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Cowboy Cookies For Labor Day Weekend

Here in the US, we are celebrating a long weekend and Labor Day.  The day was set aside years ago to honor all the labor force of the US and give them a day off from work.  It also symbolizes the end of Summer, especially if you have school age children.  The great thing about being semi-retired is that Summer does not end until the days start to become cooler later in September.

When I thought of recipes for the weekend, I wanted to share a cookie recipe with you.  i don’t remember my Mother or Grandmother ever making cookies from scratch unless it was brownies.  I don’t know why.  They baked cakes and pies but never cookies.  I have baked cookies sometimes and I love to bake them at Christmas.

I had a friend that made these cowboy cookies and would share them with us at work.  However, she would not share the recipe.  Back in the 80’s when we would clip recipes from the newspaper or magazines, I saw this recipe and knew immediately it was on the one my friend used.  Honestly, I have never made these cookies but I know from the taste they would be great for any occasion.  My friend did bake them perfectly and they were very chewy.  I love oatmeal in a cookie and there is one of my favorite ingredients in this cookie, coconut.

cowboy cookies

I totally respect people that make the decision not to share a recipe; however, I think when we share them we are sharing traditions, friendship and joy.  If you are in the US, I hope you enjoy the long weekend and I do plan to enjoy the day with Mr. D so there will not be a post to this blog on Monday.  Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinehurst and Gouda Pastry Poufs

A few months ago Mr. D and I took a road trip through Seagrove, NC and had lunch in Pinehurst, NC.  Pinehurst is really close to the town I grew up in, Rockingham.  We did go to Pinehurst sometimes when I was young but it was a resort town and was very popular with golfers.  I had no idea at the time what all of that meant but I remember thinking it was prettier than Rockingham. I still think that and as I ride through the town it reminds me of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina without the beach.  I think it reminds me of Hilton Head is because it has traffic circles and lots of bicycle riders as Hilton Head does too.  There are also unique shops in Pinehurst, nice restaurants and of course, golf courses. Here are a few pictures from our trip and remember these were taken in Winter.  I still think you can see how green the town is even in February.

Picture of the Downtown Village of Pinehurst

Picture of the Downtown Village of Pinehurst

 

Another Street Scene Picture

Another Street Scene Picture

I loved this picture of a tree in downtown

I loved this picture of a tree in downtown

A park across the street from the Village of Pinehurst

A park across the street from the Village of Pinehurst

As I was browsing through Dawn O’Brien’s Book, “North Carolina’s Historic Restaurants and their recipes” last week, I saw the recipe I am sharing with you today from The Pinecrest Inn in Pinehurst.  I think this recipe looks very easy to make and I love the idea of a flaky pastry filled with gouda cheese.  As summer is winding down, I think this would be a great treat for family or friends for an end of summer celebration. Here is a link to the Pinecrest Inn website:  http://www.pinecrestinnpinehurst.com/

pine crest puffs

When I think of where I grew up in Richmond County, I always think of pine trees and the smell of the pine straw.  I was so happy when we moved into our current home and decided to use pine straw instead of oak bark for mulch.  Everytime I mulch the yard, it reminds me of the smells of my childhood.  I just had to leave you with one more picture pine trees.

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Thanks for stopping by.

 

Today I Am Thinking About Manners

Today’s post will be a little different.  Actually a week or so ago when I visited our local library book sale, I saw a book on etiquette and it made me think of manners concerning technology.

About a month ago Mr. D and I purchased our first smart phones.  Honestly, I had a very frustrating month and then one day I realized that I was a little afraid of that phone and I didn’t want it to own me.  When I made the decision that I would control the phone and not let it frustrate me and control me, I learned to accept somewhat.  As some of you may know, I work part time in a day care center.  One of the things that we like to teach the children is manners.  Yes, I am in the South and in the South it has been common in the past to say yes maam or no maam and yes sir and no sir.  Honestly, I do not feel insulted if a child doesn’t say yes maam or no maam but I do want an answer of yes or no instead of yep or nope. We do try to teach the children to be respectful of others and that is a big part of manners.

I went to the website of the Emily Post Institute and read several different topics.  The website has tons of information for so many different situations and I am sharing the link with you.  http://www.emilypost.com/

Here is a statement from the website that explains what etiquette is and the first sentence that I highlighted in bold is exactly what we try to teach children.

Etiquette is a code of behavior based on treating others with honesty, respect, and consideration. This finds its way into every interaction we have, from planning a party or calculating a tip to writing a thank-you note or taking a cell phone call in public (or not!).

Below I am sharing another statement from the site about technology and it parallels so well the statement above about respect and consideration of others.  There is more detailed in depth guidance on the site about specific technology such as phone, e-mail or text.

Technology

Technology’s great. We love it! Emily Post would have owned an iPad the very first day it was available. When you use your cell phone, iPhone, BlackBerry or smart phone, be polite! When you write, email or text, think before you send! Apply a little common sense to the use of your cool tech tools and you’ll be an etiquette superstar.

