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Friday, November 10, 2017

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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Monday, October 2, 2017

Smashing Pumpkin Recipes





Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting


1. In a mixing bowl place 1 cup pumpkin, 1 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar and mix
2. Add one egg and 1 tsp vanilla and mix again
3. Sift in 2 cup flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, and 1/4 tsp ginger and mix a final time
4. Spoon cookies onto a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 min.
5. For the frosting, melt 3 Tbsp brown sugar in a sauce pan, add 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup milk, stir until sugar is dissolved.
6. Place in your mixing bowl and add 1 tsp vanilla and about 3 cups of powdered sugar, mix until smooth.
Frost cookies and enjoy!
Makes about 2 dozen cookies. 


Pumpkin Apple Bread with Streusel Topping

1. In a mixing bowl place 1 can of pumpkin, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, and 4 eggs and mix
2.  Add 3 cup flour, 2 Tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and mix again
3. Peel, core and dice 2 tart apples and fold into the batter
4. spray loaf pans and evenly divide the batter between them.
5. To make streusel topping in a bowl combine 2 Tsp flour, 1/2 cup white sugar, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon, and 2 tbsp softened butter. Mix with a fork until crumbly. Spread over each loaf.
6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 min (until a toothpick comes out clean)
Makes 7 mini loaves for 2 large loaves.


Pumpkin Popcorn

1. Pop 1/2 cup popcorn kernels or use a bag of microwave popcorn.
2. While it is still hot pour into a paper bag with 1/2 cup pumpkin chips and shake, shake, shake. (if the pumpkin chips aren't melting, you can microwave the paper bag for a 20 or so sec until they melt)
3. rip open the bag and allow the pumpkin to cool and harden a bit and serve.











Pumpkin Juice

1. In a blender pour 3 cup apple cider, 1 - 6 oz can pineapple juice, 1 cup pumpkin, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice and 1 cup orange juice (you can sweeten with some agave nectar or honey)
2. Blend for 30 sec.
3. Store in a pitcher in the fridge. The pumpkin will settle to the bottom so stir before serving.












Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Frosting. 

(This was a Martha Stewart recipe that I adapted and changed a little.  Here is a link to the original recipe http://www.marthastewart.com/344826/pumpkin-whoopie-pies-with-cream-cheese-f )


1. In a mixer place 1 1/2 cup pumpkin, 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar and mix
2. Then add 1 egg and 1/2 tsp vanilla and mix again
3. Sift in 1 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 Tbsp cinnamon, 1/2 Tbsp ginger, 1/2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice and mix a final time
4. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and put batter into a prepare piping bag
5. Pipe out an even number of cookies (for sandwiches) and bake at 350 for 7-8 min. Allow to cool completely.
6. For frosting place in a mixing bowl 1 cup powdered sugar, 3 oz softened cream cheese, 3 tbsp softened butter and 1/2 tsp vanilla. mix until smooth
7. place frosting in anther prepared piping bag and place a dollop of frosting on 1/2 of the cookies. Top with other cookie to make the whoopie pies. Make about 3 dozen mini pies.
Store in the fridge in an air tight container with parchment paper as a liner for layers.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Apple of My Eye - Apple Recipes


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)

Apple Butter

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 apple cider and boil until soft (about 20-30 min) Stirring to make sure all the apples get cooked.
3. Puree apples in a food processor and put back in the pot.
4. Add 2 cups of orange juice, a pinch of allspice, a pinch of cinnamon and stir
5. Cover and Bring back to a boil, cook until the mixture is thick and a dark brown color.  Stir often to prevent burning.  You know it is done when the butter sits on the back of a wooden spoon without running off the sides.
Store in refrigerator or can for later.  (See the "I Think I Can, Canning" episode for canning instructions)

Apple Fritter Donut Holes


1. Cut biscuits into 4ths
2. Deep fry until golden brown 
3. Roll in cinnamon/sugar
4.Chop up 1 tart apple into small pieces and saute in 1 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp sugar until soft
5.Pour over the donut holes and toss to coat
Serve hot and enjoy!


