Sunday, December 29, 2013

It is a long-standing tradition in African American families to indulge in a family or communal New Year's Day dinner featuring cabbage or greens, which symbolize greenbacks (paper money), black-eyed peas which symbolize coins and both giving good luck for the New Year. Try my recipes for black-eye-peas and greens.
 
BLACK EYED PEAS

Ingredients:
1 pound black-eyed peas or 2 package of frozen
4 cups water
1 small onion chopped
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 or 2 smoked turkey tails
1 teaspoon onion powder
4 chicken bouillon cubes
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper (optional)



Preparation:
Thoroughly pick and wash the black-eyes peas in strainer picking out small pebbles. Place peas in pot and add water covering the peas, place in refrigerator for 24 hours.  Drain and place into large  pot  (If frozen just place into the pot). Combine with salt, pepper, onion, water and turkey tails.  You can add crushed red pepper if you like spicy food. Bring to rapid boil, cover and reduce heat simmer for 1½ to 2 hours or until tender.
 
 


COLLARD GREENS

Ingredients
1 pound smoked turkey tails
5 bunches collard greens - rinsed, trimmed and chopped (4 bags of *pre-washed greens
2-3 cups water (just to cover the meat)
5 cups chicken stock or (low sodium chicken stock in the can or cartons)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 onion coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste

Preparation:
In an extra large pot, bring smoked turkey tails and water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 30 hour.

Immerse greens in a sink full of water and wash well to remove sand and grit. Lift out, drain water, fill sink, and repeat the procedure approximately 3 or 4 times to ensure they are clean and free of sand, grit and insects. Cut out the thickest part of stems that runs down the center and coarsely chop the greens.

Increase the heat under the smoked turkey tails to medium-high; add about 1/3 of the greens to the pot. Cover, and cook for about 5 minutes, until wilted. Add remaining greens in two more batches, until all the greens fit into the pot.

Stir in the broth, garlic, vinegar, sugar, black pepper, and red pepper flakes; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally about 2 hour or until the greens are tender. When done taste and adjust **seasoning.
smoked turkey tails and cut meat from bones. Dice and add back to the greens. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a serving bowl. If desired, pass the juices (also known as pot liquor) for dipping cornbread.

*wash your pre-washed greens just one time, yes they need to be washed because no respectful soul sister would just dump a bag in the pot.
** If it need a little salt, this is the time to add the salt.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

Run run as fast as you can!
 
You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man.     
 
 The making of a Gingerbread House, two of my grand daughters and  two
great grand daughters ( the twins). One grand daughter( the twins mom) , six great grand daughters watching on Skype








 
     
 
 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the egg, and mix in the molasses.In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Blend into the creamed mixture. Stir in the apple sauce and hot water. Pour into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan before serving.
 
 
 

Friday, December 13, 2013

13th DAY OF CHRISTMAS TUNA CASSEROLE



EASY TUNA CASSEROLE

Ingredients
1 (16 ounce) package macaroni
1/2 cup can green peas
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk or water
4 (6 ounce) cans tuna, drained
1 (4.5 ounce) can sliced mushrooms (optional)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
ground black pepper to taste
1 cup crushed potato chips



Directions

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
3. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix macaroni,  1 cup cheese, peas, tuna, and mushrooms. Mix the soup and milk together, pour over macaroni and stir.
4. Transfer to a 9x13 inch baking dish, add  remaining 1 cup cheese on top and next add the crushed potato chip over the cheese.
5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is bubbly.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

12 DAY OF CHRISTMAS TACOS


Ground Beef Tacos

Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
1/4 cup onion, diced
3/4 cup salsa
12 (6 inch) corn tortillas
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1/3 cup cold water
2 cup lettice
1 tomatoes dice
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
1.In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with onion; drain fat.
2.Stir in salsa, taco seasoning, and cold water. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
3.In a small skillet, heat tortillas 1 minute on each side. To assemble tacos, layer ground beef, lettice, tomato,and cheese inside a folded tortilla. Serve immediately
Service with corn and Spanish rice.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

