Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Baked Catfish with Lemon and Garlic

The origin of the lemon has not been determined, science suggests it may be northwestern India, where they have been cultivated for more than 2,500 years. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Easy Pumpkin Pie

Some of us can’t imagine American Thanksgiving table without pumpkin pie.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Waste Not, Turkey A la King

I hate to waste food. In my home we waste nothing. I hear too many stories about children going hungry. Nearly 16 million children face hunger in America. One in five kids faces hunger in America. Some children only get a meal in school and no meal on the weekends. Many other countries facing hunger.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Quickest Ever Turkey Pot Pie

A meat pie is a savory pie that can be filled with pork, beef, lamb, poultry, even fish, plus vegetables spice and herbs. There are many kinds of meat pie, different sizes and different pastry types. They can be made in a pie plate or a square or rectangular baking pan. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pasta with Garlic Butter Sauce

Fettuccine, the first pasta shapes were made by hand with simple tools. Fettuccine, which some credit with originating in Rome, are made from flat sheets of pasta cut into ribbon shape strands.  It is one of the most popular pasta shapes. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Don’t order pizza and don’t bother with the frozen pizza. This homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza taste better.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Honey BBQ Country Style Pork Ribs

Barbecue sauce has been used to add flavor to grilled and smoked meats for as long as 300 years. The history of barbecue sauce isn't clear, but we know that the mustard-based sauce that's native to South Carolina has been traced back to 17th century Germany. Barbecue masters have their own special sauce recipe, but depending on where you set up your smoker in the United States, you'll probably use a different style of sauce. This is because each region, sometimes even within a state, has its own signature style. Sauces are used in a few different ways. Some meats and ribs are marinated in sauce and then grilled and basted. Other meats, like beef brisket and pork butt, are typically cooked with a dry rub and then sauced after they've been sliced or pulled.



Monday, November 3, 2014

Ham and Pineapple with Rice

Pineapple is not native to Hawaii. It was first canned and became a major crop there, so therefore we associate pineapple with Hawaii and the islands. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Little Smokies with Mustard Bacon Sauce

The origins of mustard are unknown, but it is a Northern Hemisphere plant, the seeds have been found in Stone Age settlements. Egyptians tossed the seeds onto their food, and sent King Tut to the great beyond with a good supply in his tomb. The Sumerians ground it into a paste. Wealthy Romans ground it and mixed it with wine at the table. Cultivated for thousands of years, mustard was the main spice known to Europeans before the advent of the Asian spice trade, Westerners had mustard long before pepper, which originated in India. Once trade routes were established, ancient people from India to Egypt to Rome chewed mustard seeds with their meat for seasoning.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Beefy Potatoes

Many researchers believe that the potato’s arrival in northern Europe spelled an end to famine there. Corn, another American crop, played a similar but smaller role in southern Europe. More than that, as the historian William H. McNeill has argued, the potato led to empire, “By feeding rapidly growing populations, permitted a handful of European nations to assert dominion over most of the world between 1750 and 1950.” The potato, in other words, fueled the rise of the West.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cheddar Chicken

Choose fresh parsley over the dried form of the herb since it is superior in flavor. Choose fresh parsley that is deep green in color and looks fresh and crisp. Avoid leaves that are wilted or yellow as this indicates that they are either damage or over mature. Just like with any dried herbs, if you choose to purchase dried parsley flakes, try to select organically grown parsley since this will give you more assurance that the herbs have not been irradiated. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Recipes for Deviled Eggs

Can you imagine a family gathering without deviled eggs? I can’t. Deviled eggs are easy to make and everyone loves deviled eggs, so you can bet that the plate will be empty. Check out these deviled eggs.  There is so many different ways you can make deviled eggs. It is important to boil the eggs just right. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Taco Stew

The Union Soldiers ate beef stew. One of the culinary issues during the Civil War, for both North and South was inexperience. Back then men were used to having the woman of the home, or female slaves cooking. For male soldier, cooking was completely different. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Garlic Cheese Bread

Bread, comes in various forms, and is the most widely consumed food in the world. Not only is it an important source of carbohydrates, it’s also portable and compact, which kind of explain why it has been an integral part of our diet for thousands of years. In fact, some think humans started baking bread at least 30,000 years ago.

