One of America’s Favorites – Cobbler

March 27, 2017 at 5:16 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Cobbler

Cobbler refers to a variety of dishes, particularly in the United Kingdom and United States, consisting of a fruit or savory filling poured into a large baking dish and covered with a batter, biscuit, or dumpling (in England) before being baked. Some cobbler recipes, especially in the American south, resemble a thick-crusted, deep-dish pie with both a top and bottom crust.

 

 

 

 
Cobblers originated in the British American colonies. English settlers were unable to make traditional suet puddings due to lack of suitable ingredients and cooking equipment, so instead covered a stewed filling with a layer of uncooked plain biscuits or dumplings, fitted together.[citation needed] The origin of the name cobbler, recorded from 1859, is uncertain: it may be related to the archaic word cobbler, meaning “wooden bowl”.

 

 
North America

Peach cobbler with ice cream

Grunts, pandowdy, and slumps are Canadian Maritimes and New England varieties of cobbler, typically cooked on the stovetop, or in an iron skillet or pan, with the dough on top in the shape of dumplings. They reportedly take their name from the grunting sound they make while cooking. Another name for the types of biscuits/dumplings used are called dough-boys. Dough-boys are used in stews and cobblers alike.

In the United States, additional varieties of cobbler include the apple pan dowdy (an apple cobbler whose crust has been broken and perhaps stirred back into the filling), the Betty, the buckle (made with yellow batter (like cake batter), with the filling mixed in with the batter), the dump (or dump cake), the grump, the slump, and the sonker. The sonker is unique to North Carolina: it is a deep-dish version of the American cobbler.

In the Deep South, cobblers most commonly come in single fruit varieties and are named as such, such as blackberry, blueberry, and peach cobbler. The Deep South tradition also gives the option of topping the fruit cobbler with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. Savory cobblers are less common in the region; for example, tomato cobbler, which may include onion and a biscuit topping that may include cheese or cornmeal, is one savoury variant that also resembles Southern tomato pie.

 
Betty
The American variant known as the Betty or brown Betty dates from native times. In 1864, in the Yale Literary Magazine, it appeared with “brown” in lower case, thus making “Betty” the proper name. In 1890, however, a recipe was published in Practical Sanitary and Economic Cooking Adapted to Persons of Moderate and Small Means with the word “Brown” capitalised, making “Brown Betty” the proper name.

Brown Betties are made with breadcrumbs (or bread pieces, or graham cracker crumbs), and fruit, usually diced apples, in alternating layers. They are baked covered and have a consistency like bread pudding.

In the midwestern United States, apple or strawberry Betty is often a synonym for apple crisp.

 
UK and British Commonwealth
In the UK and British Commonwealth, the scone-topped cobbler predominates, and is found in both sweet and savoury versions. Common sweet fillings include apple, blackberry, and peach. Savoury versions, such as beef, lamb, or mutton, consist of a casserole filling, sometimes with a simple ring of cobbles around the edge, rather than a complete layer, to aid cooking of the meat. Cheese or herb scones may also be used as a savoury topping.

Cobblers and crumbles were promoted by the Ministry of Food during the Second World War, since they are filling, yet require less butter than a traditional pastry, and can be made with margarine.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 27, 2017 at 5:13 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Thank you to Claire for passing this hint along…….

 
To prevent the bottom crust of your pie from becoming soggy, sprinkle it with unseasoned dry bread crumbs before adding the filling.

Fried Shrimp w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Green Beans/ Diced Potatoes

March 26, 2017 at 4:57 PM | Posted in shrimp | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Shrimp w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Green Beans/ Diced Potatoes

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I prepared Skillet Potatoes and Ham for Breakfast. I used 1 package of Simply Potatoes Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes and a package of Meijer Diced Ham to prepare it. Just cook the Potatoes according to the package instructions and with about 5 minutes of cooking time left add the Diced Ham. Topped it off with a Sunnyside Up Egg and also made that morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. After Breakfast i went to the local Kroger up the road to pick up a few items I needed and then stopped by McDonald’s and picked up Breakfast for Mom and Dad. Dad returned home yesterday, still a little weak but doing a lot better. Mom went on to Church and stayed home and watched Dad. Outside its 65 degrees but rain and passing thunder storms most of the day. For Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Freshwater Shrimp w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Green Beans/ Diced Potatoes.

 

 

While at Kroger the other day I picked up more of the huge Freshwater Shrimp, I cleaned them and put them in the freezer. I laid the bag of them in the fridge overnight to thaw. So I’m preparing them tonight, these are a family favorite! I had already rinsed them off and removed the shells. To prepare these I’m using McCormick Golden Dipt Cracker Meal Seafood Fry Mix.

