Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pizza Dip

Momma Mia!

1 pkg softened cream cheese
3/4 cup mayo
1 1/2 cups shredded Provolone cheese
8 oz sliced pepperoni
2 tomatoes (chopped)
1/4 cup chopped black olives optional
1/4 cup chopped green peppers (optional)

  • Set 1/2 cup of Provolone off to the side
  • Mix rest of ingredients together until blended well
  • Spoon into a six cup casserole dish
  • Sprinkle remaining Provolone on top
  • Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly
  • Serve with pita chips, garlic bread, bread sticks, or crusty Italian rolls.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rotel Chicken Spaghetti

4 -6 chicken breasts, cooked & chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can chicken broth
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes
1 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
12 ounces spaghetti, cooked & drained

  • Mix soup, broth, and Ro-tel

  • In a 13x9 greased casserole dish layer as follows: Spaghetti, Chicken, Soup mix, Cheese.

  • Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted.

  • Blonde Brownies

    1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/8 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    1/3 cup butter
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips *

    • Mix  flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
    • Melt butter and add brown sugar and vanilla.
    • Add egg to brown sugar mixture and blend well.
    • Add flour mixture and mix well.
    • Spread in 9 x 9 pan.
    • Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
    • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes
    *You can add practically any flavor chip to this versatile recipe.  Butterscotch chips are really yummy!

    Monday, May 16, 2011

    Nanny's Peanut Butter Cookies

    Got milk ???
    1 cup softened butter
    1 cup white sugar
    2 egg
    1 cup brown sugar (packed) 
    1 egg yolk
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 (18 ounce) jar peanut butter
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup chopped peanuts
    • In a large bowl, cream butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
    • Add the eggs, yolks, and vanilla; mix until fluffy.
    • Stir in peanut butter.
    • Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the peanut butter mixture.
    • Stir in the peanuts.
    • Refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours.
    • Roll dough into walnut sized balls.
    • Place on the prepared cookie sheet and flatten slightly with a fork.
    • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. 
    • These cookies taste great when slightly undercooked.

    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    Crab Rangoons

    2 pkg softened cream cheese
    1 cup sugar
    2 T minced green onions
    4 dozen wonton wrappers
    1/2 to 3/4 cup minced crab (imitation or real)

    • Combine cream cheese, sugar, chives and crab until smooth
    • Drop small spoonful in center of wrapper
    • Fold wrapper from a square into a triangle making sure the edges are sealed (dipping finger in water and running along edge will help this
    • Deep fry until golden brown
    • Serve hot
    To learn how to fold a wonton a little fancier watch this video by Dennis Mong.

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Fried Okra Salad

    I don't really like okra but when I tried this I ate two big bowls!!!

    6 slices bacon
    2 packages (10 oz each) frozen sliced okra (unbreaded), thawed
    cornmeal for coating (season cornmeal for added flavor)
    1 large tomato
    1 small to medium onion
    1/3 c. sugar
    1/4 c. red wine vinegar
    3 tbsp. oil

    • Fry bacon until crisp, set aside.
    • Add enough oil to the bacon drippings to fry okra.
    • Lightly coat thawed okra in cornmeal.
    • Fry okra in oil until cooked through, set aside to cool to room temperature.
    • Just before serving, crumble bacon into okra.
    • Chop tomato and onion and stir into okra.
    • Mix sugar, vinegar, and oil, make sure sugar is dissolved
    • Toss salad with dressing before serving.

    Sunday, April 24, 2011

    Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents

    1 pound sausage
    1 pkg cream cheese
    2 cans crescent rolls

    • Fry sausage (crumbled) until just done and drain
    • Thoroughly mix sausage with cream cheese
    • Spoon mixture into crescent roll triangle and roll up according to directions on can
    • Bake at 350 degrees until crescent rolls are done.
    • Serve with scrambled eggs for breakfast or serve as an appetizer.

    If you like this you might also like Best Ever Breakfast Casserole.

    Best Ever Breakfast Casserole

    I modified a recipe from a dish I saw on a cooking show several years ago.  It was way too complicated and had Feta cheese.  This is my version because I'm lazy and I'm not a fan of Feta cheese.  Enjoy!

    1 can crescent rolls
    1 lb sausage
    6 eggs
    1 pkg cream cheese
    1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
    • Layout 1 can of crescent roll dough flat in a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
    • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until just done (not brown but not gooey)
    • Brown sausage and drain.
    • Mix sausage with cream cheese.
    • Soft scramble  the eggs, you want them still a little wet
    • Mix with sausage/cream cheese mixture
    • Spoon on top of crescent rolls
    • Top with cheddar*
    • Bake at 350 degrees until cheddar is melted
    * you may also top it with crumbled bacon and I like to add some provolone cheese in addition to cheddar

    If you like this you might also want to try Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents.