Growing up Southern, being well mannered was something I learned at a very early age.  My Mother would always tell me to “mind my manners” almost daily and I think that still holds true today for all of us.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Memphis Inspired Bourbon Marinated Ribs

When I think of Memphis, Tennessee, I think of Elvis, The Mississippi River, and barbecue.  In Memphis their main meat to barbecue is pork as it is here in North Carolina.  The Memphis tradition for the sauce includes a tomato based sauce with vinegar.  In North Carolina we have a western style sauce that is tomato based or an eastern style sauce that is vinegar based.   As I read through the cookbook I am featuring this week, “Good Gracious- The Taste of Memphis, I thought their barbecue would be delicious and now I really want to go to Memphis.

I am not a fan of ribs but Mr. D loves them.  We have or should I say, he has made them several times and they were good.  When I saw the recipe for bourbon marinated ribs, I thought it would be a great summertime treat.  I am not sure many of us have roasters in our home but I would hope we could end the process of roasting the ribs in our ovens.  I am not a big fan of the taste of bourbon but I can see where it would be a great flavor to incorporate into the ribs.

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As many of us here in the US have started thinking about Labor Day plans next week, wouldn’t this be a great choice for family and friends? Now, I am ready to plan my visit to Memphis.  What a special treat it would be to visit this great Southern city.  Can you imagine the mighty Mississippi, Elvis’s Graceland Home and Barbecue at the same time?  Heaven on earth for sure.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend, Y’all!

 

Turnip Greens With Corn Meal Dumplings – Memphis Style

This week I am featuring recipes from a cookbook entitled, ” Gracious Goodness – The Taste of Memphis.”  I love this cookbook and I am really enjoying reading about attractions and traditions of Memphis, Tennessee.  When I saw the recipe I am sharing with you today, I couldn’t believe my eyes. My Grandmother made turnip greens with corn meal dumplings and I have always wanted to be able to make them.  I have asked different people and read many cookbooks but never found any recipe that resembled her preparation of the turnips with the corn meal dumplings in the pot liquor from the turnips. Turnips have a very strong flavor and the corn bread makes the whole dish very mellow and comforting..  I know that my Granny never used garlic in her turnips but the concept of this recipe is the same. I do remember the size of the dumplings was small and almost as if you were dunking your corn bread into the broth of the greens.

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Do you have a favorite recipe from your past that you wish you would have kept?  I am so happy to find this one and as far as I know, I only have one other one that I wish I would have kept.  My Mother made a cake that was like a pound cake but it was an apple cake that included dried apples.  She called it an applesauce cake but there was no applesauce in the cake. It had lots of spices in it and I think it included raisins and nuts.  If anyone has seen a recipe similar to that, I would love to know about it.

Thank you Memphis for such wonderful food traditions.  And thanks everyone for stopping by.

 

Lacy’s Special From The Little Tea Shop – Memphis, Tennessee

When we were traveling through Tennessee a couple of weeks ago, I would see signs for Nashville and Memphis and I realized how much I want to visit those wonderful Southern cities.  I visited Nashville a long time ago and visiting Memphis is definitely on my bucket list.  This past weekend, our local library had their book sale and I was very excited about browsing through all of the cookbooks.  They had a wonderful variety including books written by James Beard, Julia Child and Martha Stewart.  However, I was looking for Southern cookbooks and I saw one I absolutely had to have.  It is entitled, “Gracious Goodness The Taste of Memphis and it was created by the Memphis Symphony League.  The book is illustrated beautifully and includes wonderful information about Memphis.

memphis cookbook

 

As i browsed through the book, I saw several recipes that I want to share with you.  Today, I am sharing a chicken recipe from The Little Tea Shop in downtown Memphis that was opened in 1918 and is still in operation.  I was intrigued by this recipe because it creates only one serving and I think the chicken with the cornsticks and gravy sounds like a wonderful combination. This cookbook was published in 1989 and I do believe the size of the chicken breast in this recipe would be smaller than they are today.

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The introduction of the cookbooks states, “Join us for a tour of Memphis–inside, outside, and all around–from downtown to mid-town to our east; from the river to the suburbs to the farm.”  That has to be the most beautiful and enticing introduction to a book that I have ever read.  It is just oozing with Southern charm and I look forward to sharing more of the recipes with you on Wednesday.  Thanks for stopping by.

Henderson House’s Muffins and Honey Butter

Earlier in the week, I wrote about Dawn O’Brien’ Book, “North Carolina’s Historic Restaurants and their recipes.” I am really enjoying the book and it is good to read about restaurants I have visited and see the recipes Dawn has chosen to write about.  I have visited New Bern, NC and it is a small community on the coast of North Carolina and it is a very picturesque community. I did not eat at Henderson House but I loved the recipe I am sharing with you today for their muffins and honey butter. Sadly, I have learned that this restaurant is now closed.

Honestly now is there anything that tastes better than fresh baked bread with butter?  This recipe doesn’t seem that difficult and I can just imagine how pleasant they smell while they are baking.  I love the honey butter recipe too and it is an easy recipe to make too.  I can imagine having new neighbors to move in next door and offering them fresh baked muffins and honey butter as a welcoming gift.  I think they would be friends for life.

biscuits and butter

I am thankful for people like Dawn Lewis that keep Southern traditions alive. I love the comment on the honey butter recipe about being able to store it for a long time in the fridge.  It wouldn’t last very long at our house if we baked fresh biscuits or bread.  I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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