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The Sister’s Bouquet Garni

I know some of you are asking what is this? Well I am going to tell you it is the Mack Daddy of seasonings you need when cooking soups, stews or making a homemade broth. It’s like a little Gift for your groceries! The bouquet garni (French for “garnished bouquet”) is a bundle of herbs usually tied together with string and cast adrift in your pot to flavor a soup, stew, or broth.

They are tied together so they can be removed easily at the end of the cooking.

There is no generic recipe for bouquet garni, but most recipes include parsley, thyme and bay leaf. Depending on the recipe, the bouquet garni may also include basil, rosemary, peppercorns, savory and tarragon. vegetables such as carrot, celery (leaves or stem), leek, onion and parsley root are sometimes included in the bouquet. You may use what ever you want. Here is our recipe.


2 sprigs Fresh Thyme

2 Dried Bay Leaves

Leafy Greens from two Celery Stalks

6 sprigs Fresh Parsley


Arrange the herbs in a neat stack on top of each other and tie the ingredients into a tight bundle with string. Place into broths, sauces, stews and soups. Remove the bouquet garni from cooking liquid once it is done cooking and discard it.




Party Sausage Sandwiches

We love to have plenty of appetizer recipes.  This one has been a favorite for years and years with my family and close friends.  It is good for parties, get-togethers, or heavy appetizers for the family.  This is a savory sausage suprise that is always a hit.  It freezes well, so you can have batches in the freezer and when you need a quick appetizer…viola…in 20  minutes time, you are set to go. (and we know that Velveeta isn’t the healthiest choice out there, but, man, does it work it this recipe!)

Party Sausage Sandwiches
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground sausage
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon oregano flakes
2 fresh garlic cloves, minced -or- 1 tsp. garlic powder
1 pound Velveeta cheese, chopped in cubes…
2 loaves party rye or sourdough bread. (These loaves have small pieces of bread, approximately 2 inches X 2 inches.)
Brown meats and drain grease.  Return to heat and add Worcestershire sauce, oregano flakes, and garlic.  Saute for one minute, then add Velveeta cheese cubes.  Cook until cheese is melted.  Remove from heat.  Spoon mixture onto top of party rye or sourdough bread.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. 
To freeze:  place on cookie sheet and put in freezer for 45 minutes.  Then place into ziploc bags.

Savory Cajun Crock Pot Soup

Let’s just say it doesn’t get much better than this. Is is a complete savory meal. This is so easy and just makes your soul feel good!

Savory Cajun Crock Pot Soup


1 1/2 lbs Ham, diced

1 Meaty Ham Bone

4 quarts of beef stock

1/4 cup minced garlic

1 cup chopped onions

1 cup chopped celery

5 medium red skinned potatoes

1 can corn, drained

1 can green beans, drained

1 can sliced carrots, drained

1 14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 cup of black eyes

1 cup red beans

2 cup chopped cabbage or collards

2 cups large elbow macaroni

1 1/2 teaspoons Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning

Salt and black pepper and  to taste 


In large crock pot, combine ham, ham bone, and all other ingredients with the exception of the elbow macaroni. Add macaroni the last hour and cook until tender. Cook on high heat setting for 5-6 hours or on low for 10-12 hours. Remove the ham bone before serving. Additional beef stock may be added to retain the volume of liquid. You may also wish to add any variety of your favorite vegetables to this recipe.

Beignets – Good Morning 2012







I couldn’t think of a better way to start my New Year than with some deep-fried dough! Yes you heard me right, deep-fried dough! No dieting today for us! My family absolutely loves these delightful puffs of heaven. This recipe is so simple and so GOOD! Hope everyone has a beautiful New Year!

What you need:

1 cup of water

1 cup of milk

1 egg, beaten

3 cups of flour

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

2 teaspoon of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla or almond flavoring

Oil for frying

Confectioners Sugar

What to do:

Mix water, milk, egg. vanilla; add flour, baking powder, salt, and 2 teaspoons of sugar and mix until smooth.

Drop by spoonfuls into 2 inches of hot oil at 375 degrees; drain on paper towels and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.


Easy Butterscotch Haystacks

Every Christmas Amy and I get together and make all types of cookies and candies and have the best time. Haystacks are one of our favorite candies to make. They are so easy and so delicious. Hope you enjoy! Merry Christmas!


2 cups butterscotch chips (12 ounces), melted

2 tablespoons peanut butter, plain or crunchy

6 ounces Chinese or chow mein noodles

6 ounces cocktail peanuts


Melt the butterscotch chips in a double broiler over simmering water.

In a medium bowl, combine the melted butterscotch and peanut butter. Add noodles and peanuts and mix well. Drop the batter by the heaped tablespoon onto waxed paper and refrigerate until cool and set, about 20 minutes.

