Granny's Cornbread Salad

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The Scoop

It is not picture taking weather here in Idaho so I have’t been getting any taken. I wrote this post a while ago and had it in the can to share at some point and now seems like a good time.

Granny’s cornbread salad is not only one of my favorite recipes, it reminds me of my Granny. She was my mom’s mom and a very sweet and kind lady. As I grew up I learned I had a lot of her traits. We both rearrange(d) our furniture when we clean(ed) house, we both love(d) old BBC sitcoms, we both kick(ed) our foot when we would try to sit still and the list goes on.

Anyway back to my story. As Granny got older she started losing her vision from Macular Degeneration but she wanted to record and share her recipes with us grand kids. So I gave her my old electric typewriter and even though she didn’t know how to type, she slowly typed recipes on cards. She made one for me and one for my cousin and the other grandchildren. She put little stickers on them and put together the cutest little recipe books. I use mine all the time and always think of her when I do.

The bowl in the picture above also reminds me of granny as she had the exact one and used it all the time. I found one in an antique store many years ago and use it all the time too.

You can see how much I use this recipe, a tribute to how much my family likes it. It is so easy to make and really a meal in one bowl. I make it mostly in the summer for some reason.

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I vary the ingredients too. I like black beans sometimes instead of kidney and I might use red and yellow peppers instead of green. I usually make extra bacon because if you are going to eat bacon you might as well have plenty. Ha Ha. Also instead of mayo I will use half yogurt or even all yogurt. I think Greek yogurt is just as tasty as mayo.

I cook my bacon on a sheet pan in the oven. I think it’s the best way to make a lot of bacon.

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I like a nice white cheddar cheese for this salad. A fruity white wine goes perfectly with this salad as well as does a glass of iced tea.

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My One True Love In The Kitchen

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Maybe one of the things I have loved the longest

Pizza

It's true, pizza has been in my life since childhood, so the only things I have loved longer are my parents! It makes me happy when I am sad, it fills the void when I am lonely, it is my everything in the food kingdom! Ha ha!

I have made my own pizzas since I became a mom which was at a very young age. I have tried lots of dough recipes but there is one that I have probably made once a week for 25 years.

This dough can be used right away or you can let is rise once or even twice which now that I have more time is my preference. When I was working, going to school and raising a family, I used it right away.

Ingredients for pizza dough:

  • 2.5 tsp yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2. 5 cups all unbleached purpose flour

Directions for pizza dough:

This makes one normal thickness crust as shown in the picture or two thin crusts. I use sheet pans and just spread the dough out with my hands.

Add one cup warm water to the two and half teaspoons yeast. Add one tsp of sugar and let rest about 5 minutes until you see the mixture bubble. That means the yeast is eating! Then add one teaspoon salt and one tablespoon olive oil and lastly stir in the flour.

Mix until it all sticks together in one lump. At this point you can use right away or you can cover with a towel and let it rest until it doubles in size. You can use it then or you can punch it down and let it rise one more time. I love to do the last option because it seems to give the dough a lovely sourdough flavor which I adore.

Use any toppings you want. I love everything under the sun. I usually cook it all together and add to the pizza. I prefer to make my own pizza sauce too but you can used jarred. 

Ingredients for pizza sauce:

  • Tomato Paste 1 can
  • Olive Oil 3 T
  • Water 1/4 to 1/2 cup
  • Crushed Garlic 1-2 gloves
  • Italian Seasoning 1 T
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes. 1 tsp (optional)
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Cracked Black Pepper to taste

Directions for pizza sauce:

I put olive oil and the crushed garlic in a pan and heat to let the flavors mingle. If I have time I will turn off heat and cover for a few minutes so the oil is really infused. Then I add the rest of the ingredients and just some of the water and heat. As it gets hot I add water until I get the consistency I want for the sauce.

Once you spread out your dough, spread on the sauce and then add your toppings. Lastly add your cheese. I use fresh grated Parmesan and Mozzarella. Not too much cheese as it overpowers the other flavors in the pizza. Before I pop it all into the oven, I drizzle a little olive oil over it and add a few more pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. Then in the over for 15 to 20 minutes. The time will depend on how crisp you like the crust. We love crispy crusts.

 

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One of my favorite pizzas to make in the spring is a mushroom pizza made with Morel mushrooms that I find while on my trail runs. Yes, I run and keep an eye out and stop if I see them.  They grow near Trillium flowers that have turned from white to purple up here in the mountains. Believe me there is not a better pizza than those made with these jewels. They are often served in expensive restuarants around here.

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Often if in a pinch my husband will create the most amazing pizza from a box. He cooks up fresh toppings like mushrooms, onions, red peppers, etc. adds to the frozen pizza with extra fresh cheeses and and boom, to die for almost homemade pizza!

And now for comedy relief! This is one of my all time favorite posters! Just saying!

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Thanks for joining me in my kitchen gang! Hope to see you back soon!

Peace!


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What's For Dinner?

