Monday, June 3, 2019

One Bowl Sweet Corn Spoon Bread

A good ole' southern comfort food recipe and side fit for any cookout, reunion, or any family outing.

Sweet corn spoon bread, a classic southern comfort food recipe and side dish

There are those certain recipes that call you home and speak to your soul. Any sweet corn recipe does this for me. We are a born and bred North Carolina family and have been to our share of Southern family, church, and community gatherings and potlucks.

Although this side is one of my all time favorite fixin's, it does not and has not frequented our table at home much. This dish almost seems wrong to eat other than for gathering purposes! Take note that I said ALMOST. This is a great side for almost any family dinner, but it is dangerous! Make sure you have plenty of people to share it with or make it in a smaller quantity because I nearly ended up eating half the pan by myself in a matter of minutes!

Sweet corn spoon bread, a classic southern comfort food recipe and side dish
Be the soul everyone will call blessed by bringing this traditional southern side to your table or gathering!

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Gordon Ramsay's Perfect Steak

Gordon Ramsay's simple but beautifully flavored method in making his steaks.


Gordon Ramsay's Steak Recipe, simple and perfect tenderness and taste for steak


Sometimes it is intimidating to me to buy steak. It is a temperamental piece of meat that needs vigilant watching while cooking. It also isn't cheap! We don't buy steak often, but when we do, there is no way I will waste it by improper cooking! It's hard to imagine anything Gordon Ramsay does ever being second rate, and that is no exception when it comes to a little steak tutorial he has had on YouTube for several years. It is pretty full proof and I wanted to share in recipe form with you all!
Gordon Ramsay's Steak Recipe, simple and perfect tenderness and taste for steak

1) Make sure your steaks are completely thawed. Remove them from the fridge and allow them to sit outside fridge for AT LEAST 20 minutes.

2) Put a pan over medium-high heat. Season thawed steaks with a good amount of large grain salt (sea salt) and ground pepper, rub bottom of steaks with excess salt and pepper that has fallen onto table.

Gordon Ramsay's Steak Recipe, simple and perfect tenderness and taste for steak

3) Once pan begins to smoke drop 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil in and coat pan in it. Lay steaks away from you into pan and let sear for one minute on each side. There should be three sides you sear (top, bottom, and fat side). Render the fat throughout all the cooking. To render fat, tilt pan up and and lean steaks against far edge of pan as you see below.

Gordon Ramsay's Steak Recipe, simple and perfect tenderness and taste for steak

4) Crush some fresh garlic, pinch off some fresh thyme, grab another Tbsp of olive oil and add it to pan around steaks while continuing to turn the steaks every minute.

5) Add 2 Tbsp of butter to hot pan and baste the steaks by scooping melted butter on top of the cooking steaks.

6) Gordon tells you to check tenderness by equating the tenderness of your palm to rare, top of the wrist as medium, and just below that as well done. It is difficult for me to use that method so I use cheek as rare, chin as medium, and forehead as well done.

7) Continue basting and turning steaks on the minute until steak is at desired tenderness! Brush steaks with garlic. Remove from heat and place on cutting board and let rest 5-10 minutes, serve and enjoy!

Gordon Ramsay's Steak Recipe, simple and perfect tenderness and taste for steak


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Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Master Guide to Ingredient & Recipe Substitutes

The last list of recipe, cooking, and baking substitutes you may need!

                           
I couldn't tell you how many times I've been midway through a recipe, scrolled down to read the rest of the ingredients, only to realize I'm missing an integral ingredient. I'm sure the vast majority of you actually read through the recipe all the way before you begin making it (I'm getting better at this), but I typically have not and it has gotten me into some trouble. Needless to say, I have become familiar with substitutes!

This list is intended to be a go to and a master directory of sorts for baking and cooking substitutes you may need. I have hyperlinked as many as I can think of and for which have frequently needed substitutes. If I'm missing any you'd like me to add, please comment below!