11th DAY OF CHRISTMAS SPAGHETTI


Spaghetti Casserole

Ingredient:
1 16 oz. package  spaghetti
2  pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1  jar spaghetti sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions:
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 10 -15 minutes or until al dente; drain and reserve.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (150 degrees C).
In a large skillet, brown ground beef until no longer pink; drain reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings in pan. Set beef aside. In skillet saute onion, green bell pepper and garlic until just soft. Combine browned beef, spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper with onion mixture; mix well.
Mix together spaghetti and meat mixture, pour into 9 x 13 pan. Top with cheese and bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Service with a salad and garlic bread.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

10th DAY OF CHRISTMAS - CREOLE CHICKEN

Crockpot Creole Chicken

3 lbs.-31/2 lbs. chicken thighs
1 cup celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp. paprika
salt and  pepper to taste
Louisiana hot sauce to taste
*2 cups rice, cooked

Place chicken in bottom of  crockpot, combine remaining ingredients  and  add to crockpot. (DO NOT ADD RICE)  Cook on high 4 to 5 hours or on low 7-8 hrs. Service over rice

Monday, December 9, 2013

9th DAY OF CHRISTMAS (Meatball Stew)



Crock pot Meatball Stew

Ingredients
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 pound fresh baby carrots, quartered
1 onion, chopped
3 celery ribs, sliced
1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked meatballs
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
1 can (10-1/2 ounces) beef gravy
1 cup water
1 envelope onion soup mix


Directions
Place the potatoes, carrots, onion, celery and meatballs in
a 5-qt. Crock pot. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.
Pour over meatball mixture. Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours
or until the vegetables are crisp-tender. Yield: 6 servings

WOW!! it's the 9th Day of Christmas already so let get COOKIN'


 
 

We all are so busy, this time of the year, I would like to share some of my HOLIDAY recipes and a few one-pot  meals, crockpot recipes  and casseroles for your last minute dinner ideas.
I  created a countdown to Christmas in a crafty way, a handmade Advent Calendar filled with recipes ideas that are quick, and easy to prepare, along with a few of my family favorite Holiday  Goodies.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The DRESSING or STUFFING, whatever you may call it, it's my favorite part of the meal.


I like to know what your family call it. It's always Dressing in my family whether it's cooked in or out of the bird. Some say that a lots of working class people (African American) have the tendency to say dressing but whatever you call it, it's my favorite part of the meal. Let's hear what your family call it, this should be fun I will give a gift  donated by LaChic Gift and Craft.com to one lucky person just leave me a comment on my Blog nannytable.blogspot.com/ and let me know what your family call it Dressing or Stuffing. I will have one of my grand baby pick a name at 6:00 pm East Coast time on BLACK FRIDAY and post your name on my BLOG   and  my Facebook Page , all you need to if your name is pick just  sent me your information and I will sent it right away.


Give my Cornbread Dressing a try you will just love it.

CORNBREAD GIBLET DRESSING
Ingredients:
3/4 pound Chicken Giblets, *cooked and chopped
1 (9 x 13) **cornbread, already baked
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
3/4 cup bell pepper chopped
1/4 c. butter
1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 or 11/2 tbsp. sage, to taste
Salt, and pepper to taste
2-4 cups giblet juice



Directions
Saute onion, celery and bell pepper in the butter until done but not brown,
Crumble cornbread in a large bowl. Add celery,onions, bell pepper, giblets and
poultry seasoning. Add giblet juice gradually. In between adding giblet juice, add sage and salt and pepper to taste, continue adding juice until cornbread is very moist. Bake in a 9 x 13 pan at 375 degrees until top is golden brown. This recipe can be stuff into bird.

*Boil the Chicken giblet (gizzards) in a saucepan on high heat with about a quart of water, add one celery stalk cut up, one medium onion cut up, one teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 1 to 2 hours or until tender. Discard celery and onion, and coarsely chop giblets. Reserve 4 cups of liquid.

**If you use a corn bread mix, don't use the mix with sugar add.




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MY FAVORITE POTATO SALAD


Here is my favorite recipe for potato salad. I vary
this recipe from time to time based upon my mood and what I have in the refrigerator. I encourage you to do the same.






