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Wellness Tonic

This tonic, as I call it, is a general weight loss supplement as well as keeping one’s body healthy. This stuff will keep you healthy if you take it daily. If your on a weight loss plan, it’s a great … Continue reading

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Italian Dressing Chicken

This is a recipe that was popular back in the eighties. My buddy calls it “blackened fowl”. It is best cooked with bone-in, skin on, chicken breasts. I used five big ones…leave intact. Lemon pepper in your freezer zip lock … Continue reading

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Meat Loaf

The limitations of meat loaf possibilities are limited only by imagination Basic Recipe 2-3 lbs of ground meat..all beef, chuck, or turkey, or pork or any combo thereof. Filler Usually, a filler is required. This can be a cup of … Continue reading

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Buttermilk Pie

Don’t let the buttermilk dissuade you from this southern treat. It’s very sweet, and requires no crust. Buttermilk Pie 1 cup buttermilk 1⁄2 cup Bisquick 1 1⁄2 cups sugar 1⁄3 cup real butter (melted) 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 eggs Directions … Continue reading

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Chicken Fried Steak

Chicken Fried Steak Who among us does not like a plate sized chicken fried steak, covered with gravy and smashed taters on the side? From Ree Drummond Ingredients Chicken Fried Steak: 1 1/2 cups whole milk 2 large eggs 2 … Continue reading

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Jalepeno Poppers

I don’t know why they call them poppers, but then I don’t understand guys wear shorts around their ankles. You will need large, whole, fresh jalepenos room temp thick sliced bacon; plan on one slice per jalepeno cream cheese; I … Continue reading

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Migas

Mexican breakfast foods are a joy unbounded when properly prepared. One of my personal favorites is migas. Basically migas is eggs crushed tortilla chips chilies Now, I add a chunk of chorizo to mine; about a thumb’s length. I cook … Continue reading

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Stuffed Bell Peppers

One of life’s little pleasures are stuffed bell peppers. Keto diet friendly. The last batch I made I used 4 bell peppers; assorted colors 1 lb ground beef; your choice of chuck, beef, sirloin 1 medium onion 1 clove garlic, … Continue reading

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Shrimp HQ

I have two shrimp recipes I am posting here. Both are from the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. cookbook. Alabama Style shrimp bake: 1 C melted butter 3/4C lemon juice 3/4 C Worcestershire sauce 1 T salt 1 T coarsely ground … Continue reading

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Crescent Roll Turnovers

I got this recipe from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. No I do not have the link. I have done this with peaches, but one could probably use apples as well, although the apples may not get softened enough. Other … Continue reading

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X’s Smashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love a big pile of mashed potatoes with a well big enough to hold a large quantity of gravy? or butter? or sour cream? or grated cheese? or all of these? For my smashed potatoes, I use either … Continue reading

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Homemade Gravy

I spent many years experimenting with making gravy with many failures. These were the days before the internet…school of hard knocks if you will. Gravy 1/4 C fat from your juices or butter or oil or combination. I prefer butter; … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Skillet Apple Pie

I have not tried this yet, but here you go. Sure looks good, but a lot work. Here is the link to the recipe https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cinnamon-sugar-apple-pie/ Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Pie Apple pie baked in a cast iron skillet is a real stunner. … Continue reading

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Hash Browns

Ever tried to  make  your own hash browns from scratch? Only to have them severely browned on both sides, and raw in the middle? Me too. Frustrating. Well, thanks to a buddy of mine, Tony TSquare, he gave me a … Continue reading

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Cheesecake

This recipe from Betty Crocker. I have made it many times, and it is  no fail, provided one follows instructions. 2 8oz packages cream cheese plus 3 ounces, softened to room temp. 1 C sugar 1 1/4 C graham cracker … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Beans

When I was a kid growing up in Central Oklahoma in the sixties, my folks sent my brothers and I to ‘friends’ to watch us during the day while my mom attended college getting her master’s. We bounced around some … Continue reading

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Holday Ale

AHS Holiday Ale (21A) – Mini Mash # 05682 If using pitchable liquid yeast, let the yeast warm up to 72 – 78 degrees F. The longer the yeast sets at this temperature range, up to 24 hours, the *5682* … Continue reading

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X’s Fruit Jell-O Tips

My wife loves the way I make her fruit Jell-O. You pick your flavor of Jell-O and the canned fruit you will use. First, drain the fruit of into a strainer, and save the juice in another freezer safe container. … Continue reading

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T-Square’s Irish Red Recipe

Irish Red Ingredients: 6.6 pounds Northwestern amber malt extract 3/4 pound 60 degree L Crystal Malt 2-1/2 ounces Fuggles hop plugs (4.6% alpha) 1 ounce Cascades whole leaf hops. (5% alpha) 1 package Glen-brew ale yeast 1/2 ounce Irish Moss … Continue reading

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More Tacos

One of my favorite comfort foods is tacos. Heat up about 3/4 inch of oil in a cast iron skillet. Better to have a candy thermometer to measure temp to 350°. Don’t put it on much past medium or it … Continue reading

