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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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Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Recipe

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Crispy and delicious, oven fried chicken is much healthier than the traditional fried chicken. Easy to prepare, it is a great dish anytime of the year.

 

 

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Mussels Provencal (Steamed Mussels in a White Wine Sauce)

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A traditional favorite in the South of France, Mussels Provencal are easy to prepare, and cook in no time. The secret to the tasty broth is a fine white wine. Be sure not to over cook them!

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in French Cuisine, Seafood

 

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Bengali Mustard Fish Curry

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On a trip to Bangalore, India a few years back, we met a wonderful Bengali chef named Manik Malik. He shared his very popular Bengali Fish Curry recipe with us. Fish lovers will rejoice at this delicious curry recipe made with simple ingredients and a simple process.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Fish (firm variety) – 1/2 lb (approx 500 g) – cleaned
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp

Mustard Oil – 3 Tbsp
Onion – 1/2 large
Tomato – 1/2 large
Garlic – 7 to 8 large cloves
Green Chilies – to taste
Mustard Seeds – 1 Tbsp
Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder – 1/4 tsp or to taste
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Hot Water – 1 1/2 cups
Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) – for garnishing

Method:

1. Marinate Fish for 10 minutes with 1/4 tsp of Turmeric Powder and 1/4 tsp Salt.
2. In a grinder or blender, form a paste of Onion, Tomato, Garlic, Green Chilies and Mustard Seeds.
3. Heat Mustard Oil in a pan and fry the fish for 1 minute on each side. Remove onto a paper towel lined plate and keep aside.
4. In the same oil, add ground paste, Cumin Powder, Red Chili Powder, Turmeric Powder and Salt. Mix well, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
5. Once mixture stops splattering, uncover and continue to cook until the oil separates from the mixture.
6. Add Fish back in and coat it with the mixture.
7. Add hot Water and gently stir.
8. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes.
9. Garnish with Cilantro and serve hot with Rice or Chapati.

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Indian Cuisine, Seafood

 

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Betty’s Elegant Chicken Cordon Bleu

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make an impressive and flavorful Elegant Chicken Cordon Bleu. This entrée is made by wrapping uncooked chicken around slices of ham and Swiss cheese. Then it is breaded and fried to a golden brown. When cut with a knife, the melted Swiss cheese delightfully oozes out of the center. This is an elegant and delicious entrée for a dinner party.

Ingredients:

2 whole chicken breasts, boned, halved, and skinned (I also trim off any fat.)
8 thin slices Swiss cheese
8 thin slices baked ham
2 eggs, well beaten
ground sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
½ cup fine, dry bread crumbs
4 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

In a small bowl, beat 2 eggs and set aside. Pound pieces of chicken breast thin and flat between two pieces of waxed paper with a mallet wrapped in aluminum foil. Brush both sides of each chicken breast piece with beaten egg. Put 2 slices of very thin Swiss cheese on each chicken piece so that it doesn’t overlap the chicken. Place 2 slices of very thin ham on top of the cheese so that it, too, doesn’t overlap. Brush the whole assembly with beaten egg and grind sea salt and black peppercorns to taste. Fold the long edges of the chicken slice over the cheese and ham slices, about ½-inch, then start at one end and roll the chicken like a jelly roll, making sure that the ham and cheese are completely hidden inside. Use toothpicks to keep chicken in place. Put each roll, as it is done, on a plate. Refrigerate the four chicken rolls for at least ½ hour. In a shallow dish, mix ½ cup dry breadcrumbs with 4 tablespoons cornstarch. Roll chilled rolls in beaten egg, then in cornstarch and breadcrumb mixture. Pat the coating on so it covers the chicken thickly and completely. Return to plate and chill again for at least ½ hour. Heat the butter and olive oil together in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry the chilled rolls in it, turning them as each side browns, until all pieces are golden. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately. This is a showy and elegant dish, and makes the focal point for a lovely dinner. I hope you enjoy it! Love, Betty ♥♥♥♥♥

 

 
 

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Bettys “Good Luck” Hoppin’ John Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make a traditional New Year’s Day dish, “Good Luck” Hoppin’ John. In the South, the belief is that if you eat Hoppin’ John on New year’s Day, you will have good luck all year long! I have a previous version of Hoppin’ John, which you may prefer, but this is my creation for New Year’s Day 2011.

