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 Southwest Scrambled Eggs (recipe for 6 people) Ingredients: 12 eggs 6 stripes bacon chopped 1/4 cup chopped yellow onions 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper 1 tbs chopped jalapeño  pepper 2 cups crushed tortilla chips 1/4 cup milk salt and pepper to taste    Cook the bacon to very crisp then add the veggies to the bacon and drippings and cook till the veggies are soft but not over cooked beat the eggs together,  add the milk and tortilla chips to the eggs with salt and pepper.{watch the salt because of the  bacon} add the egg mixture to thebacon and cook to desired doneness. Sausage Gravy (recipe for 6 people) Ingredients: 1/2 pound good sausage 1/4 cup  chopped yellow onions 1/8 cup  chopped green bell pepper 1 tsp toasted and  ground fennel 1 tbs rubbed sage 2 tbs butter 1/4 cup ap flour 1/4 cup heavy cream enough milk to desired thickness pinch red pepper {optional} salt and pepper to taste   Cook the sausage to done, add the fennel, sage, butter, veggies and flour. Cook the mixture till the flour starts to turn slightly brown. Add the heavy cream and a little milk and cook till desired thickness adding milk to thin the gravey.
PEPPER CORN STRIP STEAK Pat steak dry with paper towel, then lightly oil both sides of steak. Put very coarsely ground black pepper on a plate then press both sides of steak into the pepper. **If you get the pepper to fine it will make the steak to hot and spicy**   Then season the steak with your favorite seasoning. Place in a screaming hot skillet or grill and cook 5 or so minutes pre side to desired doneness. Be sure to let the meat rest before slicing.   Pepper corn sauce:     2 tbs butter     1 tbs garlic     1 tbs onion     1 tbs red bell pepper     1-1/12 tbs course ground black pepper     1 tbs brandy     1/2 tbs beef base     1 cup heavy cream Melt the butter in sauce pan the add the rest of ingredients except the brandy when the onions and garlic are done add the brandy and let the fumes cook off. Add the cream and cook till slightly thickened. ENJOY!
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CHEESY GRITS 2 cups water 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup milk 1 cup 5 minute grits 1 tbs salt and a little pepper    Follow cooking directions on the box then set aside        Add to the cooked grits:1 cup shredded sharp chedder cheese 1 cup sharp chedder   or  velveta            1/2 cup shreded parmesan In separate skillet cook 1/2 lb bacon to very crispy then add: 1/2 cup diced onion 1/2 cup diced celery 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper 1 tbs diced jalapeño pepper Add all this to grits then add milk or water to desired thickness. ENJOY!
 Cowboy Tater Tots Ingredients: 1 pound red potatoes , (about half the skins removed) sliced thin 2 tbs melted butter 1/4 cup whipping cream 1 cup shredded onions (yellow) 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese Salt and Pepper   Mix all ingredients together and put in cast iron skillet and press down tightly. Cook on stove top over high heat till the cheese starts to melt then move to oven to finish (15 to 20 min depends on the thickness of the potatoes). Put under broiler last couple minutes to brown the tops. Broiled Romain Heart Salad Ingredients: sesame vinaigrette dressing: 1/4 cup apple cider 3/4 cup light olive oil 1 to 2 tbs sesame oil ( depends on taste ) 1/4 cup sugar 1 tbs worcestershire sauce 1 tbs dijon mustard 1tbs horseradish dash ground thyme dash oregano leaves dash hot sauce salt and pepper shake well to mix Trim excess leaves off a head of romaine lettuc. Split head be sure to leave the roots attached.Drizzle dressing in and over the leaves on a cookie sheet covered with ice. Place the heads cut side up and put shredded parmesan cheese to cover. Place under a hot broiler just till cheese melts. Add fresh ground pepper and serve. Post Marinated Grilled Pork Loin If cutting your own pork loin trim the execs fat and all the silver skin. Cut your chops at least 1 in thick,1 1/4  even better. Season with your favorite dry rub and let rest at least  30 min. Grill over high heat on both sides till medium rare place in oven proof pan and coat with chipotle glaze and put in oven at 250 deg turning often for at least 15 min. {sorry my recipe for chipotle glaze is a secret}  Use a sweet, spicy sauce will work fine or try Hoisen sauce.
