Sunday, May 1, 2016

Chicken and Egg Salad Sandwich / #SundaySupper

Today for Sunday Supper we are sharing Mom's Favorite Recipes, and just in time for Mother's Day! So, I made a recipe that was a favorite of my husbands mom, her famous Chicken and Egg Salad Sandwich. This recipe is a lot like my mother in law, unassuming and fantastic! It is loaded with hard boiled eggs, shredded chicken, crispy bacon, and topped with creamy avocado. There is nothing fancy about this sandwich, except that it is full of flavor, freshness and lots of wonderful memories!


chicken, egg salad, avocado,
Chicken and Egg Salad Sandwich
 (printable recipe)
 (makes 3-4 sandwiches)
8 ounces Chicken Breast
1 slice Bacon, cooked
3 Eggs, hard boiled and sliced
3 ounce Mayonnaise
1 squirt Mustard
1 ounce Pickle Relish
1 ounce diced Yellow Onion
Fresh Bakery Bun
Mayo
Fresh Lettuce
1/2 Fresh Avocado per sandwich

chicken, chicken,
 Shred the chicken breast.
eggs, hard boiled
Hard boil the eggs.
mayo, mustard, pickle relish, bacon, chopped onions
Add the mayo, mustard, pickle relish, bacon and chopped onion. Stir together. Add chicken and sliced eggs.
sandwich, avocado, chicken salad,
Add mayo to both sides of the bun. Place lettuce on the bottom of bun and top with egg salad. On the top of the bun, place slices of avocado.
chicken, shredded, egg salad, bun, lettuce

Chicken, Egg Salad, Sandwich
Slice and enjoy! Bread and butter pickles taste great with this sandwich! Thanks for joining me today! (and Thanks, Mom!)

For more of Mom's Favorite Recipes, just keep on reading and check them out! A special thank you to Christie Campbell of  A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures and Wendy Leep Hammond of  Wholistic Woman for hosting today's fab event!

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Plus What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day plus Mom’s Favorite from Sunday Supper Movement Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

It's Time For Celebrate It!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I am so glad you are here!

It has been a busy week here at The Freshman Cook.  I am so excited about my new monthly series,
How to Cook Your Favorite Restaurant Meal at Home! I give you a recipe, just like the one from the restaurant and break down the cost of eating out as opposed to making it at home. The cost difference is astounding! Stop by and check it out! 

Let's get down to business!
Last weeks three most clicked links:

Daily Reading Tips #raiseareader 
from

Caramel Apple Tarts
from

Simple Fabric Drawstring Basket
from


Thank you again to everyone that stopped by to link up or to look around!
So glad you are here to share your projects and ideas!!
We love to celebrate with you!
Here are a few things that will make this party fun for everyone:
 
1. Visit 2 or 3 other party goers if you can. It makes it so much more fun
to link up when someone clicks on your link and visits your page.

2. I pin each of your link ups to the Celebrate It! board,
 and I will also pin them to another one of my
 boards that fits the pin.
 Your link up will get tweeted both times also!

3. By linking up you are giving me permission to feature your post on social media.
  Proper credit is always given. You may receive an 
email reminder about this party.
Let's have a party!
 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How to Cook Your Favorite Restaurant Meal at Home~A New Series

I have an exciting new series starting today, "How to Cook Your Favorite Restaurant Meals at Home"! In this monthly series, I will be using a meal from the menu of a different restaurant each month. I will show you how I cooked it, and how much I spent, comparing it to the price on the menu.
As much as I enjoy dining out, I don't always feel that the price I pay is justified. And when I feel like that, it takes all the fun out of it! Throughout my restaurant career, I worked in several restaurants, and owned a couple, so I am more than familiar with the daily stresses and expenses of making it run. It is very expensive! But as a consumer, my money only goes so far, making it important to carefully choose how I spend.
The menu item I chose is from Outback Steakhouse. I made the Outback Sirloin, 12 ounce cut, with a side of Fresh Steamed Broccoli, and a Hot Baked Potato. The cost of this meal at Outback is $18.99.


$18.99 meal
    3.49 soda
    1.81 8% tax
    4.00 tip
$ 28.29  Total per meal cost


I bought a 2.5 pound Certified Angus Beef from the grocery. It was on sale for $4.99 a pound. It gave me 40 ounces of meat. That's a little more than I needed for 3-12ounce steaks, so I had a little extra and some gets lost in the cooking. I also bought 3 potatoes, and broccoli.


