Sunday, May 31, 2009

Jackson Greek Fest was delicious

The Martins have been bad this weekend. First off the Greek Festival was going on this weekend. We have been every year that it has been held and a wonderful way to try new food. If you have never gone try to make a point to go next year. I don't know but the food this year was just so tasty. We did come home with a few cookies. We hate that we did not have our camera with us.
Just to make your mouth water here is what we had.
Roasted Lamb,
Dolmathes (grape leaves stuffed with ground beef, rice and herbs, topped with lemon sauce)
Spanikopita (spinach and feta puff wrapped in filo)
Moussaka (sliced eggplant topped with a meat and tomato mixture. Covered with a white sauce and baked and garnished with cheese
Greek salad
Souvlakia (pork shish-ke-bob grilled)
Tiropita (cheese feta wrapped in buttered filo)
Pastichio (pasta and meat with tomato sauce seasoned with onion,garlic,cloves, and cheese topped with white sauce.
Greek salad.
We bought a sample box of cookies with two each of Baklava, Paxmemadia (buttery almond cookie topped with apricot glaze and a cherry.... wifes favorite.)Kourabiethes (butter cookie topped with powdered sugar... reminds me of a wedding cookie.)
We wish lamb was more available as we are liking the taste of that meat more and more.
Next year we will take pictures.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lemon Pie

I have no idea who came up with this one. It is a recipe I have been fixing as long as I can remember. May be one of the first things I ever did. This is posted for Cindy, I know you can do this one it is so easy.
1 graham cracker pie crust
1 can eagle brand condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
whip cream or cool whip
Combine in mixing bowl milk and lemon juice and mix till combined.
Pour in crust and chill for about 30 to one hour to set.
Top with whip cream or cool whip and serve.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Aunt Carolyn's Chicken from Deanna's Corner

Can't tell you how much we enjoyed this one we do wish we had a little more juice with it but it was very very yummy! It almost drove us crazy cooking the smell had our mouth watering. Thank you Deanna. Pleas chech her site out she has some yummy stuff there is a link on the side its Deann's Corner so pull up a chair and a bowl of ice cream.

½ cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper( we did add a little more)
1 chicken cut up (we used 5-6 chicken thighs cut in bite size)
½ cup butter or margarine melted and divided
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup honey (we have some very good local honey we use)
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1-1/2 teaspoon curry powder
We used a large plastic bag, combine flour,salt and cayenne pepper
Add chicken and shake to coat.
Pour 4 tablespoons butter into 13 x 9 baking dish
Place chicken in pan turning once to coat
Bake uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes
Combine brown sugar, honey, lemon juice, soy sauce, curry powder, and remaining butter. Pour over chicken
Bake 45 minutes more or until chicken is tender, basting several times with pan drippings.
We served this over rice.

Wet Burrito

Wet Burrito Casserole by Sue at Recipe zarr that we added some stuff too. This made a lot so if you have a crowd to feed or just want to freeze some I'm sure it would freeze well. A side dish of Spanish rice and our salsa with chips (that recipe is on a older post) and you have as good as any Mexican restaurant dinner.

1 ½ cups sour cream
1can cream of mushroom soup
1 lb ground beef (I'm sure any thing like ground turkey would even be good)
1 onion (by the way we always cook with a yellow onion like my mom did)
1 bell pepper any color red and yellow
1 pkg taco seasonings
3 cloves garlic
½ cup mushrooms finely chopped
(OK I can hear ya now... mushrooms trust me if you like mushrooms you will like it and if not you will never know they are there. Or if you really hate them leave out but it does add a little texture. Plus they are good for you and if you don't tell, no one will know just say its a secret ingredient.)
1 can refried beans
1 10 count flour tortillas
4 cups cheddar cheese ( we use also extra Colby jack or the Mex mix) We like cheese
1 can sliced green chillies
we also added a little a few dashes of Tabasco Chipotle sauce Yee ha that is some good stuff we are on our second bottle we use it on every thing.)
sliced jalapeƱos
garnish with cilantro or guacamole

Mix sour cream and soup together
Pour half of this is in bottom of large greased(use pam) baking dish.
Brown meat with onion and bell pepper and garlic drain any fat
Stir in taco seasonings, mushrooms refried beans,green chillies( taste and if you want it with more heat add dash of Tabasco sauce and or red pepper flakes.)
Spoon mixture onto tortillas, rolling and placing seam side down.
Top with remaining soup mixture sprinkle with cheese and add sliced jalapeƱos on top.
Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 min or until cheese is melted and dish is heated.
garnish with cilantro and if want guacamole.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Orange Sherbert

My wife's grandmother used to make a strawberry sherbet using evaporated milk and sugar and placed in ice cube trays. Well I have been unsuccessful in finding this and her mother doesn't have it or has ever made it. So please help out there if any body has ever made this. Her grand mother lived threw the depression and it may be a local thing done in south Louisiana. I don't know.

I did find this for Orange Sherbet Ice Cream and it was pretty good tasted kinda like a dream pop.
1 can eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
3 10 oz orange soda pop
Pour into ice cream freezer stir and freeze.