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Lowery’s Fudge Cake(s) – a recipe with a story Lowery’s Fudge Cake(s) – a recipe with a story By Cooking with Barry & Meta 09/01/14 17:42 If you want a good read with LOTS of laughter, pick up a copy of Being Dead Is No Excuse, The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays. A friend sent me a copy for my birthday several years ago....
Old-Fashioned Applesauce – from tree to sauce Old-Fashioned Applesauce – from tree to sauce By Cooking with Barry & Meta 08/30/14 17:12 With an abundance of apples, our neighbors invited us over to pick. Shortly after arriving home, I cut up a bunch for applesauce. Normally I peel the apples but decided I’d experiment and run the cooked, unpeeled apples through our NutraBullet. After several...
Cinnamon-Oat Crunch Topping adds texture, flavor &  nutrition Cinnamon-Oat Crunch Topping adds texture, flavor & nutrition By Cooking with Barry & Meta 08/28/14 17:41 Try this on top of yogurt, ice cream, pudding, fruit or fruit salad for added crunch, flavor and nutrition. Sprinkle it over desserts where you would normally use nuts. Cinnamon-Oat Crunch Topping 1 ½ cups oats (old-fashioned or quick) 2 to 3 tablespoons...
Brendan French’s Pan-seared Crappie featured in fall 2014 kansas! Magazine Brendan French’s Pan-seared Crappie featured in fall 2014 kansas! Magazine By Cooking with Barry & Meta 08/27/14 14:37 My subscription copy of KANSAS! Magazine arrived yesterday. The fall issue explores frontier life in Kansas and my cooking-based article about Brendan French is titled, “From Wild Boar to Squirrel Stew,” pages 61-63. Yes, Brendan hunts, processes, cooks...
Preserving memories — Green Tomato Relish Preserving memories — Green Tomato Relish By Cooking with Barry & Meta 08/26/14 20:22 I can’t take credit for this recipe, and won’t be trying it this season due to the fact we’ve had a dismal tomato crop. Janet Gfeller provided this recipe plus a jar of her delicious relish when I interview her for my monthly cooking column (Abilene Reflector-Chronicle...
Lemon Blossoms -- my version of Paula Deen's recipe Lemon Blossoms -- my version of Paula Deen's recipe By Cooking with Barry & Meta 08/25/14 03:43 I saw Paula Deen make these on her cooking show and immediately downloaded the recipe. However, I prefer to make my own cake mixes so that’s what I always use when recreating her recipe . . . but I have yet to come up with a homemade lemon pudding mix so...
Chock full of veggies — Zucchini Casserole remake + Homemade seasoned croutons Chock full of veggies — Zucchini Casserole remake + Homemade seasoned croutons By Cooking with Barry & Meta 08/23/14 19:30 Back in the 1970s Sharon Sweatland made this recipe for a neighborhood gathering, back in the days when we lived on SE Sixth Street. It was a hit and with our abundance of summertime zucchini, I flipped through my old recipe box for a handwritten copy of...
Mexican-style Chicken-Quinoa-Bean Bake Mexican-style Chicken-Quinoa-Bean Bake By Cooking with Barry & Meta 08/18/14 15:10 A recipe on Pinterest inspired this recipe that includes homemade enchilada sauce This is definitely a healthy version of Mexican food, and quite tasty, too. Mexican-style Chicken-Quinoa-Bean Bake 4+ servings 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small onion, finely...
Homemade Enchilada Sauce . . . uses everyday ingredients Homemade Enchilada Sauce . . . uses everyday ingredients By Cooking with Barry & Meta 08/15/14 15:06 Homemade Enchilada Sauce uses everyday ingredients and is easy to make. Note: This sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for a week; it also freezes well. Homemade Enchilada Sauce Makes about 1 ¾ cups 3 tablespoons canola oil 3 tablespoons cornstarch...
