Chew This – Cheesy Potatoes with Sausage Casserole

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday!!! I am so excited to share this FOUR generations-old recipe with all of you! It was taught to me by my Mom, Darla Doubman – and it was taught to her by her Mom (my Grandma), Deloris Bolinger – and it was in turn taught to her my her Mom (my Great Grandma), Viola Davis.

FOUR generations…

I love old recipes like this that have history, memories and stories behind them. This can be made ahead, and served when ready. Perfect for entertaining!

Cheesy Potatoes with Sausage Casserole

Cheesy Potatoes with Sausage Casserole

http://www.thecouriertimes.com/neighbors/article_b9427f30-660c-11e5-96ce-176cd2642ea1.html

Can not wait to hear what you think! (blaisethebaker@gmail.com)

Enjoy!

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Chew This – Mrs. Byrd Winters’ Yellow Angel Food Cake with Bitter Sweet Icing AND Jell-O Red Velvet Cupcakes

I am so excited to be sharing this “Chew This!” column with everyone! This one was a labor of love that involved quite a few people, and several recipes (that I narrowed down) and honestly – it was such a fun experience! Special thanks and shout out to Patricia McDaniel, Lisa Perry, Donna Cronk and, in passing, Charlene Perry and Catherine Winters. We may never know what happened to Catherine, but we do have some inspiring recipes.

The angel food cake with bitter sweet icing (original spelling) was a huge hit – as was my Jell-O red velvet cupcakes (which have appeared here before – but with different frosting). Such an interesting history presented itself with this column… And last but not least, thank you to YOU (the reader). Without you – I would not be able to do any of this…and words can not describe how much you all mean to me.

Thank you xo

Blaise the Baker Chew This Angel Food Cake and Red Velvet Cupcakes

Mrs. Byrd Winters’ Yellow Angel Food Cake with Bitter Sweet Icing AND Jell-O Red Velvet Cupcakes

http://www.thecouriertimes.com/neighbors/article_40b907d8-5be3-11e5-92ee-f3cdaaeb29dd.html

Drop me an email and let me know what you think! blaisethebaker@gmail.com

Enjoy!

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Grandma Barbra’s Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love trying new chocolate chip cookie recipes – but this one is not new. It is an old old favorite of my Grandma Barbra. She has had the recipe taped to the inside of her kitchen cabinet ever since I can remember. I wanted to keep with the traditional recipe and I wanted the “old fashioned” taste that I remember – so I followed the recipe exactly. Try these the next time you want a nostalgic bite from the past…

Grandma Barbra's Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies Blaise the Baker

Grandma Barbra’s Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks (8 oz. total) margarine, melted
1 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups white all-purpose white flour
1 (12 oz.) bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, mixed with 1 tablespoon white all-purpose flour

Start by preheating the oven to 375-degrees F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix the melted margarine, white granulated sugar and brown sugar together until thoroughly combined.

Next, add the beaten eggs and vanilla extract before stirring again.

Add the baking soda and salt, stir and then dump in all of the white all-purpose flour at once, and stir until just combined with the other ingredients.

Finally, fold in the flour covered semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Drop tablespoon size amounts on the parchment lined baking sheets, and bake each sheet (one at a time) in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes until lightly golden brown.

Remove and allow to cool on baking sheets.

Enjoy!

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Cookbook Corner – Extra Virgin

Time for a new “Cookbook Corner”! 

Extra Virgin Cookbook Blog

“Extra Virgin” By: Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar

You might recognize Gabriele and Debi from their hit cooking show “Extra Virgin” on “The Cooking Channel”. I have been a fan of their show since day one, and I credit it for helping me expand my vision of what true Italian food is and what true Italian food is all about.

A lot of people get wrapped up in “popular” cooking methods or the “must have ingredients” of the moment – but not this adorable Italian couple! Their cooking is rustic, straight forward, easy and delicious.

As soon as I received my copy of “Extra Virgin” the cover blew me away. I was not quite sure what the dish on the cover was…but I knew I wanted to try it! It looked delicious…and encouraged me to flip through the book until I found the recipe. (“Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Caprese” page 22).

The pictures throughout the book are absolutely gorgeous (and aside from the delicious recipes) the perfect excuse (if you need an excuse) to buy the book…

After marking down the cover picture recipe to try, I flipped to the back and looked under “desserts”, as I usually do with cookbooks. And…I was not disappointed!

“Almond Cookies” (page 234), “Carnival Fritters” (a personal favorite and page 236), “Coffee Granita” (page 247), “Tiramisu” (one of my all time favorite desserts and page 248), and “Lemon Sorbet” (page 256) were all marked with a couple executed to perfection!

The cookbook is beautifully put together with chapters divided up into perfect categories – each with wonderful and rustic recipes! Categories are: Appetizers, Pastas and Sauces, Risotto, Soups, Salads, Meat, Fish, Vegetables, Pizza, Panini, Desserts and Drinks.

The “Guacamole” recipe (page 28) is amazing alone, but even better with the “Baked Beet Chips” (page 29). Tip: Wear gloves when handling beets…and be careful because they stain EVERYTHING they touch…

Another wonderful (and simple, rustic) recipe can be found on page 59 – “Fake Sauce”. It’s delicious, chunky and very flavorful. The “fake” part comes from the lack of meat in the recipe…which is perfect for vegetarians. The sauce is very versatile and delicious when served with any form of pasta…but also just as delicious when served with your favorite crusty bread.

The chapter on “Risotto” has been flagged for me to try just about every single recipe. I love making risotto and find the whole process relaxing…but I have not had the chance to try any of these recipes yet…but look forward to when I can!

“Grilled Tuscan Chicken” (page 143), “Beef Stew with Polenta” (page 155), “Grilled Endive with Gorgonzola and Sage Oil” (page 186), and all of their rustic pizza recipes are perfect examples of the type of cooking that fills this book! They are simple, rustic, flavorful and couldn’t be easier!

I highly recommend this cookbook for those of you who want to know and experience more “true and rustic” Italian cooking. There’s no hype here – just truly simple and delicious Italian cooking…

To buy the book please click here…
http://www.randomhouse.com/book/226338/extra-virgin-by-gabriele-corcos-and-debi-mazar

To visit their website, blog and learn more about the cookbook (including recipes) as well as their TV show, please click here…
http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/shows/extra-virgin.html

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. I received this book from “Blogging for Books” for this review. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise