Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Full Plate Thursday 1-30-14

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

The Super Bowl is this weekend and some of you are planning really big parties, for the big game. Our team didn't make it this year, but we will be enjoying the festivities with others. The thing I enjoy the most is the food, its like a grazing for 2 or 3 hours. We are sure glad to see you today and hear all about your week and especially see what you are bringing to share with us today, come on in and get warm by the fire, its "still" cold here. We have some hot cider and cookies to enjoy while we are waiting on all the food to get on the table.  I brought along my Southwest Skillet Dip for you to taste, this is what I will be taking for the Super Bowl Party this weekend.



This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
Breakfast
Easy Valentine's Day Breakfast at The Joys of Boys
Morning Snack
Strawberry Muffins Something Sweet Winnies Blog
Lunch
Pico de Gallo at Eat Better Spend Less
Afternoon Snack
Earl Grey Vanilla Bean Biscotti at Reviews Chews and How Tos
Party Time
Mini Taco Bowls at Daily Leisure 
Loaded Potato and Bacon Dip at Organizer By Day
Sausage Bites at Pinch of Joy
Bufflo Wings at My Turn For Us
Football Rice Krispie Treat at Apples to Applique
Creamy White Chicken Chili from All She Cooks at The Helpmates
Peanut Butter Swirl Double Chocolate Brownies at Three Kids and A Fish

Your Plate Pick
Mushroom Salisbury Steak at Spend With Pennies

If Your Recipe Is Featured Today Please Take The Red Plate Home
The Code Is On The Side Bar

Background Story For Full Plate Thursday 
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".
Guidelines For The Party

Please link your RECIPES or FOOD RELATED POST ONLY
When you link to Full Plate Thursday, you are giving me permission to use a photo or link from your Post in a feature post on this blog, on Pinterest, or Face Book and other social media. Every Week, I feature many of your Recipes on the next Full Plate Thursday, What's For Dinner Next Week, and I pin the entire party to a dedicated page and many of your individual recipes to Pinterest. Please include a link back to Full Plate Thursday somewhere on your post. Please 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.
Thank You So Much For Coming Today and Come Back Soon!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Southwest Skillet Dip

I just love the combination of beans, corn and roasted green chilies with that kick at the back of your throat as you are reaching for yet one more bite. The combination of this dish will certainly leave you wanting another bite. This is a dish that is very versatile, it can be served as a dip, individual appetizers, or even as a great side dish for rice and tortillas.

Southwest Skillet Dip


Southwest Skillet Dip
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients
1 15 oz can Pinto Beans, drained
1 15 oz can Black Beans, drained
1 15 oz can Whole Kernel Corn, drained
1 cup roasted Green Chilies, chopped
1 bunch Green Onions, chopped with tops
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon Chipotle Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese, graded
2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, graded
2 Roma Tomatoes, chopped fine
Directions
In a large mixing bowl, add the drained Pinto Beans, Black Beans, Whole Kernel Corn, Green Chilies, and 1/2 the Green Onions, reserving the other half for the garnish.
Add all the seasons and mix well
Add the Sour Cream and mix well
Add the Pepper Jack Cheese and one cup of the Cheddar Cheese, reserving the second cup for the top.
Lightly spray the bottom of a 10 1/2 inch iron skillet or a 9X13 baking dish with a cooking spray
Pour the mixture into the skillet or baking dish
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, remove the skillet or baking dish and sprinkle the remainder of the Cheddar Cheese on top then return to the oven and cook another 10 minutes
Garnish with the second half of the chopped Green Onions and the chopped Roma Tomatoes
Serve with Baked Corn Tortilla Chips

Mix Well


Ready To Bake


Out Of The Oven And Ready To Eat


An Individual Serving


Served In Individual Tortilla Scoops


Enjoy!


If you are having a party or just enjoying a nice evening at home with family this is a great dish that I hope you really enjoy, we just love it! Hope you have a fantastic week and come back real soon!
Peace and Joy

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Whats For Dinner Next Week 1-26-14

I have some hot chocolate and cookies for you this morning, so come on in and get warm by the fire, I am so glad to see you.  We have been very busy here in the cottage kitchen.  We have several friends who have been sick with the flu, surgeries and other things so we made a very large pot of Chicken Soup and have it ready to deliver to all our friends, Chicken Soup always makes us feel better. Lets have our hot chocolate and take a look and The Menu for next week.


