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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Roasted Herb Brined Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!


Fresh Cranberry Sauce

This is so fast and easy to make and it is so much tastier than that canned jelly stuff!  Try it and add it to your Thanksgiving recipes.  
Look how pretty it looks on the plate



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Smoked Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup

Have you ever tried Kale?  We did not ever have Kale growing up in West Texas.  
This is a new green leafy vegetable for me.  I saw all kinds of recipes for sausage and kale soup cooked many different ways.  This is my version.  This soup surpised me, it is so darn good and good for you too!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.  Sorry about the lack of photos.  This was taken on my iphone as I ran off and left my Nikkon in Texas!!  Anyway, you'll get the jest of it by this crummy photo!  

Monday, October 24, 2011

Vegetable Lasagna

I am trying to find new ways to cook Italian food without all the fat and carbs.  Everyone need to eat lighter and healthier these days.  This vegetable lasagna is absolutely delicious!  I didn't even miss the noodles.  My zucchini stayed a little crunchy which I liked a lot.  Look  how yummy this looks.  I used my favorite Guinea pigs again and got all thumbs up.  So now it's your turn to try it!



Friday, October 21, 2011

Football Weekend!

What football game are you watching this weekend?  High school, college or the NFL?  Thought you might need some ideas for your snacks during the game or a quick dinner recipe.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cinderella Pumpkin Soup

Fall is here and so are the pumpkins.  As I was sitting on a plane looking through the October issue of Bon Appétit I saw this recipe for pumpkin soup. They cooked the soup inside of the cleaned out pumpkin.  I thought how cool does that sound?  So I had to give it a try and it was such fun to serve to my family and friends.  Really made a fun presentation.  
Thanks Bon Appetit for inspiring me to try this recipe.  (http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2011/10/pumpkin-soup-with-gruyere).

How cool is this?  I did adapt this recipe a little and it is really delish!





Monday, October 10, 2011

Canning Dill Pickles With Aunt Carol’s Brine


Carol from Montgomery, AL kindly offered her brine (pickling solution) 
to can our pickles.  
What is better than eating dill pickles? Eating your own dill pickles! And they are so easy to make. And just so you know, once we completed our canning, we had to wait three weeks to taste before we posted this recipe (just to make sure they tasted as good as they looked).

Not to brag or anything, but our five related-but-unbiased taste testers  gave us big "thumbs up."  So here is the rest of the story...



Friday, September 23, 2011

Mary's Potato Salad

What are you making this weekend to go with your college football games?  Maybe a little BBQ?  This is a perfect side to any BBQ you will make, 
Mary's Southern Potato Salad.  It is simply delicious!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dale's BBQ Ribs

Do you really need an explanation for this?  These are the best ribs you'll ever eat!  These are Dale's BBQ Smoked Ribs!

Dale is one of my big sisters.  She use to come to my house about every three months if not sooner to escape her everyday life and to cook with me.  She loved to cook ribs and I can tell your that she makes the best ribs I've ever eaten.  So the last time she made them at my house I wrote down exactly how she prepared them.  This is a tribute to my sister, Dale.  


Monday, September 12, 2011

Tomato, Kalamata Olives and Capers Baked Flounder

I love flaky fish! When I was growing up we never had fish on the dinner table.  My mom hates fish!

I got introduced to all kinds of fish while living in The Netherlands.  I started experimenting with different varieties depending on the season and what was available in the fish market every week.  So today  I went to the fish market and Flounder was on sale, so I ordered up one fillet and took it on home.   

Flounder is a really mild white flaky fish.  So I pondered about how I was going to prepare it for dinner tonight.   I decided to jazz it up a bit with some tasty ingredients - onion, garlic, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, capers made into a sauce, poured on top of the fresh flounder and baked.  
   
Oh, I wish I had smellovision on my blog!!  The onions, garlic, tomatoes, olives and capers sauteing together rendered a heavenly smell coming from my kitchen. Even the dog came running in to see what I was cooking.  No, I don't have a dog but my friend who is staying with me does and "Sammy" loves to see me get in the kitchen and start cooking, she knows she will get samples!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Mama D's Warm Southern Potato Salad

Guest Post from my follower,  Gena Kay Dixon:

At forty-something, I finally started learning some of my mother's southern recipes. It's tragic that I waited so long to start cooking because my mother is just amazing in the kitchen and her delicious dishes are famous among family and friends in Montgomery, AL.  And just so ya know, it's kind of an unspoken honor to be invited to one of her dinners. 

