Monday, October 29, 2012

Butter-Pecan Sweet Potatoes


8 medium sweet potatoes (5 lbs.), or one per person
olive oil
course salt
4 T. butter, cut into small pieces
4 T. light brown sugar
2/3 c. pecan pieces
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel potatoes and halve lengthwise; slice crosswise 1/2 inch thick.

On a baking sheet, toss potatoes with olive oil (brush it on both sides); season with salt.

Transfer half the potatoes to a second baking sheet; cook both sheets until potatoes are tender, tossing occasionally, 25-30 minutes.

Sprinkle with butter, brown sugar, pecan pieces and cayenne pepper, dividing evenly.

Bake until sugar is carmelized and hard, about 10 minutes.

Toss gently; serve immediately.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Oh I shall try this recipe tomorrow...  with cornbread!!
White Chili


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cooked, boneless chicken breast halves, chopped
3 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
2 (4 ounce) cans canned green chile peppers, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
5 (14.5 ounce) cans great Northern beans, undrained
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute for 10 minutes, or until onions are tender.

Add the chicken, chicken broth, green chile peppers, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, and add the beans.

Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until heated thoroughly.

Pour into individual bowls and top with cheese. Serve with bread.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fried Chicken

Can't wait to try this recipe!!  If you cook it before I do, let me know how it taste - please!

















Fried Chicken

Vegetable oil (such as peanut), enough to cover chicken and allow it to float
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 whole frying chicken cut into pieces, or about 8 individual pieces of chicken
2 cups flour
In a deep, heavy skillet, large pot, or Dutch oven, heat the oil to 325 degrees. In a bowl, mix milk, egg, salt, and pepper. Dip chicken pieces in the egg mixture, then dredge in flour, shaking off excess. Put chicken pieces in skillet a few at a time. Be careful not to crowd them and adjust heat to keep temperature even. Fry until done; pieces will float to the top. (Remember, thighs and legs take a little longer to cook.) Serves 4 to 6.

This recipe comes courtesy of Tom Perini of Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap and was featured in our Cook Like a Texan series from April 2011. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Quick Cheese and Cracked Pepper Bread

I have been making this bread for several years. Yummy in a basket of Homemade Christmas Gifts. This bread really is quick and easy and can easily be made by beginners!


  1 cup buttermilk
  1/3 cup margarine or butter   2 cups bread flour (I like King Arthur)
  1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  2 eggs   1/2 teaspoon salt   1/2 teaspoon baking powder   1 teaspoon sugar   1/2 teaspoon baking soda   4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese or cheddar cheese


Heat oven to 350.
Grease bottom only of 9x5 inch loaf pan.
Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, level off.
In Med.
bowl, combined flour, cheese, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper; mix well.
In small bowl, combine buttermilk, margarine and eggs; blend well.
Add to dry ingredients stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Pour into greased pan.
Bake at 350 for 35 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pan 15 minutes; remove.
Cool completely on wire rack.
Wrap; store in refrigerator.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

8-Day Sweet Pickles

8-Day Sweet Pickles

8-Day Sweet Pickles
• about 20 medium-size cucumbers
• 1 quart vinegar
• 1/2 cup pickling spice
• 4 lbs sugar
• 3 tsp pickling salt
Use fresh-picked cucumbers if possible. Wash and put in large pan. Be sure to scrub off all traces of the blossom. Pour boiling water over them to cover. Weight down cucumbers with a plate if needed to keep them submerged. Cover with a lid, keep at room temperature. Repeat for three more days, draining off old water and heating up fresh water each day. Be sure to do this at the same time each day so the intervals are as close as possible to 24 hours.
On the 5th day slice the cucumbers. I like to slice them thick. Put pickling spice in a cheesecloth bag, tie up with string. Make a syrup of vinegar, sugar, salt, and the bagged pickling spice. Boil syrup and pour over pickles each day for 4 days (use the same syrup, reheating each day). On the last day, pack pickles into sterilized jars. Add alum to syrup, boil, pour boiling syrup into jars and seal. Makes about 7 pints.
Kerr canning jars can be found at most grocery stores.