Baking Ingredients                                 


apple cider vinegar                                   
baking powder                                           
baking soda                                               
brown sugar                                               
cornmeal                                                   
corn starch                                                 
flour                                                            
powdered sugar                                                      
red wine                                                         
granulated sugar                                       
vanilla                                                       
white vinegar                                                                     
white wine                                                 
yeast                                                         
                                                                   
                                                                   
                                                                 
                                                                   
Dairy                                                         
                                                                     
butter                                                              
buttermilk                                               
cream cheese                                       
cheddar cheese                                     
cottage cheese                                     
eggs                                   
evaporated milk                                                      
greek yogurt                                         
half & half                                                          
heavy cream                                                       
mayonaise                                             
milk                                                       
mozzarella cheese                                           
powdered milk                           
sour cream                                                                                              
sweetened condensed milk                                             
whipped cream
yogurt                                           

Seasonings                                               

pepper                                                           
salt                                                               

Condiments, sauces, & dressing

au jus
barbeque
caesar
cocktail
cranberry
fish sauce
stir fry sauce
hoisin
hollandaise
honey mustard
horseradish
ketchup
lemon juice
lime juice
marinara
mustard
pineapple juice
ranch
relish
salsa
soy
sriracha
steak sauce
sweet & sour
tartar
teriyaki
tomato sauce
worcestershire

Miscellaneous

chicken broth
beef broth

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Easy Black Bean Burgers

An easy, healthy alternative to that beef burger we all love.
One of the best and easy to make black bean burger recipes : healthy, protein packed, homemade
I know a good chunk of you that look at this recipe will be vegan or vegetarian. I am not close to either of those things, but I do love a good black bean burger! Black beans are filled with protein comparable to beef, but not as fat heavy. This recipe can be put together in a few minutes and is perfect for someone like my family that doesn't really meal prep or plan ahead, but just looks to see what we have and come up with something.
One of the best and easy to make black bean burger recipes : healthy, protein packed, homemadeAgain, if you're like me and aren't a planner when it comes to meals, you may find yourself wanting these without having buns on hand. That's ok! Try our "Crazy Quick Buns" recipe (click here)! Hope these black bean burgers make it routinely into your dinner plans! A definite healthier option to the beef burger and also cheaper! Enjoy!

Keaton

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Crazy Quick Whole Wheat Buns

Quick and easy homemade buns ready in under an hour that are soft and fluffy.
Quick and fast homemade soft buns
If anyone else is like me in never planning meals far in advance and just going to the fridge and freezer to see what you can come up with for a meal, you will invariably want burgers or grilled chicken sandwiches and realize you have no buns.

This is the perfect remedy for that problem our family faces almost on a weekly basis! These buns are ready in less than an hour (the more you make them, the more proficient you'll become as well (it takes me only 30 minutes from start to finish now), and they are soft and fluffy rather than dense and chewy like other quick breads I have made in the past.

Quick and fast homemade soft buns

These buns really are one of the best homemade bun recipes I've used and they are much quicker than any other recipe as well. Hope you enjoy!

Keaton

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Bunny Ear Cupcakes

These Bunny Ear Cupcakes are super simple to make. You can even put little hands to work making this fun Easter themed treat!


Check out all of our Easter Recipes here.


Main Ingredients Needed for Bunny Ear Cupcakes

  • vanilla cupcakes, baked and cooled
  • cream cheese
  • whipping cream
  • powdered sugar
  • large marshmallows
  • pink sanding sugar (sprinkles)
  • candy eyes
  • pink candy for the nose



Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Be sure to cut the marshmallows on a diagonal to create the right shape for bunny ears.
  • Any small, pink candies will work for the noses. I like using heart-shaped sprinkles.
  • You could use any white frosting, but I really liked this whipped cream cheese frosting for this particular cupcake. It's very light and airy, which makes it easy to press on the ears.
  • I'm not providing a specific cupcake recipe below, because you can use your favorite (or even a cake mix!). But if you'd like to use my favorite vanilla cupcake, here's a link to the recipe.






Bunny Ear Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen
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These Bunny Ear Cupcakes are super simple to make. You can even put little hands to work making this fun Easter themed treat!

ingredients:

  •  vanilla cupcakes, baked and cooled
  •  8 ounces cream cheese, cold
  •  1 cup powdered sugar
  •  2 cups heavy whipping cream
  •  large marshmallows
  •  sprinkles for the eyes, nose, and ears (see the photos in the post)

instructions:

  1.  Use a stand mixer to whisk together the cream cheese and the powdered sugar, scraping down the sides as needed.
  2.  Add the whipping cream and whisk on high until stiff peaks form.
  3.  Pipe the frosting on the cupcakes in a large swirl.
  4. Prepare the bunny ears by cutting each marshmallow in half diagonally and dipping the sticky side in the pink sanding sugar (sprinkles). 
  5. Make the bunny face by pressing the ears, eyes, and nose into place. 
  6. Keep refrigerated to store.
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