Friday, September 5, 2014

BBQ Pasta

All barbecue masters have their own special sauce recipe, but depending on where you set up your smoker in America, you'll probably use a different style of sauce. Each region has its own signature style. Sauces are used in a few different ways. Some meats are marinated in sauce and then grilled and basted. Other meats, like beef brisket and pork butt, are typically cooked with a dry rub and then sauced after they've been sliced or pulled.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Create the Perfect Labor Day Picnic

Labor Day is just around the corner, folks will be on a picnic in full force. Are you stuck for ideas this weekend? No worries, I can help. I have come up with a Labor Day picnic menu.  Whether you are picnicking far away or barbequing in your backyard, something about eating outdoors just seems to make the food taste better. Picnics are an old tradition and wonderful.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Crispy Fried Pork Chop Bites

A cultural influence from around the world has helped make Southern food what it is today. Southern food is rooted in local and imported ingredients, necessity and frugality.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Red Pepper Corn Bread

We have Native Americans to thank for the corn bread.  Its humble beginnings can be traced back to the Indians that European settlers came in contact with when they first arrived in America. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

9 To Die for Recipes with Cake Mix


You would have never guessed any of these decadent desserts started with store bought cake mix.  These recipes are a snap to make. You can make cookies from cake mix; you can make all kinds of stuff with cake mix. You can even make cupcakes with cake mix. Baking can be a piece of cake when you easy shortcuts like boxed cake mix. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Shrimp with Rice

Fresh shrimp should have firm bodies that are still attached to their shells. They should be free of black spots on their shell since this indicates that the flesh has begun to break down. In addition, the shells should not appear yellow or gritty as this may be indicative that sodium bisulfate or another chemical has been used to bleach the shells. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pineapple Ham Pasta Salad

Pineapples have exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart. Pineapple and bananas are America's favorite tropical fruit. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BBQ Smoked Sausage with Rice


Akita Komachi Rice: 
One of the two japonica rice varieties favored by the Japanese for sushi, along with koshihkari. Both types are not limited to cultivation in Japan, and are grown in California and elsewhere.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Potatoes and Onions with Peppers

Onions are popular and a versatile vegetables in the world. They can be eaten in a number of ways raw, sauteed, baked, grilled, stuffed, pickled or fried. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Foil Packs Taking Over

In the back yard grilling or on a camping trip, foil pack meals are perfect. Cooking is simple. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ranch Chicken Tenders

More than 50 years ago, Steve Henson, from Nebraska, dreamed of being rich, like so many of us do.  He took his high school sweetheart Gayle, and they headed west.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Chicken Fruit Salad

Blueberries rank only second to strawberries in popularity of berries in America. Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked in the America diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Raw blueberries provide you with the best nutritional benefits.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hot Dog Packets with Spicy ketchup


July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution, 1775 - 83. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Texmex Burrito

The story of rice in America began by accident in 1685, after a storm damaged ship docked in the harbor. of Charleston, California. The captain of the ship gave a small bag of “Rice Seeds Golded,”  as a gift to the local planter. While that might be so, it was not likely to be the first appearance of rice in the New World. Colonists from Europe had also brought rice to America in the 1600s. By 1726, Charleston was exporting more than 4,000 tons of rice a year, later became the standard of high quality rice throughout the world. When America gained independence 50 years later, rice was one of the major agricultural crops.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuna Potato Croquetts



Potatoes are often packaged in a plastic bag, it is usually better to buy them individually from a bulk display. This allow you to better inspect the potatoes for signs of decay or damage, but many times, the plastic bags are not perforated and cause a buildup of moisture that can negatively affect the potatoes.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Elbow with Beef


Choose peppers that have deep vivid colors, taut skin, and that are free of soft spots, blemishes and dark areas. Their stems should be green and fresh looking. Peppers should be firm enough so that they will only yield slightly to a small amount of pressure. Avoid those that have signs of decay including injuries to the skin or water soaked areas. The shape of the pepper does not generally affect the quality, but may not be suitable for some recipes.  Peppers are available throughout the year, but are best in the summer and early fall.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Texmex Meatloaf

Meatloaf with mashed potatoes has often been called “the all American meal.” Many casual and or diner have meatloaf on the menu. Like a lot of classic American food, the true story of how it came to be will never be known for sure. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tuna Salad Boat

