White Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats with Candied Peanuts from David Lebovitz's site...

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, September 09, 2008

Adapted from the Kellogg's original recipe

Surprisingly, white chocolate marries perfectly with Rice Krispies and marshmallows and I never make a batch without melting in a few squares. Using salted butter adds a slight dose of salt, as do the salt-flecked candied peanuts. If you wish, substitute dry-roasted peanuts, preferably salted, for the candied nuts, or another toasted or candied nut.

I also find snipping the marshmallows in two helps them melt quicker. Or use mini-marshmallows, if you have them.

3 tablespoons (45g) salted butter
3 1/2 ounces (100g) white chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup (100g) candied peanuts
10 ounce (300gr) bag marshmallows, snipped in half
6 cups (200g) Rice Krispies

1. Spray or lightly-oil a 13 x 9-inch (approx 30 x 22cm) rectangular pan.

2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the white chocolate and stir until melted.

3. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly over the heat until completely melted. (If they start to scorch on the bottom, remove from heat and continue to stir, placing the pan back on the heat occasionally, stirring until smooth.

4. Remove from heat and add the candied peanuts and Rick Krispies until well combined. A rubber spatula or flexible pastry scraper works best.

5. Scrape into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Let cool.

Serving and storage: Cut into neat bars or squares with a sharp knife. These are best enjoyed the day they're made, although they can be covered snugly with a sheet of aluminum foil and stored at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.

Source :David Lebovitz

Peach Crumble from Cooks Illustrated

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, September 07, 2008

Add the lemon juice to taste in step 2 according to the sweetness of your peaches. If ripe peaches are unavailable, you can substitute five 10-ounce bags of frozen peaches, thawed overnight in the refrigerator. The topping can be baked ahead of time, as directed in step 3, then cooled and stored in an airtight container. As directed in step 4, sprinkle the topping evenly over the fruit and continue to bake.
3 1/2 pounds ripe but firm peaches (6 to 7 medium), peeled and pitted; each peach halved and cut into 3/4-inch wedges (about 6 1/2 cups prepared peaches)
1/3 cup granulated sugar (2 1/3 ounces)
1 1/4 teaspoons cornstarch
3-5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon (see note above)
Pinch table salt
Pinch ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (5 ounces)
1/4 cup granulated sugar (1 3/4 ounces) plus 1 tablespoon
1/4 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark), 1 3/4 ounces
1/8 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into 6 pieces and very soft
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1. Adjust oven racks to lower and middle positions; heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. FOR THE FILLING: Gently toss peaches and sugar together in large bowl; let stand for 30 minutes, tossing several times. Drain peaches in colander set over large bowl. Whisk 1/4 cup drained peach juice, cornstarch, lemon juice, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in small bowl; discard excess peach juice. Toss juice mixture with peaches and transfer to 8-inch-square glass baking dish.
3. FOR THE TOPPING: While peaches are macerating, combine flour, sugars (reserving 1 tablespoon granulated sugar), and salt in workbowl of food processor; drizzle vanilla over top. Pulse to combine mixture, about five 1-second pulses. Add butter and half of nuts; process until mixture clumps together into large, crumbly balls, about 30 seconds, pausing halfway through to scrape down sides of workbowl. Sprinkle remaining nuts over mixture and combine with two quick pulses. Transfer mixture to parchment-lined baking sheet and spread into even layer (mixture should break up into roughly 1/2-inch chunks with some smaller, loose bits). Bake on middle rack until chunks are lightly browned and firm, 18 to 22 minutes.
4. TO ASSEMBLE AND BAKE: Grasping edges of parchment paper (following "Transferring the Baked Crumble" illustrations 1 and 2 below), slide topping over peaches and spread into even layer with spatula, packing down lightly and breaking up any very large pieces. Sprinkle remaining tablespoon sugar over top and place on lower oven rack. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake until well browned and fruit is bubbling around edges, 25 to 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack until warm, at least 15 minutes; serve.
1. After crumble is baked, lift short sides of parchment paper. (Crumble will break apart into uneven 1/2- to 3/4-inch pieces.)
2. Carefully slide broken crumble pieces onto peaches or apples, spreading into even layer with spatula.
STEP BY STEP: Overhauling Ho-Hum Peach Crumble
Problem: Bland peaches
Solution: Macerating the fruit in sugar and draining off excess juices helps to concentrate the peach flavor.
Problem: Soggy topping
Solution: Baking the topping separately before sliding it onto the fruit filling keeps it crumbly and crisp.

Here is a lighter version of this recipe -

1 cup rolled oats
1/4 c flour
1/2 c brown sugar, packed
2 T unsalted butter, melted
pinch of cinnamon

Mix the above together, toast in the oven as called for in the CI recipe and follow the CI recipe for the filling and combining the filling and topping.

