Southern Sticky Date Pudding!

Sticky Date Pudding With Caramel Sauce is a Southern Treat!

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Sticky Date Pudding is an easy dessert that is great anytime of the year. This recipe has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember and we always bake the Date Pudding in a cast iron skillet.  Date Pudding bakes with a luscious gooey layer of caramel sauce under the tender cake that is filled with dates and pecans.  Scoop up some Sticky Date Pudding and top it off with a big dollop of Homemade Whipped Cream and get ready to swoon!

Let’s Start Baking!

This is a “Make Life Special” quick and easy dessert so grab your cast iron skillet and let’s start baking!

Sticky Date Pudding With Caramel Sauce
 
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This is a "Make Life Special" Southern treat! Grab your cast iron skillet and get ready to bake!
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups warm water and 1½ cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Combine warm water and dark brown sugar in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. Set aside.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour this batter into the syrup.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. The top should be lightly browned.
  4. Serve warm with whipped cream.

Here are the ingredients…

Southern Date Pudding Ingredients

 

Combine the warm water and dark brown sugar in 10 inch cast iron skillet and set aside.

Mix the remaining ingredients together.

Mixing the Southern Date Pudding

Pour the batter into the syrup mixture and it’s ready for the oven!

Pour Southern Date Pudding batter into Cast Iron Skillet

 

Southern Date Pudding Ready for the Oven

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Spoon warm date pudding into serving bowls and top with a dollop of whipped cream.

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I made this dessert on the WBTV Charlotte Morning Show and the hosts LOVED it!  This is truly a taste of the South in your mouth!  And best of all, this takes less than an hour to make!

Remember…Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy! 

Note:  Photography for this recipe was provided by Martha Ruppert and we would like to thank her for a great job!

Crock-Pot Seasoning BBQ Pulled Pork Mix Review

Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes have just been released in stores and what better time of year than fall to review these down-home, comfort food creations!  Any time of year is perfect for crock pot cooking.  In the spring and summer, crock pot cooking helps keep your kitchen cool.  In the fall and winter, crock pot cooking allows you to create delicious soups, stews and main dishes that are full of that wonderful slow cooked flavor.

I think the Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes are really exciting!  They are a big time saver for a busy cook and allow you to create easy and creative main dishes with only a few ingredients.  There are currently three mixes that are available:

  • BBQ Pulled Pork
  • Savory Pot Roast Mix
  • Hearty Beef Stew Mix

The BBQ Pulled Pork was first on my list!  As many of you know, I have deep Southern roots and BBQ is near and dear to my heart. ( In fact, I was shocked when I moved north and discovered that there is not one BBQ barn, shack, or restaurant within a 60 mile radius of here!)

I made the BBQ Pulled Pork exactly as the directions on the packet suggested.  I used a  3 pound Boston Butt roast along with the Crock-Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning Mix, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup dark  brown sugar, 1/3 cup cider vinegar and 1 cup water.  I cannot even begin to describe the wonderful aromas that came drifting out of my kitchen as the pulled pork cooked away in the crock-pot all day!

At the end of the cooking time, I “pulled” the pork……

……and served it up on buns!

I LOVED the flavor of this pulled pork!  It reminded me of BBQ I used to eat in the South —-sweet yet spicy.  I will definitely make this again ( and again ) when I’m in the BBQ mood. 

The Crock-Pot Seasoning Web Site  has additional recipes you can make that are creative uses for these mixes.  I can’t wait to try their recipe for BBQ Apple Pork Chops!  Thick pork chops cook in the slow cooker with onion, apples, apple juice, white vinegar, mustard and of course the Crock-Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning Mix.  It looks absolutely wonderful!  I’ll be reviewing the other mixes as well, but for now…..I’m thinking about having another Pulled Pork Sandwich!

Note:  I received the Crock-Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning Mix to use in the review.  No compensation was received.  These are my true and honest opinions. 

Mom’s Old Fashioned Pecan Pie

No dessert speaks to me like pecan pie!  I can’t resist it. I’ve even been known to have it for breakfast ( but don’t tell anyone) !  My Mom always made a good old fashioned pecan pie every Thanksgiving and every Christmas.  I still make pecan pie for special holidays but I don’t reserve it only for special occasions.  It is so quick and easy to make – you can have it anytime!  In fact, the filling only has 6 ingredients and you can whip it up in about 5 minutes.  Here is my Mom’s Old Fashioned Pecan Pie recipe:

Mom's Old Fashioned Pecan Pie
 
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Recipe type: Pie
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup Karo light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar, light corn syrup and melted butter.
  2. Add beaten eggs, chopped pecans and vanilla to the syrup mixture, mixing thoroughly.
  3. Pour filling into unbaked pie shell. (Note: Since this is a high sugar content pie, sprinkle a little flour on each side of the pie dough before putting it into the pie plate.)
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. After 20 minutes, cover the edges with aluminum foil or a pie crust protector to prevent burning.
  5. After 30 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake another 15 to 20 minutes.

