Recent Posts by Tera Bare

Free Printable Catering Guide

Hot off the presses and free from my book Girlfriend’s Guide 2 Graduation Planning, a free printable catering guide just for ya’ll…

I thought I would share this free printable catering guide for all of you that are planning any type of get-together, or catering event.  I know from catering many events that it can be difficult to figure out how much food to make, so hopefully this will make things a little easier.  Enjoy and don’t forget to check out my book!

Free Printable Catering Guide

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Eggs Florentine

Eggs Florentine won’t seem so intimidating anymore!

Today was my first time in the whole world eating these eggs.  I’ve never, ever had Eggs Florentine and man, have I been missing out!  Also, this is  my first time having a Hollandaise sauce.  Before you freak out on me, remember, I’m a Southern girl and down here, we don’t fancy up our eggs too often.  Typically I just scramble, or fry them up,  but I wanted something different.

My twist was based on Bobby Deen’s recipe from his cookbook “From Mama’s Table to Mine”.  Awesome cookbook!  I’m in love!  For his recipe, buy his cookbook!  You won’t regret it!

 

Since I’m a newbie to this and usually the thought of soft, or runny eggs makes me want to run for the hills, I cooked my eggs a little longer than most of you probably do.  I also put mine on a multi-grain bread instead of an English muffin. But it turned out beautiful and it’s super healthy!  I think I’ll have them again!  Blog Signature

Toasted Bbq Ham and Turkey Sandwiches

These toasted bbq ham and turkey sandwiches are so quick and easy and I need to remember to snap a picture of one!

They makes a quick lunch or supper and you can put them together in a matter of minutes. Since you can mix and match the meats and cheese, you can make everyone happy.  My girls will even take a knife and trace a heart or their initials on the top of the sandwich in the butter so they know which one is theirs.  They’re based off a recipe from Kraft.

Ingredients:

Bread ~ Soft white bread, you need just enough for your family

Meats ~ ham, turkey, roast beef

Sliced cheese ~ Provolone or Swiss

Mayonnaise

Your favorite barbeque sauce

butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare your sandwich with mayo, and layer your favorite meat and cheese.  Then add the barbeque sauce and top with the other slice of bread.  Spread a thin amount of butter on the outside of the bread; you must do both slices. Trust me!  Then put sandwiches on a baking sheet and place in the oven.  Cook for about 5 minutes per side.  Be sure to flip them over when the top is golden brown.  Watch carefully so they don’t overcook.  They are done when the cheese is melted and they’re golden brown.

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Simple Chicken and Dumplings

This recipe has taken me almost my whole married life to perfect.  Really.  This is supposed to be so easy that any Southerner should be able to do it in their sleep, but not me.

Give me something hard and it’s no prob but this has kept me up at night and to make it worse, it’s one of my hubby’s favorites.  His great-aunt was amazing at it. But I think I’ve got it!  It’s probably still not perfect, but it’s darn close.  I kept it as simple as I could.  It is warm, comforting and delicious.  Again I started really easy with the seasonings, because I like to adjust as things cook.  This way it becomes your recipe. You can use a whole chicken and the broth from it which would be amazing. But tonight I just had boneless, skinless chicken and it worked just fine.

People also argue over whether to do rolled dumplings or drop dumplings.  I do drop most of the time.  Mainly because it saves a lot of time and I don’t have to get flour everywhere.  There’s no need to argue and debate the type of dumplings, both are amazing!  So no more arguing people!

Broth:

2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1 bouillon cube

1 can cream of chicken soup

2 tbsp. butter and 3-4 tablespoons of flour

Dumplings:

2 cups of flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

/4 cup of shortening

1 tsp. butter

3/4 – 1 cup of milk

Directions:

Boil chicken in a large pot covered with water.  Add the seasonings and bouillon cube.  Cook chicken till done.  Then remove chicken and save the broth in the pot.  Shred chicken and add back to the pot with the broth.

a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients for the dumplings together.  Add the shortening and butter and cut in with a pastry cutter. Work together until it’s evenly mixed, but don’t overwork.  Add in 3/4 cup of the milk and stir gently until you have a nice dough. If it’s too dry add in the rest of the milk.  Too wet add a little bit of flour.  Set to the side and allow it to rest for at least 20 minutes.

In a small pan melt butter and add the 1/4 cup of flour.  Allow the flour and butter to cook for a few minutes to get rid of the flour taste.  Mix together adding broth with a whisk until nice and smooth.  Add to broth pot and mix.  I added it about a tablespoon at a time till I got the desired thickness of broth.  I wound up using about 1/2.  Bring pot to a boil.  This is the time to add the soup and adjust seasonings.  I added about 1 tsp. of salt and 1/4 tsp. more pepper and 1/4 tsp. of onion powder.  Adjust till you get the taste you want.

Take dumpling dough and either roll out on a floured surface and cut into thin squares or drop by tiny spoonfuls into the broth.  Every once in a while stir the dumplings very gently while adding them in.  After all dumplings have been added, reduce heat to a simmer and cover.  Cook for 15 to 20 minutes.  Do not take lid off!  When dumplings are fluffy in the middle they are done.

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