Apple Pie

2 pie crusts
6 tart apples (peeled, cored & thinly sliced)
3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup white, 1/4 cup brown)
1 1/2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Combine sugar, apples, flour and spices in a bowl
  3. Pour into bottom crust
  4. Dot with butter
  5. Add top crust
  6. Bake 40-50 min

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Finger Lickin Fried Chicken





Fried Chicken
1. Thaw chicken breasts, butterfly and cut into smaller pieces
2.  Flour chicken pieces in ½ cup flour mixed with ½ Tbsp seasoned salt
3. Dip pieces in milk then back in the flour
4. Place the pieces in a frying pan with ¼ in oil heated to medium heat
5. Leave pieces undisturbed for several min.
6. Turn pieces when bottom edges turn golden brown
7. Fry on the other side for same amount of time
8. Remove chicken pieces and place on a paper towel to absorb extra oil

Gravy
  1. Add 1 tablespoon flour to the oil in the pan and stir to make a rue
  2. Add 2 ½ cups milk and whisk
  3. When bubbles occur add salt, pepper and chicken bullion crumbles to taste
  4. Allow to boil until desired thickness is reached

German Cole Slaw
  1. Shred ½ head of cabbage
  2. Mix together in a lidded container ¼ tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, 6 Tbsp white vinegar, ¼ cup oil.
  3. Pour dressing over slaw and toss
  4. Chill slaw for several hours before serving


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day Dishes and Treats



This week on my Facebook page I'll be featuring a 4th of July favorite of mine (see link on right hand side for Facebook page link)

You can also follow me on Instagram @countrykitchenapproved and on Twitter @courtneyhill05


Baked Beans and Deviled Eggs can be found on my "Scrumptious Sides" page


Red, White and Blue Salad can be found on my "Lettuce Eat Salad" page

Star Spangled Ice Cream Sandwich Cake can be found on my "Sweet Sweets" page

As American as Apple Pie can be found on my "Perfect Pies" page

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cinco De Mayo Favorites

Here is a collection of my Cinco De Mayo favorites.


Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

1. Boil 2-3 chicken breasts in water with season salt and chili powder for 30 min or until tender. Allow to cool and chop.
2.  Saute 1/2 stick butter, 1 cup sliced mushrooms and 1/4 minced onion until tender (set aside)
3. Saute chopped red sweet peppers until tender 
4. In a mixing bowl add 1 can cream of chicken soup, 2 cups sour cream, 1 tbsp chili powder, onions and mushrooms and chopped chicken (Mix together)
5. Mix 1 package of enchilada seasoning mix with 8 oz tomato sauce and 1 can of water
6. Coat 8 large tortilla in sauce, spoon in chicken mixture, roll and place in a 9x13 glass baking dish
7. Pour remaining sauce over rolled tortilla. 
8. Top with grated cheddar cheese and bake for 30 min at 350. 

Easy Chicken Fajitas 

1. thinly slice 2-3 chicken breasts
2. thinly slice 1 onion and 1 pepper
3. In a skillet heat 1-3 tablespoons of oil over high heat (7-8)
4. Add onions and pepper and 1 tsp chili powder, saute until tender (set aside)
5. Add another tbsp of oil and saute chicken until cooked through, season with salt and chili powder
6. Close to the end of cooking add peppers and onions back in along with sliced tomatoes
Serve on tortillas with your favorite fixings.

6 Layer Bean Dip
1. Mix together 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup Miracle Whip and 1/2 packet taco seasoning and set aside
2. On a platter layer the following:
1 can Frito bean dip
Sour Cream Mixture
Chopped black olives
Chopped tomatoes
Shredded lettuce
Shredded cheddar cheese.

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

Pork-N-Pineapple Tacos
click here for recipe and how to video 



Margars (Margaritas) 
This recipe is from the hubs and it's the best! We lovingly refer to them as Mar-Gars


2 oz tequila
1 1/2 oz of Grand Marnier or orange liquor
1 1/2 oz simple syrup *
1 oz of a mixture of fresh squeezed lime, lemon and orange juice. 
Shake together and serve on the rock with a salt rim!

* To make simple syrup heat equal parts sugar and water, until the sugar dissolves. 



Tequila Key Lime Pie

1. In a bowl combine 2 cans sweetened condensed milk, 2/3 cup key lime (or lime juice), 1 Tbsp lime zest and 1/3 cup sour cream. 
2. Add 1 shot (1.5oz) of tequila and mix until smooth
3. Pour into a graham cracker  crust and bake at 350 for 5-8 min (or until tiny bubble form in the surface of the pie but don't pop. 
4. Chill over night or for several hours, top with whipped cream and lime slices and enjoy! 




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