Wednesday, March 1, 2017

More Scottish Food with the Outlander Kitchen Cookbook

Gyspy Stew

A few months ago I took a DNA test and after getting back the results and doing research on and help from my Uncle Jim, I have found out that I'm Scottish on both sides of my family.  On my mom's side is Clan Campbell.  I don't know much about Scottish history yet but quite a few Scots moved to Ulster, Ireland for quite a while before moving on to America which mine did.  So, I guess that would make me Scots-Irish on that side.  On my dad's side is the Clan Buchanan.  Our family name was Gibson but turns out that they were a sept of the Clan Buchanan.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Scottish Food

Mince and Tatties

Ready for some more Scottish food?  First off is Mince and Tatties which is basically Scottish comfort food.  Meat in gravy with some veggies over mashed potatoes.  What's not to like, right?  I did some searching and found a lot of Scottish families use Bisto granules to make the gravy.  I wanted to be as authentic as possible so I ordered some from Amazon.  It worked great and was so easy.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Kimchi Burgers with Gochujang Mayo and Homemade Hamburger Buns

I love Korean fusion dishes!  My husband Jim and I came up with this recipe and it is a flavor bomb! There is nothing like kimchi, gochujang and sesame oil to pack a major punch to anything you add it to.  I always keep these 3 ingredients on hand.  After my daughter came home from South Korea in 2000 I started experimenting with all those glorious Korean flavors and recipes. This year with our exchange student Nagyeom here from South Korea, it's fun to show her some of my fun fusion dishes along with some traditional recipes as well.  

I originally cooked these burgers out on the grill but now I cook them on my cast iron flat griddle on the stove.  With all the ingredients they can sometimes be fragile but I have learned to make the patties up early in the day and cover them and leave them in the fridge to firm up a bit.  By using the cast iron the kimchi gets all fried and caramelized which equals... yumminess!   Also, I know using the smoked gouda sounds weird but take my word for it you want that smokey, cheesey goodness on this burger! Seriously, you do!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Cast Iron Skillet Parker House Rolls

As you probably have figured out by now.... I'm crazy about Cast Iron cooking!  I'm sorry.... but how cute are things cooked in a little black skillet?  It actually makes me feel a bit more Southern or connected to the past or something.  These rolls look like something that my great grandmother would have made for Sunday dinner back in the day.  The best part are that Parker House rolls are so easy and absolutely to die for!  Beautiful and brown on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside.  Not to mention fun to make!  

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Cast Iron Skillet Deep Dish Pizzas

I am crazy about cast iron pans.  I have recently started to collect them. I have also been scouring the local library and internet for any recipes that look tempting.  There are a lot of great cast iron cookbooks to check out! These are only some of them that I have found....

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fast and Easy Garlicky, Cheesy Grits

Here's a fast post about one of my favorite breakfast treats!  There is nothing so comforting as garlicky, cheesy  grits! We often serve them for dinner with the eggs and ham steak or if you want a fancier meal with grilled shrimp and a nice salad.

Mika's Fast and Easy Garlicky Cheesy Grits

4 cups water
4 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
4 tbs. butter
1 cup quick grits
½ tsp. garlic granules
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

In a medium saucepan, bring water, bouillon, butter, grits and garlic granules to a boil.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 7 minutes, until grits are thickened and tender.

Remove from heat and stir in the cheese, stirring until melted.

Serves 4

(recipe can easily be reduced or doubled)

With winter coming on this is a great recipe to have in your arsenal.   You can have a warm satisfying dinner on the table in a matter of minutes and your family will love you for it!  

Pumpkin Biscuits with Honey

You've heard of "Spring Fever"......  well, I've got "Fall Fever"!  I have quite a few cans of pumpkin in my pantry just screaming to be used.  Tis the season!  I LOVE Fall!!  Yesterday I made some baked pumpkin donuts with a cinnamon maple glaze for breakfast and today I made these melt in your mouth Pumpkin biscuits. 
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