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Friday, December 31, 2010

Making Mama's Slaw: Pictures from tonight!

Craig helped me out tonight and took pictures while I made the slaw. I couldn't get my camera to work so he used his. Thanks Craig!
The ingredients...

Grate the Cabbage...

Grate the Carrots...

Done grating...

Too much slaw, not enough bowl...

Add S&P...


Lemon juice...


Mix with the utensils God gave you...

Taste for seasonings...

Adjust seasonings to taste...


Back to the pretty bowl!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Chicken Pot Pies... The photos from tonight's supper!

Add the filling... I used the 'Made from Scratch' recipe.

Add the batter... for that I used the 'Easy' recipe.

Top with melted butter and bake for about 30 minutes or until they look like these...


Chicken Pot Pie

I'll give you the option of doing the "old timey - made from scratch" version of the southern comfort food, or doing the easy short-cut version. With these recipes, you can use up leftovers... substitute ham, turkey or even roast beef for the chicken, and use up the veggie casseroles too. That adds another level to the creaminess of the gravy!

Old Timey Chicken Pot Pie

4 sheets frozen puff pastry
1 egg, beaten
4 chicken breast halves
Seasoned salt and pepper
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 quart heavy cream
1/4 cup chicken base
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 small yellow onion, minced
1 1/2 cups cooked, cubed potatoes
1 cup frozen green peas, cooked
1 cup chopped cooked carrots
Pinch fresh grated nutmeg, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut each sheet of frozen puff pastry into 1-inch strips, 8 inches long. On a large cookie sheet, weave strips into a lattice large enough to cover each pot pie. Brush beaten egg onto each lattice square. Bake for 5 minutes, or until dough has risen and turned light golden brown. Set aside until ready to assemble pies. Leave oven on at 350 degrees F.

Season chicken with seasoned salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute until cooked through. Remove from heat and cut into chunks.

In a large saucepan, melt butter and then slowly add flour, stirring until consistency of peanut butter, but not brown like a roux. Slowly add cream and keep stirring. Add chicken base, garlic, and onion and stir until thickened. Add peas, carrots, nutmeg, if using, and cut up chicken. Remove from heat. Fill 4 individual oven-proof bowls with chicken mixture and then top each with a pre-cooked lattice square. Bake for 5 minutes or until bubbly.

Easy Short-Cut Chicken Pot Pie

1 2/3 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup cooked chicken, cubed
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup Original Bisquick mix
1/2 cup milk
1 egg

Heat oven to 400ºF.
Mix vegetables, chicken and soup in ungreased glass pie plate, 9x1 1/4 inches.
Stir together remaining ingredients with fork until blended. Pour over vegetable mixture.
Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010

Over the last several years, our family has started the new tradition of Prime Rib on the grill... cooked by my father of course! Seasoned to perfection and grilled with a juicy glistening crust. It's so hard to wait on the "resting" time. Then Daddy carves that massive hunk of meat! The juices are so precious to our carnivorous crowd, that I pour the drippings into a gravy boat for all to share! A wide variety of toppings line the counter for the baked potatoes and also for the salads. Everyone has there plates, salads and a big ole glass of sweet iced tea! Time to say grace and dig in... after that all you can hear is the clinking and squeaking of forks and knives on the plates and the occasional, "Mmmm!" and "Ohhh, so good!" Other than that pure blissful silence! Merry Christmas to the family!!!

Daddy's Prime Rib on the Grill

Daddy... The Grill Master

Mmmmm... Need I say more???

I love these salad bowls!

Salad and Baked Potato Bar

Friday, December 24, 2010

Colonial Hot Buttered Rum

This is another OLD recipe! It's an authentic Colonial recipe. Tastes like a hot cinnamon roll...

2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 pinch salt
2 quarts hot water
3 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
2 cups rum
1 cup whipped cream
ground nutmeg to taste

Combine brown sugar, butter, salt and water in a 5 quarts slow cooker. Add cinnamon and cloves. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours. Stir in rum.
Ladle from slow cooker into mugs and top with whipped cream... dust with nutmeg.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Jimmy Dean Sausage Mini Quiches

1 (16 ounce) package Jimmy Dean Sausage, cooked, crumbled and drained
8 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk or water
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar, mozzarella or provolone cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
1 cup frozen Southern-style hash brown potatoes or diced, pre-baked red potatoes
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk or water, cheese, salt and pepper; set aside. Heat olive oil or butter in a large skillet; saute onions and vegetables until tender. Add vegetables and sausage to egg mixture; stir well.

