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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Divinity...finally!

I am so pleased to say that I made divinity. This is an accomplishment for me since over the years I have only gotten the divinity to "set" once. I usually end up making frosting out of my attempt. So this year I sought advice from a wise and seasoned divinity maker, my mother.

She told me to use "the recipe" with three cups sugar and to only use Domino sugar because the other sugars do not work as well. Also she advised to be sure the kitchen was warm from cooking or baking and as such there should be no problem due to humidity. I live in a very high humidity area with creeks and a swamp behind my house! And lastly, she said to whip the egg whites prior to putting the sugar, syrup, salt and water to cooking. So, last night I made cookies, then cheese straws and as the cheese straws were baking, I began the divinity.

Begin by whipping two egg whites to stiff peaks or until it holds it shape.

Then in a saucepan, mix the sugar, salt, corn syrup and water. Cook on low heat until just before the hard boil stage on the candy thermometer. I did not stir after it was mixed. If you don't have a candy thermometer this would be when the syrup makes a ball when dropped in cold water and it spins a string. Then pour it into the egg whites in four or more pours and continue beating. Return the mixture to the heat each time. Add the vanilla and pecans next. Sorry there is no photo of the pour process, I was working very fast and trying not to burn myself!


After the mixture began to hold its shape, I dropped it by teaspoon-full onto wax paper. I actually had to use a second spoon because I almost waited too long to begin spooning it. This not spooning it fast enough prevented me from getting a pretty swirl ;(. I only added pecans to 1/2 the pieces, the one's on the right.

But OMGoodness, are they good. Yummy!

3 cups Domino sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup cold water
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of nuts (less if you only want to use in 1/2 the batch)
2 eggs beaten stiff.

In a warm kitchen, in a ultra clean mixing bowl, whip the eggs until stiff. Mix the sugar, salt, corn syrup, and water in a sauce pan. Cook on low heat, not stirring, until just before it reaches the hard ball stage on a candy thermometer or until a soft ball forms in cold water and a syrup thread spins from the spoon. Pour about 1/3 of the mixture into the egg whites beating constantly. Return the syrup to the heat while beating and add the remaining syrup mixture in 4 or more pours while continuing to beat. Add the vanilla and pecans (if desired only add pecans to 1/2 the mixture). When mixture holds its shape, drop by teaspoonful onto wax paper or greased cookie sheets. Try to swirl a peak while dropping.

Not sure who the original candy maker was but this recipe was adapted from a Home Economics cookbook from Alabama...from the early 1970's (?).

Please pardon my un-expert photos, I took them with my cellphone. It leaves a nasty yellow shadow. I tried to edit it out and mostly succeeded. :)

Happy Holidays to you all!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Easy Peanut Brittle

Hi All,
I cannot find time or the energy to post coupons and I feel that there are so many sites out there doing such a better job than I, therefore I will change the focus of my blog over time. For now and since I do like candy making during the holidays, I will share a bit of that today.

One of my favorite candies is peanut brittle. I have been making this recipe since my teens. I made some this morning before going to our Sunday Bible Study. Here's the photo's (the only retouching was the obscuring of the brand labels in the first photo) and the recipe:

Butter a large cookie sheet and set it aside.

Pour the raw peanuts, sugar and white corn syrup into a skillet ( I use my Grandmothers iron skillet).
Boil over low heat until honey colored and the peanuts begin to pop. They actually pop!
Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda. Mix it in vigorously.
Work fast and pour onto buttered cookie sheet. Spread to the consistency you desire. This one was thick in the center and thinner at the edges. Allow to cool.
Break into desired pieces. I flip the brittle over and strike lightly with the back of a metal spoon to break. 


You will need:
2 cups shelled raw peanuts
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cups light Karo syrup
2 teaspoon baking soda 

Butter a cookie sheet and set aside. Mix raw peanuts, sugar and white corn syrup and boil over low heat in iron skillet until it is honey colored and the peanuts begin to pop. Remove from heat and stir in soda. Beat vigorously. Work fast and pour onto buttered cookie sheet. Allow to cool. Break into desired pieces.