Ingredients:

4 to 6 slices uncooked bacon
1 to 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/3 green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ medium onion, chopped
15-oz. can blackeye peas, undrained
(2) 10 ¾-oz. cans beef broth
enough uncooked long grain white rice to fill a beef broth can
sprig of fresh rosemary or other herb for garnish, optional

In a frying pan, place 4 to 6 strips of bacon. Cook bacon until crisp. Remove from skillet and place on paper toweling to drain. In a medium-sized saucepan, place (2) 10 ¾-oz. cans beef broth and 1 equally-sized can of long grain white rice. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, cover tightly with a lid, and cook for 14 to 15 minutes, until rice absorbs beef broth. In the meantime, heat 1 to 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil in a deep skillet. Add 1/3 chopped green pepper, 2 cloves minced garlic and ½ chopped onion. Saute until onion is clear. To the deep skillet of sautéed vegetables add your cooked rice and a 15-oz. can of undrained blackeye peas. Stir all together, and return to heat for a short time to distribute heat to the blackeye peas and to intermingle flavors. Ladle out you Hoppin’ John into a nice serving bowl, and crumble (or slice) 4 to 6 slices of crisp bacon over the top. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary or other fresh herb, if desired. Serve immediately as a main course or as a side dish. I wish you the Happiest New Year! I hope this recipe brings you good luck throughout the year! (wink) –Betty ♥

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2011 in Betty's Kitchen

 

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Betty’s Original WOW! Peanut Butter Milkshake

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make her original WOW! Peanut Butter Milkshake. I think this is YouTube‘s Best Peanut Butter Milkshake!

Ingredients (for 1 large milkshake, with some peanut butter sauce leftover):

¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/8 cup milk (You may add more milk, if you like your milkshake thinner.)
Smoothie straws and/or iced tea spoons

In a small pot, combine ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water. Place over medium-high heat and stir constantly, until the sugar melts, forming a simple syrup. When you see bubbles forming around the edge of the pot, remove it from the heat. Allow the simple syrup to cool at room temperature for awhile, and then refrigerate until cool. Add ½ cup peanut butter and 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar to the simple syrup. Stir until smooth, making a peanut butter sauce. (This sauce may be used as a sundae topping as well.) Place 2 cups vanilla ice cream in a blender. Add 1/8 cup milk and ½ cup of the peanut butter sauce. Set blender to liquefy, and blend until smooth. (I like to leave some strands of peanut butter sauce in the blended milkshake. Pour immediately into a tall dessert glass (or two small dessert glasses). Insert a smoothie straw or iced tea spoon, and voila! The BEST Peanut Butter Milkshake you will find! Enjoy!!! –Betty 

 
 

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Betty’s Chewy Chocolate Drop Cookies

n this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Chewy Chocolate Drop Cookies. These are conveniently made with a cake mix and just a few other ingredients. They look yummy and taste great!

Ingredients:

½ cup butter
18.25-oz. chocolate cake mix (I used a Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix.)
2 eggs, well-beaten
1 tablespoon water
½ cup confectioner’s sugar, placed in a shallow bowl
cooking oil spray

In a large mixing bowl, use a pastry blender (or fork) to blend ½ cup butter and an 18.25-oz. package of chocolate cake mix, until the mixture is crumbly. Add 2 well-beaten eggs and 1 tablespoon water and stir until smooth. Let mixture rest 5 minutes. Use a spoon to get enough of the mixture out to form a 1-inch ball. Drop the mixture into the shallow bowl of confectioner’s sugar. Use your hands to roll the mixture into a ball, coating it with confectioner’s sugar. Place the coated chocolate ball in a baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking oil spray. Continue until all chocolate mixture has been made into coated chocolate drops. Bake at 375 degrees (F) for 10 minutes. Cool 1 minute in pan. Remove to wire rack and cool completely. These cookies will flatten during the baking process, and they will show a dusting of confectioner’s sugar on top of the chocolate cookie. These are tremendously quick and easy to make, and they look beautiful and taste wonderful! I hope you enjoy this recipe! –Betty

