Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

No matter what type of potluck I go to, someone always asks if I brought my bread pudding. This is comfort food at its best. Pudding:½ loaf white bread1 cup sugar4 eggs2 cups half-and-half¼ pound (1 stick) butter, melted½ teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanilla extract Vanilla Sauce:1 cup water1 cup sugar2 tablespoons cornstarch⅛ teaspoon salt2 tablespoons…

Blackened Ribeyes with Southwest Butter

Southwest Butter6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened¼ tsp cumin¼ tsp dried oregano¼ tsp chili powder⅛ tsp thyme leaves¼ tsp black pepperdash of ground red pepper For each ribeye use:1 tbsp southwest butter2 tsps blackened steak seasonings (I like Chef Paul's)6- 4 ounce ribeyes about 1½ inch thick (you may use fewer steaks of a larger size…

Bananas Rolled In Peanuts

4 or 5 pounds of bananas1 cup sugar3 Tablespoons cider vinegar3 Tablespoons water1 egg1 bag crushed salted peanuts Peel the bananas and cut them into 2 inch lengths. Simmer all the remaining ingredients except the peanuts over medium heat until the sauce thickens slightly. Roll bananas in the sauce and then in crushed peanuts. Serve…

Beet Salad With Red Onions

Feel free to substitute fresh beets for the canned beets specified in the recipe — if farm-fresh produce is available, it will just be that much better! 1 (15-ounce) can sliced beets, drained¼ large red onion2 tablespoons red wine vinegar3 tablespoons corn oilFreshly ground pepperPut the beets into a salad bowl. Slice the onion lengthwise…

Brussels Sprouts Supreme

Courtesy Fred & Jenny Wiche 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen brussels sprouts (or use fresh)½ cup water1 cube beef bouillon¼ cup mayonnaise1 tablespoon prepared mustard¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce½ cup sour cream6 slices bacon, crumbled Put brussels sprouts, water, and beef bouillon into a 2-quart casserole andd cover. Microwave on High for 13 to 16 minutes, stirring…

Chocolate Elegance

This is a wonderful version of a southern favorite. Add a fresh green salad and you have a great lunch! ⅓ cups semisweet chocolate chips½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter4 Tablespoons superfine sugar (in the sugar section of the grocery)5 large eggs, separated2 Tablespoons Tia Maria liqueurChocolate curls for garnish (see note) Combine chocolate pieces,…

Country Fried Steak

If you're looking for a great Kentucky country fried steak, this recipe is as good as it gets. ½ cup flour½ teaspoon salt¾ teaspoon pepper½ teaspoons paprika½ pound boneless round steak, about ¾" thick, trimmed of excess fat3 tablespoons bacon or ham fat1½ cups milkSalt and pepperCayenne Mix flour, salt, pepper, and paprika in small…

Country Ham Frittata from Lynn's Paradise Cafe

Vegetable oil for frying1 small green bell pepper, chopped1 small red bell pepper, chopped1 small white onion, finely chopped2 cups whole eggs2 cups heavy whipping cream1½ cups diced Finchville or other country ham2 cups grated cheese1 cup grated Jack or Mozzarella cheese1 cup fresh spinach, cut into ribbons2 cups cooked, diced potatoes½ teaspoon fresh dill…

Chicken and Dumplings (My Family’s Favorite)

2 quarts water1 large chicken, cleaned and cut up (leave skin on)3 stalks celery, chopped1 medium onion, chopped2 tablespoons butterSalt and pepper2 cups flour½ cup solid vegetable shortening½ teaspoon saltCold water In a large dutch oven bring 2 quarts of water containing chicken, celery, onion, and butter to a boil. Cover the pot and simmer…

Coffee Pecan Glazed Ham

7 pound fully cooked smoked ham½ cup light brown sugar, packed¼ cup crushed pecans¼ cup maple syrup2 Tablespoons cider vinegar1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce1 Tablespoon instant coffee granules1 cup water1 Tablespoon dry mustardPreheat oven to 325°. Cut the rind off the ham to expose the fat and place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.…