Uncategorized, Vegetables

Fried Cabbage

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Cabbage can be done in so many different ways, in so many different dishes. I really enjoy making fried cabbage. My son will eat pretty much anything, except cabbage. Since this is the case, I don’t get to make this recipe too much or it’ll just go to waste. I like this recipe though, because it can feed a crowd and it’s budget friendly. I hope you love it as much as we do!

5-6 slices of bacon fried crispy, grease reserved

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 cored and sliced cabbage

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste (I estimate about 3/4-1 teaspoon)

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon paprika

With reserved bacon grease add onion. Cook until onion is caramelized. Add garlic. Stir for about 30 seconds. Add cabbage and stir about 10 minutes. Season with remaining ingredients. Reduce to low and cover. Stir occasionally. Cook until cabbage is tender. This should take about 30 minutes. Add bacon and stir. Serve.

 

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Chicken Noodle Soup

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It’s not just for when you’re sick, or even when you’re blue. It’s truly good any time of the year.  I make this every once in a while.  It’s one of my mom’s favorite, so whenever I make it, I know she’s going to want some, so I always set her some aside. There are even times when she asks me to  make it for her. Of course I do. Try this recipe, it’s super simple and easy to make…Doesn’t have a lot of ingredients. Best of all, it’s super filling.

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

2 chicken breasts

1 carrot, shredded

1 celery stalk, thin sliced

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 teaspoon parsley

1 1/2 cups of egg noodles OR 1 small box of spaghetti noodles OR 1/3 cup rice

(Pictured is spaghetti noodles)

Bake, or boil chicken. Boil broth and water. Simmer veggies in mixture about 15-20 minutes.  Shred and add chicken. Add noodles. Cook until noodles are finished cooking.

 

Pork

Sausage and Potatoes

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I totally used the bbq seasoning. Honestly, I thought it was going to be gross. I’m really weird about bbq. I ended up really liking the recipe. It was very good. My siblings who are the worlds most pickiest twin duo even liked it. To my surprise, they tried it. When they were babies, I was a teenager. I used to try to get them to eat new things, but they never would. So now every time they try something new and they like it I feel like I’ve just scored a huge win. This recipe is deemed picky eater approved. Try it!

2 packs of smoked sausage

1/2 teaspoon a1 mesquite rub or Montreal seasoning

4-5 potatoes

1/4 onion thinly diced

Olive oil

Heat a small amount of oil in a cooker. Add potatoes. Add seasoning. Add onion. Cover. Let cook. Slice Smoked Sausage in about 1/4 inch pieces. Throw in meat. Recover and cook until hot.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

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I love broccoli and cheese soup.  The unfortunate part is not everyone makes a good broccoli soup. Sometimes I’ll go to a restaurant and the soup is just nasty. I’ve tried a few different recipes and I’ve not really cared for any of them. This one has been the best one yet. I’ve made it a good handful of times. I really like it and I know that if you try it you’ll quickly love it too.

4 tablespoons onion

5 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup all purpose flour

2 cups half and half

2 cups chicken broth

8 oz broccoli

1 cup shredded carrot

salt and pepper

2 cups grated cheddar cheese

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sauté onion with 1 tablespoon of butter. set aside.

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With a wire whisk combine remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and flour.  stir frequently about 4 minutes.

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slowly add half and half and broth. simmer 20 minutes.

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add veggies. cook til tender.

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Pour into a blender and blend.

return to heat and add cheese. until well blended.

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Beef Stew

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When summer time rolled around we grew a garden full of veggies. When you don’t have a whole lot of much, and a bunch of not much, you learn how to throw it all together and make something extraordinary. My mother did it different than I do it now. The difference now is that I use beef broth. Every time I make this, I think of my parents and grandparents and my aunt in the fields planting. I can smell the fresh mountain country air. The sounds of crickets in my ears; and the hot sun pounding on my face with the soft breeze that blows and cools us. Then I see my grandfathers smile as he grabs a fresh grown cucumber off the vine and wipes it on his pants and takes a bite. He always says mmm mmmmm Jean Annie this is some good cucumber. Those memories make me smile. I believe that this recipe tastes even better because of this memory.

1 pound beef stew meat, fat trimmed

2 tablespoons of corn starch

half an onion

3-4 carrots

3-4 potatoes

2 teaspoons garlic

2 cups of beef broth

1-2 cups water

brown beef with onions and garlic added. Add beef broth, add 1 cup water to start. simmer beef until tender. Add carrots and potatoes sliced up. I occasionally add a little parsley here but it isn’t always needed. If the liquid seems low you can add more water here. Cook until carrots and potatoes are tender. Then add cornstarch mixed with a little water to thicken. Use salt and pepper to flavor.

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Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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As parents it’s really hard to be able to go out on a date night with your significant other. At least for us it was.  Our problem was that we couldn’t find a dependable sitter. When we did get to go out it was for enough time for a dinner. We got creative. I learned how to make food from our favorite restaurants and I’d use them as a special meal for my sweet husband. If we couldn’t find a sitter, we’d feed the kid and put him to bed, then have our own free time together.

3 pieces of boiled Chicken breasts

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

1/2-3/4 cup half and half

2 finely diced celery stalks

1/2 cup finely diced onion

2-3 tablespoons minced garlic

2 cans chicken broth

2 cups reserved broth from boiling chicken

1 large carrot shredded

1 package gnocchi

salt to taste

3/4 teaspoon thyme

3/4 cup coarsely chopped spinach

Sauté garlic, onion and celery. Onions will be translucent. Add flour to make a roux. Add Chicken broth’s and carrots bring to boil. Add gnocchi. Let this boil lightly for about 3-5 minutes just to soften up the gnocchi. Stir in chicken and thyme. Add half and half and spinach. Serve!!

Uncategorized, Vegetables

Southern Style Creamed Corn (The real stuff!)

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I’m a farm girl. No one believes it. I’m not into nature at all! I feel like the detective Adrian Monk when he says I’ve got nature on my hands! One of the things that we grew was corn. Every year we’d sit outside breaking beans and preparing our corn. We’d go into the kitchen and we’d cook, cut, and freeze cream corn. These are wonderful memories, I’ll forever cherish.

6 half ears of Corn

1/2 cup milk

2 tablespoons flour

salt and pepper

1-2 tablespoons butter

Boil corn until heated all the way through. Cut corn off the cob. Once you’ve done this take knife and use the wrong side and scrape down the ear to get the juice and other yumminess out of the ear of corn. Add butter and flour to the corn once you’ve added it back to the pan. Stir. Mix in milk and stir until similar to a gravy consistency. You may or may not need to add more milk. It is favorable to add a little bit of milk at a time and stir constantly. Add pepper and salt.