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Cod Fritters – Bacalhau

by December 14, 2016 » Add the first comment.

This is best with cod, but you can also use talapia or catfish. Ingredients Fish (see note at bottom) DRY INGREDIENTS 1 C flour 1/2 tsp garlic 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp cumin 1 tsp salt 1 TBL baking soda Read more »

Peas and Onions

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Ingredients 2 C whole sugar snap peas 1 C shelled peas 2 TBL butter 3 shallots or large green onions 3 mint leaves Step by Step Start large pan of boiling salted water While coming up to a boil, prepare a large bowl of water with a Read more »

Brown Sugared Carrots

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Ingredients 12 carrots 2 T butter 2 T brown sugar 1 T molasses 1 sprig of rosemary Salt, pepper Step by Step Peel the 12 carrots and halve or quarter into long spears Heat butter, sugar and molasses in a pan Add the carrots and a splash Read more »

Appetizer Trays

by November 28, 2016 » Add the first comment.
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I was asked to create appetizers for my son and daughter’s wedding. Here they are:

Layered Bread Slices – Tea Sandwiches

by November 2, 2016 » Add the first comment.
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INGREDIENTS THIN pieces of bread – rye, sourdough, pumpernickel, tortillas, etc Softened cream cheese, butter, or even layers of cheese STEP BY STEP Decide on your flavor combinations: – rye and Swiss – pumpernickle and cheddar – sourdough and cream cheese – whole wheat and butter – Read more »

Sweet Mini Peppers

by October 7, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS 1 bag small multi colored sweet peppers 1/2 LB sausage Mozzarella – shredded Sharp cheddar – shredded STEP BY STEP Brown the sausage Meanwhile, cut the peppers into half – keeping the stem intact Use the top half in a salad or something like that Let Read more »

Salmon Rillettes

by October 2, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS Fatty part of the salmon – Belly – about 6-8 ounces Smoked salmon – also about 6-8 ounces 1 stick of salted butter 1/2 onion – finely minced 1 TBL prepared horseradish STEP BY STEP Melt butter in a large skillet Let butter rest for Read more »

Corn Cakes

by July 22, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS 3/4 Cup Flour 1/4 Cup Maseca 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 1/2 tsp Baking Soda 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Sugar 1 oz Melted Butter 1 can Corn 2 Eggs 1/2 Cup Buttermilk STEP BY STEP Combine all Dry ingredients in a bowl except for corn. In Read more »

Grinding your own Grits

by July 16, 2016 » Add the first comment.

Credits and Disclaimers The following procedure has been lifted entirely from www.food-skills-for-self-sufficiency.com This is an incredible site for practical real-world skills, rules and tools for self-sufficiency. Please use the above link to visit their site for many more things that you never even realized you needed to know how Read more »


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Grits are nothing more than ground kernels of corn. The grain mill is the most expensive and most important piece of equipment when grinding your own grits.  Here are two alternatives: – Palmetto Farms Stone Ground Grits – Anson Mills Pencil Cobb Grits INGREDIENTS 2 C Read more »

Fried Green Tomatoes

by June 29, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS 4 to 6 medium sized green tomatoes 1 egg 1/4 C buttermilk 1/4 C flour 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 2 tsp sugar bacon grease or vegetable oil STEP BY STEP Mix salt, sugar and both peppers Slice the tomatoes Read more »

Hush Puppies

by June 28, 2016 » Add the first comment.

This are approximate guidelines, ingredients and quantities.  I need to debug this later. Cornmeal AP Flour Sugar Salt Garlic Baking Powder Buttermilk Egg Scallions Lump Crab Meat Fry in oil at 360º for about 2 minutes per side Dipping Sauce – Cilantro – Jalapeño – Salt – Pepper – Garlic Read more »

Guacamole Deviled Eggs

by June 21, 2016 » Add the first comment.

Recipe mostly by TipHero, with a twist or two from Grandpa. INGREDIENTS Six eggs – About a week old 1 VERY ripe avocado Juice and zest from one lime One deseeded jalapeño – minced TipHero prefers to use a serrano pepper 1/2 tp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 2 Read more »

Guajillo Chili Wings

by June 16, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS Hot corn oil in heavy sauce pan Ten thawed chicken wings Hot corn oil in saute pan 6 dried guajillo chili peppers 10 cloves garlic 4 tsp butter 1/2 tsp pepper 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp salt zest and juice from one lime white wine to deglaze – Read more »

Sauteed Zucchini

by May 15, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS Zucchini or squash – Cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1 TBL Butter 1 TBL Olive oil 2 tbl Lemon juice 1/2 tsp dried dill STEP BY STEP Heat butter in your fry pan Add oil – this will keep the butter from burning Toss chopped zucchini Read more »

Chicken Lettuce Wrap

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INGREDIENTS About ½ pound chicken Fresh head of butter lettuce or romaine (not iceburg) Spices to taste – See list of alternate ingredients below.  Don’t use more than 5 total, or you will not be able to distinguish the tastes. ginger juice (grated and squeezed) Cabbage finely shredded Peanuts Read more »

Grandma’s Cooked Cranberry Relish

by May 14, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS One bag (about 4 cups) cranberries One large orange, peel and all, deseeded 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 C Ruby Port 1 C orange juice STEP BY STEP Pulse all in food processor until chopped large Place all in a medium pot Cook on medium high until Read more »

Judy’s Counter Kraut

by April 24, 2016 » Add the first comment.

Juy’s Counter Kraut Cabbage (sliced thin) sea salt 1. Shave cabbage thin. Discard hard core. 2. Pack tightly into glass jar sprinkling 1 tsp with each handfull (approx 2 TBL per quart jar) 3. Add distilled water to cover 4. Place lid on loosely. 5. Stand jars in tray (or Read more »

Potato Fondant

by April 21, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS 1 Idaho potato per person 1 stick butter Salt, pepper, EVOO STEP BY STEP Peel potato Cut two sides off so that you have a “steak” Season potato Pour about 2 TBL EVOO in a cast iron fry pan Fry in EVOO at about 365º until Read more »

Chipotle’s House Spicy Guacamole – Copy Cat

by April 18, 2016 » Add the first comment.

CLICK HERE for Avocado Tips and Tricks.   Ingredients 1/4 tsp sea salt (to taste) 1 tsp garlic (more or less to taste) 1/4 CU finely diced red onion or Valida 2 seeded habeñero, jalapeno or Serrano peppers (see Variations) 3 limes (approx 2 TBS lime juice) 1/2 Read more »