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.

Hoe Cakes

20 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

Yields 10

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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. 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.

Peach Cobbler

15 minPrep Time

55 minCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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    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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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 🙂

Pulled Pork

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)

15 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 15 Total Time

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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.
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Mac & Cheese

Jul 30, 2013 by

Macaroni & Cheese, that is some real comfort food. With this recipe you can change the kind of cheese you want to use. Just keep the same proportions.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups macaroni noodles
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup of cheese of your choice ( I used Mexican mix, you can use cheddar if you like)
  • 1 cup Velveeta cheese
  • 1/2 cup of cheese of your choice for the topping
  • 1 tbsp sour cream

Instructions

  1. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook 6 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Take the pot off the stove and add the flour, red pepper and mustard powder, stir until smooth.
  3. Slowly stir in the milk, beating out any lumps. Put it back on the stove and add the cheese and the Velveeta cheese and the sour cream, stir constantly until the sauce is thick and smooth.
  4. Butter the casserole dish then add the drained noodles. Pour the cheese sauce over the noodles and mix it up. Sprinkle with the 1/2 cup of cheese of your choice.
  5. Turn the oven on 350F. Cover the casserole dish with some foil and cook for 10 minutes. Take off the foil and cook for an additional 3 minutes under the broiler.

Mac & Cheese

Macaroni & Cheese, that is some real comfort food. With this recipe you can change the kind of cheese you want to use. Just keep the same proportions.

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

Yields 6

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups macaroni noodles
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup of cheese of your choice ( I used Mexican mix, you can use cheddar if you like)
  • 1 cup Velveeta cheese
  • 1/2 cup of cheese of your choice for the topping
  • 1 tbsp sour cream

Instructions

  1. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook 6 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Take the pot off the stove and add the flour, red pepper and mustard powder, stir until smooth.
  3. Slowly stir in the milk, beating out any lumps. Put it back on the stove and add the cheese and the Velveeta cheese and the sour cream, stir constantly until the sauce is thick and smooth.
  4. Butter the casserole dish then add the drained noodles. Pour the cheese sauce over the noodles and mix it up. Sprinkle with the 1/2 cup of cheese of your choice.
  5. Turn the oven on 350F. Cover the casserole dish with some foil and cook for 10 minutes. Take off the foil and cook for an additional 3 minutes under the broiler.
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Sweet Potato Pie

Apr 21, 2013 by

During the sixteenth century, Brits from Europe brought the tradition of making pumpkin pies for dessert to West Africa. The tradition was soon brought to America during slavery, where the African slaves transformed the dessert into something sweeter using yams, then sweet potatoes. Coincidentally, yams and black-eyed peas was a common food slaves were fed during the Middle Passage.

The name of the food was inconsistent at first, because the yam and sweet potato come from two different types of plants. The word yam in African dialects was either “Oyame or Yam Yam” or a few other terms with a few other meanings. Yams are monocots from the Dioscorea family. Sweet potatoes are from the Morning Glory plant family.

Sweet potato pie recipes made a cookbook debut in the 18th century. In the late part of the 19th century, Fannie Famer featured a recipe for glazed sweet potatoes in the Boston Cooking School Cookbook. Soon after, inventor George Washington Carver began to find various uses for the sweet potato, including in a candied version. He released over 100 uses for the vegetable.

As the slaves made the pie for large gatherings in celebration and as a part of family meals, the tradition has continued for family gatherings and black family reunions today.

Ingredients

  • 1 unbaked deep dish pastry shell
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes sliced, diced, cooked and peeled
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs.

Instructions

  1. Peel and cook the sweet potatoes for 20 min. Preheat the oven 350F. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sweet potatoes with butter until smooth. Add remaining ingredients except pastry shell, mix well. Pour into pastry shell. Bake 30 minutes or till done, you can test that with a toothpick, if it comes out clean it is done.

Sweet Potato Pie

10 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

Yields 8

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Ingredients

  • 1 unbaked deep dish pastry shell
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes sliced, diced, cooked and peeled
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs.