Potato Salad


Ingredients:

10 - 12 whole russet potatoes
4 to 6 hard boiled eggs chopped
1 bunch green onions chopped
½ bunch celery chopped
¼ cup pickle relish
1 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/3 cup yellow mustard
2 teaspoon onion powder
Salt and pepper to tasted
paprika

Preparation:

1. Boil potatoes with skin on for 30 - 45 minutes. When fork can be easily inserted. Potatoes are done.
2. Pour hot water out and run cold water over potatoes to cool them off for 5 minutes.
3. When potatoes are cool, peel off skin and cut into bite sized pieces. If you overcook them, they don't really hurt
the recipe since the extra potatoes just mixes in with
the creamy portion of the mixture.
4. Stir all ingredients gently except for the paprika.
After all ingredients are well mixed, pour into a bowl.
Add the paprika across the top.
5. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve
serve 16-20

Try 1/2 cup of slice black olives or 1/4 cup of sheered carrots or 1/2 cup of chopped green or red bell pepper or dell pickles chopped in place of sweet relish.

Monday, November 25, 2013

1-2-3 CAKE

Every Thanksgiving  my grandmother would make her famous 123 Cake. She didn't have a mixer she would beat this cake by hand and folded the dry ingredients in a little at a time before baking. She said it needed 300 strokes, my sister and I would count as she mixed and the best part was we got to lick the spoon.


The pound cake, most known as a rich cake, originally contained a pound of each of the main ingredients, including flour, sugar, and butter. That’s where the pound cake gets its name.


GRANDMA'S 123 POUND CAKE


Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour sifted (to day we use Swans Down Cake Flour)
4 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon brandy- or 1 teaspoon brandy extract
1 teaspoon orange zest, grated (optional)
1 - 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate, thawed


Directions:

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour the Bundt pans. Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat on medium speed 10 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add flour mixture alternately with milk and flavorings, creaming by hand until smooth after each addition. Spread batter into prepared 10-inch Bundt pan. Bake until tester inserted into cake comes out clean, about 1 hour and 25 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool on rack.
Glaze with OLD-FASHIONED BOURBON GLAZE: Combine sugar, bourbon, zest and enough orange juice to make a thin glaze. Drizzle onto cake.

SWEET POTATO PIE

You will never go back to pumpkin pie again,  you will be a sweet potato pie convert after you take your first bite.

SWEET POTATO PIE

Ingredients:
3 - Frozen Unbaked 8” Or 9” Single Crust Pie Shells
4 - Pounds Uncooked And Unpeeled Sweet Potatoes
1/2 - Cup (1 Stick) Butter
2 - Cups Sugar
3 - Large Eggs
2 - Cups *Evaporated Milk
1 - Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 - teaspoon Salt
1/2 - teaspoon cinnamon

Preparation:
Boil the potatoes until tender. When you stick a
fork in them it should go in easy but you don't
want them to fall apart. Let the potatoes cool and then peel them.
Blend your sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl with a blender to**remove strings,
repeat this three our four until you have remove just about all the strings
Next cream the softened butter with sugars. Add to the blended sweet potatoes
and continue to mix while adding the eggs one at a time. Add your milk,
vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt and mix thoroughly.
Finally, pour mixture evenly into your three frozen unbaked pie shells. Bake for
1 hour and 30 minutes at 350 degrees on your center oven rake. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a soufflé and then will sink down as it cools.

Tip:
I double the recipe and bake two pies at a time.
* DO NOT use sweet condensed milk
**Beat the potatoes with an electric mixer on "medium" for one to two minutes remove the beater blades wash off all the string  with tap water, repeat this step five to ten times until  all the  strings are gone.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Super simple macaroni and cheese to make without having to make a white sauce! Everyone loves my Mac & Cheese this is a Holiday Dinner must have.


