Monday, May 25, 2015


For a long timeI never made coleslaw, I had no clue on the balance of flavors and what made it good. The times I did try to make it were never quite successful.The someone asked me to make it for an event when I offered to help so I figured I had better get a good recipe! Someone gave me a recipe for a version of KFC coleslaw and it was delicious! As time went on I found that we liked it better with mostly lemon juice instead of equal parts lemon juice and vinegar. I also added onion to round out the flavor. Now when I coleslaw for an event it there is rarely anything left over!

1 head cabbage, finely chopped  ( I chop it in the food processor.)
1 carrot, shredded
1/3 cup granulated sugar
½ cup mayonnaise
½ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
½ tsp. granulated onion
½ cup buttermilk (or ½ c milk+ 2 tbsp. powdered buttermilk.)
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. cider vinegar

Mix all ingredients well. Chill for several hours before serving.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Bride Becomes a Mama

And that means a baby shower for a sweet little girl!  The menu for our afternoon tea will include family favorites, cream puffs, brown sugar pound cake and brownie bites (packaged fudge brownie mix baked in mini-muffin tins, and topped with out favorite frosting.)  The gluten-free among us will enjoy  chocolate chip-walnut blondies,  peanut butter cookies, and my version of Starbuck's lemon loaf.

This is the first time I've tried the chocolate chip blondies which are made with almond flour and I was so pleased with the results! Meaningful Eats has  a lot of good recipes if you are living gluten-free.

Seafood Bisque

This is a family favorite, served each Christmas Eve at my cousin's open house. When I asked for the recipe, I was shocked to find out it was dressed up canned soup.  It was also popular at our church's annual soup  ssale and when I asked for the recipe, I got the same story.So the search began for seafood bisque from scratch.  I am not sure where I got the basic recipe, but I did make enough changes in the seasonings to suit our family and to call this recipe my own.

·       6 tablespoons butter
·       4 tablespoons chopped green onion (or minced onion since I never remember to buy the green onions!)
·       4 tablespoons minced celery
·       6 tablespoons flour
·       5 cups milk
·       3/4 teaspoon pepper
·       1 tsp. granulated onion
·       ½ tsp granulated garlic
·       ½ tsp  Old Bay seasoning
·       ½ tsp ground thyme
·       4 tablespoons tomato paste
·       2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream
·       16 ounces crab meat
·       16 ounces small cooked shrimp or other seafood
·       4 tablespoon sherry (rice vinegar)

Scott added a bit of cayenne and Tabasco Sauce to his bowl of soup.
Preparation: Heat butter over medium-low heat; add green onion and celery. Saute until tender. Blend in flour; cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Slowly stir in the milk, cooking and stirring until thickened. Add seasonings, tomato paste and heavy cream. Stir in the crab, shrimp, and sherry. Bring to a simmer. Serve hot.
Serves 4 to 6.