Save the tiny pieces left after breaking the pieces for sprinkling on icing or cookies. :)


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Giving a movie DVD for a gift? Here's some coupons for up to $5 off.

Are you giving DVD's for holiday gifts? Here's are a few coupons that will help. Also one toy coupon mixed in.
$5.00 off Mr. Peabody & Sherman DVD or Blu-ray
$5.00 off Let's Be Cops DVD or Blu-ray
$5.00 off X-Men: Days of Future Past
$8.00 off (1) DURACELL & GOGO MY WALKIN PUP toy
$2.00 off DUCK DYNASTY Season 4-6 DVd
$3.00 off A Most Wanted Man on DVD or Blu-Ray
$5.00 off The Fault in our Stars DVD or Blu-ray
$5.00 off The Other Woman on DVD or Blu-ray


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Non-traditional turkey dish - or recipe for left-over turkey

Hi Everyone!
As we turn to our American tradition of Thanksgiving I have noticed in my neighborhood my Hispanic neighbors must be skipping this holiday and going straight to Christmas. Maybe in time, since it appears that our president is giving permission to stay, they too will be able to embrace this holiday as well. Anyway I digress. In turning to my countries right to celebrate Thanksgiving, I made a non-traditional dish with turkey. I was asked to bring a "casserole" to a church service for fellowship afterwards. So I tweaked my chicken pot pie recipe to make it a turkey pot pie. Photo's are included for all you photogenic one's out there ;).

To begin with I baked a Jennie-O turkey breast until it reached the designated 170 degrees. Then I wrapped it in foil and refrigerated it overnight. This morning I sprayed a casserole with non-stick spray. In a large bowl I combined fresh vegetable medley of: broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, frozen french-cut green beans, Yukon gold potatoes, celery flakes, parsley flakes, white pepper, salt and cream of chicken soup. This was added to the casserole dish. On top of this, I layered turkey that I pulled apart. In the Jennie O turkey breast pack there was a turkey gravy pack, this I drizzled over the turkey.

This photo was taken with my cellphone and has not been retouched. Sorry for the shadow!
Next I used 2 store bought pie crusts and fit them to cover the entire casserole. I even put a cute little turkey on it and it looks like a turkey left his tracks all around the edges. :)
This photo was taken with my cellphone and has not been retouched.
I brushed the top of the pastry with a milk wash (brushed milk on the pastry with a pastry brush) and baked the entire casserole at 325 degree's for 55 minutes.
This photo was taken with my cellphone and has not been retouched.

 The end result was quite yummy. If you make a little turkey use care with your milk wash or you too may dislodge his snood or wattle or both! :)

See my earlier post on Turkey-related coupons for this seasons coupon findings

Recipe:
(1) Jennie-O Ready Oven breast baked. For one casserole - use 1/2. Chill then pull apart.
(2) Pie Crusts or (4) if you want top and bottom crust
(1) Large package of Fresh Vegetables (I used broccoli, cauliflower & carrot mixture)
(1 or 1/2 cup) Frozen Green Beans (I actually used 2 handfuls)
(6) Yukon Gold Potatoes - washed and cut in small bite-size pieces
pinch of celery flakes
pinch of parsley flakes
Tony Cachere Cajun Season - to taste (I sprinkle lightly over the chicken soup and vegetables)
pinch of white pepper
(1) tsp salt

(2) cans cream of chicken soup
(1/4) cup milk for the milk wash

Serves about 8 depending on the age. :) See the instructions above.

Addendum 27 Nov 2014: The rest of the turkey from above we used to make turkey sandwiches. I think this ready Oven Ready version of Jennie-O turkey was the best turkey I have ever eaten. So I had several sandwiches :). We like to spread mayonnaise on our choice of bread, layer on the turkey (pulled or sliced is your choice), salt and pepper and then eat it. :).

