Sunday, February 25, 2024

Simple Cookery Brats & Cabbage


This is a remake of a Bangers & Mash recipe.  I wanted to re-make this recipe without using mashed potatoes.  I love turnips and thought they would add some distinct flavor.  As an added benefit, I took made the leftovers into a hearty soup the next night!

Simple Cookery Brats & Cabbage

1 pkg brats – 5 links

1 large red onion, sliced in rings

1 head cabbage, chopped

6-8 turnips, peeled and diced

2 cups chicken broth or stock plus water

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

1/4 cup water

In large pot, combine cabbage, turnips, chicken broth and enough water to cover all.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce to simmer and cover.  Continue to simmer for 45 minutes or until cabbage reaches desired texture and turnips are fork tender.  If you like your veggies a little firmer, reduce cooking time. 

Meanwhile, cook brats according to package directions and remove from skillet.  Cover with foil to keep warm.  In same skillet, add olive oil.  Add onions, and cook over medium low heat until slightly browned.  Add water and mustard, scraping the bottom of the pan to make your ‘gravy’.  Remove cabbage mixture with slotted spoon to reserve cooking liquid.  Layer in a casserole or serving dish.  Top with onion mixture and brats. 

Bonus recipe for leftovers:

By reserving the cooking liquid, you have a delicious start to a hearty soup.  Dice any leftover brats and store overnight in cooking liquid.

Brat & Cabbage Soup

4 cups leftover cabbage, turnip, onion, brat mixture

1 small onion, chopped

1 tomato chopped

1 teaspoon olive oil

to taste – red pepper flakes, salt, pepper

1-2 cups chicken broth

Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and tomato.  Cook until tender.  Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan – adding the desired amount of chicken broth depending on how thick you like your soup.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook another 15 minutes. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2023




4 cups crumbled cornbread
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups celery, diced
2 cups onion, diced
1 tablespoon butter
3 teaspoons dried sage
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs

Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook onion and celery in melted butter until tender.  Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.  In large bowl, combine cornbread, sage, salt and pepper.  Pour broth mixture over ingredients and mix well.  Stir in eggs and add more broth if needed.  Pour into a 9x13 baking dish.  Bake 30-40 minutes at 350 until brown on top.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

O'Brien Sausage Casserole


O'Brien Sausage Casserole


1 package (28 oz) Great Value
Southern Style O'Brien Frozen
Hash Browns with Onions & Peppers
1 pound Tennessee Pride Sage Sausage
1/2 cup chopped ham
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup French's Onions
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown sausage, drain and set aside.
Combine soup, sour cream, and milk. Mix well.
Add sausage, French's Onions, cheese and pepper.
Stir in package of frozen hash browns.
Pour into 9 x 13 pan.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly.
Top with cheese or additional French's Onions and brown another 5-10 minutes.

You can put this into smaller pans or muffin tins for individual servings.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Pumpkin Crisp


Pumpkin Crisp


1 can pumpkin (15 oz)
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanila extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (18.25 oz) package yellow cake mix - butter flavored
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup butter, melted

Pre-heat oven to 350. Lightly grease 13 X 9 inch baking dish. In medium bowl, stir together sugar and cinnamon. Add in pumpkin, milk and vanilla. Stir well. Pour into baking dish. Break up any clumps in the cake mix and sprinkle over pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle evenly with walnuts & drizzle entire dish with butter. Bake at 350 for one hour. Check dish and bake another five minutes or so until golden brown.

This dish is great served warm and topped with whipped cream. It is also great served cold.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Golden Graham Spiders


Golden Graham Spiders
These spiders may look scary, but they taste delicious. Coconut tinted with black food coloring give the spiders their ‘hairy’ appearance. They make the perfect addition to your Halloween treat table! 
Golden Graham Spiders
1 cup Golden Graham cereal, crushed
8 oz package of chocolate almond bark
2 Tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
½ cup raisins
½ cup rolled oats.
1 cup coconut
Black food coloring
Miniature pretzels, about a half-cup
Writing icing, red
In a glass bowl, mix coconut with a few drops of black food coloring. Stir until complete coated, adding more if needed. Set aside. Melt almond bark according to package directions. Mix in peanut butter and stir until smooth. Add cereal, raisins, and oats. Drop by tablespoonful onto wax paper, making the candy in an oblong shape. Before candy hardens, top each one with the tinted coconut.. Break pretzels into small pieces reserving the ones that are slightly curved to make your spider legs. Coat each pretzel ‘leg’ with melted chocolate and attach to the spiders side. Someone may be counting, so be sure to use four legs on each side. Reinforce the legs by drizzling a little melted chocolate on each side after they are attached. Sprinkle a little more coconut on top. Take the red writing icing and add two red dots on the front of each spider for eyes.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Halloween 'Boo' Bags

These little Halloween ‘Boo’ Bags are not only cute, but they are completely edible right down to the handle. The chocolate covered bars stand up to look like bags filled with Halloween treats.
Halloween ‘Boo’ Bags
Ingredients for the bars
10 oz bag of large marshmallows
3 Tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
3 cups Trix cereal
1 cup Cheerios
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
Butter an 8x8 pan and set aside. Combine Trix, Cheerios, pecans and cranberries in bowl and set aside. In a heavy sauce pan, over low heat, melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir until melted and blended with butter. Add cinnamon and vanilla. Stir well. Add cereal mixture. Pour into 8x8 pan. Smooth down top with the back of a buttered spoon on spatula. Allow to cool at room temperature.

When mixture is cooled, cut into 9 equal size bars. The bars will still be a little soft, so you can mold them, if needed, so they will stand up right. Place bars in the freezer for ten minutes.
Ingredients for decorating the bars
16 oz almond bark
Writing icing
Candy corn for decorating
While bars are chilling, melt almond bark according to package directions. Remove bars from freezer. Dip each bar in the chocolate, leaving about half an inch uncovered, and stand upright on wax paper. Once chocolate is hardened, apply the handles. Coat the inside first inch of each licorice stick with the melted chocolate. Apply each end to the side of a bag and hold in place until the chocolate hardens, about 20 to 30 seconds. You can reinforce the handle by adding a little melted chocolate around the seams.
To make signs for your bags, put wax paper on a cutting board. Spread a thin layer of melted chocolate on wax paper. Make the area large enough to write all of the words you want on your bag. With writing icing, spell out the words you want, like RIP or Boo. You can even use names if you want. Leave enough room between each word to cut out signs. With a sharp knife, cut around your words. Lift the wax paper and remove each sign. Put a little melted chocolate on the back of the sign and place it on the front of the treat bag. The chocolate will harden and hold the sign in place.
Store in air tight container overnight. If you are not serving the bags the next day, refrigerate them until ready to serve.