Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup salted butter* softened
  • 1 cup white (granulated) sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (or chunks, or chopped chocolate)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder. Set aside.
  • Cream together butter and sugars until combined.
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla until fluffy.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients until combined.
  • Add 12 oz package of chocolate chips and mix well.
  • Roll 2-3 TBS (depending on how large you like your cookies) of dough at a time into balls and place them evenly spaced on your prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake in preheated oven for approximately 8-10 minutes. Take them out when they are just starting to turn brown.
  • Let them sit on the baking pan for 2 minutes before removing to cooling rack.

Hush Puppies

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Hush Puppies

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup self-rising flour
  • 1 ½ cup corn meal yellow ground, medium-coarse
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup beer
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 3 dashes hot sauce
  • Peanut oil or vegetable, for frying
  • Tartar sauce for dipping
  • lemon wedges for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil to 350°F.
  2. Mix the flour, corn meal, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Mix in the onions.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg and hot sauce.
  5. Add the dry ingredients with the wet, and mix with a large wooden spoon. Don’t over mix! Its okay for there still to be some lumps.
  6. Mix enough beer until batter just comes together, about 1/4 cup.
  7. Use a spoon to scoop a small mound of batter, just large enough to cover the spoon.
  8. Drop the dough into the hot oil. Continue with more, but don’t overcrowd. You will most likely fry in batch.
  9. Fry until golden brown on the outside…about 7 to 8 minutes (varies depending on the size of the puppies!). Use a metal slotted spoon, or spider, to remove the hush puppies to a plate lined with paper towels.
  10. Repeat process with remaining batter.
  11. Serve warm with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.

Chicken Country Captain

Chicken Country Captain

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • (3-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • Salt and pepper, for seasoning
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease or butter
  • medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • large bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, plus a few leaves for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 pound slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons dried currants
  • 2 cups cooked rice, for serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and dust with flour. Once oil is hot, fry the chicken pieces, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove chicken from pot and place on a plate, then tent with foil. Wipe Dutch oven clean.
  3. Return Dutch oven to stove over medium heat. Melt bacon grease (or butter). Add onion, pepper, and garlic and cook until softened and starting to brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt, white pepper, curry powder, parsley, and thyme and simmer for 5 more minutes. Return the chicken pieces to the Dutch oven and nestle down into sauce, spooning sauce over all of the pieces.
  4. Using the lid as a guide, trace and cut out a circle of brown paper. Place the paper over top of the chicken and cover pot with the lid. Put pot into oven and cook for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove pot from oven. Carefully remove the chicken pieces from the pot and place them in the center of a large platter. Stir the almonds and dried currants into the sauce. Spoon the rice around the rim of the platter surrounding the chicken. Pour the sauce over the chicken and rice. Garnish with parsley and serve.

***Recipe from Food52***

She-Crab Soup

Creamy crab soup bisque with spices

She-Crab Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups seafood stock
  • 2 cups heavy cream set out for a few minutes to prevent curdling when added to hot stock
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp mace
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt divided
  • 1 lb lump crab meat picked through and divided
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry

Directions:

  1. Melt butter of medium heat in large stock pot. Cook onion until soft (about 3 mins)
  2. Add flour and combine to make roux.
  3. Add seafood stock to roux. Reduce to low heat and stir until thickened (about 5 mins)
  4. Add cream and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low. Add next 5 ingredients, 1 tsp of salt, and 1/2 of the crab. Simmer 5 mins.
  6. Combine remaining crab meat, salt, and sherry in a small bowl. When you divide the soup into individual bowls, top with a scoop of the crab mixture in the center of the bowl.

***Recipe from Biscuits and Burlap***

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 12 cup butter
  • 12 cups white sugar
  • 12 cup packed brown sugar
  • 12 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 12 cup creamy peanut butter (or chunky but is seems to make a more crumbly, dry cookie)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups dry quick-cooking oats

Directions:

  1. Add the first six ingredients into a 4-quart sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil and hold for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add peanut butter into the hot mixture and stir until melted.
  5. Add in vanilla. (almond extract is good also, but I only use 1/2 teaspoon almond extract with 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract).
  6. Mix in the dry oats until they are completely coated.
  7. Drop cookies by tablespoonfuls onto wax paper.
  8. Let cool until set.

 

Sausage Gravy for Biscuits

Biscuits, sausage and gravy

Sausage Gravy for Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) can refrigerated jumbo buttermilk biscuits
  • 1 (9.6 ounce) package Jimmy Dean® Original Hearty Pork Sausage Crumbles
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Bake biscuits according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat 5-6 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Stir in flour. Gradually add milk; cook until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Split biscuits in half. Place 2 halves on each of 8 plates; top with about 1/3 cup gravy.