Sunday, November 13, 2016

Bobby's Goulash

I've never had goulash, but this recipe reminds me of chili mac without the beans.  Love one pot meals!

The reviews of this recipe were mixed about the seasonings.  Many said they would not use as much salt the next time they made it.  I suggest adding the seasonings a little at a time, tasting each time.

This recipe and photo is from the Food Network, courtesy of Paula Deen.


2 pounds lean ground beef
2 large yellow onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 cups water
2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
3 bay leaves
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon House Seasoning, recipe follows
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt
1/4 cup pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix the ingredients together and store in an air-tight container for up to 6 months. Use as a seasoning on meat and when cooking vegetables.


In a Dutch oven, saute the ground beef over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat while sauteing. Spoon off any grease. 

Add the onions and garlic and saute until they are tender, about 5 minutes. 

Add 3 cups water, along with the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy sauce, House Seasoning, and seasoned salt. Stir well. 

Place a lid on the pot and allow this to cook for 15 to 20 minutes. 

Add the elbow macaroni, stir well, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. 

Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves.  Allow the mixture to sit about 30 minutes more before serving.
Serve with garlic bread and a salad.

Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Looks delicious . . . a salad version of Buffalo Chicken Wings.

Ellie’s Real Good Food is one of my new favorite cooking shows.  When I watched the episode that included this buffalo chicken salad, I had to save it so I can make it in the future.


    • 4 cups chopped, cooked chicken breast
    • ⅓ cup nonfat or low-fat Greek yogurt
    • 2 ½ tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 3 tablespoons cayenne pepper sauce, preferably Frank’s Red Hot
    • 6 celery stalks from the tenderer, inner part of the bunch, cut thinly on the bias, with leaves (4 cups)
    • 2 large scallions, while and green parts, thinly sliced

For serving:

    • 1 head of Romaine lettuce
    • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
    • Additional cayenne pepper sauce, to taste


In a large bowl, combine 
yogurt, mayonnaise, and hot sauce.

Stir in chicken, celery, and scallions . . . toss to combine. 

Salad may be refrigerated.

Serve over a bed of whole Romaine lettuce leaves, garnished with the blue cheese and additional hot sauce if desired.

Makes 6 servings

Serving size: 1 1/3 cup salad and 3-4 lettuce leaves

Per serving: Calories 300; Total Fat 13g (Mono Fat 5.1g, Poly Fat 2.4g, Sat Fat 2.6g); Protein 38g; Carb 7g; Fiber 3g; Cholesterol 120mg; Sodium 550mg


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pecan Cobbler

This pecan cobbler will be a regular for holiday meals and/or special times on our dessert table.

Bring out the vanilla ice cream when serving this delicious cobbler!

This cobbler recipe originates from Plain Chicken, one of my favorite food blogs.


    • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
    • 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 cup whole milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
    • 1/2 cup toffee bits
    • 1-1/2 cups boiling water


Preheat oven to 350.

Whisk together 3/4 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, milk and vanilla.

Pour melted butter into an 8x8-inch pan and pour batter over melted butter.

Combine the remaining 1 cup of sugar, the pecans, and toffee bits i
n a separate bowl and sprinkle evenly over the batter.

Pour boiling water slowly over top of the cobbler.

Bake until top of the cobbler looks set, about 
40 to 45 minutes.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Caribbean Rum Cake

Rum cake has to be one of the best cakes ever.  It used to be a regular item at my Christmas parties and always a big hit.  I miss those Christmas parties!

This recipe comes from the King Arthur Flour website.  Check it out for some awesome recipes!

Hope you enjoy this special cake :)


Rum cake base

    • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup pastry cream filling mix or instant vanilla pudding mix, dry
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup white or golden rum
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1/4 teaspoon butter rum flavor (optional but excellent)
    • 1/4 cup pecan or almond flour, for dusting baking pan

Rum soaking syrup

    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup white or golden rum
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 325°F. 

Spray a 10 to 12 cup bundt pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle on the pecan or almond flour and turn the pan to coat evenly. Set aside.

Combine the cake ingredients except the rum, vanilla and butter rum flavoring in the bowl of your stand mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl after one minute.

Add the rum, vanilla and flavor to the batter and blend for another minute. 

Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and spread level with a spatula.

Bake 50 to 55 minutes. 

You may smell the nut flour toasting at first, especially those not covered in cake batter. When done, the cake will test clean on a cake tester. For best results, try a piece of dry uncooked spaghetti or linguine.

Make the soaking syrup while the cake in the pan cools slightly.

Combine the syrup ingredients, except vanilla i
n a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a rapid boil andreduce to a simmer . . . cook for about 5 to 8 minutes, until syrup thickens slightly. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Poke holes all over the cake u
sing a long skewer. Pour about 1/4 of the syrup over the cake (still in the pan). Allow the syrup to soak in . . . repeat again and again until all the syrup is used.

Cover the pan loosely with plastic wrap and allow the cake to sit out overnight to cool completely and soak in the syrup. When ready to serve, loosen the edges of the cake and invert on to your serving plate.

Serve with hot coffee or tea. The cake is very moist, fragrant and potent.

Yield: one large or two small bundt cakes. Cake freezes very well.


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