Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pimento Cheese

  • 4 oz. Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1/2 c. Mayonnaise
  • 2 T. Dijon Mustard 
  • 2 T. Adobo Sauce From Canned Chipotles 
  • 1/2 t. Black Pepper
  • 8 oz. Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 8 oz. Pepper Jack Cheese, Grated
  • 4 oz. diced Pimentos, Drained

Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, Dijon, adobo sauce, and black pepper in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix it until totally combined (if you have a few lumps from the cream cheese, no problem; you won't see them later!)

Add the cheddar and Pepper jack and mix gently until combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the bowl and make sure all the ingredients are mixed together. Stir in the pimentos Taste and mix in more of whatever you think it needs. Add more cheese if you like the pimento cheese to be less creamy; add less if you like it to be more creamy.

Refrigerate pimento cheese for at least 2 hours before serving. 

Serve with crackers, small hollowed-out peppers, carrot and celery sticks, and olives. (Or make small sandwiches or even a grilled cheese with it!)

***Note: For best results, make sure the cheddar and jack cheeses are nice and cold when you mix them in.

Adapted from Pioneer Woman 's recipe

Monday, January 1, 2018

Chocolate Pie (Microwave)

1 1/2 c. Sugar
3 T. plus 1 1/2 t. Flour
3 T. cocoa
1 1/2 c. milk
3 eggs, separated
3 T. Butter
1 1/2 t. vanilla

Mix sugar, flour and cocoa in glass microwave safe bowl. Add milk and whisk.  Cook in microwave oven for 4 minutes.. Remove and whisk until smooth. Beat egg yolks and temper before adding to hot mixture. Return to microwave and cook for 4 more minutes. Remove (mixture will be thick) and whisk; add butter and vanilla. Whisk until smooth. Pour into baked pie crust. Top with meringue.

3 egg whites
1/4 t. cream of tartar
3 T. sugar

Beat egg whites with cream of tartar, until stiff. Add sugar last. Bake pie at 350 until lightly browned.

Thanks to Charlene Cole for this amazing recipe.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Jake's Shrimp and Grits

1 lb. shrimp peeled and deveined
1 c. stone ground grits (not instant)
3 T. butter
2 c. sharp Cheddar cheese
6 slices of bacon, chopped
4 t. lemon juice
2 T chopped Italian parsley
1 c. thinly sliced scallions
1 large clove garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Cajun Seasoning

2 t. salt
2 t. garlic powder
2 1/2 t. paprika
1 t. fresh ground black pepper
1 t. onion powder
1 t. cayenne pepper
1 1/4  t. dried oregano
1 1/4 t. dried thyme
1/4 t. red pepper flakes
1 T. lemon juice

Marinate 1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp in Cajun seasoning.

Cook the bacon crispy and remove from pan. Save 2 T. of bacon grease in the pan.

Cook grits per package instructions.  When done, stir in cheese, butter, salt, and pepper until the cheese and butter have melted and are well mixed.

Cook shrimp in pan with the bacon grease until pink.  Add cooked and sliced bacon, parsley, scallions and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes.
YUM! Enjoy . . . 

Saturday, November 18, 2017


  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 Large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 15 oz. can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 12 oz. Evaporated Milk 
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch deep-dish pie shell (4-cup volume)

Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves.
Lightly beat eggs.
Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.
Bake in preheated 425 oven for 15 min. Reduce temp. to 350; bake for 40-50 min. more or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Top with REAL whipped cream made by Bella.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fudge Cake

Fudge Cake

1 cup unsalted butter
4 (1 oz) squares of semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 ¾ cup of sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup of flour, sifted
1 cup chopped, toasted walnuts or pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Microwave butter and chocolate (on high until completely melted) for 1 minute.  Stop and stir every 20 seconds.  Add sugar and stir until combined.  Cool for 10 minutes then add eggs one at time.  After adding each egg, stir until combined.  Gently add in flour, nuts and vanilla.  Don't over stir.

Spray 9x9 pan or 10 x 10 pan with cooking spray.  Then line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper allowing the paper to extend 4 to 5 inches over the edges of the pan.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes OR until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 30 minutes.  Then lift from pan with parchment paper "handles" and cool another 30 minutes.  Cut into small squares (very rich)  and dust with powdered sugar.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Braised Chicken Thighs with Slow-Cooker Marinara

 1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped (about 5 cups)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 c. chopped yellow onion
3 T. tomato paste
1 (3 inch) piece Parmesan cheese rind
1 bunch basil stems, plus 1/4 c. basil leaves
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 lbs.)
1/2 t. black pepper
2 t. kosher salt, divided
1 T. olive oil
1 lb. uncooked fettuccine, cooked according to package directions
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Combine tomatoes, garlic, onion, tomato paste, Parmesan rind, and basil stems in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

Sprinkle chicken thighs evenly with pepper and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add chicken to skillet, and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to slow cooker, and nestle into tomato mixture. Cover and cook on LOW until tomatoes have broken down and chicken is very tender and done, 2 to 3 hours.

Transfer chicken to a cutting board to cool slightly. Remove and discard basil stems and Parmesan rind from slow cooker. Stir in remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Process mixture using an immersion blender until mostly smooth, about 30 seconds. Shred chicken into 1-inch pieces, and stir into slow cooker.

Toss pasta with tomato-chicken mixture, and divide evenly among 6 bowls. Top with basil leaves and grated Parmesan.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Martha's Fudge Peanut Butter Brownies


1 cup of butter (2 sticks, no substitutions)
1/3 cup Hershey’s Cocoa 
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs (at room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (18-ounce) jar peanut butter
  1. Melt 1 cup butter and 1/3 cup cocoa in a saucepan over low heat until butter melts, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  3. Combine sugar, flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Slowly add chocolate mixture and beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until blended. Do not over beat.
  6. Spread mixture into a greased 15 x 10 inch jellyroll pan. 
  7. Bake in 350-degree oven for 25–30 minutes. Every oven is different, so I recommend inserting a toothpick in the middle of the brownies and making sure it comes out clean. If not, cook one minute at a time until done. Don’t overcook.

Peanut Butter Topping

  1. Spoon mounds of peanut butter across the top of the hot brownies. As peanut butter begins to soften and melt, gently spread evenly across the top of the hot brownies.
  2. Let cool completely, and then chill for 30 minutes until peanut butter sets up firm.

Fudge Frosting

1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
1/3 cup whole milk (no substitutions)
10 large marshmallows
1/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar
  1. Cook 1 stick of butter, milk and marshmallows in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until marshmallows melt.
  2. Remove pan from heat and gradually sift in 1/4 cup cocoa, beating with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy.
  3. Sift powdered sugar and gradually stir into cocoa mixture with hand mixer until smooth.
  4. Spread frosting over peanut butter; place back in fridge and chill at least another 20 minutes so fudge frosting will set.
  5. If not serving immediately, cover with foil and keep in fridge.
  6. To serve, trim off all of the edges of the brownies. Cut into small squares (these are very rich). Optional: Garnish each piece with 1/4 of a miniature peanut butter cup. Best served at room temperature.
courtesy of Martha Sartin Thompson (friend from college, one of the girls from Johnson Hall.