Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Crispy Potato Cubes!

Crispy Potato taste of home!
Love these things!
As always I altered the recipe some..
I'll show you the original..then tell you what I did!

Crispy Potato Cubes Recipe

  • 4 Servings

  • Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min.

  • 10 35 45


    • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt, thyme, marjoram and pepper. Add potatoes; seal bag and shake to coat. Pour butter into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; stir in the garlic. Add potatoes and bay leaf.
    • Cover and bake at 450° for 20 minutes. Uncover and stir; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until potatoes are lightly browned and tender. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 4 servings.


    • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
    • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
    • 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1 bay leaf
    (I didn't do the marjoram..and I used minced garlic, chopped onion seasoning & a little seasoning salt along with S&P & dried thyme)...I also added more butter ans stirred them in it midway through :)

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    Beefy green beans!

    Its super easy.. I mean..simple as simple gets...
    People do you make your green beans?
    Well once you make them like this you wont want them any other way!
    Just ask my mother!
    I used to hate green beans..
    Actually I hated anything green!
    But now I can eat them all the time!!

    So what do you need???
    I said simple right??

    1 can of cut green beans
    3 beef bouillon cubes
    Bacon bits (canned) fresh crisp bacon (couple strips will do) or bacon grease (1 tsp)
    Salt & pepper

    Just add the green beans & bouillon cubes in a pot
    Add your bacon of your choice..
    And a little salt & pepper.. not much.. because the bacon and bouillon cubes make it salty..
    Bring to a boil..
    Then reduce to a simmer for a couple minutes..
    AND DONE! :)

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Chocolate Gravy!

    It's a southern thing ;)

    1c sugar
    2tbsp cocoa
    1 tsp vanilla
    1tbsp butter
    2c milk
    flour as needed

    sift sugar & cocoa together in a saucepan.. add milk...cook on medium heat..stiring constantly...add flour & milk to desired consistency..remove from heat add vanilla and butter!...
    Serve over hot bisquits!!

    Loaded Baked Potato Soup!

    Ok this recipe is easy..esp since i never use measurements.. its however you want it! :)
    Laoded Potato Soup
    This is not my soup.. i just wanted a picture..

    4-6 potatoes
    3tbsp sour cream
    Milk as needed
    2tbsp ranch dressing
    ALOT OF CHEESE :) (colby/monteray jack)
    3 slices bacon w/ bacon grease
    2-3 green onion
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Peel & chop potatoes..
    Boil until just ready to mash..drain..
    Set aside..
    meanwhile fry bacon.. we like it just a little crispy around the edges & soft in the middle.. DO NOT DRAIN BACON GREASE!!..set aside
    Crumble bacon into pieces..
    Finely chop the green onion..add couple spoonfulls of butter with bacon bits & onions in a frying pan...
    Saute a couple minutes..
    add to potatoes
    Squeeze in some ranch dressing..2-3tbsps..
    add about 2-3 tbsp sour cream...
    Another couple spoonfulls of butter...
    Then pour about 2-4 cups of milk over potatoes.. the more milk you add the more soup you will have.. use a potato masher..and mash the potatoes some..
    Ones you get milk.. you want the soup to be thick.. so add flour as needed!.. once its almost done.. add lots and lots of cheese until melted!
     We love this soup with buttered crackers! Just dip & go!.. or cornbread! :)

    Friday, April 22, 2011

    Country Fried Steak!

    I have yet to try this recipe.. but it is on my to-do list!!
    I will let you know of any switch ups i do.. as you can as well!! Again i stole it from the pioneer women!

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    • 3 pounds Cube Steak (tenderized Round Steak That's Been Extra Tenderized)
    • 1-½ cup Whole Milk, Plus Up To 2 Cups For Gravy
    • 2 whole Large Eggs
    • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
    • Seasoned Salt
    • ¼ teaspoons Cayenne
    • LOTS Of Black Pepper. Lots.
    • Canola Oil, For Frying
    • Salt And Pepper, For Both Meat And Gravy

    Preparation Instructions

    Begin with an assembly line of dishes for the meat: milk mixed with egg in one; flour mixed with spices in one; meat in one; then have one clean plate at the end to receive the breaded meat.
    Work one piece of meat at a time. Season both sides with salt and pepper, then dip in the milk/egg mixture. Next, place the meat on the plate of seasoned flour. Turn to coat thoroughly. Place the meat back into the milk/egg mixture, turning to coat. Place back in the flour and turn to coat.
    (So: wet mixture/dry mixture/wet mixture/dry mixture.) Place breaded meat on the clean plate, then repeat with remaining meat.
    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Drop in a few sprinkles of flour to make sure it’s sufficiently hot. Cook meat, three pieces at a time, until edges start to look golden brown; around 2 to 2 1/2 minutes each side.
    Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and keep warm. Repeat until all meat is cooked.
    After all meat is fried, pour off the grease into a heatproof bowl. Without cleaning the pan, return it to the stove over medium-low heat. Add 1/4 cup grease back to the pan. Allow grease to heat up.
    Sprinkle 1/3 cup flour evenly over the grease. Using a whisk, mix flour with grease, creating a golden-brown paste. Keep cooking until it reaches a deep golden brown color. If paste seems more oily than pasty, sprinkle in another tablespoon of flour and whisk.
    Whisking constantly, pour in milk. Cook to thicken the gravy. Be prepared to add more milk if it becomes overly thick. Add salt and pepper and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until gravy is smooth and thick. Be sure to taste to make sure gravy is sufficiently seasoned.
    Serve meat next to a big side of mashed potatoes. Pour gravy over the whole shebang!

    I dont bake.. I cook!

    So I wont be getting around to posting recipes tonight..
    But I will start out saying.. my kitchen is nothing fancy.. its country..but it works.. if i had my dream kitchen... oh lets just say I could work wonders!!
    Im not a professional cook.. its just something I love to do! and i like to say im good at it..and yes i may be "skinny" but i do eat what i cook!
    I ALWAYS make a huge mess when I cook..but I hate cleaning it up!!
    I love trying new recipes.. and you should to!
    Having 2 kids limits my cooking i thrive on simple and fast!!
    I dont bake.. i hate to bake.. most things that go in the oven for me burn.. and thats no joke.. i literally have to watch it cook!.. so if i post something that requires baking.. you know its good or its easy! lol
    Have Fun switch it up!
    If you havent checked it out you need to.. the Pioneer Women.. she is a genius when it comes to well.. EVERYTHING! she makes awesome country style food.. and her blogs are a must read!!