried basil, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degree F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium sized bowl add carrots, potatoes and onion.




In a small bowl, add the vinegar, lemon, salt, pepper and olive oil. Whisk until combined.
Pour the vinegar mixture over top of the vegetables. Toss until well coated then pour them onto the cookie sheet.




Place in oven and roast for about 30 to 45 minutes until golden brown and caramelized. I like a good bit of color on my roasted vegetables, as you can see. Remove from oven. Transfer to a bowl. Serve warm.



Served on a pretty platter.
It tastes better than it looks, if that is possible!








Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Homemade Pretzel Bites

I was looking for some easy recipes for baked goods. I've always said that I'm not a baker. I do bake, but it's not my specialty. I ran across a recipe for pretzel bites from King Arthur Flour. The instructions seemed a little daunting, but they are really easy when you understand the steps. I wasn't aware that boiling the dough for about 30 seconds was the way they achieve their golden brown color. I really had fun with this recipe. It's easy and really a quick recipe!  Pretty good for my first time, I think.

I love pretzels!

 The dough came together quickly
and needed no adjustments.

I let the dough rest for 30 minutes,
while I prepared the water bath. 
I had to work quick with the boiling water process,
so I didn't get a picture.

Sprinkled with Kosher Salt and then
baked at 400 degrees for 18 minutes.

 They are crunchy on the outside,
and soft on the inside. Delicious!

Pretzel Bites

Dough:
3 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon soft unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 cup water
Water Bath:
1 1/2 to 2 quarts water
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup baking soda

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) a large baking sheet.

Mix and knead the dough ingredients together. Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, prepare the water bath. Combine the water, salt, and baking soda in a saucepan. The water should fill the pan at least 1 1/4" deep.

Punch down the dough on a lightly greased work surface, then divide it into 24 pieces. Cover and bring water bath to a boil.

Drop the pretzel bites, about six at a time, into the water bath. Cook for 30 seconds, then return them to the baking sheet using a slotted spoon or spider, and sprinkle with salt.

Bake the pretzel bites for 18 to 22 minutes, until they're a deep golden brown. Remove the pretzel bites from the oven, and serve with your favorite mustard, honey mustard or cheese sauce.








Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mama's Cookbook (ebook) on sale!

All this month, I will be offering my cookbook, "Mama's Cookbook" for sale as an ebook. It is a PDF file that includes many bonus links to recipes. You can print a single recipe from the file or print your own copy of the book. It has many pictures and extra stories behinds the recipes. Just leave your email address where prompted when you pay for your copy, and it will be emailed to you. From there, you can download the file and have a great cookbook as a resource to over 100 recipes for only $4.99! Just click the "Buy Now" button below!


***Also! You do NOT have to have a PayPal account. You can use any debit or credit card to make your purchase!***