Click the link to view the YouTube How-To Tutorial for this recipe:  Vickie’s Mom’s Old Fashioned Pecan Pie 

 

Combine the sugar, light corn syrup and melted butter.  Stir well.

Add beaten eggs, vanilla and chopped pecans to syrup mixture, mixing thoroughly.  

Bring the refrigerated pie crust to room temperature and unroll.  Sprinkle both sides of the pie dough with flour.  Place into the pie pan and flute edges.

Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  NOTE:  After 20 minutes, put strips of aluminum foil around the edges of the pie or use a pie protector to prevent the edges from burning.

After 30 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake an additional 20 minutes.

Let the pie cool before serving.

Here is the pie— hot out of the oven.  (Notice my vintage pot holders?  My daughter, Nicole, made these for me when she was a little girl ( now she is a Mom too) and I love using my handmade pot holders !)

 

Home Style Hash Brown Casserole

Cheesy and delicious describes this home style hash brown casserole !  I think this is good as a side dish for dinner or breakfast.   This makes a large casserole so sometimes I just divide it in half and freeze half  to bake later.


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Home Style Hash Brown Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds chunk style (or Southern Style) frozen hash brown potatoes, partially thawed
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 can cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 small onion, chopped ( or a handful of dried onion flakes)
Instructions
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  2. Pour into a greased 9 by 13 casserole baking dish.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.

Ingredients:

2 pounds chunk style ( or Southern Style) frozen hash brown potatoes, partially thawed

16 ounces sour cream

1 stick butter, melted

1 can cheddar cheese soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 small onion, chopped  ( or a handful of dried onion flakes )

Mix all of the ingredients together.

Pour into a greased 9 by 13 inch baking dish.

Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.  Enjoy!

 

Mom’s Sunday Pot Roast Recipe

My Mom made this pot roast recipe every Sunday when I was growing up.  Slow cooker recipes are great for the busy cook!  I’ve added the secret trick to lump free gravy and with the crock pot convenience this is hard to beat!

 

Video: Mom’s Sunday Pot Roast Dinner

This crock pot pot roast dinner is full of down-home goodness!  And, I’ve included a “success secret” for lump free gravy — every time!

Watch the video recipe here:

 

 

Mom's Sunday Pot Roast Dinner
 
Recipe type: Main Dish, Crock Pot
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 cups baby carrots
  • 6 to 7 potatoes, peeled and cut in half
  • 3 pound chuck roast
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 can French Onion soup
  • 2 onions, peeled and cut in half
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Spray the crock pot with cooking spray.
  2. Place the baby carrots and potatoes into the crock pot. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the chuck roast on top of the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the Cream of Mushroom soup and French Onion soup on top of the roast.
  5. Place the onions on top.
  6. Cook on LOW for 10 hours.
  7. Remove the roast and vegetables. Turn the crock pot on HIGH and sprinkle in Wondra instant flour. Whisk until thickened - about 1 minute.

Ingredients:

3 cups baby carrots

6 to 7 peeled potatoes, cut in half

3 pound chuck roast

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup

1 can French Onion soup

2 onions, peeled and cut in half

Salt and pepper

 

Spray the crock pot with non stick cooking spray.  Place the carrots and potatoes in the crock pot and season with salt and pepper.

Lay the roast on top of the vegetables.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Pour one can of Cream of Mushroom soup and one can of French Onion soup on top of the roast.  Place the onions on top.

Cover and cook on LOW for 10 hours.

 

When ready to serve, remove the roast and vegetables to a platter. Turn the crock pot on HIGH and whisk Wondra instant flour into the liquid to make the gravy.  Whisk until thickened – about 1 minute.

To download the printable pot roast recipe WITH how-to photos, click here:    Mom’s Sunday Pot Roast Dinner

 

 

This pot roast recipe is a great example of easy crock pot cooking!  Remember, lets Make Life Special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!

Hamburger Quiche

You can have this ready for the oven in about 10 minutes and it bakes in 35 to 45 minutes.  I use a frozen deep dish pie crust for convenience.  Your family is going to love this!  You may want to make two and freeze one for later.  Enjoy!

 

To view the complete video recipe, click here:    http://youtu.be/k_dfffcL_3Q

 

Hamburger Quiche
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 9 inch deep dish frozen pie shell
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ cup real mayonnaise
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup chopped green pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar or Swiss cheese
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef and drain.
  2. Mix mayonnaise, milk, cornstarch and eggs.
  3. Stir in meat, cheese, onion and pepper.
  4. Pour into unbaked frozen deep dish pie shell. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until center is set.

Ingredients:

9 inch frozen deep dish pie shell

1/2 pound ground beef

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs, beaten

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

1/4 cup chopped green onion

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar or Swiss cheese

Salt and pepper

 

Brown the ground beef and drain.

Mix mayonnaise, milk, cornstarch and eggs.  Stir in meat, cheese, green onion and green pepper.  Add salt and pepper.

Pour into unbaked pie shell.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees  for 35 to 45 minutes or until center is set.

Serves 4 to 6

 

Enjoy!

(Shown here with my Spinach and Raspberry Salad)  Yum!