    Friday, April 22, 2011

    Fudgey Cake

    1 box Fudge cake mix
    2 cups buttermilk
    3 eggs (well beaten)
    2 cups oil
    1 box chocolate pudding mix

    • Mix all ingredients
    • Grease and flour two nine inch cake pans
    • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until done.
    • Cool and frost with Creamy Cool Whip Frosting

    Creamy Cool Whip Frosting

    In honor of my Katiebug's 13th birthday!

    1 envelope Dream Whip Frosting Mix
    1 pkg cream cheese softened
    1 large tub Cool Whip

    • Whip together softened cream cheese and Dream Whip until creamy
    • Whip in Cool Whip until mixed thoroughly
    • Add coloring if desired
    • Frost cake and store in refrigerator
    • Goes well with Fudgey Cake

    * Substitute chocolate Cool Whip and chocolate pudding mix to make Creamy Chocolate Frosting

    Friday, April 15, 2011

    Apple Enchiladas

    Cherries or peaches can be substituted for apples.

    1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling
    6 (8 inch) flour tortillas
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 cup butter
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup water

    • Spoon about one heaping quarter cup of pie filling evenly down the center of each tortilla.
    • Sprinkle with cinnamon; roll up, tucking in edges; and place seam side down in prepared dish.
    • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes.
    • Pour sauce over enchiladas and let stand 45 minutes.
    • Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, or until golden.
    • Serve with vanilla ice cream.

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Southern Style Corn

    6 T butter
    2 T flour
    2 T sugar
    1 t salt
    1/2 cup milk
    1 can whole kernel corn

    • Melt butter in skillet.
    • Mix flour, sugar, and salt together real well.
    • Add corn, and dry mix to the butter and stir thoroughly.
    • Add 1/2 cup milk.
    • Cook, covered, for 10 minutes on low heat.

    Tamale Pie

    1 lb ground beef
    1 medium chopped onion
    1 T chili powder
    1/2 cup chopped green pepper
    3/4 t salt
    3/4 cup cornmeal
    1 1/2 t baking powder
    1/3 cup milk
    1 T sugar
    1 T flour
    1 egg (beaten)
    1 T oil
    1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
    1 can diced tomatoes
    1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)

    • Brown beef with onion and drain.
    • Add tomatoes, 1/4 t salt, chili powder, corn, green pepper, and black beans.
    • Simmer for 15 minutes.
    • Pour into greased 2 quart casserole dish.
    • Combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, 1/2 t salt, baking powder, egg, milk, and oil.
    • Stir until just moistened.
    • Spread mixture over beef.
    • Bake at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes or until corn bread is brown.
    • Serve with cheese and sour cream on top.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Easy BBQ Chicken

    2  to 2 1/2 pounds chicken
    16 ounces Coca cola
    1 bottle BBQ sauce

    • Place chicken in a large deep pan.
    • Mix Coke and BBQ sauce.
    • Pour over chicken.
    • Simmer until chicken is tender and sauce is thick.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    Mamaw's Liver and Onions

    Not a favorite of most but, I sure love it!

    1 to 2 pounds beef liver
    2 envelopes Lipton onion soup mix
    1 medium onion

    • Coat liver in flour and salt
    • Fry until browned
    • Place liver in a crock pot.
    • Empty soup packets and sliced onion on top.
    • Cover with water.
    • Simmer on low until tender.

    Carmel Pecan Ice Cream

    Scooter's favorite ice cream!

    2 T butter
    1 cup chopped pecans
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1 quart half and half
    1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1 (12 oz) jar caramel ice cream topping
    1 T vanilla
    1 quart whipping cream

    • Combine butter, pecans, and white sugar in an 8 inch skillet
    • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar melts and turns golden brown (6 to 8 min)
    • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool
    • Break into small clusters and set aside
    • Combine half and half, brown sugar, and caramel and mix well
    • Stir in whipping cream and pecan clusters
    • Pour mixture into a one gallon ice cream freezer and freeze according to instructions
    • Pack freezer with additional ice and salt and let stand one hour to ripen before serving.
    • Makes 3 quarts

    Monday, April 11, 2011

    Cranberry Salad

    1 large box cherry jell-o
    1 can mandarin oranges (drained)
    1 small can crushed pineapple
    2 cups hot water
    1 cup chopped nuts
    1 lb. cranberries
    1 1 /2 cups sugar

    • Freeze cranberries
    • Put frozen cranberries in food processor and chop fine
    • Make jello using half amount water called for.
    • Dissolve sugar in jello.
    • Mix jello, cranberries, nuts, mandarin oranges and pineapple together. 
    • Will keep in frig 2-3 weeks.