Vegetarian Tacos . . . made with lentils Vegetarian Tacos . . . made with lentils By Cooking with Barry & Meta 08/09/14 22:23 All the fixings for tacos + a side dish of Zucchini & Corn in the background. Our niece, Colette West, told us about this recipe some time ago. And, then I forgot about it until just recently. When she originally sent the recipe she mentioned that it could...
Calabacitas y Maiz — Zucchini & Corn Calabacitas y Maiz — Zucchini & Corn By Cooking with Barry & Meta 08/09/14 02:19 When I interviewed Dennis Medina for my monthly cooking column in the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle (1/30/07), he provided his grandmother's recipe for zucchini and corn. He makes it often and it is incredibly delicious, and easy, too. The following is what...
Zucchini Pancakes — plain or topped with an egg Zucchini Pancakes — plain or topped with an egg By Cooking with Barry & Meta 08/06/14 15:39 Another recipe in our zucchini quest—this one (with the added egg) would be great for breakfast or brunch but we actually prepared it for dinner/supper. Although there are all sorts of jokes about an over abundance of squash, in the past few years the squash...
Smashed Fried Okra — eating from the garden Smashed Fried Okra — eating from the garden By Cooking with Barry & Meta 08/04/14 03:02 My mom gave me a magazine clipping for this recipe. It called for a pound of okra. Yes, we have a pound of okra (our plants are prolific) but there is no way that Barry and I can eat a pound of fried okra! In addition to the pound of okra, the recipe called...
Chocolate Zucchini Snacking Cake Chocolate Zucchini Snacking Cake By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/30/14 15:41 I should call this Double Chocolate Zucchini Snacking Cake due to the fact that it contains both cocoa powder and then chocolate chips in the topping. Although I’d like to say this is a somewhat healthy dessert—it contains zucchini, dark chocolate cocoa...
Herbed Pork Tenderloin . . . part of a protein platter Herbed Pork Tenderloin . . . part of a protein platter By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/28/14 15:17 Immersion in a mixture of lemon, oil, mustard and fresh herbs adds flavor to this pork tenderloin and creates a tasty, tender meat dish that was perfect on a protein-based snack platter that I recently put together. Besides pork, the platter contained,...
Sliders — the beef and the buns Sliders — the beef and the buns By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/26/14 23:42 Sliders – my idea of a perfect hamburger. Eat just one for a light meal or try several, varying the flavor components (we’ve provided two variations below). But the real secret is a good, soft bun that perfectly fits the beef patty. I found the “perfect”...
Party Fare—Fresh Spinach & Artichoke Filling in Crispy Wonton Cups Party Fare—Fresh Spinach & Artichoke Filling in Crispy Wonton Cups By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/22/14 04:05 I love both the flavors + the crisp crunch paired with the creamy goodness of these yummy appetizers. Both the filling and cups can be made ahead. Just fill the wonton cups right before your guests arrive. Since the cups are crisp, they hold up well without...
You can’t believe how fast it disappears! — jazzabell . . . very spicy and incredible You can’t believe how fast it disappears! — jazzabell . . . very spicy and incredible By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/20/14 17:07 Barry loves this sweet and spicy sauce. He first tasted it at a friend’s home and went on about it so much that she often makes a batch just for him. Research indicates that this sauce (also referred to as Jezebel) was a Southern staple back in the 50s...
Adding a few more layers of flavor to . . .Layered Dip + Barry's Home-fried Corn Chips Adding a few more layers of flavor to . . .Layered Dip + Barry's Home-fried Corn Chips By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/19/14 07:27 A tomato rose garnishes this old favorite! There’s nothing new or mysterous about this old favorite that is always first to go at parties. However, I’ve made a few changes adding to the layers of flavor already included in this dip. First—I heat the beans...
Zucchini Quest continues w/ delicious cream of zucchini soup Zucchini Quest continues w/ delicious cream of zucchini soup By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/13/14 21:30 Delicious! This is a simple soup that is full of flavor. I used fresh herbs for added flavor but dried herbs could also be used, or seasoning could be varied. We had the warm soup with a sandwich and sliced tomatoes for a light and very delicious lunch....
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