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Deviled Eggs in Colorful Shells for All Occasions, Easter, 4th of July, Christmas, Baby Showers, etc.

Deviled Eggs in Colorful Shells for All Occasions, Easter, 4th of July, Christmas, Baby Showers, etc..

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Easter Chocolate Marshmallow Bark

Easter Chocolate Marshmallow Bark.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Meeting Tradd at the Sow Bug Roundup in Mountain Home, Arkansas

Tradd Little

Tradd Little

I bet some of you thought I fell off the face of the earth. Nope, I didn’t. I was just fishing the Norfork River in Arkansas. We attended the Sow Bug Roundup this year and I met the sweetest and most talented young man. I enjoyed watching him tie flies so much that I wanted to share him with you. This is Tradd Little and I think he will be the next big thing in the fly tying world.

Please take the time to stop by his blog located at http://www.traddsflies.com/  Whether you’re a fly fisherman, a fly tier or just want to read about this remarkable young man, you will enjoy his blog. I promise.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Goulash with Spaetzle

Goulash with Spatzel

Goulash with
Spaetzle

German food is rare where I’m from in California. But here in our little town located in the Southwest corner of Indiana, it’s the norm. After eating at one of the best German restaurants for Valentines Day which is located in Jasper, Indiana, I decided to try my hand at making goulash. I read the description on the Schnitzelbank’s menu and I figured I could do this dish justice. Here’s my stab at Goulash served over Spaetzle, which I brought home from them.

Ingredients:    serves 4

  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 3 TB bacon grease
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • half a cabbage, sliced
  • DSC_01402 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 TB flour
  • 3 cups red wine, (use wine you would drink, not cooking wine)
  • 1/2 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 TB tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf

Preheat you oven to 450.

DSC_0141 (2)Heat the bacon grease in a heavy bottom dutch oven over medium-high heat on your stove. I’m using my enameled cast iron dutch oven. Dry the pieces of stew meat between paper towels. Really squish the blood out of them. You want them as dry to the touch as possible so they will brown nicely. Add them to the pot of hot bacon grease and brown slightly on all sides. You may need to work in small batches, beware,the browning happens rather quickly. Once the beef is browned remove and set aside. Add the carrots, onion and cabbage into the hot pot and cook until they wilt and start to brown. Remove these and set aside. Remove the pot from the heat, add the browned beef back to the pot and season with salt and pepper, tossing well. Sprinkle the meat with flour and toss until the pieces are covered.

Bake in your 450 degree oven with no cover for 5 minutes, toss and bake for another 3 minutes. Remove and lower the oven heat to 325. Whisk in the wine, whisking will deglaze the pot. Stir in the thyme and tomato paste, add the bay leaf. Stir in the vegetables and add enough broth to cover the meat and vegetables. Bring to a simmer on the stove then cover and place in the oven to simmer slowly for about 2 1/2 hours. The dish is fully cooked when the meat is fork tender and believe me it will be delightfully fork tender.

Using a sieve, over a medium skillet, strain the liquid from the meat & vegetable mixture. Place the mixture back into the dutch oven and cover to keep warm. Heat the skillet over medium-high heat, rapidly simmering and whisking the liquid until it thickens to your liking. Pour this thickened gravy over the mixture and toss well. Your goulash is now ready to serve.

Suggestions: I served ours over spaetzle, but it would also be good over sliced boiled potatoes or egg noodles.

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Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Beef, Casseroles, Soups and Stews

 

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Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches

Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches

Peanut Butter
Cookie Sandwiches

I have to admit these were not my idea. Teresa from “Can’t stay out of the Kitchen” posted these and I have been wanting to make them forever. These are a complete delight and would be great as a dessert or special treat for friends. They are very rich, I promise 1 cookie sandwich will satisfy even the biggest cookie lover.

I combined my own peanut butter cookie recipe with Teresa’s peanut butter icing filling.

