Auntie Em's Oatmeal Cookies, the BEST!!!!!!!

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, December 28, 2012


Now, I consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  They've always been my favorite, and I've tried many recipes over the years, searching for the "perfect" cookie.  Is this it?  Well, maybe it's not perfect, but it's pretty darned close, these are the best I've ever made.  I've had the recipe for Auntie Em's Oatmeal Cookies on Jan CAN cook for a couple of years, but I never had wheat germ to make them, and I was a little skeptical, after all, wheat germ is "healthy." ;o)

So yesterday, hubby was at the store, and I had him pick me up a package of wheat germ, and I made a batch of these cookies.  I made them exactly like the recipe said, with cinnamon and golden raisins, and scooping out 1/4 cup measured amounts on my Silopat Baking Sheet.  I only put six on a sheet as they spread, you will want to leave quite a bit of room between cookies.   I took them out of the oven, they looked good, they tasted great, but cold oatmeal cookies are the true test.  I don't like them hard and flat, I want them to be chewy, yet crisp, and these were all of the above.  They aren't puffy and cake like, they are a crisp oatmeal cookie around the edge with a perfect chewy center.

So, if you're an afficiado like moi when it comes to oatmeal cookies, don't take my word for it, buy yourself some wheat germ and golden raisins and bake them for yourself.

The only thing I did differently was bake them for 18 minutes, 14 minutes wasn't enough in my oven.  It makes  a huge amount, my dough is in the fridge, waiting to bake when we want them, I'll probably put some on a cookie sheet pop them in the freezer to firm and then bag them in the freezer for later use.

Four stars on this one, ladies.  Here's the quick link.

Andrea's Garlic Salad

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, December 18, 2012


This salad is so good,  very lemony, and garlicky, it is just superb.  I found it years ago on a now defunct site, Gail's Recipe Swap.  Gail's had so many wonderful people that posted daily, chefs, gourmet cooks, everybody shared their favorite recipes.   It was sponsored by Epicurious and it was a sad day when they closed it.

This Salad is from Gail's Swap, it's so good, another keeper recipe...

Andrea's Garlic Salad

Mix together and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving:
3/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
3-5 cloves of garlic crushed
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar

1 head of Romaine
1/2-1 lb. of bacon, cooked crisp and diced
2/3 cup of toasted almonds
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup julienned Swiss cheese
2 cups of sliced plum tomatoes, or cherry
tomatoes quartered
1 cup of croutons

Hummingbird Pancakes with Cream Cheese Anglaise

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, December 17, 2012
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas
1/2 cup drained, canned crushed pineapple in juice
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans

Garnishes: sliced bananas, chopped fresh pineapple


Stir together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together buttermilk and next 5 ingredients in another bowl. Gradually stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in toasted pecans. Pour about 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto a hot buttered griddle or large nonstick skillet. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look dry and cooked. Turn and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until done. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet, and keep warm in a 200° oven up to 30 minutes.

Serve with Cream Cheese Anglaise

Note: When using a griddle, heat it to 350°.

Tip: For tender pancakes, don't overmix the batter; it should be lumpy.

Cream Cheese Anglaise


1 1/2 cups half-and-half
 1/2 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Process half-and-half, cream cheese, sugar, egg yolks, cornstarch, and salt in a blender until smooth. Bring mixture to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat, and whisk in butter and vanilla. Serve immediately

Source:  Southern Living

The Pioneer Woman's Bacon Appetizers

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, December 17, 2012
FN Thanksgiving Live Ree Holiday Bacon Appetizer s4x3 lg Ree made these on FoodTV and they are calling my name. It's a "must try" recipe this holiday season at our house.

This recipe is so simple, all you do is take a Keeble Club Cracker, put a mound of brown sugar on it, she also makes some using a mound of parmesan cheese on the crackers. Then you take a half a slice of bacon, wrap it several times around the sugar or parmesan and the cracker, put it on a cookie cooling rack that you've sprayed with Pam, put the rack on a jelly roll pan, put it in a preheated 250 degree oven for two hours.

That's it! She said they freeze really well, too.

I will line the jelly roll pan with foil, this isn't my first rodeo with brown sugar, and I don't want a sticky mess to clean up.

They freeze well, you can just reheat, or you can eat them warm or at room temperature. What's not to love with this recipe... Picture Source: FoodTV

Beef Tenderloin in Wine Sauce

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, December 17, 2012


This beef tenderloin with mushrooms, onion and wine is perfect for a very special dinner.   It was given to me by a friend thirty years ago and I’ve  made it many times since for Christmas dinner.

My friends make this recipe, my family makes it, and it always gets rave reviews, always!

My son, Ryan, makes it using ribeye steaks if he’s just making it for two, it would be really good made with filets or New York strips, also.  You won’t be disappointed with this recipe, it’s wonderful with horseradish mashed potatoes and glazed carrots, it’s so delicious and since you  make it ahead and marinate it, there are no last minute hassles preparing it.  I never alter the recipe, why mess with perfection...

Beef Tenderloin in Red Wine Sauce

whole beef tenderloin
6 Tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, slivered
2 Tablespoons Heinz Chili Sauce
10 ounces dry red wine, I use a Cabernet
2 onions, sliced
1 pound mushrooms, whole button ones, or thick sliced large ones
1/4 teaspoon marjoram
2 dashes Worchestershire sauce
2 beef boullion cubes
4 slices bacon
flour, salt and pepper

Saute onions and mushrooms in butter, adding garlic for the last minute or so.  Add marjoram, Worchestershire sauce, wine and boullion.

Sprinkle tenderloin with flour, salt and pepper.  Lay slices of bacon on top of meat in large roasting pan that has been sprayed with Pam.  Broil for 7 minutes on each side.

