Mexican Seasoning Blend

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We recently moved Savannah home again. She will be doing an internship in January, and it was impossible to find a six-month lease near the college. So, for six-months, she will make the daily drive to college.

I questioned how living together would be after she has been on her own for so long. I’m trying really hard to remember she’s not a child any longer. It is coming with some benefits also. She has become very independent…she doesn’t want me doing her laundry, and she has become an excellent cook!

Fajitas is a specialty of hers, and I am using every excuse I can think of to have her cook them often. Her secret is this awesome seasoning blend that she makes. I even seasoned a roast with it, and it was delicious.

Savannah does not have an exact measurement for the meat and veggies. To feed two people, she typically uses one to two boneless, skinless chicken breast, two green bell peppers, one large onion, and two to three Roma tomatoes.

Savannah seasons her meat with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Then saute’s it in a little oil until done. She then removes the meat from the skillet to saute green bell peppers and onions. Once the veggies are tender, add chopped Roma tomatoes and a heaping tablespoon of the fabulous seasoning, plus the juice of half a lime. Add the meat back to the skillet, stirring to combine and serve.

Try this tasty Mexican seasoning blend on burgers or grilled meats for extra wonderful flavor!

 

Mexican Seasoning Blend
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Mexican oregano
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Store in a small jar.

 

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Honey Butter Pork Tenderloin

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In searching for easy recipes, I have decided I am a hoarder, a cookbook hoarder that is! I wish I would have counted the cookbooks I have in this house, but I have already taken a load to Goodwill.

I have always been a sucker for a cookbook. I tend to pick them up on trips, at flea markets, at Goodwill, and from anyone selling them for a cause. I should never be at a loss for what to cook!

Honey Butter Pork Tenderloin is a treasure that I found while cleaning out! This recipe has an excellent flavor and requires very few ingredients, very little preparation, and very little clean-up. With just five ingredients and one pan, you will have dinner on the table in no time flat!

A package of pork tenderloin typically comes with two small tenderloin strips, not to be confused with a pork loin.  I always pick up a few packages for the freezer when I find them on sale.  They are versatile and you can find several pork tenderloin recipes on NJSD.  I cook tenderloins to around 145°F to 150°F and they come out fork-tender every time.

Honey Butter Pork Tenderloin
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1.5-lb. pour tenderloin, trimmed
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. In an ovenproof skillet, heat the butter and honey over medium heat until melted. Dry the tenderloin with paper towels and sprinkle all sides with Cajun seasoning and black pepper. Brown each side of the tenderloin in the honey butter. Remove from the eye and lower the heat before returning the pan to the heat if the honey begins to burn.
  2. Place the pan in the oven, uncovered, and roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the meat reaches between 145°F and 150°F with a meat thermometer.
  3. Remove from the oven and cover with foil for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Slice tenderloin on a diagonal and serve.

 

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Fat Tuesday Fried Chicken

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One of the best things about living on the Gulf coast was being introduced to Cajun food and Mardi Gras. One of the first things we did on the coast was to attend a family-friendly Mardi Gras parade. We were all caught up in the spirit of the celebration with moon pies and beads. We often visited Louisana while living in Pensacola, especially during the years that Wes played with a travel ice hockey team out of Baton Rouge. We enjoyed the people, their food, and their customs.

We do not celebrate Mardi Gras in a big way here in Georgia, but I say, there’s no better excuse to cook up some good Cajun food. I found this recipe on www.raisedonaroux.com, where I found many other recipes that I can’t wait to try!  This chicken marinates for 48 hours for a wonderful flavor. It’s cooks up wonderfully crispy with the addition of corn starch, and it is incredibly moist and juicy. Don’t let the hot sauce scare you because it isn’t hot at all. The marinade simply gives it an excellent taste.