Place 12 foil baking cups into cupcake pan. Distribute sausage and egg mixture evenly into baking cups. Bake for 22 minutes or until eggs are set. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with Parmesan if desired.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Almond Bark

1 Cup Whole blanched almonds
1 Tsp. Butter
1 Lb. White chocolate

This is a microwave recipe. Place almonds and butter in a 9−inch glass pie plate. Cook on high (max. power) 4 to 5 1/2 minutes, or until almonds are toasted, stirring twice during cooking. Set aside. Place chocolate in large microwave proof mixing bowl and cook on high (max. power) 2 1/2 to 3
minutes, or until softened. Stir in almonds and pour onto waxed paper lined
baking sheet. Spread to desired thickness and refrigerate until set. Break
into serving size pieces.

Almond Joy Bars

4 c (8 1/2−oz) shredded coconut
1/4 c Light corn syrup
1 pk (11 1/2−oz) milk chocolate pieces
1/4 c Vegetable shortening
26 Whole natural almonds (1−oz)

Line two large cookie sheets with waxed paper. Set large wire cooling rack
on paper; set aside.
Place coconut in large bowl; set aside.

Place corn syrup in a 1−cup glass measure. Microwave on high (100%) 1 minute
or until syrup boils. Immediately pour over coconut. Work warm syrup into
coconut using the back of a wooden spoon until coconut is thoroughly coated.

This takes a little time, and yes, there is enough syrup.
Using 1 level measuring tablespoon of coconut, shape into a ball by
squeezing coconut firmly in palm of one hand, then rolling between both
palms. (HINT: Measure out all of the coconut then roll into balls.) Place 2
inches apart on wire racks. Let dry 10 minutes. Reroll coconut balls so
there are no loose ends of coconut sticking up.
Place milk chocolate and shortening in a 4−cup glass measure or 1 1/2 quart
microwave−safe bowl. Microwave on high 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture can
be stirred smooth and is glossy; stirring once or twice.

Working quickly, spoon 1 level measuring tablespoon of the chocolate
over each coconut ball, making sure chocolate coats and letting excess
chocolate drip down onto waxed paper. While chocolate coating is still soft,
lightly press whole almond on top of each. Let stand to set or place
in refrigerator. Store in a single layer in airtight container.
Keeps best if refrigerated. Makes 26.

Baby Ruth Bars

1 1/3 cups margarine
2 cups brown sugar
1/3 cup white corn syrup
8 cups oatmeal
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter

Melt margarine. Add brown sugar, syrup, peanut butter,
oatmeal and vanilla. Put in 9x13 cake pan.
Bake 350 for about 15 minutes.


6 oz. package. chocolate chips
1/2 6 oz. package butterscotch chips
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup chopped nuts/peanuts

Melt together and spread on top. Cut into bars when cool.


1 Cup Peanut Butter
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water

Melted Milk Chocolate

Cook syrup, sugar, and water to 310 F. Remove from heat.
Stir in warmed peanut butter (warm slightly in microwave)
until well blended. Pour into a greased (buttered) 8" X 8" pan.
Score mixture into desired size bars.
When COMPLETELY cool, dip in melted milk chocolate
(use a double boiler to SLOWLY melt) and set on wax paper
until chocolate has hardened.

Goo Goo Clusters

1 large bag miniature marshmallows
1 bag chocolate chips
2 cups dry roasted peanuts
1 can Eagle Brand milk
2 tsp. butter

Melt chocolate chips in pan with Eagle Brand milk.
While this is heating, mix marshmallows and peanuts in a large
bowl. Pour melted mixture over nuts and marshmallows. Mix
together. Pour in buttered pan. Chill 2 hours and cut.

Kit Kat Bars

Ritz Crackers
1 1/2 cups graham crackers, crushed
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup milk
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter

Put graham crackers, brown sugar, white sugar, butter and
milk into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.
Put a layer of crackers in a 9x13 inch pan and pour 1/2 of
the mixture over it. Put another layer of crackers and pour
the remaining mixture. Add one last row of crackers.
Melt, over low heat, the butterscotch chips, chocolate chips,
and peanut butter. When melted, spread evenly over the top.
When cool, cut into desired bars or squares.

