Apple Pie

Cinnamon Apple Pie

Ingredients:

  • 8 apples, skins on, quartered and cored
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 double crust pie dough
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter cut up into tiny cubes
  • 1 egg beaten
  • sugar to sprinkle across the top of the pie

Directions:

  1. Slice the apples into pieces.
  2. Combine in a large bowl apples, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, lemon juice, lemon zest, and flour. Mix until apples are thoroughly covered.
  3. Pour the mixture into an a pie crust. Mound high and dot with butter.
  4. Cover fruit with second pie crust. Crimp edges and vent with 4-6 slits across the top.
  5. Cover the pie and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  7. Brush the beaten egg across the top.
  8. Wrap around the edge with foil to keep from overbrowning.
  9. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes.
  10. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for 30 minutes longer.
  11. Open the oven and carefully sprinkle the sugar across the top. Bake for another 10 minutes until top is golden.
  12. Cool the pie for an hour.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Tetrazzini - classic american casserole, top view

Ingredients:

  •  (8 ounce) package cooked egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (6 ounce) can sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 cups of chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 can of condensed cream of celery soup
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Melt butter in a large heavy skillet. Saute mushrooms for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in turkey, condensed soup, peas, and sour cream. Place cooked noodles in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour sauce mixture evenly over the top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until sauce is bubbling.

Overnight French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

Ingredients:

French Toast

  • Butter, for greasing
  • 1 loaf crusty sourdough or French bread
  • 8 whole eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup whipping (heavy) cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Topping

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces, plus more for serving
  • Warm pancake syrup, for serving

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9×13 baking pan with butter. Tear the bread into chunks, or cut into cubes, and evenly distribute in the pan.
  2. Crack the eggs in a big bowl. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.
  3. Pour evenly over the bread.
  4. Cover the pan tightly and store in the fridge until needed (overnight preferably).
  5. For the topping: Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and some nutmeg in a separate bowl. Stir together using a fork. Add the butter and with a pastry cutter, and mix it all together until the mixture resembles fine pebbles. Store in a re-sealable plastic bag in the fridge.
  6. When you’re ready to bake the casserole, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the casserole from the fridge and sprinkle the topping over the top. Bake for 45 minutes for a softer, more bread pudding texture or for 1 hour or more for a firmer, crisper texture.
  7. Scoop out individual portions. Top with butter and drizzle with warm pancake syrup.

Candied Bacon

candied bacon with pecans and brown sugar cooling on baking rack

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix brown sugar, rice vinegar, maple syrup, pecans, and black pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Place bacon slices on cooling rack set over a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, turn slices, and bake another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove bacon and brush both sides with brown sugar mixture. Return bacon to the oven and bake another 5 minutes. Repeat basting every 5 minutes until bacon is browned and crisp, about 35 minutes.

Pizza Sauce

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Ingredients:

  • 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well, then chill.
  2. Keeps in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Peanut Butter Cup S’mores

Homemade Gooey S'mores with Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • large marshmallows
  • graham cracker squares
  • peanut butter cups

Directions:

  1. Cook a marshmallow over an open flame or hot coals until it is browned outside, and soft all the way through, 2 to 4 minutes.
  2. Place the marshmallow on top of one of the graham cracker squares. Place the peanut butter cup on top of the marshmallow. Top with the last graham cracker square.
  3. Eat and enjoy the deliciousness.

Bacon Swiss Tarts

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can flaky biscuits
  • 8 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 3 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut each biscuit into thirds and press into greased miniature muffin cups.
  3. Combine the bacon, tomato, onion, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise and basil in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin cups.  Do not overfill.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Yield 30.

Coconut Meringue Pie

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 9-inch pie crust, baked and cooled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Meringue:
  • 5 to 6 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle coconut in crust; set aside. Stir together sugar and cornstarch.
  2. Place egg yolks in a medium heavy saucepan; whisk in sugar mixture and milk alternately until smooth.
  3. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until boiling and thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla; pour over coconut in crust.
  4. For Meringue: In a deep bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Reduce mixer to low speed; add cream of tartar.
  5. Gradually beat in sugar, one tablespoon at a time; beat until stiff, glossy peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Spoon Meringue over hot filling, sealing carefully to edge of crust.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees until meringue is lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Southern Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue Sauce and Brush

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ketchup

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 5 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.

Pecan-Herb Cornbread Dressing

Ingredients:

Cornbread

  • 2 cups self-rising white cornmeal mix
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup salted butter (4 oz.)
  • 3 cups chopped sweet onion (from 2 large onions)
  • 2 cups chopped celery (from 6 stalks)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for topping
  • 1 (14-oz.) pkg. herb-seasoned stuffing mix (such as Pepperidge Farm)
  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Cornbread: Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine self-rising cornmeal mix and, if desired, sugar in a large bowl. Stir together eggs and buttermilk in a medium bowl; add to cornmeal mixture, stirring just until moistened.
  2. Heat butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in preheated oven 5 minutes. Stir melted butter into batter. Pour batter into hot skillet.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until cornbread is golden, about 25 minutes; cool in skillet 20 minutes. Remove from skillet to a wire rack, and cool completely, 20 to 30 more minutes. Crumble cornbread. Freeze in large heavy-duty ziplock plastic bag up to 1 month, if desired. Thaw in refrigerator.
  4. Prepare the Dressing: Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high; add onion and celery, and cook, stirring often, until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Add sage, thyme, and rosemary, and cook, stirring often, 1 minute.
  5. Stir together eggs in a very large bowl; stir in crumbled Cornbread, onion mixture, pecans, flat-leaf parsley, stuffing mix, chicken broth, black pepper, and kosher salt until blended.
  6. Spoon mixture into 2 lightly greased 13- x 9-inch (3-quart) baking dishes. Cover and freeze up to 3 months, if desired; thaw in refrigerator 24 hours. (Uncover and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.)
  7. Bake, uncovered, in preheated oven until lightly browned and cooked through, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Garnish with additional chopped fresh parsley.