Saturday, March 31, 2012

Whats For Dinner Next Week 4-1-12

We have had our Easter decorations out for awhile now, because it seems like Easter is coming so early this year, the time is flying by. We are starting our preparations for Easter this week getting ready for the big Egg Hunt and other family activities that are so much fun at Easter time. Come on in the kitchen with me and  you can help me get one of these projects ready for next week end and we will talk about The Menu.

Sunday
Palm Sunday
Roasted Chicken
 Herb Roasted Asparagus
Rainbow Potatoes with Lemon Sauce
Spring Green Salad
Hot Cottage Rolls
Angel Food Squares with Strawberries and Cream

Monday
Fresh Tomato Basil Soup
Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Tuesday
From Sunday
Left Over Chicken
Chicken Salad
 Garlic Bread Toast
Left Over
Cherry Pie

Wednesday
Ham and Asparagus Quiche
 Fresh Green Tossed Salad
Chocolate Chip Cookies and Vanilla Pudding

Thursday
From 
Full Plate Thursday
Dinner
Chicken Enchilada Dip  at Pary Moppins
Fiesta Salad and Vinagarette  at Once A Month Mom
Homemade Enchiladas and Sauce  at Pounds 4 Pennies
Lowfat Apple Berry Granola Crips  at Sumptuous Spoonfuls

Friday
Sader Meal
Matzo Ball Soup
Mixed Bitter Greens
Challah
Cheese Kuegel

Saturday
Passover
Left Over
Brisket Sandwiches
Hot Potato Salad
Dill Pickles
Pound Cake and Fruit


It was so much fun working with you on the project today, I always just love it when you stop by. Your visits are very important to me so hurry back soon!
Peace and Joy


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Full Plate Thursday 3-29-12

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, I am so excited to see you today.   Spring is popping out all over and certainly our food reflects the season. Every week when I am preparing for you to come and share the day with us I think about all the wonderful food that you will be bringing and the great fellowship that we have here every Thursday. Thank you so much for coming and being a part of our day here at The Cottage!

This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
Breakfast
Morning Snack
Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake  at Addicted To Recipes
Lunch
Creamed Chicken with Leeks and Mushrooms  at The 21st Century Housewife
Sauteed Cabbage with Sour Cream  at Recipes To Nourish
Butterscotch Brulee Pie  at A Crafty Cook
Afternoon Snack
Spring Basket Cookies  at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Dinner
Chicken Enchilada Dip  at Pary Moppins
Fiesta Salad and Vinagarette  at Once A Month Mom
Homemade Enchiladas and Sauce  at Pounds 4 Pennies
Lowfat Apple Berry Granola Crips  at Sumptuous Spoonfuls

If You Helped To Fill My Plate Please Take The Red Plate Home
The Code Is On The Side Bar
Full Plate Thursday Background Story
When we were young and just starting out in life sometimes we did not have a lot of money. Most of our friends were having to stretch the dollars at the end of the month just like us. My girlfriends and I decided that we would pool our food for some of the evening meals right before payday... the last week of the month. I have some of the fondest memories from those days. We would all bring our food together and we had some great food and great fellowship. We would get the food on the table and everything ready, someone would bless the food and then the hostess would say "come fill your plate".
I have just a few suggestions before you leave your dish and fill your plate.
  • Link directly to YOUR RECIPE  and not to your web page.  
  • Scroll down to the button that says "click here to enter"
  • You will be asked to give your URL ( which will be your direct link to your post), the name of your recipe, and your email which we will not be able to see.
  • Then you will be asked to select a thumbnail from your post that will be uploaded to your entry.
  • Please include a link back to Full Plate Thursday, somewhere on your post. We will give you a gentle reminder if you forget...
  • Please leave me a comment before you leave the page and let me know that you are here, I want to be a good hostess.
  • Don't forget to visit with all the others, after all that is part of the fellowship that makes it so much fun, in addition to all the good food of course...
  • Grab The Full Plate Button if you like and take it home with you.
  • Now God Bless you and your food and everyone fill your plate!
Thank You So Much For Coming Today and Come Back Soon!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Best Cherry Pie

"Can she bake a Cherry Pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy?"  I remember hearing my Mother singing that little tune when she would be baking this Cherry Pie. I always knew that we would have Cherry Pie that night for dessert when she started singing that little tune. This is a great Cherry Pie recipe that has been in our family since I can remember, and that's a long time, lol.

