Bacon- Cheese – Chicken Wings

21 May






Okay, so this was supposed to be a snack that turned out tot be quite the meal.

I have tweaked it a little and you are going to love this cheese and bacon chicken wing  …

How could  that go wrong ?  … it can’ t.



1 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce



Emeril’s essence 

Yah yah,  I hear you I , I don’t very often use a pre-made seasoning but I really like this stuff and use it on a lot of recipes.

You can make your own if you want to. You probably have most of this in your cupboard.


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Mix it all up and put in an air tight container –

1 c. all-purpose flour

  • 2 lb. chicken breast
  • 2 c. panko bread crumbs –
  • Panko is a type of flaky breadcrumb. It’s commonly used in Asian cuisine, although it has become more popular and widely available in Western cooking.What sets it apart from standard breadcrumbs is its texture and the type of bread that’s used. While breadcrumbs can be made using a number of different types of bread, panko is made using white bread. There are two varieties of panko: white panko, which is made from white bread without any crust, and tan panko, which is made from the entire loaf. The bread is processed into large flakes, rather than crumbs, and then dried.

    Panko has a light, airy, and delicate texture that helps it crisp as it cooks. The texture of panko makes it especially wonderful for fried food because it absorbs less oil than breadcrumbs, keeping food more crisp and crunchy.

    On its own, panko has little to no flavor. It can be used as a crunchy topping to add texture to baked casseroles, like macaroni and cheese, as a breaded coating for fried foods, or as a binder for meatballs.

    Just thought you might like to know !!!!!


  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • parchment paper –  cut to size and roll up the opposite way it’s rolled so that the paper will lay relatively flat
  • 1 c. barbecue sauce
  • 1 tbsp.brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp.  Louisiana hot sauce –
  • 2 c. shredded Cheddar
  • 4 slices bacon, diced  –  cooked
  • Green onions, chopped.



Cut chicken breast into approximately  2×3″ piece

Add soy and Worcestershire sauce in a 1 gal zip lock bag.

Add chicken . Marinate for 20 min.

Remove chicken from bag and place on cookie sheet.

Sprinkle with Emeril’s essence.  Let stand for 20 min.

Turn oven on to 425′

Pour out any sauce that might be left in zip lock bag. Add flour and chicken SHAKE   SHAKE SHAKE!      

Set up for dredge: in 1 bowl add panko crumbs in another bowl add eggs splash of water and whisk.

With a pair of tongs     Dip chicken( 1 piece at a time) in the egg wash then in panko crumbs

Place on a parchment covered baking sheet  . Salt and pepper.

Bake for 25 minutes

While that’s cooking in a small sauce pan, on low heat  add BBQ sauce ,lime juice sugar and 2 tsp hot sauce and garlic powder. mix simmer for 5 minutes.

When chicken is done turn on broiler.

Coat chicken pieces in sauce , top with cheese, bacon and green onions.

Place in broiler until cheese has melted about 1 minute

Eat and enjoy !


5 May

Natasha’s Kitchen

Once upon a time, There was a thing called Pot luck dinners. Some times at Schools and most time at church.

Every one would bring a homemade dish , their best usually,  and share it with the community.

Of course there was always bragging rights,    whose Broccoli rice casserole was the best,  but it was all to  enjoyed and a shared , family style.

Yes , it’s  still happening , yes they are  somewhere  out there,  country parishes and the city  churches and it’s always a warm and welcoming time to join in fellowship and a togethership of community even if you don’t like everything on the table .


Steve Boling


       Now, this here recipe is a real old-time Church supper favorite.

Whenever there was a reason to have a supper, be it a new baby or a wedding, or a funeral, or just because the ladies of the Society of Perpetual Doubt and Worry decided that Pastor Dan needed to get the word out to all the sinners that did not regularly attend Sunday service, this was a had to have for the potluck dinner, just had to.

   This recipe was a closely guarded secret of one old woman parishioner, that everyone called Granny Bess.

    Now, she wasn’t my gramma or anybody else’s either. As a matter of fact,

she, Granny Bess, was not related to anyone in the county, or any of the neighboring counties.

As far as anyone knew she was always old and had always been here. Even old Mr. Torkelson, who is 84, who owns the local store, says she was old when he was a kid. Of course, his eyes aren’t very good and never were, reason he didn’t fight in the war, but he raises the flag on the flagpole outside his store every morning because loves America.

