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Creamy Decadent Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting is so versatile. It is paired perfectly with carrot cake, cookies, quick breads and layer cakes. I found this recipe quite by accident. My mom gave Adelin a Leapster for Christmas. She gave Mason one when he turned four and so as […]

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Several years ago, a group of moms started a monthly Bunko night. There were 12 of us with alternates in case one of us could not make it. Each member had to play hostess to a game night. She would provide the house, the meal, […]

Superbowl Approaved Italian Sub

Sandwiches are an economical way to fill up bellies. They do not require a lot of preparation and they appeal to even the pickiest of eaters. Click here for a history on the beloved sandwich. Otherwise watch the following video on how to make an awesome sub for Superbowl Sunday.

Ham Stir-Fried Rice with Peas

My mom’s ham fried rice was one of my favorite dishes. I routinely requested it for my birthday dinner. In my home growing up we ate it as a main dish. Today we serve ham fried rice in smaller portions along side fish, shrimp or […]

Cinnamon Apple Tortillas

One day as my friend Kate and I were walking she told me about her mother-n-law’s crispy corn taco shells and how delicious they are. I inquired further. Just fry them in a little oil. That is all. Sounds easy enough. So I tried it […]

Cowboy Cornmeal Omelets

Cornbread Omelets

In this post we begin with a recipe for an omelet made from a cornbread batter as opposed to eggs. I could not find white cornmeal mix in our local grocery store. Instead I used plain yellow cornmeal in place of the mix. Not completely satisfied I decided to try a few more variations. I found a lovely recipe for cornmeal cakes on Cow Girl Chef and learned how to make my own chorizo.

If you cannot find cornmeal mix then use the recipe below for cornmeal cakes.

Cornbread Omelets:
Source: Southern Living September 2009

3/4 pound Chorizo sausage, castings removes (about 3 links), or see recipe below
6 tbsp butter, divided
3 green onions, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1-2 jalapeno peppers, minced
1 cup self-rising white cornmeal mix (such as Martha White)
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup flour
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Cooking spray
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

Sauté chorizo in an 8-inch nonstick omelet pan or skillet with sloped sides 7 to 10 minutes or until browned. Remove from skillet, and drain on paper towels. Wipe skillet clean.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet, and sauté green onions, bell pepper, and jalapeño peppers over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Transfer to a bowl; stir in chorizo. Wipe skillet clean.

Whisk together cornmeal mix, buttermilk, milk, all-purpose flour, and 1 large egg.

Coat skillet with cooking spray; melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet over medium-high heat, rotating pan to coat bottom evenly. Pour about 1/3 cup cornmeal mixture into skillet. Tilt pan so uncooked portion flows around to coat bottom of pan, cooking until almost set, bubbles form, and edges are dry (about 1 1/2 minutes). Gently flip with a spatula.

Sprinkle 1 side of omelet with about 1/2 cup onion mixture and about 3 tablespoons cheese. Fold omelet in half; cook 30 seconds or until cheese is melted. Transfer to a serving plate; keep warm. Repeat procedure 4 times with remaining butter, cornmeal mixture, onion mixture, and cheese. Serve immediately.

Makes 5 servings

Cow Girl Chef Cornmeal Batter Cakes:
1 cup cultured buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup white cornmeal
2/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons melted butter or bacon fat

Pour the buttermilk into a bowl and stir in the baking soda. Whisk in the egg, and gradually whisk in the cornmeal, then the salt and fat and 1/4 cup water.

Cowgirl Homemade Chorizo:
If you have your butcher grind your pork, ask him to include some fat, and to grind it coarsely for a nicer texture. You can use any type of paprika although the Spanish variety has a wonderful smokey flavor that adds depth to the chorizo. To watch a video on how to make chorizo follow this link.

2 pounds ground pork
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp Spanish paprika
1 tsp dried Mexican oregano, stems removed
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp sea salt

Mix everything together in a big bowl with your hands. (Taste for seasonings by making a small patty and cooking it in the skillet.) Form into patties and cook  over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through.

Freeze for 1-2 months or refrigerate for 1-2 days, or simply freeze the uncooked chorizo for 1-2 months, and thaw and cook when ready to use.

The Dinner Roll

I had a bake off this week in search of an easy yet tasty dinner roll recipe. I eliminated any recipe that called for evaporate or dry milk because dry milk is not a common pantry ingredient and is surprisingly expensive. The decision of which […]

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

It is not very often our five year old volunteers to help cook. This morning he was eager to take position as my assistant chef.  He mashed the bananas, whisked the dry ingredients and then combined the two. This helpful streak of his has been […]

Fish Tacos with Cilantro Sauce and Cabbage

Fish Tacos with Spicy Cilantro Sauce

I have this obsession with cilantro sauce ever since I had a Mexican salad with a cilantro pepitas dressing last year. This cilantro sauce is no where near as complicated as the dressing but somehow it still packs fire.

For the marinade I do not have any measurements except think a “dash here and a dash there.” All I did was pour some of the spice in my palm and using my fingers I sprinkled it over the fish. I like the taste of cumin so I sprinkled a lot. If you are unsure try using a 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon each of the spices. Except for the red pepper flakes. If you like fire go ahead otherwise only use 1/8-1/4 teaspoon. Because there is oil in the marinade (a tip I learned from The Good Mood Food Blog) you should not need to add anymore to the pan before cooking.

Cilantro Sauce:
1 handful green onions
1 handful cilantro
3 tbsp light mayonnaise or plain yogurt
3 tbsp light sour cream
Juice from 1 small lime
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large garlic clove minced

Throw all the sauce ingredients into a food processor. Pulse several times until sauce is smooth; set aside.

Cilantro sauce

Fish Marinade:
2 (3-4 oz) Mahi Mahi steaks
Olive oil
1 lime
Ground cumin
Paprika
Red pepper flakes
1 garlic clove, minced
Kosher salt

Place fish in a baking dish. Drizzle olive oil and lime juice over the fish. Season with cumin, paprika, red pepper garlic and salt. Let sit for 15 minutes to an hour in the refrigerator. Grill fish in a skillet or on a grill for 2-4 minutes each side or until the fish easily flakes and is opaque.

To serve:
4 (6-inch) corn or flour tortillas
Shredded cabbage or lettuce
3-4 radishes, sliced (optional)
Avocado, sliced (optional)
Cilantro Sauce

Heat tortillas on the grill for crispier or in the microwave. Slice or flake fish and place in tortillas. Pile cabbage on top of fish, then add a dollop of cilantro sauce. Makes 4 tacos

Cauliflower Fritter with Spicy Dipping Sauce

I love crab cakes and tuna cakes even apple fritters but I have never heard of cauliflower fritters before. Zucchini yes. Cauliflower no. Sadly I was not that thrilled with the results. The fritters were in much need of flavor. So I thought and thought […]