Category: Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher’s Lounge
|December 30, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under baking (she said in terror), bananas, Carolina Country, Christmas, eggs, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, pie please, published, Simply Natural Creamery, sweet treats, wendy's signature recipes|
It seems fittin’ to use up that last bit of holiday eggnog in a good old southern chess pie. ‘Nog and bananas go together like mac and cheese, so partake of pie while toasting toes in front of a cozy fire as you settle into the New Year.
|December 30, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under appetizers, Carolina Country, carolina gold oil, cheesy, honey, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, party foods, published, roasted goodness, Toaster Oven, wendy's signature recipes|
Sometimes we just need “a little something” to nibble on — roasting grapes and serving over warm, softened cheese on crostini is a new favorite! The grapes become nice and “jammy” and oh-so-good with a drizzle of herbed oil, vinegar and honey. No exact measurements needed for this one.
Ahhh… the good ole southern NC pig picking! Here’s all you need to know to host one for yourself. Nothing is much finer than gathering friends and family to pick pork, is there?
|October 27, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under cabbage, Carolina Country, cook & eat nekkid, garden goodness, low carb, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, published, sensational sides|
Featured in Carolina Country Magazine November 2020
I cannot think of one way I do not love me some cabbage! It’s so versatile and it such a great side dish for most anything. It’s quick to prepare… and budget friendly too.
With cabbage, usually “less is more.” It brings so much of its own flavor to the table you really don’t need to do much to it. Like this recipe. It’s as simple as blanching till tender, but still has a little “bite” to it. A bit of crushed red pepper and caraway seed… and of course some butter, and you’ve got yourself a mighty fittin side. It’s just right to round out your meal with my Bacon Stuffed Pork Loin with garlicky apple cider gravy and Rustic Herbed Dressing with apples and cheddar. This meal just hollers “FALL!” and would be nice for something different featuring pork on your Thanksgiving table this year.
Put all these goodies on your grocery list so you’ll have on hand to cook up this comforting fall feast soon. Then come on over to my facebook community and share your comments!
Blanching tender cabbage is a great way to preserve nutrients and get vivid color! And don’t you love having a farm fresh side dish ready in 10 minutes?
- 8 cup chicken broth
- 1 large head savoy cabbage
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
- crushed black pepper
- 6 tablespoons butter
While bringing broth to a boil in large pot, cut cabbage into wedges and discard core. Tear by hand into 1”-2” pieces. Add to boiling water. Stir and blanch for 1 ½to 2 minutes; drain and reserve broth for soup.
Put cabbage back into hot pot. Toss with seasonings and butter to melt. Taste and add salt as needed. Serve warm.
Note: I save the core and simmer in the discarded broth for a delicious soup stock.
Don’t toss all that flavor! When cooking, save parts of vegetables for making the best soup base, sauces and gravy. Toss scraps into a freezer bag and add to it until you have accumulated a goodly amount and have time to make. Goodies to save are vegetable broth (like drained from this cabbage) along with leaves and core, onion and garlic peels, celery ends, corn cobs, carrot ends and peel, potato scraps, and fresh herb stems. Freeze in ice trays or small containers for adding flavor to all sorts of dishes!
|October 21, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under apples, breads, breakfast, Carolina Country, casseroles, cheesy, Christmas, dressings, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, published, sensational sides, Thanksgiving|
You know it’s fall when the aroma of baked apples and fresh herbs fills the air! Roasted pork, chicken — this stuffing makes just the right side dish. Or crisp up leftover dressing in the toaster oven for a banner breakfast with bacon, sausage and a drizzle o’ maple syrup!
|October 8, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under Carolina Country, fun food, gluten free, grill thrills, honey, low carb, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, published, Thanksgiving|
Published in Carolina Country Magazine November 2017
Well 2020 just keeps giving us disappointment on top of disappointment. Some of us look real forward to our NC State Fair each year, each for our own reasons. I will miss going there several mornings to judge the daily cooking contests… one of my favorite fall culinary adventures. Some go for their favorite foods scattered about the fairgrounds.
Grease! Salt! Sugar! Finger lick’n…
What’s not to love?
You can’t miss folks walking around gnawing on big ole turkey legs! This recipe was part of a few I created several years ago for Carolina Country Magazine for a little twist on Thanksgiving… and when I was thinking about fair foods to share, realized I never put this here on my blog.
We never know what sort of weather we will have here around fair time… or Thanksgiving… it might be brrrrr! cold… or we may be out in shorts and flip flops firing up our grill. Either way, these turkey legs are tasty… and something fun to cook this year during fair week to pretend you’re there! Or to give your Thanksgiving a twist too.
So grab yourself some legs and crank up the grill! Enjoy some of my tasty turkey legs… and come on over to my facebook playground and share your pics and what you think about ’em!
No fair this year... no problem! Grill your own turkey legs at home... or fix some for Thanksgiving this year.
- 5-6 medium size turkey legs
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 4 teaspoons dried oregano
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup butter
Combine all marinade ingredients. Place turkey legs into large container with lid. Pour marinade over legs, cover and shake to coat. Refrigerate (up to 2 days), shaking periodically to coat.
To grill: Preheat grill to high heat. Oil grates and place legs onto grill. Sear on all sides several minutes, turning to get good grill marks. Reduce heat to low or move coals to sides (for indirect heat) and continue cooking, covered, for about 50–60 minutes. Turn every few minutes to prevent burning.
Melt butter in honey. Baste legs, turning often, the last few minutes of cooking. Remove legs when temperature reaches 165 degrees by thermometer.
Place legs onto serving tray and pour remaining baste over legs.
|August 28, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under Asian, Carolina Country, here chickie!, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, published, rotisserie, soups, stews, chilies chowders and such, wendy's signature recipes|
Some recipes for tasty hot and sour soup can take hours and require hard-to-find ingredients. This simple version takes only 30 minutes from prep to table when using time-saving rotisserie chicken.
|August 25, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under Asian, baking (she said in terror), breakfast, Carolina Country, gluten free, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, published, sweet treats|
This gluten-free Mandarin Orange Upside Down Cake is the perfect citrus dessert for a savory Asian meal, but it’s also the ideal pairing with a cup of tea or coffee. And if you’re a breakfast cake eater, this is IT.
|July 1, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under appetizers, baking (she said in terror), breads, Mimi's Mountain Mixes, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge|
Pair North Carolina’s Mimi’s Mountain Mixes Beer Bread with Carolina Gold Oil’s Mediterranean Dipping Oil for an easy fun nibble. Great addition to your charcuterie boards too! I gave a little twist and used orange beer…. realllll good!
Deviled Crab Hushpuppy Waffle & Pickled Seafood Medley ~ The New Southern Seafood Platter in Our State Magazine
|June 29, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under appetizers, cornbread & hushpuppies, crab, fish, fish & seafood, fun food, lobster, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, Our State Mag, scallops, shrimp|
We love a seafood platter in the summertime — especially one that features fresh, local fish. Here, we imagined what a modern twist on this classic dish might look like with these Deviled Crab Hushpuppy Waffles and Pickled Seafood Medley!
|April 10, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under asparagus, breakfast, Carolina Country, casseroles, Easter, eggs, gluten free, low carb, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, published, sensational sides|
This light and velvety asparagus casserole will be a favorite with the cheese lovers in your crowd for Easter brunch, or anytime. Other vegetables can be substituted or added, and have fun trying other cheeses too. You can even add in diced ham or bacon. Use this recipe as a base and spiff up to make it your own.
You’re going to love this “Love Me Tender” Elvis Banana Bread… made with 4 North Carolina #GotToBeNC Goodies! Throw some together soon!