Recipe from Cook's Illustrated

Peanut Butter Cupcake Cookies

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, August 31, 2008



Makes about 2 1/2 dozen

    * 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    * 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    * 1/2 teaspoon salt
    * 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    * 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    * 1 1/3 cups sugar
    * 2/3 cup natural, creamy peanut butter
    * 3 large eggs
    * 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    * 1/2 cup sour cream
    * 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    * 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, plus more for decorating
    * 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    * 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter


   1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 3 standard 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.
   2. Make the cupcakes: Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Mix in peanut butter. Mix in eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Add flour mixture; mix until combined. Mix in sour cream.
   3. Spoon scant 3 tablespoons batter into each muffin cup. Bake until pale golden and a cake tester inserted into centers comes out clean, about 13 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; let cool completely.
   4. Make the frosting: Put cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and butter into the clean bowl of a mixer fitted with the clean paddle attachment; mix on medium- high speed until pale and fluffy. Stir in peanut butter with a rubber spatula.
   5. Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons frosting onto each cupcake. Refrigerate until frosting is firm, about 10 minutes. Using tines of a fork dipped in confectioners' sugar, score each top in a crosshatch pattern. Cupcakes can be refrigerated in single layers in airtight containers up to 2 days.

Source:  Martha Stewart Living

WOW, What a recipe!!!

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, August 27, 2008

This was in my inbox today, from Lynne Rossetto Casper at Splendid Table, does this look amazing or what???

~ jan

Prime tomatoes green and red, a great old fashioned dressing and a slick trick with, of all things, cream cheese gives this old time dish new panache. Tomatoes were made for this treatment, but know the dressing is fine on green beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, steamed butternut, fish, meat, chicken and anything else you can pair with it.

Okay, so this is a tad over the top, but you could eat this as a one dish supper, then serve it as a side at the Labor Day feast.No meat, great taste -- can't ask for more than this.

Old Time Sweet-Sour Tomato Salad with Fresh Dill Cheese
Copyright 2008 by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Serves 4 to 6
10 minutes prep time; 5 minutes stove time.

Straight from 19th-century American cookbooks, these big chunks of green tomatoes and ripe beefsteaks bathed in a warm, garlicky sweet-sour dressing can stand on their own, top greens or make a potato-tomato salad you can't stop eating. Bacon fat was favored in this recipe 150 years ago; olive oil works today.

My pet theory of sweet-and-sour being a universal panacea for any dish proved true when we tested this recipe with so-so red winter tomatoes.

From the same era is the idea of rolling cream cheese (homemade back then) in fresh herbs. Dropped on top of the salad, the bright green little balls are a great accent.

Cook to Cook: The dressing can be prepared up to a week ahead up to the point of adding the vinegar and refrigerated. The oil should be warm, but not hot, when the vinegar goes in; that way you won't get spattered, nor will you burn your tongue when you taste it for seasoning.

Serve the salad immediately after dressing.


  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, but preferably use bacon fat
  • 1 medium red onion, thin sliced lengthwise into long strips
  • Salt and fresh-ground black pepper as needed
  • 8 large garlic cloves, thin sliced
  • 2 tight-packed tablespoons brown sugar

Dill Cheese:

  • 1/4 cup tight-packed fresh dill leaves
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons minced red onion
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  • 2 to 3 large, delicious, ripe tomatoes (1-1/2 to 2 pounds), cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 medium green tomatoes (about 1 pound), cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/3 light-packed cup coarse-chopped fresh dill leaves

Make the dressing by pouring the cider into a small saucepan and boiling down to about 1/2 cup - 5 minutes more or less. Set aside.

In a 10-inch skillet set over medium heat, warm the olive oil or bacon fat. Stir in the onions, sprinkling them with a little salt and a generous amount of pepper. Saute for a minute or until the onion is softened, but not browned. Stir in garlic and cook another 30 seconds to a minute. You want to soften the garlic, but not brown it. Pull the pan off the heat and blend in the sugar to melt it. (You can set the dressing aside at this point for several hours, or refrigerate it up to a week.) Make the dill cheese by chopping the 1/4 cup dill, blending the cream cheese with the onion and salt and pepper, then creating small balls with 2 teaspoons.Roll the balls in the dill. Chill until ready to serve.

To serve, put the tomatoes into a large serving bowl. When you are ready to serve, warm up the onion mixture if needed - it should be warm, not hot. Pull the pan off the heat, stir in the boiled-down vinegar and any liquid from the tomatoes. Carefully (dressing could be quite hot) taste for seasoning and sweet-tart balance.

Pour it over the tomatoes, folding in the dill. If you made the salad with olive oil dressing, serve it warm or at room temperature. If bacon fat was used in the dressing, it's best to eat it warm. Then dot the salad with the dill cheese.


Make extra dressing; you will use it up for homemade coleslaw, cooked yams, broccoli, shrimp or salmon salads.

When delicious, ripe heirloom tomatoes are at farm markets, snap them up for this salad. It's a great chance to try different varieties.

If you can find fresh cream cheese without gums or stabilizers buy it.You'll taste the difference.

Nisha's Peach Cobbler

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, August 19, 2008
Peel and slice four cups of peaches, mix with 3/4 cup sugar and let stand on counter for two hours, so that peaches can absorb sugar and make juice.

Then whisk together:

1 cup flour
pinch salt
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Then add to the flour/salt and baking powder:

1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup milk

Stir to combine and make batter.

