Let’s Make Candy: Peanut Brittle

When we held the estate sale of our parent’s home, one item that we didn’t sell was my mother’s heavy marble slab that she used for making candy. She made the best Peanut Brittle every year at the Christmas holiday season. I kept the marble slab and recently located her Peanut Brittle recipe. Here’s my attempt to duplicate it.

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Potato Latkes with Zing for Chanukah

This year the Chanukah holiday — “Celebration of Lights” or “Feast of Rededication” — begins on December 13. I’m making Potato Latkes which are small fried potato pancakes traditionally served during this holiday. The holiday observance begins at sundown on the preceding evening; so I’ll serve my Potato Latkes at dinner tonight. My recipe is perhaps a bit unusual; I stumbled on an ingredient which adds “zing” to the pancakes quite by accident.

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Louisiana Meyer Lemon Marmalade

Here’s another homemade gift idea for the holidays–Meyer Lemon Marmalade. It’s a little different twist on traditional jelly or jam. The Meyer Lemon tree in my backyard that I planted 2 years ago was prolific. I was so excited with the 100 or so lemons that it produced and decided that this would be a good time to try making marmalade. It turned out very well–sweet yet tart with a fruity flavor.Meyer Lemon Marmalade - 2 - IMG_7541

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Malinda’s Plum and Apple Chutney

Plums are an economical, plentiful and healthy fruit in the late summer. But what do you cook with them?  I become intrigued with a cookbook which dedicated an entire chapter to plum recipes–providing lots of ideas. My kind of cookbook. Here is “Malinda’s Plum and Apple Chutney”. The recipe includes plums, apples, onions and Indian spices. Wow, it was delicious.chutney-with-sandwich-img_6908

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Let’s Make Banana Pepper Jelly

Let’s make Banana Pepper Jelly! Home canning pepper jelly is a new adventure for me — but I’m willing to give it a try. My Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) basket was full of large banana peppers. These peppers are mild, with a distinctive flavor. I don’t often use banana peppers in cooking and hate to throw them away. So making jelly seemed like a good solution. The jelly turned out so well that I made a batch of Hot Jalapeno Pepper Jelly, too.Banana Pepper Jelly and Crackers - IMG_0310_1

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Luscious Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

I’ve tried several recipe ideas to use the 13 Meyer lemons from my backyard tree before they “sour.” With cold weather and two freezes now, I picked the entire lemon crop. Don’t want to waste a single lemon. I love cheesecake and experimented with making a “lighter” version of traditional cheesecake using the Meyer lemons and ricotta cheese.Lusious Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake - slice 2- IMG_7096_1

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Southern Mustard Greens and Smoked Turkey

Fresh mustard greens are nutritious, tender, flavorful and easy to prepare. Of all the greens available in a market, I prefer mustard greens the most. This recipe is a true Southern recipe; the smoked turkey gives a full flavor and southern flair. The recipe comes from my brother-in-law, Larry, and he supplied a detailed journey into making the dish. So, follow along as we prepare it.Mustard Greens and Smoked Turkey - IMG_5447_1

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Chicken Noodle Soup with Root Vegetables

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is soothing to the soul and body. My soup is healthy, too, full of aromatic root vegetables—carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, rutabaga and onions–available in autumn.  I’m taking the easy route to making the home-cooked broth by using rotisserie chickens; these will make a flavorful stock which is essential to good soup.Chicken Noodle Soup with Root Vegetables - IMG_5984_1 Continue reading

Chef Paul Prudhomme & Cajun Baked Redfish

Legendary Louisiana Chef Paul Prudhomme passed away this week. His funeral was yesterday (Monday). Prudhomme is best known for his Blackened Redfish dish and popularizing Cajun cooking. I had the chance opportunity to cook a redfish fillet this weekend with fish my daughter-in-law’s family caught. I used Chef Prudhomme’s Blackened Redfish Magic Seasoning Blend. Louisiana Redfish catch at Lake Pontchartrain - 20151011_112646 Continue reading

A Very Small Batch of Pickled Okra

I love pickled okra; this year I decided to make pickled okra with the pods growing in my garden. Most recipes for pickled okra make a large batch; I’ve experimented with scaling back the ingredients to accommodate what I can pick from my garden every morning.Pickled Okra and Fresh Okra - IMG_4721 Continue reading