 

Fat Tuesday Fried Chicken
 
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Ingredients
  • Seasoning Mix:
  • 3 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 2 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. white pepper
  • 1 (3-lb.) whole chickens, cut into serving pieces
  • 4 c. buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp. Louisiana hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Crystal hot sauce
  • 4 c. all-purpose flour
  • ½ c. corn starch
  • Peanut oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, thoroughly combine seasoning mix. Season chicken with 6 tbsp. of the mix. Reserve remaining mix. Place chicken in 1 or 2 large resealable bags.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine buttermilk and hot sauces; pour over the chicken. Seal and refrigerate for a least 4 hours or up to 48 hours, (the longer it soaks the better), turning occasionally.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, and reserved seasoning mix.
  4. Set a rack on a large baking sheet.
  5. Working one piece at a time, remove chicken from buttermilk mixture, allowing excess to drip back into the bag. Dredge in flour mixture and shake off excess. Place on prepared rack.
  6. Pour oil halfway up the side of a large, deep skillet (preferably cast iron) and heat to 350° F.
  7. Prepare another large baking sheet lined with paper towels and a rack over top.
  8. Fry chicken in batches, starting skin side down. Do not overcrowd skillet. Once chicken is added to oil, the temperature will drop. Maintain cooking temperature of 315° F for ideal frying. Fry, turning, until golden brown and cooked through to reach an internal temperature of 165° F. Remove to rack and allow to drain. Let stand at least 5 minutes before serving.

 

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Twisted Slaw

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The summer of 2016 has been one of the hottest and dryest that I can recall. Our grass is brown, we have trees dying, and our yard already resembles autumn with the yellow and falling leaves. We, most likely, have several more weeks of hot weather, but I am over summer already!

Labor Day is going to be the unofficial end of summer for me, and I’m going to send it off with a bang! I will be with family this year cooking up all of our favorite summertime foods. Hamburgers and hot dogs, brown sugar baked beans, potato salad, homemade ice cream and my cousins fabulous Twisted Slaw!

My cousin, Regina, has a delicious slaw recipe. It is similar to the slaw I have made for years. However, the addition of bell pepper, chives, and green onions definitely takes her slaw over the top with the fresh flavor. It’s delicious alone or on top of a burger or hot dog!

If you are looking for a short-cut, use the pre-shredded cabbage. Regina says that she does this often when feeding her big family. Prepare several hours before serving and store in the refrigerator. Oh, and don’t forget to have a few extra copies of this recipe handy at the cookout because it’s sure to be a hit!

 

Twisted Slaw
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 heads cabbage, chopped
  • 1 lg. carrot, chopped
  • ¼ c. chopped chives
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ½ c. chopped bell pepper
  • ⅛ c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. seasoning salt
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1½ c. mayonnaise
Instructions
  1. Mix the mayonnaise, vinegar, seasoning salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the bell pepper, green onions, chives, carrot, and cabbage and toss to coat the vegetables.
  2. Chill at least one hour before serving. Several hours makes it even better.
Notes
After mixing the slaw taste for sugar. It the slaw has a bitter taste add a bit more sugar.

 

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Emergency Italian Sausage

Until I moved to the country I had no reason to find a substitute Italian sausage recipe.  If I needed an item at the last minute I would run to the store…problem solved.  However, I am just too far away from a store to run out when I need one ingredient.

I had big plans to make low carb, vegetable lasagna last week.  Greg is a former “meat and potatoes” guy.  Former being the key word, because a little over a year ago he started eating low carb.  Now, I guess he’s just a “meat” guy.  Anyway, he really wanted some sort of meat in the “vegetable” lasagna that I had planned.  I had breakfast sausage in the freezer so I frantically started searching for a way to season it and turn it into Italian sausage.  I found a recipe on Back to Her Roots that worked wonderfully.  I adjusted the garlic powder slightly (decreased by 1/4 tsp.) and it was delicious!

Because I need to have this recipe in a safe place for future emergencies and because you may have an emergency yourself one day, I’m going to post this to NJSD.

 

Emergency Italian Sausage
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ¾ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (or more if you want it hot)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients with hands until mixed well and seasoning is distributed evenly. Use as needed.
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