The origin of the lemon is unknown; however, science suggests it may be northwestern India, where they have been cultivated for more than 2,500 years.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Chicken Broccoli Skillet

Either you love broccoli or you hate. Some broccoli hates cite a strong flavor and aroma as the cause, but you can tame this green flower. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Make Dinner on Father’s Day




Make Dinner on Father's Day
By Christine Lamb/Christine's Pantry

Your dad will love this treat on Father’s Day! Let your dad know how much you love him. Make your dad a special dinner. He will love it. Serve Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Crusty Roasted Potatoes and end it with a strawberry watermelon treat. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Beefy Rice

Corn is much more than a wonderful summer picnic food.  Native Americans domesticated nine of the most important food crops in the world, including corn, called maize (zea mays), which now provides about 20 percent of human nutrition across the globe.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Texmex Hot Dogs

Memorial Day, American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died for our country. It was originally known as Decoration Day; it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by decorating graves with flowers, flags and wreaths, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. It marks the beginning of summer. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Grilled Pork Loin Chops

Brining is a great way to add moisture to any meat and is beneficial with pork. The real benefit however is going to be with thicker cuts of meat. If you are using thin chops brining may not be the best way to go.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Honey Mustard Deviled Eggs

Honey is an organic, natural sugar alternative with no additives and it is easy on the stomach, adapts to all cooking processes, and shelve life is indefinite. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

BLT Pasta Salad with Ranch Dressing

Where do salad dressing get their names? Manufacturers come up with new flavors all the time, some consumers like to stick to their longtime favorites in salad dressings. Such as, French, Italian, ranch and Thousand Island.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Chicken and Rice Skillet

Rice in America began by accident in 1685, after a storm damaged ship from Madagascar docked in the harbor of Charleston, SC. The captain of the ship gave a small bag of “Golden Seede Rice, “as a gift to a local planter. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Taco Rice

Taco rice (takoraisu) is a Japanese dish. It’s a taco served on a bed of rice. The two main ingredients are rice and taco seasoned ground beef. You can add what you would add to a taco, such as cheese, shredded lettuce and tomatoes. The rice soaks up the flavor of the seasoned ground beef. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Texmex Seasoned Ground Beef

One of my favorite meals is tacos. The main ingredient in tacos is the seasoned ground beef. You can buy the store bought taco seasoning packets, but no need to when you can make your own taco seasoning. And, you probably already have the ingredients on hand. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tuna Noodle Skillet

About one percent of tuna comes to the market to be sold fresh. The rest goes to the cannery, because canned tuna is America's most popular fish. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Mushroom Onion Hamburger

In Iowa, the regional sandwich of choice is the “loose meat. “This unique sandwich is also known as a "Maid-Rite," because it is most associated with the 85 year old Maid Rite chain, which probably invented it. The company is based in Iowa but now has more than 80 locations all throughout the Midwest, Plains states and Texas. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mini Apple Pies

Cinnamon has been in use by humans for thousands of years, as early as 2,000 B.C. Egyptians employed it, as well as the related spice cassia, as a perfuming agent during the embalming process, and it was mentioned in the Old Testament as an ingredient in anointing oil. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Super Easy Chili

The city of Shiner, Texas... Deep in the heart of Texas, on a little spot hardly bigger than a postage stamp, sits Shiner, Texas.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

B.L.T. Salad

Choose tomatoes that have rich colors. Deep reds are a great choice. Tomatoes of all colors provide outstanding nutrient benefits. Tomatoes should be well shaped and smooth skinned with no wrinkles, cracks, bruises, or soft spots. They should not have a puffy appearance since that characteristic is often associated with inferior flavor and may also result in excess waste during preparation. Ripe tomatoes will yield to slight pressure and will have a noticeably sweet fragrance.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ham Glaze

You won’t locate it in the Bible; many cherished Easter traditions have been around for centuries. The most prominent symbol of the Christian holiday, Easter bunny was introduced to America by the German immigrants who brought their stories of an egg laying hare. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Quick Chicken Salad

The apple, celebrated fruit at the beginning human history. Start with Adam and Eve or the anthropological data on Stone Age man in Europe, the apple was there. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Microwave Baked Potato

Mashed, baked or made into French fries, many people often think of the potato as a comfort food. 

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