HERE YA GO COUSIN, OXTAIL SOUP

OXTAIL SOUP 2 pounds oxtails, 1 large yellow onion, 3 minced garlic cloves, 2 bay leaves, 1 thyme sprig, 1 package onion soup mix, 2 tablespoons oxtail soup mix, 1 tablespoon ground allspice, 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks, 2 turnips peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks, 1 pound bag frozen butter beans, 1/2…

DON’T THROW THOSE LEFTOVERS OUT, MAKE A CASSEROLE.

    LABOR DAY LEFT-OVER BBQ PORK CASSEROLE 1 (40 oz.) package frozen scalloped potatoes, 2 tablespoons salted butter, 4 thinly sliced green onions, 1/8 cup chopped white onions, 1 1/4  pounds leftover pulled pork, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red peppers, 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 1/4 cups…

HODGES SISTER SALAD

MY SISTERS ( left to right me, Pat, LaLa standing behind us Tiny) My paternal roots are from the savannahs and jungles of West Africa.  We came to America on wooden ships and chains.  To be sure, there was no Ellis Island welcoming committee we were greeted by a slave auction.  Hodges DNA can be…

BEEF WELLINGTON

  EYE ROUND OF BEEF FOR MY BEEF WELLINGTON According to Foods of England, the name Beef Wellington came from its form or shape which resembles the Wellington boot.  Beef Wellington originated in central Africa.  I have also heard that the dish was named after the 1st Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley who conquered the Napoleon army…

POTATO SUZETTE

Potato Suzette is a very old recipe, for all intent and purposes a Potato Suzette is a twice-baked potato.    I have tried to google the basic recipe from a historical perspective to no avail. POTATO SUZETTE 6 large russett potatoes, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, hot, 1/2 stick butter, melted, 6 eggs, 6 tablespoons…

PARTY BALLS

It’s football season, and this is a great dish to serve and snack on while you watch the games. PARTY BALLS 3 cups baking mix, 1 cup chicken broth, 1 pound grated sharp cheddar cheese, 1/2 pound hot breakfast sausage, 1/2 pound spicy Italian sausage, casing removed, 1 chopped celery stalk, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup…

Aunt Sweet

Aunt Sweet Aunt Sweet is my maternal great aunt, my grandmother Ola’s sister Rachel.  When I lived in Sledge, Mississippishe would frequently come to visit and make all kinds of baked goodies.  The most remarkable feat is she would cook delicious cakes and pies in a wood stove.  This is not her recipe, but, whenever…

BRUSSEL SPROUTS 

I was at my Sister/Cousins Helen’s house last weekend, we talked about vegetable dishes we liked with fruit.  She shared her Brussel sprouts and fuji apple recipe with me.  Now I’m sharing with you. BRUSSEL SPROUTS 1/2 cup diced fuji apples do not peel, 1 1/2 cups Brussel sprouts, medium size, cut in half,  2…

SPICES

SPICES Merciful Father, I come to you asking that you bless my work in creating these posts. May the tip, techniques, and recipes I create and share be seasoned as perfect as your grace and mercy and may my love for cooking shine through. Our food is going to be perfectly seasoned with the right…

CRAB CAKES

CRAB CAKES 1 (16 oz.) can wild lump crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed, 1 cup toasted sourdough bread, crumbled, 2 large eggs, beaten, 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard, 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 fresh green onions, finely chopped, 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon…

DUNGENESS CRAB SALAD

CRAB SALAD 3 cups shrimp broth, 1 1/2 cup wild rice, 3 cups fresh spinach, chopped, 1 (8 oz.) can water chestnuts, sliced and drained, 1/2 pound Dungeness crab claws, 2 celery stalks, chopped, 4 green onions, chopped,  1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, 1/4 cup fresh cucumbers, chopped, 1 tablespoon fresh dill weed, chopped, 1/2…

TABBOULEH

  This is my take on Middle Eastern Tabbouleh.  Rather than bulger wheat, I use cauliflower.   This dish is fresh, healthy mouthwatering and absolutely delicious.  Cauliflower is a descendant of wild cabbage.  The perfect cauliflower head is a creamy white color with no brown spots. Pick the cauliflower that is heavy in weight compared to its size….

HOW TO COOK RICE

STEAMED WHITE RICE Get out a heavy bottom pot.  Add 1 cup white long-grain rice.  Wash the rice to get off some of the starch.  The water will look cloudy. Put your pointer finger on top of the rice, add water until it reaches the first joint of your pointer finger. Bring to a rapid…

HARD SHELL CRABS

How to Clean Hard-Shelled Crabs You should always buy live crab. In the words of my grandmother, ” …the crabs should be alive when you buy them, or they ain’t no good”.  That’s the rule I live by.  Today I am going to teach you how to clean a hard shell crab. Get out a…