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!

Miss Tennessee's favorite Chocolate Chip Cake is a recipe fit for a queen

Once a year since 1953, Jackson becomes the stage for the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant and guests from across the state and around the country are welcomed to the city for a week of southern hospitality. 

The contestants are busy with rehearsals, lunching with civic clubs, signing autographs for little girls who one day dream of wearing the crown. The contestants probably dream of the bite of pizza or chocolate cake they can splurge and enjoy after the competition.

Miss Tennessee 1974 Deborah Kincaid Gooch (Miss Memphis State) Top 10 at Miss America, Preliminary Talent Winner
Try her recipe for her favorite Chocolate Chip Cake.  Photo copyright and courtesy of Darren Lykes Photography of Jackson TN

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Libby Murphy talks about all things Tennessee and serves a Southern Supper

Simply Scrumptious Southern Shortcakes

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 (scant) cup Crisco oil
2 tsp. vanilla flavoring
2 cups plain flour sifted
1-1/4 tsp. baking powder
Preheat oven 400. Beat eggs with fork. Mix in sugar and oil add flavor and stir all together well.
Add flour and bake powder sifted together. Drop by big tablespoons on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
Press with glass dipped in raw sugar.
Bake 12 minutes. Watch and don’t overcook. Barely starting to brown around the edges.
I make about 10 from this recipe as I like them very big and use them for shortcakes as well as teacakes. They are too big for "tea" time. After cooling they stack beautifully in a tall stack under a dome. Liz Gist is a wonderful cook and dear friend. She shared this recipe with me when we prepared food for another family who had just come home from the hospital and she took this for their dessert.  Someone gave her this recipe over 35 years ago and it's a keeper.
To serve - place one shortcake on plate, top with heavy cream and  fresh strawberries that have been capped, cut into pieces and if not sweet enough -add sweetener or sugar to your liking. Pick up some fresh berries at your market. Driscoll's has been supplying us with fresh strawberries for over 100 years. Enjoy! Driscoll's Berries

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Barbara's Butter Dips - her husband's favorites and now I get it!

I've never heard of these before, but my cousin, Barbara "Betty Crocker" Jarvis just sent me this photo and says they are her husband's favorites. I guess so after reading the recipe - I get it! She's the same math teacher turned cook who shared her version of that Queen of Lemon Ice Box Pies a few days ago and over 5,000 have gotten the recipe. I can't wait to try these. Let me know what you think!

Yeast Rolls - easy, light and addictive - one of life's little pleasures!

Page Jackson can make yeast rolls like most of us once made mud pies. Hers are always light and the butter she brushes over the tops while they're warm make them irresistible. If you have never smelled yeast rolls in the oven, you have no idea that you're truly missing one of life's little pleasures. This is a recipe you should try and you'll be so glad you did. Due to contract with Gannett, since this was printed in my newspaper food feature today, you'll need to click below for the recipe.
Yeast Rolls RECIPE click here

Blueberry Sour Cream Breakfast Cake (great brunch recipe) Farm Bureau Women sure know how to COOK !

Page Jackson, Carol Ann Watson and Rose Ann Donnell are dear friends and great cooks! They are three powerful women among the leadership of the Farm Bureau Women of TN and all serve on the Board of Directors of the local Farm Bureau. The next time you want an easy, moist and delicious cake to serve at a brunch or with coffee, try this delicious Blueberry Sour Cream Breakfast Cake. It's really got the flavor of a cinnamon and nutty coffee cake with the added blueberries. Due to contract with Gannett, you'll have to click the link below for the recipe. There are a few pages but you'll see it.
Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake RECIPE click here
Page Jackson, Carol Ann Watson and Carolyn Johnson of the Madison Country TN Farm Bureau Women