Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sauteed Chicken w/ SF Seasoning

Chicken breasts with marmalade glaze and onions
Amazing!  This chicken recipe is a keeper!  (okay, no mashed potatoes and garnish of Lime)

Saute`d Chicken w/ SF Seasoning


4 Skinless Chicken Breasts
1/2 medium chopped sweet onion
1 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Soul Food Seasoning (salt, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, black pepper, red pepper)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Drizzle 9 inch Saucepan with EVOO on stove top set to med-high
Liberally dust both sides of chicken with Soul Food Seasoning
Place chicken and chopped sweet onion in saucepan and cook on med-high untill center of breasts  reaches 180 degrees
Remove from heat.
Sprinkle 1/4 tsp paprika on top of each breast and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Great with side of Garlic Mashed Potatoes and green vegetable of your choice.

Garnish with a twist of Lime ... AWESOME!

This dish was one of those "What shall we have for supper .. What's in the freezer?" moments.  I love moments that turn out amazing .. and easy!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Lady’s Oven-Roasted Ribs .. serves 6

When you find yourself in visiting distance of Savannah, Ga., you owe it to yourself to drop by and say, “Hey, Ya’ll” to the First Lady of Southern Cooking, Paula Deen.  In my opinion, she has done more to main street the type of food that I love best, than anyone else, living or dead.  The food that she cooks is the kind I grew up with down on the farm.  It was Sunday dinner as well as Tuesday lunch.  It was what you served company at Christmas and what the family got on June 3rd.
Whenever I eat at the Lady and Sons I am reminded of how she rose from a single mom with little to no money to the status she holds today.  If you've never heard the story you owe it to yourself to purchase one of her several cookbooks and read it for yourself.  Not only will you get to hear the story but will also be able to try one of her many wonderful dishes. 

This recipe is served in her Savannah restaurant, The Lady and Sons, as well as featured in her cookbook of the same name.  Thank you, Paula! 

5 pound slab of pork ribs
4 teaspoons liquid smoke
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
2 teaspoons House Seasoning  (recipe: 1 cup of salt, ¼ black pepper, 1/4 cup garlic powder)

Preheat oven to 325°.  Wash ribs and drain.  Rub each side with liquid smoke, house seasoning, and seasoned salt.  Refrigerate for 4 to 24 hrs.  Roast uncovered 1 1/2 hours.

" Best dishes to you, Paula."

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Orange Creamcicle Fudge

According to the story, ‘Twas The Night before Christmas, there were ‘visions of sugarplums’ dancing in their heads.  Not so in my house.  In the Springfield house when we were kids, there were many goodies made by Mom around the holidays.  Not the least of which was the smell of chocolate fudge. 
This was made for ‘Santa’.  Of course, the kids had to taste to make sure it was up to the quality needed.  And we always looked forward to the leftovers from the fudge plate on Christmas morning.

The sights and smells of home are what dreams, memories and traditions are made of.  These traditions are very important to family and we, at our house, continue to create these memories and traditions for all we can. 
We have added a new flavor to the fudge memories.  Christmas Orange Creamcicle Fudge is one of the favorites among our children and grand-children.
Christmas Orange Creamcicle Fudge
3 cups Sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 stick) Butter or Margarine
1 can (5 oz.) Evaporated Milk
1 package (12 oz.) White Chocolate Chips
1 jar (7 oz.) Marshmallow Crème
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 tsp. Orange Extract
Orange Food Coloring
                 (made from combination of Red and Yellow Food Coloring)
Grease 9 inch glass or metal square pan (2 inch deep casserole dish works well)
Place Sugar, Butter and Milk in large saucepan on medium heat and bring to rolling boil, stirring constantly.  Boil 4 to 5 minutes until it shows 234 degrees F. on candy thermometer, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat.
Add White Chocolate Chips, Marshmallow Crème, Vanilla and Orange Extracts and stir until all is melted.  Pour  into pan or dish after removing 1 cup of mixture.
Add color to the cup of mixture.  (Do this quickly due to the fudge continuing to set up.)
Put orange fudge in stripes across the white fudge in the pan or dish.  Use knife or any slightly pointed object to drag orange through the mixture until swirls and eddies are created.  Allow to cool.
Make sure that you save some for Santa!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pecans and Memories