      And every once in a while, some outsider might stop by and get an invite, to the church supper ,  we’re mostly pretty friendly like that .

They and would have a plate of Granny Bess’ Chicken and Mushroom casserole and say, “This is the best I’ve  ever had!”

Then the outsider might say, “How old are you Granny Bess?”

“I’m as old as dirt, “she would say, and spit on the ground.

Folks would ask Granny Bess for the recipe but Granny Bess never gived it up to nobody.

Absolutely the best Chicken and Mushroom casserole anybody ever had and no one could duplicate it.

  They tried, but there was something, some ingredient the only Granny Bess knew about.


     Well, one day I was up at her place doing some chores (I told you she’s real old) and she says to me “Come on in to the kitchen”

And I did, thinking that faucet had started to leak again.

Granny Bess sits me down in a wooden chair, looks me right in the eye and says,” You’re a pretty good cook, might even call you a chef.”

” Thanks”

“I’m not giving you no compliment. I’m telling you why I’m going to tell you something”

“I’m not going to be able to make my Chicken Mushroom casserole for the church suppers anymore”

“Why not?”

“Don’t you worry about why not! I going to do a little traveling”

“Where to Granny Bess? “

“You needn’t worry about that either. Thing is, all those folks down at the church have come to depend on having my Chicken and Mushroom casserole at the suppers and well with me not being here someone’s got to be able to make it for them. Especially Pastor Dan. He’ s the reason there’s never any leftovers.”

  “Yes, he sure can pack the groceries away.”

“Yes, he can, God Bless him!”

“Now I’ve watched you cook and I like most of the dishes you fix so I’m gonna tell you the secret of my casserole and you can carry on the tradition.”

I couldn’t believe it. Folks would give their right arm for that recipe.

“I believe you can figure out most of what I do, ain’t no magic in it.”

 She walked d over to the old ice box, opens the door, reaches in and tosses me ……. a lemon.

“Squeeze that in to the gravy right before you put the pan in the oven to bake “

“A Lemon” ….  I understand, as I nod my head.

“A Lemon, I never would of  thought it, you can’t taste lemon.”

“You can’t taste THE lemon you mean. That’s the something special that no one can figure out It’s what makes the chicken and mushroom casserole the best. And don’t get any seeds in there!”


    Granny Bess disappeared the next day.

She just up and left. Nobody knew where she came from or where she went to. The house she had always lived in, cleaned out.


Not a stick of furniture left. Like no one had ever lived there.

    And the only thing I have to remember Granny Bess by is her recipe for chicken and Mushrooms casserole.

    That was a long time ago and I’ve kept her secret ever since.

  Then I got to thinking, if you don’t live around these parts, and you don’t get off the highway at the exit by old man Growlers barn and if it’s not a supper night at the Ladies  Society of Perpetual Doubt and Worry, you will never get a chance to taste Granny Bess’ Chicken and Mushroom casserole.

  So, I’m gonna give it to you and you promise not to tell anyone, okay?


So here it is


4-5 large (2 1/2 lbs.) boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch thick strips
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 Tsp paprika –  to coat the chicken
6 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 pound fresh mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 medium onion, finely diced
5 garlic cloves, minced


3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour for the sauce
1  1/2 cups chicken broth with 2 cubes chicken bullion dissolved
Juice of 1 lemon NO SEEDS  !!!!!!!
3/4 cup half and half (or 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 cup heavy cream)

Handful of flat Italian Parsley – chopped


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge both sides in flour. Heat 3 Tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium/high heat. Once oil is hot, add chicken and saute until golden. Work in batches if needed so you don’t crowd your pan. Don’t worry about cooking the chicken through; it still needs to go in the oven. Transfer chicken to a 13×9 casserole baking dish.
  2. Wipe down the skillet with a paper towel. Add 3 Tbsp oil along with sliced mushrooms and diced onions and saute until soft and golden. Add garlic and saute another 1-2 min. Spread mixture over the chicken.
  3. In a medium saucepan (or in the same pan you’ve been using), melt 3 Tbsp butter. Whisk in 3 Tbsp flour until lightly golden (1-2 min).
  4. Add 1½ cups chicken broth, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, ¼ tsp pepper, and whisk until smooth. Add 1 cup half & half and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Pour sauce over the chicken and mushrooms. Cover with foil and bake at 350˚F for 45 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with parsley.
  7. Serve warm or hot over mashed potatoes, pasta or rice.

Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen

  Eat And Enjoy !


30 Apr




Cheesy Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Serves 8 regular people

0r 6 hungry people

or 4 starving people

or 1 big fat slob      




But before we get started , today we have a little history lesson


Since we are using ORE-IDA     Hash browns

  “When it says OreIda –  it’s all- righta ”

I’m pretty sure you are very curious as to where Ore-Ida  comes from.       ????????

Well, I ‘m going to tell you everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.


In 1934,  Mormon  entrepreneurs F. Nephi Grigg and Golden Grigg ( yes that was his real name ) began growing sweet corn  in eastern Oregon.

They pedaled gunny sacks of the ears door to door.


     This is F.Nephi Grigg,   by the way, did I mention that he was a high school drop-out ?

He also made proclamations such as “You’ll never go broke by taking a profit ” Smart guy,   eh ?


By 1946 they had purchased huge transport trucks to supply the demand they had created for their corn and other produce.

By 1948 their first company, Grigg Brothers, was the largest distributor of sweet corn in the U.S. using refrigerated rail cars to ship produce to all the major cities.

By 1951, with America surging into postwar prosperity, the brothers Grigg determined that the future of produce lay in frozen food. So when a bankrupt flash-freezing plant in eastern Oregon was auctioned off for $500,000, they pounced, mortgaging their homes to raise the down payment. They called their operation Ore-Ida–a nod to their factory’s location near the Oregon-Idaho border–and started shipping frozen corn .

The following year the Griggs began producing French fries, a process that entailed shaving the potatoes into rectangular blocks before slicing them. The shavings were later sold for a pittance as livestock feed, which piqued Nephi’s Depression-born sense of thrift. Couldn’t something more profitable be done with the scraps? By 1953 he had the answer: The shavings were ground, mixed with spices, extruded, and fried. The result was Tater Tots, and the world–or at least suburban kitchens and school cafeterias–would never be the same. 

The Griggs sold Ore-Ida to Heinz in 1965 for $30 million. The move marked Heinz’s entry into frozen food and Ore-Ida’s ascension from regional upstart to national powerhouse: It currently commands 46% of the frozen-potato market.

There you go ! Now you won’t be that shy wall flower at the next cocktail party you go to. You will be a delight and an intrepid speaker able to amaze your friends and family with your knowledge of the TATER-TOT !


Cooking spray or oil, for coating the pan  
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound uncooked breakfast sausage,

This is my favorite
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced

1 medium green  bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 (20-ounce) bag frozen shredded potatoes (do not thaw)
10 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 cup whole or 2% milk
2 tablespoons  mustard
4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 1 lb.)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

5 green onions – chopped




Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 375°F. Lightly coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray or oil; set aside.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until shimmering.

Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon,

or use one of these  ” a   multi blade sausage breaker upper kitchen thingy


sometimes other folks call it a      The Pampered Chef Mix N Chop 

until browned and no longer pink, 6 to 8 minutes.

Add the onion, pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. .

Transfer the mixture to the baking dish, add the potatoes, stir to combine, and spread into an even layer.

Whisk the eggs in a large bowl.

Add the sour cream, milk, mustard, 2 cups  cheese, remaining salt, and pepper and whisk to combine.

Pour over the vegetable mixture.

Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top  .

Bake until the top is light golden-brown and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

Sprinkle with chopped green onions      

Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing.




15 Apr


Okay, So this is a pretty versatile dish. Could be breakfast or brunch or even supper if you’d like.

You may not know it but I dated Betty Crocker once upon a time.

Yes that’s right  , Betty and me went out together but only for a short time.

The family got tied up in a legal matter and I thought it best to distance myself.


You see, her father was a farmer who was very protective of his daughters.
Before every date, he would meet the young man at the porch with his shotgun,
and if he didn’t measure up, he’d make sure they left.

One day all three of his daughters were going out on the same night.
The first young man drove up and approached the porch.

