Family recipe fridays – white chili

October 1, 2009 at 10:02 pm (Family Recipe Fridays)

FFR Fall is in the air here in Atlanta & I am LOVING it!!! There’s so many things I love about fall.  But one of my favorites is chili!!  Every now & then I’ll make chili during the summer just because.  But it’s not the same as eating it on a brisk night, watching a football game!

I love most any kinds of chili, but one of my husband’s favorites is our White or Chicken Chili – I’ve heard it called both ways.  Or you can call it White Chicken Chili but isn’t that like calling a kettle black?!?!  Hahaha (to myself).

It’s super easy, so here it is – White Chili/Chicken Chili/White Chicken Chili

Here’s what you’ll need:

6 Boneless Chicken Breasts, brown in a little oil & cut into cubes

4 Cans of White Northern Beans, including juice

1 8oz container of Sour Cream

1 8oz block of Monterrey Jack Cheese w/Jalapenos (or Pepperjack)

1 Can of Rotel

Salt/Pepper to Taste

Here’s what you’ll do:

Cook in Crockpot on Low or High Heat (depending on how much time you have).

Yep … that’s it!

Those are the basics anyways.  I change it just about every time we cook it.  Some times I’ll cook it on the stove top instead of the Crockpot.   Sometimes I’ll add fresh Jalepenos, an onion or an extra can of Rotel.  Sometimes I’ll shred the chicken instead of cubing it & sometimes I’ve even bought a Rotisserie chicken pre-cooked from the grocery store.

So if you try it I hope you enjoy it!

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Dinosaur nests

August 7, 2009 at 7:43 am (Family Recipe Fridays)

This weekend for Evan’s party, I’m pulling out one of my family’s quick & easy stand-by deserts.  It’s the best of all worlds – cheap, quick, and yummy (the bowl & the actual final result!!).  We grew up calling them “Haystacks“, I’m certain they have other names I just can’t think of any of those right now. 

This weekend however, they’ll be Dinosaur Egg Nests!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 (12-oz) pkg. butterscotch chips, melted

1 lg. can (or bag) chow mein noodles

1 c. extra chunky peanut butter

Here’s what you do:

Mix all ingredients.  Drop on cold wax paper-covered cookie sheet.  Let harden in refrigerator (or freezer works fine too, if you’re always in a hurry like me).  Then enjoy!  Store leftovers in the fridge. 

For the Dinosaur Nests version, I’ll be dropping jelly beans or something similiar in the center.  And then Evan will be anxiously awaiting for them to hatch.  Gonna have to break his poor little heart on that one!

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Coca-Cola Salad

June 19, 2009 at 8:46 am (Family Recipe Fridays, recipes)

I suppose I should start this one with brutal honesty – I don’t think I’ve ever actually tried this recipe that I’m about to give out!  I realize that’s not very fair.  I mean who really wants to try a recipe if the person giving it to you has never tried it herself??

But I wanted to participate in the Vanderbilt’s Wife Family Recipe carnival, so I pulled out my trusty Family Recipe Cookbook and started flipping the pages.  Being an Atlanta girl, anything with Coca-Cola in it sparks my interest.  Plus it’s a fruit salad so with temps reaching triple digits this weekend, I figured a chilled salad recipe was much more appropriate than the Brunswick Stew recipe that I started to share!!!  And, my grandmother gave me the recipe … I trust her, so I’ll go out on a limb & say that you can trust me:).

So, enough rambling – here’s a Coca-Cola Salad the way my “Mama-Lou” makes made it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 pkg. cherry gelatin

1 small can crushed pineapple, drained

1 can pitted cherries

1 c. pecans, chopped

1 c. hot water

1 can Coca-Cola (and absolutely NO substitutions in my neck of the woods!!)

Here’s what you do:

Pour hot water over gelatin & stir well.  Add pineapple, cherries, and pecans.  Pour in Coca-Cola & stir well.  Refrigerate overnight & serve chilled.

Hope you enjoy … and if you do, let me know so I’ll give it a try!!!

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MaMaw’s Chocolate Layer Cake

June 4, 2009 at 10:45 pm (Family Recipe Fridays)

This is one of those recipes that intimidates me with the first ingredient – shortening.  That’s Crisco, right?!  And then I read step two & it says “sift” and I know it’s all over.  So needless to say I’ve never actually tried this, but one of these days … I’m going to make a point of it. 

It’s a Chocolate Layer Cake the way my MaMaw (maternal great-grandmother) used to make it (or that’s what the family tells me anyways!). 

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 c. shortening

2 c. sugar

4 eggs

3 c. self-rising flour

1 c. milk

Here’s what you do:

Combine shortening & sugar.  Beat eggs approximately 1-1 1/2 minutes.  Then add to sugar & shortening.  Sift self-rising flour (one time).  Add milk.  Bake at 350 til done. 

A cake’s not really good without any icing, so if you want the Chocolate Icing to go along with it, then …

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 c. sugar

1 stick butter

 3/4 c. milk

1/2 c. cocoa

1 tsp vanilla flavoring

Here’s what you do:

Cook sugar, cocoa & milk over high heat, stirring constantly, until a softball stage is reached (whatever that means!!).  Place lid on mixture & cook for 3 minutes on reduced heat – WITHOUT removing the lid (do not let it boil over).

Remove from heat.  Add butter & vanilla.  Place pan in ice water & beat until spreading consistency.  Spread on cooled cake … and Enjoy!

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Aunt marguerite’s spinach dip

May 29, 2009 at 4:35 pm (Family Recipe Fridays, Finer Things Friday)

The summer of 2007, I spent alot of time compiling family recipes for my Mom’s side of the family – my grandfather.  My grandfather is one of 7 children – 4 ladies & 3 men.  All of the ladies knew how to cook!!  And when there’s seven children there’s bound to be alot of grandchildren & alot of cousins.  Basically at family get togethers there’s always too many cooks in the kitchen – but it’s alot of fun!   And more than likely I end up meeting some long lost relative that I’ve never met before!

My grandfather & his brothers & sisters are of course getting a little age to them, so before the recipes were all gone we decided to preserve them in a family cookbook.  It was alot of work, but it turned out really well.  We ended up with over 130 pages of recipes!

Here’s my “Aunt Marguerite’s Spinach Dip” (this is one of my grandfather’s sisters):

Here’s what you need:

10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained

1 can water chestnuts, chopped

1 pkg Knorr’s dry vegetable soup mix

2 c. sour cream

1 c. mayo

1/4 c. onion

Here’s what you do:

Mix all the ingredients together.  If possible prepare 24 hours before use.

Here’s the funny part to me – on her recipe card she wrote “to be fancy when serving, place dip in a round carved out loaf of pumpernickel bread.  Serve as a dip with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, or squash”  … we sure know how to do “fancy” don’t we!!

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The finer things – friday’s family recipe

May 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm (Family Recipe Fridays, Finer Things Friday) ()

Summer time definitely brings the Finer Things in Life – does it not??  For me, one of those things is an old family recipe – my GranDaddy Boyd’s Homemade Vanilla Ice-Cream … yummy!! 

Here’s what you need:

4 eggs, well beaten

2 1/2 of cups sugar

2 tsp. of vanilla

1 carton of whipping cream – slightly whipped

1 small can of evaporated milk

whole milk – enough to fill the churn less about 1 inch

Here’s what you do:

Put it all in & turn on your maker!!  Freeze & Call me when it’s ready, because I’ll want some!!!

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Family recipe fridays – broccoli casserole

May 15, 2009 at 8:50 am (Family Recipe Fridays) ()

Jessie at The Vanderbilt Wife is hosting a carnival for Family Recipes.  As she points out, family recipes are usually the best – tried & true!!  When I think about recipes in our family the very first one that comes to mind is my grandmother’s Broccoli Casserole.  We do no, absolutely do NOT, celebrate anything without this side dish!  It’s on the menu for every Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving & important celebration in between!  I actually just served it for Megan’s Dedication this past Mother’s Day!

Alot of Broccoli Casseroles have rice in it, this one does not … I think that’s why I like it!

Here’s what you need:

2 pkgs of frozen chopped broccoli

2 eggs, well beaten

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 T. Instant minced onions

1 cup sharp cheese, grated

Salt & Pepper to Taste

1 can fried onion rings (crushed for topping)

Here’s what you do:

Cook broccoli by itself & drain.  Mix with rest of ingredients (minus toping).  Put in baking dish.  Pour topping – on top (duh).  And bake at 350 for 45 minutes.


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