$3.73  Beef
    .43  1/4# broccoli
    .25  potatoes
    .25  soda
  4.66  Total per meal cost



Of course, I know that there are advantages to eating out. You don't have to clean up and do dishes, you get to get away, enjoy yourself, and have someone wait on you. You also get certain things extra. At Outback, it's that special, yummy bread they serve you. The purpose of this new series is not to talk you out of eating out, but to show you how you can eat at home like you can eat out, but for a lot less!
 
Steak, Baked Potato, and Broccoli 

1 Baked Potato
Garlic Powder 
2.5 pound Boneless Beef Sirloin, Certified Angus Beef
1/2 cup Broccoli, cut apart from stalk
Butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place potato in oven.
Sprinkle meat with garlic powder.
Cut meat into 12 ounce portions.
 Tenderize meat by poking holes in it with forks.

Brown steaks on stove top. Then place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Check potato to see if it is done.
While the steaks are cooking, place the broccoli in a steamer, with a little water in the bottom of the pot. Place a lid on the pot, open just enough to allow steam to escape. Bring the water to a boil. and let cook until it is tender. Make sure there is enough water in the pot so it does not touch the broccoli, but doesn't run dry while boiling.

Plate your meal and enjoy! 


Thanks for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed this new series and if you would like me to feature a particular restaurant, just send me an email, or leave a comment below and I will try to do it!











Sunday, April 24, 2016

North Carolina BBQ with Cole Slaw and Hush Puppies / #SundaySupper

This North Carolina BBQ with Cole Slaw and Hush Puppies is one of my favorite meals, and I am excited to share it with you! Today for #SundaySupper we are making our favorite regional specialties, and I hope you will try this. This BBQ and sauce is a favorite of many people in the eastern part of the state! There is a huge rivalry between which BBQ is better, eastern or western. But, I have to tell you, they are both amazing!
This is not a quick meal, but it is a meal worth taking the time to prepare. You can smoke the pork if you have a smoker, or you can cook it in the oven. Either way, it is wonderful! The cole slaw is best if made ahead of time so the dressing has time to permeate the cabbage, and the hush puppies, with the minced onions are just amazing! There are few tastes that compare to the yumminess of fresh fried hush puppies!
This meal is perfect anytime, for lunch or dinner, family meals or parties. You and your guests will not be disappointed!

North Carolina BBQ w/ Cole Slaw and Hushpuppies

Pork 
5 pound Pork Shoulder (will net 3 shredded pounds)

Barbecue Sauce
1 1/2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

Cole Slaw
1 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
2 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 10 ounce package Angel Hair Cole Slaw

Hush Puppies
 (courtesy of Saveur)
2 cups Yellow Cornmeal
1 cup Flour
2 tablespoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Salt
4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 cup Buttermilk
1/4 cup Melted Butter
1 med. Yellow Onion, minced
1/4 cup Water
Canola Oil



Smoke the Pork Shoulder in a BBQ Smoker. Find how to do this here, where I smoked Baby Back Ribs. Smoke the pork shoulder at 220 degrees, 1 hour per pound. If you don't want to smoke the pork shoulder, bake it in the oven, 225 degrees for 1 hour per pound. You can add liquid smoke for flavor.  Pull the pork apart once the pork is done cooking.
Whisk together the apple cider vinegar, salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper.
After the pulled pork is pulled apart, add sauce a little at a time until you reach the desired taste. Let sit. 
Whisk together the mayo, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Place cole slaw in a large bowl.
 Pour sauce over slaw. Mix together well. Refrigerate.
Mix the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, butter and onion. Add water. Add mixture to the cornmeal mixture, and stir with spoon. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Heat 2" of oil in a pot to 350 degree. Use a small scoop, and drop the batter in to the hot oil. Turn hush puppies as they fry, frying for 1-2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
This is the BBQ plate from Smithfield Chicken and BBQ. It's delicious and addicting!

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you will try this North Carolina BBQ meal. I know you will enjoy it!
Continue scrolling down the page to discover more regional specialties!
Thank you to Sue Lau, blogging from A Palatable Pastime, for hosting today's fun event! 



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Plus Rhubarb Steamed Pudding and Favorite Regional Recipes from Sunday Supper Movement Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement



 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

It's time for Celebrate It!

Hi! So glad you are here!

I am excited to see what you have been creating!
Link up, visit and have fun!


Here are last weeks 3 most clicked link ups:


How to Make Cloth Pads
from

Homemade Muesli
from


How To Style A White Blazer for Spring
from
extraordinarymommy

Thank you again to everyone that stopped by to link up or to look around!
So glad you are here to share your projects and ideas!!
We love to celebrate with you!
Here are a few things that will make this party fun for everyone:
 
1. Visit 2 or 3 other party goers if you can. It makes it so much more fun
to link up when someone clicks on your link and visits your page.

