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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Touchdown Party Favorites

Are you having a party for Superbowl?  Here are some crowd pleasing game day recipes that are sure to tackle your hunger ;0)




Courtney's Hot Wings



1. fill deep fryer to max fill line with canola, vegetable or peanut oil and turn heat to 375 degree.  (Fry outside to avoid stinking up your house)
2. In a large bowl combine flour and seasoned salt
3. Add wings (40 count) and coat with flour or dredge
4. In a saucepan add 1/4 cup butter, 1 bottle of Louisiana Hot Sauce and 2 Tbsp (or more) agave nectar or honey. Turn the heat to medium and stir until butter is melted and sauce is combined.  Turn heat to low to keep warm while wings are frying
5. When the oil it hot add wings (fry in shifts of 6-8 wings of similar size)
6. The wings are done when they float to the top and turn a golden brown color (anywhere from 4-7 or more min depending on size)
7. Remove wings and drain on a paper towel
8. Coat in sauce
9. Serve immediately with celery and ranch or blue cheese dressing.


World's Best Sugar Cookies
for video and recipe click here 



Yummy Ham Rolls

For video click here
1. Preheat oven to 350 degree
2. Melt 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter and add 1/2 Tbsp mustard, 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 tsp onion powder and 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
3. Place sandwich rolls on a baking sheet and layer ham and cheddar cheese
4. Brush some of the butter mixture on the top of each roll and place on the ham and cheese
5. Brush the remaining butter mixture over the tops of each sandwich
6. Cover in foil and bake for 15 min
7. Remove more and bake for another 10 min
Serve immediately


Main Dish #1 Mini Meat Loaves

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Combine:  1-2 shredded carrots
    ½ of a small onion, finely chopped
     1/2 lb of ground beef
1 beaten egg
2 Tbsp breadcrumbs
1-2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp salt
¼ cup finely chopped spinach, sautéed (optional)
3. Mix together all ingredients and form patties
4. Place patties in a glass baking dish and bake for 15 min. 
5. Turn patties and squirt each with ketchup and bake for 15 more min. 


Main Dish #2 Homemade Hot Pockets

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Defrost 16 Rhodes frozen Texas rolls, but don’t allow to rise.  
  • Roll each out with a rolling pin until flat
  • Add whatever fixings you like 
  • Fold and seal dough around the fillings
  • Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 min
  • Serve immediately or allow to cool completely and store in the freezer in a zip-lock bag.
  • Heat in microwave for 45 sec 





Courtney's Chili

1. Brown 1/2 lb ground beef (remove and discard grease) and add 1 Tbsp steak seasoning
2. In a dutch oven saute 3 sweet peppers and 1/2 small onion until tender
3. Add 1 can pork-n-beans, 1 can of red kidney beans, 1 jar of tomatoes and the ground beef. 
4. Stir in the following spices: 
2 Tbsp Chili Powder, 1/2 Tbsp season salt, 1 tsp cumin, 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp oregano
5. Cover and let simmer for at least 10 min. 
6. Then serve with your favorite fixin's 

Guacamole 

1. Chop 6 cherry or grape tomatoes, 2 slices of onion, 1-2 Tbsp cilantro and place in a bowl
sprinkle with 2-3 Tbsp lime juice and let soak for an hour or so
2. Mash 2 ripe avocados and add to the vegetables. 
3. Mix and add salt to taste.  


Shoestring Onion Rings
1. Cut onions into thin slices
2. Soak in milk
3. Dredge in flour mixed with seasoned salt
4. Fry until golden brown and enjoy!


Homemade Potato Chips

1. Peel and slice potatoes into very thin slices (rinse with ice cold water)
2. Deep Fry until golden brown
3. Place on a paper towel to absorb extra oil
4. Salt and enjoy!


Baked Beans

for video click here

1 large or 2 small cans Pork-n-beans
1/2 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
1-2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
2-3 strips of cooked bacon (crumbled)
1/4 cup diced onion
Combine all ingredients and pour into a square glass baking dish.  Bake for 30 min at 350 degree

Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Favorites

Here is a list of my go to Christmas Recipes from earlier blog posts




Sweet Sweets: Christmas Candy Classics
Learn to make Fudge, Divinity and Microwave Peanut Brittle
See post link here


Holly Jolly Hot Chocolate 
Learn to make dry powdered hot chocolate mix and stove top hot chocolate 
See post link here


Sweet Sweets: World's Best Sugar Cookies
Christmas Cookies are a staple around here.  See my favorite sugar cookie and two styles of icing recipes here



Sweet Sweets: Russian Tea Cookies 
This cookie is a Christmas Tradition in my family.  They are so easy to make and so delicious
See blog post link here



Monday, December 5, 2016

Sweet Sweets: Christmas Candy Classics


I have many great memories of being in the kitchen with my mom and eating her yummy food and goodies.  Around Christmas each year she would make fudge and divinity just like her mother and grandmother before her.  The tradition will some day be passed on to me.  I loved having her as a guest host in this episode to show us how to make these delectable holiday candies.  Candy making can be tricky but knowing a few secrets can help.  We hope you try making these recipes with your loved ones and make unforgettable memories in the process. 


Chocolate Fantasy Fudge

3/4 cup butter
3 cup sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
12 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
7 oz jar marshmallow cream
1 cup chopped pecans

1. In a saucepan melt butter, sugar and evaporated milk over medium hight heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning.  Once the mixture starts to boil reduce heat to medium.
2. Still stirring, bring to a full rolling boil for 4 min. or until candy thermometer reads 234 degrees.
3. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips stir until melted and combined
4. Add vanilla and marshmallow cream. Stir, stir and stir some more until it becomes smooth and glossy.
5. Add pecans and stir again. Stir until the mixture has cooled a little
6. Line a pan with foil and press the fudge evenly into the pan with a spatula
7 Allow to cool and cut into cubes. Store in a foil lined tin.


Microwave Peanut Brittle

           1 1/2 c Spanish peanuts
           1 c sugar
           pinch of salt
           1/2 c corn syrup
           1 tsp butter
           1 tsp vanilla extract
           1 tsp baking soda

1. In a glass bowl add 1 1/2 cup Spanish peanuts, 1 cup sugar, a pinch of salt (or use salted nuts) and 1/2 cup corn syrup. Stir to combine.
2. Microwave for 4 min at 80% power, remove and stir, then microwave again for 4 min at 80% power.
3. Remove and stir in 1 tsp butter and 1 tsp vanilla and microwave a final time for 2 min at 80% power.
4. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
5. Add 1 tsp baking soda and stir until light and foamy and immediately turn out onto the grease pan, spreading as thinly as possible.
6. Allow to cool and break into pieces.

Divinity
           1/2 c water
           2 c sugar
           1/2 c corn syrup
           pinch of salt
           2 egg whites
           1 c chopped pecans
           1 tsp vanilla extract
           2 Tbsp powered sugar

1. In a saucepan over medium high heat combine 1/2 cup water, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup corn syrup, and a pinch of salt.  Bring to a boil the reduce the heat to medium (the syrup should continue to boil)
2. Meanwhile, beat 2 egg whites to stiff peaks
3. Bring to syrup to soft ball stage, using a candy thermometer. (10 min or so)
4. Slowly beat 1/2 of the syrup mixture into the egg whites.
5. Put the remaining half of the syrup back on the stove and bring to soft crack stag
6. Slowly beat the rest of the syrup into the egg whites
7. Add 1 cup chopped pecans and 1 tsp vanilla and continue to beat.
8. Add 2 Tbsp powered sugar and continue to beat until the mixture is no longer glossy.
9. Spoon onto wax paper and allow to cool. Store in a tin.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cranberry Dreams


The Folks at Cape Code Select challenged me to come up with some recipes using their Premium Frozen Cranberries and here is what I came up with.






Thanksgiving Pot Pie
(Recipe makes 3 individual pot pies) 

1- two crust package of pie crust
1 cup diced cooked turkey
1/2 cup Cape Code Select Premium Frozen Cranberries
2 Tbsp sugar
1 cup Country Green Beans (See recipe (here )
1 cup dry stuffing mix
1 1/2 cup Turkey Gravy 

* In a saucepan saute cranberries and sugar
*Roll out 1 pie crust and use a shape to cut 2 circles big enough to fit in the ramekins, combine scraps and roll out again to cut 1 more bottom crust for a total of 3 
*In a bowl combine turkey, cranberries, dry stuffing, green beans and gravy and mix well
*Distribute filling among ramekins
*Roll out the other crust and cut 3 circle tops
*Roll edges of each crust under and flute. 
*Brush with an egg wash. (optional: add decoration from pie crust scrapes on top)
*Bake at 350 for 30 min (If crust is not done bump temp up to 425 for 10 min or so) 



Cranberry Orange Scones with Grand Marnier Glaze

Scones:
2 cups Flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
6 Tbsp cold butter cut into slices
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
The zest and juice of 1 orange
1 cup Cape Code Select Premium Frozen Cranberries 
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp Grand Marnier

Glaze: 
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
the zest and juice of 1 orange
1 Tbsp Grand Marnier
2 Tbsp heavy cream

*In a saucepan combine cranberries, 1/4 cup sugar and Grand Marnier, bring to a boil and let the liquid reduce
*In a mixer combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder
*Add the butter and mix until incorporated (into pea sized lumps)
*Add milk and cream and mix
*Add the orange juice and zest and mix
*Add cranberries and mix a final time
*Grease and flour a baking sheet and turn out dough
*Place flour on top and flatten with your hands
*Cut into 8 slices using a pizza cutter
*Bake at 400 for 22 min
*Re-slice the scones and put on wax paper to cool
*Meanwhile to make the glaze in a pot combine butter, brown sugar and orange zest and juice
*Stir until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. 
*Add Grand Marnier and Cream, allow to boil and reduce to a syrup consistency, constantly stirring to prevent burning
*Drizzle the glaze over each scone and enjoy 


Cranberry Orange Tazo Tea
*Brew some Wild Orange Tazo Tea according to the package directions
*In a pot combine 1/2 cup Cape Code Select Premium Frozen Cranberries, 1/4 cup sugar and
1 Tbsp Grand Marnier
*Boil and reduce to a paste consistency 
*Sweeten tea according to your preference
*Add 1 or 2 Tbsp Cranberry Paste
*Optional- garnish with whole cranberries and orange peel
*Optional- Spiked- add more Grand Marnier



Find out more about Cape Code Select Premium Frozen Cranberries here

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sweet Sweets- Tequila Key Lime Pie







Ingredients 
1 graham cracker crust
1/3 cup sour cream
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup lime juice
1 Tbsp lime zest
1 shot (1 1/2 oz) tequila

Directions
1. Mix sour cream, condensed milk, lime juice and lime zest until well combine
2. Add tequila and stir again
3. Pour into graham cracker crust and smooth out with a spoon
4. Bake for 5-8 min at 350 degree (until tiny pin bubbles form on the surface but don't burst)
5. Chill for several hours or overnight
6. Slice and serve.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Now That's a Party! - My Little Pony Party

For Themed Party planning details and Formula:  see link below
http://countrykitchenapproved.blogspot.com/p/now-thats-party.html

I Have boy/girl twins who both love MLP. So I wanted to make their party as gender neutral as I could.  I got several ideas from Pinterest and I made up several of my own.

My Little Pony Party

The Formula
Step 1. My Little Pony Theme

Step 2. Small group of my twins Friends and Parents

Step 3. The Framework
We had the party at our house

I used a Facebook event for the Invitation

Step 4. The Inner workings



We had a great time! An absolutely fabulous was to celebrate a 4th birthday!
Now that's a Party!

To see all pictures and ideas click here

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Criss Cross Applesauce: Homemade Applesauce 4 ways


Apple Pie Applesauce

1. Wash, peel, core and cut 6 lbs of apples and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven.  
2. Add 2 cups of Apple Cider, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground ginger
3. Boil until soft (about 20-30 min) Stirring to make sure all the apples get cooked.
4. Puree apples in a food processor and put back in the pot.
5. Add 1/2 cup sugar (1/4 cup brown, 1/4 cup white) 1 tsp butter and a pinch of salt, stir .
6. Taste and make adjustments (ex. more sugar, more cider)
Store in refrigerator or can for later.  (See the "I Think I Can, Canning" episode for canning instructions)

Wassail Applesauce 

1. Wash, peel, core and cut 6 lbs of apples and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven.
2. Add 2 cups of Orange Juice, 1 can crushed pineapple, pinch of ground cloves, 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp ground cinnamon)
3. Boil until soft (about 20-30 min) Stirring to make sure all the apples get cooked. (Make sure to remove the cinnamon stick)
4. Puree apples in a food processor and put back in the pot.
5. Add 1/2 cup sugar (1/4 cup brown, 1/4 cup white) 1 tsp butter and a pinch of salt, stir .
6. Taste and make adjustments (ex. more sugar, more cider)
Store in refrigerator or can for later.  (See the "I Think I Can, Canning" episode for canning instructions)

Very Berry Applesauce

1. Wash, peel, core and cut 6 lbs of apples and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven.
2. Add 2 cups of Berry Flavored Juice, 1 pint blueberries, and 1 lb strawberries
3. Boil until soft (about 20-30 min) Stirring to make sure all the fruit gets cooked.
4. Puree fruit in a food processor and put back in the pot.
5. Add 1 tsp butter and a pinch of salt, stir.
6. Add 1 jar of seedless raspberry jam and 1 jar of seedless blackberry jam instead of sugar
7. Blend in blender for smoother texture
Store in refrigerator or can for later.  (See the "I Think I Can, Canning" episode for canning instructions)

Grapple (Grape Apple) Applesauce

1. Wash, peel, core and cut 6 lbs of apples and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven.
2. Add 2 cups of grape juice and three different types of grapes (about a cup each)
3. Boil until soft (about 20-30 min) Stirring to make sure all the fruit get cooked.
4. Puree fruit in a food processor and put back in the pot.
5. Add 1 tsp butter and a pinch of salt, stir .
6. Add 1 jar of grape jelly instead of sugar
7. Blend in blender for smoother texture
Store in refrigerator or can for later.  (See the "I Think I Can, Canning" episode for canning instructions)

 **Canning video found here http://countrykitchenapproved.blogspot.com/p/i-think-i-can-canning.html