Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue Sauce in Texas is a staple condiment and everyone has their own personal, favorite recipe.
As a Vegetarian, I use Vegetarian Chicken Stock and Vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce.

I'm posting a picture of 3 different Chile Powders because there's a difference between Chile and Chili Powder.
A Chile Powder is a Dried Chile that's been ground into a Powder. A Chili Powder is a mix of Spices that includes a Dried Chile Powder in it.
This recipe includes your choice of a Chile Powder.

You can make your own Ancho Chile Powder:
Choose some Dried Ancho Chiles, remove the stems and seeds. Tear the Chiles into small pieces.
Put them in a small Coffee or Herb Grinder and pulverize. You can also use a small Food Processor.

Ancho Chile Powder is made from Sweet Ancho Chiles and has a moderately Spicy and Rich flavor.
Chipotle Chile Powder is made from Dried, Smoky Jalapeño Chiles and has a Smoky, Sweet and Spicy flavor.

Ancho Chile Powder.

New Mexico's Hatch Chile Powder.

I use a Chile Powder from Chimayo, New Mexico.
We first discovered it while visiting the incredible town of Chimayo.

In a Large Saucepan on Medium High Heat:

1/2 C Chicken Stock
2 1/2 C Apple Cider Vinegar
3/4 C Ketchup
5 TBS Granulated Sugar
2 1/2 TBS Light Brown Sugar
1 TBS Smoked Paprika
3/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 tsp Chile Powder (not Chili Powder)
1 TBS Dry Mustard
1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
1 TBS Lemon Juice
Mix well.

Simmer uncovered for 1 hour.
Stirring occasionally as it reduces.
Refrigerate in a Jar until ready to use.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pear and Walnut Chutney

This is a great Christmas as an accompaniment to Crackers and Cheddar Cheese for an appetizer. It would be good on a Croque Monsieur Sandwich too.

Seckel Pears

Bosc Pears

Pear and Walnut Chutney

Here's what you'll need:
Canning Jars

2 1/2 Pounds Firm Pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1" pieces. Bosc or Seckel Pears.
8 oz.  Tart Apple, Granny Smith
8 oz.  Yellow Onion, peeled and cut into 1" pieces.
2 C Apple Cider Vinegar
1 C Golden Raisins
The Zest of 1 Orange
The Juice of the Orange
2 C Granulated Sugar
1 C Chopped Walnuts, toasted in a dry Skillet on Medium Heat for 5 minutes. Stirring.
1/2 tsp Cinnamon

In a Saucepan on medium Heat:
Slowly bring to a Boil.
Reduce heat to Low and Simmer 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a Small Bowl:
Orange Juice
Set aside to soak for 30 minutes.

In the Saucepan:
Orange Zest
Heat just until the Sugar is dissolved, stirring often and then Simmer for 30 minutes.
It should begin to thicken as the liquid reduces.
Stir often.

Stir to combine well.

Spoon into Sterilized Canning Jars, cover and seal the lids according to Canning Directions.
Set aside in a Cool, Dark place for 1 Month prior to serving.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Corn Pie

Corn Pie:
This is one of my Best of the Best recipes!

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
1 - 9" Pie Pan
I make 2 at a time. I don't double the recipe. I measure
all of the ingredients and prepare them for each pie simultaneously.

1 1/4 C  finely crushed Ritz Crackers
8 TBS Butter, melted
2 TBS Butter
1 1/4 C Whole Milk, divided.
2 C Corn, fresh or frozen
1/2 tsp Salt
2 TBS Flour
1/2 tsp Onion Salt or Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 Eggs, beaten
1 TBS fresh chopped Rosemary

Combine Cracker Crumbs and 1/2 C melted Butter and mix well.
Reserve 1/2 C of this mixture for the topping and press the remaining into the Pie Pan.

In a Saucepan on Medium High Heat:
2 TBS butter
1 C Milk
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 3 minutes.

In a small bowl:
Cayenne Pepper
1/4 C Milk
Whisk well until Smooth.

Slowly Add the Flour mixture to the Corn mixture stirring constantly.
Cook 3 minutes until it thickens.
Cool slightly.

Onion Salt
Eggs, stirring constantly.
Whisk well.
Pour into Pie Pan.

Sprinkle the Top with remaining Crumbs.

Bake for 30 minutes!

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Cast Iron Breakfast Cakes

I make these in a Lodge Cast Iron Mini Cake Pan. You can also use a Shallow 12 Well Muffin Pan.

