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Happy Easter to you!

Celebrate this Easter with a heart filled with peace, joy and cheer! Wishing you a blessed day!!!












Corn Pudding

Corn Pudding was something reserved just for holiday time when I was growing up ~ and that’s pretty much the case today.



There are hundreds of variations of this dish, and this is mine; with cornmeal, no Jiffy mix.  The ingredients are pureed in a food processor until the corn is smashed, turning it into a creamy corn mush. It’s a sort of sweet and savory, egg-custard dish baked to a golden brown ~ almost a soufflé.
This could be made with frozen corn, or even better, fresh corn in the summertime.  It would fit right in at a summer BBQ!
It’s a popular Midwest side dish that I’ve decided we should enjoy more often! 




Corn Pudding
Ingredients:
2 (14 ounce) cans corn, drained 1½ cups whole milk 4 eggs ½ cup cornmeal 1 tablespoon flour

Asparagus with Pine Nuts and Cranberries

Usually, I like asparagus steamed and served with just a touch of butter and salt and pepper.  For guests, especially at Easter, I like it gussied up a little.



Some folks claim that pine nuts have a mild pine taste; to me they are sort of sweet and nutty.  Whatever the flavor is to you, it pleasingly complements other flavors, particularly after toasting.  If you prefer, substitute slivered almonds for the pine nuts.



Slightly tart and tangy cranberries round out the dish, making it a delicious side dish which goes along nicely with ham, turkey, and salmon, just to name a few.
This asparagus is simple and quite elegant.  I hope you like it too…

Asparagus with Pine Nuts and Cranberries
Ingredients:
1 pound asparagus stalks, trimmed

7-Up Biscuits aka Popeye’s Biscuits

Woo hoo!  Praise the butter, andpass the biscuits!

If you’re a fan of Popeye’s biscuits, you’ll love these biscuits!  They’re a “copycat” for sure…






These are the lightest, fluffiest biscuits you can imagine, with the only problem being they disappear quickly.  This recipe makes 9 biscuits in a 9-inch square-baking dish.  I used an 8-inch square dish and they turned out fine after baking a minute or 2 longer.
This is a very soft, sticky dough.  Use extra Bisquick, like you normally would use flour,to manage the dough sticking on the surface. I sprinkled a little additional Bisquick right onto the countertop; you might want to sprinkle it ontowaxed paper or parchment paper for easier clean up.   
Do not knead the dough; just pat it out to about 1-inch thickness.Use a biscuit cutter, or simply cut the dough into 9 equal squares, before placing them in the pan.  You may have to squish and crowd the biscuits into the pan, but never fear ~ they’ll still turn out fine.
By the way, the recipe can …

Chicken Broccoli and Tortellini ~ the One-dish Way

“I do not like broccoli.  So --- no more broccoli!"
That’s probably something most kidshavealways wanted to yell from the rooftops.


Trivia time ~~~ Who said:
“I do not like broccoli.  And, I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it.  And I’m -------- of the ------ ------, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”
He wanted to never, ever see a sprig of broccoli on his plate if he was on the plane, in his house, or anywhere else in the land! Therefore, he proclaimed a “broccoli ban.”



I bet if his mom had made this tasty one-dish entrée, he would’ve been a broccoli lover!
This is a hearty stove-top dish filled with lots of good flavors. The broccoli and tomatoes make the dish colorful, and nutritious also.  Combine them with chicken, tortellini and seasonings, and you’ll have a good meal, that only needs a salad alongside it.



It’s a comforting dish that takes little time to prepare ~ something we cooks appreciate about any night!


Happy Birthday to Our Special Little Guy, no recipe today…

Our perfect, (of course! ☺) grandson, recently turned 2, so today it’s photos of him and his gorgeous fun cake, no recipes here today…



Matthew is the apple of my eye and it’s apparent he has his dad’s sense of humor and his mama’s loving, caring ways and good looks. 
He has such a sweet soul ~ a good little boy who loves to share.  After a bite of his birthday cake, he placed another bite on his spoon for Grandpa, and grinned with delight as Grandpa devoured it.
Matthew likes to be barefooted, even pulls his shoes and socks off in the car in the dead of winter.  He loves his 2 dogs, Bella and Coco; Sesame Street, and his favorite---Elmo!






As he grows up, it reminds me the years are adding up for me also.  I am so proud of Matthew and my entire family. 
Grandma and Grandpa love you, little guy!  We are looking forward to the years ahead, watching you grow up.  

Slow Cooker Barbecued Pulled Pork

There are probably as many recipes for slow cooker pulled pork as there are celebrity chefs…


And, this recipe for it is a cinch ~ easy, easy, thanks to the slow cooker. The pork cooks for hours in its penetrating smoky, slightly sweet, spicy sauce, until it’s falling-apart tender, and you can pull it into shreds with a fork. 
As a bonus, it fills your house with mouth-watering aromas ~ you will be drooling!
Why spend all day cooking when the slow cooker can cook this scrumptious dish for you, vastly cutting your kitchen time?


Slow Cooker Barbecued Pulled Pork
Ingredients: 
3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed 1 onion, sliced thin 2 cups ketchup









Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape…

~ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird






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