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Karen's Kitchen

Karen's Kitchen
  • pumpkin cheesecake.jpg It's pumpkin time

    There are a lot of reasons to need a pumpkin at this time of year. I use them to decorate my yard. I use them for jack o’ lanterns. I use them for pumpkin pie and I use them to make jams. But, I am always looking for new pumpkin recipes. Here are a few that I think you will like.
    Our first is pumpkin crunch. It’s so easy that it’s idiot proof and everyone will love it. You will keep this recipe for years. You serve it with whipped topping but sometimes I substitute a powdered sugar glaze instead.
    The second recipe is for pumpkin cookies. These freeze well, so make extras and put them in the freezer for those times when you need something to take somewhere. You can glaze them before or after freezing.
     The third recipe is an easy and fast pumpkin bread. It’s almost like a cake. It’s also extremely moist when you use fresh pumpkin.
    The fourth dish is pumpkin stew! This stew recipe is baked and served in the pumpkin. It's a neat way to cook and serve pumpkin stew. Your kids will love this one.
    The last recipe is grilled pumpkin. Use this grilled pumpkin along with grilled meats, including beef poultry, pork, or even seafood.

    November 23, 2011 2 Photos

  • oyster stuffing.jpg Thanksgiving is just around the corner

    I love Thanksgiving. It’s actually my favorite commercial holiday. I guess that’s because I LOVE to cook. For Thanksgiving, no one can tease me about cooking too much. I cook everything that lays still. So be warned!
    This week, we have a few of my favorites. I have many! So, this is just a few. I hope that you enjoy these. Next week, we will look at what to do with all of the leftovers!
    Our first recipe is giblet gravy. I chop the giblets up really well so that my finicky kids don’t know exactly what I’m feeding them! They love my giblet gravy.
    The second recipe is Oyster Stuffing. My brother-in-law loves this. So I make this each year just for him! But, even though I prefer good old fashioned dressing, I like stuffing too.
    The third recipe is mashed potatoes.  My sister, Michelle, started me with adding cream cheese to mashed potatoes. It was a great idea. It makes them wonderful! Now I can’t imagine mashed potatoes without cream cheese.
    The last recipe is cranberry slaw. This is a little different way to use cranberries instead of just the jellied cranberry sauce. Of course, at my house, you still have to have the jellied variety as well. My husband couldn’t imagine Thanksgiving dinner without the cranberry sauce from the can!
    Whatever you decide to make this year, I hope that you have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

    November 18, 2011 1 Photo

  • Marinated Grill Shrimp.jpg Tailgating Feast

    We aren’t tailgaters. We rarely go to games but when we do, we don’t tailgate. However, I have many friends who do and they can take tailgating to a whole different level! I think that might be fun. Here are some recipes to give you some ideas to get started with.
    Our first recipe is for shrimp. This will take your tailgating up a notch! A very simple and easy marinade that makes your shrimp so delicious that you don't even need cocktail sauce.  You won’t even taste the cayenne pepper, so don’t leave it out. I make this with frozen or fresh shrimp and use my indoor electric grill if the weather is not good.
    The second recipe is from an ECU student. It’s for wings. You can’t have tailgating without wings. This one is easy. I still like to dip them in Ranch dressing or bleu cheese dressing though.

    November 16, 2011 2 Photos

  • nachos.jpg Some things are better slowwww

    We stay so busy that we end up just throwing together dinner many nights. Or even worse – going through the dreaded drive-through window for fast food. With just a little planning, we don’t have to do that. Most of us own a Crockpot, we just don’t use it often enough. Here are some great Crockpot recipes that will make your kids want to sit down to a family dinner. I hope you enjoy them.

    November 9, 2011 2 Photos

  • beef_mushroom_rice.jpg Sometimes only one-dish meals will do

    There are times when we just don’t want a large, fancy, complicated meal. The reasons may include being pressed for time or that we just aren’t in the mood to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
    In this day and time, there are lots of advantages to having a repertoire of easy but delicious meals.
    The recipes this week are some that my mother makes for me when I go home to visit. They can be served with cornbread, crackers or a salad to complete the meal, although they are not required.

    October 5, 2011 3 Photos

  • scalopinni.JPG Italian food burst with flavor and color

    I love Italian food. I think it is probably my favorite cuisine. It bursts with flavor and color and once you get your mind right, it’s delightfully simple to prepare. This week’s recipes will feature some wonderful and wonderfully easy Italian dishes.
    This time of year, I am canning tomatoes almost nightly. My husband is threatening me with bodily harm if I don’t use all the food that I’m canning. It’s so much fun to me that I get a little carried away. However, these bright, red tomatoes that I’m canning will make some wonderful sauces this winter.

    September 22, 2011 1 Photo

  • bj5cm.Em.156.jpg Grab a slab of ribs

    Is it any wonder barbecue fans and outdoor cooks have a reverence for ribs?
    Spareribs come from the section of the pig next to the belly, the area that gives us bacon.
    Beef ribs come from the area that gives us the standing rib roast.
    Translation: That's bacon on the bone. And prime rib on the bone.

    September 7, 2011 1 Photo

  • SweetPotatoCasserole.jpg Sweet and yummy yams and sweet potatoes

    Sometimes my articles are born out of whatever I happen to be doing at the time. That is the case this week. I am attempting to tech myself how to can sweet potatoes. I love canning but am a little intimidated by my pressure cooker. But, I am trying to learn! So, first step was to call Phyllis Talbot and ask her how she does hers because they are awesome! I still don’t think I got it exactly right but I’m getting there. However, if you have a couple of hundred pounds of potatoes, you need good recipes. That’s what we have this week.

    August 31, 2011 2 Photos

  • drumettes.JPG Chicken, chicken everywhere

    If eating habits dictated appearance, I should have feathers and cluck! We eat a lot of chicken at our house. So, I am always looking for good chicken recipes. I have quite a few. I hope you enjoy them.
    The first recipe is sweet and sour drumettes. The recipe calls for flouring and frying the drumettes. I skip the egg and flour part. I just fry them or bake them and use the sauce recipe. You can do it either way.
    The second recipe is an easy chicken barbeque recipe. This one lets you boil the chicken. You can also bake or cook it on the grill. I bake or grill mine. I don’t like it as much when I boil it. You will love this dish. It tastes like BBQ but doesn’t have the saturated fat that pork has.

    August 17, 2011 2 Photos

  • scalloped tomatoes.jpg Tomatoes everywhere

    It has been a good summer for my tomatoes. I have tomatoes everywhere. A lot of them are small but I have hundreds. We have given them away, canned them, frozen them and enjoyed eating tomato sandwiches almost every day for lunch. I still have tomatoes everywhere. So, I look for tomato recipes.
    This summer when I began searching for new recipes, I found some unique ones. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I have.

    August 3, 2011 2 Photos

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