Instructions

  1. Peel and cook the sweet potatoes for 20 min. Preheat the oven 350F. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sweet potatoes with butter until smooth. Add remaining ingredients except pastry shell, mix well. Pour into pastry shell. Bake 30 minutes or till done, you can test that with a toothpick, if it comes out clean it is done.
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Fried Bologna Sandwich

Dec 23, 2012 by

Fried Egg Bologna Sandwich. It’s a typical Southern sandwich. Also called a poor man’s steak sandwich. It’s very easy to make, and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of toasted bread
  • 1 slice of thick bologna
  • 1 slice of cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • mayo

Instructions

  1. For this sandwich I use the cast iron skillet. Turn the stove on and put a small amount of grease in the skillet. Add the bologna and brown on one side. You will see a bubble in the middle cut that with a knife. Now add the egg to the skillet, when both are done turn the bologna and the egg over, and fry the bologna and egg. Spread the mayo on the bread. Add the fried bologna, then the cheese and last the fried egg. Top off with the other slice of toasted bread with mayo. And enjoy this simple sandwich from the South.

Fried Bologna Sandwich

2 minPrep Time

3 minCook Time

5 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices of toasted bread
  • 1 slice of thick bologna
  • 1 slice of cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • mayo

Instructions

  1. For this sandwich I use the cast iron skillet. Turn the stove on and put a small amount of grease in the skillet. Add the bologna and brown on one side. You will see a bubble in the middle cut that with a knife. Now add the egg to the skillet, when both are done turn the bologna and the egg over, and fry the bologna and egg. Spread the mayo on the bread. Add the fried bologna, then the cheese and last the fried egg. Top off with the other slice of toasted bread with mayo. And enjoy this simple sandwich from the South.
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Green Cabbage

Dec 9, 2012 by

Cabbage is a leafy green biennial, grown as an annual vegetable for its densely-leaved heads. Closely related to other cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts. Cabbage heads generally range from 1 to 8 poundsand can be green, purple and white.

It is difficult to trace the exact history of cabbage, but it was most likely domesticated somewhere in Europe before 1000 BC. By the Middle Ages it was a prominent part of European cuisine, although savoys were not developed until the 16th century. Cabbage heads are generally picked during the first year of the plants’ life cycles, but those intended for seed are allowed to grow a second year, and must be kept separated from other cole crops to prevent cross pollination. Cabbage is prone to several nutrient deficiencies, as well as multiple pests, bacteria and fungal diseases.

Cabbages are prepared in many different ways for eating, although pickling, in dishes such as sauerkraut, is the most popular. Cabbage is a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber.

Ingredients

  • 1 green cabbage
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp chicken base
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp celery seeds
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • fat back or bacon

Instructions

  1. If you use salt pork or you may call it fatback. You need to cook it separate in a pot of water, other wise the cabbage will be to salty. If you use regular bacon you can add it to the cabbage.
  2. Cut the green cabbage in 4 quarters and cut the core out.
  3. Cut the quarters in half again. Mince the onion and add the cabbage and onion to the water. Add the chicken base (if you don’t have that use a bouillon cube), celery seeds, and pepper flakes. After you cook the salt pork for about an half hour your cabbage should be tender by now. Take the salt pork out of the water and cut it up, add to the cabbage.

Green Cabbage

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 green cabbage
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp chicken base
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp celery seeds
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • fat back or bacon

Instructions

  1. If you use salt pork or you may call it fatback. You need to cook it separate in a pot of water, other wise the cabbage will be to salty. If you use regular bacon you can add it to the cabbage.
  2. Cut the green cabbage in 4 quarters and cut the core out.
  3. Cut the quarters in half again. Mince the onion and add the cabbage and onion to the water. Add the chicken base (if you don't have that use a bouillon cube), celery seeds, and pepper flakes. After you cook the salt pork for about an half hour your cabbage should be tender by now. Take the salt pork out of the water and cut it up, add to the cabbage.
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Traditional Banana Pudding

Nov 26, 2012 by

 

This is not the one you make out of box. I got that one to, Not yo Mama’s Banana Pudding 😉 Believe me they are both good. If you feel the need to make it the old fashioned way then this one is for you.

Ingredients

2 cups of milk
2 tbsp butter
2 egg yolks
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
vanilla wafers
4 bananas

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425F

Turn the heat on add to the pot 2 tbsp butter, 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 2 egg yolks, 2 cups of milk and 1/8 tsp of salt. Whisk ingredients together takes about 10 minutes on medium high. Layer the casserole dish with 1/2 box of the vanilla wafers, then the 2 bananas. Add 1 tsp vanilla to the custard. Add half of it to the casserole. Layer with the rest of the vanilla wafers and the other 2 bananas and the rest of the custard.

Whip the egg whites add 1/3 cup of sugar and whip until you get peaks. Now you have meringue. Spread the meringue over the banana pudding and put in the oven for 4 to 4 1/2 minutes.

