October, fall weather is here, recipes to warm you up

October Recipes:

Our neighborhood is having an OctoberFest party,and it was suggested to bring a side dish, the main entree will be “Brats” in assorted flavors accompanied by mustard and relishes. Thinking of something a little hearty and sweet and sour, here’s Bavarian meatballs. I’ll make these appetizer size.

Bavarian Meatballs

MEATBALLS:

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup dry bread crumbs ( add spices parsley thyme,or lemon pepper)

1 egg slightly beaten

2 tsp horseradish

1 TBSP ketchup

1 tsp salt or Lite salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup water

3 TBSP bacon drippings

Directions:

Mix first 9 ingredients. Form into balls 1 1/4 inches in diameter and brown on all sides, in bacon drippings, turning with your trusty long -handled sauté spoon/ spatula. Drain.

Next, prepare this mixture of sweet and sour goodness.

2 raw medium potatoes, grated

2 apples, peeled and quartered

2 cups sauerkraut ( love this stuff!)

1 onion sliced

1/4 cup sweet white wine

2 tsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1/8 tsp caraway seed

Grease casserole with bacon drippings. Layer first 4 ingredients in casserole. Mix remaining ingredients; por over. Top with meatballs. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Serves 4.

To double the recipe to serve 8, use 2 lbs ground beef. Make smaller size meatballs as appetizer size.
Will keep warm in a crock pot for the party.

RECIPE: Quick Herb Rolls using canned Refrigerator Biscuits

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 tsp parsley flakes

1/2 tsp Dill-weed

1 TBSP onion flakes

2 TBSP Parmesan cheese

1 ( 10 or 11 oz. ) can refrigerator biscuits, ( buttermilk variety)

Melt butter in 9 inch pan. Mix herbs and cheese together and stir into butter. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes. Cut biscuits into halves or fourths and swish around in herb butter to coat all sides. Bake at 425 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes. This may be prepared several hours ahead and refrigerated. Serves 4.

Resources:

Cookbook: ” Southern Accent” 1976 edition.
In the quaint historic town, there was a wonderful bookstore called ” the Bookworm”, situated in a 100 plus year house, with delightful reading nooks tucked in beside windows on the upper floors. It has since moved into a much smaller location, has less charm.

Recipe- Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Happy Fall, everyone.

This morning I am reposting my picture of the Sweet Potato Pie I made. My, Has it been that long??

Today is October 8, 2015.

Wishing good cheer to the lady from Arkansas  whom I spoke with last night on the Telephone who was baking a sweet potato pie. After the telephone survey, she share with me her baking secrets for this pie, a little different than my posted recipe. 

To the pleasant  Arkansas gal, ” I’m sure that piece of pie tasted good this morning with your first cuppa, cup of coffee!!!

SOUTHERN SWEET POTATO PIE

2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes

1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 eggs, separated

1/4 cup ( =5 oz) can evaporated milk

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp slat

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 unbaked 10 -inch pastry pie shell

whipped topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter, egg yolk, salt, and spices in a large bowl.  Beat with electric mixer until   light and fluffy.   Add evaporated milk. Mix just enough to combine.

NOTES: 

Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until foamy.  Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff.   Fold into the large bowl.  Bake for 10 minutes.

Reduce heat to 350 degrees F. and bake an additional 45 to 50 minutes or until set.  Cool.  Top with whipped topping, if desired.

Notes:

First peel the sweet potatoes, cut into quarters, and boil in pot filled with water until soft, 15 to 20 minutes. ; take care to drain all of the water out of the pot, and then mash.  I used a food mill since I have an antique one that my grandmother had purchased.  You can also use a ricer if you have one; this separates the strings from the sweet potato which is a little fibrous being a root vegetable.

Recipe from several sources:

CdDkitchen

http://www.southern food.about.com

Mississippi Sweet Potato Pie

http://www.mommyskitchen.blogspot.com

Rainy Day

rainy day at beautiful Hershey gardens!

We'll walk through the park between the raindrops or umbrella is best.

What are some things to do on a rainy day?

Cook, play music, watch a DVD, there’s more, no wait . There’s something that’s more fun to do. Did you guess it right?
It is to create a photo collage on Picassa 3.
For this week’s Photo challenge with the Faceboook’group Oh SHoot! Digital Scavenger Photo Hunt:

Spices: on my kitchen shelf and plants.

Happy Halloween

Fall pumpkin

Happy Halloween

Trick  or Treat

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Doesn't this front porch beckon you to sit for a spell?

Happy First day of Fall and the movie , Julie and Julia

Well, It’s the first day of Fall. Is everone ready to embrace the cooler weather? I prefer another week or two of warmer weather and wearing my short sleeve clothing and capris. Yesterday evening was a little chilly.

Anyone a fan of the movie Julie and Julia? We finally saw the movie last evening.
Some of my favorite scenes:

When Julia child enrolled in a French master cooking class and at home practising slicing onions fast- her husband came home to both smell and see a huge pile of sliced onions on her chopping board that he had to leave the room.
At the next cooking class, it is shown that she is the fastest slicing onions.

What funny moments can you recall?

I can also relate to the scene where she prepares the beef bourguignon , sets the timer for 2 hours, falls asleep and the dish burns in the oven; the cat smells it first. Just last week, I was roasting vegatebles in the oven, rested on the couch and I, too fell asleep. The carots were burned, but the sliced potatoes, and zuchhini were edible.

Meryl Streep did a wonderful performance as Julia Child. I recall watching Julia child’s cooking show-The French Chef with my grandmother during the summers and Meryl performed a very good likeness of Julia’s voice as I remember it. During the movie, I had great delight listening closely for the resemblance to Julia’s voice.