    Blueberry Delight

    2 sticks melted butter
    2 cups flour
    1 cup chopped pecans
    8 oz cream softened cream cheese
    1 large carton cool whip
    1/2 box powdered sugar
    1 can blueberry pie filling

    • Mix butter, flour, and pecans
    • Pat into an 11x13 pan. 
    • Bake 25 to 30 minutes and let cool.
    • Mix cream cheese, 1/2 of the cool whip and powdered sugar
    • Spread over cooled crust
    • Top with blueberry pie filling
    • Store in refrigerator

    Mix and spread over cooled crust. 

    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Texas Salad (Slaw)

    1 large cabbage
    1 onion
    1 carrot
    1 bell pepper
    1 cup sugar
    3/4 cup white vinegar
    3/4 cup vegetable oil
    1/4 cup water
    2 T salt
    1 t ground mustard
    1 t celery seed
    1/2 t turmeric

    • Grate vegetables and mix sugar over them. 
    • Heat vinegar, oil, water, salt and spices to boiling point. 
    • Pour over vegetables and mix. 
    • Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

    Peaches and Cream Cheesecake

    Made in three layers...
    Layer 1
    3/4 cup flour
    1 t baking powder
    1/2 t salt
    1/2 cup milk
    3 T butter
    1 box vanilla pudding mix (not instant)
    1 egg

    Mix all ingredients together.  Beat 2 minutes at medium speed.  Pour into a greased 9 inch deep dish.

    Layer 2
    1 (15-20 oz) can sliced peaches

    Drain peaches well and reserve juice.  Place peaches on top of layer one.

    Layer 3
    1 pkg cream cheese
    1/2 cup sugar
    3 T reserved peach juice

    Mix together well and spoon on top of peaches making sure you leave a one inch edge around the pan
    Sprinkle 1 T sugar and 1/2 t cinnamon on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 35 minutes until crust is golden brown.  Filling will appear soft.  Store in refrigerator.

    Saturday, April 9, 2011

    Shrimp Jambalaya

    One of my favorite dishes Momma makes...

       1  pound shrimp (cooked and peeled)
       1  pound smoked sausage
       1  T flour
    1/2  t Worcestershire sauce
           dash paprika
       1  (16oz) can tomatoes
    1/4  c chopped onion
       3  T chopped green peppers
       1  cup minced garlic
    1/2  t salt
           dash cayenne pepper
       2  (6oz) cans sliced mushrooms
       4  cups cooked rice

    • Cut sausage in small pieces and fry until brown.
    • Add onion, green pepper, and garlic and cook until tender
    • Blend in flour and seasonings
    • Add mushrooms, tomatoes, and shrimp.
    • Simmer for 20 minutes
    • Pour over cooked rice

    Friday, April 8, 2011

    Cabbage Creole

    Even if you don't like cabbage you should try this.

    1 -2 lb ground beef
    1 small onion, chopped
    1 medium head of cabbage, chopped
    1 (10 ounce) can Ro-tel
    1/2 lb Velveeta, cubed
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • In a large skillet, brown beef with chopped onion. Drain, if necessary.

  • Return meat mixture to pan.

  • Add chopped cabbage (this may have to be done in batches depending on how big of a pan you use).

  • Cook until cabbage is somewhat wilted.

  • Add Rotel and continue to cook until cabbage is tender.

  • Add cubed Velveeta and seasonings to taste.

  • Cook until cheese is melted.

  • Serve hot.
  • Strawberry Bon Bons

    1 can sweetened condensed milk
    2 large packages wild strawberry jello
    7 oz sweetened shredded coconut
    1 c finely chopped pecans

    red sprinkles
    green sprinkles

    • Combine all ingredients, except sprinkles
    • Refrigerate at least an hour so that they mix is firm enough to shape.
    • After mixture is chilled scoop out tablespoon sized amount of mix and mold into strawberry shape.
    • Roll the strawberry, except for the top into red sprinkles, press top into green sprinkles to create the look of a stem
    • Store in frig

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Ding Dong Cake

    1 box pudding type cake mix
    1 c. milk
    4 tbsp. flour
    1/2 c. butter
    1/2 c. shortening
    1 c. sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla
    • Bake cake according to directions on box, using a 9"x13" pan.
    • Combine milk and flour.
    • Cook until thick, then cool.
    • Mix butter and shortening for 4 minutes.
    • Add sugar and vanilla and mix 4 more minutes.
    • Add flour mixture and beat 4 minutes more.
    • After it cools, slice in half horizontally and spread with filling.
    • Replace top layer of cake or you could bake it in a bundt pan and then slice in half horizontally and scoop some of the cake out of middle. I've seen it both ways.
    • Cover with icing. (recipe below)
    1 tbsp. butter
    1 tsp. vanilla
    3 tbsp. milk
    2 tbsp. cocoa
    Add powdered sugar until thick

    Sour Cream Raisin Pie

    1 cup sugar
    3 egg yolks
    1 cup sour cream
    1 cup raisins
    3 T flour

    • Soak raisins until tender
    • Mix egg, sugar, flour, and sour cream
    • Add raisins
    • Cook until thick, stirring constantly
    • Pour into pie shell and cover with meringue.

