Tuesday, December 27, 2016


This recipe is from a good friend of mine, Stephanie DeLord.  She made these scrumptious, little treats to go on a salad she was serving for bunco at her home years ago.  Our bunco group has been playing together for over 20 years and every single woman is a fabulous cook.   I have gotten so many great recipes from them over the years and it has become more like a supper club/bunco group which is just fine with me.

Anyway....getting back to these pecans.  My sister-in-law and I decided to trim our holiday cooking down on CHRISTmas Day so we could enjoy more time with our children and their babies.  Best decision all year long!  She made lasagna, meatballs and pasta for the kids, and a dessert.  I made a salad, garlic bread, and a dessert.  Now, if I am going to only bring a salad with no main course, then that salad is not going to just be greens with tomatoes and cucumbers.  Soooo.....I put the greens in a large bowl.  I cut up grape tomatoes, green peppers, red peppers, shallots, and served kalamata olives, pepperoncini peppers and the spicy pecans in a divided dish that allowed everyone to make their salad to their own liking.  I also made a homemade vinaigrette and bought ranch dressing from Salt Grass Steakhouse (because I think they have the best).   Let me add....the good thing (or maybe the bad thing) about these pecans is that they are so good you can eat them as a snack by themselves.  They are a little sweet and a little spicy.  I personally think you could double the cayenne in this recipe and it would be great.  I actually have a container of them sitting on the kitchen counter but between my son and I, they are disappearing at a rapid rate.

These pecans are really easy to make but you just have to keep an eye on them and be sure to stir them every 10-12 minutes for 40-45 minutes.  You really want the coating on the pecans to dry out/cook evenly so the turning of the pecans is very important.  I set a timer every time I stir so I don't forget.  Ten minutes goes by really fast.  It is also important to keep these pecans in a airtight container so they stay fresh and crispy.

Eat your greens with your spicy pecans and you will be a happy girl or guy!  Enjoy!


2 Large Egg Whites
1-1/2 teaspoons Salt
3/4 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 tablespoons Hungarian Paprika
1-1/2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
4-1/2 Pecan Halves
6 tablespoons Butter (melted)

Preheat Oven to 325 degrees.

Beat egg whites with salt until foamy.

Add sugar, worcestershire sauce, paprika, and cayenne.  

Fold in pecans and melted butter.  

Spread pecans evenly on a baking sheet. 
(I covered my baking sheet in foil for easy cleanup)

Bake 40-45 minutes stirring every 10-12 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool.

Store in an airtight container. 


Wednesday, November 30, 2016


My son and I love deviled eggs!

When I first started making them, I didn't have a clue what I was doing.  I was 18 with no recipe and no idea what goes into deviled eggs.

Now, 35 years later, I have made these probably 1,000,000 times (okay...maybe not that many but so very, very close! Haha!)

Weird thing happens every time I make these though...several of them go missing before I can serve them...Christopher!!!  So, I've learned over the years to make extra!

I really need to play around with some different ingredients to add to the eggs....bacon, jalapenos, cilantro, tabasco, sour cream, etc.  I think that any of those ingredients would make these like super-duper good!!

I usually make these by just eyeing the ingredients without measuring.  However, blogging requires me to try to determine ingredient amounts.  The ingredients are approximate so, just remember that you can always add but you cannot take away.  You may want to add a little more of this or that and you can totally do that.  Get creative...have fun...enjoy!


2 dozen eggs, boiled
6 tbsp. Mayonnaise
2-1/2 tbsp. Dill Relish (I like Dell Dixie)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1-2 teaspoons Mustard
Salt to taste
Ziploc Bag

Place eggs into a large pot with enough cold water to cover and bring to a boil.  Boil for 10 minutes.
Remove the pot from heat and pour off the water.  Let cool.

Peel the eggs and then cut in half lengthwise.  Remove the yolks from the eggs, placing them in a medium mixing bowl.  Place the white part of the egg in a deviled egg tray or a plate.

Using a hand mixer, add all the ingredients and mix well.

If the mixture seems to dry, add more mayo, dill relish, and mustard until you get it to a thick, paste-like consistency.

Open a gallon size ziploc bag and spoon in the yolk mixture and smoosh (how do you like that recipe lingo?) all of the way down to the bottom of the bag.

Cut a small piece of one of the corners off.  

Close the bag and then remove the air...twist the bag one or two rotations holding the bag in the corner of your hand between the thumb and your index finger.

