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Top Ten Recipes 2013

I loved taking a look at the recipes that all of you really loved the most this year. It's always a lot of fun to look back over the year with a friend to remember all the good times we had together. I really enjoy being in the kitchen and creating a new flavor or a new dish that will go on the table. I want to thank you so much for your continued support for my blog and your visits here at the cottage, you'al bring so much joy to my life!

Top Ten Recipes 2013

Pecan Cobbler

Southern Smothered Chicken

Eggs Benedict Casserole

Garden To Table Salsa

Stacked Enchilada Casserole

Spicy Orange Chicken

Bierocks Roll Ups

Irish Soda Bread

Creamy Blueberry Bars

Ziti Bake

Special Features 2013
Garden To Table Roundup

Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2013

Nana's Hoppin John

I mentioned to my Granddaughter the other day that I would be making Hoppin John for New Years and she ask for a little history and the recipe, well that meant I had to write it down. Since I am writing it down of course I will share it with all of you.

This recipe has been passed down to me through the generations of my family and I feel sure that every cook has put his or her special touch to the recipe.Hoppin John came from the Low Country and spread throughout the south becoming a traditional New Years food for many. It is thought that the peas would bring prosperity and that if you counted the number of peas in a serving it would predict the amount of prosperity you will have for the coming year, so be sure and take out a large serving.  If you eat the left over peas the next day the peas are referred to as "Skippin Jenny".

Nana's Hoppin John
Miz Helen's Kitchen
4 cups of soaked Black Eyed Peas
2 slices of bacon, chopped
1 Ham Hock
1 green Bell Pepper…

Whats For Dinner Next Week 12-29-13

We are so excited to bring in a New Year with family and friends! Wishing You Every Happiness and Abundant Blessings In 2014 Happy New Year!

Sunday Chicken and Dumplings
Green Tossed Salad Cranberry Apple Cobbler

Monday Turkey Turnover

Green Grape Salad Left Over Cran Apple Cobbler
Tuesday New Years Eve New Years Midnight Buffet
Nana's Hoppin John
Turnips and Greens Corn Bread

Cream Puffs

Wednesday New Years Day Baked Ham with Apricot Glaze

Apricot Glaze
Left Over Hoppin John
becomes Skinny Jenny with Rice
Collard Greens

Grandmothers Chow Chow
Fresh Fruit Salad

Corn Muffins de Provence

Lemon Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

From The Left Over Ham Ham Salad Puffs or Lettuce Cups

Full Plate Thursday

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather
I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday with good food, family and friends. I sure am glad to see you today, just come on in and join in the fun. We are having family here for the holidays and it is a wonderful blessing, and we have some wonderful Spicy Cranberry Coffee Cake and coffee for you to enjoy. I can hardly wait to see what you are bringing to share today so lets get it on the table.
Every Thursday I look forward to seeing all of you and thank you so much for making this past year so special and contributing the best food post in bloggerland! You All Are The Best! Looking Forward To A Very Exciting New Year With All Of You and Wishing You Every Happiness In 2014!
This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week Breakfast Christmas Tree French Toast at The Joy's of Boy's Morning Snack Gingerbread Cookies at Heavens Garden Grinch Poppers at Stockpiling Mom's Lunch Crock Pot White Chicken Chili at The Coers Family Tr…

Spicy Cranberry Coffee Cake

We always have a lot of friends and family that stop by the cottage to say hello during the holidays, and I like to have a nice coffee cake to serve with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. This coffee cake has a spicy cranberry flavor and is just delicious. It freezes well so that means we can have another one on hand when the last slice is gone. I love a nice slice of this coffee cake, a cup of coffee and time with a friend.

Spicy Cranberry Coffee Cake

Spicy Cranberry Coffee Cake Miz Helen's Kitchen Serves 10 Ingredients 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 3 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups whole cranberry sauce 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 3/4 cup confectioners sugar 1 tablespoon milk 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped Directions In a small bowl mix the cranberry sauce cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, mix well and set aside In a …

What's For Dinner Next Week 12-22-13

Wishing You and Your Family Christmas Blessings of Good Food and Fellowship May You Keep The Spirit Of Christmas Always
I love this time of the year, the cottage is busy with baking and friends and family darting in and out. Like many of you I have been very busy baking and just getting ready for the celebration of Christmas. Come on in and sit with me I will share some Christmas Cookies and Hot Chocolate with you and we will go over the Christmas Week Menu.


Creamy Lemon Asparagus Salad

Orange Glazed Cornish Hens

Cranberry Rice Dressing

Pearl Onions and Brussels Sprouts Saute

Cranberry Relish Sweet and Spicy

Apple Blueberry Crumb Pie

Monday Cherry Nut Chicken Salad

Nutty Brittle

Tuesday Christmas Eve Mexican Buffet Corn and Black Bean Tamale with Cranberry Orange Sauce

Stacked Enchilada Casserole

Austin Style Black Beans

Mexican Rice Casserole

Miz Helen's Salsa

Homemade Tortillas Mexican Bread Pudding

Sweet Potato Tamale Dessert