Friday, October 31, 2008

The Secrets to the Best Ever, Perfect Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

There's not a lot that separates most Southern biscuit recipes from each other. They all include flour, buttermilk or milk, and some kind of fat - but there are a few southern secrets that'll help you make the best homemade biscuits ever, including using the right southern biscuit flour.

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Perfect, light and fluffy, homemade buttermilk biscuits used to elude me until I learned a few "secrets" and I have perfect biscuits every time now.

Hand Formed Biscuits

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thin and Crispy Homemade Pizza

A quick and easy perfect pizza crust for thin and crispy pizza dough.

Thin and Crispy Homemade Pizza

There's not a thing wrong with delivery pizza, or even Walmart pizzas, which we love, but you just can't beat a good homemade pizza. Tonight was gonna be "leftover" night where we sort of clean out the fridge and nosh on all the leftover goodies that are in there from all the cooking I've been doing. Or else if nothing appeals to my hubby, he'll just have a sandwich for dinner and I'll eat the leftovers instead. But tonight I got a hankerin' for pizza instead, so guess the leftovers can wait till tomorrow. Good golly was it yummy!


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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


Quaker Oats fabulous Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I truly don't know how you could improve upon them. Except maybe add a bit of finely chopped nuts!

Here's how to make them.


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Beef Stroganoff

A quick stroganoff using cube steaks, sirloin or tenderloin, cream soup, sour cream and mushrooms. Serve over hot cooked egg noodles.

Beef Stroganoff

I decided to make some quick beef stroganoff for dinner tonight, and I truly can't believe The Cajun ate both mushrooms and sour cream without realizing it and exclaimed, "this is delicious!" Hehehehe... I just love when I can sneak in food he wouldn't otherwise touch with a 10 foot pole. Hey, don't judge me.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Shortcut Chicken and Biscuit Dumplings

A shortcut method of making chicken and dumplings that uses precooked chicken, commercial chicken broth and a can of flaky biscuits cut into strips for the dumplings.

Shortcut Chicken and Biscuit Dumplings

Love classic from scratch, old fashioned Southern style chicken and dumplings but don't have the time to stew a chicken? Then this shortcut chicken and dumplings is just what you need and there's even a slow cooker version included at the bottom of the recipe to make it even easier.


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Monday, October 27, 2008

Basic Whole Wheat Bread

A basic whole wheat yeast sandwich bread recipe.

Basic Whole Wheat Bread

We were out of wheat bread today so thought I'd give it a try. This bread was a recipe I just sort of came up with after looking at a wide collection of them. I'm pretty new to the sandwich bread making venture altogether, so I have a long way to go.

My second rise in the pan isn't generally successful and I end up with no crown even after a couple of hours of rise time. I don't really know why except that part of the problem may be the size of the loaf pan. I needed new bread pans and the newest ones I just purchased are apparently the larger size, so I think I need to pick up some that are smaller, or maybe just do a 2 loaf recipe in 1 of these pans and see what happens.

Today was a bit cold too - and that could have hampered my rise too I think. Still this recipe produced a decent, and light, though somewhat flat loaf that was pretty good taste-wise, but I do think I'll try a different recipe the next round. And a smaller pan.


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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cinnamon Toast Raisin Bread

A nice buttermilk bread made with a mixture of golden and black raisins and a touch of cinnamon.

Cinnamon Toast Raisin Bread

I had a taste for cinnamon raisin bread last night, so I decided to give another recipe from the A Passion for Baking cookbook a try today. The bread pans that I used were larger than the pans recommended in the recipe, so I ended up with one very small loaf and one sort of medium loaf, neither of which had much of a rise. On hindsight, I think I could have used only one of the loaf pans and made a large loaf just fine and I think I will do that next time.

The original recipe called for currants and raisins, but I used a combo of regular and golden raisins. I'm not sure how I feel about the topping.  I think that the next time I prepare this loaf, I'll roll the loaves to bring the usual swirl of cinnamon sugar inside the bread, rather than just as a topping. Still, even as is, the bread is soft and very tasty. A winner! Here's how to make it.


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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Basic White Sandwich Bread

A good basic white yeast bread perfect for sandwiches.

Basic White Sandwich Bread

Last night - despite the fact that it would take at minimum 3 hours, at 9:00 p.m. - I decided that I just had to have some homemade bread! If there is anything I am foodie-wise it's a carb gal for sure, and bread is one of my biggest loves. Hand me some sweet cream butter and I can literally go through a hot loaf of fresh, yeast bread in record time.

I ran across this bread at the King Arthur website and wanted to give it a try. I must say I absolutely loved it! It's a definite keeper. As soon as I pick up some more instant potato flakes, I will be making this again.

Here's how to make it.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Banana Maple Bundt Cake with Walnut Praline Swirl

A homemade bundt cake made with bananas and maple with a swirl of nut praline in the center.

Banana Maple Bundt Cake

Today I needed to use up some overripe bananas. Though I made a few minor changes, this recipe originated from the Baking Delights website (though it is no longer on the site) and was delish! Flavor-wise, it's basically a light and fluffy banana cake, but with an elegant twist! I think I let mine go a bit too long so, don't do that!

Oh and how do you like that vintage 1970s Tupperware Cake Taker there? I am a vintage gal for sure!


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Homemade Pistolette Sandwich Rolls

A light and fluffy homemade pistolette French roll, suitable as both a side bread, or for sandwiches.

Homemade Pistolette Sandwich Rolls

After being on a roll here (haha!) lately to try and find the perfect-for-me roll that could serve as both a dinner roll and a sandwich roll I have finally found it! I have made this batch multiple times and this is now my go to sandwich roll. It's not hard at all and it makes a beautiful roll.


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