The Dawn Herald Series

What is better than good food and a gathering of foodies? Good food and a good book! Warren Mueller Presents The Dawn Herald Series Follow the journey of young Tom as he travels into a forgotten land filled with elves and trolls to combat the forces of evil with his sidekick Wini. The mystical Willet…

Creole Short Ribs

Okay, peeps – this is a two-step process, but trust me – it’s well worth it. INGREDIENTS: 2 lb. boneless beef short ribs 1 cup brewed coffee 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and sliced 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced 1/2 cup chopped celery 2 large…

Cherry Pecan Bread

I hadn’t made this recipe in decades…. until today. Nice to know it’s still as yummy as I remember it. How could you possibly go wrong? Maraschino cherries and pecans folded into a rich buttermilk batter. INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon baking soda 1…

Cheese Pie (Thierrion Kagan)

From one of my awesome FoodiDudes, Thierrion Kagan. I proudly present (and highly recommend) his mama’s heavenly Ricotta Cheese Pie. Beat 4 egg whites – put aside. (save yolks for mixture below). Mix together: 1 lb. container of ricotta cheese ½ lb. margarine 2 cups sugar 4 egg yolks ½ cup flour 2 cups milk…

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Cake-like and not too sweet. They’re equally good plain or frosted! INGREDIENTS: For the Cookies: 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 cup sour cream 5 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda For the Frosting: 1 (8 ounce) package…

Corn Casserole

Tried this the first time on Thanksgiving. I know, I know – never try recipes for the first time on a holiday. But this turned out so yummy that it soared to the top of my “must make for every holiday meal” list. Try it and let me know what you think! INGREDIENTS: Two –…

Kahlua Spiced Pecans

Yummy to munch on anytime, but especially good during the holidays! So, yes – I bought a few too many pecans for the pecan pies I was going to make. Then, I remembered this recipe from many moons ago. Give this happy little snack a try. INGREDIENTS: 4 cups pecan halves 3 tablespoons Kahlua 1/4…

Eggnog French Toast

So, you bought the store brand eggnog before you discovered my delicious Nog of the Egg and now you have this carton of “not-bad-but-not-perfect” nog staring you in the face every time you open the fridge. Is that’s what’s bothering you, Bucky? Never fear – you can make a pretty darned nummy holiday season breakfast…

Thanksgiving Leftovers Meet Egg Rolls (Ham)

So…maybe I cooked a bit much on Thanksgiving. Anyhoo, in addition to the turkey, I had a fridge full of leftover ham and candied yams as well. Thank goodness for my egg roll wrappers and my deep fryer. Make these in time for the weekend football games. Your family will thank you. INGREDIENTS: Leftover ham,…

After Thanksgiving Egg Rolls (Turkey)

So…there I was with a fridge full of leftovers after the big turkey feast. But, I also was armed with egg roll wrappers. Trust me, your leftovers have never had it so good. INGREDIENTS: Leftover turkey, shredded Leftover stuffing Leftover green bean casserole Leftover gravy Egg Roll Wrappers Leftover turkey gravy Oil for deep frying…

Deep Fried Pumpkin and Deep Fried Pecan Pie!

Yes, Virginia – they do exist. You don’t have to wait until the state fair to transform your leftover pumpkin pie into a little bit of heaven here on earth. Here’s what you’ll need: INGREDIENTS: However many slices of pumpkin pie or pecan pie you have leftover. Oil for deep frying 2 cups flour 1…

Pumpkin Pie

I’ve been using this pumpkin pie recipe for-evah – and I think it’s pretty darned decadent… The “secret” is to cook your pumpkin with the spices on the stove before pouring that delectable yummy-ness into your prepared pie crust and baking it to it’s full glory. This has been my go-to holiday pie for decades….

Prime Rib of Beef (The infamous “Math Method”)

There are few things more daunting to the home cook than a prime rib of beef. But it really shouldn’t be. I stumbled on this recipe several years back and I can assure you the most perfect medium-rare roast. Every. Single. Time. INGREDIENTS: 1 Prime rib of beef salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste…

Cracklin’ Cornbread

This is my basic cornbread recipe, with the addition of cracklins. Cracklins, as you may or may not know, are delicious yummy bits of fried pork rind also known as chicharrones. My note: you can get as crazy (or not) with this recipe as you want. Add in cheese, green chilis, diced pepper – whatever…

Hamichangas

Yes, I invented this (as far as I can tell, anyway. So I’m just going to claim it, okay?) I had some tortillas leftover and some ham and monterrey jack cheese, so my initial thought was to make a “Hamchilada”. But I Googled it. Hamchiladas have been around since the 1970’s. Undaunted, I created this…

Bloomin’ Onion Bread

The beauty of this decadent snack is that you can use whatever cheeses set your heart afire. I’ve used combinations of as many as four different cheeses before – just make sure that at least one is good for melting (like a swiss or a mozzarella) INGREDIENTS: 1 pound (400-450 g) unsliced loaf bread 3.5…

Judiyaki Chicken

Okay. It’s totally not your traditional teriyaki sauce. But I like it. So we’ll call it “Judiyaki chicken” INGREDIENTS: Sauce: 1/4 cup Mirin (sweet rice wine) 2 or 3 fresh Thai firecracker chiles, chopped 1 piece of fresh ginger, about the size of ½ a deck of cards, peeled, sliced and crushed 1 head of…

Tri-Pepper Tomato Steak

INGREDIENTS: 8 oz beef tenderloin, flank steak or sirloin steak, thinly sliced 2 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 1/2 small green bell pepper, deseeded and cut into pieces 1/2 small red bell pepper, deseeded and cut into pieces 1/2 small yellow bell pepper, deseeded and cut into…

Milky Way Blondies

Blondies are fabulous things, IMHO. This year, anticipating bunches of Trick-or-Treaters, I bought a large bag of the fun-sized Milky Ways. No Trick-or-Treaters. Zero. Zip. Rather than consuming the entire bag of candy bars myself (and, yes, it was a consideration), I decided to use them up in these incredible cookie-bars. I’ve added chocolate chips…

Crockpot Chicken Fried Pork Chops

So tender, you won’t need a knife. So easy, you’ll make this often. So yummy, your family will ask you to make it again. What you’ll need: INGREDIENTS: Boneless pork chops (bone in is fine, too) about an inch thick. 1 cup AP flour 3 tsp. ground mustard 1 tbsp. garlic powder Salt Pepper 1…

Banana Pudding Cheesecake

This is perhaps the most “Oh Em Gee” worthy mashup I’ve ever attempted, peeps. I had fully intended to make (and photograph) these cuter than the dickens little banana ghosts (they’re coming later, I promise) – but, after I got banana number three cut in half, I realized that they were a wee bit too…

Sloppy Joes

A childhood favorite – all grown up. You’ve got to try this! INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, deveined and diced 1 red onion, diced 1 pound ground beef 1 pound ground pork 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2…

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Okay, kids… While we’re being creative here. Did you know that the recipe I shared for Pumpkin Cheesecake a few days ago ALSO makes awesome mini-pumpkin cheesecakes? (These would be perfect to munch on while reading a good book, by the way) Same ingredients, just spoon a bit of the yummy graham cracker crust in…

Onion Rings

Well. Guess who was up ridiculously early this morning slicing onions? That’s because I couldn’t wait to share this great onion ring recipe with you. And it’s even a twofer. First, a little background. When we first got married, my hubby was homesick for “the best onion rings in the world” that he used to…

Cheese Frenchee

This is truly a blast from the past! When I was a wee little one, Saturday shopping trips with my daddy always culminated in a stop to King’s Food Host. They had this magical concoction called a Cheese Frenchee. I had no clue how they made it, but it was truly the most awesome half…

Beef Stew

INGREDIENTS: 2 pounds stew beef 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 cups strong brewed coffee 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 clove garlic, peeled 1 or 2 bay leaves 1 medium onion, sliced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon paprika Dash ground allspice or ground cloves 3 large carrots, sliced 1 potato,…

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

INGREDIENTS: 6 1/2 pounds apples – peeled, cored and sliced 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 tablespoons molasses 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract DIRECTIONS: 1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In…

Beer Cheese Soup

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups diced red and green bell pepper 1 1/2 cups diced carrot 1 1/2 cups diced onion 1 1/2 cups diced celery 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 3 cups chicken broth 2 cups beer 1/3 cup butter…

Corn Chowder

INGREDIENTS 1/4 lb lean salt pork or pancetta (or bacon) 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chopped green bell pepper 2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper 2 potatoes, cubed 3/4 cup diced celery, strings removed 1 cup boiling chicken stock 1 cup undiluted evaporated milk 1 cup heavy cream 1 can whole…

French Onion Soup

INGREDIENTS: 5 sweet onions (like Vidalias) (about 4 pounds) (I know it sounds like a lot, but trust me, they’ll cook down) 3 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon salt 1 – 10 ounce can beef consomme 1 – 10 ounce can beef broth 2 – 10 ounce cans chicken broth (Optional: Sub ½ cup of a…

Salted Caramel Sauce

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup granulated sugar 6 Tablespoons salted butter, room temperature cut up into 6 pieces 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon salt DIRECTIONS: Heat granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a high heat resistant rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Sugar will form clumps and eventually melt into a…