Category Archives: Recipes

What You Need To Know To Prepare a Thanksgiving Turkey

id-100475624Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey really comes down to four easy steps.

The preparation of the Turkey starts with whether it is fresh or frozen. No one wants to wake up Thanksgiving morning to a half frozen turkey, so defrosting ahead of time is essential. According to the USDA you will need at least 1 day per 4 -5 pounds of turkey defrost in the refrigerator.

Here is a chart for thawing in the refrigerator:

4 to 12 pounds – 1-3 days
12 to 16 pounds – 3-4 days
16 to 20 pounds – 4-5 days
20 to 24 pounds – 5-6 days

There is another method you can use by submerging the wrapped turkey in cold water and changing the water out every 30 minutes.

4 to 12 pounds – 2 to 6 hours
12 to 16 pounds – 6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 pounds -8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 pounds – 10 to 12 hours

Now that you have a defrosted turkey it’s time to move onto the next steps , preparing, stuffing and flavor.

Easy Roast Turkey for Beginners for the Holidays!

Stuffing with Sausage


How To Carve A Turkey

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Thanksgiving Recipes Using The Instant Pot Cooker

Kristen from Six Sisters’ Stuff over on YouTube has 4 great recipes using your Instant Pot cooker to make your Thanksgiving Dinner easier and full of flavor!

She share recipes for:
Turkey, Stuffing, Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes

She also offers cooking time and tips for each recipe. One tip is to make sure your turkey will fit in your Instant Pot cooker when picking it out.

Observance: After you cook the turkey (or turkey breast as she does) you can get that browned crispy skin by place the turkey in a pan and putting it under the oven broiler. This should just take a few minutes and keep an eye on it so it will not burn but turn brown just like you cooked it in the oven the whole time.

 

 

If you have an instant pot, you will love these recipes!

Thanks Kristen! Happy Thanksgiving!

St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts and Yummy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

id-100313807St. Patrick’s Day, will be celebrated this year on Sunday, March 17, 2019 by many people with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and wearing of the green. It is a tradition in Ireland for the people in the parades and celebrating on the side lines, to wear a lot or a small collection of green clothing. Even some with shamrock pins.

You can enjoy watching the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade put on every year in New York City. This parade has been around since 1762 and will celebrates its 257th year. Get more information for times and broadcasts here

Just who is St. Patrick? Many sources agree his real name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland for 6 years. In those 6 years he worked as a herdsman, prayed daily and found strength in his faith.

As legend states, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The basis of this legend is that the origin of the snake as a pagan symbol. Therefore the tale of St. Patrick driving out the snakes can really be taken as a sign of driving out paganism from Ireland. Patrick (Maewyn Succat.) died in 493 AD.

Corned Beef and Cabbage is it Irish?

Actually the traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish tradition but an American tradition started by Irish immigrants. The local meat in Ireland in the 1700’s was pork served with potatoes. Find out here how pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage and why it is the go to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.

In 1925, “corned beef and cabbage” was voted to be the favorite dish of New York City.

We celebrate every year and usually have a big crowd. Lots of food, fun, friends and family make it all worth while to cook up a storm. Check out this Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Favorite with Sides

If you are celebrating, please drink responsibly. Make sure you have selected a designated driver before you party. Please Don’t Drink and Drive.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

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Celebrate Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday With Gumbo Jambayala and More Recipes

Fat Tuesday or as the French say Mardi Gras is a day of feasting on fatty foods and living it up before the Christian Lenten (Lent) season and fasting.
This colorful holiday also know as Shrove Tuesday, comes with a parade of floats, lots of beads and fun in New Orleans and celebrated around the country. If you cannot be in New Orleans, then celebrate in your home with Gumbo, Jambaya, or how about a Muffuletta sandwich. There is great food and music that comes out of New Orleans and this is the day to join in the fun!

Check out these recipes…

Gumbo Recipe – When you say Gumbo you are talking Louisiana, New Orleans. It originated in Louisiana early in the 18th century according to Cajun History. Gumbo is personal, like a good stew, every home makes it with the main ingredients and some additional for their own taste and flair.
Main ingredients of gumbo are a good roux (mixing equal amounts of fat and flour to make a thick sauce), okra, vegetables (the Holy Trinity, onions, green peppers and celery) meat and seafood. The seasoning that finishes off the Gumbo is File’ powder which is a spicy herb made for Sassafras leaves that is ground down to a powder and available in most grocery stores.