“Hi, my name is Joe, I’m here to get Flo, we’re going to the show, is
she ready to go?”  The father  liked this guy, and let him leave with his

Shortly, the next guy drove up and approached the porch.
“Hi, my name is Freddy, I’m here to get Betty, we’re going for
spaghetti, is she ready?”  The father liked this guy too, and let him
leave with his second daughter.

Soon the third guy drove up and approached the porch.
“Hi, my name is Chuck…” and the father  shot him.



I found other girls to date ……………………………………..


On with the recipe .



1 large onion – chopped

8 oz sliced  cooked ham  – diced

1 pkg { 10 oz } frozen spinach – thawed and squeezed dry

8 oz swiss cheese –  diced  

5 slices rye bread cut I half diagonnally

1 red bell pepper – diced

5 large eggs

2 1/2 cup milk

1 Tsp dry mustard

3 green onions  – chopped

Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
In 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat.
Add  bell peppers and onions; cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender. Remove from heat.

Add ham , spinach and cheese, stir to mix well.


Spread 1/2 ham mixture over bottom of prepared baking dish

Top with bread slices overlapping ,  then remaining ham mixture  .

In large bowl, beat eggs, milk, mustard and pepper with wire whisk until blended; pour over strata
Cover with foil; refrigerate at least 4 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
Heat oven to 350′. Bake uncovered 40 to 50 minutes until puffed and lightly browned .
Sprinkle with green onion



Eat and Enjoy !

and remember :    SOMEBUNNY LOVES YOU!…………..HAPPY EASTER !


4 Apr


Sauerbraten (German: sauer ‘sour’ i.e. pickled + Braten, roast meat) is a German pot roast, usually of beef (but other meats such as venison, lamb, mutton, pork, and horse are sometimes used), marinated before cooking in a mixture of vinegar, water, spices and seasonings. Sauerbraten is traditionally served with red cabbage, potato dumplings (Kartoffelklöße), Spätzle, boiled potatoes, or pasta.


Sauerbraten was originally made with horse meat but today it is almost always made with beef .The town of Eschweiler, Germany has a long horse butcher tradition, and sauerbraten is one of its culinary specialties.

Several sources believe sauerbraten was invented by Charlemagne in the ninth century AD as a means of using leftover roasted meat. Saint Albertus Magnus, also known as Saint Albert the Great and Albert of Cologne, is also credited with popularizing the dish in the thirteenth century. Julius Caesar has been assigned a role in the inspiration for sauerbraten as he purportedly sent amphoras       filled with beef marinated in wine

over the Alps to the newly founded Roman colony of Cologne.   According to this legend, this inspired the residents of Cologne to imitate the Roman import.



Okay, so I have had sauerbraten in the United States Of America. I have had Sauerbraten in Munich Germany.

And I have to tell you that the absolute best I ever ate  was in Queens , New York at the dinning room table of Mrs. Budney.

Yes , My best buddy, Tony Budney’s ,  Mom.


She has to be the sweetest Mom along side of my Mom that ever was.

My buddy Tony  , aka    ” Uncle Tony”      invited me to his house back when we were both in the NAVY.

You would have thought that I was one of her own children for as welcome as I was .

The meal Mrs. Budney made was Sauerbraten.

I had never eaten  this before but I knew that I had have this again.

It was                  SOOO!!!       GOOOOD !!!

But wait ,  Before I get into the recipe I have to share a story  that I tell a lot, just because this lady was so sweet.


Once upon time when I was in the Navy. we had to make a supply run from New Jersey to a warehouse in Manhattan , which for those of you that don’t know is not very far from Queens  , which is where the Budney estate is. . So after we picked up our package I said , to the owner of the supply house ,”hey,  how close  are we to Queens ? ”   and Mr.  Salomon said, ”  you are very  close .”

So I said, ” lets go see if my buddy  is home on leave.”

So off we go I find this house . We get there and I ring the bell and Mrs. Budney  answers the door and says’ ” Ooh Scott, God Bless , It’s so good to see you,  how are you?  Tony’s not here.”

Just like I lived down the street and it was no big  surprise to see me.

So I Said, ” We were in town and I had time and I thought I would stop and say Hi,  ….. Hi”

” Ooh come in , come in ,  Let me get you some coffee..” We went in and she poured us coffee I introduce  Jeff Saurbeck , my   lead petty officer. ( my boss )

“Ooh God bless ,  it’s so nice to see you Scott and meet your friend, MR Budney ( Tony’s Dad )  wont be home until 5:00.”