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Home Made Pizza Dough

Let’s face it; unless you’re a descendant from Italians, or worked in an old timey pizza parlor, or you live ’round the corner from a Shakey’s Pizza, you’re at the mercy of the world for pizza. However, there is still … Continue reading

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Buffalo Burgers

If you have never had a charbroiled buffalo burger, than you have missed something delicious, and you owe it to yourself to try them at least once. I mix 1 lb of ground bison with a pound of ground chuck. … Continue reading

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Cubed Steak

This isn’t really chicken fried steak, but it’s very close. Cubed steak; you know, the tenderized breakfast steaks? However many you want; figure two per person. Get yourself a Dutch oven and begin to heat it on medium heat. While … Continue reading

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Pineapple Cheesecake

This recipe is also from the Texas Coop Power Magazine. https://www.texascooppower.com/food/recipes/pineapple-cream-cheese-pie I substituted vanilla wafer crumbs for graham cracker crumbs (1 1/2 C). I crush mine with a rolling pin, and a gallon freezer zip top bag. There’s a lot … Continue reading

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Pecan Pie

I had never made one before, and did a little research before choosing. All my cookbooks had at least one recipe for pecan pie. The recipe I used is from The Joy of Cooking because it used the most pecans … Continue reading

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Cherry Coffeecake

I found this in the Texas Coop Power magazine. http://www.texascooppower.com/food/recipes/cherry-nut-coffee-cake Remember those cinnamon rolls/coffee cakes with all the icing your folks brought home from the grocery store? This reminds me of that. Nothing special. A lot of work, and it … Continue reading

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Easy Cheesecake

This was one of my mom’s secret recipes. You will need 1 1/2 C either vanilla wafer or graham cracker crumbs 1/4 stick melted butter 1 pkg INSTANT lemon Jello pudding 2 C whole milk 1 8 oz pkg cream … Continue reading

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Cranberry Walnut Cookies

Cranberry Walnut Cookies One stick each salted and unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tablespoon thawed orange juice concentrate 1 tablespoon grated orange peel 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour … Continue reading

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Potato Salad

I too was stymied, mystified about how to make potato salad, until I was into my thirties. A friend of mine’s mother gave me the direction I needed, and I have since refined it to a very basic recipe. One … Continue reading

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Sweet Corn Bread

I got this recipe from Land O’ Lakes Cookbook,  now probably thirty years old. 1 C AP flour 1 C corn meal 4 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 C sugar 1 C whipping cream 1/4 C oil 1/4 … Continue reading

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X’s Scalloped Potatoes

So easy. potatoes 2 lbs or more evenly thinly sliced; I prefer reds chopped onion about 1/2 C milk 1 1/2 C flour 1/4 C cheddar cheese 1 C softened butter layer taters, onion, and 1 T flour, and repeat … Continue reading

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Southern Lady’s Cobbler

X has made this recipe several times, and it is a favorite of Mrs X. The Southern Lady has made it clear that her stuff is copywrited so X wants no trouble with that type of infringement. Iron Skillet Pineapple … Continue reading

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Sirloin Tips and Mushrooms

This recipe is very close to beef stroganoff that requires sour cream instead of whipping cream. I usually make a double batch 1 1/4 pounds sirloin cut into 1/2″ cubes 3 T butter 1 T veg oil 1 clove garlic, … Continue reading

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Carrot Cake

Don’t let the ‘carrot’ deter you from this delicious cake and frosting. X has had no fewer than two marriage proposals from this recipe. 3 C grated carrots 1 1/2 C veg oil 2 C sugar 4 eggs 2 tsp … Continue reading

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Powdered Sugar Icing

2 cups powdered sugar 3 Tablespoons milk 1 Tablespoon white corn syrup 1 Tablespoon melted butter 1 tsp vanilla extract Mix well. I use a butter knife to mix and a Pyrex 2 Cup pitcher.  You may need to add … Continue reading

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Jubilee Jumbles

This isn’t really a Christmas cookie but many recipients of said cookie appreciate them as gifts. From Betty Crocker. Cream 1 1/2 C brown sugar 1/2 C shortening 1 C dairy sour cream then mix 2 eggs then mix 1 … Continue reading

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Oven Fries

You will need a preheated 400° oven. I use a sheet pan for my fries. I used 4 Russet potatoes this round. Peel and cut into finger sized chunks. In a mixing bowl, put a couple tablespoons of olive oil, … Continue reading

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X’s Guacamole

Guacamole is another side that is personal and everyone has their own recipe. This is mine avocados, how many depends on how much you want to end up with. I got these at Sam’s, six of them for 3 bucks. … Continue reading

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Snowballs

These are favorites of my wife, and since she’s bringing home the bacon, I’ll make the effort and bake these for her. 1 Cup softened butter (2 sticks) 2 1/4 C AP flour 1/2 C powdered sugar 1/2 C chopped … Continue reading

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X’s Standard Kitchen Rules/Laws…or they should be

