Divinity

Divinity

2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Mix sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook at medium heat in sauce pan until starts boiling. Continually stirring until comes to 260 degrees or a hard boil. Use candy thermometer to boil to 260 degrees. You are ready with the other step when the liquid is hard. To the side before the mixture is ready take 2 egg whites and mix until it reaches stiff peaks. Make sure you whip the egg whites in a large bowl. Make sure the egg white mixture is firm and ready for the hot liquid. Slightly pour the liquid into the egg whites and continue to mix on high speed on mixer. Keep mixing after all hot liquid is mixed. You will continue to mix with mixer until it becomes dull in color and starts to thicken. This is where you will turn off mixer and work with a wooden spoon. Have a buttered plate ready to pour candy into plate. As it gets thick then put vanilla and only when ready to put on plate add nuts. Fold in and be ready to place on plate. Let it completely cool and then cut into slices. Then place in a container with a lid.

Homemade Spaghetti

Homemade Spaghetti

2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 onion finely chopped
1 pound lean ground meat
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Basil seasoning
1 teaspoon Garlic powder
1 teaspoon Onion powder
Salt to taste
1 package angel hair pasta
Brown ground beef in a skillet. Add onions and lightly brown. Add stewed tomatoes and cook about 10 minutes. Then add tomato paste and all seasonings. Add two cups of water. Cook covered for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Cook pasta separately. After spagjetii is done, serve sauce over it and use your favorite grated cheese over what is now an easy Italian Spaghetti dish that can be served with a salad or a vegetable.

Gumbo

Gumbo

1 large onion chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
2 cups fresh or frozen okra
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 canĀ  tomatoes and chilies
Boil 4 chicken leg quarters and take meat off the bone. Keep liquid for the gumbo
1 package of smoked sausage sliced in small pieces
1 package frozen deveined shrimp or fresh shrimp according to the amount you desire
1 can of crab meat and drain the liquid
1 package of imitation crab meat
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
Season with a Cajun or spicy seasoning salt to taste
2 slices of bacon chopped into pieces

Put bacon, chopped onion, chopped bell pepper and cook until wilted. Then add okra and cook about 10 minutes on a medium to low heat stirring continually. Add stewed tomatoes and tomatoes and chilies to cook about 15 minutes. Add cooked chicken meat, chopped sausage, shrimp and cook 10 minutes stirring continually. Then put into a large crock pot or large cook pot along with the liquid from the chicken and add all seasonings. Allow crock pot to heat everything up and leave on high for 2 hours. Check to see how fast it is cooking on high. You can turn down to low. Then add imitation crab meat because this does not need to cook long. If you are using a regular pot for cooking then after you add liquid and seasonings heat at medium to low for about 2 hours. Check to make sure not too high so the gumbo will not burn. Then you can place on low for 2 hours or longer. Add the imitation crab meat about 30 minutes before finished cooking. If you have fresh crab meat available in containers then substitute the can crab meat and imitation crab meat for this. Yes, I am in North Louisiana but fresh crab meat is not always found easily so I give you the recipe of other substitutes. Using everything fresh is so amazing but learn to substitute with other means to make a wonderful meal for your family and friends.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 small onion finely
4 chicken thighs or 2 chicken breast
1 large can mixed veggies (drained)
2 pie crust
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions in about 1 Tablespoon butter. Take out
of skillet and place in another container off to the side.
Clean skillet to put butter and flour in and mix together
until smooth on low heat. Cook chicken in a boiler
covered in water until done. Let cool enough to then
cut into 1 inch squares. Add chicken, onions, mixed
veggies into flour and butter mixture. Lightly stir to mix
together. Add about 1/4 cup of broth and mix into the
mixture to put in pie crust. Season to taste. Thaw out
ahead to time the pie crust. Take a fork and poke
tiny holes through bottom of one of the crust. Place
the entire mixture of veggies into the crust. This is the
fun part. Take the other pie crust and gently remove
from the pan and place it on top of the crust with
mixture in it. Take your hands and gently connect the
crust together at the top. Place about 3 slits into the
top crust. Back at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
It may take a little longer. Make sure crust is nice and
golden brown.

Broccoli & Cheese casserole

Broccoli & Cheese Casserole

1 box of chopped broccoli (freshly chopped is good)
1 small onion chopped
1 jar cheese whiz or 1 pound box of Velveeta cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup (cream of mushroom is good but always check to see if the people you are serving are not allergic to mushrooms or don’t like them.)
1 cup of rice

Cook broccoli and onions with 1/2 cup of water until done. Add cheese whez and can soup until melted. Take 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water and cook in a sauce pan or glass casserole dish until done. Take cooked rice, broccoli mixture and fold it together. Then place in a casserole glass dish to place in the oven or microwave and cook until bubbly hot. You can add grated cheese and let it melt. If you use microwave then heat for 5 minutes and stir. Then cook another 3 to 5 minutes until hot. Then add grated cheese and heat till melted. Broccoli & Cheese casserole is a main dish for a Southern meal. We add a favorite meat for a side dish along with other cooked vegetables. Some people from the south add cooked chicken meat to the Broccoli & Cheese recipe. It makes a great main dish alone especially for the vegetarians.

 

 

Cheese Biscuits

Cheese Biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup shortening, margarine, or butter
2/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and garlic powder. Cut in shortening, margarine, or butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well or hole in the center of bowl. Add milk all at once. Stir just till dough cling together. Rub cooking oil in hands and spoon into hands then create the size of biscuit desired. Patty slightly and put on a greased baking sheet.
Bake at 450 degrees in oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes about 10 biscuits

This is a good appetizer along with a salad, before a seafood meal or use with the meal.

 

Orange Julius Drink

Orange Julius Drink

6 ounce can frozen orange juice
1 cup mile
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
11 ice cubes

Put ingredients in blender until ice is crushed. Pour in glass and serve.

Mocha Expresso

Mocha Expresso

1 cup instant coffee granules
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 cups nonfat dry milk milk
1/2 cup dry cocoa powder
Boiling water
Cool Whip(Optional)
Grated chocolate(Optional)

Combine coffee granules, sugar, dry milk, and cocoa. Mix well. Store mix in an airtight container until ready for use.

For each serving place 1/4 cup mix in a cup or mug and 1 cup boiling water to stir well. Garnish with Cool Whip and grated chocolate if desired.
Yields 18 servings

Spiced Hazelnut Creme Cafe

Spiced Hazelnut Creme Cafe

1 pot of Hazelnut Creme Coffee brewed
With 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/3 cup sugar

Stir in all the above ingredients well. Mix 1 1/2 cups heavy creme with 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Pour up a cup of this amazing coffee and put a dab of whipping creme on top.

Spice Tea

Spice Tea

2 cups Tang
1 cup instant tea
2 cups sugar
1 container of lemonade mix
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine all ingredients and store in covered container until ready to use.

This makes a great tea during the flu and cold season. Take a cup and pour boiling water to about 1o 1/2 inch from top. Place 1 peppermint disc and 1 cinnamon disc to let melt. This helps to soothe the throat and cough.

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