Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Smoked Brisket

This is another of one of the meats we smoked in the new smoker. It is nice to cook such a large piece of a cheaper meat and it taste so good. Another plus is we are able to put a good bit up so wife can use for sandwiches while I am out of town. And of course the best sause is Sweet Baby Rays.
Wife thought this was good but she likes the pulled pork the best. I like the beef.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Crowder Peas

A while back I wrote about foods we used to enjoy around the dinner table growing up especially those after church on Sunday.

Another of my wife favorites was peas and rice. Well we have fixed peas and put them over rice many a time but she said there was something different about her Moms. Well the last time we were there we asked and she said they were crowder peas. We found some at the farmers market and that was it. So if you have not tried the crowder peas you all just don't know what you are missing.

2 cups crowder peas
2-3 slices of bacon. (Ms Mona used to use a salt pork )
1 med onion chopped
2/3 stalk celery diced
2-3 cloves garlic
salt and pepper to taste
if you have it a few okra pods
3 cups chicken broth
cook bacon till crisp drain now cook onion,celery,garlic in bacon grease till tender
add broth, peas, salt and pepper (if have okra add now also.) bring to a boil. Skim top if needed.
Lower to simmer, add crumbled bacon to peas cook 30 minutes to 1 hour till peas are tender.
Add over rice!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Green Tomato Casserole courtesy of Cassie

We have made this twice now since we got the recipe from Cassie's site at in Amazing Graceland to check out her site look at the side bar she has some beautiful pictures.
The first time we made it was to bring to our jam night and as we like to bring something new this fit the bill alas we did not get any pictures. This time we got some. We also peeled the tomatoes the second time to make it easier to get out out the dish.
The picture of the green tomatoes at the top is one of wife's set ups so I took a picture and thought I'd post. See what I have to put up with she steals my produce to use in her paintings.
4 thick french bread slices,torn into small pieces about 2 cups
1 teaspoon of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 medium green tomatoes cut into 1/4 inch slices (we pealed them the second time)
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 Tablespoon butter
Preheat oven to 400. lightly grease a 1 1/2 quart casserole or deep dish pie pan
place bread in food processor and pulse to a course texture
Combine sugar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl mix well.
Arrange 1/3 of tomatoes slices in bottom of pan sprinkle 1/3 of sugar mixture
1/3 of bread crumbs and 1/3 of cheese. repeat till you have three layers, leaving of the cheese on last layer, add dots of butter on top and cover with foil.
Bake for one hour, uncover and add last 1/3 of cheese and bake uncovered for 5 minutes or till cheese melts, remove and let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Smoked meat, breakfast fattie

I know it has been awhile since my last blog but I had to kill the computer and reload everything. It was running so slow. Now we are zipping along. I also have been working out of town and coming home on weekends and the heat has me wore out. I'm not a spring chicken anymore even though my head will not admit to it my body sure is telling me.
This last week end was such a tease. I hope every one had a good labor day holiday. I did do a little laboring as I got out the smoker and did some smoking.
We did a beef brisket and what is called a fattie. Wife was not crazy about the fattie maybe we did it wrong. I liked it even if it was a little bit of trouble.
take two sausage pkg. like Jimmy Dean or your favorite. and but on plastic wrap
layer of cheese
can of chillies
3 eggs
then take the plastic wrap and role it all up.
Cook in the smoker when done slice.