Hints and Tips for The Best Cornbread

Cornbread is a classic Southern dish and absolutely delicious. From how long the cornbread can last in the refrigerator or freezer to what cornmeal to use, we’ll give you these awesome tips along with a few recipes for making the best cornbread. Always check your cornmeal for rancidity before baking. Rancid cornmeal will smell stale and musty; good cornmeal will have a sweeter smell. When mixing batter for cornbread or muffins, put away your electric mixer. Mixing by hand helps eliminate over mixing. It is desirable to have a few lumps in the batter. They will hydrate during baking and …

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Easy Mini Corn Dogs

Want More Fun? Get a free ooey, gooey caramel popcorn kit. Plus get free recipes for pigs in a blanket, homemade playdough, painted cookies, corn dogs, and peanut butter brownies in an ice cream cone. Tell us where to send it! Using tempura batter mix makes these mini corn dogs easy to make—with only four ingredients.  They are as good as any at the county fair. The Mini Corn Dog Recipe One package of eight good quality hot dogs cut crosswise 2 cups tempura batter mix 1 cup milk 1 large egg 16 wooden skewers about 4-inches long (cut longer skewers into shorter sticks) …

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How to Make Monte Cristo Sandwiches

This is an old French sandwich circa 1910. It became popular in America in the 1930’s and then seem to drop out of sight in the 1960’s. My dad loved Monte Cristo sandwiches. As a child, it seemed that they were popular in diners and other casual recipes. Either way, they were made with meat, usually ham, and a soft cheese, raspberry jam, and mustard or a hot sauce. They are now a type of sandwich, a meat and cheese sandwich cooked like French toast or deep fried. We’ve maintained the sweet layer with either jam or a flavored honey.

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Home of the Stuffed Burgers

Home of the Stuffed Burgers Welcome to the Cantina Burger Cafe! Get a Stuffed Burger Press Make your own stuffed burgers with a stuffed burger press!  Click any arrow below to jump to that section. How to Make Stuffed Burgers Cantina Stuffed Burger Recipes How to Make Burger Buns Click Here For Your Stuffed Burger Press Get a Stuffed Burger Press Now Make your own stuffed burgers with a stuffed burger press! Get it now! Here’s How to Make Your Own Stuffed Burgers Stuffed Burgers Can Be as Easy as 1 2 3… Make crowd-pleasing burgers in just three easy …

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What Pan Should You Use for Cornbread?

Cornbread is a southern delight and one of my favorite sides to make for chili cookouts, but it can be hard to decide which pan is best to use for cornbread. Each pan comes with its advantages and disadvantages, but which one is best for cornbread? Here we’ll present five choices for pans for cornbread and give you the advantages of each. Five Pans You Can Use For Cornbread Cast Iron Skillets This is the traditional choice for skillet cornbread, cornbread that is usually rich in eggs.  The pan should be well-seasoned and coated with butter or other fat.  A …

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Cantina Stuffed Burger Recipes

Get a Stuffed Burger Press for just $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZBURG” at checkout. Get the Stuffed Burger Press Now (Reg. Price: $10.99) With summer and backyard barbecues coming around, there’s nothing like a good, juicy burger. I’m talking the drip down your chin, piled high with toppings, and nearly too big to bite kind of burger. But we’re moving burgers to the next level: stuffed burgers. We like to call them cantina burgers. Imagine biting down into a soft, tasty bun on top of crisp lettuce, tomato, and zesty condiments followed by a bite of …

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Nine Ways to Make Stuffed Burgers

(Updated from June 9, 2015) We discovered stuffed burgers a long time ago.  But they were simple affairs. We would grind up a block of cheese and mix it into the burger.  Maybe we would chop up onions and peppers and mix those in.  Occasionally, we would look to meatloaf recipes for inspiration. They were good but we found another way to make stuffed burgers. It’s a stuffed burger press.  Instead of mixing the fillings into the meat, you create a stuffing pocket in the middle of the meat. This is what a stuffed burger press looks like: Learn how …

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Clam Chowder Recipe Made with Bacon

The Best New England Clam Chowder Recipe Clam Chowder Recipe Made with Bacon Free! Garlic and Herb Focaccia Bread MixTry this fantastic Italian bread free with your next order. Use coupon code: ZFOC at checkout. → Free! Garlic and Herb Focaccia Bread MixTry this fantastic Italian bread free with your next order. Use coupon code: ZFOC at checkout. → I got hooked on this clam chowder recipe when Diane from Gresham and Myers brought over two big pots of it to try. We loved it; none of it went to waste. So, when I asked the crew what they would like to …

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Thai Mango Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing

Mango salad with fresh mango, peanuts, and sweet mango chili dressing

Thai Mango Salad with Thai Sweet Chili Dressing Recipe I love Thai food. I love the kick that Thai sweet chili brings. I love peanut sauce, even the chopped peanuts. And I love mangos. So, this is a perfect combination with its bright sweet chili and lime dressing and ripe mangos. When we made this in our test kitchen, we served this to customers and employees. (That’s what we do in the test kitchen.) Most loved it! The dressing has a little kick. You can control how much by how much of the pepper that you add. We’re in Idaho–meat and …

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How to Cut a Mango

A fillet of salmon with mango salsa

Here you will find instructions for how to cut a mango with a knife or a mango slicer and illustrated with a video. You’ll find a collection of recipes for those who would like to cook and bake with mangos: Mango cobbler, salsa, chicken and fish with mangos, mango ice cream, mango muffins, and a Thai mango salad. Mangoes are wondrously versatile fruits! They make great sweet salsas for fish or chicken. You can make a great fruit salad. And we love them in a cobbler. Maybe best of all, ripe plump mangoes are available in the winter when other …

