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Betty’s Version of Cheesy Peas

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make her version of Cheesy Peas. This recipe was inspired by our recent trip to Michael’s Restaurant in Ravenna, Kentucky. I have made almost every item that we found on the salad/buffet bar in bettyskitchen. I also have Blakemore peas in bettyskitchen, which is a vegetable side dish that is a little more elaborate than this simple version of Cheesy Peas, and you may prefer it.

Ingredients:

12-oz. package frozen green peas
8-oz. package Velveeta cheese product, cut into cubes
2-oz. jar sliced pimientos, undrained

Steam a 12-oz. package of frozen green peas, until they are crisp-tender. (They should retain their bright green color. If you don’t have a steamer, you may boil the peas until crisp-tender and then drain.) While the peas are being steamed, prepare your cheese sauce. In the top of a double boiler, place 8 ounces of Velveeta cheese, cut in cubes. Add a 2-ounce jar of undrained sliced pimientos. Stir continuously, until cheese is melted. Do not overheat. By the time the cheese sauce is melted, the peas will probably be steamed to the appropriate degree of doneness. Combine the peas and the cheese sauce. Stir thoroughly and pour your Cheesy Peas into a nice serving bowl. This makes a great side dish that goes with just about anything! I hope you enjoy the recipe! Love, Betty 

 

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Betty’s Traditonal Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Traditional Sweet Potato Pie. This is great for the holiday season and a wonderful alternative to Pumpkin pie!

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes (I used canned sweet potatoes, drained, and mashed them with a potato masher. You may cook fresh sweet potatoes in salted water until soft, and then drain, cool slightly, and mash, if you prefer.)
¾ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
¾ cup milk
2 eggs, well-beaten
1 tablespoon butter, melted
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
unbaked pie 9-inch pie crust (I used Sensational Sesame Seed Pie Crust, available in bettyskitchen.)
whipped topping

In a large mixing bowl, stir together 1 ½ cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes, ¾ cup light brown sugar, ¾ cup milk, 2 well-beaten eggs, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon. Beat well, until completely blended. Pour into unbaked pie crust. Cover the top outer edge of the pie crust with strips of aluminum foil to protect it from burning. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F, and bake 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or cold. Place a dollop of whipped cream on top of each piece of pie, if desired. This is a gorgeous pie, and it tastes wonderful. It is a perfect addition to your holiday table! Enjoy! Love, Betty ♥

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Baking, Betty's Kitchen, Sweets

 

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Betty’s Sweet and Sour Spiced Carrots Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Sweet and Sour Spiced Carrots. This is a great relish-type dish for a holiday table.

Ingredients:

4 to 6 medium carrots, peeled and cut into about 3-inch lengths
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup white vinegar
¾ cup water
1 teaspoon mustard seed
2 sticks of cinnamon, broken
3 whole cloves

Cook 4 to 6 prepared carrots for 5 minutes. Drain and cut into thin pieces. (Cut into a style that is attractive.) Combine ¾ cup sugar, ¾ cup white vinegar, ¾ cup water, 1 teaspoon mustard seed, 2 sticks cinnamon (broken), and 3 whole cloves. Simmer 10 minutes. Pour over carrots. Cool. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Drain well and place in a nice serving bowl to accompany a holiday (or other) dinner. We really enjoy Sweet and Sour Spiced Carrots with turkey, chicken, or ham. The carrots are very tasty! Enjoy!!! –Betty 

 
 

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Betty’s Fresh Fruit Medley with Orange Dressing Recipe

Zumo de naranjas sanguinas

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make a Fresh Fruit Medley with Orange Dressing. This fruit salad is made from oranges, apples, and bananas, which are generally easy-to-find. It becomes elegant when Orange Dressing is drizzled over the top.


Ingredients:

2 oranges, peeled and sliced into quarter-slices
2 apples, unpeeled and cubed (I used red delicious apples.)
2 bananas, sliced
splash of lemon juice
1 cup orange juice
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch

In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup orange juice, ½ cup sugar, and 2 teaspoons cornstarch. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened. Cool. Refrigerate until ready to use. When ready to assemble your salad, prepare the 2 oranges, 2 apples, and 2 bananas, using some lemon juice to protect the apples and bananas from browning. Stir fruits pieces until combined, and then transfer mixture to a nice medium-sized salad bowl. When ready to serve, pour the Orange Dressing into a small pitcher. Spoon a generous portion of the fruit mixture into sherbet glasses, and drizzle Orange Dressing over the top. This is a simple and elegant dessert, and is made of items you will quite often have on hand. It is a wonderful fruit salad to grace your holiday table, and it is healthy and low in calories. I hope you enjoy this recipe! –Betty 

 
 

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Betty’s Holiday Table Butter Pecan Spoon Rolls Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Holiday Table Butter Pecan Spoon Rolls. These are yeast rolls that you do not have to wait on to rise. Also, the addition of butter and pecans make them festive for your holiday table.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter
½ cup chopped pecans
2 cups warm water
1 package dry yeast
¼ cup sugar
¾ cup vegetable oil
4 cups self-rising flour
cooking oil spray for muffin tins

