"At my table, sit with me. I'll pour coffee or some tea. Perhaps we'll share our tears and laughter, and be friends forever after.

Welcome! Come on in, pull up a chair, have a cup of coffee and take a look at recipes from different cookbooks, vintage finds from vintage cupboards and enjoy sharing memories.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Creamy Coleslaw

If you are like my family, Independence day is spent with friends and family and lots of good food.....with the meats grilled out on the grill. Someone always brings a great potato salad and there is always a big pot of red beans and homemade breads. We all know of the wonderful desserts waiting to be finished off. I always like a cool vegetable salad of some kind also This coleslaw is so delicious and easy to make. A cool side for a hot afternoon of good fun! Enjoy

1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 medium head cabbage, finely shredded or chopped (4 cups)
1 small carrot, shredded (1/2 cup)
1 small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)

Mix all ingredients except cabbage, carrot and onion in large glass or plastic bowl. Add remaining ingredients; toss until evenly coated.

Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors. Cover and refrigerate any remaining salad.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Homemade Bread EVERYDAY!

My family loves homemade bread. I used to make it the usual way, but not everyday, because it was quite time consuming. Also I had always not been interested in the new bread machines that were coming out.
One year my husband gave me a bread machine for my birthday. I used the mixes it came with, bought a few more, baked the bread in the machine......but was still not satisfied. I experimented and came up with my own recipe and instead of baking it in the machine, I pull the dough out, shape it the way I like and then bake it in the oven. So much more the homemade bread we love and we have it everyday because it is so easy to make.
I just put the machine on the dough cycle,

pour my ingredients into the bread machine, let the machine do all of the kneading, rising and punching down for 1 1/2 hours. When the cycle is finished, pull out the dough, place it on the baking sheets or bread pans, let it rise and then bake at 350. F

and the results are wonderful each time. If you have a bread machine that has been sitting in the closet, give this recipe a try. If you don't have a bread machine, the recipe still makes wonderful yeast bread.
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg
3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 pkg yeast
1 tsp. salt
Heat milk and butter in microwave for 1 minute. Pour flour, sugar, yeast, salt, milk, butter, and egg into bread machine. Set machine on dough cycle and let the machine do the work for about 1 1/2 hours or until cycle is finished. Pull out the dough and form into rolls or loaves. Place in greased pans and let rise. Bake at 350F. until golden brown. Brush with melted butter Enjoy!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Southern Fried Chicken

Who doesn't love fried chicken? And who doesn't love Paula Deen and her wonderful recipes? I love both! This recipe is one of Paula Deen's and I use it all of the time for my fried chicken. An absolute winner! Enjoy!

3 eggs
1 cup hot red pepper sauce (optional)
2 cup self-rising flour
2 1/2 lb chicken, cut into pieces
Salt, pepper, and garlic powder sprinkled over chicken before coating
Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pot. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.
In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs. Add enough hot sauce so the egg mixture is bright orange (about 1 cup). Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, and then coat well in the flour. Place the chicken in the preheated oil and fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. Dark meat takes longer than white meat. Approximate cooking time is 13 to 14 minutes for dark meat and 8 to 10 minutes for white meat.
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 14 minutes Difficulty: Easy Yield: 6-8 servings

Monday, June 8, 2009

Coconut Macaroons

These are the most rich and delicious little cookies. Not many ingredients to deal with. very quick and easy to make. I usually make these along with other favorites when I make a box of cookies to give away.
2 egg whites
Dash of salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
Beat egg whites (at room temperature) and salt in a medium mixing bowl until foamy. Add sugar and vanilla, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in coconut and pecans. Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350F. for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and place cookie sheets on a damp cloth for a few seconds. Remove macaroons to wire racks to cool. ENJOY!