The Perfect Cookie Dough

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is to take a night during December to bake and decorate Christmas cookies.  Having a good dough recipe is important, but to be honest, having a variety of icings and “sprinkles” is what makes it festive and fun.  There is something heart-warming about sitting around the table together with a pile of cookies to be iced and decorated and everyone creating their own masterpiece.
What You Need:
3 cups powdered sugar
2 cups butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
2 eggs
5 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cream of tartar
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter
Vanilla if you like it in frosting
approximately 2 TBSP milk; add slowly so that you can keep the right consistency
Bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 9 minutes on a regular cookie sheet. (do not use “air-bake” or stones)
Thank you sweet friend for this wonderful recipe!

Sautéed Turkey Breast

Here is another great recipe from our friend Claire. This is a simple yet yummy dish! Hope you will try it! Hope everyone has a Sweet and Savory day!
Sautéed Turkey Breast
2 pound turkey breast, skinned and boned and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 cup flour
1 stick unsalted butter
1 large onion, chopped
29 ounce can tomato sauce
10 ounce can chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon ground tumeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dredge turkey in flour.  In skillet, cook turkey in butter for 2 minutes on each side.  Set aside turkey.  Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet.  Mix in all spices.  Saute onions in mixture.  Add chicken stock and tomato sauce.  Let mixture gently boil until it starts to thicken.  Add cooked turkey pieces and let simmer until sauce is thickened.  Serve over rice.  (to freeze:  before mixture is thick, place in freezer container, let cool, then freeze.)

Crock Pot Cajun Chili

Well I have a lot to say today, first of all what a dominating performance by LSU in their 45-10 win over Auburn yesterday! In front of the second largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history (93,098), LSU completely dominated a good Auburn team in all three phases of the game – offensive, defense and special teams. The 35-point margin of victory was the largest ever in the 46-game series against Auburn dating back to 1901.

I have to confess that I had to tape the game and watch it later. That is something I really do not like to do. My Saturdays are such a ritual, I always cook and do my blogging and watch my football team. Yesterday was an exception, my daughter had an opportunity to attend a workshop with our good friend Marla that has a great talent company called It’s a F.A.C.T. I just have to tell you how impressed I was with all the unbelievable talent right here in Albany, GA! These kids are not only talented, but they are kind, good-hearted children. You can just tell they were raised right. I have a feeling these kids will go far with their acting careers. I was so grateful that I let my selfishness go out the window and spend the day with this astonishing group of kids. Their parents must be swollen with pride with them and Marla for their commitment to this outstanding program. What a great Saturday to spend with Alli and all these beautiful children.

Also, today is my Savory sister’s 1-year anniversary and I want to wish her and her husband Andy a very happy anniversary! One year ago, Amy and I along with some wonderful friends and family pulled together an extraordinary event. Yes, Amy and I planned, cooked, decorated, facilitated, and directed her entire wedding. Can I just tell you it was absolutely grand. If it were not for all our friends and our beautiful stepmother we would have never accomplished this beautiful event. We had such an enormous time and the food was to die for. It is quite amazing what you can accomplish with a little help from your friends and family!

With all this being said, here is our recipe for Crock Pot Cajun Chili! This is an easy recipe and you can even make it the night before. It is better the next day. It is really lip smacking good! Hope you enjoy!

What you need

 1 lb of ground beef

1 lb ground pork

1 bell pepper (diced)

1 sweet onion (diced)

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin 

2 cans of Rotel tomatoes

1 can of crushed tomatoes

1 can of pinto beans

1 can of black beans

1 can of dark red kidney beans

1 can of sweet whole kernel corn

2 teaspoons Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning

Dash of Louisiana Hot Sauce

2 cups shredded cheese

Chopped green onions (for garnish)

 What to do

First go ahead a turn you crock pot on to medium heat so it can get hot. In a skillet, cook beef and pork over medium heat add in onions, bell pepper and garlic cook until meat is no longer pink and veggies are tender; drain. Transfer to a slow cooker. Add the next ten ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4 hours. Garnish individual servings with cheese, green onions and sour cream if desired.


Recipe of the Week

Peanut Butter Oreo Delight

This is a Sweet and Savory sinful pie. It is so easy to prepare and a wonderful desert to take to any gathering.

What You Need!

35 Oreo Cookies

6 Tbsp. butter (melted)

1 pkg. (8.oz) Cream Cheese, softened

1/4 cup sugar

3 cups plus 2 Tbsp. cold milk, divided

1 tub (8 oz.) Whipped Topping, thawed, divided

2 pkg. (3.4 oz each) Vanilla Flavor instant Pudding

1/3 cup peanut butter

Make It

Process cookies in food processor until fine crumbs form; mix with butter. Press onto bottom of 13×9 inch dish. Refrigerate 10 minutes. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, sugar and 2 tbsp. milk with mixture until well blended. Add 1 1/4 cups whipped topping; mix well. Spread over crust. Beat pudding mixes and remaining milk in large bowl with whisk for 2 minutes. Add peanut butter; mix well. Spread over cream cheese layer. Let stand 5 minutes or until thickened. Top with remaining whipped topping. Refrigerate for 4 hours.

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