Old Fashioned Hard Candy

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light Karo syrup
1/2 cup water

Stir over low heat until dissolved. Turn heat to high.
Using a candy thermometer cook until temperature reads
310 F. REMOVE IMMEDIATELY and pour into an 8" greased
metal pan. After a few minutes check for firmness and
when you can cut and a top imprint holds, start cutting
with a knife one way in one inch sections, turn pan and make
one inch squares. Continuously cut squares, working fast,
until squares are almost cut through to the bottom. Turn
out into wax paper, and finish breaking by hand.

Flavorings and Colors (a few drops of food coloring)
1/4 tsp. peppermint oil − green
1/4 tsp. clove oil − yellow
1/4 tsp. cinnamon oil − red
1/4 tsp. lemon oil − yellow

Mix desired color and flavor in the beginning with sugar, syrup, and water.

Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle

2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups salted peanuts (or, try cashews for a unique flavor!)
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy 3−quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches the soft crack stage (285 degrees F.) on the candy thermometer. Add the peanuts and butter. Cook, stirring constantly, to the hard crack stage (300 degrees F.) on the candy thermometer. Remove from the heat. Rapidly stir in the baking soda and vanilla. (Mixture will foam up.) Turn the mixture onto 2 greased baking sheets. Spread out with a metal spatula as thin as possible. When the candy begins to set, loosen from the baking sheets. Turn the brittle over, then stretch and pull brittle as thin as possible using two forks. When completely cooled, break into pieces.

Snickers Candy Bar

1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups powdered sugar
35 individual Kraft caramels
1 cup dry−roasted unsalted peanuts
1 − 12 oz. bag milk−chocolate chips

With the mixer on high speed, combine the corn syrup, butter, vanilla,
peanut butter, and salt until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar.
When the mixture has the consistency of dough, remove it from the bowl
with your hands and press it into a lightly greased 9x9−inch pan. Put in
the refrigerator.
Melt the caramels in a small pan over low heat. When the caramel is
soft, mix in the peanuts. Pour the mixture over the refrigerated nougat
in the pan. Let this cool in the refrigerator.
When the refrigerated mixture is firm, melt the chocolate over low heat
in a double boiler or in a microwave oven set on high for 2 minutes.
Stir halfway through cooking time. When the mixture in the pan has
hardened, cut it into 2x1−inch sections. Set each chunk onto a fork
and dip into the melted chocolate. Tap the fork against the side of the
bowl or pan to knock off any excess chocolate. Then place the chunks on
waxed paper to cool at room temperature, or refrigerate for quicker cooling.

Twix Bars

35 individual Kraft caramels
1/4 cup water
1 box Nabisco Lorna Doone shortbread (about 40)
2 − 12 oz. bags milk chocolate chips

Combine the caramels with the water in a small pan and melt over
low heat. Place the shortbread cookies side by side on an ungreased
cookie sheet. Spoon a small amount of caramel onto each cookie.
Refrigerate cookies until the caramel is firm.
In the meantime, in a double boiler over low heat, melt the chocolate
chips. You may also use the microwave for melting the chocolate.
Just heat the chips for 1 minute on high, stir, then heat for
another minute.

Remove the cookies from the refrigerator. Rest each one on a fork and
dip it into the chocolate. Tap the fork on the side of the pan or bowl
to knock off any excess chocolate. Then place each one on a sheet
of waxed paper and let them cool at room temperature (65−70F).
This could take several hours, but the bars will set best this way.
If you want to speed up the process, put the candy in the
refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Wendy's Frosty

1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Nestle's Quik
3 cups Softened Vanilla ice cream, place in refrigerator for 1 hour

Blend Milk and Quik for 10 seconds on high speed.
"Pulse" in the ice cream until barely mixed.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Magic Reindeer Food

Put a layer of red colored sugar in a ziploc bag, then top with a layer of green colored sugar. Attach this note and give to your favorite boy or girl to insure that Santa's reindeer stop by Christmas night.

Magic Reindeer Food

Make a wish and close your eyes tight,
Then sprinkle it on your lawn tonight.
As Santa's reindeer fly & roam
This food will guide them to your home.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Chicken Supreme

Usually I make this casserole with cream of chicken soup and cream of mushroom... however, today I opened the pantry and my soups were gone! How can I run out of my cream soups??? It's called a 19 year old bottomless pit!!! But I digress... I basically made a gravy to substitute for the soup. Bechamel Sauce for you people who ain't familiar with the term gravy. :-)

8 oz medium egg noodles
8 chicken tenderloins (tenders)
1 cup milk + 2 cups water
2 chicken bouillon cubes
garlic powder
salt and pepper
2 cups cheddar cheese
1 sleeve ritz crackers
1 stick butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil noodles according to package directions and drain. In a medium sauce pan, cook tenders in oil until brown on both sides. Remove and put in a 13x9 pan. *In the sauce pan, add 3 tbsp of flour and 1 tbsp of butter to the oil and pan drippings. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the flour gets a little brown. Whisk in milk and water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Add bouillon cubes and seasonings. Add noodles and toss. Place on top of chicken. Top with cheese. Cook for 25 minutes or until cheese begins to brown good. Melt butter. Crush crackers and mix with butter.
Remove casserole from oven and top with cracker crumbs. Return to oven and cook 5 more minutes. Watch and don't let the crackers burn.

*You can omit the sauce part of the recipe and substitute a can of cream of mushroom, a can of cream of chicken and a can of water, but still add the seasonings!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sausage Gravy

1 lb. sausage
1 onion, diced
6 tbsp. flour
4 c. milk
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Saute sausage and onion together. Add flour and stir. Add milk. Stir. Cook until gravy has a smooth and thick consistency. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder. Serve over biscuits.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Chocolate Covered Caramels with Sea Salt

1 pkg. (14 oz.) caramels
5 squares semi-sweet chocolate, melted
1 tbsp. sea salt
Insert toothpick into caramel; dip in chocolate. Shake gently to remove excess chocolate. Place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Remove toothpick. Repeat with remaining caramels.
Sprinkle immediately with salt. Let stand at room temperature or store in refrigerator 30 min. or until chocolate is firm.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ice Box Fruit Cake

My Mama made this every Christmas! I can remember sneaking in the frig and cutting a sliver off. It is so rich all you need is a thin slice... so this 'cake' goes a long way!

1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers, crushed
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained and halved
2 cup chopped pecans

In a medium bowl, stir together the pecans, raisins, walnuts, cherries, condensed milk and vanilla wafers. Dough will be very thick, you will need to use your hands.

Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap and place dough inside. Refrigerate overnight or until the cake is set and all the milk is absorbed.

Eggnog Cake

1 (18.25 ounce) yellow cake mix
1 cup eggnog
3 eggs
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 cups 10X sugar
2 tbsp eggnog

In a mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Mix. Pour into a greased and floured 12-cup fluted tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; invert onto a wire rack. Remove from pan; cool completely.
Combine sugar and eggnog. You may need to add more eggnog to get it to the consistency you want. Spoon over cake.

Friday, December 3, 2010


If you love sweets, but you don't have a need for a big cake... try this simple one serving mug of cake. Around the holidays, some of us have to cook for 50 or 60 people. I'm cooking cakes, pies, candies and all kinds of goodies. Sometimes, however, we just want a little somethin' somethin'.

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Baked Flounder Stuffed With Crabmeat

Tired of turkey and dressing or ham and potato salad? Here's a change up from the same ole, same ole holiday fare...

8 flounder fillets
1/2 pound fresh crabmeat, picked through for shells
1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup oil
1 cup fine break crumbs
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
8 pats butter
8 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Simmer peppers, onions, celery and garlic in oil until soft. Remove from heat. Add bread crumbs, eggs, pepper and parsley. Add crabmeat and toss with fork.

Place 3 tablespoons of stuffing into the middle of each fillet. Top each with a pat of butter and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Close ends of fillet over middle and insert toothpick. Place in greased baking dish and bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

Cinnamon Buns

1 pkg.  (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted 
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped Pecans
1 1/2 tsp.  ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Unroll crescent roll dough; separate into 2 rectangles. Press perforations in each rectangle together to seal. Mix brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough rectangles. Spread butter on top of sugar mixture and rub onto dough. Roll up each rectangle, jelly-roll fashion, starting at one short end; cut each into 4 slices. Place, cut-sides down, in prepared pan. (Sprinkle with any sugar mixture that may have fallen out of rolls.)

Bake 17 to 20 min. or until lightly browned. Immediately invert pan onto plate; remove pan. Cool slightly.

