Monday, May 4, 2020

Recipe Round Up!

Like many of you I am doing more cooking while sheltering in place.  I thought I would share some recipes today.

Joe Wheeler, Our Electric Company also sends out a magazine every now and then and I automatically turn to the recipe page. This month focused on Pimento Cheeses. Southerners love their pimento cheese. Everyone has their own favorite recipe for this sandwich spread. Mary Bruce's recipe for Fruit and Nut Pimento Cheese is a keeper!  If you cannot find a Vidalia onion, any sweet onion will do! I mixed mine in my mixer since it has a cream cheese base. If you want it a little creamier you could add a bit more of the Pimento juice to the recipe. I suppose you could also add a touch of Mayo. I am a Mayo lover but I realize it is not everyone's cup of tea so this cream cheese base could even be used to make plain pimento cheese.

I did not have any parsley and it was still yummy. I will say this is better served on crackers as opposed to a sandwich. I used Triscuit  and I think Wheat Thins would be nice to spread it on as well. I guesstimate that this made about two cups.

If you want a good sandwich Pimento Cheese...this is my tried and true recipe. It makes a big batch so you can share some or you can cut it in half.

 Pardon the writing that is showing through from the back!!

I made cookies for the grands....Hampton, Kendall, Landon and Hudson.

This recipe makes four dozen. I got the big LocknLock bowl from QVC.

I have made these cookies for years and I cannot remember where I got the recipe.

Nana's Chocolate Chip Cookies

2/3 cup Crisco
2/3 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla.( I like to put my vanilla in with the oils and beat them together first. I think it enhances the flavor)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 cups self rising flour( preferably White Lily)
2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375.  Beat crisco and butter along with vanilla until fluffy. Add sugars and beat until fluffy. Add eggs. Slowly add the three cups of self rising flour.  Mix until incorporated. Stir in chips.

Drop onto parchment lined cookie sheets and bake at 375 12 to 14 minutes. I put in one sheet on the lower rack and set timer for 7 minutes.  When timer buzzes  I move the cookies to the top rack and put in another pan of cookies. (When I say bottom and top rack, I am referring to the two middle racks of your oven.) Bake six more minutes...check for doneness. Sometimes I have to give them one more minute. My children and my grandchildren love these cookies. I have made them so much they have lost their shine with me!! When my children were growing  up they never took a store bought cookie to school unless they wanted a Little Debbie. I made a batch of Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip cookies every week.

One last recipe....My FAVORITE Chocolate Frosting recipe.

Make any layer cake you prefer. This one is a French Vanilla. I add a stick of melted butter instead of the oil and I add a cup of whole milk instead of water as called for on the box. Cake Doctor taught me this trick years ago. I swear it tastes like a scratch cake. I also add one teaspoon of Almond flavoring to cake really enhances the flavor without tasting too almondy. However, remember if you have a person with nut allergies in the family, do not use the almond flavoring. My DIL, Nancy is allergic to nuts and I did not think about almond flavoring affecting her but it did. Oh she did not have a terrible reaction but it did make her mouth itch!

Frosting....2 cups chocolate chips
                  1 stick of butter ...diced
Melt in microwave just til melted stir. Allow it to stand five minutes too cool.

Put chocolate mixture in electric mixer and beat for a minute. Add one small carton of sour cream. Mix well ...add one teaspoon of vanilla.

Measure and sift four to five cups of Powdered Sugar. Add slowly. ( I used about 4 and 1/2c in mine)
Beat until creamy.

This makes a good bit of icing for a two layer cake but I like to coat my cake liberally with no bare cake showing. To me it is the perfect amount for the cake and leaves a bit for the kids to lick from the bowl. ( Or Nana if the kids are not around.)  I have tried many chocolate icing recipes. My absolute favorite is the one my mother have to cook it on top of the stove and then beat it. It is like Fudge on a cake. My baking skills are not as good as hers once were!!

Hope you see something you might like to try!! Enjoy.


Mary said...

Arlene, You are killing me here!!! I started a diet 3 days ago because of all the extra baking I have been doing and now I have to try the first pimento cheese recipe and your choc chip cookies!!! Anything with pecans or cranberries has my name on it!! Can you believe I have never had pimento cheese?? This recipe sounds so good!! I am not a fan of mayo so the cream cheese base appeals to me. Your choc chip recipe sounds so good and I will be trying that too. I love to bake and we are going to be having yet more 50 degree and rain this week and nothing I like to do more is have the oven on in that weather. I always doctor up box cakes so I will be trying your choc icing and doctored box cake as I was planning on dropping off a cake to a friend this week for his birthday.
Thanks for the recipes and the extra pounds!!:)

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Everything looks so good it would be hard to choose which to try first. Thanks for sharing.

dortha said...

Thank you for recipes. I will try some, especially your pimento cheese and chocolate icing. Enjoy reading your blog. I live in Florence. I sew but haven’t cross stitched in years. I do enjoy seeing your cross stitch projects.

Georgia said...

Arlene, All of these sound wonderful:) I was just working on my grocery list. I haven't had pimento cheese in years. Thank you for the recipes:)

Robin in Virginia said...

Super recipes you shared, Arlene! Thank you! I bet the grands were thrilled to get the cookies. Have a good Monday!

Sandy said...

Thanks for the recipes AND the tips. I have never thought of either one. I don't care for pimento cheese but Jeff and the kids love it. I think I might try the first one and add some bacon jam. Jeff got some from a restaurant this weekend that had done that. I have been hunting bacon jam recipes this morning. I have narrowed them down to two.

Sandy said...

Oh and I think Crisco makes great cookies!

Linda said...

Wow!! Great recipes! I buy pimento cheese but have never thought of making it myself! I know your grands love those cookies! Who wouldn't???

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You're killing me too! Oh how I wish I could eat sugar looking at those cookies! But I DID make breadsticks yesterday and they are SO good! Take care!

Terri D said...

Oh my goodness!! This post is full of deliciousness!! I grew up (in Ohio) eating pimento cheese and ham salad on sandwiches - yes, together. That icing sounds so good! I usually make mine with cream cheese but will hang onto this sour cream recipe! Thanks for sharing!!

Mari said...

Oh my - you are making me hungry. Some pimento spread and crackers sounds good right now. But then so does a cookie and cake!