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Recipe Review..."King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese" Southern Living Magazine Jan. 2012

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I saw the picture, on the front of the Jan 2012 Southern Living Magazine, of the Mac and Cheese Recipe made in a cast iron skillet and knew I had to give it a try.  I had just gotten a new pan for Christmas and this looked much better then the first recipe I tried in my new skillet.  Looked like lots of cheese so how could it taste bad right?:-) I gathered the ingredients...

Ingredients
1/2 (16-oz.) package cellentani pasta 2 tablespoonsbutter1 medium onion, diced1 green bell pepper, diced1 (10-oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chiles (i used a larger can)1 (8-oz.) package pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed3 cupschopped cooked chicken1 (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of chicken soup1/2 cupsour cream1 teaspoonchili powder1/2 teaspoonground cumin1 1/2 cups(6 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese I studied the instructions... Preparation1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare pasta according to package directions.2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper,…

My New Cast Iron Frying Pan:-)

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My Mom had a cast iron frying pan.  I remember she used it a lot.   After using the pan she would wash it carefully and then "cook it on the stove top".  As a child I remember thinking "what an odd thing to do". I wonder now if that pan she seemed to love was her Mother's or maybe even her Grandmother's.  I wish I had her old frying pan, but it just did not work out that way.  So I asked for a new one for Christmas.  Santa, (Steph Josh and Caleb), came through:-)  Come Christmas morning I found a beautiful black frying pan under the tree.
My first opportunity to use my beautiful new skillet came with my January cooking meet up group.
The recipe was from cooking light, a southwestern style corn bread. While I did not like the finished product, edible but not enjoyable, we threw most of it away,  I did enjoy the learning experience of using my new frying pan.
Here are a few things I learned...
One site said to "always preheat your pan". The recipe I …

Monday Morning Motivation

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Monday Morning Motivation

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Good to know! Happy Monday Everyone, Enjoy Your World:-)

Recipe Review...."Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread" from Southern Living

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My Mom used to make the most amazing Banana Nut Bread.  Moist and yummy.  Sadly I do not have her recipe.  Over the years I have tried to find one that was equal but have not been 100% successful.  I did find a close second though.  Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread from Southern Living.  I will not give it a 10 on my cooking scale but we have made it a lot and it never goes to waste so I will give it an 8.5/10 on my scale.  Its very good:-)
I gathered my ingredients..... Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour3 eggs, beaten3/4 teaspoon salt1 cup vegetable oil1 teaspoon baking soda2 cups ripe bananas, mashed2 cups sugar8 ounce can pineapple, crushed and drained1 teaspoon ground cinnamon2 teaspoons vanilla extract1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
Directions:

Combine first five ingredients; stir in nuts.Combine remaining ingredients; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.Spoon batter into two greased and floured 8 1/2 x 41/2 x 3 loaf pans.Bake at 350 degrees for one ho…

Monday Morning Motivation.."Happy New Year 2012"

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"We should take advantage of His faithfulness and make every day a fresh start.  Resolve to make each day the beginning of a new year, a new morning, a new adventure.  He wipes the slate clean and goes back to zero so we can be filled up  again with His spirit and give it out all day long.  Enjoy the blessings of a new year, in Christ, one day at a time!" Debbie Carroccio
I am not sure who Debbie is but I like her quote.  All about grace and hope:-)
Speaking of which I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! Our express Christmas number three.....







 Off to our New Years Celebration at Firebirds....

Happy New Year Everyone! Enjoy Your World:-)