Jambalaya Recipe -A Spanish and French influenced dish that has seafood, meat, vegetables and rice. A must have in this dish is sausage that has been smoked, seafood (crawfish is popular in the area as well shrimp) chicken and pork. Very flavorful with the spices added.

Shrimp Etouffee Recipe – A New Orleans classic recipe that is beloved by both Cajun and Creole cooking. It is served over rice with seafood as its star ingredient that could be crab, crawfish or shrimp. It was created in the 1950’s, but some historians say it could go back to as far as 1920.

Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe – This packed with flavor sandwich originated with Italian immigrants that came to New Orleans, using a round loaf of bread and stuffing it with olive salad on the bottom, Salami, Swiss Cheese, Ham, Mortadella, and more. This sandwich is made for a crowd or you could make them in individual sandwiches on smaller rolls.

The King Cake RecipeThe King Cake is used in some countries for celebrating the Epiphany twelve days after Christmas and up to Lent. There are a variety of recipes but the main one has spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and made with yeast. The decorations are colors that came from the Christian religion, with purple symbolizing Justice, Green symbolizing Faith and Gold symbolizing Power. They honor the three Kings (Wise Men) who visited Jesus on the Epiphany twelve days after Christmas.  These colors are used in the sugar topping that makes the frosting.
A small porcelain figurine toy or Fava beans were used for the baby that was traditionally hidden in the King Cake as a symbol to the baby Jesus.  Today luck and prosperity is the symbol of the baby to many. The person who finds the baby in their slice of cake irresponsible for throwing the next years Mardi Gras party in some countries and is a designated King or Queen for the day. The beans and porcelain figures are today replaced with plastic toy babies and some bakers are leaving the baby outside of the cake to lessen the chance of liability of someone choking or swallowing the toy.

 

 

Enjoy Mardi Gras!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Breakfast Treat – Crock Pot Slow Cooker Caramel Pecan Rolls

ID-100192165It can be delightfully hectic when it comes to cooking up Christmas morning breakfast. The crock pot can now be your best appliance in the kitchen with this easy yummy recipe, Crock Pot Carmel Pecan Rolls. These awesome treats are made with things you may already have in your pantry and fridge that definitely bring on the holiday spirit.

Imagine melted Butter, cinnamon, pecans, biscuit dough and brown sugar cooking up and filling your home with an amazing, get you out of bed, aroma. Get the rolls ready and pop into a slow cooker for 90 minutes and wa la, breakfast is served.

Thank you Recipes That Crock for sharing!

Get the Recipe Here Caramel Pecan Rolls

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays :}

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Make a Quick Easy No Knead Bakery Style Bread Recipe and Step by Step Video

Jenny over at Jenny Can Cook on youtube has a faster method and easy recipe for a no knead bakery style bread with a golden crispy crust. She will take you step by step to cook up this delicious bread made by hand and you will be eating this in not time at all. Jenny uses just four ingredients: Flour, Yeast, Salt and water. It is cooked up in a a 4 or 5-quart Dutch oven. You could dress up this bread with any flavors you want… an idea could be Italian seasoning and roasted garlic cloves for an Italian loaf!. Check out the video below for this amazing easy recipe!

 

 
 

Jenny has included tips and links for this recipe (like aerating the flour) Here.

There is just something so relaxing and cozy when your fill your kitchen with that wonderful aroma of fresh baked bread!

Thanks so much Jenny!

        

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Treat Mom for Mother’s Day With these Recipes

Celebrate Mom this Mother’s day with special recipes just for her made by you. Breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner make sure Mom is getting her favorite treats or a new dish she will love!. Mom has the day off and the kitchen is off limits to her, getting someone else to do the cooking will be a wonderful treat.
Check out some of these idea’s!

Breakfast

Western Baked Omelet

7 Tasty Slow Cooker Breakfast

Chocolate Croissants in 20 minutes

 

Brunch

50 Mothers Day Brunch Recipes

Southern Cheesy Grits Casserole

Spinach Bacon Hash Brown Quiche

Lunch

Monte Cristo Sliders

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Homemade Pizza Pockets

Dinner

Easy Bourbon Chicken

The Best Oven Fried Chicken

Porterhouse Steaks With Mushroom And Garlic Sauce

Crock Pot Pork with Mashed Potatoes

Dessert

Lemon Meringue Cookies

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Must Have Super Bowl 52 Party Recipes

ID-10032182On Sunday, February 4th, 2018 is the biggest game of the year for football fans, the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will play at at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you cannot be there in person you can enjoy the game on NBC channel (see other options here) and kick off is at 6:30 pm ET.