Sunday

Monday

Green Tossed Salad


Garlic Bread
Left Over Man Cookies and Fresh Fruit

Tuesday
Grape Salad

Wednesday
Crusty Bread
Left Over
Creamy Blueberry Bars

Thursday

Friday
 Chinese New Years
The Year of The Horse


Saturday
Full Plate Thursday

Downton Abbey Stuffed Mushrooms at Louanne's Kitchen
Russian Herb and Cheese Salad  at Gluten Free A-Z Blog
She Crab Soup at Katie-Kate's Kitchen
Pomegranate Salmon at Crystal and Co.
Cauliflower Broccoli Gratin at Just Not The Cakes
Baked Waffle Frys with Sour Cream and Onions at The Painted Apron
Ritz Humble Pie with Peanut Butter at Renee's Kitchen Adventures


I am always so happy to spend time with you and talk about meal planning and how much time and money it saves when we take the time to plan our meals, and who doesn't enjoy more time and money.  Hope you have a fantastic week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Full Plate Thursday 1-23-14

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

I am so excited that you are here today to help us kick our Fourth Year of Full Plate Thursday. One change that we have this year please note that the posting time has been moved to 7:30 p.m. CST , hope this helps those of you who need a time change. Two, there will be a feature for your favorite pick of the week. I have made us some Man Cookies today to enjoy with our coffee or tea. I am looking forward to the greatest year ever with all of you, so lets get that food on the table, I can't wait to see what you have brought today, lets eat!

This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
Breakfast
Breakfast Cookies with Apricots and Dates at Healthy Ideas Place
Juice Recipes at Jordan's Onion
Morning Snack
Pecan Cinnamon Rolls at Bells Bakery
Lunch
Greek Style Pizza at Culinary Flavors
Lemony Sour Cream Sourdough Crepes at Axiom At Home
Afternoon Snack
Upside Down Pineapple Cupcakes at Melding Magic
Dinner
Downton Abbey Stuffed Mushrooms at Louanne's Kitchen
Russian Herb and Cheese Salad  at Gluten Free A-Z Blog
She Crab Soup at Katie-Kate's Kitchen
Pomegranate Salmon at Crystal and Co.
Cauliflower Broccoli Gratin at Just Not The Cakes
Baked Waffle Frys with Sour Cream and Onions at The Painted Apron
Ritz Humble Pie with Peanut Butter at Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Your Plate Pick 
Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs at Spend With Pennies


If Your Recipe Was Featured Today Please Take The Red Plate Home
The Code Is On The Side Bar

Background Story For Full Plate Thursday
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".
Guidelines For The Party
Please link your RECIPES or FOOD RELATED POST ONLY
When you link to Full Plate Thursday, you are giving me permission to use a photo or link from your Post in a feature post on this blog, on Pinterest, or Face Book and other social media. Every Week, I feature many of your Recipes on the next Full Plate Thursday, What's For Dinner Next Week, and I pin the entire party to a dedicated page and many of your individual recipes to Pinterest. Please include a link back to Full Plate Thursday somewhere on your post. Please 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.
Thank You So Much For Coming Today and Come Back Soon!


Monday, January 20, 2014

Man Cookies

Man Cookies have become a favorite at our cottage. I was at a ladies event just before the holidays and my friend Cindy brought these fabulous cookies to share. I asked her for the recipe and if it would be ok to share with my readers, she is so sweet of course she said yes. I can't keep enough of these cookies they just fly out of the cookie jar.

Man Cookies

Man Cookies
Miz Helen's Kitchen
4 Dozen Cookies
Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs 
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
Directions
In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream sugars and shortening, mix until the mixture is very creamy.
Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.
Stir the dry ingredient mix into the wet mixture, adding the dry mix a little at a time until it is blended well.
Stir in the coconut, oatmeal and pecans.
Drop 1 tablespoon at a time onto a  cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes.
Cool on a cooling rack.
Variations:
Substitute 1/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup shortening for 1 cup shortening.
Add 3/4 cup of dried cranberries or raisins.
Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
These cookies freeze well and it may be the only way you can hide them
Enjoy!

Great Gift For A Friend



A Nice Plate Of Cookies


Fill The Cookie Jar

Many thanks to my friend Cindy for her great recipe and I sure hope that all of you enjoy these Man Cookies as much as we have. Hope you have a great week and come back to see me real soon!
Peace and Joy

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Whats For Dinner Next Week 1-19-14

We have been busy here at the cottage this week. I am so glad that you could take a drive to the country today it is always good to see you. Come take a walk with me out to the row crop area in the garden and we will take a look at the area that we have prepared to plant the onions, we will be planting them any day. I made Cranberry Breakfast Cookies for us this morning, so we will have some Breakfast Cookies and Hot Tea when we finish our walk and take a look at The Menu for next week.