In a small saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter. Add ½ cup chopped pecans. Toast over low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, tending constantly. Drain any excess butter, and set aside to cool completely. In a measuring cup or small bowl, mix 2 cups warm water with 1 package dry yeast. Let sit, until ready to add to roll batter. In a large bowl, place ¼ cup sugar. Add yeast/water mixture. Stir together. Add ¾ cup vegetable oil and mix thoroughly. Stir in 4 cups self-rising flour. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Spoon batter into muffin tins that have been sprayed with cooking oil spray, filling two-thirds full. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 12 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Serve immediately with fresh butter. This dough will keep in the refrigerator easily for a week or more, making them really convenient for serving with large dinners. If you prefer to have plain spoon rolls, just leave out the buttered pecans. I hope you enjoy this recipe! –Betty 

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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Baking, Betty's Kitchen

 

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Betty’s St. Patrick’s Day Grasshopper Pie

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make St. Patrick’s Day Grasshopper Pie. The only connection this pie has to St. Patrick’s Day is that it is a gorgeous green color. The pie is made of marshmallows, crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and whipped cream. It is served in a Chocolate Crumb Pie Crust and garnished with sweetened whipped cream, chocolate curls, and green maraschino cherries.

Ingredients:

1 baked Chocolate Crumb Pie Crust (You will find a recipe for this in bettyskitchen. If you prefer, you may use a ready-made chocolate pie crust.)
32 large marshmallows
2/3 cup milk
¼ cup crème de menthe (You may substitute 1 tablespoon mint flavoring for a non-alcoholic version.)
3 tablespoons white (clear) crème de cacao—or crème de cocoa (You may substitute 2 teaspoons white chocolate flavoring for a non-alcoholic version. If you cannot find white, the color of the chocolate flavoring will darken the coloring of the finished pie.)
1 ½ cups chilled whipping cream
½ cup additional chilled whipping cream
small amount of confectioner’s sugar
dark chocolate curls or shavings (You will find a Quick Tip on making chocolate curls in bettyskitchen.)
green maraschino cherries

Heat 32 marshmallows with 2/3 cup milk in a saucepan over low to medium heat, stirring constantly until marshmallows are melted. Reduce heat if the sauce begins to stick to the bottom of the saucepan, and continue to stir continuously. (If the sauce sticks to the saucepan, it will brown slightly, causing small brown flecks in your pie mixture.) Chill sauce until thickened. Blend in ¼ cup crème de menthe and 3 tablespoons white (clear) crème de cacao. Use a mixer to beat 1 ½ cup whipping cream until stiff. Fold whipped cream into marshmallow mixture. Pour into baked chocolate crumb crust. With a mixer, beat ½ cup whipping cream until stiff. Add confectioner’s sugar, to taste. Place dollops of sweetened whipped cream evenly in a pattern on top of pie. Sprinkle chocolate curls or shavings on top of the whipped cream (or over the entire top of the pie). Place a green maraschino cherry on top of each dollop of whipped cream. Place pie in the refrigerator for 4 hours (or more), so that it will become firm. Cut individual slices and place them on nice dessert plates. This is a showy, dramatic dessert that tastes wonderful, and it allows you to have something green for dessert on Saint Patrick’s Day! I hope you enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day Grasshopper Pie! Love, Betty ♥♥♥♥♥

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Betty's Kitchen

 

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Betty’s Holiday Drinks with Ice Balls Recipe

Some typical alcoholic beverages.

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make ice balls and shows how they can be used in Betty’s Christmas Cherry-Pineapple Punch (already in bettyskitchen), and in a new recipe, Betty’s Whisky Sour. The use of ice balls in the place of ice cubes was inspired by Maker’s Mark distillery. I uploaded a video last year of our trip to Maker’s Mark Distillery, in which I explained the Maker’s Mark Ambassador program. You can become a Maker’s Mark ambassador, just by going to Maker’s Mark web site and signing up. (You must be of age.) Maker’s Mark will then place your name on a barrel of their fine bourbon whisky whenever it is ready to cure. It will take about 15 or 16 years for your barrel of whiskey to be cured. It is taste tested by a professional taster, and you will be informed of the progress of your barrel. When your barrel is ready to be bottled, you are given the opportunity to buy whisky from your barrel of whisky. Maker’s Mark sends all of its ambassadors Christmas gifts, and I have shown you a few of them. This year they sent out ice trays for making ice balls. They call them “bourbon balls,” not to be confused with the candy of the same name. (If you are interested in Bourbon Ball Candy, I have Maker’s Mark’s recipe demonstrated in bettyskitchen.) I thought some of your might have received your ice trays, and in this video, I show you how they look with Christmas Cherry-Pineapple Punch, and also with my own Whisky Sours. One great thing about the ice balls is that they keep your drink cold without diluting it like ice chips do. If you don’t have ice ball trays, you can experiment with matching small cups for half-circles of ice. Ice balls can be made ahead and frozen in a zip lock plastic bag for later use. The recipe for my Whisky Sours is below:

