Beef Fried Rice

Apr 13, 2014 by


Beef Fried Rice is one of my go to recipes during the week. It doesn’t take long to cook. One thing you do need to do is prepare the rice a day ahead. And marinate the meat.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice
  • cut up beef (of your choice)
  • 1 tsp sambal
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp soya sauce (sweet)
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice preferably the day before. Add to the cutup beef the soya sauce (if you don’t have sweet soya sauce use the low sodium soya sauce and don’t add any salt to this dish. Instead add 1 tbsp sugar) Add the ginger, salt and sambal. The meat needs to marinade at least 1 hour.

2 Crack your eggs and whip them with a fork. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to your wok/skillet the add the whipped eggs. Take the scrambled eggs out of the wok.

3. Add another tbsp of olive oil then add 1 tsp of crushed garlic then add the marinated meat. This just takes about 4 minutes. Add the cooked rice, stir well. Then add the scrambled eggs and the chopped green onions.

 

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Beef Fried Rice
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rice
  • cut up beef (of your choice)
  • 1 tsp sambal
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp soya sauce (sweet)
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice preferably the day before. Add to the cutup beef the soya sauce (if you don't have sweet soya sauce use the low sodium soya sauce and don't add any salt to this dish. Instead add 1 tbsp sugar) Add the ginger, salt and sambal. The meat needs to marinade at least 1 hour.
  2. Crack your eggs and whip them with a fork. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to your wok/skillet the add the whipped eggs. Take the scrambled eggs out of the wok. Add another tbsp of olive oil then add 1 tsp of crushed garlic then add the marinated meat. This just takes about 4 minutes. Add the cooked rice, stir well. Then add the scrambled eggs and the chopped green onions.

 

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Roasted Potatoes 2

Mar 18, 2014 by

Yes I know, you are thinking another roasted potato recipe??? Yes another one a little bit more prep but for sure really tasty.

Ingredients

  • 8 potatoes of your choice
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (enough to cover your baking tray)
  • 1/2 cup of cheese of your choice for me it’s Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

1. Peel slice and wash the potatoes. Add 1/2 tsp of salt to the potatoes and cook till semi done. With that I mean not all the way done, they need to be a bit firm. Mine takes about 10-12 minutes it depends what kind of potatoes you use.

2.  While the potatoes are cooking slice the bacon and the onion.  Fry the bacon in a separate pan.

3.  Preheat the oven to 425F. Pour the olive oil on your baking pan, I used a cookie sheet. You have to have enough oil to cover the whole dish. After you have cooked the potatoes drain the water. Add the sliced potatoes to your baking dish and top off with the onion, pepper and salt . Bake for about 30 minutes. Check if they start to brown if so turn them over. If need to add some more olive oil. Add the fried bacon and the cheese, bake for another 10 minutes.


Roasted Potatoes 2
 
Ingredients
  • 8 potatoes of your choice
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (enough to cover your baking tray)
  • ½ cup of cheese of your choice for me it's parmesan
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel slice and wash the potatoes. Add ½ tsp of salt to the potatoes and cook till semi done. With that I mean not all the way done, they need to be a bit firm. Mine takes about 10-12 minutes it depends what kind of potatoes you use.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking slice the bacon and the onion Fry the bacon in a separate pan.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425F. Pour the olive oil on your baking pan, I used a cookie sheet. You have to have enough oil to cover the whole dish. After you have cooked the potatoes drain the water. Add the sliced potatoes to your baking dish and top off with the onion, pepper and salt . Bake for about 30 minutes. Check if they start to brown if so turn them over. Add the fried bacon and the cheese and bake for another 10 minutes.

 

