Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Best Banana Pudding Recipe

  • 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies OR 2 bags Vanilla Wafers
  • 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (5 oz.) box French Vanilla pudding
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 oz.) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream
  1. Line the bottom of a 13x9 inch inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.
  2. In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer.
  3. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth.
  4. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended.
  6. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bacon Double Cheeseburger Stuffed Meatloaf

Bacon Double Cheeseburger Stuffed Meatloaf
Serves 4-6  |  ACTIVE TIME 15 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 1 Hour 15 Minutes

1 pound 93% lean beef
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
½ cup 2% milk 
6 tablespoons ketchup, divided
1 tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 large egg
1 tablespoon brown sugar
8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded
1 pound bacon, uncooked

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl combine beef, bread crumbs and milk.  Pouring milk directly over bread crumbs.  Add 2 tablespoons ketchup, Worcestershire and steak seasoning. Set aside.

In a small bowl, crack egg and beat it slightly.  This helps prevent overworking the meat while combining, resulting in a tougher meatloaf.  Add egg to large bowl with meat mixture.  Combine well with hands, do not overwork the meat mixture.

Gentle press meatloaf into bowl and divide in half.  Place first half into 7x10” baking dish and form into a flat meatloaf  Gently press the center in to create a rim around the outside of the meatloaf.  Add shredded cheese into the center of the meatloaf.  

Form remaining half of meatloaf in the bowl into a size similar to the meatloaf in the pan.  Set op top and press the sides together to seal in the cheese.  Form into a loaf shape about 1½ - 2” tall.

You may notice cracks in the loaf.  Run your hands under warm water and then across the meatloaf to smooth the cracks out.  Set meatloaf aside.

In a small bowl combine 4 tablespoons ketchup and 1 tablespoon brown sugar.  Mix well with a fork.  Apply glaze evenly all over your meatloaf (except the bottom).  

Arrange bacon slices over the top of the meatloaf.  Start by wrapping a piece of bacon across the front side and a second piece of bacon across the back side.  Arrange remaining bacon over the top.  Tuck the ends of the bacon under the meatloaf (this prevents curling).

Place meatloaf in the oven and bake until bacon is crispy, about 1 hour.  

Remove from oven.  Allow to rest uncovered for 20 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

State Fair Turkey Legs

State Fair Turkey Legs

2 liters lemon-lime soda
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons hot sauce
2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 Vidalia onion, chopped
1 tablespoon House Seasoning, recipe follows
3 tablespoons honey
4 turkey legs

Preheat grill. Combine all ingredients, except the
House Seasoning and honey, in a large stock pot and
bring to a low boil. Add turkey legs and boil for 30
minutes or until the turkey legs register 165 degrees
F. Put turkey legs on the grill, season with House
Seasoning and brush with honey. Grill over medium heat
for about 15 minutes, rotating occasionally as needed.
The turkey legs should be crispy and golden brown when

House Seasoning:
1 cup table salt
1/4 cup pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix the ingredients together and store in an air-tight
container for up to 6 months. Use as a seasoning on
meat and when cooking vegetables.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

When I don't have access to a grill I put the legs on the oven rack(with the oven preheated on 350) with a drip pan underneath. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing (Serves 2)


1/4 C. bacon grease
2 T. brown sugar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 T. red wine vinegar
pinch each of salt and pepper

Over medium heat, combine the bacon grease and brown sugar whisking until the sugar is well incorporated. Add in the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine. Reduce heat to simmer to keep warm.


4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (reserve bacon grease)
2 hard boil eggs, peeled and sliced
4 oz. fresh baby spinach
1/4 C. crumbled parmesan cheese

On a serving platter, add the spinach top with the sliced eggs, crumbled bacon and crumbled parmesan cheese. Pour the warm dressing over the top. Serve immediately.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Boss - Bloody Mary

Sooooo what can I say? I saw this on the menu and just had to order it......I mean c'mon its got a chicken wing on it! I've never even had a Bloody Mary until now. Win win situation having a drink and getting vegetables.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Deep Fried Oreos

Wellllllll I was at the South Carolina State Fair so you know I had to investigate. I have heard of them and by passed them last year to get the donut burger! But anyway it's now that they just batter the Oreo but after they are fried (needless to say I didn't see them use a temperature needle to make sure they were properly cooked!) they are buttered and covered with powdered sugar!

I really don't know how to describe it.....my mouth was confused and I didn't want to burn my tongue. Lets just say  it's just something that you just have to try for  yourself.

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