MACARONI AND CHEESE


Ingredients:
5 cups cooked elbow macaroni (approximate) 4 cups uncooked)
4 Tbsp butter
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 cups whole milk (low fat milk alters the texture!)
1 can evaporated milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
paprika

Boil your macaroni according to package instructions. Do not overcook it. Drain macaroni in strainer.
Mix macaroni, butter, salt, pepper, 1 cup sharp cheese, 4  cups cheddar cheese, taste test time add more salt and pepper as needed. pour into a 9 x 13 pan or 3 quart casserole dish.
Mix eggs and milk in a bowl and then gently stir into macaroni mixture. Sprinkle with paprika
Cover everything with aluminum foil and cook for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
Uncover and add 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese across the top. Bake uncovered until it turn golden brown about 15 minutes.

 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Green Bean Casserole


This is always served for Thanksgiving Dinner, everyone just loves this casserole.


Green Bean Casserole

2 (10 3/4-ounce) can Campbell's Condensed Golden Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup milk
2 teaspoon soy sauce
Dash ground black pepper
4 cans cut green beans (drained)
1 Large French's French Fried Onions

1. Mix soup, milk, soy, black pepper, beans and  2/3 fried onions in bowl and pour into  13 x 9 pan or 3 -quart casserole dish.
2. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 45 minutes
3. Stir. Sprinkle with remaining fried onions on top and  Bake 10 minutes.

Makes 12 servings

TIP: Use 2 (16 to 20-ounce) bag frozen green beans, 4 (9-ounce) packages frozen green beans or 3 pounds fresh green beans for this recipe

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cleaning and Preparing Fresh Green Beans:


Wash fresh green beans thoroughly in clear, cool water. Lift beans from the wash water and leave garden debris behind. Rinse again.

Break off the end (the top and tail) as you wash them. Leave whole or cut into desired lengths. Beans can be cooked whole, cut crosswise, diagonally or French-cut. If you want sweet tasting, crisp fresh beans, cut them as little as possible. The recipes I will post next will use can string beans, I just wanted everyone to know how to prepare fresh sting beans.

I am featuring my family traditional Thanksgiving Dinner recipe for our vegetable side dishes featuring fresh greens and string beans and a traditional Green Bean casserole for my daughter it her favorite

Today let's talk Greens,

 COLLARDS GREENS

Ingredients
1 pound smoked turkey tails
5 bunches collard greens - rinsed, trimmed and chopped (4 bags of *pre-washed greens
2-3 cups water (just to cover the meat)
5 cups chicken stock or (low sodium chicken stock in the can or cartons)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 onion coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon granulated sugar (artificial sweeteners)
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste

Preparation:
In an extra large pot, bring smoked turkey tails and water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 30 hour.

Immerse greens in a sink full of water and wash well to remove sand and grit. Lift out, drain water, fill sink, and repeat the procedure approximately 3 or 4 times to ensure they are clean and free of sand, grit and insects. Cut out the thickest part of stems that runs down the center and coarsely chop the greens.

Increase the heat under the smoked turkey tails to medium-high; add about 1/3 of the greens to the pot. Cover, and cook for about 5 minutes, until wilted. Add remaining greens in two more batches, until all the greens fit into the pot.

Stir in the broth, garlic, vinegar, sugar, black pepper, and red pepper flakes; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally about 2 hour or until the greens are tender. When done taste and adjust **seasoning.
smoked turkey tails and cut meat from bones. Dice and add back to the greens. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a serving bowl. If desired, pass the juices (also known as pot liquor) for dipping cornbread.

*wash your pre-washed greens just one time, yes they need to be washed because no respectful soul sister would just dump a bag in the pot.
** If it need a little salt, this is the time to add the salt.

. Candied yams are a staple of Thanksgiving dinners everywhere, Let's get cookin'


This is one of my grand kids favorite dish for the holidays. After the Yam or cooked, I place them  into a 9 x 13 inch pan and Sprinkle  1 (10.5 ounce) package miniature marshmallows over the top and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) about 10 minutes until golden brown and serve warm. 




CANDIED YAMS

Ingredients:
5 pounds yams (or sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into large bite-sized chunks
3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice
DO NOT ADD WATER

Directions
In a large pot over medium heat, place potatoes. Top with butter, cinnamon, vanilla,lemon juice and sugar, cover and simmer, for 35 to 45 minutes until tender. Gentle stir throughout cooking, until mixture is thick and syrupy. Mixture will thicken slightly as it cools. Remove from heat and serve warm.