Whiskey Sours

Ingredients (for 1 drink):

1 ice ball (If can’t make ice balls, you may use crushed ice.)
2 oz. bourbon whisky
1 oz. lemon juice, chilled
1 oz. lime juice, chilled
2 oz. simple syrup (You can make simple syrup by placing ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water in a small pot and warming it on the stove until the sugar is dissolved. Then cool it in the refrigerator before adding it to the mix.)
½ orange slice, chilled
1 stemmed maraschino cherry, chilled
1 cocktail pick (optional)

Place an ice ball in an Old Fashioned glass. In a measuring cup, mix together 2 oz. bourbon whisky, 1 oz. lemon juice, 1 oz. lime juice, and 2 oz. simple syrup. (If you are not using an ice ball, also add ice chips.) Pour mixture into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. (If you don’t have a shaker, use a mixer or blender to blend well.) Immediately pour over ice ball, and place a cocktail pick containing ½ of an orange slice and 1 stemmed maraschino cherry on top of the drink. Enjoy!

 

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Betty’s Coconut Bonbons Video Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Christmas Coconut Bonbons. These bonbons are made of butter, confectioner’s sugar, sweetened condensed milk, pecans, and coconut, and then dipped in chocolate for a fantastic Christmas treat!

Ingredients:

½ cup butter, softened
16 ounce box confectioner’s sugar
½ of a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
3 ½ ounces flaked coconut
1 cup finely chopped pecans
12 ounce bag of semisweet chocolate chips
1 ounce paraffin (optional)

In a large mixing bowl, combine ½ cup butter and a 16 ounce box of confectioner’s sugar. Stir until well blended. Mix in ½ of a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, 3 ½ ounces of flaked coconut, and 1 cup of finely chopped pecans. Form mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a shallow baking pan that is lined with waxed paper. Chill balls for ½ to 1 hour in the refrigerator. In a double boiler, melt 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips and 1 ounce of paraffin (if desired). Use a toothpick to dip balls in melted chocolate mixture. Place on a large pan or platter that is covered with waxed paper. Chill, until ready to serve or store. When ready to serve, place the chilled bonbons on a nice serving plate, removing any excess chocolate that has stuck to the bottom. These can be made ahead and frozen. Just thaw them for a couple of hours before serving them. You may leave theses bonbons at room temperature or keep them refrigerated. They keep well when stored in a covered container. Enjoy!!! –Betty 

 

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Betty’s Christmas Fruitcake — Family Favorite!

Two types of vanilla extract

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Christmas Fruitcake. This recipe is a tradition in my family, and my sister, Barbara, makes it every year. It is much better that pre-packaged fruitcakes, and I think you will love the combination of Christmas-y flavors!

Ingredients:

1 lb. pitted dates, chopped
1 lb. pecans, chopped
¼ lb. red, candied cherries, chopped
¼ lb. green, candied cherries, chopped
½ lb. candied, sliced pineapple, chopped
1 cup sugar
1 cup self-rising flour
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs, well-beaten

Combine dates, pecans, cherries, and pineapple in a large mixing bowl; set aside. Combine dry ingredients; add to fruit mixture, stirring well. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Spoon batter into a buttered and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 250 degrees (F) for about 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool cake completely in pan. Remove, and place on a nice cake plate. Slice into ½-inch slices to serve. (It is very rich.) Note: Cake may be baked in 2 buttered and floured standard loaf pans at 250 degrees (F) for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted comes out clean. You may think you are not fond of fruitcake, but I think this recipe will convince you that it is a great tradition for the holidays. Thanks to my sister Barbara for the recipe, and much love to all of you at Christmastime! –Betty 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Baking, Betty's Kitchen, Sweets

 

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Betty’s Christmas Vanilla Butter Cookies

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Christmas Vanilla Butter Cookies. This recipe is designed for making cookies that are to be cut with specialty cookie cutters, and is also the perfect cookie for frosting. These Vanilla Butter Cookies taste great, too!

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg, well-beaten
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
red-colored sugar and green-colored sugar for sprinkling tops of cookies before baking (optional) or icing for after cooling (optional) (I will be uploading Icing for Christmas Cookies in the next upload.)

In a large bowl, beat 1 cup softened butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Blend in vanilla. Add 1 well-beaten egg, and beat for 1 minute. Stir in 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, gradually. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until dough is firm and easy to handle. Roll out on lightly floured surface to ¼-inch thickness. Cut into desired Christmas shapes with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheets or baking pans. Sprinkle with green-colored sugar or red-colored sugar, if desired. Bake in a pre-heated 325 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until edges just begin to brown. Cool on wire racks. Transfer to a nice serving plate or cookie tin. These make great Christmas gifts in cookie tins, or you can use them for your Christmas party or to leave for Santa! Enjoy! –Betty 

I know it’s not Christmas, but I am uploading Betty’s videos in some kind of order , so it’s not really the time for these kind of videos, but oh well Christmas cooking videos are always good in my opinion! Enjoy!

 

 

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