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CHEESY SAUSAGE TORTELLINI SKILLET

Cheesy Sausage and Tortellini Skillet - TSLC - CopyThis Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Skillet recipe quickly became a favorite at my house.  It is so fast and easy to make on top of the stove.  I can make a meal of this alone but add a salad and bread for a great meal for family and friends. If you like pasta, you will love this dish. Most men really go for it because it is filling and great comfort food.

1 pound pork sausage

1 medium onion,  chopped

1 medium green pepper, chopped

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon basil

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

Pinch cayenne or a few drops hot sauce, Optional

1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes in puree

1 (4 ounce) can green chilis, drained

3 cups refrigerated 3 cheese tortellini (I use Brutoni Three Cheese Tortellini), uncooked

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Chopped fresh parsley for garnish, Optional

Brown the sausage with the onion, green pepper, garlic, oregano, basil, black pepper, salt and cayenne in a large skillet.  Add the crushed tomatoes and green chilis. Add tortellini and stir well. Turn heat to simmer, cover skillet and let cook 25 minutes or until pasta is done. Remove skillet from heat, sprinkle on the mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Cover until cheese melts. Garnish with fresh parsley.  Makes 8 to 10 servings.  Enjoy!

Note:  This is good reheated in the microwave and will keep for several days in the refrigerator.  I have not tried freezing it but would think you could with no problem. You could also cut this recipe in half.

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CROCK POT SWEET PEACHY DESSERT

Crock Pot Sweet Peachy Dessert - TSLCThis Crock Pot Sweet Peachy Dessert recipe tastes really good, is easy to make in the slow cooker, and even better with a big scoop of ice cream on top.  I had been checking out recipes for a crock pot cobbler and decided to try a cross between a cobbler and a crisp.  This is neither one.  It is not what I would call a cobbler and it is not crispy either.  It is more like a pudding with peaches and the oats give it a great texture.  This was my first time making this recipe and my family loved it with ice cream on top.  You could cut this in half, too, or try it with other fruits.  Since I have not made it any other way I want to try it with canned peaches and I think it would be good with apples.  This is an easy dessert that only takes a few minutes to throw into the slow cooker.

2 (1 pound) packages frozen, sliced peaches or about 6 cups

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup quick-cooking or rolled oats

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

4 tablespoons butter or 1/4 cup

Generously spray a 3 quart crock pot with cooking spray.  Add frozen peaches to the pot. (I did not thaw the peaches). Sprinkle the vanilla extract over the peaches.  In a bowl combine the brown sugar, oats, all-purpose flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Mix well.  Cut the butter in small pieces and mix with the flour and oats mixtures.  Sprinkle over the peaches.  Cook on low for about 3 1/2 hours.  Stir after three hours and cook another half hour.  Turn off pot, remove lid and let sit for 15 minutes.  (When you go to stir your peaches if seems too dry add a little water or if using canned peaches add a little of the peach juice. I did not add any liquid to mine.  Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.  Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Note:  You could add nuts or raisins to this recipe. Toasted pecans would be great!

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CHICKEN NUGGETS WITH HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING

Chicken Nuggets with Homemade Ranch Dressing - CopyWe love chicken and enjoy this Chicken Nuggets recipe with Homemade Ranch Dressing as a meal or for snacking during ballgames or while watching movies.  The ranch dressing is great with lots of meats and chips, too.

Chicken Nuggets

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken cut into bite sized pieces (can use chicken breasts, chicken fingers or whatever pieces you like)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground mustard

1/2 cup plain bread crumbs

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Pinch cayenne, Optional

1/4 cup cooking oil

2 eggs

Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and set aside.  Whisk together the flour, paprika, mustard, bread crumbs, black pepper, salt garlic powder and cayenne in a bowl.  In another bowl, beat the eggs until smooth.  Heat cooking oil in skillet.  Dip chicken pieces in flour mixture, then in beaten eggs and in flour mixture again.  Make sure they are well coated.  Cook six to seven minutes turning if needed.  Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.  Makes about 4 servings.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup mayonnaise (could use Miracle Whip)

1 teaspoon dried parsley (could use fresh parsley)

1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dried chives (could use fresh chives)

Whisk together all ingredients and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.  Makes about 1 1/4 cups dressing.  Will keep in the refrigerator for several days.