Tip:
If sauce looks very liquid, removed the potatoes, as they are fully cooked, and simmered the remaining liquid with the cover removed until it caramelized and then poured it back over the potatoes.
DO NOT ADD WATER

Sunday, November 17, 2013

ROAST TURKEY



Let's get Roasting!

Remove the bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard the brine.
Place the bird on a v-shaped roasting rack, breast-side down and pat dry with paper towels,use a shallow roasting pan (If you use a deep roasting pan, you wind up steaming the meat). 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Thoroughly rinse the turkey, and discard the brine mixture.
  2. Brush the turkey with 1/2 the melted butter. Place breast side down on a roasting rack in a shallow roasting pan. Stuff the turkey cavity with 1 onion, 1/2 the carrots, 1/2 the celery, 1 sprig of thyme, and the bay leaf. Scatter the remaining vegetables and thyme around the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover with the chicken broth
  3. Roast uncovered 3 1/2 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 180 degrees F (185 degrees C). Carefully turn the turkey breast side up about 2/3 through the roasting time, and brush with the remaining butter. Allow the bird to stand about 30 minutes before carving.


To prevent the meat from drying out, loosely cover with a thick sheet of aluminum foil, butter on the inside to prevent sticking. The last hour or so, remove the foil and turn the turkey to brown the breast.

Baste, baste, baste.

Don't rely on the little plastic thermometer in some turkeys to pop out. If you wait for it, the turkey will overcook. Instead stick an instant read thermometer several inches down through the skin between the thigh and the breast so the tip ends up about an inch above the joint. The turkey is ready when the thermometer reads 180 degrees F. If you are not prepared to use a meat thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the turkey and the stuffing in the bird, that is okay but the stuffing should be cooked outside the turkey," I always cook my stuffing outside of the turkey".

Let the cooked turkey "rest" after it have been removed from the oven. While the turkey cooks, the juices are forced away from the heat to the middle of the turkey. Cover loosely with the aluminum foil and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes after it is removed from the oven. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the turkey. A moist turkey is easier to carve.

If you need your oven to reheat or cook side dishes, it's better to serve the turkey at room temperature with hot gravy than to reheat it. Reheating dries out the meat. The interior of a large turkey will stay quite hot for at least an hour.

Let’s get cookin’ starting with the Turkey


We will finishing off with all the sides and deserts. Sense we all are trying to eat heath; I’m going to update my recipes and try to take a little fat out without losing that good old fashion.
Do you know that a "frozen" turkey is fresher than a so called "fresh" turkey?
I always buy a frozen turkey because the so called fresh turkeys can sit in your store for days uncooked. The frozen turkey have been frozen immediately upon preparation.

To get a flavorful turkey, you must start with a brine.
Brining adds moisture and flavor to the turkey and helps to keep it from drying out. 

 Now let's get to the turkey. Wash the bird, inside and out, in cool running water, completely thawed, and should not be a self-basting (Butterball) or Kosher turkey, they have a salty stock added that will make your brined turkey too salty.

To properly brine a turkey you need to start the night before you plan to cook. You will need a container large enough to hold your turkey and enough brine to cover it. You'll also need *Kosher salt, water, sugar, and enough room to refrigerate it. A large stainless steel stock pot or even a 5 gallon clean plastic bucket would make excellent containers. Whatever container you choose the turkey needs to have enough room to be turned so it should be big. Both Reynolds (Oven Roasting Bag for Turkeys) and Ziploc (XL Storage Bag) make very large food safe seal-able bags that are great for this job.

