Thursday, December 31, 2015

Seasoned Black-eyed Peas

A New Year's tradition to bring luck in the coming year.


  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • water
  • 2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 

Wash, sort and cover peas with water and soak overnight.
Drain and rinse peas.
In a large saucepan add bacon fat and onion.
Cook onion until translucent. 
Add peas and enough water to cover the contents with two inches to spare.
Season with salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil.
Lower heat and simmer 50 to 60 minutes.


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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Sloppy Joes

A quick and easy weeknight meal recipe.

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 6 hamburger buns

Brown ground meat, drain.
Add onion, cook until translucent
Add ketchup, mustard and water.
Bring to a boil, simmering 15-minutes.
Stir in mayonnaise
Toast buns.
Serve meat on buns.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Parmesan Bacon Crisp

An old favorite to ring in the new year.

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 sleeve club crackers
  • 12 ounces bacon, slices cut in half

Top each cracker with one teaspoon of cheese
Wrap each cracker with 1/2 slice of bacon
Place on rack on cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated 250-degree oven for 2 hours or until bacon is done.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Brownie Cookies

Easy brownie cookie recipe.

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cups cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup walnuts

Mix oil, sugar, and cocoa powder together.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.
Add vanilla extract.
Mix flour and baking powder together.
Add flour mixture gradually to batter.
Fold in nuts.
Chill dough.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls.
Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 8 minutes.

This batter is very wet, but it will thicken.  If you need to speed things up place in freezer.

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Oyster Cracker Snack

Oyster crackers have been made in New England since 1828 by the Westminster Cracker Company.  They are traditional served with oyster stew and clam chowder, but with a few ingredients you can transform them into a easy snack to enjoy with a glass of wine.

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 2 10-ounce packages oyster crackers

Mix together oil, ranch dressing, dill, onion powder. garlic powder and lemon pepper.
Pour over oyster crackers.
Toss to coat.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated 250-drgree oven for 20 minutes.
Store in air tight container.
Makes 12 cups

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Butter Cookies

A simple butter cookie recipe


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • water
  • additional sugar for coating

Cream butter and sugar together.
Add egg, mixing well.
Add flour, baking powder and salt.
Beat until well mixed.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls.
Dip top of each ball into water, then into sugar.
Place on ungreased cookie pan 2-inches apart.
Bake in 350-degree preheated oven for 8 to 14 minutes or until lightly brown around edges.

Cost  $2.10 for 5 dozen cookies
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Overnight Sausage Egg Breakfast Casserole

Mix everything the night before for a stress free breakfast.

  • 10 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 cups cubed white bread, 8 to 9 slices
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Mix eggs, milk, mustard and salt together.
Add sausage, bread cubes and cheese.
Pour into greased 9-inch X 13-inch casserole dish.
Refrigerate overnight.
Let stand at room temperature for 30-minutes.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10-minutes before serving

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Cost  $8.48 for 12 servings  or $.71 a serving
Cost of ingredients based on the online prices at Wal-Mart in my area.

Recipe can be easily halved if you don't need 12 servings.
My cost $4.48
I used my Country Sausage which only cost me about $1.49 a pound to make.

Country Sausage Recipe