|November 20, 2018||Posted by Wendy Perry under Christmas, gravy, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, substitute teacher recipes, Substitute Teachers, Thanksgiving|
My Italian yankee-now-Floridian culinary girlfriend recently posted her make-ahead turkey gravy recipe that’s genius! Elise is actually one of my “Substitute Teachers” you’ll be hearing from once I can get my e-zine up and rolling… soon I’m hopin!
So many folks stress over gravy, and it’s not that hard to do. Since I just don’t have time today to put it all into a printable version, I’m just gonna point you to her post I shared on my Wendy’s Home Economics! faceboook page. I shared a post from her culinary community, Foodfanataholics! where she did extensive pictures to show you along the way what things should look like… with step by step instructions in the comment of each picture. Maybe one of these days, I’ll get it posted here for you to quickly print out, but for now… do come see her gravy post on my FB page! Just look at this wondermous stuff…
Ring the dinner bell and grab a ladle. It’s gravy time boys and girls!!!
|November 14, 2018||Posted by Wendy Perry under barbecue or is it BBQ?, bbq sauces, blueberries, gluten free, honey, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, Thanksgiving|
It surely is hard to believe it, but Thanksgiving is on our doorstep! There always seems to be some of that bird leftover… and many enjoy eating it with leftover dressing, as is, for days on end, while other are looking for ways to reinvent it. One of my social media clients is a blueberry farm, with all sorts of blueberry goodies (jams, salsa, juice, syrup) and honey too. I’m sharing this recipe that is going out in Creekside Farm’s newsletter this week. You can use fresh or frozen berries, or even mix some blueberry jam with the BBQ sauce instead.
(excused the poor quality pics… these were from long ago!)
So as you prepare your grocery shopping list for the holiday, pick up some blueberries so you can stir together this sauce… really quickly! It’s soooooo good over turkey and pork too.
Gobble! Gobble! Get your turkey ON.
This is a sweet and savory sauce that is great on grilled chicken, pork or fish… or leftover turkey and dressing. It’s simple and quick to make, and can be stored in a jar in the refrigerator for up to about 2 weeks.
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 cup favorite thick bbq sauce
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- several sprigs fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1/2 cup honey
Put the berries, bbq sauce, vinegar and thyme into heavy bottomed sauce pot. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to slow boil, stirring frequently. Cook until the berries have popped and the sauce has cooked down and thickened. Whisk in honey.
|November 24, 2017||Posted by Wendy Perry under gluten free, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, published, soups, stews, chilies chowders and such, Thanksgiving|
Well here we are, just like that ~ looking at Thanksgiving 2017 in our rear view mirror. Did your grandmas tell you too, that “the older you get, the faster the days and years go by?”
To be honest, I don’t have any leftover turkey at my house. This year, my little family decided to do pork instead… since we never have been big on turkey. And we aren’t even doing our Thanksgiving meal until tomorrow (Saturday). We even did something outside our box and went OUT to eat for early supper yesterday on Thanksgiving… at an Italian restaurant! And liked it. And decided we might keep up this new tradition henceforth.
They only offered a buffet, but goodness gracious, you cannot believe all the food on the tables! I declare, if folks couldn’t find something there to suit their fancy, they needn’t be eating. The word “bountiful” comes to mind as there were platters and chafing pans filled to the brim with Italian creations… right alongside traditional southern Thanksgiving favorites like dressing and sweet taters.
And there were seafoods, fishes, prime rib, ham and yes, turkey! I suppose they might have some sort of soups on their menu the next few days too, which is a great way to give lurking turkey (and whatever else) a new life!
Earlier this week, my friend Heather Overton at the NC Department of Agriculture asked if I had any last minute ideas for such to feature on their blog, and well, of course I do! Waste not want not around my kitchen, and not often is anything thrown out. I love the challenge of “repurposing” food… bones, scraps and trimmings. I can and will make soup from just about anything… no two pots ever the same. I gift most of the soups I make since I just can’t eat it all! As it turns out, this tasty soup can actually work as a dip as well and a really fast way to throw together a simple meal so you can enjoy more family time this weekend.
So plug in that crock pot and enjoy… feel free to “color outside the lines” of the recipe and add in leftovers you have that will add more layers of flavor to your soup… or adjust the seasonings for your taste. Serve with crunchy pork rinds or cornbread and you’re set to head into the Christmas season… ready or not!
Looking for a way to enjoy your leftover turkey after the Thanksgiving feast is over? Enjoy this recipe featuring leftover turkey, George’s BBQ sauce and pork skins. If you don't have George's, simply substitute your favorite sauce to "blush" your soup.
- 1 15 ounce can white beans (navy, northern, etc.), drained
- 1 14 ounce can creamed corn
- 1 11 ounce can Mexican corn
- 3/4 cup George's Original or Hot Sauce
- 1/2 cup George's Special Sauce
- about 3 cups turkey or chicken broth
- about 4 cups shredded turkey
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- salt to taste
- 1 8 ounce cream cheese
- 4 cups grated cheddar cheese
- freshly chopped cilantro
Throw all ingredients through salt into crock pot. Heat on high until nice and hot, or if you’ll be out and about a while, just turn on low. About 20-30 minutes before eating, stir in cheeses and melt. Ladle into mugs or bowls and scatter with cilantro. Serve with skins, cornbread or dressing.
NOTE: If you want to serve this as a dip, leave out the broth to make it thicker. Add in small amounts until desired thickness. Scoop with skins or chips.
|October 7, 2013||Posted by Wendy Perry under cook'n with NC goodies, corn, sensational sides, Thanksgiving, wendy's signature recipes|
Thought it was about time for the world’s slowest blogger to drop by. So much has been happening and sometimes it just gets to be a bit much to keep up here, there and everywhere.
About a month or so ago, my old friend Patrick Johnson asked me to be his “show chef” on his WPTF radio show. Patrick is there daily, but you can catch me on Thursday’s, around 11:45ish. Sometimes he replays our chat on Friday too. We talk about this, that and the other and usually a recipe idea or two that you can “throw” together…. that is seasonal, and features local goodness. So I’m going to start “throwing” those recipes here, along with whatever else pops up, since I can offer in an easy and quick printable way for you and the radio listeners.
Last week, along with chatting about my appearance with my new Squash Blossom Vintage Travel Trailer at the Fall Southern Ideal Home Show, I shared my recipe for my Ma Perry’s Corn Pudding. This is GOOD stuff, easy to make, and is a great side dish for just about anything. I hope you will make some…. I even served this on a Christmas Dessert Buffet last year (and it was a hit!) with some Cinnamon Whipped Cream. So here it is… for you to make and enjoy too. Corn pudding is a family tradition with the Perry crowd… maybe it will become one for yours too.
What to throw together...
- 1-15 ounce can corn, drained and reserved (or equivalent fresh or frozen)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup water (I used the drained from above)
- 1 cup sugar
- pinch salt
- pinch white pepper
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 4 tablespoons butter
How to throw together...
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine drained corn, egg, half of the water, sugar, salt and pepper.
- Pour into small baking dish.
- Scatter with flour and stir to mix.
- Dot with pats of butter.
- Bake about 30 minutes. If pudding is becoming dry, add remaining water and stir to moisten.
- Continue baking about 15 minutes until hot, bubbly and lightly browned.
This is a great side dish for just about any meat dish, especially pork and poultry. I really like it alongside fish and seafood too.