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Friday, September 28, 2012

M & M Cookies

M & M Cookies
Today, is The Market at Dothan Nurseries.  In addition to Mayhaw Jelly, Hot Pepper Jelly, and Blackberry Jelly, I am taking M & M Cookies for first graders that are coming to Dothan Nurseries on a field trip.  I made a double making of cookies, so that we would have cookies at our house, too.   The Market is open from 9 to 12.  Hope to see ya there!
M & M Cookies
1 cup Crisco Shortening
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups self-rising flour, sifted
1 1/2 cups M & M's
Blend shortening and sugar.  Beat in vanilla and eggs.  .  Add sifted flour in 3 parts to sugar and egg mixture and mix well.  Stir in M & M's. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 min.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Georgia Cornbread Cake

Georgia Cornbread Cake
I am on vacation this week and have already done a good bit of cooking.  Yesterday, I cooked Chicken Paprikash, Homemade Bread, and Georgia Cornbread Cake for our lunch.  Chicken Paprikash is a family favorite and I sent Brent two bowls of it, so that he could have it for supper and take some for lunch.  He loves for his Momma to cook Chicken Paprikash and share with his family!  Chicken Paprikash can be found on my blog on 3/5/12.  Georgia Cornbread Cake was brought to us by our favorite butcher, Ed, when he came for a visit.  His wife, Janie, had baked it and wanted to share with us.  We both liked it a lot and I had wanted to make one but just had not.  Well, while on vacation this week I have also been catching up on some reading and found this same recipe in Guideposts magazine yesterday morning.  I decided the time had come for me to get busy and make us a Georgia Cornbread Cake.  Janie said that she has had this recipe for a very long time.  She said that she had been part of a recipe swap and a lady from Florida had sent this recipe to her.  She said that she did remember that the recipe was originally from the Georgia Pecan Growers.  There is no cornmeal or cornbread in this cake....go figure!  This cake will remind you of pecan cookies or a pecan pie. 
Georgia Cornbread Cake
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
1 cup Wesson Oil
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups chopped pecans
Whisk together the sugars and eggs.  Add Wesson Oil, flour, and vanilla.  Mix well with an electric mixer.  Stir in pecans.  Pour into a 9 X 13 baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 min. or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the baking dish.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hot Pepper Sauce

Hot Pepper Sauce
Last Saturday, I had a phone call from someone who follows my blog.  She wanted to know if I had a recipe for Hot Pepper Sauce and I told her that I did not have a recipe.  I told her that I had only made it once and my mother-in-law had told me how to make it.  I suggested that she might want to google it and see if she could get a recipe that way.  This past Monday, I took cayenne peppers to two of my friends at work who had mentioned to me recently that they wanted to make Hot Pepper Sauce.  My friend, Renae, said that she has a recipe from Southern Living from 2008 for Hot Pepper Sauce and I asked her to share it with me.  I have an abundance of cayenne peppers and a pretty jar and decided that I would make some Hot Pepper Sauce myself.   Phillip plans to pour some on turnips the next time that I cook them!
Update on our wild-eyed baby kitten - The kitten has been tamed and named Sambo.  I think he will be very happy with us.
Hot Pepper Sauce
Fill 1 (14 oz.) glass jar with 1 cup red and green cayenne peppers, stemmed, filling to about 1 inch from top of jar.  Bring 1 cup cidar vinegar, 1 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until salt and sugar are dissolved (about 2 to 3 minutes).  Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes.  Pour hot mixture over peppers in jar.  Cover and chill 3 weeks.  Store in refrigerator up to 6 months.
Note:  Chilling for 3 weeks allows the peppers to fire up the vinegar mixture.  The longer it sits, the spicier it becomes. 
*For the size of jar that I used, it was necessary to cook 2 cups of apple cidar vinegar with 2 tsp. salt, and 2 tsp. sugar.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Getting Ready for The Market

Last night, I made Blackberry Jelly and put labels on tags and tags on Hot Pepper Jelly.  Tonight, I have to put labels on tags and tags on Mayhaw Jelly and Blackberry Jelly as well  as labels on my bags.  Busy, busy time but so worth it! 