Pour the liquid over the meat and marindate it for 5 hours in the refrigerator basting frequently.  (May be refrigerated overnight).

Bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes.  We let it set for awhile, and then slice.  Test it after 30 minutes, if it’s too rare for your family, cook a bit longer.  Since this cooks at 450 degrees, it doesn’t take long, watch it carefully. 

Note:  I let it come to room temperature before baking.  The 30 minutes baking time is more accurate if you do this.

Silver Palate Gingerbread with Warm Lemon Sauce...

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, December 14, 2012

 I've talked before about my love of cooking and how it began back in the 80's with a little jewel of a cookbook called "The Silver Palate Cookbook."

Mine is tattered and worn, I've read it countless times, cooked countless meals from it, and it's still my "go to" for fabulous, never fail, recipes.   But anyway, I decided that I need to make Gingerbread this month.  And what I call Gingerbread is not rolled cookies, but old fashioned Gingerbread Cake.  So instead of looking through my cookbooks, I simply Googled it and found a recipe that looked good.  I like cakes made with oil, not butter, as the results are more moist.

So yesterday I was talking with my buddy V, telling her that I was going to make Gingerbread. And she reminded me of my Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce from years ago, and told me how much she enjoyed it and that she had copied the recipe and would give it to me.  And the wheels started turning, I was trying to figure out where that recipe came from, and since all my good recipes from long ago were from The Silver Palate, I Googled it, and sure enough the recipe popped right up.

So, this is my gift to you today, dear hearts, perhaps you would like to make a pan of Gingerbread memories for your family this holiday season.  Especially if you have older family members, they will love this.  Gingerbread is such an old-fashioned dessert, I just bet you will bring a smile to someone near and dear to you.  

Enjoy ~ Jan

Silver Palate Gingerbread 

1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsps baking soda
1 1/2 tsps ground ginger
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking pan.
Sift dry ingredients together into a mixing bowl. Add egg, sugar, and molasses. Mix well.
Pour boiling water and the oil over mixture. Stir thoroughly until smooth.
Pour batter into the prepared pan. Set on the middle rack of oven and bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until top springs back when touched and the edges have pulled away slightly from the sides of the pan.

Lemon Glaze

2/3 cup confectioner's sugar, and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.  Mix together (don't cook) and pour over warm cake.

 If you're not a fan of lemon glaze, dust your cake with confectioner's sugar and a dollop of whipped cream.

Or, if you want to take this to the ultimate level, candy some lemon zest, and top the lemon glazed cake with a dollop of whipped cream and some candied lemon zest.

Here's Martha Stewart's recipe for Candied Lemon Zest


  • 6 lemons, scrubbed
  • 2 cups sugar
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel zest from lemons. Use a knife to remove any white pith; cut zest as thinly as possible.
  2. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add zest; blanch for 1 minute, drain, and rinse under cold water.
  3. In another medium saucepan, combine sugar and 2 cups water; bring to a simmer. Cook until sugar dissolves completely, about 2 minutes. Add lemon zest. Simmer until translucent, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat; let zest cool in syrup. When cool, transfer zest and syrup to an airtight plastic container.
Makes 1 cup

Can be rolled in sugar for sparkly zest...

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars…

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, December 11, 2012


This is an amazing recipe for Starbucks Amazing Cranberry Bliss Bars.  Seriously, who doesn’t love these?  And who wouldn’t want to make their own at a fraction of the cost???

My daughter-in-law, Lindsay, introduced the real thing to me a few years ago, and it took no time at all to find a copycat recipe online.  They are so, SO good, if you are a fan, do your friends and family a favor and make these!

Here’s the link, enjoy….   ~ jan

New York Times No Knead Artisan Bread from Jim Lahey

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, December 07, 2012


This is the easiest, most amazing bread, anybody can make this.  The crust is so crisp, because you bake it in cast iron or a Le Creuset dutch oven.  I’ve tried for years to get a crackle crust at home, putting bowls of water in the oven to steam, throwing ice cubes on the oven floor, but I’ve never had results like this.  The only difference I make in the original recipe is that I use an entire package of rapid rise yeast, and I add 3 TABLESPOONS of sugar, because our family likes a sweet bread.  I always use warmer water from the tap, not room temperature or cold water.

This picture is my bread after it came out of the oven.  Doesn’t it look amazing?  It was just fantastic!

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon yeast – I just use a whole package of Rapid Rise Yeast
1 1/2 cups water
*I add 3 Tablespoons of sugar

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.  Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours.  Overnight works great.  Heat oven to 450 degrees.  When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball.  Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating.  Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough.  Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.

Note:  There are two ways people shape the dough and let it rest.  Some recipes tell you to shape your dough, cover it and leave it for 2 hours before you bake it.  The recipe above jus has you let it rest and rise for 30 minutes – I couldn’t tell any difference in letting it rise for 2 hours, both ways gave great results.

I’m including two videos, the original video, and the second, upated one, that makes bread in just a few hours.  He bakes his at 500 degrees, I wouldn’t do that, as I  think his crust looks a little too brown.  I bake mine at 450 in my le creuset dutch oven with the lid on for 30 minutes, take it off and bake it an additional 15 minutes and it comes out perfectly.  Don’t oil your pan, this bread does NOT stick.

And now for his updated video that lets you bake bread the same day.

Holly Clegg’s Praline French Toast with Orange Sauce

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, December 07, 2012
You won’t find a better french toast recipe than this, the taste is just amazing!  it’s fluffy, crunchy, yummy, with a hint of orange, not overpowering, it’s just right.  And, it’s an overnight dish, wonderful for the holidays, and very simple to make. 