Sunday

Kale and Orange Salad
Cottage Rolls



Monday

Green Tossed Salad

Left Over
Cherry Pie


Tuesday

Salad



Wednesday

Mashed Potatoes
Green Tossed Salad
Garlic Toast
Left Over
Chocolate Cake


Thursday

Mexican Salad
Salsa
Wedding Cookies

Friday


Saturday

Sweet Potato Chips
Pickles
Fresh Fruit and Cookies

I am so glad that you could come and visit with us today.  Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Full Plate Thursday 1-16-14 Number 158

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather


I am so excited that you are here today to help mark our Third Year of Full Plate Thursday. On January 6, 2011 we began this journey together and it has been awesome! Every week we have gathered around the table to share our food and fellowship with each other. I cannot begin to tell you how special each of you have been to see you and share with you every week. I look forward to continuing our journey together as we begin Year Four, you truly are The Greatest Cooks On The Planet! I wanted to offer you a special slice of this Raspberry Sheet Cake to help us celebrate today, Thanks so much for coming to the party!



This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
Breakfast
Groundhog Day Pancakes at The Joy's of Boy's
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy at The Salty Kitchen
Morning Snack
Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes at Just Not The Cakes
Lunch
Italian Seafood Salad  at My Carolina Kitchen
Hot Chocolate Cookies at Melissa's Cuisine
Afternoon Snack
Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcakes at Sarah's Kitchen
Dinner
Stingy Cheese Herbs and Garlic Bread at Lemon and Lime Thyme
Heaven On A Plate Baked Cheesecake at My Farm Life Diary

If Your Recipe Is Featured Today Please Take The Red Plate Home
The Code Is On The Side Board

Background Story For Full Plate Thursday
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".
Party Guidelines
Please link your RECIPES or FOOD RELATED POST ONLY
When you link to Full Plate Thursday, you are giving me permission to use a photo or link from your Post in a feature post on this blog, on Pinterest, or Face Book and other social media. Every Week, I feature many of your Recipes on the next Full Plate Thursday, What's For Dinner Next Week, and I pin the entire party to a dedicated page and many of your individual recipes to Pinterest. Please include a link back to Full Plate Thursday somewhere on your post. Please 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.
Thank You So Much For Celebrating With Us Today!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken is one of our families favorite Chinese dishes. We love to have a Chinese night and use our chop sticks and just have a fun evening. This recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken is delicious with a sauce that we use with many other dishes.

Sweet and Sour Chicken



This month at Food of The World we are visiting China.  The Chinese new Year is Jan 31, 2014 and will be The Year of The Horse. The Chinese New Year is Lunar Year 4712, as the Lunar New Year dates back to 2600 BC when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. What a great time to have Chinese Night,celebrate the Chinese New Year!


Sweet and Sour Chicken
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients
The Chicken
4 boneless chicken breast's, cut in cubes
3 tablespoons Sesame Oil
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion salt
1 teaspoon pepper
dash cayenne pepper
1-1/2 cups cornstarch
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup water

Sweet and Sour Sauce
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup ketchup
1 cup rice vinegar
2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 teaspoons lite sodium soy sauce
Directions
Prepare the sauce
In a small bowl mix the sugar, ketchup, rice vinegar, garlic salt, and lite sodium soy sauce mix until blended well
Set aside
Prepare the chicken
Make sure that your cubed chicken has been washed and dried
Mix the garlic salt, onion salt and peppers together, then season the chicken with the mix making sure that the chicken is covered on all sides
Next cover all the chicken with the corn starch using a generous amount
Mix the beaten eggs with 1/4 cup water
Next dip the covered chicken in the egg mixture
In a hot wok or skillet add the oils
Add the chicken, cook on medium heat just until the chicken is lightly browned, remove from the oil to a paper towel and drain well
Place the drained chicken onto a 9X13 oiled baking sheet
Using 1/2 of the sauce, drizzle the sauce over the chicken
Bake uncovered in a preheated 325 degree oven for 45 minutes
Turn the chicken at least twice during the baking process
Serve the chicken with your favorite rice and the other half of the sauce on the side
Fried Rice Recipe at this link Fried Rice
Enjoy!
This recipe is slightly adapted from Life In The Lofthouse
Print Recipe 

Bake The Chicken


Ready To Serve with Fried Rice and Sauce On The Side


Use Your Chop Sticks, It's Fun!


Enjoy!


Thanks for stopping by today to enjoy Chinese Night with us.  Hope you will have a Chinese Night at your house very soon and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
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