Best Cherry Pie
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Makes One Pie
 2- 9 inch pie crust
4 cups fresh Tart Cherries pits removed
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
 1/2 teaspoon allspice
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Milk to brush on crust
sugar to sprinkle on crust
Place the pitted cherries into a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat, the cherries should lose quite a bit of juice.
Add the sugar and the seasons and mix well.
Add the Vanilla and mix well. If you don't have enough liquid to make a sauce then add 1/2 cup of water.  Bring the Cherry mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, add the cornstarch that has been mixed with 1/4 cup water. If your mixture is not thick enough, add more cornstarch.  Remove from heat and stir well.
Cool mixture to room temperature.
Prepare the pie crust then pour the cooled Cherry Mixture into the pie crust. Place lattice on top of the pie and brush the crust with milk. Sprinkle the top of the crust with sugar.
Bake at 375 degrees  for 15 minutes then reduce the heat to 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes keep checking the pie so the crust does not burn. Depending on your oven, you may have to cover the crust in the last 20 minutes.
The Cherry Mixture

Cherry Pie Ready For The Oven

Let Cool to Room Temperature "If You Can"

This Cherry Pie Is Ready To Serve

Enjoy Your Pie!


I sure am glad that you were able to stop by and have dessert with us today. I think that "Billy Boy" would just love this Cherry Pie! We are always so excited to have you visit us and be sure and come back soon!
Peace and Joy

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Whats For Dinner Next Week 3-25-12

I am so excited about Spring we have had enough rain that our lake is now full and it just looks beautiful. We got 5 1/2 inches of rain in 24 hours last week so that really helps. Come take a walk with me just down in The Garden Gate and we will sit on the patio and have our morning coffee and enjoy the beauty of spring and talk about The Menu for next week.


Sunday
Fellowship Dinner At Church
I Am Taking


Monday
Mexican Corn Muffins
Sunshine Cookies and Fruit


Tuesday
With Left Over Green Chili Stew
Green Chili Burittos
 Spanish Rice
Homemade Salsa
Sunshine Cookies and Fruit


Wednesday
Spicy Pork Chops
Mac N Cheese
Fresh Green Peas
Spring Greens Salad


Thursday
Baked Sandwich
Green Tossed Salad
Left Over
Apple Pie
(The Blue Bell Will Be All Gone)


Friday
From
Full Plate Thursday
Dinner
Cod with Artichoke and Basil  at Katie-Kate's Kitchen
Roasted Broccoli  at My Healthy Habits
Banana Split Brownie Pie  at Inside Bru Crew Life


Saturday
Turkey Burgers
Spicy Sweet Potato Chips
Homemade Ice Cream with Fresh Berries




It sure was good to sit and visit with you today, I always look forward to your visits. Hope you have a very special Spring Week filled with lots of wonderful spring hope. We look forward to seeing you again real soon!
Peace and Joy

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Full Plate Thursday 3-22-12


Happy Spring and Welcome To Full Plate Thursday!

