Paula Deen's Double-Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, October 25, 2011

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted, plus additional for pan
1 package (18.25 ounces) chocolate cake mix
3 large eggs
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
3 to 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 box (1 pound) confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. and place rack in center. Lightly butter a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. 
2. In a large bowl, stir together cake mix, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup butter until combined well; evenly pat into prepared pan and set aside. 
3. In a large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Beat in remaining 2 eggs and the cocoa powder until combined well. Reduce speed to low and add sugar; beat until combined well. Gradually beat in remaining 1/2 cup butter and the extract; beat until smooth. Fold in nuts with a rubber spatula and spread over cake mixture in pan. 
4. Bake until set around edges but center is a little gooey, 40 to 50 minutes (do not overbake). 
5. Transfer cake in pan to a wire rack and let cool slightly before cutting.

Nutrition facts per serving (based on 20 servings): 
Calories: 365
Total fat: 20g
Saturated fat: 9.5g
Sodium: 342mg
Carbohydrate: 45g
Calcium: 56mg
Cholesterol: 69mg
Protein: 4g
Fiber: 2g

Source:  Ladies Home Journal

Paula Deen's Deep Fried Turkey

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, October 25, 2011

The Deen's List
Use a candy thermometer to keep oil temperature between 325 and 350 degrees F. (see Where to Find It).

Cool, filter, and reuse the peanut oil up to three times. For folks with peanut allergies, use corn oil instead.

Paula says: "Remember whenever you're fryin' a turkey you have to exercise all the cautions, 'cause you don't want the fire department for lunch."

Makes 12 to 15 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes 
Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes



1 10-pound turkey (neck and giblets removed), thawed if frozen
2 tablespoons favorite dry rub
3 to 5 gallons peanut oil
Rosemary, thyme, and oregano sprigs, for garnish
Apple slices, for garnish

1. Rinse turkey inside and out; pat dry. Coat with dry rub. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour. 
2. Heat oil in a turkey fryer (see Where to Find It), following manufacturer's safety instructions, to 350 degrees F., checking temperature with a candy thermometer. Slowly lower turkey into oil, making sure it is fully submerged. 
3. Fry until an instant-read thermometer inserted 2 inches into the inner thigh of turkey (without touching bone) registers 165 degrees F., carefully removing turkey from oil to check temperature, about 35 minutes. 
4. Carefully remove turkey from oil and drain on paper towels; let stand 10 to 15 minutes before carving. Transfer to a platter and garnish with herb sprigs and apple slices, if desired.

Nutrition facts per serving (based on 15 servings):
Calories: 370 
Total fat: 20g
Saturated fat: 4g
Sodium: 260mg
Carbohydrate: 0
Calcium: 28mg
Cholesterol: 132mg
Protein: 44g
Fiber: 0


Source:  FoodTV

Red Beans and Rice

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, October 25, 2011


1 pound dried red beans
3/4 pound smoked turkey sausage, thinly sliced
3 celery ribs, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
Hot cooked long-grain rice
Hot sauce (optional)
Garnish: finely chopped green onions, finely chopped red onion


1. Combine first 8 ingredients and 7 cups water in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 7 hours or until beans are tender.

2. Serve red bean mixture with hot cooked rice, and, if desired, hot sauce. Garnish, if desired.
Try These Twists!

Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice: Substitute frozen meatless smoked sausage, thawed and thinly sliced, for turkey sausage.

Per cup (with 1 cup rice): Calories 422; Fat 3.5g (sat 0.4g, mono 0.2g, poly 0.2g); Protein 21.5g; Carb 76.4g; Fiber 12.2g; Chol 0mg; Iron 6.1mg; Sodium 530mg; Calc 113mg
Quick Skillet Red Beans and Rice: Substitute 2 (16-oz.) cans light kidney beans, drained and rinsed, for dried beans. Reduce Creole Seasoning to 2 tsp. Cook sausage and next 4 ingredients in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 5 minutes or until sausage browns. Add garlic; saute 1 minute. Stir in 2 tsp. seasoning, beans, and 2 cups chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes. Serve with hot cooked rice and, if desired, hot sauce. Garnish, if desired. Makes 8 cups. Hands-on Time: 26 min., Total Time: 46 min.
Per cup (with 1 cup rice): Calories 424; Fat 3.2g (sat 1.1g, mono 0.2g, poly 0.4g); Protein 17.2g; Carb 79.5g; Fiber 7.6g; Chol 25mg; Iron 4.3mg; Sodium 804mg; Calc 76mg

Source:  Southern Living

Pugsplace Carbless Pizza

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, October 05, 2011

Lori at Pugsplace posted this recipe for carbless pizza, just had to share.  This is AWESOME, Lori!


You can find the recipe on Lori’s Blog…

Amish Apple Dumplings

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, October 05, 2011



    3  cups  all-purpose flour
    1  teaspoon  salt
    1-1/4  cups  shortening
    1    egg, lightly beaten
    1/4  cup  cold water
    1  tablespoon  vinegar
    8  small  cooking apples (about 2 pounds)
    3/4  cup  packed brown sugar
    2/3  cup  whipping cream
    1/2  cup  butter, cut up
    2  tablespoons  light-colored corn syrup
    1  teaspoon  vanilla
    1/3  cup  whipping cream


1. For pastry: In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are the size of small peas. In a small bowl, combine egg, the 1/4 cup cold water and vinegar. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture until all of the dough is moistened. Form dough into a ball. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. (Dough will be slightly sticky.)

2. Divide dough in half. Turn one portion dough out onto a well-floured surface. Roll to form a 12x12-inch square. Using pastry wheel or sharp knife, cut into four 6-inch squares.

3. Peel and core 4 apples. Place an apple on each pastry square. Fold corners to center over apple. Pinch edges to seal. Place dumplings in a greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Repeat with remaining pastry and apples.

4. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown. Cool at least 10 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, for caramel sauce: In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, 2/3 cup whipping cream, and corn syrup. Bring to boiling, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to medium. Boil gently, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Transfer to a bowl; cover and set aside to cool slightly. Makes 8 servings.

6. To serve, in a chilled small bowl, whip 1/3 cup cream to soft peaks. Serve warm dumplings with caramel sauce and whipped cream.
Amish Apple Dumplings

Source:  Midwest Living