 
 

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Betty’s Italian Bread with Cheese Topping

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Italian Bread with Cheese Topping. The topping has a blend of two cheeses and some spices. This is a quick and easy way to perk up a loaf of Italian bread!


Ingredients:

½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 clove garlic, finely minced
¼ cup Cheddar cheese, finely shredded
1 ½ teaspoons milk
¼ teaspoon paprika
16-oz. loaf Italian bread (I used Italian bread from the deli section of my grocery store.)

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine ½ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, and 1 clove minced garlic. Set aside. In a small saucepan, combine ¼ cup shredded Cheddar cheese, 1 ½ teaspoons milk, and ¼ teaspoon paprika. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until cheese melts. Remove from heat and stir in mayonnaise mixture. Slice a 16-oz. loaf of Italian bread in half lengthwise and place bread halves, cut side up, in a shallow baking pan. Broil about 6 inches from the broiler unit in oven about 1 or 2 minutes, until lightly toasted. Spread toasted bread evenly with cheese mixture. Broil about 6 inches from broiler unit in oven about 1 or 2 minutes, until cheese mixture is melted and is beginning to brown. Remove from oven and place bread halves on large serving platter. Cut into generous slices and serve. I serve this with pasta, and my family loves it! Enjoy!!! –Betty 

 

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Betty’s Deep-Fried Mashed Potato Balls

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Deep-Fried Mashed Potato Balls. This is a great accompaniment to any dish you would serve with potatoes.

Ingredients:

2 cups cold mashed potatoes (You may use leftover mashed potatoes, or you can make and chill a package of instant mashed potatoes–any flavor; it will make about 2 cups.)
2 well-beaten eggs (I started with one egg in the video, but had to add another to do the whole amount of mashed potatoes.)
freshly ground sea salt, to taste (You may use regular table salt.)
seasoned pepper, to taste (You may use regular ground black pepper or freshly ground peppercorns.)
½ cup cornstarch
1 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs (I used the plain variety, but you may use a flavored type, if you like.)
peanut oil for deep-frying
a sprig of parsley for garnish

Grind sea salt into beaten eggs, to taste. Sprinkle beaten eggs with seasoned pepper, and set aside. Place ½ cup cornstarch in a shallow dish; also place 1 cup fine, dry bread crumbs in another shallow dish. Begin making your Deep-Fried Mashed Potato Balls by first forming a coating the balls: Take enough of the cold mashed potatoes into your hands to roll it into a 1-inch ball. Dip the ball into the egg mixture, then into the cornstarch, then back into the egg mixture, and finally into the breadcrumbs, tossing it gently to get it completely coated. Once it is completely coated, place it on a waiting plate, and repeat the process with the remaining cold mashed potatoes. You will get about 15 balls (or more if you make them a bit smaller than mine). When the balls are formed and coated, place them in the refrigerator or freezer to get them very cold, but not frozen. When ready to deep-fry the balls, put a little more than an inch of peanut oil in a heavy pot over medium heat. Let the oil get to about 350 degree (F). Place a ball on a slotted spoon and ease it into the hot oil. It should sizzle. You will be able to tend about 5 or 6 balls at a time. These do not need to be turned or moved, but they should be watched for brownness. When they are nice and brown, remove them from the hot oil with a slotted spoon, and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat this process until all coated potato balls have been deep-fried. Transfer the drained mashed potato balls to a nice serving plate, and garnish with a sprig of parsley. Serve immediately, because they are best when hot! I hope you enjoy this recipe! It is easy and fun, and it is a procedure that I came up with that I wanted to share with you! Love, Betty ♥

 

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