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Leek Casserole

Jan 26, 2014 by

Leeks have long been used in Europe. Americans are just getting used to them. They look like large over-sized green onions. Soups may be the most popular use of leeks, but new food combinations are bringing the leek in the limelight. Leeks are readily available year-round in most markets. If you haven’t yet tried cooking them at home, it’s time you enjoyed their subtle, sweet flavor. Try this leek casserole, I promise you, you will like it.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of bouillon
1 egg
1tsp.salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1tsp. curry
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 tbsp chicken base
1/2 tsp black pepper
1tbsp. cornstarch
2 leeks
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 red bell pepper
1 tray of ground beef
8 cooked potatoes
1 cup shredded cheese
Instructions:Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease the oven dish with margarine or butter.
Mix 1/2 cup of bouillon, 1 egg, 1tsp.salt, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1tsp. curry, 1 tsp. paprika, 1/4 tsp. Italian Seasoning, 1 tbsp chicken base, 1/2 tsp black pepper and  1tbsp. cornstarch mix it together.
Peel and cook the potatoes for about 10 minutes, so they won’t be all the way done. After they are cooked slice them up and set aside.
Cut and wash the leeks and dry spin them in the salad spinner. Cutup the bell-peppers and set aside. Cook the ground beef till done. Layer the casserole dish with the ground beef then add the leeks and the bell-peppers. Then layer with the cooked potatoes. Pour over the bouillon mixture. Top it off with the shredded cheese.
To make the foil not stick to the dish spray some oil on the foil before you cover the dish. Cook in the oven for 20 min. and let it rest for 10 min.

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Leeks have long been used in Europe. Americans are just getting used to them. They look like large oversized green onions. Soups may be the most popular use of leeks, but new food combinations are bringing the leek limelight. Leeks are readily available year-round in most markets. If you haven’t yet tried cooking them at home, it’s time you enjoyed their subtle, sweet flavor. Try this leek casserole, I promise you will like it.
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of bouillon
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp.salt
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp. curry
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp chicken base
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 leeks
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 1 tray of ground beef
  • 8 cooked potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease the oven dish with margarine or butter.
  2. Mix ½ cup of bouillon, 1 egg, 1tsp.salt, ½ tsp nutmeg, 1tsp. curry, 1 tsp. paprika, ¼ tsp. Italian Seasoning, 1 tbsp chicken base, ½ tsp black pepper and 1tbsp. cornstarch mix it together.
  3. Peel and cook the potatoes for about 10 minutes, so they won’t be all the way done. After they are cooked slice them up and set aside.
  4. Cut and wash the leeks and dry spin them in the salad spinner. Cutup the bell-peppers and set aside.
  5. Cook the ground beef till done. Layer the casserole dish with the ground beef then add the leeks and the bell-peppers. Then layer with the cooked potatoes. Pour over the bouillon mixture. Top it off with the shredded cheese.
  6. To make the foil not stick to the dish spray some oil on the foil before you cover the dish. Cook in the oven for 20 min. and let it rest for 10 min.

 

 

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Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

Jan 26, 2014 by

Cheddar Biscuits
Order an entrée from America’s largest seafood restaurant chain and you get a basket of some of the planet’s tastiest garlic cheese biscuits served up on the side. For many years this recipe has been the most-searched-for clone recipe on the Internet, according to Red Lobster. As a result, several versions are floating around, including one that was at one time printed right in the box of a baking mix. Here one of the closest copycat recipe of  Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits.

The problem with making biscuits using a baking mix is that if you follow the directions from the box you don’t end up with a very fluffy or flaky finished product, since most of the fat in the recipe comes from the shortening that’s included in the mix.

On its own, room temperature shortening does a poor job creating the light, airy texture you want from good biscuits, and it contributes little in the way of flavor. So, we’ll invite some cold butter along on the trip-with grated cheddar cheese and a little garlic powder. Now you’ll be well on your way to delicious Cheddar Bay. Wherever that is. This is one of the recipes of Top Secret Recipes.

Cheddar Biscuits ingredients

I will try to take a picture of all the ingredients you need, but somehow I end up forgetting one or two…. Can you tell me which one I forgot here 😉

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix
¾ cup cold whole milk
4 tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 heaping cup grated cheddar cheese

Brush on Top:

2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
½ teaspoon garlic powder
pinch salt

Instructions:

 

1. Preheat oven to 400F

2. Combine Bisquick with cold butter in a medium bowl using a pastry cutter or a large fork. You don’t want to mix too thoroughly. There should be small chunks of butter in there that are about the size of peas. Add cheddar cheese, milk, and ¼ teaspoon garlic. Mix by hand until combined, but don’t over mix.

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3. Drop approximately ¼-cup portions of the dough onto a greased cookie sheet using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown.

4. When you take the biscuits out of the oven, melt 2 tablespoons butter is a small bowl in your microwave. Stir in ½ teaspoon garlic powder and the dried parsley flakes. Use a brush to spread this garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Use up all of the butter. Makes one dozen biscuits.