 Squeeze the mixture into each egg half.

Top with your choice of ingredients...pimentos, bacon, paprika, etc.

Cover and refrigerate.


Monday, November 28, 2016


2 lbs. Boneless Chicken breasts and thighs, sprinkled liberally with TexJoy Steak Seasoning and Garlic Powder.  Bake in 400 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes or until chicken is 165 degrees.
2-3 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 Large Poblano Pepper, chopped
1/2 Medium Green or Red Bell Pepper
8 Garlic Cloves, chopped
4 Celery Stalks, chopped
10 Baby Carrots, chopped into bite size pieces
1 can Rotel Tomatoes, (I used the one with lime juice and cilantro)
3 quarts Homemade Chicken Stock or Campbell's Chicken Broth (this is an approximate amount.                 You may want to add more broth or water depending on how much liquid you like in your                    soup)
1 small bag frozen Baby Lima Beans
1 small bag frozen Sweet Corn
1 large Yellow Squash, sliced into bite size pieces
6-8 Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced (can use mushroom of your choice)
1/3 cup Cilantro, minced
2 Dried Red Chiles (optional)
Salt and Pepper
Toppings:  Chopped avocado, shredded cheese, green onions, fresh chopped cilantro

In a large soup pot, add olive oil and first 7 ingredients.  Saute on low to medium heat until onion is transluscent.

Add the Rotel tomatoes and chicken stock.

Chop the chicken and add to the soup, along with the rest of the ingredients.  Cook for another 30 minutes or longer.  Serve with toppings.


Sunday, August 21, 2016


Pioneer Woman's Curried Chicken Salad on Parmesan Crisps

I have my favorite chicken salad that I have been making for years.  I posted the recipe on this blog a few years ago.  (click here for recipe)  It is full of wonderful ingredients like grapes and almonds.  I have made that recipe like a million times (I may be exaggerating just a little).  Anyway, I was watching Pioneer Woman the other day and she was testing recipes for her new restaurant...which is now on my bucket list!  She made two different versions of chicken salad...one was like my recipe and one was called Curried Chicken Salad.  She served it to 6 of her friends and family and let them choose which one they like best.  Yep...you guessed it...they chose the curried version hands down.   Well that got my curiosity up and I decided I needed to see what was so great about adding curry to the chicken salad.

First of all, I don't think I have ever had curry in anything I have eaten.  I know, I have lived a sheltered life.  Second of all, I don't even know what curry is!  My son, the chef, explained that there are different kinds of curry with different ingredients with different measurements.  Oh geez Louise...this is getting out of my comfort zone and out of my very small culinary world!  But I am so intrigued by Pioneer Woman's little contest and findings that I keep moving forward.

I chose a curry powder that had tumeric, fenugreek, and coriander as the first three ingredients.  It was by a company called Morton & Bassett.  So, with that obstacle conquered I was ready to start putting ingredients together.

I decided to make both chicken salads...my tried and true recipe and the curried version.  I changed both of them up a little by using baked chicken breasts.  I have always used canned chicken and Pioneer Woman uses an entire roasted chicken.  I sprinkled them liberally with garlic powder and garlic salt.  Since I didn't know anything about curry powder, I didn't want to use a spice that would conflict and I think garlic was definitely the right choice.

The results....the curried chicken salad was full of amazing flavor.  I absolutely loved it.  I feel like I have been living in a culinary bubble and I just popped out of it...yayyyy for me!  It was very creamy from the mayo and yogurt, but it was crunchy too because of the almonds and celery.  It had just the right amount of sweetness from the raisins and sugar but the flavor was boosted with the salt and pepper.  I just love sugar and salt together....example my watermelon with salt sprinkled on or an apple with a little sugar on it...but I divert.  Bottom line....I like my sugar with a little bit of salt.

Conclusion:  I like them both and I cannot choose!  I am definitely keeping my recipe but I definitely going to make the curry chicken salad too.  Why do I have to choose...I don't and that makes my world a little better and a little bigger.


2-1/2 pounds Chicken Breasts (5 or 6 large)
Garlic Powder and Garlic Salt
3/4 Cup Golden Raisins
1/2 Cup Slivered Almonds
4 Green Onions, chopped
3 Stalks Celery, chopped very small
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
3 Tablespoons Curry Powder
2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Sprinkle the chicken breasts liberally with garlic powder and garlic salt.
Bake in a 400 degree over until done, approximately 45 minutes depending on size of chicken breasts or until a instant-read temperature probe inserted into the center of the breast reads 165 degrees
Chop into small bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl.
Add raisins, almonds, onions, and celery to the chicken and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, heavy cream, curry powder, cilantro, brown sugar, and some salt and pepper.  Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and gently toss to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Allow to chill for several hours or overnight.

