Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hillbilly Kitchen Tip Of The Day - if there is one thing us hillbillies have no shortage of, it's gas! Who needs foreigners!?! This recipe will taste really good but provide a large amout of gas!! Don't forget the Bean-o!
Carrot Raisin Salad

2-3 medium carrots (2 cups peeled and shredded)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped fresh or canned pineapple
1 TBS chopped cilantro
2 TBS canned coconut milk(i use Silk pure cocnut)
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 TBS honey
1 tsp orange zest
1 TBS fresh lemon juice
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
salt and white pepper to taste
lend all dressing ingredients together in blender adding olive oil a little at a time at end.
Shred carrots in food processor or use a hand grater, which will take a little more time. Depending on how big they are, it will take about 2 or 3 carrots.
Mix carrots with raisins and pineapple, and toss with desired amount of dressing. Stir in chopped cilantro.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Chocolate Mayo Microwave Cake

Hillbilly Kitchen Tip Of The Day - Every day's a busy day in the Hillbilly Kitchen, so if you know someone's coming and you want to bake a cake, here is one that they will talk about for years! Microwave Mayo Chocolate Cake Ingredients 3 tablespoons butter, softened... 1/4 cup white sugar 1 T. mayonnaise 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup milk 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 pinch salt Directions 1. Spray a medium microwave-safe bowl with non-stick spray and set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar, mayo, vanilla extract, and milk; blend together. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; blend into the mixture until smooth. Pour into greased bowl. 2. Cover and cook in the microwave on high for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched. Since all microwaves cook differently, adjust the cooking time to accommodate your machine. To serve, let the cake cool five minutes, then cover the bowl with a plate and turn both bowl and plate upside down so the cake falls onto the plate.

Watch Out Where The Huskies Go

Hillbilly Kitchen Tip of The Day - To cut down on water bills, collect a whole lot of clean snow and melt it into a large pitcher or pan. You can use this water to boil potatoes or pasta. Just don't pick up the YELLOW snow!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Seafood Chowder

Now that winter is settling in, it's time for some deliciously warming soups and chowders. How about a wonderful seafood chowder to get the home smelling DELICIOUS!
Oyster and Clam Chowder
prep and Cook Time: 40 minutes
Ingredients:... 1 medium onion, chopped 4 medium cloves garlic, chopped 3 medium stalks celery, diced into 1/4-inch pieces 2 cups + 1 TBS chicken or vegetable broth 1 cup tomato sauce 10 oz jar of shucked fresh oysters, drained and rinsed (if you can get small ones it is best) 10 oz can of whole clams, drained and rinsed (if available, use fresh clams and steam open in soup) 1 TBS dried Italian herbs 2 TBS fresh chopped parsley salt and pepper to taste Directions: Prepare onion, garlic, and celery.
Heat 1 TBS broth in medium soup pot. Saute onion, garlic, and celery in broth over medium heat for about 5 minutes stirring often. Add rest of broth, tomato sauce, and Italian herbs. Simmer for another 25 minutes. Drain and rinse both oysters and clams. If oysters are big, add to chowder about 2 minutes before canned clams. Heat for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serves 4

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bread Crumbs

Hillbilly Kitchen Tip Of The Day - With money being tight and all, it's best to make the most of what we've got. Don't buy commercial breadcrumbs - Save all kinds of leftover bread, bagels, baguettes, biscuits, crackers, rolls, sandwich bread and process into very fine crumbs in your food processor or blender. Store in the freezer in self- sealing plastic bags to use for stuffings and toppings.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Floaters in Your Tea or Coffee

After taking a road trip and doing 'all things doggie' this weekend, I'm back for the Monday Morning Hillbilly Kitchen Tip of the Day. Ever have a cup of coffee or tea that has those little bits of it floating around? That is just nasty. The way to get rid of those grounds and leaves is simple! Take a pair of CLEAN cotton undies and place over top of your cup. Get a bowl and flip the cup over the bowl. The beverage will flow down through into the bowl and all the nasties are left in the undies! Throw the undies in the wash and then return your drink to the cup. ENJOY!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Roadkill Rules!

Well, I'ma fixin' to head on down the road to visit a friend and see some pups, but I wanted to leave you with the Hillbilly Kitchen Tip Of The Day. Times is hard, ya know, so some states are giving the workin' man a break. To save money on meat, you can collect and cook roadkill in the following states...TN, IL (you gotta report it to the DNR, though), ME (but you gotta report it to the police and they tag it), MN, MO (but you gotta have a permit to eat it - hope they issue them permits fast!), WI (again with them damned permits!), WV (of course there are no rules there!), WY (gotta get it tagged by the game warden). So these here states are trying to lend a helping hand.....ENJOY!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Well, ya know it's just being a true American that we want good stuff without a lot of frou-frou or fuss. So here is one recipe that is SO easy and SO good, well, it's just downright perfect!

2 - 8 oz. cream cheese (use Philly, not the cheap stuff!!)
2 - 8 ct. crescent rolls
1 stick butter
1 T. vanilla
2 T. cinnamon
1 1/2 C. sugar

Blend cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and vanilla until smooth. In a 9 x 13 pan unroll 1 can crescent rolls and pinch separations together. Spread cream cheese mixture on top of crescent rolls. Unroll second can of crescent rolls on top of the mixture and pinch separations together. Melt the butter and pour over top of rolls. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and 2 T. cinnamon and sprinkle over top.
Bake at 350* for 30-35 minutes. Let cool and store in refrigerator. (Last step may be unnecessary as this will probably not get into the refrigerator because it will disappear!!)
Hillbilly Kitchen Tip Of The Day - to help conserve water in this green environment, take all your dirty dishes and place on the floor so that all your critters can do the "first rinse". This will save $$$ on your water bill also!
This also helps encourage unwanted houseguests to be on their way quicker, especially when you let the critters lick the dishes and then put them back into your cupboard.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

No Lasagna Shortcuts

Today's Hillbilly Kitchen Tip - When cooking up a passel of lasagna noodles (since we only know how to cook for an army) DO NOT attempt to save steps by transferring the noodles from a boiling hot pot over to the colander in the sink using only a slotted spoon.................