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Serves: 12
Ingredients
For the biscuits:
  • 2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix
  • ¾ cup cold whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 heaping cup grated cheddar cheese
For The top:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Combine Bisquick with cold butter in a medium bowl using a pastry cutter or a large fork. You don’t want to mix too thoroughly. There should be small chunks of butter in there that are about the size of peas. Add cheddar cheese, milk, and ¼ teaspoon garlic. Mix by hand until combined, but don’t over mix.
  3. Drop approximately ¼-cup portions of the dough onto a greased cookie sheet using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown.
  4. When you take the biscuits out of the oven, melt 2 tablespoons butter is a small bowl in your microwave. Stir in ½ teaspoon garlic powder and the dried parsley flakes. Use a brush to spread this garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Use up all of the butter.

 

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Crème Fraiche Chicken

Dec 11, 2013 by

 

Creme Fraiche Chicken
Crème fraiche is less sour than sour cream and is also thicker. Also crème fraiche will not curdle which is a big advantage when using it in sauces. This recipe Crème fraiche Chicken you can add to your 30 minute meals. If you can’t buy the Crème fraiche then make it your self. You have to make it a day or two ahead. And here is the recipe for Crème fraiche
Ingredients:1 chicken breast
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp curry
1 tsp paprika
1 egg
2 tbsp flour
1 stick of butter
6 slices of bacon
1 tray of mushrooms
1 med sized onion
1 cup Crème fraiche
Instructions:Slice the chicken breast in small pieces, and season with the garlic, curry and paprika.storyboard
Crack one egg and whip it a bit. Add to the cutup chicken and add the flour.storyboard
Put one stick of butter in a pre-heated skillet, wait till it get slightly brown, then add the chicken breast and brown on all sides. Take out of the skillet and put in a separate bowl.storyboard
While your chicken is browning you should have sliced and diced the bacon, mushrooms and onion.storyboard
Put them in the same skillet as you had the chicken breast, and cook till done. That shouldn’t take but 10 minutes.storyboard
Put all in a bigger pot and then add the Crème fraiche. Serve with rice of your choice, I used Rice a Roni which I started to cook before I started to prepare this dish.storyboard

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Crème fraiche is less sour than sour cream and is also thicker. Also crème fraiche will not curdle which is a big advantage when using it in sauces. This recipe Crème fraiche Chicken you can add to your 30 minute meals.
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 tray of mushrooms
  • 1 med sized onion
  • 1 cup Crème fraiche
Instructions
  1. Slice the chicken breast in small pieces, and season with the garlic, curry and paprika.
  2. Crack one egg and whip it a bit. Add to the cutup chicken and add the flour.
  3. Put one stick of butter in a pre-heated skillet, wait till it get slightly brown, then add the chicken breast and brown on all sides. Take out of the skillet and put in a separate bowl.
  4. While your chicken is browning you should have sliced and diced the bacon, mushrooms and onion.
  5. Put them in the same skillet as you had the chicken breast, and cook till done. That shouldn’t take but 10 minutes.
  6. Put all in a bigger pot and then add the Crème fraiche. Serve with rice of your choice, I used Rice a Roni which I started to cook before I started to prepare this dish.

 

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Italian Wedding Soup

Oct 20, 2013 by

The first time I heard the name Italian wedding soup, I thought it was the kind of soup that is served at weddings. Come to find out that’s not the case. The original name for this soup is Minestra Maritata. Maritata is the Italian word for married. And this particular marriage is between the vegetables and the meat in the soup.

Ingredients

2 boxes (32 oz.) chicken broth
1 tbsp chicken base
1 cup diced carrots
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 bunch kale, stems removed, leaves cut into thin strips
1 lb. ground pork
2 small onion, minced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1 eggs
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp, garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp oil
1 can (15 oz.) Northern white beans, drained

Instructions

Dice the carrots. Wash and remove the stems of the kale, cut into thin strips.

In a large pot combine the broth, carrots, 1 small minced onion, the kale and 1 tsp minced garlic. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the carrots are tender, 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, onion, the 1/2 cup cheese, the egg, bread crumbs, the 1 tsp. garlic, the 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Mix well make 1-inch balls and place on a plate.

