Monday, September 1, 2014

Luscious Lemon Ice Box Pie

  Luscious Lemon Ice Box Pie
2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
1 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
8 large egg yolks
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
In a medium bowl, whisk the condensed milk with the cream cheese and lemon juice. In another bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the lemon zest with the egg yolks until pale. Beat in the condensed milk mixture until smooth. Pour the filling into the crust.
Bake the pie for 25 minutes in 325 degree oven, until the edges are set. Transfer the pan to a rack; let cool for 1 hour. Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate the pie for at least 6 hours.

Whipped Cream Topping
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 - 1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Garnishes: lemon slices, fresh mint leaves
Beat whipping cream at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form; blend in the zest and dollop over chilled pie. Garnish, if desired.

Lemon Ice Box Pie Crust
3 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 stick butter, melted
Vanilla wafers to line rim of pie after cooking and before topping with whipped cream
In a medium bowl, mix together the wafer crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until mixture resembles wet sand. Using your hands, firmly press the mixture across the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before filling.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Coffee that is purely delicious - PURO

What's not to like about the rainforest? I believe there are plants that grow freely there which modern medicine would label miracle cures if we could only harvest. It's a pure, rich section of this planet which the good Lord created for man on Earth.

One of those products is COFFEE and I would like to introduce you to Puro Fairtrade Coffee. I get many food products sent to me for review but this is one that I recommend. I like a mild but rich flavored coffee in the morning and this is it!

Puro was created in 2005 and since its conception, has always sourced Fairtrade, organic and shade grown coffee. For every cup of coffee sold, money is given to buy and protect areas of rainforest in South America. To date, these folks have saved over 5,600 acres (approx 6,000 football fields) of rainforest across 3 Puro reserves in Ecuador, Brazil and Colombia with the help of our loyal clients.

 This is an interesting film right from the heart of the South American Rainforests.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Vote for SENATOR, a LAB running for Good Dog at Garden and Gun - Bow Wow Bow Wow very much!

Someone entered the Senator in a contest Garden and Gun has for good dogs. He's asking for your vote and thanks you for giving him a minute of your time.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Big ORANGE - Go VOLS Sherbet is delicious and only uses two items!

Big Orange – Go VOLS Sherbet - 4 + 2 = DELICIOUS
4 cans of Orange Slice (Orange Crush works too)
2 cans of Eagle Brand Milk
Put in Ice Cream Maker and let it go! this is Zach Coleman's recipe and it's a sure keeper for summer.   HAVE A FUN WEEKEND!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Smoky Mountain Peach Dumplin - easy, delicious and prize winning

SMOKY MOUNTAIN DUMPLIN - Cut one large, peeled sweet fresh peach into 8 sections and roll each section in an uncooked crescent roll (like you get in a can at the refrigerated section of grocery.) Place rolls, side by side, in a lightly butt...ered or sprayed casserole. Cook 1 stick butter, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1-1/2 cups Mt. Dew for about 10 minutes over low-medium heat; add 1 tsp. vanilla. Pour mixture over dumplins and bake in a 350 degree oven until golden brown - about 30 minutes. Enjoy and spread the love with these dumplins that are delicious and easy to make!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Big Boss Man's Biscuits and Grilled Prince Pork Loin with Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce - a blue ribbon winner by a dad who cooks!

Oh my goodness, Ronnie Prince is really the King of the Kitchen. He took time off from his career in the transportation industry to stay home for a few years with his two children. One of the things he does is the cooking – and you’d better believe this guy can cook with the best of them.

These biscuits will melt in your mouth and the pork loin is flavorful and tender. Are you kidding that raspberry chipotle sauce is the catsup of the new millennium – it’s good on anything and made by FISCHER & WIESER which you can order by calling (731) 664-4455.

This was one of my Gannett newspaper features so I can’t publish here just yet, but you can get the recipes now if you like by going to their site noted below.
 Prince RECIPES click here


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mt. Dew Biscuits - Sugar free and shut the front door delicious!

