My oldest grandangel chose the name for my blog, and she did a great job describing who I am. I'm a Momma and a Nana who loves to see my family enjoying my cooking creations in the kitchen. The recipes on this blog are a few of our favorites that I want to share with you......enjoy!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How to Stock The Perfect Pantry

I came across this article and thought it may be helpful in organizing your pantry.  The Perfect Pantry

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Chicken Tortilla Soup

3-tablespoons olive oil
1-cup onion,chopped
3-teaspoons chopped garlic
1 large poblano pepper,seeded and chopped
1-2 jalapeno peppers,seeded and chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2- teaspoon ground coriander
1-14oz can Fire Roasted tomatoes,chopped
6 -cups chicken broth
1-lb cooked,chopped or shredded chicken (I use rotisserie chicken)
1/4-cup chopped cilantro
2-teaspoons fresh lime juice
1-teaspoon cajun seasoning (Tony's)
1-avocado,peeled and chopped (optional)

Chipotle Crema (recipe below)

In a dutch oven or large heavy pot,heat oil on medium.  Add onions,garlic,peppers, salt,cumin, cajun seasoning and coriander and cook for 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes and cook stirring for 1 minute.  Add chicken stock or broth and bring to a simmer for 20 minutes.  Add chicken and simmer 5 minutes.    Add cilantro and lime juice stirring well.  Remove from heat.

Chipotle Crema(optional)

1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon chopped chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce
1/8 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients in blender ...processing on high speed until smooth

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Best Pound Cake

1-1/2 cups butter
1(8ounce) package cream cheese
3 cups white sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract(I use vanilla instead...preference)
6 eggs
3 cups Cake flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.   Grease and flour( I highly recommend
 parchment paper)

1 Tube pan or two loaf pans

Have eggs, cream cheese and butter at room temp.

Cream together the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts
Add  the flour and the eggs alternately, beginning and ending with the flour.  Pour batter into the prepared pan.  

Bake at 325  for 1 hour and 15 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Baby Spinach Salad

6 cups baby spinach (pre-wash bag)

1 can Mandarin oranges, drained

2 tablespoons almonds

4 tablespoons vidalia onion dressing or Newman's own Vinaigratte

   Toss Salad together...add dressing just before serving!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cheeseburger Meatloaf

14x8 inch rectangle pan lined with Bacon strips
2 lbs of lean ground Beef
3/4  cup fresh bread crumbs
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 poblano pepper, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper or more depending on your preference.
garlic powder (optional)
3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl  beef and next 7 ingredients~mixing well
Spread half of mixture in lined pan with bacon.
Add cheese on top of first layer.
Place remaining beef mixture on top of cheese layer and pinch sides of top and bottom layer of beef together.

Bake for 1 hour and  enjoy!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Not so Fried Baked Chicken

Place chicken pieces in milk for 20-30 minutes  before baking.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees  and cut 1/2 stick of butter in pieces and place in a 13/9 in casserole dish and melt in oven.
Shake excess milk off chicken and coat in seasoning mix.  Place in buttered pan and cook 20 minutes , turn each piece and continue cooking for 20 more minutes.

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon Season all
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons paprika

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cinnamon Rolls

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3 eggs
2/3 cup milk
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons instant yeast
1 teaspoon cinnamon
5 cups bread flour
1/3 cup melted butter (filling)
3/4 cup brown sugar (filling)
1 tablespoon cinnamon (filling)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (filling)

Using a stand mixer...combine brown sugar and butter beating until smooth.   Add eggs one at a time..beat until incorporated.    In a saucepan combine milk and water..heat until lukewarm  and add to  egg mixture or batter.
Add cinnamon, salt and yeast mixing together with paddle attachment.    Replace paddle attachment with dough hook.  Add in two cups of flour and knead .   Continue to add 1 cup of flour at a time until dough pulls from sides of bowl.

Place dough on counter and knead 9-10 minutes adding flour as needed to keep dough from being sticky.   Dough should be soft and smooth.    Place dough in a greased bowl,,turning to coat and let rest until double in bulk.   In the meantime, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon for the filling in a small bowl.

Place the risen dough on counter and roll out into a   12x18 in  rectangle. Spread melted butter for the filling over dough and sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon mixture over butter as even as possible.  Fold over shorter sides 1 inch in and roll in a jelly-roll shape, pinching seams closed.    Cut into 12 pieces with a very sharp  knife.  Place cut rolls on greased or parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Cover and let rest 30 min...until slightly puffy.   Preheat oven to 350 and bake 20-30min or until browned.