Sunday, April 29, 2012

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

A quick, easy and delicious no-cook pizza sauce made with a tomato paste base and a nice blend of seasonings and herbs.

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

We had homemade pizza Friday and of course I used my favorite thin and crispy crust recipe. I have nothing against home delivery of pizza, and even deli or frozen pizza - not one iota. We enjoy them all ourselves at one time or another, but this dough comes together so quick and easy that you can literally be eating pizza faster than you can run to the store, or call and get one delivered to your door y'all. It's a just-right dough too and hands-down the best thin crust to suit my needs. I hope you'll try it sometime!


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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Shepherd's Pie

American Shepherd's Pie, known elsewhere as Cottage Pie, is a great way to use up both leftover vegetables and mashed potatoes.

Shepherd's Pie

What a gorgeous few days it has been down here in South Mississippi, and while it's a tiny bit cooler for a couple of days, I'm gonna sneak this Shepherd's Pie in real quick while I can. I actually made it a couple weeks back when I shared it with a few folks who were asking for my recipe, but then it got kinda hot early, so I held off on sharing it here on the site.

Shepherd's Pie is really not much more than a baked meat and vegetable casserole topped with potatoes, often using leftovers. To the best of my knowledge, Shepherd's Pie in the U.S. is actually what would be considered Cottage Pie on the other side of the pond. Gastronomically speaking, an authentic Shepherd's pie is traditionally made using lamb, since, well, that is the animal most associated with a shepherd. Cottage Pie is a similar version made with beef.


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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fresh Hot Corn on the Cob in (about) 4 minutes, No Husking, No Silks

This super easy method of steaming corn uses un-husked corn, cooked in your microwave, and results in a clean cob with no silk left behind, and corn that is tender-crisp and ready to eat! Includes video.

Microwave Steamed Corn

Let me repeat that. Fresh, steamed, hot corn on the cob, ready to eat, with no, that's ZERO husking at all, about 4 minutes per ear (depending on your microwave), and you do not have to deal with those pesky silks that are impossible to get off! You will have a clean cob with no work, and no silks. Okay... you might find like one single stray silk that stuck to the cob, but that will be about it. Seriously.

I know!


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Baby back ribs, rubbed with a mixture of spices and herbs, brushed with your favorite barbecue sauce, and cooked to perfection - in your crockpot! Pictured here with creamed corn and a simple summer salad of cucumber, onion and tomato.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

I love pork ribs no matter how you make them. Smoked from my favorite BBQ joint, baked in the oven and fall off the bone, full out grilled from start to finish or started in the oven and finished on the grill. Hang around long enough and I'll probably do a pressure cooked rib here soon, which is pretty much steaming, and a lot like boiling, which kinda makes some of y'all crazy when that word boiled is associated with a rib of any kind. Oh yeah, I've boiled them too! And wait, if that's not shocking enough, are y'all sitting down? Because, I've actually even smoked some here recently y'all... although in all fairness to my expert Q'er friends, that's still considered fauxQ, because I did it with an electric smoker, which, frankly is very likely the only smoking you're ever gonna see outta me.


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Homemade Sno-Cone Syrup

Homemade snowball syrup is as easy as a simple syrup made from boiled sugar and water and a package of your favorite flavor of unsweetened, powdered Kool-Aid mix.

Homemade Sno-Cone Syrup

Yes, I know it's not exactly summer quite yet, but we're kinda stuck with that in-between wacky weather season right now. For instance, yesterday it was so hot and humid here it might as well have been mid-summer. At the same time, I heard the weatherman say nighttime temperatures are forecast to drop into the mid-40s later this week, somewhere around here in South Mississippi. So, I'm vacillating between wanting beans and soup and comfort food casseroles and, well... things like summer drinks and ice cream. You might already know about this easy "recipe," or maybe you don't, but I'm actually posting it today because I needed to make up a syrup for another recipe that's coming soon, so sno-cones are on the menu today!


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Friday, April 13, 2012

Lemon Icebox Pie

Lemon Icebox Pie made with sweetened condensed milk, whipped topping, fresh lemon juice and zest, gets an extra tangy boost from the addition of a lemonade powdered drink mix.

Lemon Icebox Pie

The old fashioned version of lemon icebox pie used raw egg yolks in the filling. I've included that version in the cook's notes at the bottom of the recipe for those of us who are still adventurous enough to make it. It is believed that the combination of the acids with the eggs in the pie filling "cook" the eggs sufficiently, but scientifically I have no idea if there is any truth to that. I can tell you that many of us southerners love the egg version and have lived on to tell about it, but if you're concerned about the consumption of raw eggs, you can still have that creamy taste with a few shortcuts in the form of this refrigerator pie, which is also mighty tasty.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ham and Potatoes au Gratin Casserole

A delicious potato casserole, using both leftover vegetables and ham, baked in a creamy cheese sauce.

Ham and Potatoes au Gratin Casserole

If you have leftover ham and vegetables to use, this is a great potato casserole dish to repurpose those into a whole new and delicious meal. All you need to add is a nice side salad, some rolls and iced tea, and you've got a great meal out of those leftovers.


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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Marinated Vegetable Salad

A classic vegetable salad of corn, green beans, and peas, marinated in a sweet and sour vinegar and sugar dressing.

Marinated Vegetable Salad

From Fire 'n Ice Salad, to pickles and coleslaw, to cucumber salads and creamed cucumbers, green beans to cocktails and everything in between, I'm sure a sucker for anything sweet and sour. I just love the combination of flavors. This marinated vegetable salad is no exception, and it's another one of those 70s throwbacks for me - might even be older than that to be honest, but that's my first memories of it.


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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Buttermilk Congealed Salad - Pink Jello Salad

A tangy form of congealed fruit salad, made with crushed pineapple, flavored gelatin, and your choice of either cottage cheese, buttermilk, cream cheese, salad dressing mayonnaise, sour cream, or any combination of them, with whipped topping folded in.

Pink Jello Salad

This is yet another recipe that is a throwback to my worn out, old Bell's Best cookbook of the 70s. I seem to be stuck in that era here lately don't I? Truth is, have you noticed that retro is quite in these days. Suddenly I'm feeling rather hip y'all!


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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mandarin Orange Pig Pickin' Cake

Mandarin Orange Cake is what this dessert is typically known as in this part of The Deep South, but in many other areas of The South, this is more commonly known as Pig Pickin' Cake.

Mandarin Orange Pig Pickin' Cake

How y'all liking that vintage Tupperware Cake Taker plate up there? I know for photo styling I should have used my mama's fancy footed cake plate, but this is one of those refrigerated cakes so in the cake taker it went. This one, in that classic mustard color, dates back to the 70s of course, and has been used many, many times. I actually have two of them - one was mine from back then and the other my mama's, which she very well may have purchased at a Tupperware party at my house! I also have the rectangular one for sheet cakes. Anybody else still have one of these oldies hanging around?


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