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May 232015
 

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Just wanted to get a quick message out today to remind everyone of what a special weekend this truly is! It’s not just about the BBQ but time to thank all of those who have served and are serving our country so that we can enjoy the freedom we have today!

Our front porch.

Our front porch.

So on that note, just thought I’d remind you of a couple of recipes from the cooking- with-mama archives that might spark your interest for this wonderful weekend of cooking on the grill. For us, we’re having some fresh shrimp on the barbie along with some wonderful grilled steaks. For that steak we are going to use Magic Dust to make them mouth watering. For ribs lets go with the Mexican Rubbed Back Rib recipe or even the Louisiana Meat Rub if adventurous and want some real HEAT! For a tasty BBQ Sauce, a recipe given to me years ago and as close to Bull’s Eye as it can get………..
If you want to marinade we have the Corona Beer Marinade which is excellent or the Yuengling Lager Beer Marinade if you want to stay with an American beer!
Then for some sides we have Confederate Slaw which might be appropriate for the holiday and of course the Perfect Cole Slaw  I have been making this for everyone, they always ask for if they’re coming over for a cook out as it’s almost identical to KFC’s and I’ve been making it for years, literally!
Onto dessert, do you even have to ask, WATERMELON, of course……………..
Have a great one, be safe and enjoy…….. We’re out of here until next week!

          Always remember….Never forget….Those that have fallen!

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May 212015
 

                                                         Double Apple Muffins

With my new glasses coming tomorrow, I hope that if I spell something wrong, my Editor-in-Chief, aka Husband, will catch it. I was reading a couple of recent posts only to see mistakes that even he managed to miss along with my spell checker on my computer! Spelling was never a problem for me and I think that sometimes I might go over a recipe so many times that it’s easy to overlook a typo, as you start to get cross-eyed, ha ha..

Pour me another cup of coffee!

Pour me another cup of coffee!

Today’s gems stem from an older recipe I found and with a few additions to the mix, they were a big hit and a for sure thing with our coffee in the morning! Of course with Kenny still griping about gaining weight, guess what he bought at the grocery store yesterday, CHOCOLATE WAFER COOKIES, what’s up with that? And then he threw in some pudding mixes into the cart, I say it again, MEN!

Double Apple Muffins
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups biscuit mix
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teas ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teas ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup peeled and grated Granny Smith apples
  • ¼ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Mix together the remaining ingredients; add to biscuit combination.
  3. Stir vigorously for 30 seconds.
  4. Fill greased muffin tins ⅔'s full, I used paper liners and wish I hadn't as they stuck to the paper somewhat; this will make 10 to 12 muffins.
  5. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Slightly cool in pan and then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

On a funny note for today’s recipe, upon getting out the ingredients before I started, I found I had just enough cinnamon to make these, phew! I never run out of cinnamon or much of anything as I keep a list on my counter at all times and when I get low on something, it goes on my list STAT! Oh well, I survived and so did the muffins……………..Doubly enjoy!

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May 192015
 

                                                      Crock Pot Ravioli Casserole

Perfect with garlic bread...

Perfect with garlic bread…

Phew! The last half of May here in northern Florida has been like living in HELL or to put it more gently, it feels like August instead of May and wondering what summer will bring us! I think a trip to Alaska might be in store if it gets any worse, ha ha! Every Day here in the last few days has been hitting the upper ’90’s in the shade. Even the dog only goes out to do her thing, the cats are hibernating in the woods all day, the chickens only leave their coop in the morning and Kenny and I are getting our work done outside in the morning and then retreating to the A/C for relief.
So in other words, I will try to spare my oven as much as possible by using our crock pot and cooking on the grill whenever possible. This is one of the simplest and easiest recipes if you like ravioli and a great way to beat the heat if you’re in the same boat as we are. You can use all store bought ingredients if you like or substitute your own homemade spaghetti sauce as I did. I did cheat on the ravioli as our store had some on sale, the hamburger I used of course was home grown, OOPS I wish, I meant to say home ground and Husband made his version of garlic toast to slop up the extra sauce!

Crock Pot Ravioli Casserole
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 26 oz jar spaghetti sauce or the equivalent of homemade sauce
  • 1 bag (24 oz) frozen or refrigerated ravioli, cheese or meat for that extra man thing!
  • ¾ cup of stale Italian bread torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese or more if desired
  • ⅓ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef breaking up as it cooks; drain.
  2. Place about ⅓ of a cup of the spaghetti sauce into the bottom of your crock pot to cover and combine the beef with the remaining sauce.
  3. Place the ravioli atop the sauce and cover with the remaining sauce.
  4. Top with bread crumbs and sprinkle with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW for 2-1/2 to 3 hours for the refrigerated ravioli and about 3 to 3-1/2 hours for the frozen, being careful not to overcook the pasta.

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