2. I pin each of your link ups to the Celebrate It! board,
 and I will also pin them to another one of my
 boards that fits the pin.
 Your link up will get tweeted both times also!

3. By linking up you are giving me permission to feature your post on social media.
  Proper credit is always given. You may receive an 
email reminder about this party.
Let's have a party!
 









 

Hummingbird Bundt Cake / #BundtBakers

Today for  #BundtBakers we are talking about Retro Bundts. The old fashioned cake recipes that have been around for awhile, are all gussied up and looking spectacular as bundt cakes! I made a Hummingbird Bundt Cake because it is one of my very favorite cakes! The aroma coming from these cakes as they bake is amazing, and the cinnamon, the pineapple, the bananas~omg, incredible! And then there is the taste of this cake. Moist and full of flavor! I used the recipe below, which is the original Hummingbird Cake recipe, written by L.H. Wiggin, which first appeared in the February 1978 issue of Southern Living magazine.
 Hummingbird Bundt Cake
 printable recipe
Makes 12 mini bundt cakes

1 1/2 cups chopped Pecans
3 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 large Eggs, lightly beaten 
3/4 cup Canola Oil
1 3/4 cup Mashed Bananas (5-6 bananas)
1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
8 ounce can Crushed Pineapple
4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
2 cups sifted Confectioner's Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1-2 tablespoon Milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place chopped pecans on a cookie sheet. Toast in oven for 9-10 minutes, stirring pecans half way through.
Mix together flour, baking soda, salt, sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
Add eggs, canola oil, bananas, vanilla and pineapple together in a medium bowl, then add to dry ingredients. Stir together until  moistened, being careful not to over mix. 
Grease and flour pan.
Fill with batter and bake for 20-22 minutes. Check with a toothpick. Let cool for 10 minutes. Release cakes from pan, and let cool completely.
Mix together cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, vanilla and milk. 
Use a decorating bag to pipe the the frosting on to bundt cakes. Sprinkle with toasted pecans, and enjoy!

Just scroll down a bit to see more retro bundt cakes from members of #BundtBakers. They are sure to bring back some great memories!

Thanks so much to Felice from All That's Left Are The Crumbs for hosting today's event! 

BundtBakers



Sunday, April 17, 2016

Spring Cookie Bouquet / #SundaySupper

Today I am welcoming spring with this colorful Spring Cookie Bouquet! I wanted the bouquet to be colorful and kind of wonky, with a silly and fun design that makes you smile when you see it! There is nothing serious about this Spring Cookie Bouquet!


Spring Cookie Bouquet  

Cookie Dough 
5 cups Flour
3 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
2 cups Butter
2 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
2 teaspoon Almond Extract 


Royal Frosting
3/4 cup Warm Water 
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar

Make the cookie dough by mixing together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Cream together the butter and sugar until it is light and airy. Add the eggs and almond extract. You can substitute vanilla instead, if you want. Add the flour mix, a little at a time, until it is all incorporated into the batter.
Place some dough on the center of half a piece of parchment paper. Fold the paper over it and start rolling the paper, which means also rolling the dough, to a 1/4" thickness.  Do this with all of your dough. With this recipe, you will end up with 5-6 pieces of parchment paper filled with dough. Stack all the pieces on a half sheet pan, cover with plastic, and refrigerate. It will take about 30 minutes for the dough to chill.
Take the dough out, 1 piece at a time and cut out the cookies. Re roll unused dough and refrigerate again.
Cut out a small piece of cookie dough. Place the stick on the back of the cookie, and cover it with the dough. Turn cookie for baking.
It will look nice and smooth after baking, and the stick will be secure.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Let cool completely.
Mix frosting  by pouring the water and the meringue powder in to a large bowl you can mix in. Whisk together until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and whisk again. Pour all the sugar in at one time. Mix on low for 10 minutes. The frosting will get thick and creamy. Cover so it will not become dry. Tint with colors in separate bowls.
Fill decorating bags with desired colors. Use a #2 tip for outlining.
Outline flowers.
Fill in and decorate cookies. Let dry 24-48 hours.
Enjoy your Spring cookie Bouquet!

Thanks for joining me today! 
Don't forget to check out how all the other SundaySupper family members are celebrating spring! Look at all these great recipes!

Thank you to Renee from Renee's Kitchen Adventures for hosting today!

Breakfast: Appetizers: Beverages: Main Dish: Side Dish: Dessert: Plus Spring Vegetable Minestrone and more Spring Recipes from Sunday Supper Movement Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement