Category Archives: Entrées

Corn Recipes

As we begin a new month and new season here at Cookin’ Food we want to expand our horizons. So we’ll be hosting a link party every Thursday to feature your creations. Our hope is to inspire Good Times in every home, by sharing your gifts and talents with others. Please join in the fun, tell your friends, visit the other blogs, and let the Good Times roll!

Easy Kettle Corn

homemade kettle corn

Perfectly Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn in 5 minutes!

To kick off the party we’ll share some of our recipes this week, but in the weeks to come we’ll feature some of our favorites that you link up.

Corn Recipes from Popcorn to Cornbread

mom's-popcorn

Easy Homemade Popcorn

Ghosts Almond Bark Popcorn

Spooky Almond Bark Popcorn Ghosts

Festive Popcorn

Fall Popcorn for Parties

CaramelCornCandybar

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

cornbread

The Best Cornbread

Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

Biscuits and Gravy

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Biscuits and Gravy

Okay I promised Sausage Gravy for those delectable biscuits, so here it is!

For years growing up the only thing I would order for breakfast at restaurants was biscuits and gravy. I’m sure that contributed to my waist line, but I couldn’t help myself. It was and still is one of my favorite comfort foods, warming to the body as well as the soul.

So when I asked Memaw for her secret recipe she handed it over gladly, and I was surprised just how easy it was to make.

Classic Biscuits and Gravy

Only 5 ingredients! Just how Memaw used to make it in the heart of Minnesota at the restaurant. Thick, but not too thick. Peppery, but not too much. A savory breakfast to fuel your day.

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Memaw’s sausage gravy recipe, a classic white gravy perfect over biscuits.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves/Makes: 4

Ingredients
  • 1 lbs Breakfast Sausage (pork or chicken)
  • 2 Tbs. All Purpose Flour
  • 1+ Cups 2% or Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper

Directions
  1. Ok start with your pan on high heat. Brown the sausage into tiny bits. If your sausage came in casings remove from casings before cooking.
  2. Once the sausage is cooked, browned (not burned), whisk or use a good wooden spoon to stir in 2 tbs of flour into the sausage drippings. Scrape up the bits on the bottom of the pan and work the flour into a paste.
  3. Then slowly whisk in your milk to the flour and sausage until the flour is dissolved. Bring the gravy to a boil to thicken. If the gravy is too thick, slowly add milk by the tablespoon until it’s the consistency you want. Hint: it should not boil and spit everywhere that’s too thick.
  4. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste. I use both liberally.
  5. Enjoy over our buttermilk biscuits!

Biscuits

Try Our Homemade Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe!


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Best BLT

Dressing Up Dinner in a Flash: Making the Best BLTs in 1-2-3!

You may be thinking, ‘Um, BLT? Isn’t that just throwing Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato on bread?’ No, no, nooo…Don’t just do that! I mean you can, but if you want an awesome BLT and some great flavor you’ll want to read this! I’ll show you a couple quick steps to making the BLT your favorite sandwich, and I swear it will only take you an extra 60 seconds!… These steps are so great, they made my hubby -who hates fresh tomatoes on anything- devour these BLTs!

The Best BLT

Step one to creating this tasty sandwich is to toast your bread. And I use sourdough for mine, but you can use your favorite bread! And then use whatever condiment you like best. For me it’s a light spread of Mayo, for my hubby it’s Whole Grain Dijon Mustard. (Oh and put the bacon in the skillet, as that’s the only thing you have to cook!)

Step two is first finding the best -perfectly ripe- on the vine tomatoes. Then slice your tomatoes about 1/4″ thick and season them up. Yes, that’s right season your tomatoes! Who would have thought? I liberally salt and pepper both sides of each slice, and then I give a light sprinkling of garlic powder to each side as well. the best tomatoes paired with a bit of flavor really makes this sandwich sing, yummm!

Step three is dressing your greens. Yes you can just through iceberg lettuce on any old sandwich and call it good. But that’s not good if you want great! So start by using a fresh bag of baby greens or other variety of dark leafy greens as your lettuce. Then add about 1-2 Tbs to taste of Rice Vinegar (or apple cider vinegar works great), and a little fresh cracked pepper. Then once your bacon is cooked take 1 Tbs. of the bacon drippings and spoon in over your lettuce. Toss your greens really well and make sure they’re to your taste. This way you can use all of those tasty greens on your sandwiches and then eat what’s left over as a salad on the side! Genius! And oh so good!

Then all that is left to do is assembling your sandwiches. Put as much bacon, lettuce, and tomato as you want on yours. And if we’re having these for dinner I will add a slice of cheese to mine like provolone, swiss, or cheddar. Enjoy your new and improved BLT’s and tell your friends!

Also, all of these little tips can help wake up any mundane sandwich. Try them out for your next packed lunch and I promise you won’t be disappointed! Yay for warmer weather and fresh produce!

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Beef and Green Bean Stir Fry

The Recipe Olympics: Chinese Beef and Green Bean Stir Fry



This recipe has been staring me in the face the last couple weeks as it’s waited to be published. Everyday, yummy beef, green beans, and maitake mushrooms seem to call to me from the desktop, begging to be made again…

This simple stir fry comes from one of our good friends, Wei, who brings us simple Chinese cuisine from his homeland. Asian cuisine is something I struggle with as a cook, I’m just not good at making it, but Wei was able to direct me with ease, and point me in the right direction.

Don’t forget to submit your recipes for the Recipe Olympics!

Here’s a few pointers that I live by now: When it comes to stir fry, less is more. Just a couple veggies at most and a protein are usually all you need in one dish. Also, select like vegetables to cook together. Meaning, veggies that have a similar cook time and manner of cooking, either cooked better in water or in oil. Think broccoli and carrots are similar both in their cook times and are better simmered in water. Where as green beans went fairly well with mushrooms as they have a very short cook time, and can be cooked in a small amount of oil. Likewise select a protein that works with your vegetables. Cook everything in one skillet, so if you’re cooking your protein in oil, choose veggies that are best in oil. (Never mix oil and water on the stove unless you want a grease fire.) Cook hot and fast, keep it simple, and you’ll be enjoying a fresh stir fry every time.

Chinese Beef and Green Bean Stir Fry

A light and simple stir fry made in 10 minutes, perfect for dinner or lunch, healthy and satisfying!
Ingredients
6-8oz Thin Sliced Top Round (1″ long pieces)
2 Cups Fresh Green Beans (ends cut or pinched off)
1 Cup Sliced Mushrooms (thick as beans, Maitake, or White)
2-4 Tbs Toasted Sesame Oil (or Vegetable Oil)
2-4 Tbs Soy Sauce (or Teriyaki, or other Stir Fry Sauce)

Directions
Over high heat in a large skillet cook your protein in enough oil to coat bottom of pan, set aside. In same pan sautee veggies with a small amount of oil as needed, then add back protein. End with soy sauce or other stir fry sauce to taste, and you’re done. A little salt and pepper, or even crushed red pepper for spice wouldn’t hurt either. I also threw in a very small amount of onions just for a little extra flavor.

Serves: 2
Time: 15 minutes

Tip: Veggies should not be killed in the process of a stir fry. I find just a couple minutes is all you need to cook that vegetable properly, they’ll still need some life and snap to them, no need to serve soggy veggies.


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Vegan Fried Rice

Day 5: No Butter Fried Rice for the Brown Rice Diet

Vegan Fried Rice

I make this fried rice all the time with a few variations. This one is perfect for the Brown Rice Diet because it is vegan and gluten free, and uses fresh carrots and green onions. You can whip this up in as little as 5 minutes.

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No butter, just a dash of sesame oil and a splash of water, and you’re good to go! This fried rice is perfect as a side or a meal.
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Recipe type: Fried Rice
Cuisine: Asian
Serves/Makes: 2

Ingredients
  • 1½ Cups Cooked Brown Rice
  • 1 tsp. Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 3 Tbs. Water
  • 1 Tbs. Soy Sauce (add more to taste)
  • ½ Cup Dice Carrots
  • ⅓ Cup Diced Green Onion
  • Pepper to Taste

Directions
  1. In a small skillet over high heat, heat the water, sesame oil, and soy sauce together. Add the carrots and wait until it starts to boil.
  2. Then add your rice. Heat thoroughly. Add the green onions, and remove from heat.

Tips
I love it because the brown rice gives the appearance of fried rice, and the flavor is so good. This is light with under 200 calories per serving (1 cup) and it helps me meet my fiber intake with nearly 4 grams of fiber. I like to make this for lunch sometimes, or as a quick side dish.

Day 5 went well. I also made an amazing dinner that I’ll share later. And I worked out with some kettle bell workouts that day. Have I mentioned I’m kind of ADD when it comes to working out? I seriously have to do something different everyday for me to want to do it. I’m just not the biggest fan of working out, but if I can make it fun and spontaneous it’s not so bad.

 


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