Mom makes the very best warm southern (not German, as she clarified) potato salad.  She learned this recipe from my Grandmother, Mama Arledge. I  hope you enjoy it as much as our family and friends do! Here goes (and keep in mind),  I'm still learning.



Friday, August 19, 2011

Heirloom Tomato and Lemon Mascarpone Tart with Prosciutto Crisps


Last weekend I went to the farmers market over in Sandy Springs, Ga and bought a plethora of heirloom tomatoes.  Then later in the day I was at Whole Foods and saw a recipe card for Heirloom Tomato and Lemon Mascarpone Tart.  The recipe actually came from www.Food52.com and some how Whole Foods had it on their card.  Anyway I thought, wow, that sounds great but I think a little crunchy prosciutto on top would be even better.  So I took it home and it was fantastic to say the least.  So here is a peek as to what your first bite would look like as it headed into your mouth.  Feast your eyes on this!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese is true southern comfort food.  Basic ingredients of sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and pimentos.  This is so good on Ritz crackers, sandwiches and even better on celery.  In Atlanta I see this is on most menus.  At one restaurant, Local Three, it is one of their favorite appetizers ordered by their customers.  I never knew it was so popular!



Friday, July 29, 2011

Green Chile Cheese Casserole

Have you tried Quinoa pasta?  This was my first experience with it and I must say it has a nutty flavor and was very similar to wheat pasta.  This pasta is low in sodium, cholesterol free and gluten free.   I adapted the recipe from the back of the box and added some of my own ideas.  
It came out very rich, creamy, nutty and full of flavor.  


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chicken Salad

Tired of this hot weather?  I am.  I needed something cool to eat.  I had left over chicken so I decided to make this delicious chicken salad with red grapes, celery and tarragon. 


 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Oven Fried Green Tomato Sliders

This is true southern comfort!  Oven fried green tomato sliders with goat cheese, bacon, roasted red pepper aioli and spinach!  This is a little europeanfied for some folks, with the goat cheese and the red pepper aioli added in, but it is fan dang tastic!  Easy to make and should be made at your house immediately!


Monday, July 11, 2011

Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing

For the hot summer nights this salad is truly amazing.  The zucchini is so light and crunchy, the smoky pine nuts and that tangy lemon dressing with the small torn pieces of basil, this is pure heaven!  


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Proscuitto Appetizers

You know that I love Italian cuisine but since I am here in Atlanta this week I thought that I would look at adding a bit of Georgian flair to some of my favorite appetizers. Procuiutto seems to be the perfect link to combine the regions flavors/tastes.  Here are three ideas....

Pimento stuffed olives - Pimento cheese is a favorite of around here so I stuffed some green olives with the cheese and wrapped with prosciutto. Roast on the BBQ or in a skillet.

Roasted tomatoes - Wrap a cherry tomato with prosciutto.  Roast either on a BBQ or in a skillet.

Peach wrap - wrap a peeled peach slice with prosciutto.



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Watermelon, Tomato, Gorgonzola Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

A big hey from Atlanta, where I'm currently cooking with my hubbie!


Last week, I came across a post from a fellow food blogger I met at a conference back in May, for a beautiful watermelon salad.  Her name is Gina at www.skinnytaste.com and she writes all about weight watchers friendly recipes.  This salad particularly caught my eye, it looked so refreshing that I had to share it with you. (http://www/skinnytaste.com/2008/08/watermelon-and-feta-salad-3-pts.html).  It inspired my very own version, using seedless watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, and gorgonzola sprinkled over a bed of arugula.  Topped with a simple balsamic vinaigrette.  Thanks to Gina for her perfect summer salad!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Red White and Blue Burgers

With the Fourth of July coming, what are you grilling?  How about this patriotic red, white and blue burger?  It is delicious and will serve you well during this holiday!  With its blue cheese, red wine and white onions, you can't go wrong.  
This is the grown up version, so leave out the wine on the kids burgers!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Roasted Vidalia Onion

Vidalia Onions are so sweet and wonderful.  They are Georgia's state vegetable. I saw this recipe a couple of years ago and have been making it every since.  It tastes like french onion soup without all the trouble.  This is so easy to make and is great as a side to a great steak or all by itself.  Sweet onion and beefy broth!  