Your friends and family will love this.  Pinky swear, they will.  ~ jan


6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
2 Tbsp. white corn syrup
1 cup chopped pecans
2 eggs
3 egg whites
1 cup orange juice
¼ cup sugar
1/3 cup skim milk
1 tsp. grated orange rind
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 (16 oz.) loaf French bread, cut into 12-15 (1 inch) slices

In a large 9x13” ovenproof baking dish, melt the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup by putting it in a warm oven until everything  turns to liquid.  Then sprinkle the bottom of the dish with pecans.  The original recipe called for 1/2 cup, I used at least a cup, because I like lots of pecans, and 1/2 cup just wasn’t enough.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, orange juice, sugar, milk, orange rind, vanilla and cinnamon. Arrange the bread slices over the mixture in the baking dish and pour the egg mixture over all.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour or overnight. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.  Serve this immediately, flip each slice when you take it out of the dish so that the praline sauce is on top.  Serve with Orange Sauce.


¼ cup margarine
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup orange juice
orange zest
2 Tbsp orange liqueur or flavoring (optional) – I omitted this
Mix ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over low heat.
Note:  I doubled the orange sauce because I wanted everybody to have plenty.  Serve the sauce in a small pitcher so people can drizzle it on the french toast.

Christmas Gift Ideas

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, November 30, 2012

When we were in Franklin, Tn. last weekend we shopped the delightful downtown stores.  Franklin is a wonderful little town, just chocked full of the quaintest boutiques,  and of course, they have great displays of things that you might not see in other stores.

Being the foodie that I am, I was naturally drawn to the cookbooks, so I took lots of pictures with my iPhone, and now I’m going to share my finds.  All available on Amazon, of course, I hope you enjoy, and maybe you will find something that you would like to give as a gift or keep for yourself. Winking smile  There are naturally lots of Southern cookbooks, included, I’m awfully prejudiced, but I do think southern food is the BEST!

"Southern cooking is the Mother Cuisine of America." -Nathalie Dupree

Through more than 600 recipes and hundreds of step-by-step photographs, Dupree and Graubart make it easy to learn the techniques for creating the South's fabulous cuisine. From basics such as cleaning vegetables and scrubbing a country ham, to show-off skills like making a soufflΓ© and turning out the perfect biscuit-all are explained and pictured with clarity and plenty of stories that entertain. Traditional Southern recipes and ingredients are also given modern twists to make them relevant for today's healthy lifestyle.

With more than 750 recipes and 650 variations, making a perfect piecrust, a heavenly biscuit, mouthwatering vegetables, or crispy fried chicken is attainable for any home cook. The recipes and directions are easily accessible to kitchen novices as well as seasoned cooks-there is plenty here for everyone.

Nathalie Dupree is the author of twelve cookbooks, including two James Beard Award winners: Nathalie Dupree's Southern Memories and Nathalie Dupree's Comfortable Entertaining. Her latest books include Shrimp and Grits and Southern Biscuits. She has hosted more than 300 television shows and specials that have shown nationally on PBS, The Learning Channel, and The Food Network. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

Cynthia Stevens Graubart is an author and former television producer whose culinary television production career includes Nathalie Dupree's New Southern Cooking. Cynthia is also the co-author of The One-Armed Cook, as well as the co-author of Southern Biscuits. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.



Ask any pie lover—the words "southern" and "pie" go together like ripe fruit and flaky pastry. And behind all the mouthwatering, light-as-a-cloud meringue peaks and the sticky dark butterscotch fillings lies a rich and delicious history. In Southern Pies, some of the South's most famous bakers share recipes for 70 pies. Perfect for bakers of all skill levels, these pies are made with simple, easy-to-find, and gloriously few ingredients. Featuring such classics as Sweet Tea Pie and New Orleans Creole Coconut Pie, this tasty homage will fill everyone at the table with Southern hospitality.



Renowned food photographer Katie Quinn Davies’ cookbook shares her favorite simple dishes with a dazzling collection of recipes and beautiful images (American edition).

After spending more than a decade as an art director working for some of the top design studios in Ireland, the United States, and Australia, Katie Quinn Davies refocused her creativity towards food and lifestyle photography and created a blog called What Katie Ate. An Internet phenomenon, What Katie Ate has received international attention and was even dubbed one of the best food blogs in the world by GOOP. Showcasing her extraordinary eye, this debut cookbook is a unique combination of food diary and how-to, with tips and tricks, photographs, recipes, and stories.

Sharing more than one hundred simple culinary recipes drawn from Katie’s travels, dinner party cooking and foodie haunts, What Katie Ate emphasizes seasonal ingredients and irresistible flavors. Featured dishes range from Wild Mushrooms on Toast with Parmesan and Herbs to Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apple, Prune & Pine Nut Stuffing and Cider Cream Gravy. What’s for dessert? Temptations include Coffee Hazelnut Frangelico Cake and Honey Baked Peaches with Vanilla Bean CrΓ©me Fraiche.

Perfect for entertaining, this gorgeous cookbook minimizes the time spent in the kitchen and maximizes the time spent enjoying the meal with friends and family. Bringing together easy-to-cook recipes (using standard American measurements) with gorgeous world-class food photography, What Katie Ate will indulge all of your senses.



• The Vintage Tea Party Book embraces the style and class of the trendy London Vintage scene and illustrates how to beautifully recreate the tasty treats and classic styles at home

• A unique mixture of recipes and feature spreads with accessible tips on hairstyling, makeup methods and tips on where to collect vintage china

Angel Adoree cordially invites you to accompany her on a journey to create your perfect vintage tea party. Expect glamour, roses, rabbits, headscarves, foxes, teapots, crows, parlour games, cake stands, hair and make-up tips and, not forgetting, humongous amounts of magical tea party food that is fit for the Queen of England, and easy enough for you to make.