The Market at Dothan Nurseries opens on Friday, 9/21/12 at 9:00 a.m and will be open until 1:00 p.m.  Let me tell you about all of the vendors:

Curt Alfrey Farms - fresh vegetables.

Shelley Style Catering - frozen casseroles.

The Bread Lady - Best Homemade Breads.

Horton Farms - Fresh local honey and honey products.

Lynn Koning - Pottery.

Gaucho Farms - Lamb, eggs, honey, greens, peppers, eggplant, and canned products.

Yang Farms - bouquets of fresh cut flowers.

Farmer's Daughter's Co-op - Tea Cakes, Brownie Mix, Pecan Products, Baked Goods.
D's Jellies - Mayhaw Jelly, Blackberry Jelly, and Hot Pepper Jelly.

Hope to see ya'll there!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lasagna & Homemade Bread

Lasagna & Homemade Bread
Saturday means College Football at our house and I always cook chicken tenders and fries that we enjoy before, during, or after the Alabama football game.  Well, Phillip had cooked chicken tenders during the week, so I decided that we didn't need a repeat.  I got out the bread machine and started the meat for the lasagna sauce.  Before long, the kitchen took on the aroma of the sauce.  I try to time the bread baking and lasagna, so that they both get ready about the same time.  The smell of bread baking is absolutely heavenly.    The lasagna, bread, and an Alabama Football win made for a very enjoyable day! 
I cooked all weekend but it was recipes that I have already put on my blog.  The recipes that I share are recipes that I continue to cook for my family.  I hope they become repeat favorites for you, too.
Update on our wild baby kitten.  We fed the kitten Saturday morning and I could tell that it was getting friendlier.  It was coming out of the burn pile more and I could hear it purring.  It would still scurry back into the burn pile when I would try to pet it.  When we fed the kitten in the early evening, I was finally able to pet the kitten and even rub its belly without it trying to get away from me.  We felt like if I could pick up the kitten, it was time to get it away from the burn pile before it became a victim of a hawk, fox, snake, etc.   Phillip also needed to burn the dried pecan limbs and porch railings on the burn pile.  I picked up the kitten and then placed it in a 5 gallon bucket and we covered the bucket before taking the kitten to our garden shed.  When we released it in the garden shed, it was wide-eyed wild!  It hid all day Sunday under our pump tank and would not even meow.  We had not seen it under the pump tank but knew it was the only hiding place in the garden shed.  Finally Sunday evening, it began to meow at me and peek out from under the pump tank.  Now, I have to tame that wild baby kitten all over again.  At least now we know it's safe.
Lasagna Recipe posted on March 21, 2012.
Homemade White Bread posted on March 1, 2012.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Butter Yummy Cake


Butter Yummy Cake
The recipe for Butter Yummy Cake was given to me by my bestest friend in the whole wide world, George Ann, in the late 1970's.  She had made it for dessert and my first bite was a butter/sugar delight!  Over the years, I have seen this recipe listed by several names - Gooey Cake, Chess Squares, and Crunch Cake, to name a few.  Regardless of what you choose to call it, you will certainly want a piece and if you're like my daddy, you will want a glass of milk, too.
Butter Yummy Cake
1 box Yellow Cake Mix, Butter Recipe
1 - 8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 box of powdered sugar, sifted
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Combine cake mix, melted butter, and 1 egg.  Press into the bottom of a 9 X 13 in. baking dish. 
Beat softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, 2 eggs, and vanilla with a mixer until well blended.  Pour over cake mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 - 50 min.  Edges will be golden brown and center will be gooey.  Allow to cool completely and then cut into squares.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Golden Cream Soup (Potato Soup)