 

 

 

Poured about 1 inch of Extra Light Olive Oil into large skillet. Heated the oil to 350°F on medium heat. I then took a 1/2 cup of the Cracker Meal Mix in a Hefty Zip Lock Plastic Bag. Take the peeled shrimp, 3 at a time and place them in the bag and shake until Shrimp had a nice coating on them. Had all the Shrimp coated I then began to fry them. Frying them about 3 minutes the shrimp, a few pieces at a time, in the hot oil until light golden brown turning after 1 1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towel lined plate . The McCormick Cracker Meal Mix was excellent! Nice crunch and seasoning!

 

 

Then for one side I prepared some Roasted Butternut Squash, easy recipe for some delicious Butternut Squash! And this too has quickly become a family favorite. I purchased 1 small package of Diced Butternut Squash at Kroger. They sell packages of it that they dice up. This is a lot easier than peeling and seeding one yourself, especially if you don’t have a good knife to cut it. I’ll need; 1 package of Diced Butternut Squash, Crumbled Bacon Bits, 1 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Grinder Sea Salt, and 1 teaspoon McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley.

 

 

For another side I heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans and Potatoes. I really like using the Del Monte Cut Green Beans and New Potatoes, contains 2 of my favorite vegetables (Green Beans and Potatoes). For dessert later a Weight watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 
McCormick Cracker Meal Seafood Fry Mix

Cracker Meal Seafood Fry Mix adds extra crunchiness to fried and baked foods. All ingredients have been specially selected to provide a superior coating that seals in natural juices for fish, seafood, poultry, meats and vegetables.

Ingredients
Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, And Folic Acid), Whey (Milk), Dextrose, And Soybean Oil.

Serving size
1/4 cup Mix (32g)

All You Need
1/2 cup Cracker Meal
1 lb. Fish or Seafood*
Water or Milk
Vegetable Oil
Directions
1. POUR Cracker Meal into shallow dish or large plastic bag. Moisten fish, cut into serving-size pieces, or seafood with water or milk. Shake off excess.
2. COAT fish, several pieces at a time, evenly with Cracker Meal. Let stand 5 minutes. Discard any remaining Cracker Meal. Fry as directed below. Serve with McCormick® Cocktail Sauce or Tartar Sauce. Use the entire package to coat 4 lbs. fish or seafood.

*Best with tilapia, trout, catfish, shrimp, or scallops. Also try with shucked oysters and clams, or soft-shell crabs (pierce several times before coating).

Pan Fry: Pour oil to a depth of 1/4 inch in a large skillet; heat to 350°F on medium heat. Fry fish, in batches, 2 to 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Drain on paper towels.

Oven Fry: Cover bottom of shallow baking pan with melted butter. Arrange fish or seafood in a single layer in pan; turn to coat with butter. Bake in preheated 425ºF oven 10 to 20 minutes until golden brown around edges and fish flakes easily with a fork.

Flavorful Tips:
• For a thicker coating, dip fish in a mixture of 3 tbsp. milk and 2 beaten eggs before coating with Cracker Meal.
• Coat boneless skinless chicken breast halves or chicken parts as directed. Bake in 400ºF oven 20 to 30 minutes for chicken breast halves or 45 to 50 minutes for chicken parts.
• Use Cracker Meal instead of bread crumbs when making meat loaf or meat balls.
http://www.mccormick.com/spices-and-flavors/seafood/breading-and-batters/cracker-meal-seafood-fry-mix

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 26, 2017 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Its Grilling Season………

 
Always have a spray bottle full of water nearby your grill in cause of flare-ups.

Catfish Nuggets w/ Cut Green Beans and Oven Fries

March 25, 2017 at 4:38 PM | Posted in Alexia Potato Products, fish, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Catfish Nuggets w/ Cut Green Beans and Oven Fries

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I fried 2 Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links, toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin that I topped with Smucker’s Sugar Free Blackberry Jam and as usual had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Outside we had rain shower and it was cloudy for most of the day, about 75 degrees for a high. Well Dad finally made it back home after 2 months in the hospital and rehab center! He is one happy man to be back home. Me and Mom are going to have to help him do most everything, I’m just glad we are able to! So for Dinner tonight I prepared Catfish Nuggets w/ Cut Green Beans and Oven Fries.

 

I had purchased the Catfish Nuggets from Kroger yesterday. I rinsed of the nuggets and froze 1/2 of them and kept the other half out for Dinner tonight. To prepare them I first seasoned them with Sea Salt. Then put them in a Hefty Plastic Storage Bag and added Zatarain’s Crispy Southern Fish Fri Breading Mix, shook the bag until all the Nuggets were coated. Then pan fried them in a medium size skillet in Extra Light Olive Oil. Fried each side about 3 1/2 minutes, until a golden brown. The Zatarain’s Crispy Southern Fish Fri is perfect for the Catfish, great flavor and the Nuggets were good size and meaty. I love using all the Zatarain’s Products!