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    Broccoli Casserole

    1 pound Velveeta (cubed)
    1 cup cooked rice
    8 oz cooked broccoli
    1 medium onion (finely chopped)
    1 stick margarine
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    1 1/2 cups crumbles Ritz crackers
    • Mix all ingredients together, except crackers, and pour in a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish
    • Sprinkle with crackers
    • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until crackers are toasted and cheese is melted.

    Optional:  add some sliced water chestnuts to the mix or you can substitute cream of mushroom for cream of chicken

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    Bodacious Bad Breath Beef Ball

    Don't breathe on anyone after eating this!

    2 pkg cream cheese (room temp)
    6-8 green onions
    1 jar dried beef
    1 t accent
    1 t Worcestershire sauce
    chopped pecans

    • Mix all ingredients together
    • Form into a ball
    • Roll in chopped pecans
    • Chill and serve with crackers

    Monday, April 4, 2011


    When the stars make you drool like a bigga pasta fool, that's amore!

    8 ounces lasagna noodles
    1 pound ground beef
    2 one pound cans tomatoes
    8 oz tomato sauce
    1 T seasoning salt
    1 pkg spaghetti sauce mix
    2 cloves minced garlic

    • Fry meat, garlic, and salt until meat is brown, drain
    • Add rest of ingredients, except cheese, and simmer 30 minutes
    • Cook noodles according to directions on box and drain
    • Pour half of mixture into large rectangular pan
    • Put a layer of noodles on top of meat
    • Cover noodles with cheese
    • Layer, meat noodles and cheese as before
    • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted.

    Sunday, April 3, 2011

    Chicken Enchilada's

    Courtesy of Jeanie Brown

    1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
    1 cup salsa
    2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast meat
    6 (6 inch) flour tortillas
    2 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese

    • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream cheese and salsa. Cook, stirring until melted and well blended.
    • Stir in chicken.
    • Fill tortillas with the mixture, roll and place in a lightly sprayed baking dish.
    • Spread cheese over the top.
    • Cover with aluminum foil.
    • Bake for 30 minutes, or until heated through.
    • Garnish with your favorite toppings such as lettuce and tomatoes, or sour cream

    Saturday, April 2, 2011

    Shrimp and Potato Soup

    1/2 stick butter
    1 small onion (finely chopped)
    2 medium diced carrots
    2 T flour
    8 medium potatoes (cubed)
    4 cups milk
    2 chicken bouillon cubes dissolved
    1 cup half and half
    1 t salt
    1/4 t pepper
    2 cups salted water
    1 pound shrimp
    bacon, sour cream, and cheese for garnish

    • melt butter and saute onion and carrots until both are tender
    • whisk in flour and cook for one minute
    • add potatoes, milk, and dissolved bouillon cubes
    • cook over medium heat for 15 minutes until potatoes are soft and some have began to dissolve
    • add the half and half, salt, pepper
    • add shrimp and cook over low heat until shrimp are cooked
    • garnish with bacon, cheese, and sour cream if desired


    Not a "chunky" meatloaf.

    1 1/2   pound hamburger
       1/2   cup bread crumbs
       3/4  cup milk
          2  eggs
          1  t salt

    Topping - mix the follow three ingredients together well
    1/4  cup ketchup
       2  T brown sugar
       1  t mustard

    • mix ingredients together well
    • put in loaf pan
    • bake at 350 degrees for 65 minutes
    • pull out of oven and pour topping on loaf
    • bake 10 more minutes

    Friday, April 1, 2011

    Jean's Mexican Cornbread

    Courtesy of Linda Harton

    1 1/2 - 2 cups shredded cheddar
    1 small minced onion
    2 eggs, beaten
    1 cup sweet milk
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1 cup plain meal
    1 t salt
    1/2 t soda
    1/2 cup cream style corn

    • mix all ingredients together
    • coat skillet with non stick spray and sprinkle with meal
    • bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes
    If you are a cornbread lover you might also want to try Sour Cream Cornbread.

    Thursday, March 31, 2011


    Betcha can't eat just one!
    This is a Paula Deen recipe.  After making these a
    friend told me they tasted like the Pralines you get in New Orleans. All I know is they are sinful!

