Sunday, April 1, 2018

Morel Mushrooms--Need I say more???


If you've never had a Morel mushroom you are missing out. Some people like them in cream sauces but here on Beaty’s Creek we like 'em floured and fried! My husband and son are good at finding Morels and really enjoy the “hunt”. If you grew up around Beaty’s Creek, I am sure you've spent part of your springtime hunting for these prized mushrooms. Here is a recipe for frying Morels Beaty’s Creek Style. If you are lucky enough to know what Morels are, you know that these mushrooms (when fresh) are so rich and delicious that words cannot describe. If you have never eaten Morel mushrooms, look online and get cha’ some. This is What’s Cookin on Beaty’s Creek.


Needed:

25 or more morels-soaked in salt water over night in the fridge (This helps get out any buggies that maybe in the morel.)
2 cups all purpose flour
Salt
Oil
Cast Iron skillet

Drain morels really well and split in half, once split, place in bowl with flour and salt to taste, coat with flour and place in a heated skillet that is covered in 2 inches of oil. Cook until golden brown and drain on paper towels. ENJOY!!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Wild Onions and Eggs


Ladies and gentlemen..... Spring has arrived on Beaty's Creek!! You know spring is really here when you cook up a bunch of wild onions and eggs. Nothing could be better, well maybe a few morels(more on that later). The Tulsa World featured me a few years ago in an article about spring greens in Oklahoma. I am not telling all of you to go in the woods and try to figure out what onions are so read this and enjoy the thought of a wild onion and egg dinner. If you live in NW Arkansas or NE Oklahoma I am sure you know where to dig onions, but if not leave me a comment and I will try to help you out.

Needed:

2 hand fulls of wild onions cleaned and chopped into bite size pieces
Salt to taste
Oil
3 cups of water
5 eggs-beaten

Coat the bottom of a skillet with oil and saute your wild onions until softened a bit, now add your water and cook over a slow boil for 20 minutes, let some of the water evaporate. Now add your beaten eggs and stir like crazy until eggs come together and are done. We love the broth that you get from the onions, so good with crispy cornbread. That is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March 14 2018

Still going strong.  I have lost 26 pounds so far, still have a lot to go.  Still having trouble drinking enough but I am improving.  I also started Elevate Coffee and I love it! I  really like Fathead Bread but not in the bread way.  To me, it tastes just like cheese bread from Pizza Hut.  I am working on some pictures so stay tuned.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Minestrone Soup


It's getting cool again on Beaty's Creek and I want me some soup. Nothing is better than a pot of soup on a cold day. Bake some bread and you are good to go. I am making a hard crusty bread to dip in olive oil tonight.

Needed:
1 pound Italian sausage-cut into chunks
1 large purple onion-chopped
4 large carrots-peeled and chopped
4 celery stalks-stripped and chopped
5 garlic cloves-minced
2 zucchini-sliced into 1/2 inch slices and then quartered
1/2 pound green beans-these can be fresh or frozen(I could not find fresh so I used frozen.)
3 quarts beef or chicken broth(Add this as you go, we like it soupy, so we add more.)
1 quart whole tomatoes-smashed(I used home canned)
3 T Italian seasoning(I use fresh in the summer but this time of year I use dry.)
1 T pepper
salt to taste
3 cups cabbage-shredded into 1/2 inch shreds
1 can cannelloni beans-drained
1 can garbanzo beans-drained
1 cup small shaped pasta(I always use different shapes to jazz it up.)
Fresh Parmesan cheese- shredded finely

Brown sausage with onions and garlic until the sausage is no longer pink. This is the time to add your broth, so you can get all the goodies off the bottom of your soup pot, now add the green beans, zucchini, carrots, celery, and both beans. Simmer for 20 minutes and add cabbage, tomatoes, pasta, and all of your seasoning. Cook for 30 minutes, you may need to add a little water if soup gets too thick after adding your pasta. We grate Parmesan cheese over soup in each bowl. This makes a lot of soup but it reheats very well. In fact I usually freeze some for lunch. Give it a try, I know you will like it! Well that is "what's cookin" tonight.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Spring Forward Strawberry Shortcake


I sit here at the computer waiting for my shortcake to cool off so I can dig in. I love strawberry shortcake. My favorite is with Stilwell Strawberries but we are a little early for them yet so I will make do with California strawberries. I think this recipe is the bomb! Try this and you will be a happy you did! That is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.

Needed:
2 cups all purpose flour
4 t baking powder(I use Rumford)
1/2 cup oil(I use canola)
1 cup sugar 1/2 cup sugar for top of cake
1 T vanilla
1 1/2 cup milk

Sift flour and baking powder together into a large bowl and make a bowl in the middle, this is where you will add your sugar, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix as you would pancake batter. I few lumps are fine. Now pour into a 9x13 baking pan and sprinkle a 1/2 cup of sugar on top. Bake at 350' until golden brown, this happens in about 30 minutes in my oven. Cool and serve with with strawberries and whipped cream!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

February 17

Well, I am going strong on this Keto adventure.  I have not had bread, pasta, rice or any sweets for over a month now.  I really don't miss anything.  I know that is weird but I really don't.  I have lost 16 pounds but I have a lot more to go....  I am having trouble with getting enough electrolytes.  Everyone must be on this diet in my small town because I cannot find Powerade Zero or electrolytes add-ins.  Other than that I am going strong!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Still Going Strong



January 26 2018
Weight 252


Well, I am down 6 pounds and going strong.   How do I feel you may ask?  Well, I feel pretty darn good.  Just have to get used to eating so much. I know that sounds weird coming from someone at my weight but I really am not a big eater, never have been.  The place I lose control of calories is when my blood sugar gets low and we are talking 30 and below.  At that blood sugar, I have never thought real rational.  I grab whatever and eat until I feel better.  Well with this keto diet I cannot do that.  Just can't but I also cannot die. LOL  So I bought glucose tablets,  not very tasty but they get the job done with just a few carbs.  I really think that is going to help me.  I have been in ketosis and out.  No clue why but I got to a moderate and now I am at a trace.  Something I am working on. 