Cast Iron Breakfast Cakes

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - Lodge Cast Iron Mini Cake Pan or a Shallow 12 Well Muffin Pan.
The recipe makes about 24 Cakes.

1 1/2 C Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 C Whole Milk
11 TBS Butter, melted.
3 Large Eggs, separated.
2 TBS Granulated Sugar
5 TBS Vegetable Oil

Confectioner's Sugar
Warm Maple Syrup

Preheat the Pan for 30 minutes.

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Baking Powder
Whisk well.

In a Small Bowl:
1/2 C Melted Butter
Egg Yolks
Whisk well.

Make a well in the Flour Mixture.
Add Wet ingredients at one time.
Toss the mixture together with a blending fork just until moistened.

In a Mixing Bowl:
Egg Whites.
Whisk to Stiff Peak.
Fold 1/4 of the Meringue into the Batter just to combine with a Silicone Spatula.
Fold in remaining Meringue.

In a measuring Cup:
Remaining Melted Butter
Vegetable Oil.
Mix well.

Keep the Pan in the oven.
Brush each well the Butter/Oil mixture.
Spoon a generous Table Spoon of Batter in each well.

Bake for 4 minutes.
Flip with a Spatula and continue baking for 2 minutes.
Transfer the Cakes to a rack to cool.
Continue baking the remaining Cakes.

Serve Dusted with Confectioner's Sugar and Warm Maple Syrup.

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Cheddar Spoon Bread

I have an incredible Terra Cotta Bram that I use for this Spoon Bread.

Cheddar Spoon Bread

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
1 - 2 Quart Baking Dish or Soufflé Dish.

3 C Whole Milk
1 C Yellow Corn Meal
1 C Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/8 tsp Tabasco Sauce
3 TBS Finely Chopped Fresh Chives.
3 TBS Finely Chopped Green Onion, White part only.
2 TBS Drained Pimentos
3 Large Eggs, Separated.

In a Large Saucepan on Medium Heat:
Heat until it Simmers.
Gradually Whisk in Corn Meal.
Whisk constantly until it begins to thicken, about 5 minutes.

Remove from Heat.
Stir in Cheese.
Mix until it's melted and completed incorporated.

In a Mixing Bowl with an Electric Hand Mixer:
Egg Whites
Beat until Stiff Peak, but not Dry.
Fold gently into the Corn Meal Mixture with a Silicone Spatula.

Spoon into the Baking Dish.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until Light Golden Brown.

Remove Dish to a Rack to Cool for 10 minutes.
Serve Warm.

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Holiday Apple Cake in a Loaf Pan

This is the perfect recipe for Breakfast, Brunch or to share with Friends during the Holidays.
I make this in a Cast Iron Loaf Pan.

Holiday Apple Cake in a Loaf Pan

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 -  9" X 5" Loaf Pan brushed generously with Pan Release Mix. (equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each mixed well and refrigerated in a Jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs.

2 C Flour
2 TBS Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
8 TBS Butter, room temperature
1 C Granulated Sugar
2 C Finely Chopped Jonagold Apples that have been peeled and cored.

In a Medium Mixing Bowl:
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Whisk well.

In a Large Mixing Bowl with an Electric Hand Mixer:
Mix for 3 - 5 minutes until Creamy Smooth.
Fold in Apples with a Silicone Spatula.

Gradually Add:
Flour Mixture to the Apple Mixture just until incorporated.

Spoon Batter into the Pan.

Bake for 1 Hour, until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Remove Pan to a Rack and cool 10 minutes.
Invert the Cake, right side up, onto the Rack to cool completely.

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Applesauce in a Crockpot

Fall is approaching and that means Apples. I know we can get them year round now, but I think of them as a Fall Fruit. I love Applesauce and when it's homemade, it's even better.
This recipe makes it easy to enjoy delicious Homemade Apple Sauce.

Here's what you'll need:
1 - Crockpot
1 - Potato Masher

12 Medium Size Jonagold or Braeburn Apples, peeled, cored and sliced. I use an Amish Peeler, Corer, Slicer.
1 TBS Lemon Juice
1/2 C Packed Dark Brown Sugar
1 C Water
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Allspice
1/2 tsp  Ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Lemon Juice.
Toss to coat well.

In another Small Bowl:
Brown Sugar
Whisk well.

Transfer Apples to the Crockpot.
Spice Mix
Gently stir to combine.

Cook on High for 3 hours.
Mash occasionally with the Potato Masher as they continue to cook.

Reduce to Low and continue to cook for an additional 2 hours.
Continue Mashing as they cook.

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