Set the skillet on medium-high add the oil. Then add the meatballs and cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side.

Add the meatballs and the white beans to the soup and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, about 15 minutes.

 

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The first time I heard the name Italian wedding soup, I thought it was the kind of soup that is served at weddings. Come to find out that's not the case. The original name for this soup is Minestra Maritata. Maritata is the Italian word for married. And this particular marriage is between the vegetables and the meat in the soup.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 boxes (32 oz.) chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp chicken base
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ bunch kale, stems removed, leaves cut into thin strips
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 2 small onion, minced
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1 eggs
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ tsp, garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 can (15 oz.) Northern white beans, drained
Instructions
  1. Dice the carrots. Wash and remove the stems of the kale, cut into thin strips.
  2. In a large pot combine the broth, carrots, 1 small minced onion, the kale and 1 tsp minced garlic. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the carrots are tender, 30 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, onion, the ½ cup cheese, the egg, bread crumbs, the 1 tsp. garlic, the ½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper. Mix well make 1-inch balls and place on a plate.
  4. Set the skillet on medium-high add the oil. Then add the meatballs and cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side.
  5. Add the meatballs and the white beans to the soup and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, about 15 minutes.

 

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Room Soezen (Cream Puffs)

Oct 17, 2013 by

Unless you don’t like whipped cream, what is not to like about room soezen (cream puffs)? You be surprised how easy they are to make.

Ingredients

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup all purpose flour
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp sugar
Dr. Oetker whipped cream stabilizer

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F. Bring water and butter to a boil. Stir in the flour until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat.

Add eggs, beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Line the baking dish with parchment paper and spray with no stick baking spray. Drop the batter on the cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 min or until golden brown.

Cool and cut off the tops. For the filling I like whipped cream. In a cold bowl add the heavy cream, whipped cream stabilizer and sugar beat till it forms peaks. Don’t beat it too long otherwise you end up with butter. Now you think that you don’t need no stabilizer but you really do, it is so the whipped cream holds it shape, other wise it will turn runny. Fill the room soezen (cream puffs) with the whipped cream and top of with your favorite fruit or powdered sugar. You can use this same recipe for eclairs but just add chocolate or mocha icing to the top layer. Serve immediately or refrigerate.


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Unless you don't like whipped cream, what is not to like about room soezen (cream puffs) and surprisingly they are very easy to make.
Serves: 6 large or 20 small
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Dr. Oetker whipped cream stabilizer
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Bring water and butter to a boil. Stir in the flour until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat.
  2. Add eggs, beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Line the baking dish with parchment paper and spray with no stick baking spray. Drop the batter on the cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 min or until golden brown.
  3. Cool and cut off the tops. For the filling I like whipped cream. In a cold bowl add the heavy cream, whipped cream stabilizer and sugar beat till it forms peaks. Don't beat it too long otherwise you end up with butter. Now you think that you don't need no stabilizer but you really do, it is so the whipped cream holds it shape, other wise it will turn runny. Fill the room soezen (cream puffs) with the whipped cream and top of with your favorite fruit or powdered sugar. You can use this same recipe for eclairs but just add chocolate or mocha icing to the top layer. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

 

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Sep 30, 2013 by

 

A quick way to make soup is to use boxed broth. This broccoli cheese soup didn’t take but 20 minutes to make.

Ingredients

1/2 minced onion
4 tsp melted butter
6 tbsp flour
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 cups milk (whole)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese (I use white cheddar)
6 cups chicken broth
1 tbsp chicken base
1 head of broccoli

Instructions

If you didn’t buy shredded cheese go ahead and shred the cheese.

Mince the onion, cut the bottoms of the broccoli and keep the broccoli florets, rinse them off.

Cook onion in the butter until it’s tender. Stir in the flour. Cook over medium heat until thickened, add the milk to the blond roux, set aside.

In another pan, add the chicken broth, chicken base and the broccoli florets. Cook for 10 min.

Add the white pepper and cheese to the blond roux, stir well. Take the cooked broccoli florets out of the chicken broth and add to the cheese soup. To finish it off add the chicken broth, stir well.

Now if it happens to you that the soup curdled. You can fix it by putting it in the blender. Be careful about putting very hot liquid in the blender, since you don’t want it to come splashing out and scalding you. Let it cool a bit, don’t overfill the blender and hold a large hot pad over the lid of the blender to be sure it all stays inside!