One rule that we all know but don’t follow is to be sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before mixing; especially eggs and milk. The exception to this would be biscuits. You can put your eggs in a … Continue reading

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Christmas Cookies

I have used this sugar cookie recipe for Christmas cut outs since the eighties. Cream together 2 C sugar 1 C butter, softened then add 2 eggs and blend 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder … Continue reading

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Cranberry Bread

This bread is very good. It’s difficult to make. Freezing the cranberries makes it a little easier to deal with them. 1 C cranberries, grated or processed 1 1/4 C sugar 3 C flour 4 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 … Continue reading

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Chilly Today, Hot Tamale

Tamales are by far one of the most labor intensive mexican foods, yet all our hard work is forgotten when we start eating them. They are absolutely delicious with so many varieties, who could resist? This round, I have decided … Continue reading

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Chocolate Walnut Dollars

Great gramma’s recipe blend 1/2 C shortening or softened butter 1 C sugar add 1 egg, blend 2 Tablespoons milk 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted blend 1 tsp baking powder 1 t cinnamon 1 t vanilla blend 2 1/4 C … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe is not a task for the faint of heart. The reward is beyond measure, and it is some considerable work. It will take you minimum three hours, and that is if all goes well. Ingredients 7-8 C flour, … Continue reading

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Peanut Clusters

A double boiler is very helpful with this. You will need roasted peanuts about 4 cups (other recipes call for Spanish peanuts. They have skins that come off while stirring…still tastes good) almond bark or vanilla chips about a  pound … Continue reading

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Chocolate Bonbons

A double boiler makes this work much better. Don’t have one? Use a 4 qt saucepan with boiling water, and a metal bowl that fits on top. Blend together 1 can condensed milk 1 stick softened butter then 1 1/2 … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Bread

Tastes like pumpkin pie. blend 3 C sugar 2/3 C oil 1 can pumpkin pie filling 2 eggs and blend 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cloves 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp … Continue reading

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X’s Ginger Snaps

Historically, ginger snaps are a hard cookie; hence the term snaps attached to the name. This recipe is a soft ginger cookie. Using oil instead of shortening makes the difference. The recipe is for dipped cookie into a melted vanilla … Continue reading

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X’s Chex Party Mix

  X’s official Party Mix Recipe Preheat oven to 250° Put large roaster pan in oven. 12 Tablespoons butter 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 Tablespoon Tabasco sauce 3 tsp seasoned salt (I use McCormick) 9C Corn Chex keeping separate from … Continue reading

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X’s Apple Pie II

Somewhere out there I posted another apple pie recipe. This one is better. The wife bought an apple slicer/corer for me, and I have used it a couple of times. The slices are too fat for pie so I cut … Continue reading

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Cranberry Jello Salad

1 can whole berry cranberry sauce 1 pkg (3 oz) raspberry jello…sugar free is ok 1 8 oz can crushed pineapple 1/4 C chopped celery 1/4 C pecan halves ( I use closer to 1/2 C) Drain pineapple and save … Continue reading

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X’s Pumpkin Pie

X does not do pie crust and is not ashamed to buy the Pillsbury crust in your grocer’s dairy case. A man’s got to know his limitations. For a 10 inch pie 1 15 ounce can of pumpkin 1 bottom … Continue reading

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Azacca Single Hop Pale Ale

Well, there it is. A true beer kit. a 3.15 lb bottle of gold malt extract, a 3.15 lb bottle of pilsen malt extract, some select crushed grains with grain bag, 4 one ounce bags of Azacca pellet hops at … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Another batch of beer

Azacca single hop pale ale. Have i already posted about this one? It seems familiar. Anyway, I was toying around with brewing a Holiday Ale and decided to do this kit instead. It sure looked good. Just under $60 with … Continue reading

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Honey Wheat Bread

4 3/4-5 3/4 C all purpose flour 2 C whole wheat flour 2 pkg dry yeast (4 1/2 tsp) 1/3 C honey 1 C milk 1 C warm water 3 T butter 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1 T salt 1 … Continue reading

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Rum Cake

I got this out of a little pamphlet the local liquor store gave out many years ago. It’s still the best one I’ve used. Use a bundt pan for this. From Bacardi. 1 box yellow cake mix 1 3 3/4 … Continue reading

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Fresh Apple Cake

This recipe calls for the use of a bundt pan. If you don’t have one, go get one and don’t be cheap about it. I’ve had mine for thirty years. It’s worth it to get one that lasts. I haven’t … Continue reading

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Strawberry Bread

I was leery to make this as it was the first and only recipe for fresh fruit bread I have seen (except for my fresh apple cake). 2 C fresh sliced strawberries 3 1/8 C AP flour 2 C sugar … Continue reading

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Dutch Oven Chicken and Rice Casserole

5 bone-in chicken thighs; use what you have oil large onion chopped 1 1/2 C rice uncooked 3 C chicken broth 1 can cream mushroom soup 1 can cream chicken soup 1 large can mushrooms or use 1 1/2 C … Continue reading

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