 Cole Slaw (Serves 15-20) Ingredients: 1 head chopped  green cabbage 1/4 head red cabbage 1/4 bag match stix carrots 6 or 8 finely chopped green onions Dressing: 1/2 cup miracle whip 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1/3 cup sugar 2 tbs horseradish 2 tbs mustard 2 tbs celery seed 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce hot sauce to taste salt and pepper It depends on the size of the cabbage how much dressing it takes, so use as much as it takes.  Cowboy Beans (Serves 20) Ingredients: 2 15 oz cans pinto beans 2 cans northern beans 1 can black beans 1 can red beans 1 can lima beans 1 can green beans 1 can pork and beans 1 pound bacon 1 pound ground beef 1 large yellow onion,chopped 1/2 green pepper,chopped 1/2  jalapeño pepper. chopped 2 pounds brown sugar 2 cups catchup 1/4 cup mustard 1/4 cup fresh horseradish 1/4 cup  apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup worcestershire In large dutch oven, Bbown the bacon to very crisp and remove from pot. Brown the beef in same pot, add the onion, green pepper, and jalapeño to the beef and cook till tender. Then add the bacon and everything BUT the beans. DRAIN and rinse all the beans well and add to the pot with salt and pepper and cook at least an hour. Calf Fries Breading Ingredients: 1 cup each flour 1 cup cracker meal 1 cup corn meal 1 cup Kentucky colonel seasoning salt and pepper Onion salt Garlic salt Red pepper. Clean and slice the testicles to not more than 1/4 inch  thick. Dredge in the breading and cook in 360 degree oil till they quit bubbling and all the moisture is cooked out, sprinkle with salt and enjoy. Coctail Dipping Sauce Ingredients: 1/2 cup Ketchup 1 to 2 tsp horseradish Dash worcestershire sauce 1 Tbs lemon juice Dash hot sauce Salt and Pepper Mix and enjoy.
 Old Fashion Chicken Fried Steak Ingredients: Equal parts Kentucky colonel seasoning and flour Add to taste: salt pepper onion salt dried oregano dried thyme Mix all dry ingredients together and coat the meat well on both sidesgood tenderized cube steak {tenderized round steak}. Let the meat rest 5 minutes the coat the meat againfry in 1/2 inch oil in cast iron skillet over medium high heat 360 degrees oil temp till done   Country gravy In same skillet  leave enough oil to have equal parts oil to flour for gravy. Use the leftover breading mix as flour and add to the oil slowly using a whiskto incorporate. Cook the roux over med low heat till it is the color of carmel. Then add whole milk slowly whisking constantly till the thickness you like. Be sure to check the salt and pepper at this point. In large dutch oven, Bbown the bacon to very crisp and remove from pot. Brown the beef in same pot, add the onion, green pepper, and jalapeño to the beef and cook till tender. Then add the bacon and everything BUT the beans. DRAIN and rinse all the beans well and add to the pot with salt and pepper and cook at least an hour. Fresh Green Benz Ingredients: 4 cups fresh trimmed green benz 1/2 pound bacon fried crispy 1/2  cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds 1 vitamin C pill Cook the green benz in salted boiling water with the vitamin C pill, 7 to 10 minutes -  depending on desired tenderness. The vitamin C pill will keep the green color. Shock the benz in ice water till cold. In skillet brown bacon till crispy then add onions. When onions are tender add the drained benz and toasted almonds to the skillet. Cook till warm or benz are desired tenderness. Mashed Taters Ingredients: About half peel 3 lbs red potatoes 1/2 cup sour cream 1 stick real buttersalt Pepper Put half peeled taters in cold water and then boil till just tender. Drain well and add sour cream and butter then smash but leave some texturesalt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
Fish Tacos Ingredients: 2/3 shredded cabbage 1/3 shredded red cabbage some shredded carrots thinly sliced red onions to taste salt and pepper fresh limes Dressing for Slaw: 1/4 cup sugar 1 tbs sesame seeds 2 tbs finely chopped onion 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1/4 tsp paprika 1/2 cup good vegetable oil 2 tbs balsamic vinegar 3 tbs cider vinegar 4 dashs shot sauce Breading for frying fish: 1 cup each flour, cracker meal, corn meal, Kentucky colonel seasoning. salt and pepper, onion salt, dash red pepper. Heat corn or flour tortillas. Dredge the fish in the breading and fry: then remove to paper towels place the fish on the warmed tortillas shell then the slaw mixture. Coat the slaw with the dressing on the taco( important not to dress the slaw first) squeeze a lime over the whole thing Black Raspberry Skillet Custard Pie (Serves 8) Ingredients: 1 tbs butter 1 1/2 cups milk 2/3 cup ap flour 1/2 cup sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 tsp salt 3 cups black raspberry Heat oven to 350 deg butter 12” cast iron skillet. Combine milk, flour, sugar, eggs, salt, vanilla and beat together with mixer, then pour batter into skillet and scatter berries on top and sprinkle with 2 to 3 tbs sugar. Bake 40 min until puffed and knife poked in center comes out cleandust with powdered sugar and enjoy! Any berry will work but you might have to adjust the sugar. Great served with ice cream!