Golden Cream Soup (Potato Soup)
Potato Soup is a comfort food.  We seem to have a lot of comfort foods in the South!  It's easy, quick, and delicious.  There are just times when a bowl of Potato Soup hits the spot.  I know if I go to lunch at O'Charley's and don't want any particular item on the menu, I always opt for a bowl of Potato Soup and it always satisfies me.  It had been sometime since I had made a pot of Potato Soup and I decided it would be a good choice for a side dish to go with our grilled burgers that we had for Sunday lunch.  My daughter-in-law, Joy, had never had a taste of my Potato Soup and loved it!  Brent decided that it would take two bowls of Potato Soup with crumbled bacon on top to satisfy his taste buds.  Glad my family enjoyed it so much.  I know your family will love it, too!
The wild baby kitten still lives in the burn pile and we cannot burn the pile of pecan limbs until we have tamed the kitten.  I made some progress yesterday afternoon.  The kitten was hungry and had ventured out of the pile to the area where we had been feeding it.  I sat down on the ground and placed the plate of food on the ground in front of me.  The kitten came to eat with me sitting there but if I tried to pet the kitten, it would run back to the burn pile.  It came back to eat several times, so at least I got a close-up view of the kitten.  I'll keep you posted on the taming of the wild baby kitten!
Golden Cream Soup (Potato Soup)
6 cups of diced potatoes
2 cups of water
1/2 cup of chopped onions
2 tsp. of parsley flakes
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
1 lb. Velvetta Cheese
Cook all of the above, except for the cheese, for 20 min.  Stir 4 Tbsp. of flour into 3 cups of milk.  Pour into potato mixture and stir until thick.  Add 1 lb. of Velveeta cheese that has been cut into small pieces.  Reduce heat to low and stir until the cheese has melted and then it's ready to serve.  

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Strawberry Bread

Strawberry Bread
I recently was preparing for a food spread and needed one more recipe to add to my recipes from my recipe blog.  I found this recipe for Strawberry Bread in a recipe book that I had bought from my niece, Katie.  She was involved in a fund raiser for a group that she was a part of - Godby High School Cougarette Dance Team - Tallahassee, FL.  I had never heard of Strawberry Bread, so this recipe intrigued me.  I liked it and I think you will, too. 
Strawberry Bread
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 eggs (separate whites)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 pkg. frozen strawberries, thawed & drained, or 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
Cream sugar, butter, and almond extract.  Add egg yolks.  Add dry ingredients alternately with strawberries.  Beat egg whites until stiff; fold in mixture.  Pour into greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Sprinkle powdered sugar on top of bread.
*I found a recipe later for Strawberry Butter and I think it would be good spread on a slice of Strawberry Bread, so I thought I would share it, too.
Strawberry Butter  
10 oz. frozen strawberries, thawed & drained well
1 cup soft oleo
1 cup powdered sugar
Combine strawberries, oleo, and powdered sugar.  Beat until creamy.  Spread on slices of Strawberry Bread.      

Monday, September 3, 2012

Cheese Grits

Cheese Grits
I got up and got busy this past Saturday morning.  I got a shower, got dressed, and put on make-up.    I went outside to feed a baby kitten that showed up in our burn pile that's near our fruit orchard.  Right now, the burn pile is piled high with pecan limbs and the recent addition of our porch railings that Phillip has taken off of our front porch.  Phillip heard what he thought was a tom cat in the woods one evening and the next day he heard the kitten in the burn pile.  I guess it feels safe there.  Now, we have the task of taming that little wild kitten! 
After feeding the kitten, I came back inside and started breakfast.  College Game Day would be coming on at 9:00 and I was so excited about college football season (Roll Tide!).  I put on a boiler of grits, cooked bacon in the microwave, and baked cinnamon rolls.  I have homemade cinnamon rolls in the freezer but opted for a can of refrigerator cinnamon rolls.  I'll save the homemade cinnamon rolls for another day. 
Cheese Grits are a family favorite at our house.  As a little boy and as he grew up, Brent loved Cheese Grits for breakfast.  They are always welcome at suppertime, too, especially during the winter months.
I'll let ya'll know if we get that little wild kitten tamed!
Cheese Grits
3 cups of water
3/4 cup of  quick cooking grits
1 tsp. salt
1 stick of butter
Velveeta block slices
Pour 3 cups of water into a medium saucepan.  Bring water to a boil and then add butter, salt, and grits.  Reduce heat to medium/low.  Cover with lid.  Cook for 20 min., stirring often with a whisk.  Use a cheese slicer to cut slices off of the Velveeta block and add to servings of grits.