Traditional Banana Pudding

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

Yields 8

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • vanilla wafers
  • 4 bananas

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F
  2. Turn the heat on add to the pot 2 tbsp butter, 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 2 egg yolks, 2 cups of milk and 1/8 tsp of salt. Whisk ingredients together takes about 10 minutes on medium high. Layer the casserole dish with 1/2 box of the vanilla wafers, then the 2 bananas. Add 1 tsp vanilla to the custard. Add half of it to the casserole. Layer with the rest of the vanilla wafers and the other 2 bananas and the rest of the custard.
  3. Whip the egg whites add 1/3 cup of sugar and whip until you get peaks. Now you have meringue. Spread the meringue over the banana pudding and put in the oven for 4 to 4 1/2 minutes.
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Pork Ribs

Jun 10, 2012 by

Pork Ribs the right way. The secret to make the perfect baby back ribs or any ribs for that matter is to slow cook them. This is a very basic recipe. You can add some water-soaked hickory chunks. Put them in some foil and make a small pouch with holes in it. So the smoke can escape. Remember you can use this recipe on any kind of ribs.

Ingredients

Baby back ribs
6 tablespoons paprika
6 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
3 tablespoons onion powder
BBQ Sauce of your choice

Instructions

Turn your grill on, the temperature should be about 200-225F. You can use the gas grill or charcoal one. Make sure you use INDIRECT heat.

Clean and dry the baby back ribs. Pull that thin membrane of the ribs, and poke the ribs with a knife or a fork.

Squirt some mustard on the ribs and spread it all over. Rub the seasoning mix on the ribs. Put the ribs on the grill indirect heat, and turn every 10 minutes. This will take about 2-1/2 hrs. The ribs are done when you see the meat pulling back from the ribs. You can eat them with or without bbq sauce


Pork Ribs

Baby back ribs the right way. The secret to make the perfect baby back ribs or any ribs for that matter is to slow cook them. This is a very basic recipe. You can add some water-soaked hickory chunks. Put them in some foil and make a small pouch with holes in it. So the smoke can escape. Remember you can use this recipe on any kind of ribs.

15 minPrep Time

2 hr, 30 Cook Time

2 hr, 45 Total Time

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    For the Baby back ribs seasoning blend
  • 6 tablespoons paprika
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 3 tablespoons onion powder
  • BBQ Sauce of your choice

Instructions

  1. Turn your grill on, the temperature should be about 200-225F. You can use the gas grill or charcoal one. Make sure you use INDIRECT heat.
  2. Clean and dry the baby back ribs. Pull that thin membrane of the ribs, and poke the ribs with a knife or a fork.
  3. Squirt some mustard on the ribs and spread it all over. Rub the seasoning mix on the ribs. Put the ribs on the grill indirect heat, and turn every 10 minutes. This will take about 2-1/2 hrs. The ribs are done when you see the meat pulling back from the ribs. You can eat them with or without bbq sauce.
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Catfish Baked

May 13, 2012 by

 

Catfish are not beautiful to look at, with their odd whiskers and big, gaping mouths, but beauty is not important when it comes to choosing fish that is flavorful. Catfish have skin that is similar to that of an eel, which is thick, slippery, and strong. All catfish should be skinned before cooking. The easiest method to skin a catfish is to nail the head of the dead fish to a board, hold on to its tail, and pull the skin off with pliers.

Channel catfish are farmed in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Mississippi is the world’s leading producer of pong-raised catfish. Of all the catfish grown in the United States, 80 percent comes from Mississippi, where more than 102,000 acres are devoted to catfish farms. Humphreys County, Mississippi, produces about 70 percent of the catfish consumed in the United States, and has over 30,000 acres under water. The town of Belzoni, in Humphreys County, is called the “Catfish Capital of the World.” Each spring the streets of down town Belzoni are transformed into a large carnival during the World Catfish Festival. Due in part to its reputation as a family oriented event, the World Catfish Festival has received several awards including Top 100 Events in North America and Top 20 Events of the Southeast. Info from Whats cooking in America

You can use this seasoning mix on any kind of fish.

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp garlic
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Pam olive oil
4 (8 ounce) fillets catfish.

Instructions

1.  In a small bowl combine the first seven ingredients.

2.Spray some olive oil on the foil. Brush the seasoning mix over both sides of fish. Sprinkle some breadcrumbs over the fish and bake at 450 F for 10-13 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Catfish Baked

15 minPrep Time

13 minCook Time

28 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Pam olive oil
  • 4 (8 ounce) fillets catfish.

