Category Archives: Cuisine

Hoppin’ John

1 pound dried black-eyed peas
2 small smoked ham hocks or meaty ham bone
2 medium onions, divided
3 large cloves garlic, halved
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 can (10 to 14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with chile peppers, juices reserved
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 jalapeno, minced
2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 green onions, sliced

In a large Dutch oven or kettle, combine the black-eyed peas, ham bone or ham hocks, and 6 cups water. Cut 1 of the onions in half and add it to the pot along with the garlic and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer gently until the beans are tender but not mushy, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove the ham bone or hocks, cut off the meat; dice and set aside. Drain the peas and set aside. Remove and discard the onion pieces and garlic.
Add 2 1/2 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the rice, cover, and simmer until the rice is almost tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Mince the remaining onion then add to the rice along with the peas, tomatoes, and their juices, red and green bell pepper, celery, jalapeno pepper, Creole seasoning, thyme, cumin, and salt. Cook until the rice is tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the sliced green onions and the reserved diced ham. Serve with hot sauce and freshly baked cornbread.

Walking Tacos

1 lb Ground Beef
1 pkt. taco Seasoning Mix
Tomato, chopped
Lettuce, shredded
Onion, chopped
Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream
Taco Sauce or Salsa
Individual Lunch-sized Bags of Doritos

Brown ground beef, drain.
Add Taco seasoning mix according to directions on packet.

TO ASSEMBLE: Using scissors, cut a slit in the side of a bag of Doritos. Squeeze the bag to crumble the Doritos inside.

Layer taco meat and other ingredients as desired on top of crushed Doritos in the bag. Add anything else you like on your “taco,” such as black olives or jalapeno peppers. Note: You might want to use a napkin to hold the bag, since the taco meat will probably be hot at first.

Grab a fork and eat right out of the bag!

Irish Soda Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 egg, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons margarine, melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cast iron skillet.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and sugar. Toss the raisins with the flour mixture until coated. Add the egg, buttermilk, and melted margarine. Stir until all of the dry ingredients are moistened. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for a few quick turns just to even out the dough. Handle the dough as little as possible. Pat into a flat circle, and place into the prepared pan.

Bake the bread for 40 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are golden.

Irish Cream Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1 egg
1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and egg yolk until combined, then beat in egg until smooth. Pour in Irish cream, and beat until mixed.

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir into butter mixture until evenly mixed. Form into a flattened ball, wrap well with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured work surface. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters and place onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown around the edges, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack until they reach room temperature.

Tamales

Warning – this makes a lot! From the Haws’ kitchen . . .

Put 1 1/2 lbs Corn Husks to soak in warm water.
Prepare Meat Filling (below).
Fix Tamale Dough (below).

Drain and rinse Corn Husks.  Put tablespoon Tamale Dough on husk and spread evenly – roll husk back and forth.  Place filling in center of dough, adding small amounts to cover. Roll up husks lengthwise; tie or twist ends and fold under.

Place tamales in steamer and steam for about 1 hour.

Recipe yields about 3 dozen. You can freeze what you don’t need right away.

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Tamale Meat Filling
5 lbs Pork or Beef
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Chili Powder
3 (6 oz) cans Tomato Sauce
3 Tbsp. Cornstarch
1 cup Chili Puree
1 tsp. Salt
3 cloves Garlic, crushed
1 1/2 cup Broth
Oil

Boil meat with 1 tsp. salt until tender. Save broth.

Grind meat in grinder on coarse. Put small amount of oil or grease in deep pan. Put meat, cornstarch, chili powder, crushed garlic, chili puree, tomato sauce, and broth in skillet and simmer until thick, stirring often. Remove from heat.
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Tamale Dough
8 cups Masa Harina
1 1/3 cup Vegetable Shortening or Lard
2 tsp. Salt
6 cups warm Beef or Pork Broth

Combine ingredients, mixing well until dough has consistency of thick frosting.

King Ranch Chicken

2 1/2 to 3 lb. chicken
Salt and Pepper
1 Tbsp. butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups chicken broth (or bouillon)
1 (10 oz.) can Ro-Tel tomatoes
1 Tbsp. chili powder (or according to taste)
2 to 3 cups crushed tortilla chips or corn chips
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

-In 4 qt. saucepan, cover chicken with water. Add salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil. Simmer until chicken is done. Remove from liquid and de-bone.

-Saute onion, green pepper, and mushrooms in butter. Add soups, chicken broth, Ro-Tel, and chili powder. Mix thoroughly; add chicken and cook until it starts to boil.

-Grease 9X13 inch pan. Spread the crushed chips evenly over the bottom. Pour chicken mixture over the chips evenly and cover with grated cheese.

-Bake in 325 degree oven for 40 minutes or until cheese is browned and bubbly.

Note: I rarely have time to de-bone chicken, so I usually use boned chicken breasts (which I keep on hand in the freezer). Simply boil the chicken breasts as you would the entire chicken and cut it in bite-size pieces. I’ve also been known to substitute ground beef instead chicken and it tastes wonderful!

Chicken Chalupas

16 oz. grated Monterrey Jack Cheese
16 oz. grated sharp Cheddar Cheese
1-2 bunches Green Onions, chopped
2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup
1 (4 oz.) can chopped Green Chilies
1 pint Sour Cream
1 cup sliced Black Olives
4 lg. Chicken Breasts, boiled, skinned, boned and cut into one inch pieces
12 6″ Flour Tortillas

Combine cheeses, reserve half for topping and half for filling. Divide green onions in two equal portions. In bowl, mix half the cheese, half the onions, soup, chilies, sour cream and olives. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of this mixture for topping. Add chicken to the remainder of the filling and mix well. Put 3 heaping Tbsp. of filling on each tortilla and roll. Place tortillas seam side down in a lightly oiled baking dish. Arrange tortillas in a single layer (use a second baking dish if necessary). Spread reserved topping mixture over tortillas. Cover with remaining cheeses and onions. Refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

– From Nana’s Recipe Collection

Chili Relleno Bake

1/2 lb. Ground Beef
1/2 lb. Pork Sausage
1 cup chopped Onion
2 cloves minced Garlic
2 (4 oz.) cans whole Green Chilies
2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
4 Eggs
1/4 cup Flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Tabasco Sauce

Brown meats, onion, and garlic together. Drain fat. Spray 9×9 baking dish with oil and line bottom of pan with one can of chilies, cut into 2 inch pieces. Top with 1 1/2 cups of the cheese. Put meat mixture on top of cheese and top with remaining green chilies. Beat together eggs, flour, milk, salt and Tabasco until smooth. Pour over chilies. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Top with cheese.

– From Nana’s Recipe Collection

Mexican Chicken

1 3lb. Chicken, stewed and boned
1 6oz. pkg. Spaghetti, cooked and drained

Mix in 13×9 pan:
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 medium Onion, chopped
1 tsp. Salt
1 can Ro-tel Tomatoes
1 lb. Velveeta
1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt

Add cooked chicken and spaghetti and mix well.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

– From Nana’s Recipe Collection

Fajita Taco Salad

1 Tbsp. Oil
2 cups Chicken Strips
4 Taco Salad Shells
shredded Lettuce
1 sm. Onion
1 cup diced Tomato
1/2 cup Black Olives
1/2 cup shredded Cheese
Picante Sauce
Sour Cream

Heat oil on medium, add chicken, cook ’til done. Fill taco shells with lettuce, add chicken on top. Chop onion and black olives. Add all ingredients to salad as desired. Top with picante or sour cream.

– From Nana’s Recipe Collection