Sausage Cheese Ball Recipe

This is the first year that I haven’t made these for the holidays.  I may just have to go get everything tomorrow to make these.  They are so yummy

Ingredients

  • 1-pound package ground sausage (I prefer Jimmy Dean)
  • 3 cups baking mix (recommended: Bisquick)
  • 4 cups grated sharp Cheddar (Or a mixture of cheeses works well too.  My family is a huge muenster and gouda cheese fan so I usually add these to recipes as well)
  • 1 teaspoon Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray.  Combine all ingredients in a large glass bowl. Mix well with your fingers. The mixture will be very crumbly. Form into 1 inch balls, squeezing the mixture so it holds together, then rolling it between the palms of your hands to form balls.  Place the balls on the baking sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. To prevent sticking, move the balls with a spatula halfway through cooking.

Sausage Bread Recipe

Not long ago my brother, John, and I were sitting at the kitchen table at mom’s house and talking to MaRea about the sausage bread she used to make at the holidays.  This was always a favorite of everyone’s and we would fight over who would get the last piece.

1 roll Jimmy Dean Sausage

1/2 cup shredded cheese

1 tube Pillsbury French Bread loaf, or other ready to use bread loaf (Now MaRea would make her own white bread and roll the sausage in that, which is the best way to make this recipe but the Pillsbury loaves as well as the ones you can purchase in the freezer section also work just as well)

Brown the Jimmy Dean Sausage and drain.

Roll out bread dough on greased baking sheet.  Place sausage 1/3 of the way from end and place cheese on top of sausage.  Fold ends to where when rolling bread it will be nicely tucked under.  Roll the bread and cook seam side down.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until bread is done.

Hot Artichoke Dip Recipe

1 Tablespoon Butter

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

2/3 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

1 – 8 oz package cream cheese

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1 – 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and  quartered

1 teaspoon Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning

1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese for topping

1 pound crab meat

Saute garlic in butter for about 1 minute in a small bowl in the microwave.  Once cooled add mayonnaise, sour cream, cream cheese, crab meat and parmesan cheese.  Stir in Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning and a dash or two of Tabasco (optional).  Pour into  1 1/2 quart casserole dish.  Sprinkle mazzarella cheese over top.  Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes oruntil heated thoroughly.

My family also likes when I substitute fresh spinach for the artichokes.

Pastalaya Recipe

1 pound boneless/skinless chicken thighs, breasts or chicken tenderloin(tenders), cubed (I prefer to use the thighs)
1 pound sausage or andouille, cubed
2 tablespoons butter (for sautéing)

1 cup onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped (green or red and green)
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 tablespoons cup green onions, sliced
2 tablespoon parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning, or to taste
2- 3 splashes of Tobasco Sauce, or to taste
Chicken broth or water to deglaze the skillet
4 cups uncooked pasta – Penne, Spiral or Shell (My family prefers the shell pasta)

Fill a 2 quart pan with water –3 inches from the top.  Heat the water over high heat until it comes to a full boil.  Add a dash of sea salt, Beazell’s and the pasta.  Cook according to package directions or until done – about 10 minutes.

While the water is heating, add butter into a heavy skillet (cast iron is best but I use my teflon) to just to coat the bottom.  Melt butter over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and bell pepper and sauté until they just start to turn golden.

Push to one side of the pan and add the cubed chicken.  Sauté chicken until it just begins to color.  Add sausage and continue sautéing until the chicken is golden brown and some bits stick to the bottom of pan.  Add the garlic and continue cooking a few minutes more.  Do NOT burn the garlic!
When the pasta has cooked, remove from the heat and drain.

Add 1/4 cup broth or water to deglaze the pan (get all that good brown stuff off the bottom of the pan and into the broth) stirring to blend the sautéed vegetables, chicken, sausage, and garlic.  Add the Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning and reduce the heat; continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through.

Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and cook to heat through.  Add another tablespoon or 2 of broth to moisten pasta.  For a richer sauce, add a tablespoon of butter or olive oil to the pan and stir until the butter has melted.

Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt, pepper, Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning and Tobasco Sauce, to suit your taste.

Deadly Seduction

In the shadows of the room she waits to make her move.  She watches him, calculating and wondering if he is her true love.  Her life is so cold and empty without love.

If only he knew how desperately she needs him, needs his love.  Teasingly, she walks across the room.  The candlelight flickers romantically across the room.  The setting is perfect.  He is the one.  She knows it…

Then she catches a glimpse of his wedding ring.  He thought he had hidden it, but there it is.  He is supposed to be the one.  Why is he doing this to her?  She can’t take another woman’s husband.  When will it be her turn?  What about her desires?

Anger rips through her body; rage consumes her very being.  She moves swiftly, her vengeance final.  Poison flows from her fangs.  The rest is a blur.  She will make this cheating bastard suffer just like he made her suffer.  Fair is fair after all.

Detective Brett Landry is forty years old and wondering when time passed him by.  After serving in the US Army Rangers for eight years he moved back home to be near his parents.  His dad was fighting for his life and he wanted to be nearby while he battled cancer.

By the time the second body is found in a hotel room Detective Landry is fairly certain that their killer is none other than a woman.  This woman is cunning.  She only leaves behind clues that she wants them to find.

As the body count increases, the very seductive journalist, Chloe Matthews, frequently graces the crime-scene with her presence.  Detective Landry can’t help but notice that she is always underfoot.  There is something about the woman that really gets under his skin.  The woman is pure trouble, trouble he should stay away from.

Whenever they are near sparks fly.  Neither are sure how long they can hold off before they give into temptation……

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Multiple Sclerosis and The Holidays

This year even though my Multiple Sclerosis was acting up I managed to get up and fix a few things for us to eat.  I couldn’t have dont it without the help of Resa, Mat and Yuri though.

Our oldest some came home this afternoon for a few hours and even though he doesn’t live here anymore he did help clean the kitchen (and went home with lots of food to tide him over for the week).

Mat fixed a big pot of gumbo for this afternoon.  Him and Resa also fixed a pork tenderloin that was out of this world.  (I think this was his best gumbo yet.)  Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of gumbo left over but at least there is enough for us to have some for lunch tomorrow.

The one word that rang out all morning was “cr**” and a few other choice words.  Wtih my MS acting up I did manage to drop quite a few things today and the dog was loving it.  Resa ended up helping put items in the oven and Mat was taking them out so that they everything didn’t wind up on the floor.  Oh the joys of having MS and dropping items.  I have learned not to carry anything that is glass because it will just be broken eventually.

Resa learned how to make banana bread, banana pudding, pound cake, chocolate cake with a divinity icing, mississippi mud and bread.  She also helped her daddy cook.  If it wouldn’t have been for her help we wouldn’t have had all the goodies to eat today but this is also great family time.  We were all in the kitchen cooking and laughing.  We would take breaks and she would run off to her “workshop” and paint us a picture.

This may not have been the Christmas we were used to having in the past but we still managed to keep some of the tradtions alive and I think made some new ones.  It was so nice working side by side in the kitchen with Resa.  I think this is something that she will remember most of all.  I loved helping my grandmother and mother in the kitchen at Christmas.

Now it will take me a few days to recover from today but I think it was worth it.  By this afternoon my headaches were back and my voice is slipping.  I do think the one symptom Mat likes is when I lose my voice.

I only hope that it doesn’t take too long for me to recover because while Resa is out of school I need to take her clothes shopping and we are also wanting to surprise her with a trip to Great Wolf Lodge.  I LOVE going to Great Wolf Lodge.  It is the one place where we can actually enjoy a vacation and even if my MS does give me problems Resa can enjoy herself while I try to relax.

Everything is self-contained.  It is a huge indoor waterpark that has tons for the children to do.  Even Mat enjoys himself there.