    1 1/2   cups sugar
    1 1/2   cups packed light brown sugar
       1/8   t salt
          3  T dark corn syrup
          1  cup evaporated milk
          2  T butter
          1  t vanilla
    1 1/2  cups pecans (chopped in large pieces)

    • butter the sides of a heave 2 quart saucepan
    • place the sugars, salt, corn syrup, milk, and butter in saucepan
    • over medium heat stir mixture constantly with a wooden sppon until sugars have dissolved and mixture comes to a boil
    • continure to cook to soft ball stage (236 degrees)
    • remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes
    • add vanilla and nuts
    • beat with a sppon by hand for approx 2 minutes or until candy is slightly thick
    • quickly drop heaping tablespoons onto wax paper
    • let cool and harden before eating

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Mamaw's Potato Candy

    One of my favorite Christmas memories of my Mamaw...her Potato Candy!

    1 1/2 cup potatoes
          1  pound powdered sugar
       1/2  cup peanut butter

    • boil, drain, and mash potatoes, leaving no lumps
    • mix potatoes with sugar
    • roll mixture into an oblong shape on a pastry mat (lightly dusted with powdered sugar)
    • spread peanut butter on top
    • roll up like a jelly roll
    • cut in slices
    • keep refrigerated

    Coconut Carmel Icing

    Delish on top of Momma's Fresh Apple Cake

    6 T butter
    2/3 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup milk
    1 cup shredded coconut
    1/2 t  vanilla

    • cook together in saucepan until well dissolved and mix together
    • pour on top of cake

    Momma's Fresh Apple Cake

    2 1/2  cups flour
    1 1/2  cup sugar
          2  eggs
    1 1/2  t cinnamon
       3/4  t salt
       1/2  cup shortening
          6  T buttermilk
    1 1/2  t baking soda
          1  t nutmeg
          3 unpeeled apples (chopped)

    • sift together flour, cinnamon, salt, soda, nutmeg
    • cream sugar and shortening together
    • add eggs and mix well
    • add flour mixture and buttermilk mix well
    • add apples
    • bake at 275 degrees for 45 minutes
    • while cake is still hot pour Coconut Carmel Icing on top or leave icing off and serve with whipped topping

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    Homemade Tortilla Chips

    Goes great with Seven Layer Dip!

    1 to 2 packages of corn or flour tortillas.
    • cut each of your tortillas into pizza-shaped wedges.
    • to speed things up, stack the tortillas in groups of three or four and cut at one time.
    • fry your wedges in vegetable oil over medium-high heat for about a minute until golden brown and crispy.
    • use a slotted spoon to pull the chips out ,then place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain
    • while the chips are still hot, salt to taste.

    Other ways to season the chips...
    • Chili powder
    • Salt & chili powder
    • Salt, chili powder & onion powder
    • Chili powder, garlic powder & cumin
    • Cumin, chili powder & salt
    • Cumin, oregano & paprika
    • Paprika, cayenne & chili powder
    • Salt, red pepper, cumin & curry
    • Chili powder, salt, crumbled dried oregano & Monterrey Jack cheese
    • cinnamon and sugar (flour chips)

    Seven Layer Dip


           2   cans bean dip
    1 1/2   cup sour cream
           1  pkg taco seasoning
         16  ounce carton avocado dip
           1  bunch green onions
           1  cup diced black olives
           1  large diced tomato
           1  small pkg shredded cheddar

    In a deep dish pie plate or trifle bowl layer the dip in this order...
    • bean dip
    • taco seasoning mixed with sour cream
    • avocado dip
    • cheese
    • green onions (finely chopped)
    • tomatoes
    • olives
    • chill and serve with Homemade Tortilla Chips or Frito's

    Enchilada Casserole

    Great topped with sour cream and salsa!



    1 pound hamburger
    1 can enchilada sauce
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 cup shredded cheddar
    1/2 bag tortilla chips

    • cook hamburger until brown and drain
    • stir in sauce and soups
    • put back in skillet and cook until hot and bubbly
    • crush tortilla chips and place in bottom of  9x13 dish
    • pour mixture on chips and top on cheese
    • bake at 350 degrees until melted

    Cream Cheese Cinnamon Bites

    Delicious hot or cold

    2 cans crescent rolls
    2 pkg cream cheese
    1 cup sugar
    1 stick margarine
    sugar and cinnamon

    • spray 9 x 13 dish with non stick spray
    • layer one can of crescent rolls in dish, making a solid crust
    • mix together cream cheese and sugar until creamy
    • spread over the layer of crescent rolls
    • layer the other can of crescent rolls over the mixture, leaving them slightly separated
    • pour the margarine over the top
    • sprikle a heavy coat of sugar and cinnamon on top
    • bake at 350 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes
    • store in frig

    Sour Cream Cornbread

    Sour Cream Cornbread
    1 cup self rising cornmeal
    2 large beaten eggs
    1 cup cream style corn
    1 (8 ounce) sour cream
    1/2 cup oil
    2 T sugar

    • mix all ingredients together
    • pour in a greased baking dish or iron skillet
    • bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown

    Sunday, March 27, 2011

    Oreo Truffles


    In honor of  "National Food on a Stick Day"!