Brine Ingredients:
To make the brine, mix 1 cup of Kosher salt in 1 gallon of water. You will need more than 1 gallon of water but that’s the ratio to aim. Add up to 1 cup of sugar per gallon of brine, then bring the whole thing to a boil for 5 minutes to blend flavors. Make sure that the salt and sugar is completely dissolved. Be sure to allow it to cool before immersing the 
Set-up: Place the turkey in a bucket or pot (plastic, stainless steel or enamel – not aluminum or other “reactive” metal) pour in enough brine to completely cover the turkey with an inch or two to spare. You do not want any part of the turkey above the surface of the brine. Now you put the whole thing in the refrigerator. Cover the pot and refrigerate for 6 hours - or up to 24 hours

Keep it Cool!: Don't have room in the refrigerator? Try a cooler. A cooler big enough to hold your turkey and makes a good container for your turkey and brine. If the weather is cool, but not freezing you can put the whole thing outside until you need the turkey. If the weather is warm fill a a zip top bag with ice. Place this in the cooler with the turkey and brine and it will hold down the temperature during the brining process.

Rinsing: When you are ready to start cooking your turkey, remove it from the brine and rinse it off thoroughly in the sink with cold water until all traces of salt are off the surface inside and out. pat dry with paper towels, and roast as usual. Safely discard the brine.

Brining makes an exceptionally moist and juicy (but not watery) turkey. This is way I have the Perfect Turkey year after year, just follow my steps and you will to.

* Kosher salt is the ONLY type of salt to be used in making brine (it is sweeter and more pure than ordinary table salt).

Tips: After rinsing your turkey, allow the turkey to stand, refrigerated, for 6 hours or overnight. This resting period has the added advantage of evening the degree of brininess throughout the meat (it will be less salty on the surface of the meat, more evenly brined throughout), and resting produces a slightly more tender result.

If salt is a concern (the entire turkey will absorb only 10-15% of the brine)

It time to start getting ready for the big day. Thanksgiving Day Dinner


Thanksgiving is time when family and friends come together for a great home cook meal, this year let's do it right with a great Thanksgiving Dinner. Okayfor all you cooks who only cook on Holidays and for everyone who loves great tips. I will cover how to prepare the perfect Turkey and a few of my favorite holiday sides.

This week it’s mostly paper work. I feed about 20 people and I need enough food to cover a big Thanksgiving dinner, and a huge plate of food to send home with everyone.  This requires organization, so this week I do my lists: Menu, groceries needed groceries on hand, shopping list, to do list, cooking schedule. I used to do all of the cooking myself but I have grand kids in training so I get a lot of help.

Friday, October 18, 2013

How to Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Now that you have carved your pumpkin, and removed the membrane and seeds, it time to bake  up a batch of pumpkin seeds to snack on.

Cut a fresh, well-ripened pumpkin in half.
Remove the membrane and seeds.
Remove most of the pulp from the seeds (leaving some pulp on is okay because it adds to the flavor; for the same reason, do not rinse the seeds.

Heat oven to 300.
Spread 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a shallow pan.
Sprinkle seeds over oil in single layer.
Sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt over seeds.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned; cool.
and enjoy.


Cajun Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Double or triple this roasted pumpkin seed recipe, depending on how many cups of seeds you have. One large pumpkin will generally yield 1 cup or pumpkin seeds, and smaller pie pumpkins will yield about the same amount. Toss a salad with these seeds, sprinkle over a chicken dish, or serve as a snack.


Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 scant teaspoon Cajun seasoning, or to taste
paprika, for more color, if desired
a little salt, depending on saltiness of the seasoning
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon melted butter or vegetable oil

Preparation:
Rinse seeds well and get as much of the pumpkin pulp off of them as possible. Some of the small pieces are going to adhere, but they won't hurt the seeds at all, and might even add a little more flavor. Pat dry with paper towels. Don't let them dry completely on the paper towels, because they might stick!

Toss pumpkin seeds with seasonings. Combine butter and Worcestershire sauce; stir into seeds until well blended and coated.

