The Best Sloppy Joes

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, 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 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, 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 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, 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 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, 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 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, 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 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, 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 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, 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 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, 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 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, October 01, 2012


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

How To Eat a Cupcake Like a Gentleman

by 👩‍🍳 Cooking With a Southern Vibe in Music City USA 👩‍🍳, 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…