Barbecue Flapjacks

I am not cooking at all since my injury and repair of a ruptured Achilles tendon.  This does not mean we are going hungry because many kind friends are bringing us meals. I will take this “off” time to post some old recipes, family favorites in years past. No photos to go with them, but why don’t you try some of these and send me a photo of your results?

My mother, Opal Teal, sent me a recipe card on which she had written this recipe. I treasure the card with her handwriting. We had this often when our sons were “growing boys.”

Barbecue Flapjacks

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. barbecue sauce
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
dash Tabasco sauce
1 can refrigerated baking powder biscuits (12 biscuits).
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

In large skillet, brown ground beef and onions  Add barbecue sauce, brown sugar and Tabasco.. Set aside.

Separate biscuit dough into 12 biscuits. Place one biscuit in each of 12 ungreased muffin cups pressing dough up sides to edge of cup. Spoon meat mixture into cups. Sprinkle each with cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Cranberry Orange Smoothie

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This is hands down my favorite smoothie of all the new ones we have tried!  I have never bought frozen cranberries before, but will keep them in the freezer now. I love adding fresh oranges. The combination of flavors is full of flavor and blends so well with Almond Coconut Milk and Greek yogurt.

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Cranberry Orange Smoothie

1 cup almond coconut milk
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used whole milk yogurt, not low-fat)
2/3 cup frozen cranberries
2 oranges, peeled, segmented, and seeded
2 tablespoons maple syrup, or to taste
Combine the almond milk, yogurt, cranberries, oranges and maple syrup in the blender.

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Baked Antipasto Ring

IMG_1815There are so many recipes that use crescent roll dough as the ingredient which makes the recipe both quick and delicious. This antipasto ring is simple enough to make for supper on a busy night and just right  for an appetizer for guests. Everyone loves antipasto, and you can stuff this pastry with a variety of antipasto ingredients.

Baked Antipasto Ring

2 cans crescent roll dough (I like to use Immaculate Baking Company’s product

1/2  cup well drained roasted red bell peppers, about 4 pieces

8 slices provolone cheese, halved

1/4 pound sliced peppered salami

1/4 pound prosciutto

1/4 pound sliced deli ham

pickled yellow hot pepper rings

1 sprig fresh rosemary, leaves stripped and chopped

optional:  sliced black or kalamata olives

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Unroll both cans of dough; separate into 8 rectangles. On ungreased 12-inch pizza pan, arrange rectangles in ring so short sides of rectangles form a circle in center. (Dough will overlap and part of the ends will hang over edge of pan. Dough ring should resemble a sun.)

Spread roasted red bell peppers towards center of ring on bottom halves of rectangles. Top with half of the cheese. Layer salami, ham and prosciutto slices over cheese. Arrange pepper rings over top. Sprinkle with olives if desired. Cover with remaining half of cheese.

Bring each dough rectangle hanging over side of pan up over stacked filling, tucking dough under bottom layer of dough to secure it. Repeat around sandwich until entire filling is enclosed. Sprinkle with black peppe and chopped fresh rosemary. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and let set for 10 minutes before slicing.

Cabbage and Smoked Sausage Soup

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On damp, wintry days, a pot of hearty soup bubbling on the stove sends out an invitation – “come to the table and warm your heart as well as your tummy!”   When I ladled this fragrant, brothy German style cabbage soup into our red pottery bowls, I smiled in anticipation today. Along with Joe’s contribution of a skillet of cornbread, it was perfect for the middle of a day that had not been an easy one, so it was indeed comfort food.  There are variations of this recipe in many cookbooks and online, proving this combination of foods invites variation and is very forgiving. One recipe I found included the addition of one can of condensed cream of celery soup which I found interesting and wanted to try, but true to form, I changed the soup to cream of chicken because that was in the pantry.  Here is my version.  It is delicious and makes enough for alot of people or several meals!

Cabbage and Smoked Sausage Soup

3 -4 strips thick sliced bacon, cut into small pieces

1 onion, chopped

4-5 carrots, peeled and sliced

3 celery stalks, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

5 medium yellow potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 smoked sausage ring or up to 1 pound links ( I used HEB’s Cranberry Pork link sausages)

6 cups chicken broth

1 can or carton cream of chicken soup

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper (or less if you prefer, we like pepper!)

1 teaspoon dried thyme

In large soup pot, cook bacon pieces until they begin to brown and release fat.  Add onion, saute 2-3 minutes, then add carrots, celery, sausage, and potaotes.  Add salt, pepper, and thyme, then stir in chicken broth. Bring to simmer and cook covered for about 30 minutes, until potatoes and carrots are tender. Add cream of chicken soup and stir. Continue heating 2 minutes, then turn off heat.  Stir, and ladle into bowls.