Cooking With Cheryl

Easy Healhty Meals

Hey foodie friends! I'm so glad you have been popping by on the weekends and joining me in my kitchen.  I so wish we were all sitting together with a cup of coffee! 

This week's recipe was totally made up and it turned out so good. I am finding I create more of my dinners lately as I try to keep them tasty and healthy!

Ingredients for the meal serving two:

  • Aidell Chicken and Pineapple Sausages
  • Sweet Kale Salad Kit
  • Black Rice
  • Olive Oil
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

The Sweet Kale Salad Kit (made up of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and several more things like that is something that I eat in one form or another at least three nights a week. I love them fresh as a salad and I love to roast them as in this meal.  I also get these amazing chicken sausages at Costco but you can find both these items in most grocery stores. The sausage brand is Aidells. The sausages are organic and preservative free and they come in lots of flavors, like the one I am using (chicken and pineapple), chicken and apple, etc. As a fun side, another favorite of mine is black rice. It is such a pretty color on the plate and it has an amazing earthy flavor. 

Food plated in a bright dish

always makes it even more appealing.

The salad mix comes with a package of dried cranberries and sunflower seeds. I toss them on a sheet pan with the veggies lightly coating it all with olive oil, coarse sea salt and cracked black pepper. I roast them in a 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes turning them half way through.

I love to set a table!

For this meal we ate at our kitchen island for a casual dinner. 

Preparing Sausages: I sliced the sausages in diagonal shapes and put them on a lightly oiled sheet pan covered in foil (easy cleanup). I peppered them only. They are precooked so they only need to go into the oven a few minutes. I did about 15 minutes a 400 degree preheated oven, turning half way through because I love the lightly browned look and flavor.

Now for the rice. For two of us I use a half a cup of rice with a cup of water. I rinse the rice first then put it all in a pan and bring to a boil. Then I turn it down to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. This rice takes longer to cook that white.

And that is it! Boom dinner is served and it only takes about 30 minutes to make. 

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Food Choices

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the scoop

It would be reasonable for most people who read my blog regularly to think all I really enjoy is fashion. But the truth is fashion is easy for me to blog about. Cooking is one of my true loves. I also love home decorating, crafts, learning about wines, running and dog psychology! Ha! Ha! I am always wondering what my dogs are thinking.

Anyway, I thought I would sprinkle a little of my other interests here and there in my blog. Today I am showing you the versatility in my food choices. I above all am about health. But physical health is based a great deal on mental health for me. I need to love what I see, do and eat to feel content in this world. So I eat almost everything that is edible. I believe in balance, fresh, natural and most of all, home cooked. I think you can make anything you love healthier if you make it yourself with fresh ingredients.

Although I usually intermittent fast until about 11 AM, I still love breakfast foods. One of my favorite breakfasts is shown in the first picture. A poached egg on top of fresh sliced avocado on whole grain or sourdough bread with a drizzle of honey, a drizzle of sriracha and fresh cracked black pepper. To me this is a gift from the food gods!

Presentation is also important to me so I always use fun dishes when I do anything cooking or eating related. I have so many dishes that I have a dedicated dish room in my home in Idaho.  My little condo here in Arizona is bare bones so there is a lot of making do. Eventually I will get things arranged so both places are set up the way I want.

This next group of pictures are of the cake I made for my daughter-in-law's birthday this year. We were at the condo so I improvised some. I am not a cake mix user but for this cake you use a cake mix but add other things to amp it up. So I got the most chocolaty cake mix I could find and added some things. Here is the recipe from Giada on the Food Network. This recipe is a keeper. You add coffee and coconut and all sorts of goodness to make it taste home made! I love toasting the coconut and other little things that make this cake special. And more important than anything else, my family loved it!

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I think it is so fun to toast coconut!

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This last picture is of a salad I made out of Brussels Sprouts. This is goodness to the max! I chop up Burssells Sprouts added roasted red peppers and red onions. I chopped up a tart apple and added a little tomato and cooked this heavenly thick sliced bacon bought at the meat counter at Sprouts to mix throughout. I made a vinaigrette out of olive oil, cherry preserves, balsamic vinegar, fresh lemon and salt and pepper.  A sprinkle of goat cheese on this salad makes it perfection! 

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Here is a link to 10 amazing Brussels Sprouts salad recipes. I always alter mine to meet what I have in the kitchen or am in the mood for. 

ideas for creative time in your kitchen

It the first picture of this post my plate is from Williams Sonoma. I  have so many plates and things in my kitchen from this store. They have beautiful everything for the kitchen. My cake plate is Gracious Goods, I have two different cake plates from this company and I adore them. They make any cake look beautiful and I need all the help I can get! My salad serving bowl is from Target, as well as other cups and small plates seen in these pictures. It is another great place to get kitchen stuff! I linked up some fun cook books as well as other things that make time in the kitchen almost spiritual for me! 

P.S.

I was going through photos and realized I am starting to get homesick when I saw my fireplace back at my Idaho home. As much as I love Arizona in the winter, there's no place like home. 

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Peace!


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