Sweet potato/ butternut squash breakfast hash

January 4, 2016

Chop up however much sweet potato and/or butternut squash you need for your number of guests. We’re talking dice-size or smaller here.
I usually par-cook them in water in the microwave to get them started…about 3 minutes. Then drain and let dry a bit on a clean kitchen towel.
In a big pan, sautee 1 chopped vidalia onion until tender. Add the potatoes and I cut up smoked sausage. I use Conecuh, but you could certainly use one of the nice chicken sausages. When almost done, you can add eggs and let them cook, or serve them on the side.


Spicy Black Eyed Pea Soup

January 2, 2016

This New Year rendition of black eyed peas turned out so awesome, I had to blog it before I forgot what I put in it πŸ™‚

Leftover ham bone (hopefully with some ham still on it)
1 pint fresh blackeyed peas
1/2 onion, chopped
Several broccoli florets (they basically disintegrate, but good for nutrition, right?)
1/2 tomato, chopped
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups vegetable stock
water, as needed
1 TB thyme
2 bay leaves
2 TB Cholula or other hot sauce
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Black pepper to taste

My cooktop was broken on New Year’s day, so I made this in a dutch oven in the oven. I put the ham bone and all the vegetables, tomato sauce, herbs, spices, and stock in the dutch oven and put it in the oven on 375 for a couple of hours. I ended up cranking the temp up to 400 to keep it simmering, and I added water as needed until the peas were done. The peas took a lot longer than I thought they would. I think the total was about four hours. Shred any ham left on the bone and toss it in. It’s delicious!


Lemon Ginger Raspberry Scones

March 11, 2015

I cannot overstate how delicious these are.

1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1/2 cup smashed fresh raspberries
1.5 cups self rising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into dice
1 cup (or less) cream and milk…any combination of your choosing
1 egg

Combine ginger, lemon peel, raspberries, egg, some of the cream/milk and whisk (reserve some of the milk to adjust consistency). Combine Flour, baking powder, and sugar, and then cut/smash the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles cornmeal. Fold in the wet ingredients. If it’s not pretty wet, add more milk/cream. To be honest, I did not have enough milk/cream so I used some ginger ale and it was AWESOME ( you could also go with some lemon juice at this point. after all, you have that half of a desiccated lemon sitting there). Dump the dough out onto the floured counter (it’s cool if you mix some sugar into the flour on the counter) and knead it gently until it just holds together. Then cut it into whatever shape you want: traditional wedges, circles (not recommended – wasteful), dinosaurs (really wasteful but fun), whatever. Bake at 375 degrees American for about 15 minutes, checking occasionally because I’m not really sure how long they take. Serve with butter and/or whipped cream.
These were SERIOUSLY delicious.


Banana Peach Nut Nearly Fat Free Muffins

August 8, 2012

Well, I’m pretty weirded out because I never set out to make almost fat free muffins. It’s just that I FORGOT to put the butter in. And guess what? They’re really good. I suspect that they will be something that is better served straight out of the oven, that they will crisp up significantly as they cool. However, they’re really tasty and totally accidentally partially healthy!

2 very ripe bananas
1 very ripe peach (possibly the source of the moisture replacing the fat)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup finely chopped (or maybe coarsely, you be the judge) walnuts
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Toss the bananas and peach into a food processor and puree. Add the eggs and flavorings. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Mix the banana mixture, the dry ingredients, and the nuts with a whisk until combined. Bake in muffin tins until done (did not pay attention). You might do a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar in the tins. (Oh, and you’ll need to grease/butter/Pam them, duh.) I was really flabbergasted that these came out great. Now, granted, they are not rich and yummy. You may want to butter them. And they may be super crispy tomorrow. But in the meantime, they are surprisingly delicious and almost fat free.

*** Note. I have started just baking stuff without recipes. It’s kind of exciting.


Gabris German Potato Salad

March 15, 2012

My cousin Joan Gabris Crader made some awesome German potato salad for our excellent family get-together this past weekend. I think she and mom had a pretty good time making it. Cooking is a big passion of our family. There aren’t a lot of exact measurements here…it’s an art, not a science πŸ™‚

5 lbs red potatoes, boiled until done, peeled, and thinly sliced

Celery, green peppers, and onion, diced (maybe 1 cup each??)

1 or 2 lbs bacon, cooked, drained, and chopped (reserve the drippings!)

Sugar, salt, pepper, vinegar (cider?), cornstarch

Place the vegetables and bacon in a large pan and sprinkle with sugar, salt, and pepper. Let stand for hours. Liquid will leach off.

Reheat bacon drippings and add vinegar and water (3 to 1 ratio). Thicken with a water/cornstarch slurry.

Pour over potatoes, stir,Β and adjust seasoning to taste.


Gooey Butter Cake

March 15, 2012

This is from my cousin Kathy Gabris Lang, who is the hostess with the mostest. She served this (among many other wonderful things) during our recent visit to the homeland, St. Louis. Every last one of the cousins, aunts, uncles, etc were so welcoming and fed us to the gills with German and St. Louis specialties.

1 pkg yellow cake mix

1 stick butter

1 egg

8 oz cream cheese

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 lb box powdered sugar

Mix first 3 ingredients and pat into slightly greased 13 x 9 pan

Mix and beat next 4 ingredients. Kathy likes to beat these thoroughly, a couple of minutes to achieve a crisp top layer.

Pour over cake mix layer.

Bake at 325 for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar as soon as you take it out of the oven.

Optional: sprinkle nuts or spoon cherries, or pie filling, or blueberries on top before baking.


Recent restaurants – Teela Taqueria, Tsunami Taqueria, Stoney River

January 28, 2012

So, I don’t believe in cooking for 1, so I’ll be eating out a lot more now that I’m single again. The one exception will be that I am going to learn to cook very expensive fish, and also developing vegetarian recipes for devoted carnivores. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, I have had some interesting meals at Atlanta area restaurants, and I want to share my thoughts. Not interested in my thoughts? Stumble now πŸ™‚
Stoney River steaks: Yeah, it’s a chain. Slightly more expensive than your Longhorn but the ambiance and service were a lot nicer. Their standard rub contains rosemary, but they’ll leave it off if you ask. While it was not overpowering, I thought it was unnecessary, as the steak itself was large, well-trimmed, and properly cooked medium-rare. The potato choices? Meh on the gratin. Next time, I will have a straight up baked potato. It’s really the perfect foil for a nice steak. And they actually had an albarino on the wine menu. Albeit pricey. (Don’t hate on me for drinking white with steak.)
Next up: after a photo exhibition, we went to Tsunami Taqueria. This is almost identical to favorite Teela Taqueria, but way hipper and louder. While Teela seems to cater to people my age. Tsunami was mostly populated by twenty-somethings on dates and in fairly big groups. Both places serve individual tacos for $3-4, making for a fun, inexpensive dinner. I actually favor Teela’s food over Tsunami’s, but if I was young and out for before/after drinking fare in Buckhead, Tsunami would be a winner.