As an appetizer or a side dish, deviled eggs have always been a dinner table favorite around our house. My Mom always put vinegar in her deviled eggs, something I never cared for. So I started playing with her recipe to remove that ingredient, yet still keep the general flavor in tact. Some of that can be accomplished with simply using a different brand of mustard, or mayonnaise.
But cooking the perfect boiled egg that can be easily shelled isn’t always easy. There are a few tricks my Mom taught me that can help. See below.
Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Makes 24 deviled eggs.
The Southern Redneck version of Wonton Wraps. Or what we like to call, Plain and BBQ Chicken Stuffers! A quick and easy appetizer to serve at any party, race day or game day event. Or just for a light summer dinner.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 10 to 20 @ 2 to 3 stuffers per person.
Makes: 30 stuffers
1 lb chicken
2 tblspn butter/margarine
16 oz package of wonton wrappers
1½ cup Colby Jack Cheddar
¼ cup crumbled bacon
¼ cup BBQ
¼ tspn pepper
1 tspn salt
There are two steps to this appetizer, the filling and the shells.
Great finger food for the race, football game, or for that cozy party. There are 2 parts to these appetizers, the seasoning and the straws. The great thing about this recipe is that you can alter so many different parts to make the cheese straws you like best. See the alternatives sections for more ideas.
Total preparation time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.
This makes about 1/2 cup of seasoning. Store unused portions in a seasoning bottle for next time.
Named for Confederate spy, James Welty, whose code-named was ‘Daiquiri’, this sweetly cold treat has become a favorite of many in the south and beyond.
Our son Aidan, had his first virgin strawberry daiquiri in 2007, at one of our favorite restaurants, Smokey Bones. His thirst for this fruity drink has caused us to find out how to make them at home. Thus we went on a search for traditional recipes. In our search we found a little history about the creation of the traditional southern Daiquiri drink and we’re sharing that story below.
Preparation Time: 10 min
1 cup ice
½ tsp powdered sugar
6 cut strawberries
1 oz lime juice
½ oz triple sec
2 oz light rum
1 cup ice
½ tsp powdered sugar
6 cut strawberries
1 tblspn lime juice
4 oz water or strawberry juice
A nice old timey remedy for what ails ya. This tasty concoction was past down through generations to help fight cholesterol and clean clogged arteries. Of course this isn’t a cure all and shouldn’t substitute visiting your doctor and following medical advice. But this old wives tale is being republished in modern Heart Healthy magazines as a suggestion for those who want to avoid heart disease, or help lesson it’s impacts. Talk to your doctor and discuss if this recipe can be added to your daily diet for a healthier heart.
Vickie’s Bourbon Balls Although Bourbon has been around since the 18th Century, Bourbon balls were a 20th century invention. As the story goes anyway. In 1919, two substitute school teachers named Ruth Hanly Booe and Rebecca Gooch began a candy-making business in Frankfort, Kentucky. Soon, The Rebecca Ruth Candy Company and their chocolates were a big hit. In 1936 a dignitary was taking a tour of the business and made an off handed comment about mixing candy and Kentucky’s famous bourbon together. Mrs. Booe worked on the recipe for two years before perfecting the still-secret process for blending bourbon and candy.
Bourbon is an American whiskey, a type of distilled spirit, made primarily from corn and named for Bourbon County, Kentucky. It has been produced since the 18th century and is a “distinctive product of the United States.” So said the United States Congress on May 4th 1964. The Bourbon Trail or Kentucky Bourbon Trail is the name given to the area in Kentucky where the state’s bourbon distilleries are located. It is an official trail launched by seven of the eight distilleries in the region. Recently, the eighth distillery, Tom Moore Distillery, joined the trail. Continue reading →
GrandMa Great’s Hot Toddy Cold Remedy
I’m not sure where we got this recipe, but it’s a Holland favorite. We’ve used it on several occasions and it truly works on a sore throat and helps you rest during a cold.
We think Gary found it in his GrandMa Great’s papers. So we’re going to attribute it to her.
Preparation time: 5 minutes Ingredients
2 oz Jack Daniels Whiskey (not Jack Daniels Honey)
Maw Stoots’ Hot Toddy
Maw Stoots had this in her recipe box, but she couldn’t remember where she got it from. She said it might have come from her sister Pearl. Or it could have come from her mom Martha, which would put this recipe around the late 1800s.
Maw said they used to drink it when it snowed to keep from getting a chill and catching a cold. But she thought they drank it just to stay warm on those cold winter days.
Which ever works for you, it’s just what you need to run away a cold, or knock out a chill.
Maw Stoots Got The Blues Brew: For those rainy day blues, here’s an apple a day to keep the doctor away drink. A great old homeopathic remedy to help you feel relaxed and warm inside.
Preparation time: 4 hours to prepare, add 6 hours to allow mixture to stand before serving
2 quarts cut apples
4 quarts water
3 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 orange, cut into small pieces.
3 cups of sugar
Makes about 4 quarts of brew.
Freshly picked apples are best. Harvest enough to make 2 quarts of cubed apples.
Core the apples, but do not skin them.
Wash the apples in cold water then slice them into 1 inch cubes.
Select a large orange and peal the rein.
Separate the slices and if necessary, remove the seeds.
In a large stew pot, mix the water and sugar to boiling for about 1 minute.
Reduce heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
Add the cut apples and cook for approximately 3 hours. Stirring often. But do not let mixture come to a strong boil.
Add white vinegar and orange slices. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Stirring frequently.
Turn off heat and let mixture cool upon the stove.
Once cooled, strain the mixture through a double ply cheesecloth, squeezing the leftover fruit pieces to remove all the juice.
Pour the liquid into a jug, such as a glass cider jug.
Cover with a lid, but DO NOT screw the cap down tightly.
Store in your refrigerator.
Drink over ice, or you can warm single cups adding a cinnamon stick for additional flavor.
The Left Overs You don’t have to throw away the ‘mushed’ apples and oranges. Use these leftovers to make a taste apple sauce.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Drop the leftover fruit from the cheese cloth onto a large cookie sheet.
Using a spoon or potato masher, flatten the leftovers over the sheet.
At this point it should be fairly easy to find the remaining orange skins and remove them from the mixture.
Return the remaining ingredients to the pot.
Add 2 cups of water and ½ cup brown sugar.
Cook over medium heat, stirring the brown sugar into mixture until melted.