To avoid having your cream soups curdle, use whole milk or half and half instead of low fat or skim milk, and add the milk last after you have removed the soup from the heat. Blend in a small amount of the milk and keep adding it little by little until it is all combined. Of course, you probably know that when you reheat the soup, be careful not to boil it.

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A quick way to make soup is to use boxed broth. This broccoli cheese soup didn't take but 20 minutes to make.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Universal
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ½ minced onion
  • 4 tsp melted butter
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups milk (whole)
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese (I use white cheddar)
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp chicken base
  • 1 head of broccoli
Instructions
  1. If you didn't buy shredded cheese go ahead and shred the cheese.
  2. Mince the onion, cut the bottoms of the broccoli and keep the broccoli florets, rinse them off.
  3. Cook onion in the butter until it's tender. Stir in the flour. Cook over medium heat until thickened, add the milk to the blond roux, set aside.
  4. In another pan, add the chicken broth, chicken base and the broccoli florets. Cook for 10 min.
  5. Add the white pepper and cheese to the blond roux, stir well. Take the cooked broccoli florets out of the chicken broth and add to the cheese soup. To finish it off add the chicken broth, stir well.
  6. Now if it happens to you that the soup curdled. You can fix it by putting it in the blender. Be careful about putting very hot liquid in the blender, since you don't want it to come splashing out and scalding you. Let it cool a bit, don't overfill the blender and hold a large hot pad over the lid of the blender to be sure it all stays inside!
  7. To avoid having your cream soups curdle, use whole milk or half and half instead of low fat or skim milk, and add the milk last after you have removed the soup from the heat. Blend in a small amount of the milk and keep adding it little by little until it is all combined. Of course, you probably know that when you reheat the soup, be careful not to boil it.

 

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BBQ Black Beans

Sep 26, 2013 by

Black beans are a type of small legume with a glossy black shell they are also known as turtle beans, caviar criollo, and frijoles negros. These beans date back at least 7,000 years, when they were a staple food in the diets of Central and South Americans. Black beans provide special support for digestive tract benefits, benefits for bloodsugar regulation and cardiovascular benefits.

Ingredients

  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans (with liquid)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 3tbsp bacon fat (from the 2 to 3 pieces cooked bacon)
  • 2 to 3 cooked bacon chopped
  • 2tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp minced canned green chiles
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat.
  2. When the mixture begins to bubble, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 30-45 minutes. If you like to have the liquid thick add some diluted cornstarch.

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Ingredients
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans (with liquid)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 3tbsp bacon fat (from the 2 to 3 pieces cooked bacon)
  • 2 to 3 cooked bacon chopped
  • 2tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp minced canned green chiles
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat.
  2. When the mixture begins to bubble, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 30-45 minutes. If you like to have the liquid thick add some diluted cornstarch.

 

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Hoe Cakes

Sep 22, 2013 by

 

What are hoe cakes? No it’s not what you think it is ;). Hoe cakes are often associated with the American South, where hoe cakes are served with a variety of sweet and savory foods. There are several explanations where hoe cakes came from. Some food historians use ex-slave narratives as proof that hoe cakes are called that because they were cooked on the back of a hoe. Others believe the name hoe cake comes not from the slaves cooking the cornmeal on a metal hoe, but rather from an earlier meaning of the word hoe, which was synonymous with griddle. Found this recipe in the Garden and Gun magazine and didn’t change a thing. Some things are better left alone. 

Ingredients

1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup fine yellow cornmeal
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp sugar
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup bacon fat
1/3 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1/3 cup green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup crisp bacon, finely chopped
Canola oil, combined with some bacon fat.

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and sugar.

2. In another small bowl, combine buttermilk, water, bacon fat, and sour cream. Blend well. Add eggs, and mix until just combined.

3. Pour liquid into dry ingredients, and mix just until a thick batter has formed. Stir in the chopped green onions and bacon. To keep the hoecakes tender, avoid over-mixing.

4. Heat oil and bacon fat in a cast-iron or other heavy skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Use about an eighth of a cup of batter for smaller cakes, or a quarter cup for larger ones. Cook them as you would pancakes, allowing them to fry on one side for about three minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Flip and cook for another couple of minutes. Replenish oil as needed, to maintain a generous film in the pan.