Doesn't that look great?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon and Halibut with Lemon and Dill

This is such an easy and great way to cook fish.  The cedar plank lends a smoky flavor to the fish.  Since I like Hailbut and my spouse likes salmon,  I made both last night.  The lemon and dill works really well with both kinds of fish.  At the last minute I decided to make to the butterly lemon and dill sauce 
and it was just an added bonus.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Arugula Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing

I am really into making cool things to eat since it is so darn hot outside.  If I cannot be in the pool while BBQing, then your getting a cool meal at my house.  I thought I would share one of my favorite salads with ya'll.  I was first introduced to arugula while living in Amsterdam.  They used this in salad all the time.  I thought you might like to have a little background on it so according to Wikepedia, arugula is rich in vitamin C and potassium.  It has been grown in the Medditerranean since Roman times, and is considered an aphrodisiac!  It has a rich peppery taste and has a strong flavor for a leafy green.  The lemon and Parmesan dressing seems to marry well to the flavor of the greens.  
If you haven't ever tried arugula as your salad green, you should give it a try, besides, it's fresh and healthy.  Since I found this several years ago and I have been adapting this ever since.  I change it up everytime depending on what I have on hand.  This is the basic one today but add anything you like.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Veggie Pasta Salad

It is already hot here in Texas!  I don't know about you but when it is this hot I do not want anything hot to eat.  So get up and get cooking early to make this wonderful, fresh veggie pasta salad for your lunch or dinner time meals.  Its easy, you can use up your leftover veggies from your shopping 
trip to the farmers market last weekend and it's fresh and healthy.



Open wide, just taste all that goodness!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Simply Potatoes Hash Brown Southwestern Egg Muffins

How about a fun easy pre-made breakfast idea?  I love these Simply Potatoes fresh hash browns, they are so easy to use.  For a quick breakfast why not have hash brown potatoes, cheesy eggs and bacon, all in one simple little muffin!  Ready to eat or reheat for your morning breakfast.  Kids love these, they are really fun, the perfect portion size and nutritious for you and your family.




Can you see all the components, egg, Simply Potatoes hash browns, bacon and all the cheesiness on the top?

It doesn't get any easier for the "on the go" family or business person.  
See directions and recipe when you jump over and

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mini Peach Crumb Pies

I'm in Georgia, and what a better way to celebrate is to make something with Georgia Peaches.  The peach is Georgia's state symbol.  While out on a weekend excursion we stopped at a road side vendor and purchased Georgia peaches.  
So I had to make you something with my peaches. 

Just for you my dears, "Mini Georgia Peach Crumb Pies".  

Here is the first bite, just a temptin looksie for ya'll 
(that's southern talk for here it is, you guys!) 
and hopefully your mouth is watering and your wanting to

Thursday, May 19, 2011

BBQ Party Dips

Need some ideas what to take to the neighbors BBQ this weekend?  Take dip, everyone loves dip.  Here are three extrodinary dip recipes.  Fresh salsa, spinach artichoke and pink dip.  They are all really simple and delicious.

Here is the first one!

For the recipes and how to make each one...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Chicken Cacciatore


Chicken Cacciatore is a wonderful Italian comfort food.  It is made many different ways, adding in capers, mushrooms, etc. You can make it unique to your tastes.  Mine is rather traditional with onions, peppers, tomatoes and garlic.


Try just one bite and you will be hooked, I promise...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ham and Corn Casserole



What did you do with your leftover ham from Easter?  I made Ham and Corn Casserole.  I know it isn't a very pretty casserole but let me tell ya it tastes great and its another one pot meal.  Who can resist that?


Ham, Corn, who wouldn't like this?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chicken, Goat Cheese, Sun Dried Tomato and Spinach Stuffed Chile Rellenos



This chicken, goat cheese, sun dried tomato, spinach stuffed chile rellenos is fabulous.  The combination of the pepper flavor with the tanginess of the goat cheese, the healthiness of the chopped fresh baby spinach and the sun dried tomato lend this dish to the highest level of flavor.  The salsa that serves as the bed to the pepper adds even another level of flavor to this chile relleno.  I hope you really give this a try and let me know what you think.  Open up, here it comes, now let me know what you think!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Wine-Braised Fennel with Roasted Halibut


Wine-Braised Fennel with Roasted Halibut is out of this world!  
I found this recipe in the Food and Wine magazine and I 
adapted it more to my taste and size of the portion I was making for myself.  
So this Wine-Braised Fennel with Roasted Halibut 
is for all you single people out there.  
It is so easy to make and talk about healthy, low calorie and delicious.