Mt. Dew Biscuits - oh good heavens they're good and EASY - only 4 ingredients! Cut 1/2 cup sour cream into 2 cups Bisquick; add 1/2 cup Mt. Dew (I used sugar-free). Dough will be soft. Use extra Bisquick and pat dough out on counter; cut into biscuits. Melt 1/...4 cup butter and put in 9" pan (round or square); place biscuits on top of butter. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven until golden brown. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! How about using it to make a fried chicken tender sandwich?
Serve with homemade jam or honey if you want them to KISS THE COOK.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TN Walking Horse Blue Ribbon Ice Cream

 TN Walking Horse Blue Ribbon Ice Cream
1/2 gallon milk     
1 can sweetened condensed milk  
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
Vanilla flavoring
Mix eagle brand milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla flavoring together with mixer. Pour mixture into ice cream freezer and use milk to fill up freezer (to the fill line). Add bananas or peaches to make banana or peach ice cream. Kim Gilmore of McKenzie

Clarenita Hamilton knows how to entertain at home and tailgating at one of the many TN Walking Horse shows that she and her husband, Howard, attend every year. Howard is a world famous trainer and has won over 1,000 champion and grand champion trophies for horses he trains at Serenity Farms. Years ago he even trained Elvis' horse. 
Over the years Clarenita has gathered a collection of some really good recipes from friends on the horse circuit and this one is no exception. It's easy and it's delicious. Of course she gave her sweet little puppy a few licks as a treat on a hot day. And if you have a horse like Batman who will sit on command, you know Howard's going to share a little treat of ice cream! Batman even smiles for the camera!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Burger Bar with sides of Corn Toss, Bacon and Brown Sugar Beans and Red Potato Salad with Leeks for the perfect picnic on the 4th of July

Gruyere Burger with Balsamic Onions and Bread and Butter Pickles on Toasted Bun
Old-Fashioned Double Cheddar Burger with Tomato, Lettuce and Mayo on Bun
TN Sliders with Jack Daniels' BBQ Sauce and Vidalia Onion Marmalade on Buttered and Toasted Yeast Rolls
Burger with Swiss Cheese and Sautéed Red Onions and Smoky Bacon
 Happy 4th of July . . . Be safe, remember those who serve our Nation to ensure we continue to celebrate our freedom and independence.
Why not set up a Burger Buffet and let everyone have it their way! Grill up the burgers or cook them in a skillet if weather doesn't agree. Then assemble a buffet, mine will include:
Cheddar, Gruyere, Smoky Gouda, Swiss and Gorgonzola Cheese sliced or cut into pieces
Fresh from the garden - lettuce, sliced tomatoes and sweet onions
Sautéed Onions or Mushrooms to which you might add  BBQ Sauce, Jalapenos, Balsamic Syrup or Crispy Bacon
Grilled Slices of Pineapple, Mushrooms, Onions
Pickles - Homemade Sweet Spears, Dill, Bread and Butter
Mustard, Dijon, Mayonnaise, Ketchup, BBQ Sauce
An assortment of buns - plain, whole wheat, poppy seed, sesame seed and mini yeast rolls
Then let everyone bring their favorite side to serve with the burgers.
Tomato Corn Toss
3 (11-ounce) cans corn, drained
    Or 4 cups cooked fresh corn
2 medium tomatoes, chopped (or use grape tomatoes)
6 green onions, chopped
8 slices bacon, crisp and crumbled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
Toss corn and onions with mayonnaise, sour cream, salt and pepper to taste. Chill for at least an hour or more.  Just before serving add tomatoes and bacon; toss again. Serve.  
Brown Sugar/Bacon Green Beans
 3 (14.5-oz.) cans whole green beans, or fresh beans cooked
1 lb. bacon cooked and cut into 1/2-1” pieces
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp. garlic salt
Mix all in casserole dish. Cover and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
Red Potato Salad with Leeks
3 pounds red potatoes
1 tablespoon chicken base (substitute bouillon)
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 leek, white part only sliced thinly and rough chopped
1/2 cup celery, ribs removed and chopped fine
Sea Salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
Put the potatoes, chicken base and salt in a large pot of boiling water and cook 10-15 minutes or until just tender. Drain and, while they're still hot, cut into thick slices.
Whisk the dairy; add sugar and vinegar; stir. Toss the potatoes with the dressing, leeks and celery. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until serving.

Set up a Fresh Veggie and Dip Bar if you like or an Ice Cream Sundae Bar - it's endless and guests will gladly wait on themselves and of course use disposable plates and tableware then clean up is so easy and you can sit back and enjoy the fireworks!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Best Dip - BOUCON CORN BAKE - all little pirates will want to steal the bounty and it's so easy to make!

