Thursday, July 27, 2006

Nanny’s Broccoli Cornbread

Lauren is a sixteen-year-old young lady who cooks on KTVE. Here is a recipe from her website,

Go there for some more good recipes.

Nanny’s Broccoli Cornbread
1 6 oz pkg. cornbread mix (1 1/4 cup)

1 stick melted butter

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 t. Tony’s seasoning

1 pkg. chopped broccoli

6 oz. sour cream

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients together except the cheddar cheese. Fill prepared muffin tins about 2/3 full. Sprinkle top with shredded cheese. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven about 30 minutes until golden brown.
*Cottage cheese may be substituted for sour cream.For a lower fat version of this recipe, use low fat sour cream, egg substitute, and low fat cheddar cheese.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Cauliflower Soup

Quoted from

Boggy Creek Farm website:

Cauliflower Soup

This soup is worthy of your getting out the blender.
1 large Cauliflower (chopped in small bits to cook fast)

1 bunch Leeks (chopped finely; if using baby leeks, chop the greens too)

1 cup to 1 pint Soy Milk (or milk of choice)

1 cup to 1 pint Yogurt

Sprinkles of freshly grated Nutmeg and Cinnamon

Sea Salt to taste

Sauté the Cauliflower and Leeks until soft. Place them in blender or food processor and blend, adding Milk and Yogurt to the desired consistency. Add seasonings and serve hot or cold.

Serves 2-3

When we made our website,, we made a background of collard leaves. We were intrigued to discover that the Boggy Creek website has also used greens as a background.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Recipe:Market Vegetables with Dipping Sauces



Cookbook by Art Smith, Oprah's Personal Chef

"Dining together allows us to better understand who we are, regardless of our social status," writes Art Smith, author of Back to the Table, a cookbook that explores the meaning of the dining ritual while providing 150 recipes to "strengthen bonds between loved ones."

Personal chef to Oprah Winfrey and a contributing editor to her magazine, O, Smith grew up in the Southern cooking tradition, the underpinning of this enticing home-style collection. Smith's reiterated message--that we return to the "sanctity of the table"--is unassailable; his recipes, however, really make the point.

Readers looking for good food to cook and share will find the book a much-turned-to treasure.Chapters like "Breaking Bread," "The Family Meal," and "Food Is Love" organize recipes around the communal eating theme. "The Family Meal," for example, includes exemplary everyday formulas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, such as Zucchini and Tomato Frittata, Carrot-Ginger Soup with Minted Yogurt, and Grilled Fish Fillets with Watercress Mustard and Tarragon. Other outstanding recipes--such as Mushroom, Provolone, and Rosemary Pizza, Sunday Dinner Pot Roast, and Spring Vegetable Lasagna--reflect and encourage shared cooking and enjoyment. Formulas for sweets are woven throughout the book and include such delights as Kumquat-Ginger Pound Cake, Chocolate Pecan Pie, and an old-fashioned Peanut Brittle. Illustrated with photos that depict the food and cooking processes or show people enjoying meals together, the book reminds readers of the culinary and spiritual pleasures of the shared table. --Arthur Boehm

Book Description

Art Smith is Oprah Winfrey's personal chef. Smith provides readers with an array of mouth-watering recipes that represent the very best of home cooking.He also discusses how to set the table in a way that gives reverence to the food and the guests; how various cultures give blessings before a meal; how different kinds of foods and dishes can contribute to an atmosphere of family unity; and so much more! Back to the Table is illustrated throughout with stunning photos of the food and of people sharing their tables, and their lives. He has cooked professionally for the families of celebrities and heads-of-state for almost 20 years.

Recipe quoted from by Art Smith:

Market Vegetables with Dipping Sauces
Created by Art Smith
From the March, 2005 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Makes 4 servings

Art Smith redeems steamed vegetables—the dish that gave an entire cooking method a bad name—with his market vegetables accompanied by peanut, sweet-and-sour, and curry yogurt dipping sauces.


Assorted colorful seasonal vegetables, sliced in a range of sizes
1/4 teaspoons sea salt or juice of half a lemon

Peanut sauce:

2 Tablespoons chopped peanuts or peanut butter
1 teaspoon minced scallions
1 teaspoon finely chopped chili pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Sweet-and-sour sauce:

1 teaspoon finely chopped chili pepper
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 Tablespoons grated carrot
1/4 cup fish sauce
8 Tablespoons lemon or lime juice
3 Tablespoons sugar

Curry yogurt sauce:

1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

To prepare vegetables: In a large pot with a steaming basket insert, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add salt or lemon juice to enhance flavor. Place vegetables in steaming basket and cover. Cook 3 to 5 minutes; remove steamer from pot. To make sauces: In 3 small bowls, mix each set of ingredients together and stir. Sauces can be prepared and refrigerated up to one day in advance; serve alongside steamed vegetables.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Gone fishing—RECIPE: Grilled Salmon

It’s been a long time since I’ve heard from our friend Shane Bryan. Visiting his blog, I discovered he has found a way to make money while he has fun fishing. Here is a note from his blog with a fishing recipe in the P. S.:
Just wanted to say "hi" to all my readers and to say sorry for the spotty posts of late. I am currently commercial fishing out in Prince William Sound, Alaska. This year has been pretty busy so far with very little time in port. Am having a good summer. I will be catching up with my blogging as soon as possible. We should finally be getting a little time off here next week. I'll also try to post some pics at that time.
Chef Shane
P.S.: Looking for an excellent way to grill salmon fillets on the grill? Simply rub down with lemon pepper, garlic, salt and a little hot sauce. Most of the hot sauce will burn off leaving a slightly spicy but not hot taste. This is my favorite way of doing up salmon. This will also work well in a skillet, but use less hot sauce because it won't burn.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Cheddar Biscuits

Note from Martha Hawthorne:

This recipe has been served in our home for many years. Enjoy!


Red Lobster Biscuits

2 c. biscuit baking mix
1/2 c. cold water
1 c. finely grated mild cheddar cheese
1/4 c. margarine, melted
1 t. parsley flakes
1/2 t. garlic salt

Preheat oven to 450
Mix biscuit mix, cheese & water. Drop by large spoonfuls onto
greased baking sheet. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes. While still hot
brush on the margarine that has been mixed with the garlic salt
and parsley flakes. Serve hot. SERVES 4

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

It all started a few months before Katrina hit . . .

After Katrina, my friends asked for more Louisiana recipes, stories, and facts.
As a result, I revised Flavored with Love.

It all started before Katrina hit. People all over Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana were buying and reading the cookbook. Then they begged for more south Louisiana food and experiences.

A lady who owns a gift shop deep down in French country asked me, “How many ingredients do you have in these recipes?”

I said, “It varies. They are all simple to cook, but some of them have as many as 20 things you have to shake into the pot.”

She said, “Good. I’ll sell it in my store. You can’t make food taste right without at least 11 or 10 ingredients.”

About that time Christie and Mike (my daughter and son-in-law) moved across the Mississippi River from Modeste to St.James Parish. Paul (a fellow cookbook writer) and I went to help build a fence around their yard.

To begin the project, Christie went next door to the Kellers’ house, introduced herself to Ms. Hazel, and asked her where the property line was.

With a clear understanding of the acceptable location of the fence, Christie and Paul went to work. About 30 minutes later, a man riding in a little hauling tractor with a load of tools in the back came driving down the street and up the driveway.

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