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Mar 142017
 

Corn Muffin Stuffed Peppers

Really meant to get back here sooner to share this recipe that actually came out much better than expected and not the disaster that I thought it might be! It’s been a very busy few weeks here as Kenny and I decided to have a garage sale that started with one weekend and ended up two with people coming even in between! Digging stuff out from sheds, the barn, closets and anywhere else you could think of, we filled our carport plus the back porch with all kind of goodies no longer of use to us. Even thinking about doing it again in the beginning of April to downsize our junk a little more; you know, one man’s junk another man’s treasure!!!
We also lost both of our chickens to some kind of varmints, opossums most likely and that was not a pretty picture. We have since replaced them thanks to our wonderful neighbors and are getting eggs again. There are also baby chicks in a box in our home waiting to grow up and go out to their  own coop for more eggs down the road! And now let me get on to what I fixed and you’re gonna have to trust me on how they came out as my photographer (husband) has somehow lost the pics somewhere between cyber space or the camera,,,,,,,, gonna have to trade him in, haha! But trust me that the next time I bake them off, I will get more pictures. I am not going to write this in the form of an actual recipe as it is can vary in many ways!

Our future egg layers…

In my thoughts on this, I didn’t want to make the traditional pepper stuffing of meat and sauce as I thought the sauce would have too much liquid with adding the corn bread mix on top. Instead I made a large stir-fry pan of pork sausage (our home made sausage) with chopped bell pepper, onions, seasoning, oyster sauce, salt, pepper, ground ginger and a little soy sauce. You will need to season to taste with the amount you make. I figured it this way, if the peppers were a bust, I at least had more food that was edible, ha ha! Made a big pot of rice and mixed some of the pork mixture with enough rice to fill three good sized bell peppers. I made a batch of our Country Corn Bread for the topping or any corn bread recipe you use, and just baked off the extra batter for use later on. I did not cook off the bell peppers prior to filling, just cut the tops off and remove the seeds and proceed to fill them with the pork and rice mixture to about 1-1/2 inches from the top. Filled the top with corn bread batter to almost the very top. Placed them in an appropriate sized dish and baked them off in a 350 degree oven until the corn bread has risen and is golden brown on top! Well, I will be making these again real soon because they were a big hit here at home. The peppers by not precooking them were nice and crunchy as you would have in a stir-fry dish and totally delicious.

Well I hope you enjoy and let me know how yours comes out!

P.S. Just bought one of those Power Air Fryer as seen on TV and be prepared for more of that as we are addicted…….

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Jun 042016
 

Bacon & Onion Tricks

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Today I’m just going to share a couple of things that we have tried lately and it’s just too damn hot to go outside to do anything else; so I’m just sitting here goofin’ off and hoping that Bambi might come sneaking around the corner and say Hi as I sit here!

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Picked another pound of blueberries this morning before the heat took it’s toll and I still have more to pick this afternoon, hopefully before we get the much needed rain that is predicted. My daughter’s cheesecake with the blueberry topping that I just posted was a big hit last night at her church supper with the ladies as was her zucchini lasagna that I taught her to make. She’s a lot like me when it comes to cooking, always game to try new ideas. Speaking of which….

A couple of weeks ago on Fox News, I saw a chef from one of the New York City restaurants make these onions on the grill and all the newscasters went bonkers for them. Okay, now it’s bacon folks, do I have your attention now? He took onion rings, sprinkled them with some seasoning and then wrapped them in bacon strips, no joke! I was hooked before I even tasted one. So one night not too long after that, we were doing kebobs on the grill and I decided it was time. I cut the rings in about 1/4 inch slices, omitted the seasoning for the first try, and went on to wrapping them in the bacon securing them with a toothpick. Let me say something here, if you are short on patience, DO NOT ATTEMPT! Wow, wrapping them was surely a chore and I was glad to be doing only a few to try. When you’re done preparing them, grill them over medium heat until the bacon is nice and crisp, flipping them a couple of times as they cook. Next time I think I will use a thicker bacon and maybe it will go a little easier! But all in all, we were in hog heaven (love puns) and will make them again. Maybe I’ll do it when the kids come over and when they ask what they can do to help, I’ll pass the buck and let them figure it out, ha  ha  ha, I’m such a mean grandma!

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Next up was some burgers for dinner and these can also be done on the grill, but I cooked them inside that night to spare Husband from the heat that evening as it was brutal. I cut a piece of sweet onion to the thickness of my burger and then filled it with my burger meat, pressing it out to fit snugly inside it’s onion nest. I cook a burger for me on the medium-rare side and before you say anything about that, don’t forget that I only use our own fresh ground meat and after too many years to mention, I have yet to get sick on under-cooked burgers! This one was easy to do and I don’t think I’ll ever make a burger without doing this again. They were fabulous! Just remember to use an onion ring large enough for the size patties you’re making and cut it to the thickness of the your burger too………….

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