    1 pkg Double Stuff Oreos
    1 pkg softened cream cheese
    White Almond Bark

    • Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor and place in bowl for later use.
    • Crush remaining cookies to fine crumbs and place in medium bowl.
    • Add cream cheese and mix until well blended.
    • Roll cookie mixture into balls, about 1-inch in diameter, stick ball in a wooden skewer and place on a wax paper covered cookie sheet.
    • Put in refrigerator to cool while you melted the almond bark 
    • Dip balls in melted almond bark
    • Place on wax paper-covered baking sheet.  Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.
    • Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour and enjoy!

    Arkansas Dirt Cake

    1 pkg Oreo cookies ( I prefer double stuff!)
    1 pkg softened cream cheese
    1/2 cup softened butter
    1 cup powdered sugar
    8 oz tub cool whip
    2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding mix
    1 tsp vanilla
    3 cups milk

    • crush cookies an spread half over the bottom of a 9x13 pan
    • mix cream cheese, butter, and sugar until smooth
    • fold in cool whip
    • in separate bowl mix pudding, vanilla, and milk and mix whip until smooth and thickened
    • fold pudding mixture into cream cheese mixture
    • pour over cookie crumb crust and top with remaining cookies
    • chill before serving
    This is a really cool recipe that can be served up different ways.

    Here are some links to pictures with serving suggestions...

    Cemetery Cake

    Gummy Worm Dirt Cake

    I Pledge Allegiance to the Dirt Cake

    Refrigerator Rolls

    2/3 cup sugar
    2 beaten egg yolks
    6 cups flour3 cup butter
    1 t salt

    • pour 1 cup warm water over 2 pkg. yeast
    • cream 2/3 cup sugar and 2/3 cup butter together
    • add 1 cup hot water and stir until lukewarm then add yeast
    • stir in 2 beaten egg yolks, 6 cups flour, and 1 teaspoon salt
    • fold in 2 stiffly beaten egg whites cover in refrigerator overnight
    • divide and shape as desired
    • let rise 2 hours and bake at 400 degrees until brown

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

    Nanny's Green Tomato Pie

    People will think this one of the best apple pies they've eaten!

    5 green tomatoes, chopped
    1 1/2 cups white sugar
    2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour

    • Place diced green tomatoes and vinegar in a large bowl.
    • In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt and flour. Sprinkle over tomatoes and toss to coat evenly.
    • Pour into 9 pie crust and cover with another pie crust
    • Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes, until bubbly and crust is brown.

    Tomato Pie

    4 tomatoes peeled and sliced
    1 prebaked deep dish pie crust (9 inch)
    1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
    1 cup grated cheddar cheese
    1 cup mayonnaise
    10 chopped basil leaves
    1/ cup chopped green onions
    pepper and salt

    • place tomatoes in a colander in single layer
    • sprinkle with salt and allow to drain
    • pat tomatoes dry
    • layer tomato slices, basil, and onions in pie shell
    • season with salt and pepper to taste
    • combine cheeses and mayo
    • spread mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake until the cheese is melted and slightly brown on tips

    Hearty BBQ Dip

    1/2 cup miracle whip
    1/4 cup BBQ sauce with honey
    2 T minced onion
    2 T minced bell pepper

    Mix ingredients together and serve with Baked Potato Spears.

    Parma Dip

    1 cup miracle whip
    1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
    1/4 cup milk
    1 T minced onions

    Combine ingredients together and serve with Baked Potato Spears.

    Baked Potato Spears

    3 large baking potatoes
    1/4 cup miracle whip
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
    1/4 teaspoon white pepper
    3/4 teaspoon garlic salt

    • cut potatoes lengthwise into quarters
    • mix sugar, mustard, pepper, and garlic salt together
    • brush each quarter with miracle whip
    • season with dry mixture
    • place on an ungreased sheet pan
    • bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes or until tender and brown
    • serve with favorite dip
    Parma Dip and Hearty BBQ Dip recipe can be found in this blog.

