I am busy planning meals for the week, and again - going through my "Family Recipe Notebook." (Which essentially are recipes I have collected from random sources for the past 20 years or so.)
I just want to share those with you, and will try to get as many as I can up (a few each week.) I don't know about you, but I have begun to LOVE cooking. I am always inspired by my friend LBR and Yenta Mary. They always share their culinary journey.
Here are a few more I have tried and love. I hope you find these helpful and as delish as I do! (Again, I will post these in the recipe tab after posting!)
Herb Spinach Bake
**This was one of the first recipes I ever tried when I first got married back in 2000. It came from an Old Fashioned Herb Cookbook.
1 lb. fresh spinach or 1 10oz okg frozen spinach
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup milk
1 cup grated Cheddar Cheese
1 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp. Butter
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Cook and drain spinach, set aside. Combine the remaining ingredients. Stir in Spinach. Pour into a casserole dish and bake at 350 F for 20 - 25 minutes.
** So easy and great dish for the family. Worked great when I had exchange students.
Broiled Tarragon Chicken with Lime
**This is a staple around this house!
4 chicken breasts
1/2 tsp salt
2 twists freshly ground black pepper
2 shallots or onion finely chopped
1 cup veggie oil
1 cup fresh lime juice
4 tbsp fresh tarragon or 4 tsp dried
Sprinkle each chicken breast with salt and pepper.
In a medium bowl stir together shallots, oil, juice and tarragon.
Immerse chicken in marinade, cover bowl and refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
Remove bowl from frig an hour before broiling chicken. Arrange chicken in shallow baking dish and baste with marinade.
Place under broiler approximately 4 minutes. Then turn chicken pieces. Baste again with marinade and broil 4 more minutes. Sever immediately!
**easy and yummy**
Grandma's Black Eyed Peas
3 cups dry black eyed peas
12 cups of water
3 pounds smoke ham hocks
1 1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10 ounce) pkg frozen cut okra
Rinse peas and drain. In a 6-qt dutch oven, combine water and peas. Bring to a boil and simmer about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and cover and let stand 1 hour (or combine and soak overnight.)
Stir in all ingredients, except okra, and bring to a boil. Cover; simmer until hocks are tender and peas are done, about 1 1/2 hour. Stir in okra; cook until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf.
Patty's Beer Bread
**a recipe given to me from a fellow southerner
5 tbsp sugar
1 (12 o) can of beer
3 cups self rising flour
1 stick of butter, melted.
Mix sugar, beer and flour well. Pour into a loaf pan, no need to oil pan. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes, then pour butter over bread and bake at 375F 15 minutes longer.
Georgia Pecan Squares
**every girl from GA knows how to make these!
6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg, separated
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
Using an electric mixer, cream butter until light. Add dry ingredients, sifted together. Add egg yolk and vanilla, mix well. Spread in an 18 x 13 inch pyrex dish. Brush with egg whites, sprinkle liberally with pecans. Bake 350F 20 to 25 minutes , or until lightly brown. Cut into small squares. Cool on a rack.
**talk about southern country.. lol but oh so good.. Try it!
1 large potato
1 box confectioners sugar
Peel and boil potato. When done, mash up with a fork, add a pinch of salt and pour in the box of sugar. This makes a stiff dough.
Roll out on dough board that has been floured really good.. in a layer 1/4 inch thick. Spread peanut butter all over the top and roll up like a jelly roll. Put this in the frig and chill. Cut and serve. LOL
Country Blackberry Cobbler
**This reminds me of my Great Grandmother.
2 cups fresh blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
6 tbsp butter
3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350F. Stir in 1/2 sugar into fruit and set aside. Melt butter in baking pan. Sift next 4 ingredients together, then add milk. Pour batter into pan of melted butter, do not mix! Pour fruit over batter. Bake 50 minutes!!
Southern Fried Chicken
*if you have a different recipe - then it's not authentic southern. ;-)
9-10 pieces of fresh chicken (never frozen)
2 cups buttermilk (to tenderize and flavor)
lard or oil (soybean, peanut or corn)
1 tbsp bacon grease
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1. Wash chicken in cold water, dry with towels, place in a large bowl, and add buttermilk. Turn all pieces to coat with buttermilk and place in frig for one hour.
2.Chicken is crispiest when fried in 2 inches of oil. Heat oil to 350F and 360F. This is the right temperature to brown the outside while sealing in moisture inside. Bacon grease can be added at this time to add flavor.
3. Remove chicken from buttermilk and dredge in the mix of flour, salt and pepper. Place in hot oil, cover. Chicken should be turned just once while cooking. Fry 10 minutes.