Things I have made, fat head bread, mashed cauliflower, stuffed peppers, and last night I made pizza with almond flour.  All have been quite tasty.  I am a big vegetable eater and prefer my cauliflower roasted or steamed.  I have recipes I will get on this weekend.

Wish me luck! 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Keto?????

I have debated back and forth with myself for about a year now whether or not to get on the Keto band wagon.  See Ketones in the Type 1 diabetic world is a very bad thing. So me getting use to having "ketones" is a very scary thing.
 
Once I had gotten past that I was good to go.

I will tell you I am not a big eater, even tho I am a fatty.  So this eating breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner and then a snack is very hard for me.  Also Fat Bombs???  What the heck, I am eating Fat Bombs to lose weight????  Another big one for me.  Also I don't really like meat...Why am I doing this again?  Yeah because I need to lose weight. I admit it I am not a big water drinker unless you count the water in Coke Zero.....Another big adjustment.  I love beans and those are a no-no too.  Not a big bread eater at all so that is not a problem.  Really not big on sweets either. 

So here I go, if you want to follow this journey saddle up.  I am going to publish my stats too and we will see how things go week by week.


January16-2018
Weight 258
Height 5'3

I will post recipes that I like and the family likes.  They are eating normal so I am still cooking everything I always have too.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Peanut Brittle


Needed:
1-cup sugar
1/3-cup corn syrup
1/3-cup water
1 T butter
1/2 t baking soda
1-cup raw peanuts
Candy thermometer

Boil sugar, syrup, and water together until it forms a hard ball in cold water or reaches 260' on your candy thermometer. Continue cooking, lower heat add peanuts and butter. Cook until peanuts crack and turn brown. Remove from heat add soda and stir until dissolved. Pour quickly into a buttered pan (I use my Silpat for this)and spread evenly. The thinner the better. When cooled crack into smaller pieces. This was my Granny West’s recipe. She made this every year with pecans, peanuts or big shavings of coconut. I am so glad I have her recipe

Monday, December 4, 2017

Copy Cat McDonald's Oatmeal Cookies

My hubby is addicted to the McDonald's oatmeal cookies.  Well I hate the place, but I secretly do go there and get McRib's, hangs head in shame, and wanted to come up with a healthier, if that is even possible, recipe.  Here is my attempt and Sean says they are just like the other one's.

Needed:
1 cup butter-room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla 
1 1/2 cups flour
1 t baking soda
1 t  cinnamon
1 t salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup raisins-plumped
1 cup toffee bits

1 cup of coconut


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and cinnamon (and salt); stir into the creamed mixture. Blend in the oatmeal and toffee bits. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Cookies


I know, I know, who needs another sugar cookie recipe...but you are going to get one. This is a great recipe but you MUST CHILL the dough before you roll it out. I iced these mitten cookies with royal icing with a little butter cream on the cuff. I like the look of royal icing but the taste of butter cream. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.




Needed:




6 cups all purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1 t salt
2 cups butter- softened
3 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 1/2 t vanilla




In your Kitchen Aid mix together your butter, salt, and sugar until fluffy. Now add your eggs one at a time and stir well. Now add your flour in 1 1/2 cup intervals with your salt, and baking powder. Stir well. Flatten your dough and wrap with plastic wrap. Place in fridge for a couple of hours before rolling out. Roll out and cut into desired shapes. Bake at 350' for 12 minutes. Ice with desired icing and enjoy!


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Friday, November 10, 2017

Pecan Pie Cake



This cake takes a little bit of effort but it so worth it!  I absolutely love pecan pie and this cake has the best of the best in flavors if you ask me.  You get a nutty cake and a pecan pie all in one!


Pecan Pie Filling

Needed:
1/2 cup  brown sugar
3/4 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup cornstarch
4 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1/4 t salt
3 T butter
1  vanilla bean-scraped

Mix together the first 7 ingredients in a  pan until smooth over medium heat. Bring to a boil  stirring constantly, and boil for only 1 minute. It will be thick. Remove from heat; and mix in vanilla bean seeds. Place a sheet of parchment paper directly on surface of mixture to prevent a film from forming, and chill over night.

 Cake
Needed:

3 cups  pecan halves
1 cup butter flavor shortening
2 cups sugar
5  eggs-separated
1 vanilla bean-scraped
2 cups  flour
1 t baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup corn syrup

Spread 3 cups of pecans evenly in 2  buttered 9 inch round cake pans.
Beat shortening and sugar until fluffy.  Now add egg yolks  1 at a time until blended after each one is added. Stir in vanilla bean seeds.

Combine all of your dry ingredients together and stir. Add to shortening mixture alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir slowly just until blended after each addition.
Beat egg whites  until stiff peaks form, and fold one third egg whites into batter. Fold in remaining egg whites.  Do not over mix!!!!! Pour butter into prepared pans.
Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. Cool in pans on wire racks for about 10 minutes, then flip onto the wire racks. Put some wax paper down under the wire racks. Brush the tops and sides of layers with corn syrup and cool completely. Spread  pecan pie filling on one layer pecan side up and then place second layer pecan side up on filling and spread with remaining filling. Chill and serve!  Soooo good!