    Watergate Salad

    No conspiracy here!  Just plain old cornfed goodness!
    1 small carton whipped topping
    1 pkg instant pistachio pudding mix
    1 can crushed pineapple with juice
    1 cup mini marshmallows
    1/2 cup chopped pecans

    • fold dry pudding mix into whipped topping
    • add pineapple with juice
    • add marshmallows
    • add nuts
    • refrigerate before serving

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

    1 pkg cream cheese
    1 stick butter
    3/4 cup powdered sugar
    2 T brown sugar
    3 1/2 T cocoa powder
    1 1/2 t vanilla
    1 pkg mini chocolate chips
    chopped pecans (optional)
    graham crackers or butter cookies

    • soften cream cheese and butter, then cream together
    • add powdered sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, and vanilla
    • stir in chocolate chips
    • cover and refrigerate for 2 hours
    • take out and roll into a large ball
    • roll ball into chopped nuts or a mixture of white and dark chocolate chips
    • refrigerate at least another hour
    • serve on graham crackers or butter cookies
    You could also spoon mixture into a graham cracker or cookie crust and top with graham cracker crumbs and more chocolate chips.

    Cheesy Bread

    1 loaf french onion bread
    2 cups shredded mozzarella
    1/2 cup melted butter
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1/2 cup minces green onions
    1/2 minced black olives
    garlic powder

    • mix all ingredients in a bowl except bread and garlic powder
    • cut loaf in half lengthwise spread mixture on both halves
    • sprinkle with garlic powder
    • bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes

    Hershey Bar Cake

    One seriously rich cake that taste best when made the day before serving.


    1 box Swiss cake mix
    1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
    3 eggs (beaten)
    1 cup oil
    2 cups buttermilk

    Mix ingredients together, stirring well.  Grease and flour two 9 inch round pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.  Cool completely and frost.


    8 ounces softened cream cheese
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup powdered sugar
    8 ounce tub of whipped topping
    6 to 8 ounces grated chocolate bar

    Mix indgredients together and frost cake.  Keep refrigerated.

    Stuffed Mushrooms

    The recipe I get the most request for...

    3 boxes mushrooms
    1 package bacon (cooked and crumbled)*
    1 cup mayonnaise**
    2 cups shredded sharp cheddar*
    1/2 small onion chopped finely (optional)
    garlic salt

    • Remove stems from mushrooms and set aside. 
    • Mix bacon, mayo, cheddar, onion (optional), and garlic salt(to taste).  
    • Stuff into mushrooms and bake at 350 degrees until stuffing is bubbly.  Do not overcook. 
    • Mushrooms are best served hot from the oven.

    * amount of bacon and cheese can be adjusted to your taste
    ** for creamier stuffing add more mayo

    Dreamsicle Salad (Tang Salad)

    Astronauts wish they had this to eat in deep space! 


    1/2 cup orange instant breakfast drink mix
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
    8 ounce carton sour cream
    1 small tub whipped topping
    2 cans mandarin oranges (drained)

    • Mix the sweetened condensed milk, sour cream and drink mix together. 
    • When drink mix is somewhat dissolved mix in the whipped topping.  
    • Set aside a few mandarin oranges and fold in the rest. 
    • Pour mixture in a bowl and garnish with mandarin slices. 
    • Chill several hours before serving.
     I like to layer this dessert in a trifle bowl with an extra can of mandarin oranges then arrange slices in a pretty design on top. 

    Veggie Bites (aka Veggie Pizza)

    Broccoli and Cauliflower and Pimentos
    OH MY
    2 cans crescent rolls
    1 package ranch dressing mix
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1 eight ounce package cream cheese
    2 small boxes frozen broccoli (thawed, drained, and florets cut off and into small pieces)
    1 head fresh cauliflower (florets cut off and into small pieces)
    1 small jar chopped pimentos (drained)
    2 cups shredded sharp cheddar

    • Place crescent rolls on a large rectangle cookie sheet without tearing apart.  Bake until just done and no longer.  Set aside to cool. 
    • Mix softened cream cheese, ranch dressing mix and mayo together until creamy.
    • Spread mixture on top of crescent rolls crust
    • Layer all the veggies on top like you would pizza toppings then sprinkle cheddar on top. 
    • Cut into 2 inch squares and arrange on a pretty plate. 
    • Lightly cover with foil and refrigerate before serving.

    Note:  any veggie that you like can be added to this recipe:  fresh green onions, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc. 

    Ro - tel Spinach Dip

    Nice and cheesy and it's really really easy!

    1 ten ounce package frozen spinach
    1 pound Velveeta
    1 box cream cheese
    1 can Ro-tel

    • Microwave spinach on high five minutes. 
    • Stir in rest of ingredients and microwave until cheese is melted. 
    • Serve with chips. 
    See I told you it was easy!

