Jul 162018

It’s really starting to get hot here in Arkansas. One of the best ways to cool off is be eating ice cream. This week, I will share with you two different recipes. Ice cream machines are not expensive. I think every home in the south should have one.

3 cups Sugar, divided

6 large Eggs, slightly beaten

Pinch of Salt

2 quarts Heavy Whipping Cream, divided

2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

In a heavy skillet over medium heat, cook 2 cups of the sugar, stirring, until it caramelizes and is nicely brown. Remove from heat and set aside. In the top of a double boiler, combine beaten eggs, 1 cup sugar, salt and 1 quart whipping cream. Simmer gently and stir until the custard has thickened. Carefully add the caramelized sugar and stir to blend. Strain and cool. Meanwhile, beat 1 quart whipping cream until slightly thick. Add vanilla to the cooled custard and fold in the beaten whipped cream. Freeze according to ice cream machine’s directions.


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Jul 122018

As the saying goes, real men don’t eat quiche. I guess that means I am not a real man. Quiches are a delicious part of any breakfast or brunch. Here is a great dish for almost real men who can quickly eat their quiche in a couple of bites.

2 sheets frozen Puff Pastry, thawed

1 cup Andouille, finely chopped

1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded

1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper, minced

1/4 cup green Onion, thinly sliced

1 cup Half-and-Half

3 large Eggs

1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning

1/2 teaspoon Granulated Garlic

Preheat oven to 375℉.

Lightly spray 2 12-cup muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.

Unfold pastry sheets, and using a 3 1/2-inch cutter, cut 12 rounds from each sheet. Press pastry round into the bottom and up sides of prepared muffin cups. In a medium bowl, combine sausage, cheese, bell pepper, and green onions. Divide sausage mixture among prepared muffin cups. In a small bowl, whisk together half-and-half, eggs, Creole seasoning, and granulated garlic. Pour half-and half mixture evenly in muffin cups. Bake until set, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool in pans for 2 minutes.Remove from pans and serve warm.


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Jul 092018

While looking thru my kitchen equipment, I ran across some muffin tins. Since I am not a big baker, they don’t get used much. This week, I am resurrecting my pans with two recipes that require using muffin pans.

6 ounces Cornbread Mix

2 tablespoons Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

2/3 cup Milk

1/2 cup cooked mashed Yams (Sweet Potatoes)

1 large Egg, slightly beaten

Preheat oven to 400℉.

Spray a 24 cup mini-muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine cornbread mix, sugar, and cinnamon. In a small bowl, combine milk, yams, and egg. Add milk mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling two-thirds full. Bake until light brown and a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and serve warm or place on wire rack to cool completely.


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Jul 052018

Lemonade is a great summertime refresher. This recipe is a couple of steps up from what you will find the neighborhood kids selling.

4 ounces fresh Cherry Purée

1 ounce Meyer Lemon Juice (you can sub regular Lemon Juice)

1 ounce Simple Syrup

2 ounces Club Soda

1 Cherry, for garnish

Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Shake well. Pour over ice and garnish with cherry.


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Jul 022018

The summer heat is upon us. Everyone is looking for a way to cool off. This week, instead of sharing recipes that require you to heat up your kitchen, I am taking a different approach. My two recipes this week will be non-alcoholic drinks to refresh you during the hottest parts of the year.

3 slices Lime

7 fresh Mint Leaves

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup (see below)

4 ounces Club Soda

Simple Syrup

Combine sugar and water in sauce pan and heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.

Muddle the limes and mint leaves. Add simple syrup, half a glass of crushed ice, and then fill the rest of the glass with club soda.


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