We have been busy getting some last minute planting done in the gardens before the rain storms come in that we are expecting. I sure hope you brought your rain boots because you will sure need them today. Come on in get dry, and help yourself to some of that awesome Coffee Cake and a great cup of tea.  I am so excited that you are here today and I can't wait to see what you have brought to share.
This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
Breakfast
Cajun Crock Pot Breakfast  at Cajun Delights
Morning Snack
Lunch
Spring Irish Stew with Roasted Cabbage  at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen
Irish Tea Cake  at Cookin' Mimi
Afternoon Snack
Worlds Best Irish Soda Bread  at My Judy The Foodie
Dinner
Cod with Artichoke and Basil  at Katie-Kate's Kitchen
Roasted Broccoli  at My Healthy Habits
Banana Split Brownie Pie  at Inside Bru Crew Life
If Your Helped To Fill My Plate Then Please Take The Red Plate Home
The Code Is On The Sidebar
Full Plate Thursday Background Story
When we were young and just starting out in life sometimes we did not have a lot of money. Most of our friends were having to stretch the dollars at the end of the month just like us. My girlfriends and I decided that we would pool our food for some of the evening meals right before payday... the last week of the month. I have some of the fondest memories from those days. We would all bring our food together and we had some great food and great fellowship. We would get the food on the table and everything ready, someone would bless the food and then the hostess would say "come fill your plate".
I have just a few suggestions before you leave your dish and fill your plate.
  • Link directly to YOUR RECIPE  and not to your web page.  
  • Scroll down to the button that says "click here to enter"
  • You will be asked to give your URL ( which will be your direct link to your post), the name of your recipe, and your email which we will not be able to see.
  • Then you will be asked to select a thumbnail from your post that will be uploaded to your entry.
  • Please include a link back to Full Plate Thursday, somewhere on your post. We will give you a gentle reminder if you forget...
  • Please leave me a comment before you leave the page and let me know that you are here, I want to be a good hostess.
  • Don't forget to visit with all the others, after all that is part of the fellowship that makes it so much fun, in addition to all the good food of course...
  • Grab The Full Plate Button if you like and take it home with you.
  • Now God Bless you and your food and everyone fill your plate!
Thank You So Much For Coming Today and Come Back Soon!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Slow Cooker Green Chili Stew

When it gets really cold and rainy outside one of the favorite stew's at The Country Cottage is Green Chili Stew. It is real comfort food for us, and that is what we are making today. We like to serve it with warm homemade tortilla's and I can't wait until it's ready!

Green Chili Stew
Miz Helen's Kitchen
1 1/2 to 2 pounds Stew Meat
2 teaspoons olive oil
8 cups Red Potatoes medium chop with the skin on
2 cups yellow onion chopped medium
2 cups Green Chili's chopped with juice
2 cups stewed tomatoes chopped with juice
1 jalapeno pepper chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili powder (optional)
2 to 3 cups water
Salt and pepper the stew meat on all sides. In a hot skillet heat the olive oil and brown the stew meat.
Add the browned meat to the Slow Cooker.
Add the remainder of the ingredients and mix well.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Cover the Slow Cooker and cook on High 3 hour's  until the meat and vegetables are tender.
This will make it own wonderful thick stew gravy.

This Smells So Good

Enjoy!

I sure am glad that you stopped by to have a bowl of Green Chili Stew with us today, hope you enjoyed it. I always look forward to your visits and come back soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Whats For Dinner Next Week 3-18-12

We are participating in a Clover Hunt this St. Patrick's Day week end and it is going to be so much fun.  I sure am glad that you stopped by this morning you can come out to the garden with me and help me pull some of these green onions, and we can talk about The Menu for next week, grab a basket and lets get started.


Sunday
March Madness Party
Homemade Spicy Sweet Potato Chips
Homemade Kosher Dills
Texas Sheet Cake and Blue Bell

Monday
  Homemade Salsa
Left Over 
Texas Sheet Cake

Tuesday
Chicken Delight Casserole
From The Salad Tub
Spring Greens Salad


Wednesday
From 
Pork Chops Pizziola  Go Ahead...Take A Bite!
Napa Cabbage Slaw with Red Wine Vinaigrette   Elegantly, Gluten Free
The Perfect White Rustic Loaf  Lemon Drop
Toasted Coconut Ice Cream  Kitchen Flavours 

Thursday
Pinto Bean Burritos
Homemade Salsa
Mexican Green Salad


Friday
Spring Green Salad
Garlic and Cheese Stix
Left Over
Greek Yogurt Pie

Saturday
Wa Hoo! 
Date Night 
Picnic On The Dock

I sure am glad that you could come by today. Hope you have a fabulous St. Patrick's Day Week End and Enjoy Your Green Onions!