5. Batter will keep for a couple of days tightly covered in the refrigerator. If it seems too thick after storing, stir in a bit more buttermilk or water.

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What are hoe cakes? No it's not what you think it is ;). Hoe cakes are often associated with the American South, where hoe cakes are served with a variety of sweet and savory foods. There are several explanations where hoe cakes came from. Some food historians use ex-slave narratives as proof that hoe cakes are called that because they were cooked on the back of a hoe. Others believe the name hoe cake comes not from the slaves cooking the cornmeal on a metal hoe, but rather from an earlier meaning of the word hoe, which was synonymous with griddle. Found this recipe in the Garden and Gun magazine and didn't change a thing. Some things are better left alone.
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup fine yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tbsp sugar
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ cup bacon fat
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup crisp bacon, finely chopped
  • Canola oil, combined with some bacon fat.
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. In another small bowl, combine buttermilk, water, bacon fat, and sour cream. Blend well. Add eggs, and mix until just combined.
  3. Pour liquid into dry ingredients, and mix just until a thick batter has formed. Stir in the chopped green onions and bacon. To keep the hoecakes tender, avoid over-mixing.
  4. Heat oil and bacon fat in a cast-iron or other heavy skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Use about an eighth of a cup of batter for smaller cakes, or a quarter cup for larger ones. Cook them as you would pancakes, allowing them to fry on one side for about three minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Flip and cook for another couple of minutes. Replenish oil as needed, to maintain a generous film in the pan.
  5. Batter will keep for a couple of days tightly covered in the refrigerator. If it seems too thick after storing, stir in a bit more buttermilk or water. Found this recipe in the Garden and Gun magazine and didn't change a thing. Some things are better left alone.

 

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Peach Cobbler

Sep 2, 2013 by

 

Our English ancestors brought us the fruit pies. They added a topping of biscuit dough to them and placed a heavy lid on top so that the biscuit dough could rise and brown, that’s how the cobbler was born. Today in the South, most of the restaurants and the Barbecue restaurants have peach cobbler on the menu. A Peach cobbler is as American as Apple Pie, it is a tradition and one that I have come to love.

Ingredients

   For the Fruit mix:
8 peeled and sliced peaches
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
For the syrup:
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
For the crust:
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups pet milk or regular milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Combine the sliced peaches, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl 3. Stir sugar and water together in saucepan pan over medium heat until simmering, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in peach mixture; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
4. As for me I don’t like it overly sweet. If you like your cobblers sweet add an additional 1/2 cup of sugar to the syrup. 5. Combine sugar and self-rising flour in a large bowl. Pour in the milk and cinnamon; whisk to form a smooth batter. You have to use self-rising flour because if you use regular flour the batter won’t rise to the top.
6. Pour melted butter into the baking pan. Pour the batter over the melted butter. Gently place peaches and syrup on top of batter. As the cobbler bakes, they will sink down into the batter. Bake until syrup is bubbling and crust has risen and is golden brown, about 50-55 minutes.

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Ingredients
For the Fruit mix:
  • 8 peeled and sliced peaches
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
For the syrup:
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
For the crust:
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1½ cups pet milk or regular milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine the sliced peaches, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl
  3. Stir sugar and water together in saucepan pan over medium heat until simmering, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in peach mixture; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. As for me I don't like it overly sweet. If you like your cobblers sweet add an additional ½ cup of sugar to the syrup.
  5. Combine sugar and self-rising flour in a large bowl. Pour in the milk and cinnamon; whisk to form a smooth batter. You have to use self-rising flour because if you use regular flour the batter won't rise to the top.
  6. Pour melted butter into the baking pan. Pour the batter over the melted butter. Gently place peaches and syrup on top of batter. As the cobbler bakes, they will sink down into the batter. Bake until syrup is bubbling and crust has risen and is golden brown, about 50-55 minutes.

 

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Pulled Pork

Aug 4, 2013 by

 

Pulled pork is the traditional pork barbecue of North Carolina. It is arguably the oldest type of American barbecue.

In Eastern North Carolina, this barbecue is traditionally made from a whole hog. In the central to western parts of the state, pork shoulder (Boston butt) is typically used.