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How to Use the New Sea Salts in Your Cooking

One of the hottest trends in food right now is the new sea salts. Salts bring flavors alive.  The new salts are purer but have trace minerals that our bodies need. Mostly, they make foods taste better from sweet to savory. Salts are great carriers for other flavors. For years we used seasoned salts like garlic and celery salt. But it’s a whole new world of cooking with smoked salt and salts with intense flavors like chipotle and maple. Sea salts may be used in cooking, baking, and grilling. Categories of Sea Salts You can categorize sea salts into four …

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Taco Bill’s Out-of-the-Box Meatloaf Recipe

This recipe can be used for mini-meatloaves or a larger one. Ol’ Bill really did think out-of-the-box on this one! Meatloaf recipes always have a filler, usually rolled oats or bread crumbs. This one has crushed nacho cheese chips. Clever. It really does make them taste like a taco. 1 pound lean ground beef 1 1/2 Tablespoons Mexican and Taco Seasoning or equal 1/2 cup salsa 2 eggs 1/2 of an 11.5 ounce bag of nacho cheese corn chips 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 can olives sliced or chopped 1 sm. can …

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Four Steps to Easy Dinners

Dinner is a challenge. It’s not that we don’t know how to cook but after a long day at work and with a dozen things to do at home, it just takes time and energy.What do we fix for dinner?We could put something in the crock-put before we leave for work. We’re not that organized (I’m not that organized) and the crock pot is utilized for Sunday duty. I love stir-fries but Merri Ann doesn’t like them. There are other choices like casseroles (they usually take too long), tacos, and soups, but what to fix for dinner usually centers on …

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How to Make Cream Soup

There are five steps to making a cream soup: Cook the starch*.  Most cream soups have a flour base and often an onion for flavoring.  Sauté the onion in butter.  Add the flour and cook while stirring until the butter and flour is combined into a thick paste.  The cooking should only last a minute or two and the flour should not be browned. Cook the soup base.  While still cooking, pour a little of the stock into the flour and stir to dissolve.  Add the rest of the stock and simmer for ten minutes.  Your soup base should thicken …

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Black Bean and Rice Chili Recipe

This thirty minute chili hits the spot on a cold winter day. It’s made with canned beans so it’s a snap to put together. We think you will love this hearty soup. As listed, this is a fairly mild chili. If you like it hot, add more spices. Ingredients 3/4 cup uncooked white rice 1 large onion, diced 2 pounds lean ground beef 1/2 tablespoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 29-ounce can tomato sauce 2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained 2 25-ounce cans diced tomatoes 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 cup …

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Turkey White Bean Chili

You’ll love this white bean chili.  It’s hearty, spicy, and full of flavor—and easy to make with canned beans. This is comfort food. Ingredients 1/2 cup diced onions 1 tablespoon butter 2 15-ounce cans white northern beans 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 2 15-ounce cans chicken broth 1 1/2 cups turkey, cubed 1/2 cup grated Monterey jack or cheddar cheese sour cream and salsa for garnish Directions Sauté the onions in the butter in a saucepan.  Add the beans (not drained), cumin, garlic, broth, and salsa.  Cook until it starts to simmer.  Add the …

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Merri Ann’s Easy Chili

You don’t need much more for this than a pot and can opener.  It’s super easy to make and was the winner of an extended family chili cook off. This is a one pot meal.  Cook the ground beef in the same pan that you will use for the soup.  You’ll have soup on the table in twenty minutes. Ingredients 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained of grease 5 15-ounce cans of beans, drained 2 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes with onions 1 29 ounce can of tomato sauce 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 cup …

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Turkey Enchiladas

When you have leftover turkey and gravy, this is an easy—and terrific—dish to make. Ingredients 8 six-inch tortillas 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 cup sour cream 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper 2 cups turkey gravy 1 four-ounce can of chopped chilies, drained 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 2 cups chopped cooked turkey meat Sliced ripe olives (optional) Chopped tomatoes (optional) Sliced green onions (optional) Directions 1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 1/2 x 13-inch baking pan. 2.Place tortillas on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Heat in the microwave until warm and soft, about one …

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Turkey Tacos

These are traditional tacos made with leftover turkey meat.  This is an excellent recipe for the dark meat from the turkey. Ingredients 1/2 cup diced onions 2 cups cooked, shredded turkey meat 1/2 cup salsa Verde 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon chili powder corn tortillas (if you prefer, flour tortillas can be substituted) shredded cheddar cheese diced tomatoes shredded lettuce sour cream Directions Sauté the onions in a little oil in a large skillet.  Add the meat, salsa Verde, cumin, garlic powder, salt and chili powder.  Mix and cook until hot.  Set aside. …

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Chicken and Black Bean Chili

What could be better than chili on a cold winter day? Try this scrumptious chicken and black bean chili. Because it’s made with canned beans, it cooks up super quick and easy with left-over chicken or turkey. In the picture to the right, Boston Brown Bread is shown. For the recipe, click here. Ingredients 1 large onion, chopped 2 1/2 cups water 1/2 cup white or brown rice 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 4 cubes chicken bouillon 1 tablespoon chili powder (you can add more later if you wish) 2 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes 3 cups cubed cooked …

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