November 29, 2011

Sweet Fried Potatoes

Try these tasty, sweet fried potatoes to compliment any lunch or dinner menu!

 I know frying is not healthy, but lately I have been feeling naughty, so I fried these sweet potatoes in vegetable oil and served them with a light dash of creole seasoning. I am from the south and you know here in the south if you have any doubt in the kitchen, FRY it!

I enjoy preparing food too much, so I better learn to love running :)

What you need:
4 medium sweet potatoes washed, peeled, and diced
Creole Seasoning
Vegetable Oil

You can easily make this side dish healthy by evenly coating with olive oil and seasonings, place on a baking sheet, and bake at 400 degrees until potatoes are tender and as crispy as you like.

In a large frying pan cover the entire bottom of the pan in oil and heat (I use an inch or so of oil when frying). Turn on the stove to "Medium-High" heat and allow the oiled skillet to heat up for three minutes. You can test the oil by placing one diced potato in the greese and if it bubbles and floats your oil is ready!

When frying potatoes place all potaotes to one side of the pan creating a pile of potatoes to prevent splashing the oil. Then with a splotted spoon or spactula gently spread the potaoes out evenly.

Stir often to prevent sticking and burning.

Once your potaoes are golden brown turn off heat and remove potaotes with a splotted spoon or spactula and drain well on paper towles. Lightly season with salt and pepper or creole seasoning.

FYI- If you are ever out of paper towels, coffee filters work great for draining too :)

When frying always use safety!
-Never fry in glass
-Have a lid near and
-Always have baking soda on hand

November 23, 2011

New, Nifty Gadget

Wilton's Chocolate Pro®
Melting Pot

This is a fun, new gadget in my kitchen and perfect for holiday cooking. You can dip strawberries, cherries, cookies, cake pops, pretzels, and the list goes on. No need for double boilers or microwaves and the clean up is fast. This little gadget quickly melts chocolate and then keeps it warm. I purchased mine at Michael's for $15 with a 50% off coupon. I am really putting mine to use with chocolate covered strawberries.

 I tried to make Pumpkin Pie Cake Pops and they did not turn out. I think Wilton Candy Melts have changed because no matter what I did the candy melts just would not work. Anybody else having problems with Wilton Candy Melts? What chocolate do you use for cake pops?

I have been using 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips for chocolate covered strawberries and I am very pleased. The chocolate is very silky and elegant.

What chocolate do you use for your melting projects?

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and many blessing!

November 20, 2011

Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie

This is the most traditional Pumkin Pie recipe. I do not think there is a more famous Pumkin Pie recipe out there. This famous recipe has been featured on Libby's canned pumpkin since 1950. Wow, now that is a classic!
Easy to prepare and a favorite among many, this recipe will always be marked in my books.

Try this classic Thanksgiving dessert topped with my spiced whipped topping.
This pumpkin pie also pairs well with a hot cup of coffee and my
Pumpkie Pie Coffee Creamer.
It's a Thanksgiving party in your mouth.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs
1 can (15 oz.)LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 can (12 fl. oz.)NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
Whipped cream (optional)


MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.

POUR into pie shell. I use Pillsbury Pie Refrigerated Crust.

BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

Pumpkin Pie Creamer

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My daughter and I came up with this wonderful blend that is sure to please your senses and reminds you that you don't have to pay five dollars for your holiday peace.
This creamer is a perfect holiday compliment to your cup of coffee!

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November 17, 2011

Crock Pot Apples Stuffed with Walnuts

This recipe was inspired by Charoset served during Passover. I love how simple this dish is and it can easily be described as elegant. 

6 gala apples (washed and cored)
1 cup of chopped walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
2 TBS Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine (add more if you like)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup of Apple Juice (I use Simply Apple)
1. In a mixing bowl combine chopped walnuts, cinnamon, Manischewitz, and brown sugar. Mix all ingredients well. Add apple juice to crock pot and then place apples in the crock pot. Stuff apples with the walnut mixture and cook on high for about 2 to 3 hours or until apples are tender.
   When serving pour juice over apples and serve warm.


Audra's Lasagna

  This is my version of traditional lasagna. I recently prepared a pan of this lasagna for my sister and her family while they were moving in to their new home.
I realized this recipe was blog worthy when she called me the next day and
told me my brother-in-law woke up thinking about how good the lasagna was the night before!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!
1lb ground beef
2 TBS olive oil
1 small purple onion chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can tomato paste
1- 15 oz can tomato sauce
1- 15 oz can diced tomato

1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. marjoram
1 tsp. garlic & herb
¼ tsp. red pepper
1 ½ tsp. sugar

salt and pepper to taste
15 oz ricotta cheese
1 egg
1 package of oven ready lasagna noodles

I recommend

(Barilla Flat
Egg Lasagna 9oz Box)
½ lbs - 1 lbs. shredded mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese
Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil and remove from pan then fry beef in the remaining oil. If your beef is fatty drain the grease. In a large pan add tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, onion, garlic, sugar, all herbs, salt and pepper.

meat to mixture. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes.

While the sauce is simmering beat an egg in a medium bowl. Then 

add ricotta cheese and add a sprinkle of all herbs and mix well.
Now you are ready to put your lasagna together!
Place a small amount of sauce (so the lasagna noodles do not touch the bottom of the pan) in a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish. Spread layers of noodles, ricotta cheese, sauce, and mozzarella cheese for 3 layers
. Pour the remaining sauce over the last layer of noodles. 

the top of the lasagna with mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and oregano. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes covered with foil. Then remove foil for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
Call the family to the table and enjoy a wonderful family meal made by you! Serve with fresh steamed green beans, salad, and French bread. Enjoy :)

November 15, 2011

Homemade Applesauce

This is a delicious applesauce recipe! I think the secret is the golden delicious apples. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does! Your kids are sure to come running when they smell this cooking :)

4 large Golden Delicious Apples
1/2 cup of apple juice (I use Simply Apple) or water
2 TBS sugar, if you use water
(less or more, depends how sweet you want your apple sauce)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp of  fresh lemon juice
Peel and core apples, cut into eighths. In a medium saucepan, combine apples, juice, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Heat to boil and then reduce to low, cover and simmer until apples are very tender, 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and mash coarsely with potato masher.

November 7, 2011

Coming Soon November Recipes

I have lost my camera's usb cable so I cannot upload any pictures :(
Good news I have ordered another one after looking everywhere.

Coming Soon November Recipes
-Quick Turkey Chili
-Pumpkin Pie
-Fun, New Nifty Gadget
-Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer
-Pumpkin Pie Cake Pops Tutorial

 Praying my camera usb cord comes in soon :)
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