Monday, October 29, 2012

Cornbread like no other

I took me a long time to find a recipe for a good, moist corn bread, so when I tasted this one, I knew that it was a keeper. I'm going to serve it along my delicious chili on Halloween.


2 boxes of Jiffy corn bread mix
1 16 oz can of cream corn
1 small container of sour cream
3 eggs
1/2 c. oil

Grease 9 by 13 baking dish. Beat eggs and oil. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bake it for 40 to 50 minutes in 350 degree oven.

Enjoy this finger-licking goodness!!

A pot of chili

There is a debate as to the origins of chili con carne. Some assume that it's a Mexican  dish. Afterall ancient Mayan and Aztec used chili-like sauce called mole, which combined chile peppers, vegetables, cinnamon and chocolate.
However, experts will tell you otherwise. In the late 19th century in San Antonio, Texas cooks came up with a dish in which they substituted expensive chocolate and cinnamon found in mole with chile peppers and meat which were more readily available. The wonderful creation is chili as we know it today.
Ok, ok, so this recipe is not the simplest one you've ever made but certain things just require love and labor in the name of perfection. If you decide to make, you will not regret it. I saw this recipe on tv, tried it and fell in love with it. It really is one of the best chili I've ever made.

I followed the recipe pretty much to the dot with the exception of meat. I used all ground beef and no italian sausage. Don't let the "Dragon Breath" in the name scare you. You are in charge and you can make it as spicy or mild as you want it. The recipe asks for bacon fat and you should not skip it nor should you be skimpy with it. Make a ton of it while you are at it, so you that you can freeze the leftovers for those cold winter evenings when you walk thru the door and still don't know what to make for dinner.

It's a finger-licking goodness, I tell you!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pizza on the Barbie

Pizza, according to some, is the world’s perfect food. I must say, that over the years I have grown to love it just as much as the rest of the nation. The precise history of pizza will never be known. What we do know is that around 1000 AD the word “picea” appeared and was describing flat, round breads that were preseason prior to baking. However, pizza as we know it today did not come into play till much later in history, around the 18th century in Naples. It spread around the world making it’s way to the US where the first pizzeria was opened in 1905 in New York City and the PIZZA-MANIA begun.


Pizza dough

Olive oil for brushing

Pizza sauce: tomato, pesto or barbecue

Toppings of your choice

Cut your dough into small balls and roll them out into 8 inch circles. No worries if they are not perfectly round, the pizzas look great when they take a shape of their own. Brush olive oil on both sides of the rolled out dough and put it on a hot grill. Close the grill while the dough is grilling. Leave it for a couple of minutes checking on it occasionally to make sure that the grill is not too hot and the dough is not burning. Flip the dough over and leave it on for additional couple of minutes. By now you should be able to tell when the dough it cooked. When it does look cooked spread the sauce of your choice on top of it (in my case it’s pesto but you can use tomato sauce or even a BBQ sauce), put some toppings and cheese on and close the grill once again. Wait, don’t you walk away, this is not going to take long. You are just waiting for the cheese to melt and you will be ready to devour this finger licking goodness. The dough is going to be wonderful and crisp, just the way to you like it. AND, always a plus, you can have a fresh pizza while camping.

A big Bon Appetit to the country that eats almost 100 acres of pizza per day! Enjoy!

** According to, eating pizza once a week can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer.

Welcome back, Friends!

Hello my friends!

Watch out, I'm coming out of hibernation! Yay! This time around I want to add a new twist to my blog. Those of you who know me are aware of how much I love to cook, travel and scrap, so you will be seeing delicious recipes coming your way along with exciting cards and wonderful travel tips for the destinations which I have explored with my amazing family.

I'm going to start off with grilled pizza recipe which was a hit during one of our camping trips and I've been making it at home ever since. It's easy, fast, can be personalized and it is perfect for those wonderful fall nights.