Boucan Corn Bake
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 (8-oz) pkg cream cheese
1 can yellow corn, drained
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup leeks, chopped
1 tablespoons chives, chopped
8 Ritz crackers, crushed
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup Captain Rodney’s Sweet and Spicy Glaze
Mix mayonnaise, cream cheese, cheddar, corn and onions in greased quiche pan. Top with crackers and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Top with bacon and Captain Rodney’s. Serve with crackers.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Zach and Sarah Coleman Grill up Ribs, Chicken Wings, Automatic Buffalo Turds and more easyrecipes for the perfect picnic

Zach Coleman and his wife, Sarah, and their fur babies, Mac and Hermione, are happy to see the sunshine of summer. Mac and Hermione will get a trim so that they can swim and dry off faster in this wonderful Southern heat. Zach will be grilling everything from his famous ABT (automatic buffalo turds), ribs, and chicken wings to Chex mix, cheese and hams.
In the daytime, he's a computer genius who has yet to meet a computer he can't fix. Sarah is a homemaker and mother to one goldendoodle and one labradoodle. But soon one lucky little boy or girl will be calling these two precious people, Mama and Daddy, as the Colemans are in the final stages of adopting a baby. If you're looking for a recipe for grilling try one of Zach's - Zach's BBQ Rub, Chicken Wings, ABT, or Sarah's Coleman Slaw. And if you're really ready to take it to the next step, add his mom's homemade yeast rolls to serve with his platter from the grill. It just doesn't get any better! . . . well it does if you add a scoop of the Big ORANGE Sherbet that is only two ingredients and you'll like not only your spoon, but the bowl.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Heath Bar Cake is a favorite of Miss Tennessee 2002, Valli Kugler Kelly and it's a royal keeper!!!

Heath Bar Cake is the all-time favorite of Valli Kugler Kelly
With little ones at home to keep her busy, easy recipes are always the best!
I've made this cake several times and it's just decadent! No wonder it's her favorite. This recipe is a winner.
CLICK here for the Heath Bar Cake Recipe
Miss Tennessee 2002 Valli Kugler Kelly (Miss UT Martin)


When Beauty Queens COOK - Miss Tennessees of 2007 and 2008 share favorite recipes for family favorites - Sausage Stars and Yum Yum Sweet Potato Casserole

Miss Tennessee 2008 Ellen Carrington Shelton (Miss Scenic City) Top 6 at Miss America being crowned by Miss Tennessee 2007 Grace Gore Sturdivant (Miss Lexington) Top 15 at Miss America and Quality of Life Finalist
Click HERE for Miss Tennessee recipes

Sausage Stars
Three generations make this every Christmas at Mop and Pop’s home (grandparents Doris and Sammie Arnold of Jackson) including mother Darlene Arnold Gore of Grenada MS and aunt Gay Gregson of Jackson TN. Grace Sturdivant

Ellen Carrington Shelton, Miss Tennessee 2008
Yum! Yum! Sweet Potato Casserole
My favorite recipe came from my grandmother, Vonelle Baker.  I even had this served at my wedding as a special dish.  My family says that I’m now the "go to" person for this dish as I’ve come as close to mastering the consistency and taste as my grandmother's version, which is quite a feat in my eyes.  Ellen Shelton

Yum Yum Sweet Potato Casserole served at Ellen Carrington Shelton's wedding reception.
Grace with Pop and Mop (her grandparents, Sammie and Doris Arnold of Jackson) and her husband Micajah.

Grace Gore Sturdivant, Miss Tennessee 2007

Allison Demarcus favorite Breakfast Casserole recipe she got from her mom

Miss Tennessee 1999 Allison Alderson DeMarcus (Miss Memphis)
Breakfast Casserole
This is my mom's (Jane Alderson) recipe that we cook every Christmas morning. Allison is the host of the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant and is often joined by her husband, Jay, of Rascal Flatts fame. They make a most entertaining duo and do a wonderful job. 
Click for the Breakfast Casserole RECIPE


Like Mother, Like Daughter Miss Tennessee shares recipe for their family's favorite - Murr's Chicken-N-Dumplins and Ding Dong Cake that is a winner in a league of its own!

  Those who have won the title of Miss Tennessee over the years are referred to as keepers of the crown. What I’ve found out with a little help from Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant executive director Jane Alderson is that these ladies also have quite a collection of favorite recipes. So the next time you want to eat like a queen, try one of these favorites.
Like Mother Like Daughter - Linda Shumate is the mother of Ali Fowler and both were crowned Miss Tennessee. Ali shared one of her favorite recipes for this staple comfort food. Enjoy a bowl of delicious chicken and dumplins made from their family recipe.
Afterwards slide back from the table and have a slice of the Ding Dong Cake that Linda says her grandchildren absolutely love. It sure sounds like it deserves a crown of its own!
Click HERE for the RECIPE
Miss Tennessee 1995 Ali Shumate Fowler (Miss Knoxville) Non Finalist Interview at Miss America
Miss Tennessee 1967 Linda Workman Shumate (Miss UT Martin)
Ding Dong Cake - oh it's every bite as good as it looks!