Nov 182014
 

Pimiento And Onion Biscuits

The other day I fixed a big pot of chicken stew knowing that cold weather was on it’s way, and boy is it here, BRRRR! With temps dipping down to the low 20’s here in North Florida, the fire place will be cranked up and we will be snuggled up in front of it while we catch a flick. I usually make drop dumplings with my chicken but I had come across this recipe awhile back and thought I’d try it with my stew. With the votes in, it was a split decision! Kenny really enjoyed them and although I did not rate them very high, I found that the next day served with a heaping of the chicken and gravy, it almost tasted like homemade chicken pot pie, so okay, that brought my rating up a little higher than my first vote. It’s really funny how one person can love a dish and the next person not really care about it. So I’ll leave it up to you and your personal taste buds!

A little butter and Kenny was happy.

A little butter and Kenny was happy.

 

Pimiento And Onion Biscuits
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Ingredients
  • 1-3/4 cups biscuit mix
  • ½ cup corn meal, yellow or white
  • 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp chopped, canned pimiento, drained
  • 2 tbsp chopped sweet onion
  • ⅔ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients with a fork.
  2. Stir in the milk just until no dry mix appears.
  3. Spoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet in 12 mounds.
  4. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

 

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Nov 172014
 

Big Mamas Jumbo Egg

With nasty weather today and tornado watches, I didn’t feel up to cooking or adding a recipe so I thought I’d go off the beaten path for a change and give you a little, or jumbo story about our chicks. Maybe tomorrow I will feel more productive in the cooking area although, this is a story about food!

Some time ago as some of you might recall, Kenny and I acquired some free chickens from our neighbors. After a few months and no eggs, we decided to let them free range in our corral out by the barn as we were getting tired of feeding them and figured they could eat bugs to cut our feed bill down. We lost 2 of the 6 we adopted as they all seemed to be a bit handicapped, hence they were free. Drunkin’ chicken was one we lost and I’m sorry we never got a video of her trying to get to the feeding dish. With messed up feet that caused her to take one step forward and two steps backward (hence the name Drunkin’), she had to use her wings to propel her in the right direction. Her feet were starting to get better and we thought she was on the road to recovery! One of the other chickens is Gimp! She has one foot that goes outward instead of straight,  but that doesn’t seem to deter her in any way especially when it comes to feeding time.

Mr. Tom...Keeper of the hens!

Mr. Tom…Keeper of the hens!

Then there’s Tom, a Rhode Island Red who happened up the driveway one day to claim his harem of wives! We have no idea where he came from but he seems very content to stay here with the ladies, watch over them and well, need I say more! He is the only one we have that can manipulate himself through the fencing and every morning when we go out, he makes a beeline across the yard to greet us and get his treat. Sometimes if we’re running a little late on the feeding schedule, he’ll even come up on the porch as if to say “Come on, the ladies are hungry!”

Now onto this Jumbo egg I found in the coop yesterday. We thinks it might be Gimp who is laying them as she is a huge chicken, I mean huge! We thought she was a rooster as her crown is very large and that’s usually a sign of a rooster, but every time 2 chickens are in the laying area, she is one of them! Now I know some of my “in the same age group” will remember the old days when they actually had jumbo eggs at the grocery stores and even if they say jumbo today they are what I remember as large, and large is what used to be medium. Makes you wonder what size eggs to use when cooking, comprende?

That's gonna make a big omelet!

That’s gonna make a big omelet! The other egg is normal size.

So far almost all her eggs have been double yolkers and I’m wondering if this might be a triple header which I haven’t seen since I was a kid!  I showed my granddaughter some of these eggs and she asked if we had gotten some ducks mixed up with the chickens, not that senile yet I hope! But she is correct in the sense that this chicken does produce some extraordinarily huge eggs. Now I’m going to give you the dimensions of this egg and you help me decide how to use this one in a recipe, am I crazy or is there a duck lurking in the chicken pen! Chicken egg recovered on Sunday morning by yours truly is a whopping 3 inches from point to point, 6-3/16 inches around the center and it weighs 4 whole ounces! Not a World Book of Guiness record but maybe it might make it in the future to topple the 6.4 ounce egg on record found by Melissa Peterson out in California; Come on Gimp! You need to get busy!!!

Hope you enjoyed our story about our chicken……….And don’t forget to like us on Facebook or join our news letter to keep up with the latest recipes.

 

Nov 152014
 

Cheesy Spinach Pie With Hash Brown & Bacon Crust

Not long ago in our local paper, this dish appeared and it sounded so good, if I were to throw in a few additions of my own. We were going to have a ham steak and what better side dish could you have other than some homemade corn muffins? I have to argue with husband a little as he prefers canned spinach, like Popeye, and my preferences lean toward frozen which is better for you. Of course I did have to add, not necessarily good for you, we had to add some bacon to the mix because as you know, we love our BACON!

Waiting for the oven..

Waiting for the oven..

The original recipe called for cheesy hash brown potatoes, but I decided to add my own cheese atop the crust and onions and bacon were not added to theirs either. I mean how could they leave those two wonderful ingredients out of the mix, well not this old gal, I say bring it on!

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Does that look good or what!

 

Cheesy Spinach Pie With Hash Brown & Bacon Crust
5.0 from 1 reviews
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Ingredients
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • ½ to ¾ cup of chopped onion
  • 5 oz refrigerated hash browns or homemade fresh, divided
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese or whatever cheese you prefer
  • ¾ cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 oz pkg frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
Instructions
  1. In a heavy skillet, cook the bacon until crisp; set on paper towels to drain.
  2. Drain skillet of all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease and saute onions until transparent in color; drain.
  3. Spray a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray and using about 4 ounces of the hash browns, press over the bottom and up the sides of dish.
  4. Sprinkle bacon that has been broken up over the bottom and top with the cheddar cheese.
  5. Mix together the potato flakes with the milk, eggs, sauteed onions, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese in a bowl; mix in the spinach.
  6. Spread evenly into the prepared hash browns.
  7. Sprinkle top with remaining hash browns.
  8. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until potatoes are well browned and center is set.
  9. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

 

Well it’s Saturday and I hope you have a nice rest of the weekend……….Enjoy!

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