Photographer Todd Selby is back, this time focusing his lens on the kitchens, gardens, homes, and restaurants of more than 40 of the most creative and dynamic figures working in the culinary world today. He takes us behind the scenes with Noma chef RenΓ© Redzepi in Copenhagen; to Tokyo to have a slice with pizza maker Susumu Kakinuma; and up a hilltop to dine at an inn without an innkeeper in Valdobbiadene. Each profile is accompanied by watercolor illustrations and a handwritten questionnaire, which includes a signature recipe. Reveling in the pleasures of a taco at the beach, foraging for wild herbs, and the art of the perfectly cured olive, Selby captures the food we love to eat and the people who passionately grow, cook, pour, and serve these incredible edibles every day.
Praise for Edible Selby:
“Todd Selby has turned his curious eye to the kitchens of some of the world’s most imaginative cooks, artisans, and foragers. Far too often, food and the people who produce it are hidden behind closed doors or lost in an industrial food system, so it’s heartening to see this book champion those who have nothing to hide. With Todd’s trademark good humor and disarmingly quirky style, Edible Selby is a pure celebration of the creativity and authenticity of the wonderful individuals who are bringing real food to the table.”
- Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant
“Todd Selby’s foray into the world of food is every bit as intriguing as his eccentric take on the world of interiors. Long live Signor Selby!”
- Simon Doonan, Barneys New York creative ambassador
Edible Selby captures the energy and excitement of today's food world. This book is pure Selby.”
- Thomas Keller, The French Laundry
“Books On My Gifts List…Photographer Todd Selby’s scrapbook reportage on passionate cooks and famous chefs around the world. Messy, magnificent, inspiring.”
Food & Wine magazine
“Exploring the world for food, that’s what Edible Selby is all about…and hopefully, you get really hungry when you read it.”
New York Daily News



With this charming guide to casual outdoor entertaining by Denise Gee, belle-of-the-ball author of Southern Cocktails, party and decorating ideas have never been more simple or inspiring. Gee and acclaimed photographer Bobby Peacock crisscrossed the U.S. photographing their favorite porches and dreaming up fresh, summery spins on classic Southern drinks, resulting in 50 recipes for everything from punches to cocktailsincluding several nonalcoholic sippers and 10 uncomplicated snacks. Grab a bottle, whip up some Tipsy Tea or Prosecco Martinis, and take the party outside!


Taste the chocolatey goodness of Mississippi Mud or marvel at the extravagant elegance of the Lady Baltimore and there will be no doubt that Southerners know how to bake a cake. Here are 65 recipes for some of the most delicious ever. Jam cakes and jelly rolls; humble pear bread and peanut cake; whole chapters on both chocolate and coconut cakeseach moist and delicious forkful represents the spirit of the South. A Baking 101 section offers the cake basics, some finishing touches (that means frosting and lots of it!), and the how-to's of storing each lovely concoction so that the last slice tastes as fresh and delightful as the first.



Betty Rosbottom, beloved author of Sunday Soup and Sunday Roasts, knows how to make Sundays feel special. For this third title in her Sunday series, she turns to the most leisurely and convivial meal of the week, brunch. Providing a year's worth of special meals, this book contains 80 mouthwatering recipes for eggs, stratas, pancakes, waffles, quickbreads, hash, and beverages, as well as 32 tantalizing color photographs and dozens of delicious menus. Full of enduring staples and delicious surprises, Sunday Brunch will become the go-to for tried and true Sunday treats.


“Housekeeping is becoming more and more a matter of science, and the laurels are bound to fall to the woman who conducts her household in a business-like way.”
Let the thrifty sensibility of yesteryear be your guide as you shop for the most economical foods, choose wall colors scientifically, clean with natural products, look your best without breaking the bank, and budget your way to frugal efficiency. In this amazing collection of clever wisdom and practical advice drawn from vintage home-economics textbooks, you’ll find everything you need to get back to basics and run a healthy and happy household. Home Economics covers all the categories of delightful domesticity:
     •  Health & Hygiene
     •  Cookery & Recipes
     •  Manners & Etiquette
     •  Design & Decoration
     •  Cleaning & Safety
     •  Gardening & Crafts
Rediscover the art and science of keeping house—economically!

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Sugar Cookie Buttons from Country Living…

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, November 28, 2012


I’ve loved Country Living Magazine since it came out in the 80’s.  Even though my decorating style has changed, you just can’t take the girl out of the country (living).  So this afternoon I was leafing thru my Christmas issue and saw this cookie idea, it just rang my chimes.  And no, I’m not going to make them, so don’t be looking for them showing up on your doorstep, but maybe somebody else will!  So, so cute, buttonhole cookies with ribbon strung through them.

You like the idea, too, don’t you?  I knew you would…

Click here for the recipe and instructions on how to make them, and where you can buy the paper-mache boxes and stencils.

Killer Cranberry Salad

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, November 15, 2012


Sometimes a recipe comes along that is just really special.  And since Thanksgiving is just a week away, I wanted you all to see this.  It’s sooooo good, everybody that makes it loves it.  It’s my daughter-in-law Lindsay’s family recipe, I just want you all to know about it in case you’re looking for something really yummy this Thanksgiving. 

You can click the picture to enlarge, or here is the direct link.

I don’t use a mold, I just make it in a 9x9 pan because we like it thick.  A 9x13 works, too, whatever floats your boat.

Enjoy ~ Jan

Olive Garden Pumpkin Cheesecake

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, November 14, 2012


This fall favorite at Olive Garden can be made at home for a fraction at the cost.  This great adapted copycat recipe tastes similar to the real thing!



    • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
    • 1 cup gingersnap cookies
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 8 tablespoons melted butter

    Cheesecake Filling

    • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
    • 1 (15 ounce) cans pumpkin puree
    • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

    Sour Cream Layer

    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Page 2 of 3Olive Garden Pumpkin Cheesecake (cont.)


    Whipped Cream

    • 2 pints heavy cream
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

    Additional toppings

    • caramel sauce
    • gingersnap crumbs


  1. Crust preparation:.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, ginger snap crumbs, sugar, and butter; mix well. Press crust into a spring form pan. Press the crust about halfway up the side of the spring form pan. Refrigerate crust while you continue to prepare the cheesecake.
  3. Filling preparation:.
  4. Allow extra time for mixing up this filling. Remove the pure pumpkin puree from the can and place in a couple of large paper towels. Wrap the pumpkin puree with the paper towels; this will soak up the excess water in the pumpkin puree. Continue to remove excess water from the pumpkin puree for about 60 minutes before making cheesecake mixture. Bring the remaining ingredients for the filling to room temperature while the pumpkin puree is being drained. With a mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth; add eggs one at a time and then combine all ingredients for the filling in a mixer. Blend until very smooth. For best results, allow all ingredients to reach room temperature before mixing the filling. Remove crust from refrigerator, and pour in filling.
  5. Bake cheesecake at 350 for 30 minutes and then reduce temperature to 325 degrees for an additional 30 minutes. When you remove the cheesecake, it should be slightly jiggly in the center.The cheesecake will set up nicely as it cools.
  6. Sour Cream Layer:.
  7. When you remove the cheesecake from the oven, set aside and prepare the seasoned cream cheese layer. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, sugar, and spices. Blend well. Spread seasoned sour cream mixture over the baked cheesecake evenly. Place the cheesecake back into the 325 degree oven for about 8 minutes, until the sour cream layer is set.
  8. Whipped Cream:.
  9. Allow the cheesecake to cool. When the cheesecake is completely cool, you can add the whipped cream. In a medium sized bowl, combine heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and sugar; mix well with a blender or a stand mixer. Whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks. Remove ring from the spring-form pan and either pipe the whipped cream over the pumpkin cheesecake or spread with a knife.
  10. When you are ready to serve the Olive Garden Pumpkin Cheesecake, cut each slice, drizzle the top of the cheesecake with caramel sauce, and then sprinkle over ginger snap crumbs before serving.

Page 3 of 3Olive Garden Pumpkin Cheesecake (cont.)


  1. Additional notes about cheesecake making:.
  2. I personally do not use a waterbath. I do have a clay baking stone in my oven, and my cheesecakes come out very well. You may wish to use a waterbath when you prepare your cheesecake.
  3. Also, I would really urge you to let your ingredients reach room temperature before blending together the filling. This really makes a difference in getting a nice, smooth filling.


Jan & Friends Thanksgiving Favorites

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, November 02, 2012



The best collection you will find anywhere of tried ‘n true Thanksgiving favorites from my girlfriends and family.  Recipes you will use again and again to create your own family traditions.

The recipes will be available all month on Jan CAN Cook, you can access them in the sidebar, or link to them here…

The Best Sloppy Joes

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, October 30, 2012


These are seriously the best Sloppy Joes ever!

I’ve made this recipe since the boys were little.  My friend, Susan, a neighbor when we lived in Denver in the 80’s, gave it to me and it has remained a family favorite ever since. 

It’s always been a Halloween tradition at our house, Sloppy Joes and Potato Chips.  We were, as all of you back in the day, in a rush to get the kids out the door to trick-or-treat, so the tradition began because it was easy and quick.

My daughter-in-law, Deanna just posted this on her The Harris Sisters blog, and it reminded me that I needed to post it as well.  And the picture, Deanna scanned this from a cookbook I made for the boys of my recipes several years ago.

This is so good, if you are a Sloppy Joe lover like we are at our house, give this a try and see if you don’t love it as well.  The best part, simple ingredients that you have in your cupboard and fridge…

Enjoy ~ jan

Shredding chicken the easy way...

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, October 17, 2012
I saw this online last year and have wanted to try it ever since. It was fast, easy and the results were perfect.

I just put whole, cooked boneless chicken breasts that I had cut in large chunks in the bowl of my KitchenAid stand mixer with the paddle attachment inserted.
Then I turned it on, and in just a few turns of the paddle I had perfect shredded chicken. This so easy, it would work with pork and beef, too.



Crispy Oven Chicken Fingers

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, October 17, 2012

I have a husband that adores chicken fingers, it's one of his favorite ways to eat chicken. I'm always searching for a "healthy alternative" and I I've found just the thing with this recipe adapted from Country Living.


 2 cup(s) Buttermilk
2 clove(s) Garlic, crushed
 1 tablespoon(s) Hot-Pepper Sauce
 1 teaspoon(s) Kosher Salt
 1 teaspoon(s) Fresh-Ground Pepper
 2 pound(s) Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into 3- by 1/2-inch strips
 1 package(s) (7-ounce) Sesame Crispbread, such as WASA 6 tablespoon(s) Unsalted Butter, melted


 Combine the buttermilk, garlic, hot-pepper sauce, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 12 hours. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat 2 baking pans with oil and set aside.

 Note: If you don't have buttermilk, regular milk works well for this. Sometimes I use a liberal amount of garlic powder instead of the fresh garlic, garlic salt works well, too.

 Crush the crispbread into coarse crumbs and place the crumbs in a large, shallow baking dish, toss in the melted butter, and set aside. Remove the chicken from the marinade and coat with the crumbs. Place on the prepared pans and bake, turning once, until golden and crisp — about 25 minutes. Tips & Techniques Keep your work area neat: Place crispbread in a resealable plastic bag, and crush with a rolling pin or heavy pot.

