Sunday, September 15, 2013

Baking Mama

I thought I'd share a picture of myself so you can see the actual person selling Gourmet Cupboard through my website Southern Belle Gourmet .  I am just a normal, middle aged mom who loves to make wonderful food at great prices that are easy to make!

My good friend Julie gave me a new apron, oven mitt, and dish towel (not pictured) for my birthday coming up in a few days.  I had fun all afternoon making and baking with products I sell at my website.

I made 5 minute fudgestrawberry/lemonade pie , and beer bread. It was a lot to make as I made little individual pies (using cupcake molds) for the pie and so it took a while. But it was fun and now we fudge for hubby and pie for me. The bread went great with my crock pot meatloaf too.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

~ Honey Grilled Shrimp~

For dinner I made Honey Grilled Shrimp which was great with baked potatoes and the Beer Bread I made as well.
 What you need: 1 lb shrimp shelled, water and skewers.
In a large bowl, mix together the contents of large bag with 1/3 cut water. Add shrimp, toss to coat, cover and marinate in the refrigerator for an hour. I thought I took photos of the shrimp in the marinade but I guess I didn't.  Sorry..
Preheat grill to high heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers and discard marinade.
In a small bowl, stir together second package with 1/4 cup water.  
 Set aside for basting.
Lightly oil grill grate. Grill shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque. Baste occasionally with the honey-butter sauce while grilling. Shrimp can also be skillet grilled as well, and if so, do not use the skewers.  I grilled my shrimp in a cast iron skillet not the grill and they turned out fine!
After putting on our dinner plate, I drizzled more of the honey-butter sauce over top.  The shrimp with the beer bread and potatoes made for a really great dinner with very little effort!  Get some today! 

~Beer Bread~

Today I made an easy delicious Beer Bread to have with dinner as I was making Honey Grilled Shrimp too and wanted a fancier Sunday dinner.  This only required the bread mix and beer so I had all the ingredients.
 What you need:  Beer Bread mix, 12 oz can of beer or clear carbonated soda.  I used a 12 oz bottle of beer instead and it worked just fine!
 Instructions: Mix contents of package with 1 can (I used a bottle) of beer.
 Here it us all mixed up.
 Pour into greased9 x 5 loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
 Here it is fresh out of the oven.
It was so good, we had to try a couple of slices it smelled too good to wait for dinner. Get some today!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

~ Diabetic Friendly Carrot Souffle ~

I've been wanting to try this and decided to make it to have with dinner.  Hubby loved it too! That's when I knew it is a keeper!
Ingredients: 1 pound of carrots, Carrot Souffle mix, 2 eggs and 1/4 cup melted butter.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 pound of chopped carrots and cook until tender.  (I myself just used enough water to cover the carrots, why use a ton of water that can just wash away some of the nutrients in the carrots?. This way I only had to drain less than a cup of water off).
Drain and mash. (Here I already added the butter too).
To the carrots add 1/4 cup melted butter ,2 eggs and contents of package. Mix well and transfer to a 1 quart casserole dish. (I transferred them into two one pint casserole dishes). Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
 Here's the finished Souffle. Pretty fancy looking huh?
Light, moist, delicious!  A nice side to impress guests with!
Get some here

Sunday, August 11, 2013

~Microwavable Chocolate Fudge~

This afternoon we made one of my hubby's absolute favorites
Here is the link to 5 Minute Microwavable Chocolate Fudge.
Ever want a FAST yummy treat!  Try these!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

~ Cajun Creole~

I made Cajun Creole tonight.  Here is the original blog from when I first made it.
This time I just made it with shrimp though and did not add sausage.
I also only used about 1/2 cup of water as opposed to a cup and a half so that it was more of a sauce on top of the rice and not something that had to be eaten out of a bowl.  It was good!
Plate up!  Get some today!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

~ Fluffy Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes ~

This morning I made Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes.  They were yummy, but filling!  I couldn't finish the small stack (of 3 that I had).  And I have enough batter left to make them again tomorrow. 

Ingredients: Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes mix, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup oil, 1 cup water

Directions: Preheat a lightly greased griddle over medium low heat. Place the contents of package in one bowl and beat together eggs and oil in another bowl

I used only half the mixture, so I used 1/2 cup water, 1/6 cup oil (2 Tablespoons +2 teaspoons), and 1 egg.  Pour eggs and oil into pancake mix, alternating with water.

Mix thoroughly.
Place 1/2 cup batter onto hot skillet.  I made 3 pancakes for myself.

