French Toast Casserole

This is easy to make the night before and delicious in the morning!

Cook 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 stick of butter and 2 tblsp corn syrup until syrupy.

Pour into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

Spread with 2 tart apples, peeled and sliced.

Layer a loaf of French bread that has been cut into 3/4 inch slices

Whisk together 5 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk and 1 teasp vanilla and pour over bread.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve with your favorite syrup.

What a way to start your day!

 

 

Flavored Butter

What a GREAT way to add flavor to any boring meal!

Flavored Butter is so easy to make and so much fun.

Just soften butter and add in your favorite flavors.

Mix and chill.

This is so much easier then making a sauce.

Some examples are:

Add Blue  cheese to your butter. This is delicious when you put a spoonful over steak or burgers fresh off the grill.

My favorite is butter with minced garlic and lemon juice. Awesome over seafood or chicken.

Add your favorite herbs or seasonings. This looks so pretty when the butter has flecks of color.

I love butter mixed with honey. It is amazing on toast or biscuits or hushpuppies. Hey, I’m from Charleston. That’s what we do!

Crockpot Pesto Fish

I love to cook fish in the crockpot.

The secret is to put your favorite fish in on low (if you have more time) or high (if you have less time) and cook for about an hour, then drain the juices that have accumulated and season it.

I then cover the fish with my favorite pesto sauce. I use the kind in the jar (you can find it in the grocery store near the pasta sauce). Feel free to make your own.

Cook until the fish is done and top it with some butter and you are ready to eat. I love to keep my food on the warm setting of the crockpot until I’m ready to serve it.

This is great over pasta or rice. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and your good to go.

 

 

Bourbon Balls

These are PERFECT for Kentucky Derby time!

In a small bowl soak 1 cup of finely chopped pecans in 1/3 cup of bourbon for 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together 1/2 stick of (room temp) butter and 1 pound of confectioners sugar (10X)

Add the pecans and bourbon and stir to combine well.

Roll the mixture into small balls and dip the balls in 2 oz of melted bittersweet chocolate.

Cool on wax paper. These will have you singing “My Old Kentucky Home”.

 

 

Corn Casserole

If you bake this in a casserole dish then it’s Corn Casserole. If you bake it in a souffle dish then it’s Corn Souffle. This is so easy and makes the PERFECT side dish.

Simply mix the following:

1 can cream corn

1 can corn, drained

1 cup sour cream

1 stick of butter (room temp)

1 pkg Jiffy Corn Mufin mix

2 eggs

Chopped onion

Put into a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Always a hit!

Veggie Beef Soup

The ULTIMATE comfort food.

The best thing about this soup is that it is so versatile.

You don’t have to purchase specific ingredients just use what you’ve got (or want).

I like to start by browning lean ground beef with chopped onion. Then I add garlic.

Then add beef broth and V-8 juice. Whatever amounts you want.

Next comes veggies. This is a great way to use what you have that needs to be eaten.

I love chopped celery, cabbage, carrots, lima beans, corn, kale, potatoes, pasta…the options are limitless.

Add your favorite seasonings and cook until everything is done.

I love to freeze this in small portions so I always have healthy yummy soup.

 

Crockpot Pulled Pork

If you want your  cozy house to smell AMAZING put this in the Crockpot.

It’s Simple and Delicious and Lean.

Put a pork loin in the crockpot on low.

After about an hour, check on it and drain any juices.

Pour your favorite Barbeque sauce over the pork loin. (You could add garlic and/or onions and your favorite spices)

Cook all day.

When you are ready to serve, just use a fork to shred the meat and stir around in the sauce.

This is so good on a bun (with coleslaw?) or over rice.

Make it as sweet or spicy as you like it.

Charleston Crab Cakes

These Crab Cakes are PERFECT.

Just the right amount of breading!

Gently mix the following and shape into patties:

1 lb crabmeat

2 beaten eggs

About 1/4 cup of chopped onion

1/2 cup finely crushed cracker crumbs

3 tblsp mayonnaise

1 tblsp mustard

Seasonings of your choice (I would use salt and pepper and a little Old Bay)

Saute in butter or olive oil until brown and serve immediately. I serve with cocktail sauce. Crab is my favorite seafood and these are the best!

 

The Secret to a Great Appetizer

What’s the best way to get the party started?

Cream Cheese.

It’s true.

The basic ingredient for a great dip…hot or cold.

Take a block of cream cheese and top with your favorite Salsa and serve with tortilla chips. This is way better then regular chips and salsa.

Take a block of cream cheese and top with artichoke relish or your favorite jam and serve with crackers.

Melt the cream cheese and add spinach or chopped artichoke hearts or crab meat. There’s no crime in using all three. Serve with toasted french bread slices.

Whatever your favorite ingredients the chances are it goes with cream cheese and works great as an appetizer.

Cheesecake Brownies

This is my GO-TO receipe for a great and easy dessert.

In a mixing bowl, add:

1 package of German chocolate cake mix

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup of melted butter

1 cup of chopped nuts

Mix this all together and press into a greased 13″ x 9″ baking pan and set aside.

In another bowl mix:

1 package (8 oz) of softened cream cheese

1 cup of sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Beat until smooth and spread over the cake batter mix in pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Totally YUMMY!