In bottom of 9x13 pan melt 1 stick butter. Then using a large spoon place large dollops of batter over the butter in the pan. Then pour your peach/sugar mixture on top of the batter.


Bake 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes until browned and bubbly.

Li'l Cheddar Meat Loaves This is a tried and true recipe, girlfriends, I think it sounds amazing… ~ jan

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, August 06, 2008

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mild cheddar cheese

1/2 cup quick-cooking oats

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tsp. salt

1 # lean ground beef

2/3 cup ketchup

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2  tsp. mustard

In bowl, beat the egg and milk. Stir in cheese, oats, onion, and salt. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 8 loaves; place in a greased 9x13 pan or baking dish. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard; spoon over loaves. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 45 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink or 160.

Source:  Judy C.

Nashville Fruit Tea

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, July 28, 2008
Fruit Tea is quite a hit in Nashville especially during the "tea season" of honoring brides to be, graduates, etc.

I'm posting a couple of recipes for it, let me know which one works for you.  ~ jan

4 tea bags
1 cup sugar
12 ounces pineapple frozen concentrate
1//4 cup fresh lemon juice
6 ounces orange juice, from frozen concentrate
9 cups water

Steep 4 family size tea bags in 1 qt water (get to boiling point). Let stand 5 minutes. Remove bags. Add sugar, lemonade, orange juice, and water. Makes 1 gal.

Note:  I made this and it tastes EXACTLY like HRH Dumplin Fruit Tea.  - be sure and steep the tea bags in 1 quart of water - Then ADD AN ADDITIONAL 9 CUPS OF WATER when you mix it all together.  It keeps several days in the fridge - it's a great recipe!  I'm going to make it with Splenda next time to cut down the calories.

~ jan



3 cups boiling water

3 family-size tea bags

1 cup sugar (less if you do not like it as sweet)

4 cups cold water

1 cup orange juice

1 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup lemon juice

Pour 3 cups of boiling water over tea bags. Cover and steep five minutes. Remove and discard tea bags.

Stir in sugar until dissolved. Stir in four cups cold water and juices. Serve over ice.

Makes 2 quarts, about 10 servings.


by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, July 12, 2008

You would be hard-pressed to find something more refreshing than watermelon. This cooler is easy to make, beautiful to behold, and not too sweet. You'll want a pitcher of it in the refrigerator all summer.

Active time: 30 min Start to finish: 30 min

Servings: Makes 1 gallon (serves 16)



1 (12-lb) watermelon (preferably seedless)
1/4 cup sugar, divided
4 tsp fresh lemon juice, divided
16 cups ice cubes, divided

Garnish: lemon slices; mint sprigs

Cut watermelon flesh into 2-inch chunks and discard rind. Purée one fourth of watermelon in a blender with 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice, 4 cups ice, and a pinch of salt. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, discarding solids. Make 3 more batches. Add sugar to taste if desired and serve over ice.

Cooks' note: Watermelonade can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Drink will separate; re-blend before serving.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, July 11, 2008


For each cookie, use a 1/4-cup measuring cup to scoop out and level dough before dropping
onto baking sheet.


Makes 16

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour , spooned and leveled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition until combined; mix in vanilla.
  3. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture; mix until just incorporated. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Drop 1/4-cup mounds of dough onto ungreased baking sheets, at least 4 inches apart and away from edges of pan. (You will fit about 4 cookies to a sheet; bake in two batches, using two baking sheets per batch.) Bake until golden, 15 to 18 minutes, rotating sheets front to back and from top to bottom of oven halfway through.
  5. Cool 1 to 2 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 2 days.

Source:  Martha Stewart

Miss Daisy's State Fair Prize Winning Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, July 07, 2008
Miss Daisy's Tea Room was a fixture in Franklin, Tennessee for years. This is one of her recipes. It was a state fair prize winning recipe, and is the best peach cobbler, EVER. It has a top lattice crust, and you poke strips of dough down into the peaches to making dumplings. We've made it for years. ~ jan Filling: 8 or 9 peaches, peeled and slices 1/2 cup water 1-1/2 cups sugar 2 tablespoons self-rising flour pinch of salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted Cook peaches briefly in water until bubbly and tender. In separate bowl, mix flour salt and sugar, whisk to combine. Add to cooked peaches and tir. Then add melted butter. Pastry for Cobbler: 1 cup self-rising flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup shortening 4 tablespoons sweet milk or enough to make a stiff dough (I use fat free half and half) Blend flour, salt and shortening to coarse meal texture. Add milk. Roll thinl into oblong shape on floured surface. (I pulse this on and off to blend in the cuisinart, then add milk and stir, works great and it's eay). Using a pizza cutter, and a ruler to guide you, cut the dough into long strips. Take almost half the strips, and cut them into small pieces, about 1-2 inches long. Pour half the peaches in a 8x12 pan, push the cut dough pieces into the peach liquid, then add the rest of the peaches, and make a lattice top with the remaining dough. If you have leftover dough, you can poke more of it between the lattice top into the cobbler. Sprinkle with sugar, and bake in 350 oven 45-55 minutes or until top is golden brown and peaches are bubbly.