Addendum 27 Nov 2014: Another way I use the left-over turkey is after pulling it into small pieces, I put it in a skillet, cover it with my favorite barbeque sauce, and warm it up. Meanwhile in another skillet, I warm the skillet, add a small amount of butter sprinkled with garlic, put my choice of bread in and toast it on both sides. Add a small salad and a pickle....yum, yum!


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May God bless our country always! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Side dishes, casseroles, desserts, finger foods and etc. You will need coupons!

Here's a few of the available coupons that you may find yourself needing over the coming days. I can think of side dishes, casseroles, desserts, finger foods and etc. that I will need to either cook, bake or take for Thanksgiving or Christmas get-togethers.

For me, I have to take a casserole this weekend. I am thinking of a "turkey" related dish so I will need this coupon:

$3.00 off Butterball Whole Turkey

I like to use smoked sausage as bite-size appetizers with cheese.
$1.00 off one package of ECKRICH Smoked Sausage
Then later on in the season, I will need to make death-by-chocolate, so I will need this one. $0.50 off any one Hershey's Syrup
Of course, being from the South we will have lots of sweet tea.
$1.00 off any ONE (1) Lipton Tea product
$3.00 off any TWO (2) Lipton Tea products
And who doesn't know about dipping peanut butter filled Ritz crackers in chocolate or vanilla coating for a holiday treat? Also, crackers and cheese is always a winner. Seeing the Triscuit package in the below photo reminds me that a friend of mine recently made a great dish with a brick of cream cheese covered with low-calorie strawberry preserves and served it with triscuits. Yummy, yummy, yummy!
$0.50 off when you buy any ONE (1) NABISCO Product
And coffee shall be served after the meal. Amen? I will let your memories and imaginations lead you through the remainder of the available coupons. Have fun. :)
$1.50 off ONE Seattle's Best Coffee K-Cup Packs
$3.00 off one HORMEL Party Tray product
$1.00 off Any ONE (1) DOLE Frozen Fruit
$1.00 off any one TUMS 24-ct or larger
$0.75 off ONE Minute Maid 59 fl oz carton
$1.00 off TWO (2) Seasonal Nestle Chocolate Bags
$1.00 off TWO (2) WONKA Candy Canes
$1.00 off 2 (TWO) Ore-Ida Frozen Potato Products
$0.30 off any French's French Fried Onions
$1.45 off any 3 International Delight Iced Coffee
$0.75 off any one (1) Sister Schubert's products
$0.40 off DOLE Mandarin Oranges or Tropical Fruit
$1.00 off any two HORMEL Bacon Toppings products
$0.55 off the purchase of any (1) SKIPPY product
$1.00 off FOUR Progresso™ products
$0.50 off ONE Immaculate Baking Co. product
$0.50 off any Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Sweet Rolls
$0.40 off 2 Pillsbury™ or Grands!™ Sweet Rolls
$0.50 off TWO Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts
$1.00 off TWO Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough
$0.40 off Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands Biscuits
$0.75 off ONE Immaculate Baking Co Dry Baking item
$0.50 off any ONE (1) HONEY MAID Grahams
$0.75 off 3 Helper OR Ultimate Skillet Dishes
$0.25 off one HERSHEY'S Mix-Ins with Yoplait
$1.00 off any 2 Glad Food Protection Items
$0.40 off one Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa product
$1.00 off any (4) Uncle Ben's Brand rice products
$3.00 off Life of Crime DVDs or Blu-Ray
$0.55 off One Sargento Sliced Natural Cheese Item
$2.00 off one Lipton Tea K-Cup pack
$1.00 off 5 Martha White Baking Mixes
$1.00 off ONE 4 oz or larger Old Wisconsin product
$1.00 off ANY ONE bottle of Nakano Rice Vinegar
$0.75 off LAND O LAKES Saute Express Meal Starter
$0.50 off Juicy Fruit Fruity Chews Bottle
$0.50 off any pepper sauce flavor TABASCO brand




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