February 1, 2016

Mama's Red Velvet Cake

We went over to Mama and Daddy’s for supper yesterday and when I walked through to door there sat the layers for a red velvet cake cooling on racks.

awwwwwwww yeeeaaahhhhhh…

Mama was already cooking ribs, greasy rice and sweet potatoes and now there’s going to be red velvet cake too?? Praise the Lord!

A lot of people associate red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting – and since I never met a cream cheese frosting I didn’t like, that’s A-OK with me – but our old fashioned family recipe for red velvet cake uses what some folks call a ‘cooked frosting’ or ‘boiled icing’.

And I love it.

You boil flour and milk together to make the base, let it cool, then mix it with butter and sugar to make a butter cream that will blow your mind! It’s very stable and doesn’t have to be refrigerated (though, you can if you want). It also stands up to humidity and fluctuating temperatures like we’re prone to here in the South.

I’ve eaten a lot of red velvet cake in my day but I have to tell you, this recipe is, hands-down, my favorite. The cake is super moist and, well, velvety. And the icing reminds you of something your grandma would have made.

If you’re looking for a true, authentic, Southern red velvet cake recipe, this cake is what you’re looking for!

Mama's Red Velvet Cake with Cooked Buttercream Frosting! This is an old fashioned, heirloom Southern recipe for classic red velvet cake and the original cooked flour buttercream frosting.

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January 25, 2016

Egg Roll Stir-Fry

So… you may have noticed I’m cooking a lot of recipes these days that are low carb and gluten free. Well, lemme tell you, there’s a reason. The minute I turned forty last year the pounds started packing on.

I’m a big gal. And that’s fine. I came to terms with the fact I ain’t ever going to be a size two 15 years ago. But even us big girls have a range we like to stay in. And I stepped way out of that range this past year so I’m trying to get back in it again.

And you know what’s working for me? I’m trying to just eat meat and vegetables. I have dairy too and some nuts here and there if I get snacky but for the most part, it’s just meat and vegetables for me. No flour, sugar, rice, potatoes, pasta or bread.

And it’s working! I’ve lost 12 pounds in the last three weeks and I haven’t been hungry once. I guess it helps that I really, really, honest to God, do love vegetables :o)

On Sundays I cook up whole batches of yummy vegetables and soups & stews like these to eat off of during the week. And you know what? I look forward to meal time!

Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Fried Cabbage
Easy Asparagus
Black-Eyed Peas
Collard Greens
Southern Style Green Beans

Soups & Stews
Italian Sausage & Lentil Soup
Tuscan Chicken Stew (minus the potatoes – I added cauliflower instead)
Hamburger Vegetable Beef Soup (minus the extra potatoes)
15 Bean Turkey Soup
Buffalo Chicken Chili
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

So anyway, I came across this recipe from Once a Mom Always a Cook and just knew I had to try it! I LOVE EGG ROLLS. And the thought of being able to get all those yummy flavors in a dish I could enjoy without a shred of guilt sounded good to me!

This is delicious and it heats up beautifully too! I can’t wait to make this again!

Egg Roll Stir-Fry: all the flavor of an egg roll without the wrapper! Like an unstuffed egg roll in a bowl. So delicious!

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January 18, 2016

10 Easy Meals Made with Ground Beef

We eat A LOT of ground beef in my house. It’s affordable. It’s forgiving (kinda hard to screw it up). The kids love it. It’s versatile. And it freezes well.

I buy the gigantic family packs of it then portion it into 1-pound sections, wrap them with aluminum foil then toss them in the freezer. It’s way cheaper to buy it this way and the foil helps it last a little longer in the freezer than the clear plastic wrap the store wraps it in.

Here are 10 of my favorite ground beef recipes! Enjoy!

10 Easy Meals Made with Ground Beef

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