Restaurant Style Red Beans and Rice

Restaurant Style Red Beans and Rice

Restaurant Style Red Beans and Rice

Ingredients

  • 2 15 oz. cans red beans, with liquid
  • 1 15 oz. can red beans, drained
  • 1/2 lb. smoked ham hock
  • 5 1/4 cups water, divided
  • 2 cups uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 5 tbsp. lard

Instructions

  • In a 2w quart saucepan combine 1 drained can of bean, 1 undrained can of beans, ham hock and remaining 1 1/4 cup water.
  • Simmer on medium heat for 1 hour, until the meat starts to come away from the bone.
  • Remove from heat and cool until meat can be handled to be removed from bone.
  • In a saucepan bring 4 cups water to a boil.
  • Add rice and stir.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • In a food processor combine meat, beans and the liquid in which they cooked.
  • To the mixture add onion powder, garlic salt, red pepper, salt, black pepper and lard.
  • Process for 4 seconds.
  • Beans should be chopped and the liquid thick.
  • To the food processor add the third can of drained beans.
  • Process for 1 to 2 seconds, so that most of the beans remain almost whole.
  • Pour mixture back into the saucepan and cook slowly on low, stirring often, until heated through.
  • Serve over cooked rice.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake, pumpkin cheesecake

Ingredients

Crest:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham crumbs
  • 5 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp. sugar

Filling:

  • 3 – 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • Whipped Cream

Instructions

  • Mix crust ingredients together, just till coated and crumbly.
  • Press onto the bottom and 2/3 up the sides of an 8" springform pan.
  • Bake for 5 mins. at 350F.
  • Combine cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl; mix until smooth with an electric mixer.
  • Add pumpkin, eggs and spices; beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour into the crust.
  • Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until the top turns a bit darker.
  • Remove from oven and allow to come to room temperature, then refrigerate.
  • After it has thoroughly chilled, remove the pan sides and cut with dental floss.
  • Serve with whipped cream.
Soft Christmas Cookies

Soft Christmas Cookies

Soft Christmas Cookies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, cookies, soft cookies
Author: Nancy Salinas

Ingredients

  • 3 3/4 cups All-Purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • decorator sparkling sugar see recipe below

Decorator Sparkling Sugar:

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup food coloring

Instructions

  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  • Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients until fully absorbed.
  • Cover dough, and chill for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Grease cookie sheets.
  • On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
  • Sprinkle with decorator sparkling sugar.
  • Bake 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown.
  • Remove from cookie sheets to cool to cool on wire racks.

Decorator Sparkling Sugar

  • Preheat oven to 150F.
  • Stir sugar and food coloring together and spread the mixture in a shallow baking pan.
  • Place the sugar in the oven for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  • Remove when the liquid has evaporated.
  • Cool.
  • Store sugar in a tightly – covered jar.
Baked Chicken and Mushrooms

Baked Chicken and Mushrooms

Baked Chicken and Mushrooms

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 broiler-fryer chicken, cut up or 2 1/2 lbs chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

Instructions

  • Melt butter in 13" X 9" baking pan.
  • Stir in thyme, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Dredge chicken pieces in flour, then swish in butter (both sides), until coated.
  • Arrange them in a baking dish.
  • Bake in hot oven (400F) until browned, about 30 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 350F, turn over chicken pieces, and add muchrooms and wine.
  • Cover dish with foil and continue baking about 30 minutes longer.
Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast sausage

Ingredients

Sage Sausage

  • 16 oz. ground pork
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp MSG (Accent)

Hot Sausage

  • 16 oz. ground pork
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp MSG (Accent)

Maple Sausage

  • 16 oz. ground pork
  • 3 tbsp. maple flavored syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp MSG (Accent)
  • 1/4 tsp coriander

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients for the flavor of your choice in a medium bowl.
  • Form the sausage into patties and cook in a skillet over medium heat until brown.
  • Each recipe makes 1 lb. of sausage.
Honey Glazed Ham

Honey Glazed Ham

Honey Glazed Ham

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham, thanksgiving side

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs. Ready-To-Eat Ham
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup butter

Instructions

  • Score ham, and stud with the whole cloves. Place ham in foil lined pan.
  • Place ham in a foil-lined pan.
  • In the top half of a double boiler, heat the corn syrup, honey and butter.
  • Keep glaze warm while baking ham.
  • Brush glaze over ham, and bake at 325F and 1 hour and 15 minutes in a preheated oven.
  • Baste ham every 10 to 15 minutes with the honey glaze.
  • During the last 4 to 5 minutes of baking, turn on broiler to caramelize the glaze.
  • Remove from oven, and let sit a few minutes before serving.