Friday, January 25, 2013

Recipe Review...Southern Slaw from Southern Lady Magazine

Last weekend I tried probably 4 new recipes.  Lots of fun but not all make the 8/10 cooking score cut.  One that did make the grade last week was simple and very good....Southern Slaw from Southern Lady Magazine.  Really easy.  It would be great to take along on a summer picnic.

I studied the recipe....
1 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar 
1 tsp of salt (I added maybe a half a teaspoon)
2, 16oz packs of tricolored coleslaw mix (I think I did one and a half)
*In a medium bowl, combine mayo, vinegar, sugar and salt.
*In a large bowl combine mayo mixture and cole slaw mix.
Stir to combine.
*Cover and marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
I gathered my ingredients...

Served with Steak, homemade apple sauce and peas.  Pretty yummy:-)

Another very nice Sunday meal.  A couple of hours later Joe. Caleb and I headed out for a bit of post meal exercise.  Joe and Caleb took off on the bike and I ran the trail.  Fun day with family.
Caleb in deep thought after his bike ride:-)
Happy Cooking Everyone!
Enjoy Your World:-)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Recipe Review....Key Lime Pie VII from

I have many recipes that I want to try saved on my Pinterest board.  I thought it was high time I got started.   I decided to try Key Lime Pie VII and Better Then Ever Cheesy Meat Lasagna.  Both sounded wonderful.  Only one of the two made my 8/10 cooking scale rating and that was the Key Lime Pie.  The Lasagna was fine, we did not waste any of it, but I would rate it maybe a 6/10.  So here goes with the pie....

I studied the recipe I found on All Recipes... You will see my adjustments and hints in blue:-)
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Minutes (cook time for me was longer around 13 minutes)
Ready In: 55 Minutes
Servings: 8  
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
3 cups sweetened condensed milk (2 of the small cans is all you need)
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup key lime juice (I used "real lime juice")
1 tablespoon grated lime zest (I did not use the zest)
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime rind. Mix well and pour into graham cracker crust.
3.Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 8 minutes(13 for me), until tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of pie. DO NOT BROWN! Chill pie thoroughly before serving. Garnish with lime slices and whipped cream if desired.
I gathered my ingredients...only a few so really easy!

Mixed everything together...

Poured the mixture in the prepared graham cracker crust....and into the oven...
The directions tell you to look for tiny pinhole bubbles.  I was not seeing any bubbles at the 8 minute cooking time they suggested.  When I read the reviews on this recipe most folks ended up cooking it longer.  My cooking time was around 13 minutes....see the pinholes in the photo below?...

A bit hard to see but they are there...The recipe says to garnish with lime slices and whipped cream.  Have you ever thought you had a great idea only to have it fall flat?  That is what happened to me when I attempted to garnish this pie.  My great idea...I will use Reddi Wip, its easy and tastes yummy and I can have the pie looking great in a matter of seconds.  Wrong!
It may have looked nice to begin with....

Looks fine, but I did not take into account all the air in Reddi a matter of seconds all the fancy swirls were gone, and what was left had melted down the sides of the pie.  Was still good but not pretty.

Here we are a few days later.  Only a small piece of pie left and no Reddi Whp in sight.  I wonder where it went? Evaporated completely I guess!  I will re-garnish with a few blueberries..much better....

So what did I learn?  Cooking time is a bit longer then it called for and do not use Reddi Wip to garnish your pie:-)  I think I will go with Cool Whip next time it tends to hold up better...
I would rate this pie a 8.5/10.  I thought it was a good tart/sweet pie and it was easy to make.  It would be great served with fresh berries.
We gave Caleb a bite of the pie. He made the sour face and started to run away.  He made it a few steps, hesitated, turned around and said "hmmmmm" and came back for more.  I think the lime hit him first and then the sweetness:-)
(Photo taken by Josh Orihood
Master Photographer
He needs to give his Mother-in-law lessons:-)
Happy Cooking Everyone!
Enjoy Your World:-)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Recipe Review ..Paula Deans Pecan Chicken Salad

The other day Erica said "Mom is your chicken salad recipe on your blog?"
She wanted to make it and I realized it had not yet made the blog.
I thought, now would be a good time to get it posted, plus I was in the mood for some good chicken salad, some comfort food, so here goes.....
 I studied the recipe....and gathered my ingredients....
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup sour cream (I added about a tablespoon of sugar to the mayo and sour cream mix)
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 cup seedless grapes, haved
3/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
salt and pepper

In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise and sour cream.
Add salt and pepper to taste to the mayo mix.
Stir in chicken, grapes, and pecans.

 I had everything at home but the pecans.
I do love them in a salad.  I will use them next time:-)
Notice my new knife in the picture...Thanks Santa (Steph and Josh:-)

Served with grapes and crackers and a nice glass of white wine.  Very Good!
I will give it a 9/10 on my cooking scale.  I have not had much luck with new recipes lately so it was nice to return to an oldie but goodie....
Thanks for prompting this post Erica, Hi Tim:-)

Happy Cooking!
Enjoy Your World:-)