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I'm Angel. I am a wife and Mom. I love photography. I love to read. I love cooking and collecting recipes. I love traveling. I love classic country music. I love to laugh. I love Emerald Isle, North Carolina. I love hot baths. I love the smell of fresh cut hay. I love chocolate. And most importantly I love my husband and daughter.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Salisbury Steak

For Christmas I received the newest Pioneer Woman cookbook, and last night I tried the Salisbury Steak recipe.   It was really good.  I followed the recipe, except that I added mushrooms to the gravy.  And...the recipe called for 1 1/2 pounds of hamburger and I used 2 pounds, so I just used PW's measurements but "heaped" them to allow for more hamburger. 

Here is the recipe if you'd like to try it.....

Salisbury Steak
Source: Pioneer Woman

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
2 tbsp. heavy cream
2 tsp. dry mustard
1 beef bouillon cube crumbled (I used 1 tsp. of the beef bouillon powder)
4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. ketchup
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. butter

Combine the above ingredients (except olive oil and butter.)  Knead mixture until evenly combined.  Then form it into 6 oblong patties.  Heat a large skillet over med-hi  heat.  Add butter and olive oil, when melted and hot add patties and fry  on both sides until nicely crusty on the outside and no longer pink in the middle. (about 4-5 minutes on each side.)  Remove the patties to a plate.

1 onion, thinly sliced
sliced mushrooms
2 1/4 cup beef broth
4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. ketchup
1 tsp Kitchen Bouquet browning sauce
2 tbsp. cornstarch
kosher salt and black pepper to taste

To make the gravy add the onion and mushrooms to the pan you fried the patties.  Sauté the onion and mushrooms until golden.  Add 2 cups of the beef broth, the Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and Kitchen Bouquet.  Stir and cook 2-3 minutes to reduce the liquid slightly.  In a small bowl, make a "slurry" by mixing 1/4 cup broth and 2 tbsp. cornstarch.  Pour the "slurry" into the gravy, stir and let it bubble up and thicken for 3-4 minutes.  Taste and add salt/pepper as needed.  Add the beef patties to the skillet and spoon gravy over the top.  Simmer for a  couple more minutes.  Then serve.

I served this with mashed taters and roasted carrots (also Pioneer Woman recipes.)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Popcorn Tree or Wreath

Christmas Popcorn Tree or Wreath

12 cups popped popcorn
1 cup butter
2 (10 oz) bags of marshmallows
Green food coloring
Candy to decorate

Pop popcorn. Pick out unpopped kernels. Spread in lg jellyroll pan. Melt butter and marshmallows. Add green food coloring.  Pour over popcorn and mix to coat all popcorn.  On a large platter shape into a Christmas tree or Christmas wreath use candy or gum drops to decorate.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Trotter's Corn

Trotter's Corn
Source: My Mother-n-Law, Lois

20 oz frozen corn
1/2 pint whipping cream
6 tsp sugar
1/4 cup milk

Cook the above over low heat until hot then in a small dish mix:

2 tbsp. melted butter
2 tbsp. flour

Take the butter/flour mixture and stir into the corn and cook over low heat.

Baked Hominy & Cheese

Baked Hominy and Cheese

1 egg
2 can (15 oz) hominy
12 oz. Velvetta, cubed
3/4 cup cold milk
1/2 small onion, chopped
3 bacon strips cooked and crumbled
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp pepper

In large bowl beat egg.  Add hominy, cheese, milk, onion, bacon, butter, and pepper.  Mix well.  Spoon into a greased 11x7x2 baking dish.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until bubbly and top begins to brown.

Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Bacon Cheese Potatoes

8-10 medium potatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 lb Velvetta, cubed
1 cup mayo
1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled

Peel the potatoes and place in saucepan.  Cover with water and cook until tender but firm.  Drain and cube.  In a bowl, mix potatoes with the onion, cheese, and mayo.  Transfer to an ungreased 13x9x2 baking dish.  Sprinkle with bacon.  Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Sprinkle with parsley and paprika. 

(good served with ham)

Cream Peas

Cream Peas

Source: Aunt Pat

1 can of peas - drained
1 cup milk
1/2 stick butter melted
1 tbsp. flour
salt & pepper

Stir butter and flour gradually over med heat, add 1 cup milk and cook till thick.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add in 1 can drained peas and cook until hot.

Broccoli Casserole

Mom's Broccoli Casserole

1 small onion, chopped
2 cups minute rice
16 oz chopped broccoli (frozen)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp. butter
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup milk
1 8 oz jar cheese whiz

Cook rice and broccoli according to pkg directions.  Mix all ingredients together in casserole dish and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

Easy Peasy Danishes

These are super easy and yummy....great for a lazy Sunday morning or taking to an office brunch.

Easy Peasy Danishes

Filling Ingredients
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla or Mexican Vanilla
1 Tbsp milk

Mix until smooth.

Other Ingredients
1 can of crescent rolls
1 can of pie filling (cherry, apple, etc)

Take 1 can of crescent rolls can do this in triangles, spread out and cut into circles, get fancy and shape like a wreath or  candy cane....however you want.

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.  Put the crescent roll on the  cookie sheet.  Put a dollop (big) of cream cheese mixture on each crescent shape and then put a spoon full of pie filling.

Cook at 375 for about 14 minutes (watch, I almost overcooked mine).

When they come out of the oven, drizzle them with a glaze made from powdered sugar and a little milk.