Heat oven to 300°. Roast, turning from time to time, for about 45 to 60 minutes, or until nicely browned and crunchy.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

PUMPKIN BREAD Day 3 (New recipe just try it today yummy)


JENNIFER CONWAY’S PUMPKIN BREAD

Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. each: Nutmeg, Cloves, Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups each: Granulated Sugar, Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 cups Canned Pumpkin (Libby's is best!)
  • 4 Eggs
Directions
  1. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
  2. Add sugar and mix well
  3. Add oil and pumpkin, stirring until well-combined
  4. Add eggs one at a time, blending thoroughly
  5. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9 1/2x5 1/4" loaves
  6. Bake @ 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes
  8. Remove from pans and place in wire racks to cool completely

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pumpkin Recipe #2 My all time favorite Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes
INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cup Aunt Jermima Original Pancake Mix
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 3/4 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS

1. In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, eggs, pumpkin, oil, and vinegar. Combine the dry ingredients, stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.
2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Try maple pumpkin syrup. Mix 1/2 c. pure maple syrup with 1/2 c. or so pumpkin puree and a pinch of cinnamon. Heat it up until warm. Adds the perfect touch to these pancakes!These are good any season but taste best on cold winter mornings. You can use canned or cooked fresh pumpkin.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This is the time of the year when pumpkins are plentiful.

After you have carved the face and used them for punch or soup bowls, now it time to bake. I want to share a few recipes some are my old favorite and today I have a new recipe to share.
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There's no shame in using canned pumpkin. Even professional bakers do it. But if you're using fresh, choose small, flavorful sugar pie pumpkins--and save the big ones for carving.

NO BAKE PUMPKIN PIE 


INGREDIENTS
* 1 (9 inches) prepared graham cracker crust
* 1 (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

DIRECTIONS
1. In a heavy saucepan combine gelatin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in condensed milk and beaten eggs, mixing well. Let stand one minute, then place on burner over low heat, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes, or until gelatin dissolves and mixture thickens. Remove from heat.
2. Stir in pumpkin, mixing thoroughly, and pour mixture into graham cracker crust. Chill for at least 3 hours before serving.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

My Labor Day weekend recipes would be incomplete without my yummy quick dessert on summer's last holiday. HAVE A GREAT LABOR DAY

Creamy Fruit Dip with Fresh Fruit


·  1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow cream
3 drops vanilla extract
3 cups of your favorite fresh fruit

    In a mixing bowl or food processor, combine the cream cheese and marshmallow cream. Blend until smooth. Add the vanilla. Continue blending until the mixture is thick and creamy.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

LET'S CELEBRATE LABOR DAY

This is great for a BBQ, I double the recipe and use a cooler and everyone can help them self, this is better than soda any day.



Old-fashioned Lemonade

1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
½ cup boiling water
1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice
4 ½ cups cold water
Ice cubes
Lemon Slices

Place sugar, boiling water, and lemon juice in a 2 quart pitcher and stir vigorously with a spoon until sugar is dissolved. Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to use. Add cold water, ice cubes and lemon slices. Stir. Pour over ice cubes in a 10 to 12 ounce glass.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.



Wednesday, August 28, 2013

LET'S CELEBRATE LABOR DAY


Labor Day weekend recipes flavors,  my second great grilling recipes for summer 2013.
 
MELZIE OUR GRILL MASTER




MY FAVORITE GRILLED LEMON CHICKEN

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves


Preparation:

Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry with paper towels. Stir together the lemon juice, soy sauce, ginger, and black pepper in a bowl; pour into a large, resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken breasts, seal the bag, and massage to evenly coat chicken with lemon juice mixture. Place in refrigerator to marinate at least 20 minutes, or up to 24 hours

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Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil grill grate.

Drain and discard marinade from the bag, and place chicken on preheated grill about 4 inches from heat source for about 6 to 8 minutes on each side Cook until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.


Monday, August 26, 2013

LET'S CELEBRATE LABOR DAY

 Labor Day weekend recipes flavor summer's last holiday with a feast of great grilling recipes, appetizers, and desserts.



MELIZE COWBOY STEAK 

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds porterhouse steak
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation:

Combine garlic, chili powder, salt, oil and pepper in a small bowl. Mix until it forms a thick paste. Rub paste over the entire surface of the steak. Wrap steak in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours. Preheat grill. Grill steak over as high a heat as you can for 2 minutes. Flip and continue grilling for 2 more minutes. Move to a cooler part of the grill or reduce heat to medium. Continue grilling until done. About 4 minutes per side.