Pecans and Memories

In the mid-sixties, unlike today, children weren't included in the loop when it came to family finances. I remember going to the grocery store with my mother and asking for some treat or toy and being told 'no', or 'not today.' She never elaborated about why I couldn't have it and, being a kid, I assumed that she just didn't want me to have it. I was not informed that we could not afford it.
Neither, at the time, did I know how tough it was on Mom and Dad when it came to birthdays and Christmas. Dad was a deputy with the county and Mom was a 'stay at home'. Not a lot of money to go toward presents for the kids at Christmas.
However, one memory that has grown in my heart was the year that Mom gathered pecans off the ground under the trees in our back yard and sold them to friends and neighbors in order to earn enough money to buy presents. She was amazing.
I think that it was because of this event that I came to crave the taste of pecan pie at the holidays. This craving was satisfied by my grandmother (on Mom's side of the family) for many years. Even when I was on active duty in the Navy, she would bake at least two for Christmas and make sure to save one just for me. If I were not able to be home over the holidays, she would wrap it and freeze it for my enjoyment when I got home.
After her passing, my aunt (Mom's sister) picked up the torch and made sure that I had my pecan pies over Christmas.
Alas, time passes and so do our relatives. However, we may lose people in our lives but we gain some as well. I got married and for many years now, my wife, Lisa, has provided the wonder of the pecan pie for Christmas.
We don't gather our own pecans, but she follows a recipe' from her family that has been passed down, just for me. Of course, everyone gets a slice, but this feeds more than my taste buds. It tickles my memories of love and family.

Pecan Pie

1 deep dish pie crust
3 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup pecan halves
1/3 cup melted butter
1cup corn syrup

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Combine eggs, sugar, butter and syrup and beat with hand mixer.
Stir in pecans.
Pour into unbaked pie shell.
Bake 40 to 50 minutes until set.
Remove and cool on wire rack.
Serve at nearly room temperature.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Vegetables - Green Beans

Finding an entre' is normally fairly simple.  The question of a side dish, however, can be very frustrating.  You start running the last week's menu through  your mind since you don't want the family (or just yourself!) getting bored with what you cook.  And they will.  People notice the veggies.  Don't be fooled.
In the South, many times the family would find themselves with limited funds with which to purchase a wide variety.  Most would have some cured bacon in the larder and that staple, green beans.
By the way .. homemade Italian dressing will be fine.
Thanks to Jennnifer Heitmann for this recipe.
Awesome Green Beans
By Jennifer Heitmann

DescriptionGreen bean bundles wrapped in bacon!
IngredientsFresh green beans, washed and ends trimmed
1 pound bacon
1 bottle Italian dressing

Make bundles with green beans and wrap with one piece of bacon. Place bundles into greased baking dish. Pour dressing over top and add salt and pepper to taste. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove foil and cook another 10-15 minutes to crisp bacon.

Prep Time: 10 Min
Cook Time: 1 Hr
Total Time: 1 Hr 10 Min
Servings: 10

Awesome Green Beans

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Welcome to Carolina Cooking!

Love watching Food TV?  Me, too.  Problem is .. Most people I know can't spare the money or the time to fix gourmet meals, even if they could conquor the recipe's.  So, in today's fast paced lifestyle, we go out to eat.  Do we go to the IN places? No.  We get in a rut and keep going to the same two or three spots, over and over.  Most of the time we find ourselves at chain restaurants or even fast food joints, especially if we have children. We even tend to order the same menu items.  How often can we order chicken tenders without going mad? So sad.

So .. Carolina Cooking is going to change all that.  We will review local restaurants from the mountains to the coast, grits to shrimp; publish easy to use recipe's for delicious (almost) gourmet dishes and maybe even link up to some money saving coupons to allow you to afford that one night out per month that you promised yourself.

Join us and follow our blog as we explore the great eating places in South Carolina. Together we will follow the highways and country roads of SC to find the BEST, the CHEAPEST and the EASIEST that our state has to offer!  We may even ease over our borders into NC and Georgia, who knows.

Comment on our site and tell us about the top places to eat in your town as well as your favorite dish.  Maybe we will come and do a review of it!

So, enjoy!
Carolina Cooking