” We wont be able to stay , we have to get back to the ship.”

“Can I make you something to eat?””

“No ma’am”  , but thank you.”

“It’s no trouble I can make you a sandwhich.”

“No , No Thank you we just have time for coffee”

We chatted for a little while about Tony , and the brothers and sister and about how  the family was doing  and then it was time to go.

Saurbeck excused himself he had to use the bathroom.

Bending her head close to me she says, ‘”Scott, your friend seems very nice but he is awfully quite, is he okay?”

“Yes, ” I say. ” He’s from south-west Virginia and I don’t’ think he ever wore shoes till he joined the navy,  plus he’s never been to a big city much less New York and I think he ‘s a little over whelmed.”

“Well God Bless him, I do know what you mean .MR. Budney and I lived in Norfolk,  Virginia when he was in the Navy,  so I  do know what you mean.”

Jeff came back from the bathroom and said it was time to go. So we said  our good byes and I said, ” I was sorry we couldn’t stay to see Mr. Budney but to say hi for me.”

So I got a hug and off to the van we went.

After we got back on the road Saurbeck , in a slow southern drawl , says  to me, ” SSSSSSSScott”


” That there  Mrs. Budney…… your friends Mom…… was a real nice Lady.”

“Yes she is a real sweetheart. ”

“Yep   ,  ….. but I got to tell you……..  I couldn’t understand NARY  a word of what she was talking about.”

Cracked me up.

“Little to fast for you?”” ,  they talk pretty fast in New York City.


“Well,,,….. yep…… and alotta  toooooo  much   Yankee.”    


So here is the recipe and you should follow it to the letter.

It will be the best sauerbraten you have ever had ,  but this I will tell you.

It will not be as good as  Mrs. Budney’s with all the TLC that she put in.


Only in the friendly Kitchens of the Budney family ,  if you are lucky enough to know one of them,  is the absolutely  best  Sauerbraten.

(but this will be close)



4 lb. rump roast ( sometimes called bottom round )

cider vinegar\1 Tbsp. salt

12 cloves

6 bay leaves

2 med. onions – sliced

6 whole black pepper seeds

1 /2  lemon  – Sliced


Place meat in a crock or bowl sufficiently large to allow it to be covered with liquid. Now pour in liquid consisting of the following mixture: half cider / vinegar half water . Add enough of this liquid to just cover the meat( start with a cup of vinegar and a cup of water add more if need) Then add all other ingredients. Leave meat in this mixture for 3 days in refrigerator turning every once in a while.



Take meat out of liquid and let drain. SAVE LIQUID !


3/4 cup sifted flour

1 cup cold water


6 ginger snaps – crumbled,


In a Dutch oven or a roasting pan with a tight fitting lid.

Melt 3 Tbsp. butter

Brown meat on all over as you would for a pot roast.

Then gradually add all liquid that it has been soaked in, including all the spices , etc.   Then add ginger snaps.

Cover the pan with lid and allow meat to simmer slowly for 2-3 hours. ( meat will be done when you can easily insert the point of a knife.)

While meat is cooking , preheat oven to 400°.  Spread flour in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until flour is the color of pecan shells,  stirring with a wooden spoon every 7 minutes. Remove from skillet, and cool completely .  (about 30 minutes)

Add flour to pot with meat and allow to cook for 10 minutes. If you find that the gravy forming is a little thick add a little water.

After cooking 10 minutes , strain the gravy and place meat with strained gravy again and cook for 5 minutes.

Remove from pot Let rest for 5 minutes , Slice and serve with

Kartoffelkloesse (German Potato Dumplings)

6 medium potatoes

2 eggs

3/4 cup flour 1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/4 Tsp nutmeg salt

Boil potatoes in their jacket and then remove skin and put thru ricer ( or mash slightly  if you don’t have a ricer}

Spread on a clean towel to dry out moisture

Pat with another towel.

Then place in a large bowl and sprinkle in 2 level Tsp. of salt.

Make a hallow and break in to this 2 eggs

Sift in 3/4 cup of flour and add 1/2 cup bread crumbs and 1/2 Tsp nutmeg.

