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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, March 18, 2013

Fried Green Tomatoes

I love fried green tomatoes. They are so easy to make and so delicious. The only thing hard about them............is trying to find green tomatoes. This past week, while walking through a flea market, a vendor was selling these beautiful tomatoes..........along with red ones and other fruits and vegetables.

I bought about 6 and since I am the only one in my family who enjoys this treat, I usually fix one at a time. I keep the others in a bag inside of the refrigerator until I am ready to use them
If you have never tried these, go find some green tomatoes and give them a try!
Here is the easy recipe.............
Fried Green Tomatoes
Firm good sized green tomatoes
1 cup flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 small egg
1 1/2 cups milk
garlic powder
Wash tomatoes and slice off ends. Season lightly with salt and garlic powder.
In a dish or pan, pour the  milk to dip tomatoes in. Beat egg into milk until combined.
In another dish, mix  flour and cornmeal together, enough to dredge tomatoes in.
Dredge a slice of tomato into flour/cornmeal mixture, then dip into egg/milk mixture, then into flour again.  Do this with each slice.
Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in skillet on medium.  
Carefully place the tomatoes into hot oil, leaving about an inch space between the slices while frying. Fry tomatoes about 2 or 3 minutes, or until golden brown, turn over to brown the other side. Drain well on paper towels.
Serve warm with a side of ranch dressing.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Savory Chicken and Dumplings

Easy to fix, full of flavor and so hearty for a cold winter's day!
I have always loved chicken and dumplings but do not make them............hardly ever.  The main reason is that my husband and children have never seemed to want to eat them. They are the most picky eaters ever. If I can get them to eat a dish that they are not familiar with, and they like it.............then I can assure you, that it is a wonderful recipe. Such as it is with this wonderful tasty dumpling dish. It almost has a taste of a Thanksgiving dinner to it............perhaps that is why that during the time it was cooking, it had my son out of his room and asking what smelt so  good. Then he tried a sample, and wound up having two helpings!!
I really find it worth my cooking time to find a recipe that pleases my family. This recipe is so easy because it is cooked in a large skillet on the stove top and is ready within minutes.
3/4 tsp. rubbed sage
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. rosemary
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. black ground pepper
3/4 tsp. parsley flakes
1/4 cup. butter
1 med onion, chopped
1/4 cup flour
3 cups chicken broth
1 1/3 cups milk, divided
3 cups cubed, cooked  chicken
2 cups mixed frozen vegetables
1 cup baking mix, like Bisquick
Melt butter in large nonstick skillet on med-high. Add onion, cook and stir until softened. Sprinkle with flour and stir with whisk until mixture is well blended. Add broth, 1 cup of the milk and all of the spices, except for the parsley. Whisk until smooth.
Stir in the chicken and vegetables. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium.
Mix baking mix and parsley in a medium bowl. Add the remaining 1/3 cup milk. Mix well. Drop by spoonfuls onto chicken mixture. Cook, uncovered for 10 minutes. Cover and cook and additional 10 minutes. Enjoy!