Parmesan Herb Roasted Red Potato Medley Ingredients: Cube red potatoes into 3/4 inch chunks 2and1/2  lb. 1 diced yellow onion 1 sliced zucchini 10 to 15 Brussels sprouts cut in 1/2 and blanched for 90 seconds then cooled in water bath 1 jalapeño diced real small 4 to 5 tbs dried Italian seasoning 12 oz shredded parmesan cheese salt and pepper 4 tbs olive oil Put the potatoes in bowl and coat in the oil and salt and pepper. Spray a cookie sheet with oil and put just the potatoes in one layer on pan in 500 degree oven. Cook till you see color on the potatoes. Now add the onions and peppers stir the potatoes to other side and continue cooking. On a separate pan put the zucchini and brussel sprouts and roast them the same way but they won't take as long when the veggies are tender add them to potato pan and mix in the parmesan and the Italian seasoning. Cook until the potatoes are tinder and cheese is melted.
Pasta Giovanni Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds cubed sirloin steak(1/2 in squares ) (ground beef will work but not as good) 1 medium onion chopped (1 cup) 1 cup chopped celery 2 cloves elephant garlic (or 3 or 4 regular garlic cloves) finely chopped 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper 1/2 cup chopped  red  bell pepper 1/4 cup chopped jalapeño pepper  1 tbs  red pepper flakes 1 package Williams spaghetti seasonings Italian seasoning  to taste  (1 to two tbs) 2 -14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes 1 can tomato sauce 1 can tomato pastesmall can V8 tomato juice 1 cup good red wine 1 lbs farfalle pasta (bow tie) dust the steak in 1/2 flour 1/2 Kentucky colonel seasoning + salt and pepper cook in oil until just brownadd all he veggies and cook until just tender add half the red wine and cook a few minutes add all the tomato products and seasonings and the rest of the wine simmer 45 min to an hour adjust seasoning and serve over the bow tie noodles.
Shrimp Pasta Carbonera Fettuccine Ingredients: 8 strips bacon diced 1/2 medium yellow onion chopped 1/4 red bell pepper chopped 2 to 3 cloves chopped garlic 1tsp dried basel 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp marjoram 2 tbs fresh chopped parsley 1/2 cup heavy cream 8 oz shredded parmesan cheese 2 whole eggs 1 small package fettuccine 2 tbs butter salt and pepper Fry the bacon up crispy then add the onions and peppers and garlic, cook to translucent Cook the pasta to not quite done  and drain (it will finish cooking later) and save 1 cup of the pasta water put the pasta back in pot and add the butter,salt and pepper then stir well Add the bacon mixture In separate bowel mix the eggs, cheese, cream and all the herbs. Add the cheese mixture to the pasta. START STIRRING AT ONCE OR YOU WILL SCRAMBLE THE EGGS. add the pasta water to the carbonera to the desired thickness and adjust the salt and pepper. This should feed 6 to 8 people and easy and quick homemade pasta works well with this but the store bought for this recipe works just as well.
Caesar Salad Ingredients: 1 small clove garlic (smashed into a paste) 1 egg yolkjuice of one lemon 2 dashes of worceshester sauce 1 tsp anchovy paste 1 tbs dijon mustard 1/4  to 1/2 cup good olive oil good grated parmesan cheese salt and pepper I head romaine lettuce (chopped) whisk together the garlic,egg yolk,lemon juice,anchovy paste, worceshester sauce, and salt andpepper in a small mixing bowel. Very slowly add the olive oil while whisking  until the dressing is desired thickness. Pour over the romaine lettuce (don’t over dress)top with grated parmesan cheese. This will probably feed 4 people.
Hoisin Sauce Beef Kabobs Ingredients: soak your skewer sticks in water good cut of beef like top sirloin or strip steak chunked into 1 1/4 inch cubes(smaller chunks will cook quicker) so if you want rarer cut thicker or well done thiner red bell pepper cut in 1 in pieces red onions cut in 1 in pieces Zucchini squash Mushrooms or any other veggie that will stay together on the grill Skewer on a stick alternating between the beef and veggies. Season well with your favorite steak seasoning and put on hot grill. Start painting on the hoisin sauce and cook to desired doneness. Pineapple Cake Crumble with a Brown Butter Balsminic Vinegar Sauce Ingredients: 1 box yellow cake mix 1 small box instant vanilla pudding 1 cup pineapple juice 1/3 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 1 tsp real vanilla Mix  as directed. Spray 8x10 baking dish with pam. Pour 3/4 of mixture into pan. Follow box instructions for baking. Pour the rest of mixture in separate sprayed pan to make the crumble. Bake both cakes at same time and tempremove and cool. On a cookie sheet crumble the small pan and crisp up in hot oven but don’t burn! Brown Butter Balsamic Vinegar Sauce Ingredients: 1 stick butter 1/2 bag brown sugar 3 to 4 tbs balsamic vinegar 1 tbs apple cider vinegar dash cinnamon dash all spice 3 to 4 tbs vanilla rum brown the butter in skillet over medium heat until medium brown stir regularly so not to burnadd the rest of ingredients except the rumwhen it becomes smooth add the rum(careful as it should flambé)take 2 cups crushed pineapple and add 1 cup warm sauce and mix well the set aside.spoon some this mixture over the cake then sprinkle with crumbles then drizzle more warm  sauce over the top. wow! no wonder me tired!!!!!!!!!!!
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