California Burgers

California Burger

1 pound lean ground beef 1 pound lean ground lamb 1/2 pound lean veal 2 tablespoons soy sauce Salt and black pepper to taste 2 medium-size ripe Haas avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Hot sauce to taste 4 to 6 toasted buns In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meats, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Mix well and shape into patties. Grill for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until all pink disappears. In a small bowl, combine the avocados, lime juice and hot sauce, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well. […]

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Blue Cheese Burgers

Blue Cheese Burger

2 pounds lean ground beef 1/2 pound lean ground pork 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives Salt and black pepper to taste 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 to 6 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese 4 to 6 toasted buns Combine the beef, pork, chives, salt, pepper, soy sauce and olive oil in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Shape the mixture into patties. Then, make a pocket in the center of each patty and fill each with a tablespoon of the blue cheese. Close the pocket by pinching the meat together. Grill for five to six minutes […]

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Spicy Burgers

Spicy Burger

2 pounds lean ground beef ¼ lean ground pork 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell peppers 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions 3 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon dried oregano 2 teaspoons hot sauce Salt and black pepper to taste 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce 6 hamburger buns, lightly toasted In a large mixing bowl, combine the beef, bell peppers, green onions, garlic, oregano, hot sauce and barbecue sauce. Season with salt and black pepper. Mix well, but do not overwork. Shape into patties. Grill the burgers for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until all pink disappears. Place the […]

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Milk Punch

Milk Punch

1 (4/5-quart) bottle of bourbon or brandy 3 quarts half-and-half 4 tablespoons vanilla extract Simple syrup (recipe below) Grated nutmeg Combine the bourbon, half-and-half, and vanilla in a one-gallon container. Add the simple syrup to attain desired sweetness. Chill well in the refrigerator. Serve in chilled glasses (not over ice) and sprinkle with nutmeg. Makes 1 gallon.   Simple syrup 1 cup water 1 cup sugar Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Boil until the sugar dissolves and liquid becomes slightly thick. Cool completely before using.

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Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

  4 cups good quality, thick tomato juice 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon celery salt 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 8 to 10 drops of Tabasco, or to taste 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 4 to 5 jiggers vodka Lime wedges for garnish In a large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients and chill for at least one hour. Stir again before serving. Pour into tall glasses over chipped ice and garnish with lime. Makes 4 drinks. Note: This is a real eye-opener when spiced up with hot sauce.

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Chocolate Mint Cookies

Mint Chocolate Cookies

2/3 cup butter or margarine 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 ounce square unsweetened chocolate, melted 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 10 ounces mint chocolate morsels Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Beat the butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add the sugars, beating well. Add the egg, vanilla and melted chocolate, mixing well. Gradually add the flour. Stir in the morsels. Drop by level tablespoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on the cookie […]

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Marinated Shrimp & Corn

Marinated Shrimp & Corn

3/4 cup olive oil 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 3 tablespoons Creole mustard 2 tablespoons chopped chives or green onions 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 2 pounds large shrimp, cooked in seasoned water, then peeled and deveined 2 cups fresh corn kernels Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Combine the oil, vinegar, mustard, green onions and parsley in a mixing bowl. Whisk to blend and set aside. Cool the shrimp after they are cooked and peeled. Steam the corn kernels in a little water for about two minutes. Remove from the heat, drain and cool. Put the shrimp […]

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Beef & Watercress Sandwiches

Beef & Watercress Sandwiches

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 pounds filet mignon, trimmed 1 pound cream cheese, softened 5- to 6-inch piece horseradish root, peeled and grated 1/3 cup minced chives Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 large bunch watercress, stemmed 12 slices firm whole wheat or country-style bread Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the filet mignon, and cook for two to three minutes on each side, or until the meat is medium-rare and browned on the outside. Remove from the pan and let stand for several minutes before slicing. Slice into thin […]

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Southern Sausage Cake

Southern Sausage Cake

1 pound hot bulk sausage ½ cup chopped onions 1 cup chopped red bell peppers 1 cup chopped green bell peppers ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese ½ cup grated Velveeta cheese 1 egg, slightly beaten ¼ teaspoon hot sauce ½ teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning 2 cups Bisquick ¾ cup milk ¼ cup sour cream Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the sausage in a skillet over medium heat. As the sausage begins to brown, add the bell peppers and cook until soft -3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain excess fat. Add the cheeses, egg, hot […]

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Biscuits of Many Kinds

Homemade Biscuits

As I write this, we have about a month before Mardi Gras arrives. This year we have a rather long Carnival season, and I hate to admit it, but I’ve already had my fill of King Cakes! And this year, not only are there the regular King Cakes, now there is King Cake Ale, King Cake cupcakes, and even King Cake flavored coffee. As much as I enjoy the Carnival season, I think I might just overdose on anything King Cake. I believe I might just brush up on my biscuit making. There is nothing I like more than hot […]

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