To download printable recipe with how-to photos, click here:     Hamburger Quiche

 

 

Baked Pork Chops and Corn Stuffing

Are you looking for some great pork chop recipes? 

My Baked Pork Chops and Corn Stuffing is a great home-style dish that bakes in only 30 minutes!

Sometimes we all just need some comfort food and tonight was the night.  This quick and easy recipe was just the ticket!  Baked Pork Chops and Corn Stuffing makes a delicious family night meal or is great for a casual dinner with friends.

 

Baked Pork Chops and Corn Stuffing
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish - Pork
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 can Cream of Celery Soup
  • 4 boneless pork chops, ¾ inch thick
  • 1 box Cornbread Stove Top Stuffing
  • ½ cup whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Spicy brown mustard
Instructions
  1. Mix stuffing, soup, corn, onion and celery together. Spoon into a greased 9" pie plate.
  2. Place pork chops on top of the mixture.
  3. Mix brown sugar and mustard together and spoon over the pork chops.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until done.

Watch my how-to video “Baked Pork Chops and Corn Stuffing”

Video: Baked Pork Chops and Corn Stuffing

Home style goodness in 30 minutes! My Baked Pork Chops and Corn Stuffing is real comfort food that bakes in 30 minutes!

Ingredients:

1 can Cream of Celery Soup

4 boneless pork chops, 3/4 inch thick

1 box Cornbread Stove Top Stuffing

1/2 cup whole kernel corn, drained

1 small onion, chopped

1/4 cup celery, finely chopped

1 tablespoon Dark Brown sugar, packed

1  to 2 teaspoons Spicy brown mustard

Directions:

Mix stuffing, soup, corn onion and celery together.  Spoon into a greased 9 inch pie plate.

Place pork chops on top of the mixture.

Mix brown sugar and mustard together and spoon over chops.  Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until done.

 

Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

To download printable recipe with how-to photos, click here:  Baked Pork Chops and Corn Stuffing

 

 

Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

Who doesn’t love doughnuts?  These little cinnamon and sugar puffs are yummy!!!

 

Click the link to view the YouTube How-to Tutorial for this recipe :    Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs 

 

Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 8 oz tube refrigerated biscuits ( not flaky kind)
Instructions
  1. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a medium bowl. Place the melted butter in a separate bowl.
  2. Separate the biscuits. Dip each biscuit into butter, then into cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  3. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden.
  5. Makes 10 Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

2 tablespoons cinnamon

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

1   8 oz tube refrigerated biscuits  ( not the flaky kind)

Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a medium bowl.  Place the melted butter in a separate bowl.

Separate the biscuits.  Dip biscuits into butter, then into cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet.

 

Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden.

 

Makes 10 Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

To download printable recipe with how-to photos, click here:  Cinnamon Doughnut Puffs

 

 

Glazed Strawberry Pie

This is a great dessert to make while fresh strawberries are still available.  Its is so quick and easy to make!

 

Glazed Strawberry Pie
 
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 quart whole strawberries
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar ( powdered sugar)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry Jello powder
  • Graham cracker pie crust or baked pie shell
  • Homemade whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Wash and hull 1 quart of strawberries. Add ½ cup confectioners (powdered) sugar. Set aside.
  2. Put 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, dash of salt and 3 tablespoons of cornstarch in a saucepan and boil until thick and clear.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons Strawberry gelatin. Stir well and set aside to cool.
  4. Place whole strawberries into the pie shell. Pour the cooled filling over the strawberries and chill.
  5. Top with homemade whipped cream at serving time. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 quart whole fresh strawberries

1/2 cup confectioners ( powdered) sugar

1 cup water

dash of salt

3 tablespoons cornstarch

3 tablespoons strawberry Jello powder

Graham cracker pie crust or baked pie shell

Homemade whipped cream for serving

Wash and hull 1 quart of whole strawberries.  Add 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar.  Set aside.

 

Put 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, dash of salt and 3 tablespoons of cornstarch in a saucepan and boil until thick and clear.

 

 

Add 3 tablespoons of Strawbery gelatin.  Stir well and set aside to cool.

 

Place whole strawberries into pie shell.  Pour the cooled filling over the strawberries and chill.  Top with homemade whipped cream at serving time.  Enjoy!

 

 To download printable recipe with how-to photos, click here:   Glazed Strawberry Pie

Vickie’s Mississippi Caviar

Mississippi Caviar is one of my tried and true appetizer recipes.  This recipe makes a lot and it keeps well in the refrigerator.  It’s good anytime of the year.  I like to serve this with tortilla chips.


Vickie's Mississippi Caviar
 
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 2 15 oz cans Black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped and drained
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, stem and seeds removed, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup bottled Sweet Italian Dressing ( I use Lonzerottis brand)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the dressing.
  2. Pour dressing over the top and toss to coat well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.

Combine all ingredients except the dressing:

Pour dressing over top and toss to coat well.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.  Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.

Enjoy!

To download the printable recipe with how-to photos, click here:  Vickie’s Mississippi Caviar

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