The pork is slow-smoked over hickory for twelve to sixteen hours. Because of the slow cooking, the meat becomes very tender and can be torn into shreds by fingers alone. The meat may also be served chopped rather than pulled. This is especially true in Lexington-style barbecue. Wood smoke and long cooking times are required to make authentic barbecue. Pork braised in sauce in a crock-pot or other such device is not considered true barbecue.

Pulled pork is usually served with a thin, piquant vinegar-based barbecue sauce in Eastern North Carolina or a tomato-and-vinegar based sauce in Central and Western NC, and eaten on a bun as a sandwich, or on its own with side items such as coleslaw (mayonnaise-based in Eastern North Carolina, vinegar-based in central and western NC), baked beans, hush puppies, collard greens, or cornbread.

Pulled pork may be prepared from a fresh pork shoulder by slow roasting (6 to 8 hours at 250F-300F for an 8- to 12-lb cut)

Ingredients

Pork Shoulder or Pork butt
a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar
soaked wood chips of your choice
For the seasoning blend:
1 tbsp Kosher Salt
1 tbsp Oregano
1 tbsp Thyme
1 tbsp Red pepper
1 tbsp Chilli powder

Instructions

1.   Soak the wood chips in water and make the seasoning blend.

2. Prepare your pork shoulder or pork butt the following way: cut the fat off the pork shoulder (you don’t have to do that with the pork butt). As for me I prefer the pork butt because it doesn’t have that much fat, but this time the store only had pork shoulders. Rub the pork shoulder with the seasonings. And spray with apple cider vinegar.

3. Put the soaked wood chips in your smoker and turn your smoker on. The temp should be about 250F. And let that shoulder or butt smoke. Spray now and then with the apple cider vinegar, that keeps the shoulder or butt moist. Your shoulder is done when the internal temperature is 200F. Let it rest for about 1/2 hour. This one took 10 hours. You should be able to pull the meat from the bone. Sprinkle with the seasoning blend and add your favorite bbq sauce. Eat it on a sandwich with some coleslaw.

4. This shoulder looks that good I thought it deserves a picture on its own 🙂

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Pulled pork is the traditional pork barbecue of North Carolina. It is arguably the oldest type of American barbecue. In Eastern North Carolina, this barbecue is traditionally made from a whole hog. In the central to western parts of the state, pork shoulder (Boston butt) is typically used. The pork is slow-smoked over hickory for twelve to sixteen hours. Because of the slow cooking, the meat becomes very tender and can be torn into shreds by fingers alone. The meat may also be served chopped rather than pulled. This is especially true in Lexington-style barbecue. Wood smoke and long cooking times are required to make authentic barbecue. Pork braised in sauce in a crock-pot or other such device is not considered true barbecue. Pulled pork is usually served with a thin, piquant vinegar-based barbecue sauce in Eastern North Carolina or a tomato-and-vinegar based sauce in Central and Western NC, and eaten on a bun as a sandwich, or on its own with side items such as coleslaw (mayonnaise-based in Eastern North Carolina, vinegar-based in central and western NC), baked beans, hush puppies, collard greens, or cornbread. Pulled pork may be prepared from a fresh pork shoulder by slow roasting (6 to 8 hours at 250F-300F for an 8- to 12-lb cut)
Ingredients
  • Pork Shoulder or Pork butt
  • a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar
  • soaked wood chips of your choice
For the seasoning blend:
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Red pepper
  • 1 tbsp Chilli powder
Instructions
  1. Soak the wood chips in water and make the seasoning blend.
  2. Prepare your pork shoulder or pork butt the following way: cut the fat off the pork shoulder (you don't have to do that with the pork butt). As for me I prefer the pork butt because it doesn't have that much fat, but this time the store only had pork shoulders. Rub the pork shoulder with the seasonings. And spray with apple cider vinegar.
  3. Put the soaked wood chips in your smoker and turn your smoker on. The temp should be about 250F. And let that shoulder or butt smoke. Spray now and then with the apple cider vinegar, that keeps the shoulder or butt moist. Your shoulder is done when the internal temperature is 200F. Let it rest for about ½ hour. This one took 10 hours. You should be able to pull the meat from the bone. Sprinkle with the seasoning blend and add your favorite bbq sauce. Eat it on a sandwich with some coleslaw.

 

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