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A Down Home Country Meal

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I’ve wanted to make a post of a typical country meal. And well, I decided to go ahead and make it. What’s included is Southern green beans, cream corn, and chicken and dumplings. I hope you like it! (The next time I make this all together, I’ll add some pictures. Adding 3 or 4 different pictures with different foods than what’s on here seems a bit much.)

Country Green Beans (Otherwise known as my KoKo’s green beans)

2 bags frozen green beans (or about 3 cans of normal cut or french style canned green beans)

Crisco Shortening

Pepper

And, most importantly, BACON

Put some crisco in a skillet and let it melt down, add and cook the bacon. When that’s done, and the green beans and some pepper and cook until it’s nice and greasy and tender. A little over done doesn’t hurt.

Cream Corn

1 family sized bag of corn

Heavy whipping cream

Pepper

Sugar

Mix all at once and cook until done. (I tend to be pretty liberal with my use of the heavy whipping cream.) Use corn starch if you want to thicken it up a bit.

Tools you’ll need:

Crock pot or a 9*13 pan for the oven

Large pot (it honestly tastes fantastic with everything made in a cast iron dutch oven, but use this if you don’t have one)

Wooden spoon (it doesn’t leave a taste like metal and plastic spoons)

Cooking spray

Can opener

Ingredients:

4.5 to 6 pound uncooked whole chicken (if you don’t have time to cook one, just pick up a rotisserie chicken at the store; it isn’t as good, but it’ll do)

Chicken stock

Can of cream of chicken

Heavy whipping cream (it’s in a carton)

Salt, black pepper, red cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, mexican chili powder, paprika, brown sugar (optional)

First, put the chicken in the crock pot or pan and season it with all of the spices listed above and rub it all in really good (I don’t like to list amounts, because people have different tastes), and then pour as much chicken stock in the crock pot or pan as it can hold. Make sure the gibblets and all that are removed. Next, add the spices again, but don’t rub it in. Cook the chicken in the crock pot on high for at least 6 hours (this is for a 4lb chicken, cook longer for a larger chicken) or in the oven at 450 for 15min and then reduce it to 350 and 20 min per pound (honestly the oven is my favorite way). Be sure to check to make sure it’s done all the way through. Then, take the chicken out and take out the bones and take off the skin. After you’ve done that, shred the remaining chicken and put it in a pot on the stove. Have the stove on a medium setting. Just throw out the bones and skin, you don’t need those. Add the cream of chicken and a little bit of salt and pepper. Then, add the juices from the crock pot (if you don’t like it soupy, just don’t pour all of the juices in there or pour all of it if you do) and add at least a cup of heavy whipping cream (you may add more as you’re cooking, I usually do).

Dumplings

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup of milk (start with 1/2 cup and add more if needed; depending on the weather or climate you may need to add more)

1/4 to 1/2 cup Crisco Shortening

Mix all together and knead onto a flour surface no more than 12 times. (You are more than welcome to add flour if it’s too runny or more milk if it’s not runny enough.) Once it’s good and easy to move around without sticking, flatten out and cut into strips. Leave them out to harden a little bit before adding them to the pot with the rest of the ingredients. Cook until done.

Enjoy!

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Koko’s Southern-Style Green Beans and Homemade Spaghetti with Garlic Bread

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Today I am writing how to make my grandma’s (Koko) green beans and homemade spaghetti with garlic bread. I am such a foodie. I love food. It is very surprising that I’m not 500 pounds by now, probably because I know how to limit myself….sometimes. Anywhoo, let’s get started!

Koko’s Southern-Style Green Beans

Tools you’ll need:

Pot with a lid

Wooden cooking spoon or even just a fork

Ingredients:

Green Beans-duh (I use a mixture of 1/2 a bag of frozen green beans and 2 cans of fresh-cut style green beans

Lard or Crisco vegetable shortening (yep, lard. I recently read an article on yahoo stating that lard is actually better than butter-go figure)

1 slice of bacon (doesn’t matter what kind)

Salt

Pepper

Water

I will be speaking to you in plain-speak now. You put the green beans in a little bit of water, add a spoonful or two of lard or Crisco vegetable shortening and a slice or two of bacon. Add however much salt and pepper y’all would like.  Have the temperature on medium low and just boil it all day and stir occasionally. The water will pretty much evaporate (add more if needed). This dish goes great with the fried chicken recipe I posted earlier. Enjoy! (Sorry, this is the only picture I had with the green beans on it.)

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Homemade Spaghetti with Garlic Bread

Spaghetti:

Tools you’ll need:

Pot with lid

Pot without lid

Strainer

Wooden spoon

Can opener

Ingredients:

Pam olive oil cooking spray

Olive Oil

1/2 pound Spaghetti noodles

1 Large can of diced tomatoes

1 Regular sized can of tomato sauce

1 pound of Beef (optional)

Salt

Pepper

Garlic Salt

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Sugar

Italian herbs

Since the spaghetti will take longer than the sauce to cook, cook the spaghetti first. In the pot with a lid, add water and pour a little olive oil, salt, and garlic salt in it. Next, add the 1/2 pound of spaghetti (I normally break the spaghetti in half). Bring to a boil. The spaghetti is done when it’s tender. Drain in the strainer and add back to the pot. For the sauce, if you’re going to have it with meat, first brown the beef and season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt. Once the meat is done, add the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, then stir. After that add a little more salt, pepper, and garlic salt, but also add a couple of shakes of garlic powder and onion powder. Then add a couple of tablespoons of sugar (more may need to be added, depending on your taste buds) and two pinches of Italian herbs. Whenever the contents of the sauce are hot and it tastes how you want it to taste, add it to the pot of spaghetti and mix it all together.

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Garlic Bread:

Tools you’ll need:

Foil

Knife

Ingredients:

Pam olive oil cooking spray

Butter

Garlic salt

1 Loaf of French bread

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the cooking spray on the foil. Slice the bread into equal slices (doesn’t matter how big they are, it’s whatever portion size you would like) and spread butter on the bread. Add garlic salt. Put the bread into the oven whenever it’s done pre-heating and leave it in there until the edges of the bread start to brown. Set it off to the side to cool and then it’s done! Enjoy!

I hope you guys like the recipes! What variations do you have for these recipes?