 

For one side dish I heated a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. To prepare them just empty the can into a small sauce pan and simmer until heated. I love the taste of these, just season with a bit of Sea Salt and it’s ready!

 

 

 

 

 

 

For another side I prepared some Alexia Oven Fries with Olive Oil, Rosemary and Garlic. I had picked a couple of bags of these up at Jungle Jim’s International Market on my last visit there. They are already seasoned with Olive Oil, Rosemary and Garlic. I also seasoned them with some Morton’s Lite Salt. They baked up perfectly and tasted great, as all the Alexia Potato. Great to have a bag of these handy in the freezer! For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free dark Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Alexia Oven Fries with Olive Oil, Rosemary and Garlic
The finest Pacific Northwest Russets are seasoned with an uncommon blend of rosemary, garlic and olive oil to create this delicious twist on a classic.
https://www.alexiafoods.com/products/fries/oven-fries-rosemary-garlic

 

 

 

 

 

Zatarain’s Crispy Southern Fish Fri

The secret of authentic Southern style fried fish is the crispy combination of cornmeal, corn flour, spices and lemon juice captured in this special Zatarain’s Frying Mix.

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories: 60
Calories from Fat: 0
Total Fat: 0g 0%
Saturated Fat: 0g 0%
Cholesterol: 0mg 0%
Sodium: 630mg 26%
Total Carb: 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber: 0 0%
Sugar: 0g
Protein: 1g
Vitamin A: 2%

http://www.zatarains.com/Products/Breadings-and-Fry-Mixes/Crispy-Southern

Meanwhile back at the SayersBrook Bison Ranch……..Cornish Hens (4 pieces) 6.6 lbs

March 25, 2017 at 5:39 AM | Posted in SayersBrook Ranch | Leave a comment
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From the SayersBrook Bison Ranch website (http://www.sayersbrook.com/) they have a new product, Cornish Hens (4 pieces) 6.6 lbs. This is just one of the new items you can now purchase at SayersBrook site! Along with the new items you can also find Elk, Bison, Wild Boar, Hams, and more! While at the site check out their recipes for a lot of the products. So check it out today! Now on to the new product, ……..Cornish Hens (4 pieces). Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.sayersbrook.com/

 

 

 

Cornish Hens 4 pieces 1.6 lbs each (6.6 lbs total)

Lots of flavor packed into these small birds. A Cornish hen would make a generous starter or light supper for one person; serve at least two per person for a generous main course. Prepare them as you would chicken. Roasting Cornish hen in the oven is easy and creates for a tender, delicious beautiful presentation.
http://www.sayersbrook.com/cornish-hens-4-pieces-6-6-lbs/

 

 

 

 

 


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Quick and Easy Grilled Vegetable Recipes

March 25, 2017 at 5:37 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Quick and Easy Grilled Vegetable Recipes. Food always tastes better and healthier when its grilled, including Vegetables! Delicious and Diabetic Friendly recipes including; Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges, Grilled Vegetable Burrito, and Grilled Herb Corn on the Cob. Find these recipes and more all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

 

Quick and Easy Grilled Vegetable Recipes

Looking for a quick and easy side to go with your diabetes-friendly supper? Grilled vegetables are a tasty and healthy addition to any lunch or dinner. These yummy sides are super simple to prepare — just start the grill and the revamped veggies will be ready in no time!

 

 

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

These grilled sweet potato wedges are crispy and oh, so great for munching — a fabulous side for grilled burgers. Plus, they’re a healthy alternative to greasy and fatty french fries…….

 

 

Grilled Vegetable Burrito

This isn’t a boring burrito! Grilled sweet peppers, zucchini, portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, avocados, and more mingle in whole grain tortillas, making these sizzling wraps super satisfying. Who said grilled veggies could only be side dishes?……

 
Grilled Herb Corn on the Cob

The corn steams in its own husks on the grill. It doesn’t get much easier than that!….

 

 
* Click the link below to get all the Quick and Easy Grilled Vegetable Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/side-dishes/quick-easy-grilled-vegetable-recipes

Kitchen Hint of Day!

March 25, 2017 at 5:34 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 2 Comments
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Cut the Salt……

 
To further cut back on salt, rinse canned beans and vegetables before cooking them.

