Green Chile Cornbread

Mix together 1-16oz can creamed corn, 1 beaten egg, 1/2 cup of cornmeal, 1/4 cup of oil, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1-4oz can of diced green chiles, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder & 1/3 pound of grated cheddar cheese. Pour into your baking dish or skillet (the flatter the better). Sprinkle 1-1/2 cups of grated cheddar cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes-more if using a deep baking dish.

Pecan Muffins

Combine the following:

2 eggs, beaten, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/3 cup of melted butter, 1/2 cup of self-rising flour, 1 tsp vanilla & 1 cup of chopped pecans. Spoon into muffin tins that have been coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Quick Buttermilk Biscuits

Stir together 2 1/4 cups of Bisquick, 1/3 cup of buttermilk & 5 tbsp of melted butter until blended.

Put dough on a lightly floured surface & knead 2 times.

Pat to 1/2 inch thickness & cut with 1 1/2 inch round cutter.

Place on cooking sheet coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes. Brush tops evenly with 1 tbsp melted butter.


Hush Puppies

Combine 1 1/2 cups of self-rising white cornmeal mix

& 3/4 cup of self-rising flour

& 1/2 of a medium diced sweet onion

& 1 1/2 tbsp sugar

& 1 large egg, lightly beaten

& 1 1/4 cup of buttermilk.

Let stand of 10 minutes.

Drop batter by rounded tablespoons into hot oil and fry about 3 minutes on each side until golden.

Keep warm in a 195 degree oven until ready to serve.

Mini Cheddar Loaves

Combine 2-1/2 cups of shredded Cheddar Cheese & 3-1/2 cups of biscuit baking mix.

In a separate bowl, beat together 2 eggs & pour in & mix 1-1/4 cup of milk.

Stir into the cheese mixture & pour into greased loaf pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

Perfect for Parties, Potlucks or Pampering.


Freezer Cooking

I love to prepare food in advance and freeze it. When your ready for a quick and easy dinner just thaw and cook. I used to do this once a month with a company called “Dream Dinners”. One day I realized I could just do it myself. This is a great way to spend time in the kitchen on a cozy day and premake meals to have all month. Go to the Groc store and get what you’ll need. Use good quality zip-top bags and fill with your ingredients. Good ideas: Your favorite uncooked meat in your favorite marinade in a zip-top bag. Do different bags with different meats and marinades.Put rice in another bag and biscuits or rolls in another and keep together, label and freeze. When ready to serve, thaw and grill and serve over the rice. Serve with a fresh veggie and the bread. Another idea is your favorite meat seasoned and placed in a bag. In the other bag put room temp butter mixed with chopped garlic and/or lemon, parsley, etc..(or butter mixed with gorgonzola cheese, butter mixed with crabmeat, etc…).Freeze them in separate bags but put together. When your ready to serve, grill the meat and top with flavored butter and serve with a salad. Casseroles freeze great. Just buy your ingredents and put everything together in advance freeze and enjoy all month. Put together as many as you can in one day. You can spend 2 hours one day and prepare for as many as twelve days…and it’s so much more fun.

Roasted Garlic

I love garlic! Simply slice off the top of an entire head of garlic and drizzle with olive oil and wrap in tinfoil and bake. I like to cook it long and slow because your house will smell amazing. If you don’t have the time you can cook it for about 40 minutes at 350. Let it cool enough to handle and squeeze it on to bread or baked potatoes or in meats and veggies. Simple and Special.