  Flip when bubbles appear and brown the other side.  Add 3/4 cup of raisins, cranberries or chocolate chips to prepared batter for an extra treat.  I didn't add anything extra this time.

Yummy melted butter and honey for syrup.  Delicious! And I have enough mix to make more next time from the same bag!
Get some today! 

Monday, July 29, 2013

~Skillet Lasagna~

This evening we had the next best thing to old fashioned lasagna that takes a while to cook, combine and bake in the oven....Skillet Lasagna!
I am posting the previous blog post that I posted last year for this household's staple.
Here's the Skillet Lasagna.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

~Chinese tonight ~

Tonight we had Chinese!  Since I blogged these before I'll post the links to each of the original blogs.

We had Kung Pao Chicken and Fried Rice.  Delicious!

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

~ Fine Restaurant Quality Crab Cakes ~

Okay, we have our new FAVORITE GC entree.  This is a new item that I was anxious to try.  So instead of our usual Pizza/Beer last night, we had these delicious Crab Cakes! We just moved the Pizza/Beer to tonight for once.

Ingredients Needed:  1 lb crab meat, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, oil (I used olive oil). 

 Directions: Mix together the contents of package, crab meat...

 ..and mayonnaise.

 Here is the final combined mixture. 

 Form into 8-9 round cakes. (I left it as is and just put a
lid on it). Refrigerate overnight. The next day is when I formed it into my cakes. Instead of 8-9 round ones, I made 5 large (like thick hamburger sized) cakes.  Hey, everything's bigger in Texas!

 Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. (I poured enough oil so that the entire bottom was covered and up about 1/8th inch of oil in the pan). Carefully add crab cakes, a few at a time.

Fry about 4 minutes or until golden brown, turning once.

 Look how wonderful they turned out!

 Here is hubby's plate and he already had one crab cake!

We had a rice dish (not GC this time) to go with it.  We both absolutely LOVE these and will make them as often as we can! Even though crab meat is expensive, think about it.  A nice crab cake dinner at a nice restaurant could easily be $20.99! This mix is only $4.00!  The cost of crab will vary depending on your area but still way less expensive than dinner out!

Next time I'm going to make GC fried rice to have with it!


Try these today! You won't be disappointed!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

~ Stir Fry ~

One of my favorite side dishes is vegetable stir fry using the latest locally grown vegetables that I get at the farmers market or in my Greenling order.  

So last night I made Stir Fry to go with sliced ham and I also made the yummy Hashbrown Casserole that we carry. 

For the Stir Fry you need the Stir Fry gourmet cupboard mix , 1/3 cut water and the instructions call for 12-16 oz of frozen Chinese vegetables (but I use fresh vegetables).

Directions: Pour 1/3 cut water in skillet. Add in 12-16 oz frozen Chinese vegetables. Then add in the seasoning packet. Cook until vegetables are cooked.  Since I used fresh vegetables (zucchini, white eggplant, onion, purple eggplant, green pepper (green pepper was from my own garden)) , I first stir fried them for 5-10 minutes in a little olive oil with minced garlic added then added the water and mix. 

That's all there is to it!  The mix adds a wonderful stir fry flavor!  I made enough to freeze two additional single servings for myself.

Here's my plate after I took a few bites...sorry forgot to take a done photo.  But here you see the stir fry and the hashbrown casserole. It was a terrific dinner! (you can click on the hashbrown casserole and it will take you to my blog about it from 7/12).  Get these mixes and more at my website today!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

~ Heavenly Chocolate Pie or Chocolate Cheesecake ~

I made the Heavenly Chocolate Pie this afternoon although another option is Chocolate Cheesecake.
Ingredients: Heavenly Chocolate Pie mix, 2 cups milk, 3 eggs, butter and vanilla.
 Directions:  Mix 2 cups milk and contents of package in saucepan over low heat. Beat 3 egg yolks and stir into mixture. Cook on medium low until stiff (pudding consistency). 
Add 2 Tbsp butter and 1 tsp vanilla.
 Pour into a 9 inch baked pie shell. (we carry pie crust mix too, but I made my own from a recipe I use a lot).
Top with meringue if desired. (Beat 3 egg whites stiffly and then slowly add 5 Tbsp sugar).
 Sorry forgot to take a picture before I spread it on top.
 Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.
For Cheesecake you can use the same mix but cream cheese is used instead of milk and slightly different instructions.  This pie is delicious!   Get your own mixes here.