The fennel players!


In a medium sized skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Add the fennel wedges, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with crushed red pepper.  



Cover and cook over medium heat about 6 minutes and turn fennel over and cover for another 6 minutes until fennel is browned.  
Remove cover and add the ½ cup wine, 



¼ cup water, bay leaf and raisins and simmer over low heat, turning the fennel wedges a few times, until most of the wine has evaporated and fennel is tender.



Discard bay leaf and season fennel with salt and freshly ground black pepper.



Halibut Players!


Meanwhile, spread minced shallot on a baking sheet coated with stick-free foil in the shape of the fish.  Drizzle with the 1 tablespoon of wine.  



Season the fish fillet with salt, freshly ground black pepper and a very light sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes and a few green leafy fronds from the fennel bulb.  Rub the fish with the remaining olive oil. 



Roast halibut on the top shelf of oven for about 10 minutes, (depending on the thickness of your fillet), until it is barely opaque in the center.


Transfer halibut to a plate with its cooking juices, 
spoon braised fennel alongside and serve.





The Recipe:




Wine-Braised Fennel with Roasted Halibut

Serving 1

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 fennel bulb, cut into 1 inch thick wedges
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon dry white wine
¼ cup water
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons golden raisins
½ small shallot, minced
6 ounce skinless halibut fillet

In a medium sized skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Add the fennel wedges, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with crushed red pepper.  Cover and cook over medium heat about 6 minutes and turn fennel over and cover for another 6 minutes until fennel is browned.  Remove cover and add the ½ cup wine, ¼ cup water, bay leaf and raisins and simmer over low heat, turning the fennel wedges a few times, until most of the wine has evaporated and fennel is tender.  
Discard bay leaf and season fennel with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Meanwhile, spread minced shallot on a baking sheet coated with stick-free foil in the shape of the fish.  Drizzle with the 1 tablespoon of wine.  Season the fish fillet with salt, freshly ground black pepper and a very light sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes and a few green leafy fronds from the fennel bulb.  Rub the fish with the remaining olive oil. 
Roast halibut on the top shelf of oven for about 10 minutes, (depending on the thickness of your fillet), until it is barely opaque in the center.

Transfer halibut to a plate with its cooking juices, spoon braised fennel alongside and serve.

Happy Eating!

Recipe adapted from Food and Wine with some additions and deletions

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tomato, Mozzarella, Prosciutto and Basil Open Faced Sandwich


Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella, Prosciutto and Basil on top of a ciabatta bun toasted in 400 degree oven for 8 minutes is the best tasting sandwich you will ever bite into!  I could eat these sandwiches everyday they are so delicious.  So find some really ripe beefsteak tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella, 
prosciutto and of course the basil,
to make these fabulous sandwiches.



The Players!
Olive oil, 1 ball of buffalo mozzarella, 1 large beefsteak tomato, 
basil and a few slices of prosciutto.


These tomatoes were the best I have had since last summer.  Bought them over at Mc Kinney's Farmers Market


Rub each sliced bun with olive oil and toast 
under the broiler until lightly browned. 
Remove from broiler and top with a lice of tomato


Add a slice of the mozzarella, then prosciutto and top with basil.


It's a work of art!


No words can explain this...


If you can't manage this with a fork and knife, just pick it up 
and eat it like a piece of pizza.

Happy Eating!

The Recipe:

Tomato, Mozzarella, Prosciutto and Basil Open Faced Sandwich

Serves 4

2 square ciabatta buns, sliced in half
1 large ripe beefsteak tomato
1 large ball of buffalo mozzarella
4 thin slices of prosciutto
3 large leaves of basil, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil

Drizzle olive oil over each slice of ciabatta buns.  Put under broiler until lightly browned and toasted.  Remove from broiler and start layering with tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto and basil.  Return to a pre-heated 400 degree oven and bake for about 8 minutes or until mozzarella starts to melt.  Remove and dig in!

Happy Eating!




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