Goat Cheese Biscuits

I have been so excited to share this recipe with you.  In early March, I visited a friend in Chicago and she took me to Table Fifty Two.  The food in that restaurant has a decidedly Southern flair.   Chef Art Smith has been a personal chef to Oprah.  Now he creates dishes such as Fried Green Tomatoes with Feta, Pancetta, Red Onion Marmalade and Kalamata Olive – Amazing!

We sat in the main room of the restaurant where Goat Cheese Biscuit dough was being poured into hot iron skillets and baked in a brick oven.  Our server brought us a serving of the biscuits to share.  Oh my!  They are light, with herbs and goat cheese inside and buttery Parmesan topping.

As my friend and I savored these biscuits and I watched the process of making them, I was pretty sure I could recreate the recipe at home.  And I was right.

These would be perfect for an Easter dinner or brunch.  And they are easy to make too.  The dough is similar to drop biscuits and it can be baked in an iron skillet, ramekins or muffins tins.   Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Make Your Own: Cornbread Muffin Mix

Cornbread muffins are an easy way to round out a meal.  I decided to save a few steps by making my own mix.

One note: Don’t leave out the butter when you mix them up.  We had company the other day and I served these muffins.  Right before we sat down to eat, I discovered the melted butter that was supposed to be in the muffins sitting in the microwave instead.

Please tell me I’m not the only one to have trouble talking and cooking at the same time!  I once melted a Tupperware bowl in the oven because I was talking on the phone and not paying attention.  I meant to turn the oven on to about 200 degrees and then turn it off again, to rise some bread dough.  The key is turning the oven off!

I’d love to hear your stories of distractions that led to cooking disasters!  But first, let’s get to the recipe.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Chocolate Drop Cookies

I’m going to guess that you have everything to make these cookies in your pantry right now.  Recipes that satisfy your chocolate cravings quickly and cheaply cannot be underrated.

This recipe was shared by Loy in the comment section of last week’s Ingredient Spotlight: Cocoa.   My kids were scavenging in the kitchen for a snack when I saw the recipe.  It didn’t take long until we were pulling warm, chocolatey cookies from the oven.  Loy’s recipe calls for nuts, but I tossed in some Heath chips instead.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Cornbread Muffins

Does anything round out a meal as well as cornbread?  Maybe it’s just my Kentucky roots.  (My mom’s family is from Kentucky, so I can claim that.)  Or the fact that we’ve lived here for 20 years.

Or maybe cornbread just really does round out a meal better than most anything else.

Usually, I make Southern Cornbread or Cheddar Muffins or sometimes, Hoe Cakes.  This time I wanted a muffin without the cheddar.  And I wanted a little sweetness. (I actually put a bit of sugar in the cornbread.  Like a Northerner!)

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Raspberry Filled Brownies ala Mode

If you’re looking for a special dessert for Valentines Day, this is it.  Your sweetie will love you for making this!

The raspberry filling dresses up the brownies.  Chocolate and raspberry mingle so well together.   A scoop of vanilla ice cream with extra raspberry sauce adds decadence.

As a side note, I think I could use some food styling help.  I sprinkled cocoa powder on the white plate and set the brownie in the middle.  So far, so good.  A round scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top of the brownie.  And then I warmed the raspberry sauce and spooned it over the top.  Instead of drizzling down the ice cream in rivulets, it melted the ice cream and slid off in an un-pretty way.

Oh well.  Once we dug our spoons in, it didn’t matter how pretty it looked.  It tasted divine!

Here’s what you’ll need to make them: [Read more…]

Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies

Last year, I saw recipes for cookies like this floating around the internet.  A friend brought some to my house and they were so good.  How can you go wrong with white chocolate chips and cranberries?

I decided to make them yesterday, but didn’t want to look up the recipe.  Googling is so hard, you know?

So I tweaked the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip recipe from the back of the Walmart brand oat box.  As soon as I finished making them, I noticed the recipe on the back of the Craisin package.  Oh well.  My tweaked recipe tasted buttery, with the sweet-tart flavors of the white chips and cranberries.  And the recipe made a lot.  Enough to munch and freeze some for later.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Ham, Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Have I mentioned my freezer full of cubed ham?  We bought 1/2 a hog (my niece’s 4-H project).  The place my sister takes the pig to be processed gives us whatever they decide they’re in the mood to make.  Last year we had more Italian sausage than I’d ever seen.  This year it’s cubed ham.

So of course, when I decided to make a cheesy broccoli soup, I had to put some ham in it too.  It’s a combination that works well and makes for a filling soup.  I based the recipe on the Cream of Cauliflower Soup from More With Less Cookbook.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it: [Read more…]

White Chocolate Brownies and Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway

My name for these bars would be White Chocolate Cranberry Bars, but the Tate’s Bake Shop cookbook by Kathleen King calls them White Chocolate Brownies.

By either name, they are delicious.  The bars are dense and sweet, but not too sweet.  You can definitely taste the white chocolate in these and the cranberries are a perfect complement.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them: [Read more…]

Gingerbread Pancakes with Sweet Cider Syrup

I made these pancakes for dinner last night and they quickly bumped to the top of my “recipes to share” list.  Please schedule a breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or snack time to cook up a batch.  You’ll thank me later.

The pancakes are sweetened with molasses and spiced with ginger, cinnamon and allspice.  But it’s the Sweet Cider Syrup that steals the show.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Chicken and Drop Dumpling Stew (and Free Thanksgiving Menu eBook!)

(There’s a free Thanksgiving Menu eBook to download at the end of this post, but first I’ve got a delicious dinner recipe for you.)

I love a good bowl of comfort food.  Don’t you?  This is adapted from a recipe in an Amish cookbook I have.  The rich broth is full of chicken, carrots, celery and easy drop dumplings.  This is the first time I’ve made drop dumplings.  I usually roll and cut them.   We enjoyed this version.  I’ll be making it again.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

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