Friday, September 26, 2014

Creamy Southern Grits







































For generations, Southerners have enjoyed hot creamy grits.  Grits are made from dried corn kernels that have had the hull and germ removed by an alkaline solution.  Native Americans shared this process with early European settlers.  This process makes the dried corn more digestible  and more nutritious.  The resulting product is called homily.  The homily is dried and then coarse ground to make homily grits. 


Creamy Southern Grits

  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1  cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick cooking grits
  • 1/4 cup butter

In a small pot, bring 3 cups water, milk and salt to a boil.
Slowly stir the grits into the boiling mixture.
Stir continuously until grits are well mixed.
Return to a boil, cover with a lid, lower the temperature to a simmer.
Cook for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add additional 1 cup water a little at a time as it is absorbed, stir after each addition. 
Stir in the butter and serve.

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Parmesan Crisp Salad Bowls



















  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Pour Parmesan onto a silicone or parchment lined baking sheet and lightly pat down, creating a seven-inch circle.
A silicone baking sheet is highly recommended.
Bake in preheated 400-degree oven for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and drape over custard cup.
Carefully mold over cup.
Work quickly since the cheese cools quickly.
Cool.

Make crisp one or two at a time.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sauted Spinach with Eggs






  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • grated Parmesan cheese

In skillet melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat.
Saute onion until transparent.
Squeeze as much water as possible from spinach.
Reduce heat to low.
Saute spinach with onions for 3 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Move spinach and onions to one side of pan.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet.
Add eggs.
Cook eggs until soft set.
Stir spinach into eggs.
Taste.  Add salt and pepper if needed.
Garnish with Parmesan cheese.
Serve immediately.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Swiss Sirlion Burgers with Tomato Gravy



















  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4  slices Swiss cheese 
  • chopped fresh basil 


  • Mix together sirloin, egg, pepper and salt in a large bowl.
    Shape into 4 patties.
    Cook patties in a large skillet over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove patties, reserving drippings.
    Sauté onion in drippings 2 minutes.
    Add tomatoes and water.
    Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes.
    Return patties to skillet; spoon tomato mixture over patties.
    Cover and cook 15 minutes; uncover and cook 5 minutes.
    Place 1 cheese slice on each patty.
    Cover and cook 3 minutes.
    Sprinkle with basil.
    Serve over rice.


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    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    Waffles















     


    • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 2 tablespoons shortening
    • 2 eggs, separated
    • 1 cup milk 
     
    In a large bowl mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar.
    Cut in shortening until mixture is very fine.
    Add egg yolks and milk.
    Beat until batter is just smooth.
    Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
    Fold egg whites into batter.
    Preheat waffle iron to desired temperature.
    Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron.
    Cook the waffles until golden and crisp.
    Serve immediately.

    Makes 8 waffles

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    Tip:

    Double the recipe and make extra for freezer. Reheat in toaster.

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    Chocolate Crinkle Cookies






    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 3/4 cup cocoa
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar for rolling


    Mix granulated sugar and oil in large bowl.
    Add cocoa, beating until well blended.
    Beat in eggs and vanilla.
    Stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
    Gradually add flour to cocoa mixture, beating well.
    Cover bowl and refrigerate until dough is firm enough to handle, at least 6 hours.
    Lightly grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
    Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
    Roll in powdered sugar to coat.
    Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet.
    Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 11 to 13 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched lightly and tops are crackled.
    Cool on pan 2 minutes.
    Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
    Cool completely.
    Makes about 48 cookies.

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    Graham Cracker Toffee























  • 9 sheets graham crackers
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Grease and line a 13-by-9-inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
    Overhang parchment paper on short ends of baking sheet. 
    Break the graham crackers on the perforated lines into smaller rectangles.
    Place them on the baking sheet as close together as possible, cover the entire sheet.
    Melt  butter and sugar in a saucepot over medium heat.
    Stir the butter and sugar mixture until it bubbles.
    Add pecans and stir together.
    Pour the mixture evenly over all of the crackers.
    Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 10 minutes.
    Cool for 30 minutes.
    Break or cut into pieces to serve.

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