 Picture & Recipe Source: Country Living Magazine

Mini Pumpkin Croissants

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, October 08, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Filling

Crescent Rolls, 2 tubes

1/2 block of cream cheese

1 cup of canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

3 - 4 tablespoons sugar (granulated or powdered)

Mini Pumpkin Pie Croissants Preparation

These start with the crescent rolls. Roll each crescent roll out and cut lengthwise in 2. This recipe will make 32 mini croissants. Each croissant will get a generous tablespoon of this luscious pumpkin pie filling:

Beat cream cheese and canned pumpkin together until fluffy and creamy.

You do want to stuff them a little full and they are messy to roll up. Now here is the fun part! Mix together 4 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice and roll each pumpkin pie croissant in it!

Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes. These are sweet but not so-much-so - sublime little bites of pumpkin pie heaven that are easy and portable and the perfect addition to any fall celebration.

Jan's Tweak: After reading several reviews suggesting that these are a little bland, I added extra cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to the pumpkin pie spice. 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon of cloves.

Picture and Recipe Source: The Big Oven

Alice’s Tea Cup Pumpkin Scones

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, October 08, 2012


Hoda and Kathie Lee were talking this morning on TODAY about how wonderful Alice’s Tea Cup Pumpkin Scones are.  So I Googled it, found them right away.  Don’t you just love the internet?

Cookie Madness posted the recipe, check it out here….

Photo reprinted from

Bake Hard Boiled Eggs in Muffin Tins in the Oven

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, October 08, 2012


What a great idea, preheat your oven to 325 degrees, put your eggs in a muffin tin so they don't roll around and bake them for 30 minutes. Submerge in ice water when you take them out, easy breezy.

Source ~14news

Paula Deen Grandmother Paul’s Fried Chicken

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, October 07, 2012


  • Salt and pepper, for seasoning chicken
  • Crisco shortening, for frying
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (2 1/2 pound) chicken, cut into pieces


Heat shortening in a cast iron skillet to 350 degrees F.

Beat eggs with water in a small bowl. In a shallow bowl, season flour with pepper. Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture and then coat well in flour mixture. Carefully add to hot shortening, in batches if necessary, place lid on top of skillet, and fry until brown and crisp. Remember that dark meat requires a longer cooking time (about 13 to 14 minutes, compared to 8 to 10 minutes for white meat.)

Note:  This is Jan’s tweak to this recipe, I always soak my chicken overnight in buttermilk, it makes it moist and tender and gives it a bit of a zippy flavor.  You can use sweet milk, too – either way it just adds to the taste.

Recipe and Photo courtesy of Food Network

Paula Deen Lady and Sons Chicken Pot Pie

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, October 07, 2012


4 sheets frozen puff pastry
1 egg, beaten
4 chicken breast halves, or 2 cups leftover cooked chicken
Seasoned salt and pepper
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 quart heavy cream
1/4 cup chicken base (you buy this in a jar at the grocery store)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 small yellow onion, minced
1 cup frozen green peas, cooked
1 cup chopped cooked carrots
Pinch fresh grated nutmeg, optional
Special equipment: 4 (2-cup) individual baking dishes



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut each sheet of frozen puff pastry into 1-inch strips, 8 inches long. On a large cookie sheet, weave strips into a lattice large enough to cover each pot pie. Brush beaten egg onto each lattice square. Bake for 5 minutes, or until dough has risen and turned light golden brown. Set aside until ready to assemble pies. Leave oven on at 350 degrees F.

Rotisserie chicken works well for this, if you’re in a hurry. or you can season your chicken with salt and pepper, and saute in the oil in a large skillet until thoroughly cooked.

In a large saucepan, melt butter and then slowly add flour, stirring until consistency of peanut butter, but not brown like a roux. This works best for me if I use a whisk, then add cream whisking continously so it doesn’t lump. Add chicken base, garlic, and onion and stir until thickened. Add peas, carrots, nutmeg, if using, and cut up chicken. Remove from heat. Fill 4 individual oven-proof bowls with chicken mixture and then top each with a pre-cooked lattice square. Bake for 5 minutes or until bubbly. Any remaining pie filling may be frozen.

Note:  Use salt sparingly, as the chicken base is quite salty.

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Photo:  Food Network

Candy Corn Oreos Are Here!

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, October 01, 2012


Pretty awesome, aren’t they?  Check your local grocery stores…

How To Eat a Cupcake Like a Gentleman

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, October 01, 2012

Okay, I was skeptical, but I do think he’s onto something by twisting off the bottom and making a sandwich.  Cupcakes are difficult to eat…

Pioneer Woman’s Pepperoni Pizza Burgers

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, October 01, 2012


Photo cropped and reprinted from Pioneer Woman’s website         

Pioneer Woman has done it again.  Pizza on a bun, is this heavenly or what?  Just had to share this in case you don’t follow Pioneer Woman, although I don’t see anybody wouldn’t want to, the woman is a legend, at least she is in my household!

Here’s the click, ladies, enjoy…

Cooking Cranberries….

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, September 30, 2012


When I cook cranberries, I always think of my friend Veronica.  She taught me how she makes them and it’s so simple. 

A bag of cranberries (I buy multiples at Christmas and freeze them)
1 cup Splenda
1/8-1/4 cup water

Simmer until they pop, then squeeze in the juice of an orange.  So easy, and so good!

We’re having them tonight, using a bag of frozen berries from the freezer…

Mom’s Goulash, simply the best!