Crunchy Breaded Fish Sticks w/ Whole Grain Mac and Cheese

March 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM | Posted in fish, Gorton's Seafood, Mac and Cheese | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Crunchy Breaded Fish Sticks w/ Whole Grain Mac and Cheese

 

 
For Breakfast this morning I toasted a couple of Eggo Waffles, lightly topped with butter, and had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Already 49 degrees this morning, warmest in a while. For the day it was mostly cloudy and a high of 70 degrees, about time! After Breakfast I went to Kroger to pick up some groceries for Mom. She was out of a lot things and dad will be home tomorrow after being gone 2 months in the hospital and rehab. Be great to have him back home. After Lunch I pulled out my mobility cart from the shed and cleaned it up. Then swept shed out. I also grabbed the leaf blower and cleaned of the deck and around the driveway. Kept it simple for Dinner tonight. I made some Crunchy Breaded Fish Sticks w/ Whole Grain Mac and Cheese.

 

So it’s Fish Sticks tonight! I’m using Gorton’s Smart and Crunchy Breaded Fish Sticks. Growing up I lived on Fish Sticks. When I was at Meijer the other day I seen these in the frozen foods and bought a package of them and the Gorton’s Smart and Crunchy Fillets. These are coated with Panko Bread Crumbs and to prepare them I’ll be baking them. I first preheated the oven at 375 degrees. I then took a small baking sheet and lined it with foil. Sprayed the foil with Pam Cooking Spray and lined the Fish Sticks up on the sheet. Then baked them for 22 minutes, flipping them over after 11 minutes.

 

 

 

 

They came out piping hot, nice crunch from the Panko Bread Crumb Coating and nicely Seasoned. I’ve got another great item for the freezer, a good one to have on hand. Served them with a side of McCormick Tarter Sauce.

 

 

 

 

For side to go with the Fish Sticks I prepared some Kraft 50% Whole Grain Mac and Cheese. I normally have the regular Mac and Cheese but I seen the 50% Whole Grain at Meijer and picked up a 4 pack of them. It comes in a microwavable plastic container. To prepare it just remove the lid, add water and stir, microwave for 3 1/2 minutes, and stir in the packet of cheese sauce. And you have your Mac and Cheese! Another nice item to have in the pantry. Easy to prepare, nothing like good old-fashioned Kraft Mac and Cheese! Container makes 1 serving. Love these Kraft Mac and Cheese! Seafood and Mac and Cheese are just a natural pairing. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 
Gorton’s Smart and Crunchy Breaded Fish Sticks

Smart & Crunchy Fish Sticks
100% wild-caught Alaskan Pollock breaded in a panko coating.

Good seafood that’s good for you.
Always crispy, never fried. At 50% less fat than regular fish sticks and just 170 calories per serving, they have all the classic flavor with half the guilt.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 5 sticks (86g)
Servings Per Container: about 5
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 340mg 14%
Potassium 180mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber <1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 9g 18%

Ingredients:
Minced Alaskan Pollock, breadcrumb coating.
Minced Alaskan Pollock
Breadcrumb coating
Wheat flour, water, palm oil, yellow corn flour, whey, salt, sugar, natural flavor, garlic powder, onion powder, yeast, beet powder (color), baking powder (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate), colored with paprika, annatto, and turmeric extracts, xanthan gum, beta carotene (color).
CONTAINS: POLLOCK, WHEAT, MILK.
https://www.gortons.com/products/smart-crunchy-fish-fillets/

 

 

 

 

 

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinner, Whole Grain, Original Flavor

Made with 50% whole grain. 19 g of whole grain per serving (nutritionists recommend eating at least three one-ounce equivalents of whole grain products per day [about 16 g whole grain per serving or at least 48 g per day]. One serving of this product contains 19 g whole grain, approximately 39% of the minimum daily amount). Ready in 3.5 minutes. Just add water.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size (in container): 1 package (1)
Calories 220
Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol less than 5mg 2%
Sodium 460mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 5g

Yummy Chicken Casserole Recipes

March 24, 2017 at 5:36 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Yummy Chicken Casserole Recipes. Diabetic Friendly Chicken Casseroles Recipes including; Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole, Chicken Pot Pie, and Hearty Chicken and Bean Casserole. Find these and more all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

 

Yummy Chicken Casserole Recipes

Chicken casseroles are classic, comforting, and convenient. These tasty casserole recipes use lean chicken and fresh ingredients, making dinner healthful as well as flavorful.

 

 

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

This isn’t that same old-fashioned chicken casserole. Reduced-fat soup and cheese as well as fat-free milk make it up-to-date for today’s concerns about fat and calories…..

 
Chicken Pot Pie

We made chicken potpie more healthful by stir-frying the vegetables with nonstick cooking spray instead of butter or margarine and using chicken breast rather than dark meat……

 
Hearty Chicken and Bean Casserole

Surprisingly low in carbohydrate and calories, this chicken-and-bean casserole will warm you up without the extra worry of what it will do to your blood sugar……..

 

 

* Click the link below to get all the Yummy Chicken Casserole Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/chicken/yummy-chicken-casserole-recipes

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