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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Di’s Kitchen Serving Chili and Cornbread

16° in Little Rock. Snow and ice everywhere. No way out. Stuck at the house. What to do...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Secret To A Perfect Italian Cream Cake...Family Tradition

The secret to my family's Southern classic cream cake is to FOLD the beaten egg whites in GENTLY. This makes a most delightful moist and scrumptious cake. Have a happy holiday! 2015

How To Make Italian Cream Cake...

  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 5 whole Eggs, Separated
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 cup Coconut 
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 packages (8 Oz) Cream Cheese
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 package 2 Lb Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Chopped Arkansas Pecans
  • 1 cup Sweetened, Flaked Coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.

Beat egg whites until stiff. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter, oil, and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg yolks, vanilla, and coconut.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

Alternate adding buttermilk and dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined, then FOLD in egg whites, GENTLY!

Pour evenly into the three prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto cooling racks and allow to cool completely.

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Stir in chopped pecans and sugared coconut. Spread between layers and serve.

Note: cream cheese frosting will soften at room temperature, so refrigerate if you won’t use it right away.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Famous Pie Shop in DeValls Bluff AR

Been a while since I've been to see Mary (The Pie Shop Hwy 70 W (870) 998-2279) in DeVall's Bluff. This is what happened the last time I went...

I bought a whole EGG CUSTARD PIE...

What can I say, egg custard is my most favorite pie. My Nannie use to make a mean egg custard pie similar to the Pie Shop. If you're like me and can't get down the road to the Pie Shop often enough, do as I do, and make my Nannie's, just as delicious, egg custard pie. Recipe below... 

How to make Nannie's Egg Custard Pie similar to the Pie Shop...

4 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Unbaked pie shell

1.  Slightly beat eggs, add sugar and salt.
2.  Add milk and vanilla, mix well.
3.  Pour into unbaked pie shell and sprinkle with the nutmeg.
4.  Bake at 425 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until knife inserted in middle comes out clean.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Southern Fried Whole Okra...

Down in the South we grow a lotta okra. Okra season is right upon us and I have been so hankering for some freshly fried okra. In fact, I don't want the cut up kind, I want something more grand! I want some whole fried okra pods! Had some in a salad a few years ago and the thought of that Southern Fried Whole Okra on top of some fresh salad greens with some freshly cut tomatoes and onions and  topped with some homemade Ranch dressing...well what can I say. Dreams do come true...enjoy!

How to make Southern Fried Whole Okra...
Oil and Iron Skillet for frying
3 large eggs
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup corn meal
1 ts salt
1/2 ts pepper
Batch of freshly picked, rinsed, and cleaned okra (leave tops on or cut off if you so desire)
1.  Hear oil in skillet to 375 degrees
2.  Whisk eggs and buttermilk in medium bowl
3.  Mix flour, meal, salt, pepper in another bowl
4. Drop okra in egg mixture then in dry mixture till fully coated
5.  Fry until golden brown or about 3-4 minutes, drain on paper towel, serve in your fave salad fixins, and drizzle some homemade Ranch dressing all over!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Enjoying The Good Life and A Perfect Iced Coffee

Each and every day for a very long while, I have been enjoying a hot and delicious (most of the time) latté at my choice of coffee shops around the area. Started this pleasurable (and expensive) little habit back in 2005 when I lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas and decided (what was I thinking) to complete my degree (Anthropology) at the University of Arkansas. This effort (B.A.2008) was no easy task for a non-traditional (old) student like myself. Immediately recognized it would take many hours of waking at the crack of dawn, driving to the University, and dragging a 30 pound book bag all over the Hill. My morning latté was the only way I survived (do you know how hard college algebra is) and completed my mission. This creature of habit has continued the latté tradition (through the winter months) with the replacement of an iced coffee during the summer time. 

BTW, do you know how much a habit of this magnitude costs...about as much as the cost of my degree (well almost). Anyway, have not mastered the perfect latte at home (can't afford an ultra gourmet latté maker) however, to defray some of the iced coffee expense, I can make the heck out of a perfect iced coffee (of which I am enjoying right now as I blog away). Enjoying the good life (so nice to be out of school) and a perfect iced coffee. Cheers!

How to make Perfect Iced Coffee:
2 1/2 cups robust coffee grounds ( I use Community Coffee with Chicory)
1 gallon cold water
1.  Pour coffee grounds into a large bowl. Add the gallon of cold water. Stir a tad.
2.  Cover with saran wrap and place out of the way for about 8 hours to allow the coffee and water to mate.
3. After 8 hours (don't cheat, you want it strong) gather a 1 gallon pitcher, some cheese cloth, and a 2 cup measuring cup with pouring spout near the sink area. 
4.  Put the cheesecloth over the top edge of the pitcher, hold it tight with your fingers (didn't say this was easy) and using the 2 cup measuring cup, pour the coffee grind mixture into the pitcher being careful not to let the cheesecloth slip. Wring the cheesecloth out (into the pitcher) when a bunch of grinds accumulate and then toss the grinds down your disposal. 
5. Leave your coffee in the pitcher or pour your wonderful brew into a fancy decanter (got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond) and place in the fridge to dispense whenever the iced coffee urge hits you. Will last for a couple of weeks in the fridge.

For An Iced Coffee:  
Simply dispense some of your coffee into an ice filled glass half way, add milk of choice for the other half, don't forget to give it some sweetness (like sugar or sweetener) and stir away. And whatever you do, don't forget the straw.

I strongly recommend this coffee with almond milk and Splenda!!! Also, strongly recommend getting your degree early in life, but it's really never too late.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Low Carb Humpday!

Around the middle of the week and often after a sin filled weekend, I'm usually aching for some decent food. You know, the kind that has no rich butters, no white flours, no surgery sweets. This morning I had my wonderful OO Sautéed Veggies with Two Poached Eggs and a sprinkle of Cheddar...simple, delicious, low carb, and a delightful foretaste of the summer veggies to come! I do love the simple things in life. Happy Low Carb Humpday to you!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

And, They're Off...

Racing season at Oaklawn is sort of special this year. You are able to place a bet from ANYWHERE! Don't believe me. Check it out at http://Oaklawn.com . We've been regulars since the 70s and this is very, very interesting. Back in the day you could only use the public telephones at certain times within the gates. Something to do with booking bets. They have come a long way, baby.

And, speaking of old times, who remembers Coy's Steak House??? Miss it badly. I did a blog post back in 2011 that showcased a vegan copycat version of Coy's Famous House Salad Dressing. I have sort of  fallen off the vegan wagon since then, and I'm back to serving up my old standard copycat version which always impresses my servees! You really should try this one. Go ahead, permission granted to transport yourself back in time, play like you're at that famous old restaurant icon, make this wonderful salad dressing for your favorite greens, grab a sleeve of saltines, grill a couple of steaks, break some bread, and bet on your favorite ponies (from ANY LOCATION).

My Copycat Version of Coy's Famous House Salad Dressing:
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium onion, GRATED with juice
1/4 cup catsup
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black cracked pepper
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon paprika
Few dashes of hot sauce
Whisk all together and mix well. Important Note: Grate the onion in the same mixing bowl so you don't loose the juice. Will keep for about a week in the fridge. Serve on salad greens and always with a sleeve of crackers for sinfully, scrumptious dippin'!