Baking with Aunt Debbi

As it turns out, my nephew has also inherited Mama's “love of cooking” gene! We recently spent an afternoon together baking cookies in my kitchen. Ray wanted to bake sugar cookies. I wanted chocolate chip. We compromised and baked them both! We made the dough for the sugar cookies first. While the dough was chilling in the refrigerator we made and baked the chocolate chip cookies. Ray hasn't learned to like pecans yet so we split the recipe and made half with pecans and half without. Dark Chocolate and Pecan Cookies Delicious with or without the pecans! 2¼ cups ...

Blooming Onion Bread

My brother and nephew were in town for a few days over the Christmas holiday. We all three love to cook and were able to spend some quality time together in the kitchen during their visit. I'd found the recipe for this tasty bread a few weeks ago and was anxious to give it a test. The boys were happy to help cook and to sample the results. Here's our version of the recipe with a few changes and additions. Blooming Onion Bread Wonderful as an appetizer or with a big bowl of beef chili! 1 (16-ounce) loaf sourdough bread, unsliced 16 ounces jalapeno-jack cheese, thinly ...

Cranberries and Apples

Cranberries and Apples A special recipe that’s taken the place of traditional cranberry sauce at our Christmas table! 3½ cups fresh cranberries 3 large Granny Smith apples ¼ cup oats 1¼ cups light brown sugar 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted 1 cup chopped pecans Lighty grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.  Spread cranberries in bottom of dish.  Slice apples.  Do not peel.  Top cranberries with apple slices.  In a small bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, and flour. Sprinkle over fruit.  Toss pecans in melted butter.  Sprinkle evenly over ...

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

  BUFFALO CHICKEN PASTA Easy and delicious! GREAT for a quick weeknight supper. 1 baked or rotisserie chicken 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 2 (10.5-ounce) cans cream of chicken soup 1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth 1 cup milk 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded ¾ cup buffalo chicken wing sauce (Texas Pete or Frank's) 1 cup chopped celery ½ cup diced onion 1 (2-ounce) jar diced pimentos 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup crumbled blue cheese 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove chicken from the bone and shred; set aside. ...

Precious Teddy Bear!

 SWEET GIFT IDEA for a bride who has lost her father! This handsewn teddy bear was made from my Daddy's camel hair blazer. The eyes are buttons from the sleeves. What a GREAT Christmas, shower or wedding present! www.cateringbydebbicovington.com  

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Steak Kew

Steak Kew is a fast and easy alternative to ordering Chinese take-out! Steak Kew 1 clove garlic, chopped 3 slices ginger, minced 1 scallion, chopped 1½ tablespoons oyster sauce 1 tablespoon soy sauce ½ teaspoon sugar 2 teaspoons cornstarch ¾ pound filet mignon, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 tablespoon peanut oil ¼ pound sugar snap peas, trimmed 8-10 mushrooms, quartered Combine garlic, ginger, scallion, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar and cornstarch in a bowl. Add cubed steak. Mix well and marinate for 15-30 minutes. Heat peanut oil in a wok over medium-high heat; add ...

Cauliflower Power!

I write the food column EVERYDAY GOURMET for one of Beaufort, South Carolina's local newspapers, Lowcountry Weekly. A few issues ago, I mentioned that I had been testing some new cauliflower dishes. I'm tickled pink with the number of people who have stopped me in the grocery store or at catering events to ask me when I was going to share some of those recipes. This is the week! These are some of my favorite ways to make cauliflower. My husband Vince and I eat Roasted Cauliflower at least once a week. It's a great substitute for pasta or potatoes with far less carbs and ...

Mexican Night!

Want an easy quick-fix dinner tonight? Try these delicious recipes!Queso Fundito with Chorizo Delicious and EASY! 16 ounces Mexican melting cheese (or Velveeta queso blanco) 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles or diced jalapenos 6 ounces Spanish chorizo links, casings removed, diced into 1/2-inch pieces 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, loosely packed Diced tomatoes Tortilla chips Place cheese in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until just melted; remove from heat. Add chiles and chorizo; stir to combine well. Pour cheese mixture into a prepared casserole dish ...

A Spoo-Key Soiree!

"But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling, Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door; Then upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore Meant in croaking. Nevermore."- Edgar Allan PoeOctober is a fine time to be in Beaufort, SC! Cooler temperatures invite Beaufortonians out of doors to CELEBRATE EVERYTHING! about our beautiful southern town. Jodie, Ginger, Susan and I recently met in the pumpkin ...

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Sweet Dreams!

 WELCOME to my new blog! This is the fun place where I can actually practice my mantra and CELEBRATE EVERYTHING! I've invited some of my favorite girlfriends to help me party. Let me introduce them to you. Left to right, meet Jodie Miller of Plum Productions, Susan DeLoach of Susan DeLoach Photography and Ginger Wareham of Picklejuice Productions. (That's me on the end.) Jodie designed our beautiful tablescape. Susan shot all of the great photos and Ginger designed my website and this cool new blog! I'm responsible for the food and the recipes. The four of us plan to get ...

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