Come back to see us real soon, we love getting to see you.
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Full Plate Thursday 3-15-12

I am so excited to see all of you today, Welcome To Full Plate Thursday!  This is a really busy week, it is Spring Break for some folks, March Madness, and of course we have St. Patrick's Day coming up this week end. We have a "Clover Hunt" going on here today, so I sure hope you find that Four Leaf Clover that you have been searching for.  I can't wait to see what you have in your basket today, I'm hungry how about you?

This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
Breakfast
Baked Oatmeal In Spiced Apple  Little Mommy, Big Appetite
Morning Snack
Not Just Any Irish Soda Bread  A Spoonful of Thyme
Lunch
Deviled Avocado  Mrs Happy Homemaker
Cream of Artichoke Soup  The Single Nester
St Patrick's Day Cupcake  Rose Bakes
Afternoon Snack
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches  Will Cook For Smiles
Rosy Tea  A Pinch of Joy
Dinner
Pork Chops Pizziola  Go Ahead...Take A Bite!
Napa Cabbage Slaw with Red Wine Vinaigrette   Elegantly, Gluten Free
The Perfect White Rustic Loaf  Lemon Drop
Toasted Coconut Ice Cream  Kitchen Flavours
If You Helped To Fill My Plate Today Please Take The Red Plate Home
The Code Is On The Side Bar


Full Plate Thursday Background Story
When we were young and just starting out in life sometimes we did not have a lot of money. Most of our friends were having to stretch the dollars at the end of the month just like us. My girlfriends and I decided that we would pool our food for some of the evening meals right before payday... the last week of the month. I have some of the fondest memories from those days. We would all bring our food together and we had some great food and great fellowship. We would get the food on the table and everything ready, someone would bless the food and then the hostess would say "come fill your plate".
I have just a few suggestions before you leave your dish and fill your plate.
  • Link directly to YOUR RECIPE  and not to your web page.  
  • Scroll down to the button that says "click here to enter"
  • You will be asked to give your URL ( which will be your direct link to your post), the name of your recipe, and your email which we will not be able to see.
  • Then you will be asked to select a thumbnail from your post that will be uploaded to your entry.
  • Please include a link back to Full Plate Thursday, somewhere on your post. We will give you a gentle reminder if you forget...
  • Please leave me a comment before you leave the page and let me know that you are here, I want to be a good hostess.
  • Don't forget to visit with all the others, after all that is part of the fellowship that makes it so much fun, in addition to all the good food of course...
  • Grab The Full Plate Button if you like and take it home with you.
  • Now God Bless you and your food and everyone fill your plate!
Thank You So Much For Coming Today and Come Back Soon!








Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ruben Burger

When the calendar rolls over to March, I think of time change, St Patrick's Day, Rubens, and Basketball. Its March Madness Time, and we are having a small group of friends over to enjoy some basketball with us. We have had some beautiful weather and are able to use our grill, so I wanted to cook outdoors. I developed this burger just for the party, but we will be having it again and again, it is a great burger!

Ruben Burger
Ruben Burger
Miz Helen's Kitchen
1/4 pound Cooked Corned Beef chopped very fine in the food processor
1 onion, chopped
1 pound ground chuck (we use grass fed beef )
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
dash cayenne pepper
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 cups Sauerkraut
Sliced Swiss Cheese
Thousand Island Dressing
Buns of your choice
In the food processor chop until fine the Corned Beef and the onion.
Mix the ground chuck, Corned Beef and Onion Mix, parsley, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper then make the Ruben Burger Patties. I always make a little indent in the center to keep them from being really hard, it helps to keep them moist. 
Grill the burgers, just before they are done place a slice of Swiss Cheese on top of each burger.
 Toast the buns and dress the buns with Thousand Island Dressing, add the Cheese topped burger and then add the desired amount of Sauerkraut on each burger.
Serve Hot and best with a Kosher Dill Pickle and Chips
Print Recipe 