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine the first seven ingredients.
  2. Spray some olive oil on the foil. Brush the seasoning mix over both sides of fish. Sprinkle some breadcrumbs over the fish and bake at 450 F for 10-13 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
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Maque Choux

May 6, 2012 by

Maque choux, pronounced mock shoe, is a vegetable side dish popular in the South region of the United States, particularly among the residents of southern Louisiana. The ingredients commonly include corn, onions, green bell pepper and tomatoes. Some recipes call for the addition of garlic and celery. All the ingredients are normally braised until they soften and then hot sauce or cayenne pepper is added to enhance the flavors of the vegetables.

The origins of the term maque choux are not clearly defined. The phrase can be traced to Cajun French and may have been influenced by the word machica, which is a Spanish term for a traditional dish of toasted corn meal. Other sources cite the Cajun French word maigrchou, which means thin child, as the root for the term, based on a variation of maque choux that is commonly thinned with milk or cream and resembles a soup. Another possible origin of the phrase is moque-chou, which when translated from the French language means mock cabbage, indicating that cabbage may once have been included in the recipe.

Ingredients

2 cups of fresh clean corn
1/2 cup cream
6 strips of bacon
1 small onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1 green onion
1 tsp Louisiana hot sauce

Instructions

Clean corn. Cut the bacon into small strips, add the bacon to the skillet with the minced onion and cutup bell pepper cook until slightly crunchy. Add the sliced tomato and corn, when tender add the cream and the Louisiana hot sauce. Top off with the sliced green onion.

Maque Choux

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of fresh clean corn
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 tsp Louisiana hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Clean corn. Cut the bacon into small strips, add the bacon to the skillet with the minced onion and cutup bell pepper cook until slightly crunchy. Add the sliced tomato and corn, when tender add the cream and the Louisiana hot sauce. Top off with the sliced green onion.
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Chicken Fried Steak

Jan 22, 2012 by

Chicken Fried Steak:

is the classic example of an inexpensive regional folk food utilized by working-class folk and generally categorized as comfort food.

The precise origins of this dish is unclear, but many sources attribute its development to German and Austrian immigrants moving to beef-growing areas of western Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and possibly further north into Kansas, who brought recipes for Wiener Schnitzel from Europe to the USA. Now I am still wondering why call it chicken fried steak and there is not one piece of chicken in this dish. So I did a litle research and found out that one of the earliest mentions of a similar food is a recipe for veal cutlets. By the late nineteenth century numerous cook books provided the recipe. At that time the delicacy was usually called pan-fried steak or country-fried steak, or some similar designation, and it was very similar to the fried pork cutlets so popular in the South, where the swine industry was much more important than beef production. Chicken-fried steak is almost identical to German schnitzel

The actual term “chicken fried steak” was probably developed in the 1930s. It is possible the name change for this recipe was due to the war with Germany.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of buttermilk or regular milk
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp all seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • cube steak (round steak tenderized) traditionally you use flour for variety use 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Panko. If you don’t have Panko use 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup canola oil.

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup of canola oil to the skillet and put on high. You need to have 2 dishes one for the egg wash and one for the flour. Add the eggs to the buttermilk or milk and whip it. Add the seasonings to the flour. Put the cube steak first in the egg wash then in the flour mix, again in the egg wash then one more time in the flour mix. Fry the meat in the skillet, flip the meat over when you see it slightly browned on the edges. When fried on both sides put on a separate plate till all the cubes are done.
  2. To make the gravy pour all the gravy in a measuring cup and put back in the skillet 1/4 cup, then add 1/3 cup of the flour mix. Whisk the flour into the grease. Then add 1/2 cup of the milk, whisk till smooth. If the gravy is too thick for you just add some more milk. Pour the gravy over the meat.

Chicken Fried Steak

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15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of buttermilk or regular milk
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp all seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • cube steak (round steak tenderized) traditonally you use flour for variety use 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Panko. If you don't have Panko use 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup canola oil.

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup of canola oil to the skillet and put on high. You need to have 2 dishes one for the egg wash and one for the flour. Add the eggs to the buttermilk or milk and whip it. Add the seasonings to the flour. Put the cube steak first in the egg wash then in the flour mix, again in the egg wash then one more time in the flour mix. Fry the meat in the skillet, flip the meat over when you see it slightly browned on the edges. When fried on both sides put on a separate plate till all the cubes are done.
  2. To make the gravy pour all the gravy in a measuring cup and put back in the skillet 1/4 cup, then add 1/3 cup of the flour mix. Whisk the flour into the grease. Then add 1/2 cup of the milk, whisk till smooth. If the gravy is too thick for you just add some more milk. Pour the gravy over the meat.
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