Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 Top Ten Favorites

At the end of the year I always like to reflect back on the past year and take a look at the lessons that I can bring forward into the new year. I have made so many new friends this year and you have made it a very special year for me. Let's take a look at your Top Ten Favorites.

Texas Star Chili Cook Off

Green Chili Enchilada Chicken
Link:Green Chili Enchilada Chicken

Slow Cooker  Pork Chop Dinner
Link:Slow Cooker Pork Chop Dinner

Christmas Eve Tamales
Link:Christmas Eve Tamales

Butternut Custard
Link:Butternut Custard

The Pickle Pot
Link:The Pickle Pot

Green Chili and Cranberry Turkey Chalupa
Link:Green Chili and Cranberry Turkey Chapula

Yogurt Pie
Link:Greek Yogurt Pie

Cranberry Bites
Link:Cranberry Nut Bites

Brisket and Vegetables
Link:Brisket and Vegetables

 This year if you have stopped by to have tea with me and visit for a bit, left me a lovely comment, became a follower, or just came by to get a recipe or two you have warmed my heart. Thank you so much for being a part of 2010. I am looking forward to spending more time with you in 2011! Be sure and pick up your invitation for Full Plate Thursday look at the Red Plate on my side bar, you will want to be here on opening day...January 6, 2011.
Wishing you the very best of everything in the new year. God Bless and Keep You...
Happy New Year!
Peace and Joy

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Good Luck Black Eyed Peas

I always remember my Grandmother and my Mother having Black Eyed Peas cooking on New Years. After I had my own home my Mother would call and remind me to be sure and "cook a pot of peas for New Years". There are many traditions around New Years food. If you eat buckwheat soba noodles in Japan you are thought to have long life. Eat 12 grapes at the strike of Midnight in Latin America and it is thought that you will have success in each month of the new year. In our family we ate the Black Eyed Peas for good luck in the New Year. If you added pork of any kind that would bring prosperity in the new year, while some believe that if you add greens that will also increase your pocket book with green bills. My Grandmother always put pork and collards in her black eyed peas while my Mother cooked her peas with pork without the collards. I am happy to share my Good Luck Black Eyed Peas with you. We cook these in the slow cooker and will have them ready to eat from midnight and all day on New Years day. The first thing we eat at midnight is a bowl of black eyed peas. When folks stop by our Cottage on New Years day, we always give them a bowl of black eyed peas, to bring good luck and prosperity in the New Year.

I use dried Black Eyed Peas. The peas that I will use in my Good Luck Black Eyed Peas this year were from our summer garden. They were purple hull peas, when they dried on the vine then we harvested them and I have saved them for New Years just like my Grandmother did. If you don't have dried peas from your garden you can buy dried Black Eyed Peas in most super markets. Some people will use frozen peas however the broth is different with the frozen peas, it is not as thick as the dried peas.

 Black Eyed Peas With Ham Hock Ready To Serve

Good Luck Black Eyed Peas
Miz Helen's Kitchen
2 cups dried Black Eyed Peas or Purple Hull Peas
1 Ham Hock
1 large yellow onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
Option: add 2 cups chopped Collard Greens, or 2 cups of chopped Chard , or 2 cups of chopped Kale.
8 to 10 cups water
  • You can soak the peas overnight or you can use the quick soak method for the dried peas.
  • I use the quick soak method for the dried peas. 
  • Pick out all the bad peas and rinse them very well. 
  • Pour 2 cups of dried peas in 8 cups of boiling water. Bring peas to boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat cover and let stand for 1 hour. 
  • Pour into Slow Cooker and add enough water back into the peas to equal 8 cups of water. 
  • Add the ham hock, onion, garlic and the seasons. 
  • If you are adding any of the greens be sure and add an extra cup of water at this time. 
  • Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 3 hours. 
  • Leave on simmer or warm to serve.

We like to serve our Good Luck Black Eyed Peas with Green Tomato Chow Chow and Corn Bread.

Print Recipe 

Good Luck!

We sure hope that you enjoy your Good Luck Black Eyed Peas. We wish you the very best of everything for you and your family in 2011! Your visits are very special to me hope you will come back soon!
Happy New Year!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ham Salad Puffs

This is such a busy time of the year, we are very busy entertaining or being invited to other events. Sometimes we are asked to bring  little Holiday Goodies. I often times have left over ham in the freezer and this is a great way to use it, other than in my beans or a casserole.

