Thursday, April 23, 2015

Boiled Shrimp

When I was growing-up, my dad would catch shrimp in the nets and mom would boil them and put a huge pot in the middle of the table.  This was one of my favorite food memories.  We had to peel our own shrimp, and if you didn't learn to peel fast, you would miss out.
1 pound shrimp-- I peeled and deviened the shrimp . (Aren't I nice)
1/4 cup Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil
Bring a pot of water to a boil and add seasoning and shrimp. Let boil for 5 minutes and then turn off the heat and let sit for at least 5 minutes.  If you don't add the Crawfish boil, just boil the shrimp for 5 minutes and then take the shrimp out and serve.
Red Sauce:
1/3 cup Ketshup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish, or to taste
Stir all ingredients together and dip each shrimp in as you eat.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Brie En Croute

This is probably my favorite appetizer. I could probably eat the whole thing, if I would allow myself the luxury.  But I was a good girl and only had two little slices. It tastes like you worked all day, and it probably only takes about 10 minutes to prepare this dish once the puff-pastry has defrosted.  Recipe from Paula Deen of Foodnetwork

Printable Version

1 sheet frozen Pepperidge Farm puff pastry
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup walnuts
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (8 oz.) wheel of Brie cheese
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
Crackers for serving
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Defrost puff pastry for approximately 15-20 minutes and unfold.
In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Saute the walnuts in the butter until golden brown, approximately 5 minutes.  Add the cinnamon and stir until walnuts are coated well. Place the brie in the middle of the puff-pastry. Place the walnut mixture on top of the brie and sprinkle the brown sugar over the mixture. Gather up the edges of the brie, pressing around the brie and gather at the top. Gently squeeze together the excess dough and tie together with a piece of kitchen twine. Brush the beaten egg over top and side of puff-pastry. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes until pastry is golden brown. Serve with crackers.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

My mom used to make homemade biscuits. My grandmother made canned biscuits. I love to go to grandma's house and have canned biscuits.  One day I asked my mom to make canned biscuits and my dad overheard me.  He couldn't believe that I could possibly like canned biscuits better than mom's biscuits.  I get it now, dad.  I was never able to make homemade biscuits until I found this recipe. Now I make them all the time.  They would even meet dad's approval. I found this in a holiday magazine years ago, but it doesn't have the name of the magazine on the page I tore out.  It just says Holiday Cookbook.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
 5 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons honey
1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2.  Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add butter and knead with your fingers until mixture resembles coarse meal. Chill 10 min. (I didn't do this)
3. Combine buttermilk and honey, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture. Stir until moist.(I just added the buttermilk and honey separately, stirring until moist.
4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 3 times. Roll dough into a 1/2 inch thick 9" X 5" rectangle. Cut with biscuit cutter and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and and enjoy.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling

You can find the recipe from Food and Wine Here


  1. 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
  2. 1/2 cup boiling water
  3. 1 cup buttermilk
  4. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  6. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 1/2 sticks plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  9. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  10. 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  11. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  12. 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  13. 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  14. 1 cup heavy cream
  15. 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and position 2 racks in the lower and middle third of the oven. Line 24 muffin cups with paper or foil liners. 
  2. Put the cocoa powder in a medium heatproof bowl. Add the boiling water and whisk until a smooth paste forms. Whisk in the buttermilk until combined. In a medium bowl, sift the flour with the baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat 1 1/2 sticks of the butter with the granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla, then beat in the dry ingredients in 2 batches, alternating with the cocoa mixture. Carefully spoon the cupcake batter into the lined muffin cups, filling them about two-thirds full. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until the cupcakes are springy. Let the cupcakes cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. 
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the peanut butter with the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter until creamy. Sift the confectioners' sugar into the bowl and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Spoon all but 3 tablespoons of the peanut butter filling into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch star tip. Holding a cupcake in your hand, plunge the tip into the top of the cake, pushing it about 3/4 inch deep. Gently squeeze the pastry bag to fill the cupcake, withdrawing it slowly as you squeeze; you will feel the cupcake expand slightly as you fill it. Scrape any filling from the top of the cupcake and repeat until all of the cupcakes are filled. 
  4. In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a simmer. Off the heat, add the semisweet chocolate to the cream and let stand for 5 minutes, then whisk the melted chocolate into the cream until smooth. Let the chocolate icing stand until slightly cooled and thickened, about 15 minutes. Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the icing, letting the excess drip back into the pan. Transfer the cupcakes to racks and let stand for 5 minutes. Dip the tops of the cupcakes again and transfer them to racks. Spoon the remaining 3 tablespoons of peanut butter filling into the pastry bag and pipe tiny rosettes on the tops of the cupcakes.
Make Ahead
The cupcakes are best served the same day they are made, but they can be refrigerated overnight in an airtight container.
Cooking Club Tip: If you don't have a pastry bag with a fitted tip, you can fill these cupcakes by carving a hole in the center (from the top) with a sharp paring knife. Put the filling in a resealable plastic bag and snip off one of the corners. Pipe the filling directly into the hole.

*Note: I did not make the icing that is in the recipe. I already had some chocolate icing from a cake that I made for church last Sunday. I made 1/2 recipe of the peanut butter filling and it filled about 18 cupcakes. I figured that some of my clan would not want the peanut butter.