Sunday, January 29, 2012

Homemade Sausages


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds ground beef


  1. Stir the brown sugar, sage, salt, basil, black pepper, onion powder, marjoram, and red pepper flakes together in a small bowl. Place the ground beef in a large bowl; mix the spice blend into the ground beef with your hands until evenly integrated. Refrigerate for 24 hours to let the flavors blend.
  2. Divide the ground beef mixture into 8 patties.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium heat; cook the patties in the skillet until firm, hot, and cooked in the center, 5 to 7 minutes per side.

    I only cooked half the mixture-- I made the rest into meatballs for dinner!

Spoon Bread

In keeping with the bread theme, I decided to make spoon bread for breakfast.

Spoon bread is not really a bread, but more of a casserole. This dish is something I grew up on because of my southern family!

Spoon Bread:
2 cups water
1 cup cornmeal
1 t salt
1 cup milk
4 eggs
2 T butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a saucepan (or a casserole that withstands high heat- mine doesn't, so I used 2 pots), boil the water, and then steadily add the cornmeal and whisk to avoid clumps. Add salt and cook for 1 minute.

Mix in the butter, milk, and eggs. Pour into a casserole dish and bake for about 40 minutes.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Banana bread

JW really enjoys his breads. And he really enjoys bananas. So, banana bread is a hit.

Banana Bread:
1/2 c butter
3/4 c sugar
Mixed together until fluffy. Add 3 ripe bananas (mine were frozen, so I let sit out to defrost).
Add 2 eggs, 1 t of vanilla and 1/3 cup of milk..
Mix in 2 cups flour (I only had one cup, but had coconut flour- so added just under a cup of that since it is drier), 1 t baking soda and 1/2 t salt. Once mixed, add 1/2 c of walnuts.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
I will have to dig up the photo, but we ate all but one bite before I thought about photographing it. (OK- that's a lie. I remembered when I was in the shower, and yelled to JW to have him take it- all that was left but one bite was in his mouth...)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cinnamon Raisin Bread


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or- milk and a splash of lemon juice or vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease one 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Measure flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, salt, raisins, buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla into large mixing bowl. Beat 3 minutes. Pour half of batter into prepared loaf pan. Smooth top.
  3. Combine 4 tablespoons white sugar, 2 teaspoon cinnamon and butter, mixing until crumbly. Sprinkle half of topping over smoothed batter. Using knife, cut in a light swirling motion to give a marbled effect.Pour remaining batter on top, and repeat topping process.
  4. Bake for about 50 minutes. Test with toothpick. When inserted it should come out clean. Remove bread from pan to rack to cool.


This meatloaf was delicious. It had a savory center and sweet glaze. It was a nice balance, and an easy dinner for ground beef!


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/3 cup ketchup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
  4. Bake for 1 hour.

Getting back in the groove- alfredo sauce

It's been forever since I cooked, photographed, and still had enough energy to blog about it. Maybe 2012 will start on a better foot than 2011 ended, who knows.

I'm still not able to all three- I can cook- and now I'm blogging about it, but still can't seem to photograph anything.

For the month of Nov and Dec, I seemed to be in hurry, almost with each meal. Nothing I cooked in these months (if I cooked) was blog worthy. Really. Many of the meals were items I'd blogged about 35 times before. Other items were the saddest creation that consisted of rice out of a box with mixed in veggies and chicken, or a DiGiorno's pizza.

This week, however, I made three things that are blog worthy. Three things I certainly want to recreate later, so I'll archive in this blog: Alfredo sauce, meatloaf, and a cinnamon raisin bread. Maybe, I'm back!

Pasta with Chicken, Broccoli, and Alfredo sauce
Pasta of your choice, I used bow ties
Chicken breasts, cut in cubes
Broccoli, cut in cubes (or you can use frozen, like I did)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (or 1 T of dried)

Boil pasta in salted water while preparing other ingredients.

In saute pan, brown chicken and then add broccoli.

In sauce pan, melt butter over medium low heat. Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes, then add garlic and cheese and whisk quickly, heating through. Stir in parsley and serve.