Glaze: Mix 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1 tbsp melted butter and 2 tbsp milk or enough milk for desired consistency. Spread over warm buns.

French Toast Muffins

I took my casserole recipe and made it muffin style. The is perfect for a Mother's Day brunch buffet!

I think this would be the perfect breakfast for Christmas morning. You fix it the night before and pop it in the frig. Take it out the next morning and pop it in the oven. By the time all the presents are opened, the casserole is done! Yum!

12 sliced bread, cubed
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
8 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
Additional maple syrup

Arrange half of the bread cubes in a greased shallow 2-qt. baking dish.* Top with cream cheese and remaining bread. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and syrup; pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until golden brown. Serve with additional syrup. You can also sprinkle with a little sugar and cinnamon!

*Arrange the recipe the same, but in muffin tins.

My son's french toast...
He was mad because the bread was so fresh
that it fell apart in the egg! LOL

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mashed Potato Pancakes

Do you still have some leftover mashed potatoes? Try turning them into mashed potato pancakes! You could even change them up and use sweet potato pancakes too! Just change the seasoning to brown sugar and cinnamon and top with a little apple butter! Hmmm! I think I just changed my own mind :-)

2 cups leftover cold mashed potatoes
2 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp flour
salt & pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil

Combine potatoes, eggs, flour and seasonings; mix well. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add pancake size dollops of potato mixture. Cook until bottom is crispy. Flip and brown other side. Serve with butter and sour cream.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cranberry Orange Dipping Sauce

Do you have turkey left over from Thanksgiving Dinner or Supper? This sauce is an awesome addition to those turkey and dressing sandwiches or just a plain turkey sandwich! It is also a great for a glaze on a pork loin or turkey.  

3 tsp cornstarch
3 tsp packed brown sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 (16 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce*
2 dashes of ground cinnamon
1 dash nutmeg

In a cold heavy saucepan, combine the cornstarch, brown sugar and orange juice until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened, Remove from the heat; stir in the cranberry sauce and cinnamon until blended. Cover and refrigerate. Serve cold.
*Use jellied if you prefer a smooth sauce.

Southern Spoon Bread with Apple Butter

I thought, to celebrate Thanksgiving, I would post a very old recipe that was my Grandmama Elliott and Great-Uncle Perry's favorite. It's very old and very basic. Something that could be made on the farm out of items on hand. Probably part of some of the oldest Thanksgivings in the south...

1 cup Yellow Cornmeal
1 ½ t Baking Powder
½ t salt
2 Eggs, beaten
3 T Butter, melted
2 ¼ cups Milk

Stir dry ingredients together. In a greased one quart casserole pour eggs and butter. In a medium-sized pan heat milk to a boil. Stir to avoid scorching. As it starts to boil, sprinkle in the dry ingredients, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes as it thickens. Mix with eggs in casserole. Bake at 425 for 45 minutes. Serve from casserole with a spoon. Eat with a fork!

And what better condiment to go with this than Good Old Fashioned Apple Butter!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cheese Pockets

Do you serve appetizers with your Thanksgiving Feast? Or does the food stand alone? Well, if you do, these might just be the thing... maybe even serve them instead of rolls or other bread.

2oz cream cheese
1 tbsp Mayo
1 tsp mustard
4 slices turkey or ham, chopped
1/4 c mozzarella cheese
1 can biscuits

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix cheese, mayo and mustard. Add meat and mozzarella cheese. Mix well.
Pull apart each biscuit. Place 1 tsp mix in the center of on halve and cover with the other half. Press edges together. Place on ungreased baking dish. Coat with mixture of melted butter and garlic salt. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Watergate Salad

Remember that 'green stuff' on your Grandmother's Holiday Table?
This is it!
1 can (20 oz.) Crushed Pineapple, in juice, undrained
1 pkg.  (3.4 oz.) Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding
1 cup Miniature Marshmallows
1/2 cup  chopped Pecans
1-1/2 cups thawed Cool Whip
Mix first 4 ingredients in large bowl until well blended. Stir in Cool Whip. Refrigerate for 1 hour

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stuffed Cranberry Sauce

Here's a new idea for that big can shaped blob of cranberry sauce!