Work all this together; then place board and knead well until you can make then in dry balls( if wet , then add a few more bread crumbs)

Roll this mixture into small balls and drop into a large pot of boiling water. when the potato balls come to the surface of the water , allow them to boil about three minutes . Then take one out and cut it. when cooked the center should be dry – not soggy. Remove from water with wire spoon

You have to careful not to boil too long, or the potato ball will fall apart After balls are done place on platter.

Sprinkle  parsley .




Eat and Enjoy !


26 Feb



These are two wonderful little films from  DELISH that I thought all of you would like

Thanks cousin Jeanne for turning me onto these guys !







Noodle Kugel

19 Feb




Okay,  So this recipe has been on my blog since Aug. 2015 …. except it hasn’t.    Just the picture.

I occasionally go through old posts because in the beginning I did not record recipes and pictures in a manner that would keep them for all time.

Some how they just Disappear !     poof I don’t know where they go  ???????????

So I have to go back and rewrite them. That’s okay ,  because this is a really good treat for a dessert ,  a coffee ,  or even a side dish .



The name of the dish comes from the Middle High German   kugel meaning “sphere, globe, ball”; thus the Yiddish name likely originated as a reference to the round, puffed-up shape of the original dishes.

Nowadays, however, kugels are often baked in square pans.

The first kugels were made from bread  and  flour  and were savory rather than sweet. About 800 years ago, cooks in Germany replaced bread mixtures with noodles  or farfel  .  Eventually  eggs  were incorporated. The addition of cottage cheese   and  milk  created a custard-like consistency common in today’s dessert dishes. In  Poland ,  Jewish homemakers added  raisins m cinnamon and sweet  curd cheese to noodle kugel recipes. In the late 19th century,  Jerusalemites  combined  caramelized sugar and black pepper  in a noodle kugel known as “Yerushalmi kugel” or “Jerusalem kugel,” which is a commonly served at Shabbat kiddushes and is a popular side dish served with CHOLENT  ( a very good Jewish Stew which I also have a recipe for on this blog ) during Shabbat lunch.


This recipe is so old I don’t even remember where I got it from . The original paper is very old and crumbly…………….

A lot of Babcia ( Polish Gramma ) use alittle of this and a bit of that and  and put a dab or two more until it tastes good !  gram

Thanks Gramma, ….. so as you travel along on your kitchen  journey , you will also ”   add a tab more of this ” and ” just enough of that  ” to make the recipe your own.

It’s okay that’s what cooking is all about .  Anyone can follow the words on the back of a can .

1 lb broad egg noodle  eggnoo

6 TBSP sour cream

6 oz. cream cheese  – cut into tiny pieces

1 Tsp real vanilla

1/8 lb. butter ( 1/2 stick  )

8 large eggs

1 1/2 lb. cottage cheese

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 lb. butter

3/4 cup corn flakes

1 cup golden raisins

Cook noodles according to package instructions.

Strain in cold water 2 -3 times

melt 1/4 lb. butter and add to cold noodles .

Beat eggs sugar and vanilla together.

Add cheeses, sour cream and raisins to egg mixture.

Then add all of that to noodles in to 13 x 9  greased casserole dish.  ( use a lot of butter )

melt 1/4 lb butter , and mix with corn flake crumbs and sprinkle on top.


Bake at 350′ for 1 hour until top is golden brown.

Serve hot ,  cold ,  or reheated.

I like to let it cool until almost room temperature  . Just slightly warm.



 The Smitten Kitchen

Eat and Enjoy !!!!!

Potato Buffalo Chicken Casserole

18 Feb







Okay, So  this is a good week night meal , easy and painless.

It’s kinda like Buffalo wings but not really and the beautiful part is that it is a one pot meal that you don’t have to scrub and clean up !



I 13×9 foil cake pan

1 rotisserie chicken from the grocery store     rotchciken

Pick off all the chicken and cut into 1/2″ pieces

( DO Not include any Bones  or you will get the  bonehead)

8 med potatoes – scrubbed and cubed –   1/2 ”

1/3 cup olive oil

1 1/2  Tsp season salt – your favorite – mine is     rr

1 Tbsp. fresh ground pepper

1 tbsp. REAL PAPRIKA – sp

2TSP garlic powder


1 cup each – shredded cheddar and Monterey cheese.