Enjoy!

Check out other chicken recipes on the website.

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COUNTRY HAM FOR EASTER!

Brownings Country Ham 2015Easter is just around the corner folks! Do you have your menu ready?  Don’t hunt high and low for the perfect ham each holiday season.  Browning’s Country Ham out of Dry Ridge, Kentucky has a Holiday Ham that has been aged to perfection for a full year. Browning’s Country Hams and other Amish-quality products ship nationwide to arrive right at your doorstep.

Last year,  Mr. David Sponcil, owner of Browning’s Country Hams, contacted me about doing a review of some of their products.  Mr. Sponcil sent me these products to try under the agreement that he would receive my honest opinion. Believe me, I know country ham.  When my children were small and we lived on a farm outside Perryville, Kentucky, we killed our own hogs every year in November, cured the hams and processed all the meat.  I can remember several years when, along with our neighbors,  we killed and processed as many as 45 hogs in one killing.

Browning’s Country Ham is really good ham.  That is my honest opinion and I have enjoyed trying these products so much.  The Holiday Ham is perfect for your Easter dinner.  It is one of the most tender hams I have ever tried and the flavor is delicious. It is spiral sliced and comes with cooking instructions. You can insert cloves and bay leaves, cook for 40 minutes at 350 degrees pat on some brown sugar and let caramelize for about 5 minutes under the broiler or there are instructions for adding a honey glaze.  Of course, being Southern, I had to try it my way.

Southern Lady Cooks Ham Glaze:

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup sorghum

1/4 cup Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey

Mix together and baste the ham several times while cooking. This was WONDERFUL!

 

Browning's Country Ham - TSLC

My favorite foods to serve with country ham are potato salad and baked beans.  Once I cooked this ham, I just had to make baked beans and potato salad, too. The baked beans are made with Browning’s Pepper Bacon.  They have 3 thin sliced styles:  Country, Applewood or Pepper Bacon.  Browning’s Country Bacon is a thick cured bacon with an old-fashioned taste.

Browning's Country Ham TSLC

Southern Baked Beans by The Southern Lady Cooks

2 (15 oz.) cans pork-n-beans, drained
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon molasses or dark syrup
2 to 3 slices bacon (I use Browning’s Pepper Bacon)
 
Drain beans, combine with all other ingredients in an oven safe casserole dish.  Place bacon slices on top.  Cook uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.  Enjoy!
Note:  You can make these beans in the crockpot, too.  Just throw all ingredients in the crockpot and cook about 4 hours.

Browning’s Country Ham offers Country Ham Center Steaks and Biscuit Cuts.  These are wonderful served on biscuits in the morning for breakfast or with red-eye gravy.

Browning's Biscuit Cuts - TSLC

These are just a few of the great products you will find on the website and Facebook page. Grandma Babe’s Country Sausage is the newest addition to their line.

You won’t be sorry you tried Browning’s Country Ham products. I thought they were some of the best I have ever tasted.  Try it for yourself and find out.  Mr. Sponcil is making you this special offer again this year by taking $5.00 off any Browning’s Holiday Ham ordered by friends and fans of The Southern Lady Cooks website.  Just mention The Southern Lady Cooks or (TSLC) when ordering your Holiday Ham. Try some of his other products along with the ham for breakfast on Easter morning.

Browning’s Country Ham is located at 475 Sherman Newtown Road, Dry Ridge, Ky. 41035.  Website:  www.BrowningsCountryHam.com, Phone: 859-948-4HAM (4426)  “Like” them on Facebook.

FTC Disclaimer: Browning’s Country Ham provided me with products for this review. The opinions expressed in
this blog post are my own. I was in no way financially compensated by Browning’s
Country Ham for this review.

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