8oz Cream Cheese, softened
2 tbsp Mayo
1/4 c Pecans, chopped
1 (16oz) Cranberry Sauce (jellied), chilled

Slice cranberry sauce 1/4" thick. Mix the other ingredients. Spread on a slice and top with another slice.

Broccoli Casserole

Here's another good side dish for Thanksgiving!

2 cups cooked white rice
5 tablespoons margarine
1 cup chopped onions
1 (10 ounce) package chopped frozen broccoli, thawed and drained
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
8 oz Velveeta

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt margarine in a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute onions until tender. In a 2 quart casserole dish combine onions, cooked rice, broccoli, mushroom soup and cheese; mix well.
Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cornbread Dressing

This is very basic. You can add or remove veggies or the eggs. You can also add 1 t poultry seasoning. I don't use it because sage causes a heartburn problem in my family, but you can add it if you like!

2 (8.5 ounce) pkgs Jiffy corn bread mix
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bunch celery, chopped
6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
2 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
2 cups turkey stock
salt and pepper to taste

1. Prepare cornbread according to directions on package. Cool and crumble. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Saute the onion and celery in 1/4 cup butter.
3. In a large bowl, combine the crumbled corn bread, onion, garlic, celery and eggs. Gently stir. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Add the chicken and turkey broth 1 cup at a time until the cornbread becomes moist but not wet.
5. Place stuffing into a casserole dish. Bake for 1 hour or until stuffing reaches a temperature of 175 degrees.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Green Bean Casserole

What could be more qualified as a holiday recipe than the good ole green bean casserole? My only change is the butter and cracker topping... I never cared for the fried onion topping. Oh! And you have to have cheese! So simple, but delicious!

2 (15 ounce) cans cut green beans, drained
1/3 cup milk
1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup crushed buttery round crackers
1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir soup, milk, salt, pepper, and beans in casserole dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until hot. Top with cheese. Bake for 10 minutes. Mix crackers and melted butter sprinkle on top of cheese and bake for 5 minutes.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Christmas Tree In Every Room

Each year, we had at least two Bar-B-Ques, one at Thanksgiving and one at Christmas. The Bar-B-Que at Thanksgiving was on Saturday and was for all the employees and business associates of Mama and Daddy. The one at Christmas was on Christmas Eve and was for family and friends. We had about a hundred people at each. We would spend all week getting the house ready and two days getting all the food ready. Mama would take some of the guys from the shop (Central) and put them to work at the house. One year, Al Miller (a young black guy that worked at Central) told Mama, “You’ve owned slaves before, Haven’t you?” It was always a busy and exciting time.

At one of the Christmas Bar-B-Ques, someone came out of the bathroom and I heard, “Oh my goodness, she even has a Christmas tree in the bathroom!” Mama had a Christmas tree in every room. The kitchen... living room... bathrooms... bedrooms... everywhere... We kids even had our own trees in our rooms. The trees ranged in size from 2 feet to 6 feet. Mama had a tree with seashell ornaments. One had dove ornaments. One had all homemade ornaments. One had all Victorian ornaments. One had all red and white ornaments. One had all Santa ornaments. She had a tree made of holly decorated with ornaments. She even decorated some of the houseplants!

Mama loved it. Holidays were another reason for parties, gifts and food with family and friends! Christmas was especially magical. Mama went all out. I remember one year Mama came home with Christmas sweatshirts. Mine read, ‘I Believe in Santa Claus.' Mama’s read, ‘I Want It All.' Charlie’s read, ‘Bah Humbug!’ Mama’s one requirement for Christmas morning presents was that you believe in Santa. Mama and I even had our picture taken with Santa.

One year when Charlie was about 6 years old, he came in and told Mama that there was no Santa Claus. She questioned him and then called everyone in the room. She said, “Listen up! Charlie has come in with the idea that there is no Santa Claus! That is not true! There is a Santa and anyone who does not believe in him...well, Santa won’t bring them presents. Is that clear? And I mean it! Clear?” Well, later Mama pulled us (except Charlie) aside and said that it didn’t matter who Santa Claus was or where the presents came from. It was the love and giving of the Christ-mas season. But the presents did come and as long as we said we believed we’d get presents. It didn’t matter if we were married or 50 years old, Santa would always come for us. What a concept! And she meant it. Jim and I got married (now my ex-husband) and she told him the same thing. That first Christmas, Santa brought Jim a recliner! The next year Jim told Mama at Christmas time, “I believe!”