1 cup crumbled bacon – 6 strips chopped and fried

1 bunch Green onions – chopped into 1/2 ” pieces



Preheat oven to 500′ (ohhh YYYEAHHH !!!! )

In a large bowl mix together olive oil, salt , pepper paprika , garlic powder and hot sauce

Add potatoes and mix to coat,   stirpot




Spay foil pan with Pam  pam

Scoop potatoes into foil pan ,  leaving as much of the olive oil mixture behind as possible.

Bake potatoes for 45 minutes .  Stirring every 15 minutes , until crispy and browned.



While potatoes are cooking add shredded chicken to bowl with leftover sauce. And mix to coat.

Remove potatoes from oven and lower tempeture to 400′.

Top potatoes with marinated chicken.

In a bowl mix together the 2 cheeses bacon and green onions.

Top chicken with Cheese mixture    chibuf


Put casserole back in the oven and bake for 15 minute until  top is bubbly.

Eat and Enjoy !

Can be served  with a drizzle of Blue Cheese Dressing







12 Feb


Okay , So that is quite a mouthful( and a mouthful you’re gonna like )   skull

This is a very good dip/salsa that seems to be served only in the Tidewater area of Virginia.

So if you are not from there or  if you didn’t spend any time in the NAVY  or MARINES around NORFOLK ,VA ,  or if you were not one of the kids that went  to Virginia beach for  spring break, you Probably have never had this.



And Where is TIDEWATER you may ask ?

An ecologist may start talking about the Chesapeake Bay estuary, or the downstream end of watersheds (including the mouths of the rivers) east of the Fall Line. A historian may consider Tidewater to be the location of early Colonial settlement around the Chesapeake Bay up to the 1730’s. (In that case, Alexandria would be not be a Tidewater community, because Alexandria was not chartered until 1749.)

If you head west from Virginia Beach, the edges of the political jurisdictions of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake are no more obvious than what you saw driving east. The region’s political boundaries resemble Los Angeles, with separate urbanized jurisdictions adjacent to each other and little undeveloped farmland separating the cities. The city lines blur in a sea of monotonous urban development – except for the Eastern Shore. That area is still undeveloped at the moment, though a reduced toll on the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel may encourage more commuters to live in Northampton County.

highway map of Hampton Roads
highway map of Hampton Roads
Source: Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

NOW YOU KNOW  !!!!!!



This is a Garlicy –  Cheesy –  Chile  dip that Me and the MRS. had to have a least once  a week .

Sometimes it was just Margaritas  and chips and dip for supper .

No other  meal entree at all .


1 lb white American Cheese  – Sliced


Funny story here: I have never seen WHITE American cheese in my life  . None of the regular stores by me have it. So where did I find it …. yep right there at La Chiquita ,  My favorite Mexican store, in the deli section.

2/3 cup 1/2 and 1/2

3 Tsp cumin

2 Tsp garlic powder

2 Tsp Chipotle  powder

1  Jalapeno – minced

1 Tbsp Mexican Oregano – crushed

salt and pepper

You can use a slow cooker on low

Just dump everything in, heat and stir until melted and thickened.



If using a double    db22      boiler

Heat 1/ and 1/2 chiles , spices .

Then gradually add cheese slices , 1 or 2 at a time Stirring until melted together.

Serve with chip  these guys, they’re the best


Eat and Enjoy !!!

I had this poured over  Chimichangs

in the best Mexican restaurant in the mountains outside Bedford ,  Pennsylvania ,

but that , …. is  another story………..





these guys

Saurkraut and Polish

21 Jan





Okay , so I usually make this for Christmas ,  but you can make it anytime ,  and it’s easy and hot comfort food for during the week or a busy weekend.

First thing you have to do is find some GOOD FRESH POLISH SAUSAGE.

If you are around Aurora ,  you could go to WURST KITCKEN

wurst    or Reams     wreams in Elburn.

If not  try to find a Polish deli .

Getting GOOD   Fresh Polish is the key.

3 lbs. is about right.

The 2) Cans of Franks sauerkraut ,   it’s the ONLY kind to get  fank27

I large onion  – sliced onion

1 bottle of real beer ( Not LITE ) I have recently started using Sammy Adams lager sam

It adds just the right taste. But hey! use what you like.