Where there is a football game there must be great food! For Super Bowl Lll (52) we have searched for the best appetizers, desserts and yummy dishes you can conger up. The first on our list is a long time favorite Buffalo Chicken Wings…

Buffalo Chicken Wings – Make them as mild or hot as you like.

and as long as we are in the neighborhood of hot and spicy food here are a few more dishes…

Lara Spencer’s Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip (easy and so yummy!)

Buffalo Chicken BitesSweetPeasKitchen.com

Jalapeno Poppers with Blue Cheese and Bacon – easy appetizer!

Sweet Hot Baby Back Ribs

Layered Spicy Black Bean Dip

For those that do not want the hot or spicy foods;

Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Asian Slaw Dogs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Slow Cooker Chipotle Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw

Game Day Chili – Sunny Anderson Food Network

Butterfinger Rice Krispie TreatsRecipeGirl.com

Football Cupcakes

Southern Sweet Tea

Enjoy the Super Bowl :}

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Honey-Glazed Ham Recipe for The Holidays (Video)

Chef John from Food Wishes has put together a delicious recipe for a Crispy Honey Glazed Holiday Ham that you can serve anytime but would be perfect for Christmas Eve or Christmas Dinner. He makes a mixture of brown sugar, honey, mustard and more to glaze the ham with lots of flavor. He also has a few other tricks up his sleeve to make this the ham even more delectable, see that on the video!

 

 

For the recipe go to Crispy Honey-Glazed Ham – Looks, Tastes, and Sounds Like the Holidays
 

 
 

 

Thanks Chef John great job … Happy Holidays

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Throw A Get the Winter Chill Off You Chili Party

chili-con-carne-378952_640Here in Florida we’ve been having light winters lately and what comes to mind when the cold air blows is to get in the kitchen and cook up a big pot of Chili. It time to throw a get the chill off of you Chili party and not a bad idea as one of your Superbowl treats to.

Have a fun casual party and follow this to do list to make it easy and organized on you..

Week Before: Pick your day of the party and put your list of guest together and send out the invites with RSVP. Hint: you may want to ask on the invitation if they want a Chili with meat or Vegetarian Style. In this case you will know how much to make of each or one big pot of Beef Chili.

2 Days Before – Once you have your RSVP’s, take inventory of your cooking pots, ladles, bowls and mugs, spoons, napkins. You will need extra bowls for the toppings. Also one to two crock pots will come in handy.

1 Days Before – Head to the grocery store or farmers market for your ingredients. (Recipes below) For Toppings, you can use Sour cream, shredded cheeses like Cheddar, Smoked Cheese, Monterrey Jack, Queso Fresco. You could also chop up a sweet onion and mix with parsley, hot sauce, hot peppers, black and green olives. Pick out what you want and you think your guest will enjoy. You may want to also serve cornbread, tortilla chips or even Fritos.

The day of: For a small group up to 5 people one pot of Chili should be enough. For 6 or more you will need two pots of Chili. Hint: Not everyone likes spicy chili, so you could make it mild and let those who want more spice pick that from the toppings, such as chopped jalepeno peppers, dried red pepper flakes or hot sauce.

Set up your Chili Bar in an area that can handle the space for the bowls, spoons, napkins, toppings and a pot of chili that is easily accessible to your guests.

Place cards with the name of the Chili you are serving in that crock pot, like Beef Chili, Chicken Chili, Vegetarian Chili or even Vegan Chili.

Need a good Chili Recipe? Check out these below.

Beef and Bean Chili – Rachel Ray

Simple Perfect Chili – Ree Drumond

5 Bean Chili – Sandra Lee

Pat Neely’s Famous Beef and Pork Chili Recipe

Chicken Chili – Ina Garten

Dragons Breath Chili – Guy Fieri

Vegetarian Chili Emeril Lagasse

Ultimate Vegan Chili Recipe

Vegan Veggie Loaded Chili

Veg Head 3 Bean Chili – Rachael Ray

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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