Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pecan Pancakes



I love the Pecan Pancakes at Crackle Barrel. I love that fluffy texture with those crispy edges and that wonderful flavor of toasted pecans. I used to crave these things a lot until I decided to try and make them myself. After doing a few practice runs, one day I got it right and I can now announce that this my friends is right on the mark for the identical recipe for Cracker Barrel Pecan Pancakes. Now when I crave them, I just go to the kitchen and whip up a batch!  You'll love them!

Pecan Pancakes

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups buttermilk
1 egg
cup chopped pecans

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, Add in the buttermilk and combine, Add in the egg and mix until just combined. 


























Pour baking mix onto a hot griddle, add chopped pecans to the batter prior to flipping the pancakes. Flip the pancakes when the bottoms are golden brown. Enjoy with warm syrup.


























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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Egg In A Hole


























My Mom not only made the most delicious meals, she was all about making them fun too. This breakfast brings back so many childhood memories for me. She could have just fried an egg and popped up a piece of toast....but she loved saying I love you first thing in the morning! Some of you call this breakfast Toad in a Hole. Some call it Egg in a Basket. I've even heard it called Egg In A Hat and in the south they call it One-Eyed Jack. All I know is after all these years I still make it and every time I do, it brings back wonderful memories of home.

Egg In A Hole

1 egg
1 slice bread
butter

Separate egg and white into two small bowls. 

Butter one slice of bread and place buttered side down in skillet over medium heat. Fry the one side until golden brown and then remove from heat


Cut out a heart shape using a cookie cutter. Butter the heart shaped bread on both sides.  Lay heart in skillet and lightly brown on both sides. Remove and set aside. Butter the other side of the bread that has not been browned yet. Return slice of bread to the skillet buttered side down.

























Fill the cut out part of the bread with egg white just until you can no longer see the pan. Gently place the egg yolk in the center. Cover the egg and cook for 2-4 minutes checking frequently. 


Once egg is cooked, remove from heat. Serve with heart shaped cut out.

























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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lo Mein Salad























I truly enjoy this recipe.  It’s so easy to make and such a nice salad for lunch and dinner. I use Star Fine Foods Seasoned Rice Vinegar to give it that zesty balance of sweet and salty flavors that are so perfect for Asian recipes. Don’t go light on the lime, it gives it the touch and brings all the flavors together. The vinaigrette tastes just like the dressing PF Chang's used to have on their oriental chicken salad.


Ginger Vinaigrette

1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
½ teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
12  teaspoon oil, sesame
salt and freshly ground pepper

 In a small bowl, mix the rice vinegar with the sugar and grated ginger until the sugar is dissolved. Whisk in the olive oil and sesame oil and season with salt and pepper.  Set aside. 

























 Lo Mein Salad

1 package Lo Mein Noodles, Cooked And Drained 
1 bunch of asparagus trimmed and chopped
½ red onion, sliced thin
1 carrot, cut julienne or buy a package of matchstick carrots
Zest of one lime
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon hot chili sauce or Sriracha Sauce

Blanch asparagus for 2 min in large pot of boiling, salted water. Transfer to bowl of ice water and let sit for a minute and then drain. Diagonally slice into 1-inch pieces. Add noodles to the same blanching water; blanch 1-2 min, drain and rinse with cold water.  




















In a large bowl, toss noodles, onion, carrots, lime zest and asparagus. Combine chili sauce and lime juice in a separate small bowl and mix well.  Pour over noodle mixture and toss.  Finally, add the vinaigrette and toss to combine.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately.




















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Shrimp Salad on a Buttery Croissant
























I love shrimp salad!  I love the smooth and creamy texture with just enough celery to make it slightly crunchy.  The shrimp are plump and spicy and just perfect on a bed of lettuce or your favorite sandwich.

Shrimp Salad on a Buttery Croissant

1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup celery chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 pound medium shrimp cooked peeled and de-veined
your favorite lettuce
croissant or sandwich roll 

Cook shrimp: In a medium saucepan bring 1 cup water to boil. Add unpeeled shrimp. Cover. Cook about 5 minutes or until shrimp are pink. Drain. Cool shrimp. Remove shells and de-vein. 




















In a large bowl mix mayonnaise, celery, Old Bay and lemon juice. Add shrimp and toss well to coat. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or until ready to serve.

Stir before serving on a bed of lettuce or in a buttery croissant or favorite roll.  Enjoy! 























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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Chicken Parmesan Bake over Farfalle

























I took a few shortcuts on this one because I needed something fast for dinner when some friends were riding through town and wanted to stop by and visit. This is one of those Semi-homemade recipes using store bought ingredients but it's so delicious no one will ever know you didn't slave over a hot stove all day! This is a keeper my friends.


Chicken Parmesan Bake over Farfalle 

4 Tyson Chicken Breaded, chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella cheese
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 26 ounce jar of Ragu Chunky Tomato, Garlic and Onion Sauce
1 pound farfalle or bow tie pasta

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Open sauce and heat in a saucepan over low heat until heated through.

Lay chicken breasts on a baking sheet and bake at 350 according to package instructions. Once chicken is golden brown, remove from oven.
Sprinkle a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese on each breast and then cover with a slice of mozzarella cheese.


























Prepare pasta as directed on package and drain well.  Pour hot pasta onto plate or serving bowl and ladle warm sauce over it.  Place chicken breast on top of pasta and serve.

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