2 TSP caraway seed caraway Crushed use one of these if you got it  mp

if not csp put seed in a zip lock bag and roll – crush the seed


Speaking of Caraway seed, a spice you might or might not be familiar with,  here is some things you might not know :



If you eat rye bread then you know that the little seeds in the bread are CARAWAY ,  if you don’t eat rye bread , now you know.

Caraway is in the same family of plants as the carrot    carrot2The family –  Apiaceae

.Caraway  fruits  (erroneously called seeds) are crescent –  shaped  achenes , ( which as we all know is  a fruit containing the seed. The seed-like appearance being owed to the hardening of the wall of the seed-vessel, which encloses the solitary seed so closely as to seem like an outer coat. )

and they are   around 2 mm (0.08 in) long, with five pale ridges.caraway

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Caraway (carum carvi) is a flavorful and aromatic herb used in the culinary and medicinal traditions of Europe since the Stone Age.

The essential oils, namely   carvone and limonene present in the seeds offer them a pungent, anise-like flavor and aroma.

Caraway seeds are used for baked goods such as rye breads, biscuits and can also be used as a substitute for poppy seeds. They are also used to garnish and flavor cheeses, such as Livarot   and Munster. Other popular uses include to flavor salad dressings, and apple sauce. Caraway essential oil is a flavoring for the alcoholic beverages Aquvit   and schnapes.

In Indian cuisine caraway seeds are used to flavor curries, lentil dishes such as dal, and they are also added to the rice dish biriyani. In the cuisines of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, caraway seeds are a traditional flavoring for Mechoui  , a North African version of spit roasted lamb.

In the Hindi  language it is called – Shahi Zeera

Caraway seeds were customarily chewed to freshen breath.

It is helpful to chew caraway seeds after a heavy meal. It has been used for colic as it is a light sedative and it can be used to settle a queasy stomach.

Caraway is used to flavor liquors, mouthwashes, toothpastes and chewing gums. It is also an important addition to  Indian garam masala

One of the best herb to prevent gas and bloating. . Caraway is also a good remedy for colds and  congestion , it contains mild antihistamines, antimicrobial compounds that help to relax the muscles that cause coughing spasms.

Holland cultivates the main crop, producing and exporting far larger quantities than any other country.

The Russians and the Germans make from Caraway a liqueur, ‘Kummel,’

And Speaking of Germans




Rachel  Leah Blumenthal 

Made only in the Buffalo-Rochester area, the ” Kummelweck ” – often spelled Kimmelweck – a Combination of German words

kimmel ( caraway seed )  and weck ( roll )

  Basically a Kaiser roll topped with lots of pretzel salt and caraway seeds. Inside, very thinly sliced roast beef is piled high, and the whole thing is served with a dish of “au jus” (I suppose it is too much to expect a German sandwich to make sense of French prepositions), for dipping. Alternatively, the cook sometimes dips the top of the roll into the jus just before serving it. In either case, the beef on weck sandwich must be accompanied by a pot of freshly grated, sinus-clearing horseradish.


Caraway was reputed to ward off witches and  has the ability to avoid the theft of any article in which it is contained. Interestingly, this particular belief or property of caraway provided it with the power of being a love potion – it means that if you make your lover consume caraway, he or she will not be stolen from you. Keeping this virtue of the herb in view, rural folks fed caraway to their chickens, pigeons and geese .

If you have in your hand the plant called arsesmant, and also caraway, you are safe from frights and fantasies, with which people are often befooled. If they are …mixed with the juice of hoursewart and the hands are smeared with it and the refuse is put in the water where fish are ,  you can easily  catch fish with hands or nets. if you take your hands out of the water the fish will leave.

If  …… believe the old folk tales ……………….


The seeds of caraway were recommended for bringing bloom to the cheeks of pale-faced young maidens.


Sophia Diedre

SO says William Shakespeare …………………..

Enough !!!!

Back to the recipe …………………..

Turn oven on to 400′

Cut the sausage into 1 1/2 pieces.


Place them evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet.


Put in oven for 15 – 20 min. just long enough to brown them a little.




Place in crock-pot sprinkle crushed  caraway seed  and a few grinds of pepper on top

Pour in  bottle of beer

Sprinkle onion on top.

Mix everything together gently

Put on low for 5 hours or high for 3 hours


Eat and Enjoy !!!