Showing posts from September, 2013

Caramel Apple Blondie Pie

We just love apples and who doesn't love a great caramel sauce drizzled all over a fabulous dessert.  This Caramel Apple Blondie Pie is so rich with all the wonderful full flavors of fall,  a brownie and pie all rolled into one.  This will be a dessert that we will serve the year round, but is just perfect for the fall and winter season, hope you enjoy it.

Caramel Apple Blondie Pie

Caramel Apple Blondie Pie Miz Helen's Kitchen Adapted From Southern Living Ingredients 6 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and sliced 2 tablespoon all purpose flour 2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar, divided 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 cup water 1 cup butter, divided 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 3/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon table salt 3 large eggs, lightly beaten, room temperature 4 tablespoons apple cider 3/4 cups toasted pecans, chopped 1 9 inch pie crust, your choice Directions Peel and slice the apples into 1/4 inch slices In a large mixing bowl place the 1/…

Whats For Dinner Next Week 9-29-13

I just love this season of the year, there are so many festivals and fairs.  The State Fair of Texas opens this weekend and we have a new Big Tex to welcome everyone to the fair grounds.  I always head straight for the Corny Dog Stand, then to the Cotton Candy and then a Funnel Cake.  By this time in the food adventure I am ready to look at all the home canned entries, all the perfect cut vegetables in a pretty jar with all those pretty ribbons hanging from the lid.  Next we are off to the textiles, quilting and hand work ( as my grandmother would say).  Its a fun adventure for a day, good thing its only once a year, my waist line couldn't take it.  But talking about food we better get on to our menu for this week.

Coming Soon! 4th Annual Texas Star Chili Cook Off October 9 to 29 2013 Check This Link For Details

Sunday Mexican Pot Roast Tacos
Mexican Rice Casserole

Mexican Salad Toss Miz Helen's Salsa

Tropical Cupcakes

Monday With Left Over Roast Vegetable Beef Soup Corn Bread Left Ove…

Full Plate Thursday 9-26-13

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather
We are celebrating 5 inches of rain, it was just wonderful!  All of our plants and gardens are just soaking it all in and everything looks so refreshed.  It's cooler and really puts us in the mood to cook up some good fall dishes.  I sure am glad to see you today and can't wait to see what wonderful fall dish you are bringing to share with us today, lets get it on the table.

Coming Soon! 4th Annual Texas Star Chili Cook Off October 9 to 29 2013 Check This Link For Details
This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week  Breakfast Three Ingredient Overnight Steel Cut Oatsat I Thee Cook
Morning Snack
Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies  at Spice Gals 
Chesapeake Crab Quiche  at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen
Baby Spinach Salad  at Kitchen Flavours
Fresh Picked Apple Crunch Cake   at Growing Up Gabel
Afternoon Snack
Halloween Haunted House Cake  The Joys of Boys
Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops with BBQ Sauce  at Melding Magic
Loaded Mashed Potato Bombs

Ziti Bake

We just love Ziti and this is a recipe that I have been making for years.  A friend had stopped by for dinner the other day and we were having this dish for dinner, after dinner she asked if she could have the recipe, guess what I didn't have it written down. Ziti Bake is a very flavorful Italian pasta casserole. The sauce for this Ziti has tiny little meatballs!  So this one is for all my friends who wanted the recipe, I  finally wrote it down, enjoy!

Whats For Dinner Next Week 9-22-13

Happy Fall Ya'll
The first day of autumn and we are ready for the change in season here at the cottage.  The foods are warmer and a cozy feeling begins to wind its way into our life as we seek comfort.  Come take a walk with me this morning and we will take a look at the fall garden and talk about our menu for next week.

Sunday Spicy Orange Chicken

Green Beans with Onion and Bacon Vinaigrette

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Green Tossed Salad
Yeast Dinner Rolls

Pumpkin Latte Coffee Cake

Monday From Left Over Chicken and Yeast Dinner Rolls Spicy Orange Chicken Sliders Sweet Potato Oven Fries Left Over Cake
Tuesday Smoky Black Bean Chicken Sausage and Quinoa Soup

Corn Bread Muffins
Greek Yogurt Pie

Wednesday Frito Pie Mexican Tossed Salad with Miz Helen's Salsa
Left Over Yogurt Pie
Thursday Italian Chicken and Pasta Salad

Garlic Bread
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friday Shrimp Gumbo Cajun Biscuits Left Over Cookies
Saturday From  Full Plate Thursday Are You Ready For Some Football
Smoked Salmon on Cucumber…

Full Plate Thursday 9-19-13

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather Hello everyone, when you were coming to the country today did you notice the beginning signs of fall.  Nature always gives us signs that change is coming and I get so excited when the seasons begin to change.  I am a seasonal cook so our menu is starting to reflect those changes, and I noticed that many of you are beginning to bring pumpkin, stews and soups.   I have been looking forward to you coming today and can't wait to see what you have in your basket to share with us.  Lets get all this food on the table so we can eat, I'm hungry are you?

This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week Breakfast For The Kids Back To School Breakfast  at The Joy's of Boys Owl Pancake Breakfast  at Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons Big Kids Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes  at Saving 4 Six Morning Snack Maple Cinnamon Mini Doughnut Muffins   at Annie's Noms
Mediterran Noodle Soup  at Hun... What's For Dinner?
Wonton Quiche Cups  at …

Smoky Black Bean,Chicken Sausage and Quinoa Soup

This is a healthy soup just packed with flavor and although it will be good anytime of the year it is perfect for the fall and winter season.  When I started to make the soup I wondered if the Quinoa would have enough body to hold up with the sausage, but it turned out really good. We will be enjoying this soup over and over again this season and many seasons to come.

Smoky Black Bean, Chicken, Sausage and Quinoa Soup

Smoky Black Bean, Chicken Sausage and Quinoa Soup
Miz Helen's Kitchen
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 package precooked spicy chicken sausage, thinly sliced
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups chicken broth
1 canned chipotle chili in adobo sauce, minced
1/2 bottle beer
2 limes, juiced
1tablespoon honey
Salt to taste
For The Quinoa
1 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken broth
Sour …

Whats For Dinner Next Week 9-15-13

I always start thinking about cooking something warm and cozy  as we begin to transition into fall, we think of nice Slow Cooker Meals, Soup, and Stews. Although our temperatures are still very warm the animals tell us there will soon be change. Watching nature, you can just feel the season beginning to change. We have a couple of Hummingbird feeders and we have been refilling them every day.  We have had a family here all summer but right now we have travelers and as best we can tell there are about 12 to 13 extra birds that have been here for a week now. One day very soon, around the middle to last of October  they will all be gone, the season is about to change.  Come on back to the porch with me and we will watch them and talk about the menu for next week.

The Menu Sunday Roja Pork Tenderloin
Austin Style Black Beans

Tomatillo Cheese Grits

Tossed Mexican Salad 
Miz Helen's Salsa

Southwest Spoon Bread

Monday End Of Season Soup
and  Canning Day
Corn Bread

Brownies and Blue Bell