Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Salty Caramel Pecan Cookies

Our neighbors have a few pecan trees and they had a great harvest this year which they were kind enough to share with us. I wanted to make something really special for them so I think that these Salty Caramel Pecan Cookies will be just the perfect Thank You gift! We have loved this recipe and can hardly keep the cookie jar full they go that quick. These cookies have that great sweet and salty taste with the creamy caramel and a crunchy pecan, a delicious combination for a cookie.

Salty Caramel Pecan Cookies at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Monday, January 15, 2018

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie

We are Mexican food lovers here at the cottage and have some recipes that have been our favorites through the years. This Slow Cooker Tamale Pie is sure one of those recipes that we have made over and over. This recipe has gone to church dinners and sports parties, it is just one of those awesome go to recipes. This dish is packed with Tex Mex flavors and is a very hearty pie.

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week 1-14-18

It is so much fun to sit here by the fire with a nice cup of tea and plan a nice cozy meal plan for next week. The snow has started to fall and it is very beautiful, although I don't think it will be with us very long.  It's just a good time to stay indoors and cozy up. The Flu is so bad here that 3 of our local schools will be closed for the next several days. I am so glad that I have enough food here in my pantry, home canned food, freezer and garden cold bins we don't have to go anywhere for awhile.

Whats For Dinner Next Week at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Full Plate Thursday #362

Welcome to the cottage and Full Plate Thursday, come on in we are gathering around the fire today to stay warm. Have some Hot Chocolate, Hot Spiced Tea or Coffee, find a place a the table we are about to enjoy this amazing food that all of you bring to share with us. We have some awesome features from last week so be sure and stop by those blogs to check them out and say hi! Glad to see all of you today and thanks so much for coming, lets eat!!

Whats For Dinner Next Week at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Winter Greens Salad With Orange Vinaigrette

When we begin to transition into the deep cold of winter, nothing is better than a great Winter Greens Salad with some lovely winter fruits and a great vinaigrette. The salad mix that I am using today is really one of my favorites, and although it is a winter mix it is delicious the year round. We still have winter greens in our garden so it is nice to take a brisk walk to the garden and come  back with some wonderful fresh greens for a salad. There are so many options to this salad but today I am using a combination of wonderful winter fruits with the greens.

Winter Greens Salad With Orange Vinaigrette at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Monday, January 8, 2018

Pressure Cooker Classic Beef Stew

I grew up in a home where my Mother and my Grandmothers all cooked with Pressure Cookers. They would use them in the summer for canning and in the other times to cook very delicious dishes in a short time frame. It was a natural process that I would use my Pressure Cooker in our meal preparations for my family. I also have a large pressure cooker that I use to preserve garden vegetables. With the arrival of the Instant Pot, I began to think about my Pressure Cooker once again and decided to pull it off the top shelf and use it once again and I am so glad I did. The first recipe that I made is one of our favorites and perfect for a cold day. This Classic Beef Stew is a very satisfying dish that is ready in no time to set on the table.

Pressure Cooker Classic Beef Stew at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week 1-7-18

Happy New Year Everyone! I know that some of you are really experiencing some very cold weather with snow drifts up to a foot or more. It has been cold here but not enough snow to have fun in. Icy Cold weather really calls for lots of comfort food and meals that will stay with us through the cold weather. I am curled up with a great cup of Hot Chocolate and ready to make a meal plan for next week.

Whats For Dinner Next Week  at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Full Plate Thursday #361

Happy New Year Ya'll!

I am so excited to welcome you here for our first party of 2018! I sure hope that each of you had wonderful holidays and like me you are ready to get back to a normal pace of life. We are recovering from the Type A Flu that hit our community just before Christmas. It hit us pretty hard here at the cottage, but we are being to feel better every day. I can't wait to see what you are bringing today, I am actually getting hungry for some of your great recipes, served on your beautiful table settings!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Top Ten Recipes 2017

I wrote the first Top Ten Recipes for Miz Helen's Kitchen in 2011 and now it is an annual roundup of the very best of the year that we all look forward to. The list of Top Ten Recipes for the year comes from all of you my very faithful readers. These are your favorites, the ones you kept coming back to all year. It is always so exciting  to see what trends you have set throughout the year and wondering what creations we will be having as we move along the path together. Thank you so much for being a big part of our past year and wishing you and your family the very best for 2018!

Top Ten Recipes 2017 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Monday, January 1, 2018

Black Eyed Pea Casserole

When I think of a natural paring for Black Eyed Pea's it is usually corn, here in the south those two just go hand in hand. When I was thinking about developing a new recipe for my Black Eyed Pea's for the New Year I wanted it to be a one pot meal that was easy and full of flavor. This Black Eyed Pea Casserole has all the special products that say this is a southern dish that is packed with flavor. The recipe is very easy to put together and is on the table in no time. I sure hope that you enjoy the new recipe as much as we have and that it will bring you the very best of the new year no matter when you eat it!

Black Eyed Pea Casserole at Miz Helen's Country Cottage