Chop The Cooked Corned Beef and The Onion Together

Just Look At That Cheese and The Wonderful Dressing

Enjoy Your Ruben Burger

We sure are glad you are here today to try this great Ruben Burger with us. We are going to have fun with March Madness and hope you do too. We always enjoy you spending time with us and come back soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
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Monday, March 12, 2012

Southwestern Breakfast Bake

I just love being a part of the Secret Recipe Club, it gives me an opportunity to meet new bloggers, prepare their recipes and discover new ideas. This month my blog assignment isThis Mama Cooks! On A Diet Anne Marie stared blogging in 2004 and has a very interesting blog. Her mission is to "help people-especially busy moms and their families- get on the road to living a more healthy lifestyle by sharing good-for-you recipes and lifestyle tips". Anne Marie has great recipes and it was fun searching her blog for the recipe I wanted to prepare. Anne Marie Adapted  The Southwestern Breakfast Bake from Holly Clegg trim & Terrific Gulf Coast Favorites.

Southwestern Breakfast Bake
The beautiful Mexican Serving Dish is a gift from my friend Jan who is serving with the Peace Corp in Mexico, Thank You Jan!

Southwestern Breakfast Bake
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients
1 11 ounce can Mexicorn, drained
1 4 ounce can green chilies, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
8 corn or flour tortillas, quartered
2 cups reduced fat Mexican blend cheese, shredded
4 eggs
6 egg whites
2/3 cup skim milk
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 13X9 pan with nonstick cooking spray
In a mixing bowl combine Mexicorn, green chilies, and green onions.  Line bottom of pan with a layer of tortillas, top with half of the corn mixture, then half of the shredded cheese. Repeat layers.
In another bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour over layers in pan and let sit 10 minutes
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until puffed
Miz Helen's Recipe Tips
I used Corn Tortillas and garnished with Avocados and Orange Slices, served with homemade Salsa on the side. A good addition would be a breakfast meat like a regular country sausage or ham. A Mexican Chorizo would also be a good addition, but would need to be drained, before adding.
Adapted From:
Holly Clegg trim & Terrific Gulf Coast Favorites
This Mama Cooks On A Diet
A Very Colorful Mix of Veggies

A Wonderful Blend of Spice For The Egg Mix

All Baked and Ready To Serve

Enjoy Your Breakfast!

This is a great recipe that we really enjoyed and sure hope that  you enjoy it too. It is always great to have you stop by and visit with us, your visits are very special to us and hope you come back real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Whats For Dinner Next Week 3-11-12

It just seems like yesterday and we were adjusting our clocks to daylight savings time and here it is again. Spring is here. My yard is filled with beautiful wild flowers, daffodils, and the trees are beginning to bloom and set on leaves. St Patrick's Day is Saturday and we will be enjoying the local St Patrick's Day Festival. I am glad you are here today you can help me finish a project for the festival and give me ideas for next weeks menu.


Sunday
Lamb Chops with Mint Dressing
Herbed Fingerling Potatoes
Roasted Beet Salad with Feta


Monday
Butter Beans with Ham Hock
Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Green Tossed Salad
Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Tuesday
Mashed Potatoes
Fresh Swiss Chard in Garlic Saute
Fresh Spring Green Salad
Cottage Bread
Fruit Compote and Sponge Cake

Wednesday
Covered Dish Dinner With Friends
I Am Bringing
Turnip Casserole

Thursday
Homemade Tortilla's
Key Lime Pudding

Friday
 Dinner
Pecan Crusted Ruffy  at Premeditated Leftovers
Herbed Sweet Potatoes and Feta  at Tales of The T's
Irish Brown Bread  at Country Momma Cooks
Southern Lady Cake  at Moonlight Dreams 


Saturday
Sweet Potato Chips
Homemade Pickles  
Green Clover Cookies with Lime Sherbert

I am sure glad you stopped by today and helped me with the project. I have some Fresh Green Onions for you to take home with you so don't forget them. Your visits are always important to me, hope you have a Happy St. Patrick's Day and come back soon!
Peace and Joy


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