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, September 26, 2012


You have to serve this with mashed potatoes and corn, it’s just the way it’s done.  Trust me, the mashed potatoes make it wonderful.  This is so simple, a recipe from my childhood, back in the days when goulash was a staple in our diet.  It’s fast, quick, and the perfect food on a cool fall evening.

1 lb. ground round/sirloin/chuck – whatever you want to use works
1/2 bell pepper, finely diced
1 onion (1/2 cup) finely diced

Brown the above, season with salt and quite a bit of ground pepper, about 1/2 teaspoon.

Meanwhile cook elbow macaroni or your pasta of choice to el dente, I use about a half a pound of pasta, but you can add more if you like.

Meanwhile open a large can (28 oz.) of crushed tomatoes, put in a saucepan, add the drained meat mixture, add the drained pasta and simmer for just a few minutes.

AND, add sugar.  I use Splenda, about 1/4 of a cup, because we like it sweet.

That’s all there is to it, I eat it like I did as a child, with a scoop of mashed potatoes in the center of my plate and the goulash spooned over the top.

Mother always added the corn directly in her goulash mixture, I cooked mine separately and put it on the side.

And don’t turn your nose up at the potatoes, I know it’s two starches, but this is comfort food people, and trust me, you will be comforted after you eat this.

Of course, real mashed potatoes are always best, but instant potatoes work, or those great Bob Evans refrigerated ones.  Just fix whatever, and enjoy, your family will love this!

Some people add herbs and garlic to their goulash, but to me it’s best just to keep it simple with the green pepper and onions.  It’s peasant food, comfort food, warm memories, and delish!  Pinky swear it is…



Pioneer Woman’s Pasta Primavera

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, September 09, 2012

Photograph from Land O’lakes & Pioneer Woman

Pioneer Woman makes the most amazing looking Pasta Primavera.  I found her recipe on the Land O’Lakes site.  You all might want to look at this awesome recipe for deadent veggies and pasta.  What could be better?

Here’s the link…

World’s Best UNFRIED Pork Chops

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, September 05, 2012


These pork chops are just wonderful, and they’re healthy! 

I have to give my son, Ryan, a world class cook, by the way, credit for making these chops.  You simply brown well on one side on your stovetop over medium heat, flip them and immediately put them uncovered in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  I use convection heat and it takes about twenty minutes for chops that are 3/4 inch thick.  Add another 5 minutes or so if you don’t use convection.

The secret to this is to blot the chops first with paper towel to remove moisture, so they “fry” in the oven.  I love to use a grill pan, as the chops sit above any liquid that collects and gets the great grill marks that everybody likes.

We are huge fans of Paul Prudhomme’s Meat Magic to season chops and chicken.  It’s been around since the 80’s, available in your spice aisle and it’s unbeatable!  Add lots of fresh cracked pepper and you’ve got an awesome dish.

Spray the skillet with Pam, you don’t need any oil, and these chops are low in calories without sacrificing flavor.  I also make boneless chicken breasts this way, it works equally well.

I sometimes use Soul Seasoning for these chops with excellent results, too.  The brand is Spice Islands, and it’s also in the spice aisle.  I found this recipe to make your own Soul Seasoning, I would think it would be really good and inexpensive to make.  Check it out here and see what you think.

~ Jan

Brown Sugar Blend Splenda Substitute

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, September 05, 2012


You can save a massive amount of calories with this substitute, I can’t wait to try it!

I was reading Jamie, at Your Lighter Side, this morning, my favorite Low Carb Blog, and she is posting a substitution for Brown Sugar Blend Splenda, which I seem to never have on hand when I need it.

Her alternative looks pretty good, and so many less calories than the Blend.  If I’m correct, I believe that in the past I made a copycat Brown Sugar Blend Splenda, which was half brown sugar, half Splenda, but Jamie is saying that you can add one Tablespoon of molasses to every cup of “your favorite sweetener” which for me is Splenda, mash it with a fork to incorporate molasses and you have a wonderful substitute.

And one tablespoon of molasses is 58 calories, however, 1/2 cup of brown sugar is 415 calories, and that is a HUGE savings.

Sounds good to me, I know what I’m going to be trying in the kitchen today!

 You can read her entire article here…

My favorite cookbooks….

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, August 21, 2012

My love of cooking began with Silver Palate Cookbook and Abby Mandel’s Cuisinart Classroom.

I’ve cooked for years, but the two cookbooks that really started whatever creativity in the kitchen that I have, began in the 1978 when hubby bought me my DLC-7 Cuisinart, the same workhorse that still sits in my kitchen to this day and has inspired me to make many wonderful dishes.


My first really great cookbook was Abby Mandel’s Cuisinart Classroom.  Oh, my, the woman was a wonder.  She introduced me to spices and herbs and food combinations I had never heard of, her recipes were phenomenal.  She’s gone now, but her recipes will live on forever.  You can find her cookbooks on eBay, they are wonderful for anyone who loves to cook.


And then came The Silver Palate, and I was off to the races.  I subsequently bought every cookbook that Julie Rosso and Sheila Lukins published, but none compared to the first.  The recipes are delightful, they never fail, and I still use that cookbook to this day. Some of our families favorite recipes came from the pages of The Silver Palate.   It’s battered and scarred, the pages are grease stained and torn, and I love it.

A few years ago, Ryan bought the same cookbook, and then had me go through it and note in his everything that I wrote in mine.

So regardless of all the wonderful cookbooks that came later, these will always be the most special.  Such good memories…. ~ Jan

The BEST Cucumbers and Onions

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, August 19, 2012


This is a great twist on an old favorite.  My friend, Barb, gave me this recipe this summer, and it’s a keeper.  I normally peel the cucumbers, but I used English cucumbers in the photo above, so I left the peeling on.  This is such a good recipe, the herbs give it a fresh taste.  I think you will all enjoy it.