Ham Lettuce Cups

Ham Salad
Miz Helen's Kitchen
3 cups coarsely Chopped Baked Ham
2 tablespoons Spicy Mustard
1/2 cup real mayonnaise
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
2/3 cup Sweet Pickle Relish or Dill Pickle Relish
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
2 tablespoons fresh chives
Dash Cayenne Pepper
1/2 cup chopped roasted pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries
In the food processor place the chopped ham and process until finely chopped
Remove the ham and place into mixing bowl
Stir in the remaining ingredients and mix well
Chill before serving
Print Recipe

Process Ham In Food Processor

Mix Well With Other Ingredients

 The Puff Recipe is Posted at This Link:Cream Puffs


This is a very versatile dish. It has served many a Afternoon Tea, Ladies Luncheon, Christmas or New Years Party. It would just be good anytime. I sure hope you enjoy it and  hope to see you soon...
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Whats For Dinner Next Week: Baked Ham Steak With Spicy Hot Fruit

We are having a wonderful holiday with family and friends. We are so glad that you could stop by today. We have so many Christmas Goodies to eat you just sit right down and we will have a little snack with our tea. I am working on the menu for next week so we will get right to it.

Feature Recipe
New Years Day
Baked Ham Steak With Spicy Hot Fruit

Vegetable Beef Soup
Left Over Christmas Goodies

Baked Zita
Tossed Green Salad
Garlic Bread
The Last of The Pie

Tamale Casserole
Mexican Cole Slaw
Baked Tortilla Chips
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chicken 'N Rice Casserole
Tossed Green Salad
Hot Biscuits
Mixed Fruit and Cookies

Shrimp Scampi
Wild Rice
Steamed Mixed Vegetables
Garlic Stix
Lemon Pudding

New Years Eve
Going To The Party
I will bring 
The Black Eyed Peas
Link:Good Luck Black Eyed Peas
Green Tomato Chow Chow
Corn Bread

New Years Day
We Will Serve The Good Luck Black Eyed Peas All Day
Link on Friday
Baked Ham Steak With Spicy Hot Fruit 
Scalloped Potatoes
Fresh Green Beans
From Miz Helen's Kitchen Table Cook Book
"The Green Salad"
Homemade Cottage Bread
Fresh Apple Cake with Cream

Hot Spicy Fruit
Miz Helen's Kitchen
1 pound can of Pear Halves drained well
1 pound can of Cling Peach Halves drained well
1 pound can of Pineapple Chunks drained well
1 pound can of Apricot Halves drained well
1 pound can of Purple Plums drained well
1 cup of Maraschino Cherries
2/3 cup Almonds chopped
1/2 cup Butter chopped in small pieces
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • Drain all the fruit really well. 
  • Mix all the spices and the nuts together. 
  • Layer the fruit in a baking dish, sprinkle each layer with the season and nut mixture dotting each layer with some of the butter pieces. 
  • Top with the Maraschino Cherries and the remainder of the season and nut mixture dotting with the butter pieces.
  • Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour.
This is a great fruit dish and can be used as a great addition to any meal. It is delicious over ice cream served as a dessert.
Baked Ham Steak

 Baked Ham Steak
Miz Helen's Kitchen
3 11/2 pound Ham Steaks
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
3 tablespoons Corn Starch
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground Nutmeg
1/2 cup Honey

  • Mix together brown sugar, corn starch, Cinnamon, nutmeg, and Cayenne pepper. Add the honey and mix well.
  • Layer the ham one on the other, cover the top of each ham steak with the honey mixture.
  • Cover and bake 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  • Option: The liquid can be drained and poured into a sauce pan and reduced for a nice sauce to pour over the ham steaks.
  • I am serving the ham steaks with Spicy Hot Fruit, the recipe included in this post.
I am so glad that you stopped by today to help me close out this year. We want to wish you the very best in 2011...Happy New Year! Your visits are so special to us so come back soon...
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
This Post is Linked to:
Menu Plan Monday
Menu Inspiration Monday 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Quiet Time Christmas Memories

Christmas memories are made of sounds, smells, pictures, food, reflections, family and friends. The feelings of celebration, joy, giving, receiving, love, acceptance, hope and peace.

I  invite you to join me in quiet reflection of  some of my Christmas Memories.

The Snowman Is Over Twenty Years Old
He Is Called "Tiny Snowman"
Tiffany Made It When She Was Five Years Old
The Village Choir Fourteen Years Old
Reece and Tate
 Decorating The Christmas Cookies
Lauren and Stephanie
"Brin Man" A Texas Christmas
Kyleigh 2010 Making Her Gingerbread House
Family Fun  Trevor, Nikki and Ben
Whats In The Box Jerame?
Ready For The Ornament Exchange
Memories With Friends That Warm My Heart
And To All...A Good Night
From our Cottage to yours...Merry Christmas and may God Bless You!
Peace and Joy 
Miz Helen