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    Finger Foods for the Super Bowl

    I’m thinking that The Super Bowl is the most popular time to serve finger foods-whether it’s going to be a party of 1 or a party of 100. I figure it’s easier to watch the game while stuffing your face with finger foods instead of trying to use a fork or spoon. None of these photos are mine-I got them from Pinterest, so simmer down. Some of my favs, no recipe needed for these ~ And for Dessert ~

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    Tex Mex Quesadilla Burger

    I always like doing things the non-traditional way, and this is no exception. Made with a flour tortilla instead of a bun, this burger is so popular among my friends and one of the most requested cook-out burgers. Who knew? I created it when attempting to win the Saucy Mama contest. It just goes to show that, win or lose, it’s always a good thing to try. One of the best burgers came out of this contest entry. Of course, you can always substitute ingredients-instead of making the salsa, you can use prepared salsa. Instead of roasting poblano peppers yourself, buy the canned mild green chiles, and cook the burgers…

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    Steel Your Heart Away Eggrolls

    The winner in Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats contest, landing me in Scotland with their marketing team representing BRM and the U.S., this original recipe of mine makes me proud. Like a child of mine. It also made it’s way into a Family Circle Cookbook-the recipe that just never stops giving! I think you’ll love the recipe because it’s not really hard to make, but according to the emcee in Carrbridge Scotland at The Golden Spurtle, it is “orgasmic.” Seriously-I have a video to prove it. My husband insists I need to set up a booth at the Texas State Fair and sell these. I’m content with just knowing…

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    TOH Salads

    Taste of Home (TOH) is a good site to quickly find recipes. As a contest cook, I’ve won a couple of TOH contests, and my recipes are on their site and in their cookbooks also. Several of my cooking friends have done the same, so I trust Taste of Home to bring us the newest and tried-and-true recipes that we need to cook for ourselves and our families. Because of the contests that they run, recipes are from home cooks like you and me-you gotta love that! That means simple ingredients that you usually have on hand and less steps. Here are some of my favorite salads from TOH-photos courtesy…

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    Pumpkin Eggnog Bread Pudding with Salted Maple Toffee Sauce

    Is that title long enough for ya? When you’re entering cooking contests and creating recipes to win, you really have to describe the dish in the title. It worked-I won! A Le Crueset set of bakeware. It’s a very festive and fall type of dessert, with the eggnog and the pumpkin, but you can make it any time to put a smile on your face!   Print Pumpkin Eggnog Bread Pudding with Salted Maple Toffee Sauce Ingredients 24 ounce country white bread, cut into 1-in cubes 1 T cold unsalted butter 1 1/2 cup whole milk 1 cup eggnog 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 15 ounce can pure pumpkin…

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    What’s a Spurtle, you ask?

    Porridge? Well, simply put-they’re oats. usually steel cut oats, not what us Americans are used to. A Spurtle? A spurtle is a porridge legend with a lot of myths surrounding it. It’s a wooden stirring “stick” used for making porridge that dates back to the 15th century. The shape prevents lumps, unlike a wooden spoon, and also prevents the porridge, or oats, from sticking to it. A lot of thought went into designing it, it seems. Here, I’m standing with Bob Moore, the man on the Bob’s Red Mill packaging, with my BRM newly-awarded Oregon, where Bob’s Red Mill is located, makes their spurtles with myrtlewood. Here’s a myrtlewood tree.…

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    Easy One Skillet Chicken Alfredo LC/Keto

    This is how most of my dinners go: Look in the fridge Look in the pantry Pick a protein Pick a veggie Start putting it together somehow, using what I have on hand It may not be the best way to prepare dinner, but it goes fast, USUALLY turns out edible, sometimes wonderful and solves the “what to eat for dinner” problem without reading a recipe. This was one of those dishes that I made last night-Chicken breasts. Cut into strips. hmmmm-Mexican, Italian, Southern? Then I spotted a spaghetti squash laying over there on the countertop. Wash, cut, scoop, season, bake. While that was cooking, I started by sauteing the…

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    Garden Couscous

    Couscous is a North African dish made from tiny steamed balls of semolina flour, so it’s actually pasta-teeny, tiny little pieces of pasta! It cooks in the blink of any eye, so it’s really perfect for quick and easy dishes. This one is my favorite. Not one of my recipes, but taken from Just A Pinch Recipe Site-one of my favorite sites for great recipes that are tried & true. Click HERE for the recipe from Karie Houghton on JAP, and I also have it below.

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    Moist Sour Cream Banana Bread

    I took my mom’s sour cream banana bread recipe and made just a couple of changes, but I am showing you the original recipe card in front of my memorable photo of her.  Instead of adding 1 c. white sugar, I added 1/2 c. white and 1/2 c. light brown sugar. I also added a little (1-2 t.) maple syrup to the batter-I love the addition of maple syrup to banana bread. Then I substituted unbleached flour for the all-purpose flour-it makes it just a little better texture-a little more dense. Print Mom's Moist Sour Cream Banana Bread Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, room temp 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup light…

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    Scalloped Squash

    I can’t tell you where this recipe came from because it’s not a recipe at all. What I mean is that my mom used to, what she called, scallop dishes. Growing up, that meant adding eggs and crackers to stuff, that’s all I ever knew. This is somewhat like that. I had some squash a friend gave me who has a garden, and I had some carrots, and I wanted to “scallop” it. Sounds even weirder when you say it out loud. This is a recipe for that, in case you’re interested in scalloping too, and I don’t mean shellfish, even though I do love scallops. Gee, wonder what scalloped…

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    Bubble & Squeak

    You know the sound of bubbling and squeaking? Well, this cabbage and potatoes cooking in a skillet makes THAT noise. Hence the name. “Bubble and squeak is a traditional British breakfast made from boiled potatoes and cabbage. In modern times it is a dish made with the shallow-fried leftover vegetables from a roast dinner. … The dish is so named because the cabbage makes bubbling andsqueaking sounds during the cooking process.” Somewhat the same, but this is my personal version because, well, it just tastes great! It’s also great as a side if you just cook the vegetables in some oil or in bacon grease if you want to add bacon to…

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    Chicken Fried???

    Born in Texas, relocated to Washington state, back to Texas, then off to the Pacific Northwest for a year, this gal knows the difference between Southern cooking and what I call “the norm.” You see, Southerners grown up on things like pimento cheese, chicken fried steak (an oxymoron if you ask me), cornbread and buttermilk (in a glass-together!), fried okra, hush puppies and tons of Tex Mex food. “The norm” grows up on salisbury steak with onions, spaghetti and meatballs, beef barley soup and not much, if any, Tex Mex food. So, when a Southerner cooks chicken fried steak, well….it’s not chicken at all. That would be chicken fried chicken.…

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    Burning Bridge

    The thought of burning any bridge figuratively may seem like a harsh reality, but sometimes it is best for self-preservation and happiness. I’ve always said, “You have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you!” That’s not as nice, but it is the truth. Have you met somebody that on first impression seemed nice, caring and sincere, only to discover they are self-centered, manipulative and (for a lack of a better word) CRAZY?! That’s when it’s time to step into action to save your soul. As a child, I thought someone would always come and save me, for some reason. Mom, dad, sister, friend. Later in…

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    Fried Pickles

    I’m not sure if fried pickles are a Southern appetizer or not, but we love them. The key is to not buy store bought pre-sliced dills but whole dills and slice them yourself. They are thin this way and make for crispy little dippers. For dredging, I used whole wheat flour, but you can use any type. For the cornmeal mixture, I used a combination of yellow cornmeal and a self-rising cornmeal mix from While Lily-but you can use just one or the other. Print Fried Pickles Ingredients canola or peanut oil for frying 1/2 cup prepared ranch dressing 1/4 cup sour cream 3 large whole dill pickles 1 egg, beaten…

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    Easy Sweet & Salty Breakfast Sammie

    What an easy breakfast for the family. If you like the combined tastes of sweet & salty, this is for you. This recipe makes 4 sammies, and they can be sprinkled with powdered sugar and drizzled with syrup to make them extra special-kind of like french toast filled with salty ham and cheese but then topped with sweetness. Print Easy Breakfast Sammies Servings 4 Ingredients 8 slices bread, any kind 4 slices deli ham 4 slices American or cheddar or cheese of your choice 4 eggs 4 Tablespoons milk 4 teaspoons butter 4 Tablespoons powdered sugar 1/4 cup maple syrup Instructions Preheat a griddle or skillet to 350 degrees. Place…

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    4 Ing. Low-Carb Cream Cheese Pancakes

    This was one of the first pancake recipes years ago that we used on the Atkins Diet. If you have a Nutri Bullet or blender use that, it mixes the batter. The batter will be thin, but the pancakes are still very delicious. Now there are many more recipes using all sorts of ingredients, but this one is worth the try. Print 4 Ing Low-Carb Cream Cheese Pancakes Ingredients 2 oz cream cheese room temp 2 eggs 1 teaspoon sugar substitute 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Instructions Mix all in blender and pour onto a heated and buttered griddle or skillet. When the top starts to bubble up, flip over. Double, Triple…

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    Cowgirl Stew

    I’ve been making this for so many years I could actually make it blindfolded! I used Ranch Style Beans in it, but I’ve found some parts of the U.S. don’t have that particular brand like we do in the South, so just use Chili Beans, and don’t drain them. You can also use fresh, frozen or canned veggies of your choice. It’s an excellent way to clean out the fridge if you have some ground beef. Print Cowgirl Stew Ingredients 2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil 2 pounds ground beef 3 cups water 1 16 oz. package frozen corn 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes 1 15 oz. can ranch-style…

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    “Light as a Feather” Scones

    Made with low-fat vanilla yogurt, these flaky and light scones are perfect for snacking or for breakfast. Made from ingredients you probably have on hand, they are especially good with hot tea. “A scone is a British baked good, usually made of wheat, or oatmeal with baking powder as a leavening agent and baked on sheet pans. A scone is often lightly sweetened and occasionally glazed with egg wash. The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea.”         Living many years in the Pacific Northwest, the scone influence is great, so they became one of our staples, and these are my favorite.…

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    Quick & Easy Chicken Stir-Fry

    This is my easiest low-carb/keto recipe yet. It’s also very adaptable to what you have on hand. Last night I had some frozen broccoli,cauliflower,carrot in a steamer bag. I had a bag of frozen riced cauliflower that I got at Aldi for 1.79 a bag. I also had 3 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless. I steamed the veggies in the microwave, stir-fried the chicken, cut into small strips, then added the riced cauliflower and then the veggies. I added soy sauce and voila! Print Quick & Easy Chicken Stir-Fry Used with frozen riced cauliflower for a low-carb/keto version Servings 6 Ingredients 3 tbsp olive oil plus 2 tbsp 1 1/2…

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