Serve over mixed greens or bread of your choice.  (it is good no matter how you serve it)

Serves 6 people easily


Monday, August 15, 2016


Today was life changing!  I made a homemade pie crust for my first time ever. LoL!

I don't know why I waited because it was literally the easiest thing I did all day.  It was so flaky and so light that I am still a little giddy! I used Pioneer Woman's recipe and it took me less than 10 minutes to make it and then another 15 minutes to let it cool in the freezer.  So, 25 minutes later I have a pie dough that, when baked, beat any bought pie crust I have ever had.  There is seriously no comparison!

Thank you Pioneer Woman...I am high "five-ing" you from my Little Magnolia Kitchen!


3 Cups All Purpose Flour
3/4 Cups Shortening
1-1/2 Sticks (12 tablespoons) Salted Butter (Cold)
1 Egg, Beaten
5 Tablespoons Cold Water
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Salt

Put the flour in a large bowl.
With a pastry cutter, gradually work the shortening and butter into the flour until it resembles coarse meal, 3 to 4 minutes.
In a small bowl, beat the egg with a fork and pour it into the flour mixture.
Add the cold water, white vinegar, and salt.  Stir gently to combine.
Form the dough into 2 evenly sized balls and place each ball into a gallon food storage bag.
Using a rolling pin, slightly flatten each ball of dough (to about 1/2 inch thick) to make rolling easier later.
Seal the bags and place them in the freezer until you need them. (If you will be using them immediately, it is still a good idea to put them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to chill)  Note: I did this and then I had to wait for 15 minutes before I could work with the dough.  I am thinking that I might try 5 minutes next time.
When you are ready to use the dough to make a crust, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw for 15 minutes.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016


I was in a hurry the other day....like most days...but I still really wanted to eat something homemade.  I also wanted to cook something that my little 3 year old grandson might eat.  So, after wracking my brain, I finally decided to make a soup.

I have never made this soup before.  I actually used Pioneer Woman's Hamburger Soup recipe as a guide because I figured it would be the best.  But, I changed it, of course.  I wanted more depth of flavor so I kept adding garlic, spices, onions, worcestershire, etc.  I did not add anything spicy because of my grandson.  It was a hit.  My husband said it was the best soup he had ever eaten...so he got his picture in the post (don't tell him though, he was just being goofy in this pic).  My grandson didn't eat any of it. Ugh!  But he is 3 so ya just never know! Haha!  He actually ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich which is always a good choice and if I had a picture of him eating that, I would've posted it because he is just so precious!

This soup was done from start to finish in 45 minutes.  The potatoes take the longest so the smaller they are, the quicker the soup cooks.  Pioneer Woman's recipe called for carrots, but no baby lima beans or corn.  I didn't have any carrots but I had the other ingredients so that is what I used.  This soup is versatile and you can switch out veggies for the ones you like.  You could serve this with rice or tortillas.  And it is so full of flavor!  It is a recipe that I will be making over and over again!


2-1/2 lbs. Ground Sirloin
Garlic Powder (I use a lot)
Salt and Pepper
4 Green Onions, chopped
1 Medium Onion
3 Stalks Celery, chopped
6 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
1 Yellow Bell Pepper, diced
4 Red New Potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 regular bag frozen Corn
1 regular bag frozen Baby Lima Beans
3-10 ounce cans Campbell's Beef Broth
2-10 ounce cans Water
2 teaspoons dried Oregano
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
Garlic Powder (1-2 tablespoons or more...I don't think there is such a thing as too much garlic)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
2-10 ounce cans Mild Rotel Tomatoes and Chiles
1-6 ounce can Tomato Paste
Red Chili Flakes or Cayenne Pepper or Hot Sauce for heat (if desired)

Place the meat in a large Dutch Oven and add green onions, onions, garlic, celery and a lot of garlic powder.  Also, add salt and pepper at this time to the meat.  Cook until the meat in done and then drain the grease.

Return to the stove and add the rest of the ingredients.  Return to a boil, then reduce heat and cook until the potatoes are tender.  Salt to taste.  Top with shredded cheese and/or chopped green onions, if desired.  Serve with cornbread or garlic bread.