~ Jan

1 cup vinegar
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
1/2 tsp ground mustard

Close lid on small bowl and shake until well mixed.

Pour over 6 cucumbers peeled and diced and 1 medium onion sliced

Elsah Landing California Strawberry Pie

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, August 04, 2012


1 9 inch pie shell, baked

1 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder (Carnation)
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup boiling water
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Combine dry milk, sugar and water with butter in blender jar.  Blend until smooth.  Stir in lemon juice and chill.

4 cups sliced fresh strawberries or leave them whole if you prefer.
1 Tablespoon sugar, optional

Spread chilled mixture over bottom of prepared pie shell.  Arrange strawberries on top.  Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.

1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1 Tablespoon sugar, optional

Beat cream until almost stiff.  Gradually add sugar.  Beat until stiff.  Spread over fruit filling.

Fresh mint leaves"
Fresh strawberries

Garnish each serving with a mint leaf and a strawberry.

Source:  The Elsah Landing Restaurant

Elsah’s Landing Berry Apple Fantasy Pie

by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, August 03, 2012


  • Pastry for a double-crust pie
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 2 cups sliced, peeled apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut up
  1. Prepare pastry and divide in half. Form each half into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll one ball of the pastry into a 12-inch circle. Transfer the rolled-out pastry to a 9-inch pie plate.
  2. In large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, tapioca, and cinnamon. Add the blackberries and apple slices. Toss gently until coated. Let stand 15 minutes.
  3. Spoon filling into pastry-lined pie plate. Dot with butter. Trim pastry even with the edge of the pie plate. Moisten the edge of the pastry with water.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the remaining pastry into a 12-inch circle. Cut slits in the pastry to let steam escape. Place pastry on the filling. Trim the top crust to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold top pastry under bottom pastry and crimp edge. Cover edge of crust with foil to prevent overbrowning.
  5. Bake in a 375 degree F. oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes more or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 8 servings.
    nutrition facts

    Dietary Fiber, total (gm) 3, Calories (kcal) 419, Sodium (mg) 165, Carbohydrate (gm) 57, Protein (gm) 3, Cholesterol (mg) 8, Fat, total (gm) 21

    Source:  Midwest Living Magazine

    Pioneer Woman’s Favorite Weeknight Meals

    by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, August 02, 2012

    You can find lots of Ree’s Recipes on Land O’ Lakes Site

    Fantastic Broccoli Salad

    by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, July 28, 2012

    This is Midwestern fare at it’s finest.  The kind of recipe you would eat at a potluck dinner or a church social, it’s just wonderful and so easy.  This is a keeper, a recipe you will make again and again.

    2 heads of raw broccoli
    1 onion, diced
    8 ounces grated cheddar cheese (I grate my own from a block, it’s fresher tasting)
    1/2 lb. cooked, crispy diced bacon (I use more, sometimes a pound of cooked bacon)


    1 cup Mayonnaise
    scant 1/2 cup Splenda
    2 tablespoons white vinegar

    Cut the broccoli into florets, using only a little bit of the stem, you don’t want the woody stalk.  I separate mine into small, bite size pieces.  Then stir in the onion, cheese and cooled, cooked bacon.
    Whisk the mayonnaise, Splenda and vinegar until smooth and pour over the salad ingredients.  The salad softens as it marinades, this is plenty of dressing.  Don’t add salt or pepper, it doesn’t need it, the bacon gives it the salty flavor.

    Cover and refrigerate for a few hours, overnight if possible.  You will love this recipe, it’s so good.

    ~ Jan


    This was a Delicious Ham & Veggie Frittita

    by πŸ‘©‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA πŸ‘©‍🍳, July 23, 2012



    It was fast, easy to prepare and so yummy.  I use a Bullet Blender to blend my eggs and milk, I think it makes the eggs fluffier.

    First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees

    I sauteed the potato separately, as I’m eating low carb, and hubby isn’t, so I prepared his potato and only put it on half of the frittata.  Worked for us ;o)

    I sliced a large potato thinly, added a bit of salt and pepper and sauteed it in a 12” iron skillet in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil until tender.  I put on a lid, it took about 10-12 minutes.

    Then I removed the potato and and to the skillet I added a bit more olive oil. a small diced onion, half of a chopped green pepper, half of a zucchini cut into small dice, a handful of sliced fresh mushrooms, and a slice of ham, diced.

    I sauteed this until veggies were tender, added a clove of minced garlic (I always add garlic at the end of cooking time as it burns easily), let that cook for a minute, then I added a large handful of fresh spinach, put on the lid, took it off the heat and let it sit for the spinach to wilt.

    Meanwhile, I cracked 9 eggs into my bullet blender, added salt and pepper, and a couple of tablespoons of half and half and blended it.

    Then to the skillet with the wilted veggies, I sprinkled on a cup of sharp cheddar cheese, then I poured on the egg mixture, and finally I put the sliced potatoes on hubby’s half of the frittita.

    Into the preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes.  Just open the oven door and jiggle the skillet handle, and when the mixture quits jiggling, it’s set and ready to eat.

    This is good leftover, also good at room temperature.  You can vary the fillings, add cooked bacon or sausage, green chiles, fresh asparagus or a diced tomato, it’s so versatile and so easy, just add fruit and/or salad for a quick summer meal.  Cooking it in the oven makes it simple, too.

    And it’s fluffy, the Bullet Blender, remember.  Awesome little machine!  Sorry about the picture quality, I’m an amateur, not a professional.  Sometimes I take good pictures, sometimes not, this was one of the nots.  ;o)