26 10, 2013

Southern Cornbread with Buttermilk & Bacon Drippings! (Recipe)


Adapted from a Test Kitchen recipe This cornbread is shown on the right in the photo.  It was cooked in a buttered dish, but it would be great cooked in a cast iron skillet too. Ingredients 4 tsp. bacon drippings (Fry 4 thick slices of bacon and reserve the drippings.) 1 cup yellow cornmeal 2 ...[ get the full recipe ]

6 10, 2013

Blackbery Basil Jam Recipe


For a detailed explanation of my experiment with this recipe click here.  This recipe was adapted from a recipe by Giada on FoodNetwork.  Giada's recipe calls for significantly more basil and uses frozen blackberries rather than fresh.  Her recipe can be found by clicking here. Ingredients 16-19 ounces fresh blackberries and slightly mashed 1 1/4 ...[ get the full recipe ]

3 08, 2013

The Long Awaited Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


For a detailed description and pictures of the test bake, see the Cooking Blog Ingredients 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt (if you are using salted butter, cut back to 1/4 tsp. salt) 2 1/2 Tbsp. butter (room temperature) 2 1/2  Tbsp. shortening 1/4 cup brown ...[ get the full recipe ]

17 07, 2013

Recipe for Crispy Pizza Crust (no yeast)


Ingredients 1 cup + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup water 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 1 Tbsp honey 1/4 tsp salt Instructions Place a pizza stone in the oven.  Preheat the oven and stone to 450 degrees. In a small food processor, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. ...[ get the full recipe ]

17 07, 2013

Chocolate Pie Recipe (aka French Silk Pie)


Filling Ingredients 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 cups milk (whole milk adds to the richness of this pie, but it works fine with lowfat or skim milk) 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten 3 tablespoons butter 2 teaspoons vanilla 4-5 oz. cut-up unsweetened chocolate (depending on how deep of a chocolate you prefer) whipping ...[ get the full recipe ]

15 07, 2013

Quick Margaritas (Recipe)


Ingredients 12 oz. can frozen limeade 2 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice 6 oz. tequila 3 oz. triple sec 18 oz. water (or ice cubes for frozen margaritas). 2 lemons, cut into 3/4 inch pieces (optional) 2 limes, cut into 3/4 inch pieces (optional) Salt, if desired Instructions Freeze lemon and lime pieces (optional). On the rocks:  Combine ...[ get the full recipe ]

14 07, 2013

Rustic Plum and Apricot Tart (Recipe)


Filling Ingredients 4-6 plums or plumcots, quartered 4-6 apricots, quartered 2 Tbsp sugar (adjust according to sweetness of fruit) plus more for sprinking 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 Tbsp brandy Crust Ingredients 1 cup flour 1 Tbsp sugar 3 Tbsp shortening 1-1/2 Tbsp butter, cold & cut into small pieces 2-3 Tbsp ice water Pinch salt ...[ get the full recipe ]

6 07, 2013

Marinated Flap Steak, Skirt Steak, or Flank Steak for Fajitas & Tacos (Recipe)


Ingredients 4 lbs flap steak 12 oz. pineapple juice 1/2 cup dry sherry or red wine 10-15 shakes Louisiana hot sauce 2 Tbsp sugar 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tsp salt or to taste Instructions Combine pineapple juice, red wine, hot sauce, sugar, red wine vinegar, and salt in a shallow pan. Place ...[ get the full recipe ]

6 07, 2013

Shrimp and Fish Ceviche with Pineapple & Mango


Ingredients 2 lbs small/medium raw shrimp, shell on 2 lbs fish (e.g., sea bass, halibut) 10 lemons, juiced (about 1 cup juice) 10 limes, juiced (about 1-1/3 cups juice; if limes are drier, it will take more) 2 oranges, juiced (about 3/4 cup juice) 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 1/2 diced red onion 3 medium ...[ get the full recipe ]

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