Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Full Plate Thursday 1-1-15

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather


Happy New Year!
Wishing You and Your Family a Very Happy New Year
With
Abundant Blessings in 2015!

I am so excited to spend the first day of 2015 with all of you! Thursday is a fun day of the week, always looking forward to the wonderful food and fellowship that we all share together. You have helped to make 2014 a wonderful year here at The Cottage and I certainly look forward to having many good times and good food with you in 2015. To pass along a little good luck for the new year I am sharing a little Black Eyed Pea Mash on Crispy Polenta appetizer with all of you this evening. I can't wait to see what you are sharing for the first party of the year so lets get this party started!




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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten Recipes 2014

I always enjoy reflecting back on the past year and remembering all the great moments of the year. One of the highlights of my year happens to be coming here to the blog and sharing our simple way of life with all of you. I want to thank you for being a part of all of this and making it so special for me, your visits and your friendship really touch my heart. The recipes we are sharing today are YOUR FAVORITES for 2014 and I loved making every one of them and sharing them with you.

Top Ten Recipes 2014


 Baked Creamed Skillet Corn



Chicken Spaghetti



Baked Sandwich



No Bake Lemon Jar Pie



Apple Hand Pie



Southwest Skillet Dip



Ladies Club Chicken Salad



Southwest Chicken Soup



Old Fashioned Meatloaf



Seafood Casserole


Thank you so much for stopping by today and for your support throughout the years.  Have a very safe New Years and hope to see back at The Cottage real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Black Eyed Pea Mash on Crispy Polenta

This is a big bite of southern cuisine with a southwestern flair. Black Eyed Pea Mash on Crispy Polenta is a great appetizer to serve for any event and is packed with the flavor that brings folks back to the table looking for seconds. This appetizer is a perfect good luck charm for any New Years table with all the requirements of the good luck peas . Not only can this flavorful mash be presented on a crispy polenta round, but can be used as a wonderful dip served with corn chips. I sure hope that you enjoy this new recipe that I developed for special parties.

Black Eyed Pea Mash On Crispy Polenta



Black Eyed Pea Mash on Crispy Polenta
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients
1 one pound roll pre-cooked Polenta
2 cups cooked black eyed peas, liquid drained
3 slices bacon, cooked crisp
1/2 cup green onions with tops, sliced thin
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
juice of 1 lime
Directions
In a hot skillet cook the bacon until crisp.  Remove the bacon and drain it on a paper towel. Reserve the fat that is rendered from the bacon.
Slice the cold polenta round in 1/2 inch slices. Place the polenta rounds on to a baking sheet.
Brush both sides of the polenta round with the bacon fat.
Bake the polenta round at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Then turn the polenta rounds and cook at 450 degrees another 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown on top.
Remove the baking sheet and let the rounds cool to room temperature.
Drain the black eyed peas and place into a food processor. Process the peas for just about 3 rounds just enough to break the peas up but not puree, you want some nice chunks of the peas in the mash.
Place the pea mash into a mixing bowl.
Chop the bacon in very small pieces, reserving 1/4 of the bacon pieces for the top garnish.
Add 3/4 of the bacon pieces, garlic, onions, jalapenos cumin, salt, pepper, cayenne, and lime juice to the mash and mix well.
Let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
After the pea mash has chilled scoop 1 tablespoon of the mash to the top of the crispy polenta round and garnish with green onion top and bacon pieces.
For the Blacked Eye Pea Mash Dip, after the mash has chilled serve with corn chips and garnish with green onion tops and bacon pieces.
Enjoy!
Starting With Cooked Peas


Process The Peas


Mix In The Bacon, Veggies, and Seasons


Prepare The Polenta


Prepare The Appetizers


Serve and Enjoy!


Serving The Dip


Either Way You Serve This Black Eyed Peas Mash
It Will Be A Hit Of The Party!

I loved having you stop by to enjoy these Black Eyed Pea appetizers with us today. Hope you have a fantastic week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Whats For Dinner Next Week 12-28-14

A Weekly Family Friendly Meal Plan With Recipes

It is hard to believe that we are making our last meal plan for 2014, the year has flown by. Looking back over this past year of our garden to table food we had a great year with lots of new recipes that we shared with you as well as seasonal meal plans to help you with your meal planning. The week after Christmas is always a week of reflection for me and a week of planning for the new year. You have been a big part of my blogging year and hopefully will be again next year and for that I thank you!!

Happy New Year
Wishing You And Your Family
A Year Filled
With
Abundant Blessings!

The Menu 
Week Of 12-18-14

Sunday
Herb Crusted Ribs with Orange Sauce and Sweet Potatoes and Onions

Turnips and Greens

Corn Bread Stix

Cranberry Apple Cobbler


Monday
Herb White Bean Soup

Salad
Corn Muffins de Provence

Left Over Cobbler

Tuesday
Ziti Bake

Salad
Herb Garlic Bread


Wednesday
New Years Eve Open House
Good Luck Black Eyed Peas

Ham Salad Puffs

Southwest Skillet Dip

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

Black Eyed Pea Mash on Crispy Polenta


Will Post On 12-28-14

Apple Hand Pies


Thursday
New Years Day
Nana's Hoppin John

Garden To Table Collard Greens

Baked Creamed Skillet Corn

Corn Bread

Gazpacho Salad

Rio Grande Pecan Pie


Friday
Baked Tilapia Cakes

Fall Garden Hash

Cheesy Dill Biscuits

Left Over
Rio Grande Pecan Pie


Saturday
Going Out
Kitchen Closed

I look forward to sharing my menus and recipes with you every week and thank you so much for stopping by to spend time with us. Please have a safe and exciting New Years and we hope to see you again next week.
Peace and Joy


Monday, December 22, 2014

Full Plate Thursday Special Edition 12-22-14

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

Welcome To This Special Edition Of Full Plate Thursday


Our Special Wish For You and Your Family
May your life be filled with
Peace, Love and Joy
Merry Christmas
and 
Happy Hanukkah

I am so happy to see you at this festive time, we will all be spending time with friends and family during this time and I am so pleased that you could spend some of that time with us here at our Full Plate Thursday blogging family.  I am sharing a Christmas Eve Brunch to Dinner with you today.  We all look forward to your wonderful holiday dishes so lets get this party started!



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