Month: December 2013

Pimento Cheese & Bacon Twice Baked Potatoes

Ingredients: 3 very large Russet potatoes 3 slices thick cut bacon, cut into 1/2 inch chunks 3/4 cup creamy pimento cheese 1 egg, beaten sea salt freshly ground black pepper Directions: Bake potatoes for 1 hour at 400. Allow them to cool to almost room temperature, then slice lengthwise and […]

Light Lemon Mini Cakes

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour 2/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 eggs, room temperature 1/3 cup canola oil 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 3/4 cup plain yogurt, room temperature Directions: Heat oven to 350°F. Generously grease […]

Southern-Inspired Beef Stew

Ingredients: 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, diced 3 medium Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 stalks celery, diced 8 oz cubed crimini mushrooms 1 1/2 lb cubed sirloin or other beef for stew 28 oz canned diced tomatoes 1 cup beef stock 1/2 lb okra, diced 9 oz fresh or […]

Persimmon Upside-Down Cake

Ingredients: topping: 1/3 cup butter 1/3 cup light brown sugar 1 tablespoon cognac 1-2 fuyu persimmons, sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices cake: 1 1/2 cups flour* 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup butter, at room temperature 2 eggs, at room temperature 2 tablespoons cognac 1/2 cup pureed fuyu persimmon (about […]

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Mustard Seed

Ingredients: 1 lb quartered Brussels sprouts, parboiled 2 strips thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped 1 onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seed sea salt freshly ground black pepper Directions: Heat a bit of oil or bacon fat in a large skillet. Saute the onion, garlic […]

Homemade Deviled Ham

Ingredients: 1 1/2 lb smoked ham 1 large shallot, quartered 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon hot sauce 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika freshly ground black pepper Directions: Place all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until nearly smooth. Refrigerate at least 1 hour […]

Date Walnut Honey Triangles

Ingredients: 1 (8 oz) can Pillsbury® Original Crescents 8 whole, pitted dried dates 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts 1 tablespoon honey 1 egg 1 tablespoon water 2 tablespoons sesame seeds Directions: Heat oven to 375°F. Remove the dough from package, separate into 8 triangles. Place triangles on ungreased large cookie sheet. […]

Pomegranate Gorgonzola Broccoli Salad

Ingredients: 1 1/2 lb broccoli florets, blanched 1/2 red onion, diced 1/2 cup pomegranate airls 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola dressing: 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard sea salt freshly ground black pepper Directions: In a large bowl, toss together the broccoli, onion, pomegranate and […]

Jamaican Jerk Pineapple Ketchup

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup (canned) crushed pineapple in juice 1 clove garlic, quartered 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup white wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 teaspoon ground roasted ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 teaspoon cloves 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black […]