    Taco Soup

     A quick and easy way to get "trashy" breath!
    2 pounds hamburger (cooked and drained)
    1 small onion (chopped)
    1 clove minced garlic
    2 cans Ro-tel
    2 cans hominy
    2 can black beans (drained)
    2 T chili powder
    1 package taco seasoning mix
    1 package ranch dressing mix
    Taco Soup

    • Brown hamburger, onion, garlic and drain well. 
    • Combine hamburger with rest of ingredients in stew pot. 
    • Simmer for 30 minutes. 
    • Top with cheese, corn chips, sour cream, and/or black olives. 

    Simple Potato Soup

    1 package frozen hash browns
    1 cup chopped onions
    1 can chicken broth
    2 cans water
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 can cream of celery soup
    2 cups milk

    • Bring hash browns, onions, and broth to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes. 
    • Add soups and milk and continue to simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. 
    •  Serve.

    Top with sour cream and cheese to make baked potato soup.

    Clam Chowder

    Scooter loves clam chowder so I make this every once in awhile.

    6 large diced potatoes
    1 large minced onion
    6 bacon strips
    1-2 small cans evaporated milk   or   2-3 cups half&half
    2 cans chopped clams (do not drain)
    2 T margarine

    • Cook potatoes in large kettle with enough water to cover until tender. 
    • Cook bacon and onions together and drain. 
    • When potatoes are done add onion, bacon, and clams. 
    • Add enough milk to make creamy. 
    • Float margarine on top.
    • Serve

    Fried Shrimp Breading

    1 cup flour
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    1 egg
    3/4 cold water
    2 T vegetable oil
    Breadcrumbs or Panko

    • Combine flour, salt and pepper
    • Dip shrimp in flour mix
    • Coat with breadcrumbs
    • Fry in oil until done

    Mamaw's Dressing

    In memory of the Queen Mother...

    3 packages Jiffy cornbread mix
    5 eggs
    2 cans cream of chicken soup
    1 small can pet milk
    3-4 cups chicken broth
    ground sage
    1 small minced onion
    6 slices bread torn into bits

    • Cook cornbread and crumble completely
    • Mix broth with eggs
    • Add cornbread, egg mixture, soup, bread and pet milk until mixture is a thick soup consistency
    • Add sage to taste
    • Cook at 350 degrees until done in middle.

    Cheesy Garlic Biscuts


    2  cups Bisquick
    2  cups grated cheddar
    1/2  teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4  cup margarine
    1/2 cup milk


    Mix the next three items together and set aside.
    1 T melted butter
    1 T Parmesan
    1/4 t parsley

    • mix garlic powder and Bisquick
    • cut in butter
    • add grated cheese and milk
    • stir briefly
    • drop on greased cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees until golden brown
    • brush on topping and serve

    Nanny's Zucchini Bread

    Eat as much as you like, it has veggies in it.

    3 cups flour
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    1 cup walnuts
    4 1/2 teaspoons double acting baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    4 eggs
    2/3 cup vegetable oil
    2 cups grated zucchini
    2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
    2 cups raisins
    • mix flour, sugar, walnuts, baking powder, salt, and raisins
    • beat eggs slightly
    • stir in vegetable oil, zucchini, and lemon
    • stir liquid mixture into flour mixture
    • pour in greased and floured loaf pan
    • bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until toothpick comes out clean

    Spanish Omelettes

    Recipe makes enough for two omelets.

    2 T minced green pepper
    2T minced onion
    4 T butter
    2 eight ounce can tomato sauce
    4 T sugar
    2 t Worcestershire sauce
    dash cayenne pepper

    • in medium skillet cook and stir green pepper and onion in butter over low heat until onion is tender
    • stir in tomato sauce, sugar and seasonings
    • simmer for 10 minutes or until sauce is thickened
    • pour into a three egg omelet (recipe makes enough for two omelets.)

    Green Bean Bundles

    Katiebug loves these sweet bundles!
    1 stick butter
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    garlic salt
    3 cans whole green beans
    1 package bacon

    • cut bacon in half and wrap around 8 to 10 green beans and place in baking dish
    • melt butter in microwave and mix in brown sugar
    • pour over bundles
    • sprinkle with garlic salt
    • bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes

    Atomic Buffalo Turds

    Deer back-strap fillets (3/4 inch)
    Cream cheese
    Teriyaki sauce (thick sauce works best)
    Garlic powder
    Pepper Jack cheese (thinly sliced)
    Diced jalepenos
    onion (thinly sliced)

    • Pound fillets until meat is the size of a softball.
    • dip into teriyaki sauce
    • dust with garlic powder
    • spread cream cheese on one side, the more the better
    • add onion and jalapenos
    • roll meat up like a sushi roll
    • wrap bacon around the roll and secure with a toothpick
    • lay on hot grill until bacon is cooked the way you like it
    • about five minutes before being done add slice of pepper jack cheese on top and let melt
    • serve and then step aside, some serious stuff is about to happen!  :)