Ingredients:   yields about 2 dozen cookies, which will made 1 dozen cookie sandwiches

  • 1/4 cup shortening at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup salted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup salted peanuts, chopped

Preheat your oven to 375 and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, using an electric beater, cream together the shortening, butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar and egg. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. I generally sift all of these ingredients over the large bowl of creamed ingredients. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula stir the dry ingredients and peanuts into the creamed ingredients until thoroughly blended.

Roll a large tablespoon of cookie dough into a ball and place 2″ inches apart on a cookie sheet. Flatten the dough balls slightly by making a crisscross over them with a fork dipped in sugar. Bake 10 to 12 minutes.

Now for the good stuff, the peanut butter frosting/filing. Recipe courtesy of  Teresa at “Can’t Stay out of Kitchen”
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DSC_0127Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp  vanilla
  • 5-9 TB milk

In a large bowl beat the peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla and enough milk to make the icing spreadable. I ended up using only 5 TB of milk, so start out with a couple and add more a little at a time until you get the consistency you want. Spread the icing over one cooked and top with another. Easy, simple and oh so delightful.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Cookies

 

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Huevos Rancheros Chilaquiles

Huevos Rancheros Chilaquiles

Huevos Rancheros Chilaquiles

Oh what to make for breakfast? I needed something easy but delicious. Mark loves Huevos Rancheros so how about making them into a Chilaquiles dish. So here you have that very idea. Simple, easy and so delicious.

Ingredients:  yields 4 servings

  • 1/2 pound of ground sausage
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 dozen corn tortillas, cut into strips or pieces
  • about 2 cups of leftover tomato salsa
  • ground cumin, garlic salt, ground black pepper
  • 5 eggs, whisked well with a little bit of water
  • shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • DSC_01113 green onions, green and white parts sliced

In a medium size skillet, brown the sausage, remove to a paper towel lined plate and set aside to drain. Add about a half-inch of vegetable oil in the skillet and heat over medium. Add the tortilla strips and cook until lightly browned and crisp. In a large bowl combine the sausage, cooked tortilla strips, salsa, a couple shakes of cumin, garlic salt and pepper. Add in a handful of the shredded cheese blend and gently toss it all together.

Preheat your oven to 350 and butter a 9 x 9 baking dish or a glass pie pan.

Spread the mixture into your prepared baking dish. Pour the whisked eggs over the mixture and bake for 15 minutes. Now top that mixture with a couple of handfuls of shredded cheese and sprinkle with the green onions, bake for another 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and melted and the eggs are completely cooked. Serve with some Cilantro Crema or sour cream.

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Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Breakfast, Casseroles

 

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Ham & Vegetable Porridge

Ham & Vegetable Porridge

Ham & Vegetable Porridge

As with a lot of our country we are experiencing an unusually cold winter. Unfortunately it’s been filled with lots of ice. So on those days that you just can’t get out of the house, let alone out of the driveway to get to the store, making porridge is a good way to bring up the mood in the house. For this porridge I used up vegetables that were on the edge of going bad and some leftover ham that I had in the freezer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Cajun 15 Bean Soup Mix
  • 2 Fennels, white part only, sliced
  • 12 Brussels Sprouts, quartered
  • 16 Baby Carrots, cubed
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • half a yellow onion, diced
  • half a bunch of parsley, chopped
  • 5 handfuls of kale, chopped
  • 3 cups or more of ham chunks
  • 2 quarts chicken broth

First of all rinse the beans the night before you’re going to make the porridge pick any debris from them. Then soak the beans over night in a large bowl covered by water. The next day drain and rinse and add with the other ingredients to the cooking pot.

In a heavy bottom large pot combine all of the ingredients, stir in the Cajun spice packet. Heat over medium heat until it starts to boil, reduce the heat and simmer slightly covered for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. The porridge needs to maintain a simmer and the moisture needs a place to escape. Stir a few times during the cooking process. The porridge is finished when the bean are extremely tender and fall apart when pressure is put on them. Generally my porridge is thicker than a stew.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2014 in Beans, Rice, Pork, Soups and Stews, Vegetables

 

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