Fried Chicken

I have never made Fried Chicken before now.  I usually just go to KFC down the block and pick up a bucket.  It’s so much easier, let me tell ya.  First you have to mix a bunch of dry ingredients together for the flour texture.  It’s not so hard really.  Then you make buttermilk, or if you have store-bought buttermilk that works just as well.  I did not have the store-bought stuff so I just made some by adding a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk.  It is as easy as that.  You throw the chicken into the buttermilk and you’re suppose to let it sit overnight in the fridge but I didn’t and it worked out alright.  After I took the chicken out I drenched it in the flour mixture and put it in a pan that had about an inch and a half of hot oil and let it cook until you can’t see blood coming out, or for me until it’s almost burnt.  Then take them out of the pan of oil and put them onto a cookie sheet and stick them in the oven at around 350 and bake until you can cut into them with a knife and see no red.  Again I cooked them until they were almost burnt because my Dad, younger sister and I have this thing against red meat.  We don’t think its wrong in a way that you’ll go to Hell for eating it, we just can not eat it because we gag every time we see that were about to eat a live  The meal turned out really well, the food was a bit over cooked but man it tasted much better than KFC.  It was a bit more greasy yes, but it was good.  Word to everyone else though, if you think you need more oil, you can use butter, but do not use lard because it leaves a funny taste once it has sat in the fridge for a few days. 


Hope you enjoyed this adventure.


Love Tess V B


Marmalade Muffins

First of all grease 24 muffin tins.

I made these a while back but I thought I would post about them anyways.  I took two oranges, or more (I can’t really remember :p ) and grate them.  I found a really easy way to do this though and I’ll share the tip with you.  I took the oranges and instead of using a grater I took a potato peeler and peeled them then put the peel in my Magic Bullet, or you could use your blender and just stick the peel into it and hit the blend button.  I set that aside and began to cream the butter and sugar into a bowl, which works a lot better if your butter is softened, but if its not just throw it in a bowl and heat it up in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time.    Crack 2 eggs into the cream and sugar and mix it up.  Sift some flour and add it to the bowl and stir as few strokes as possible so you don’t get tough muffins.  But tough cookies if ya don’t listen 😉  Combine some buttermilk and baking soda in a cup and add that to the muffin batter and combine.     Add the orange zest, but don’t over mix.  Fill the muffin tins two-thirds full with the batter.  Bake that in an oven that’s heated up to 375 F for about 10-15 minutes until light brown.  While those are in the oven make the glaze.  Use the two oranges that you zested earlier and juice them.   Add the juice to brown sugar and mix with a fork.    Once the muffins come out of the oven put the glaze on with a spoon.  You can go ahead and lick up  the extra glaze if you want to.    To me these muffins tasted like honey, which I don’t care for at all,but these tasted incredible.  I would recommend these to anyone because they are so stinkin’ good.


Hope ya enjoyed reading this =D

God Bless

Love Tess

Iny’s Prune Cake with Buttermilk Icing

I love-making things from The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook.  They are always just so much fun to whip up.  When I cook southern food it makes me want to start talkin’ with an accent and say stuff like, “Hun would ya pass me some of them biscuits?” Haha.  I saw the picture for this recipe in the book and saw that it was cake and my mouth started to water.  But then I looked at what the recipe has in it. PRUNES!!!!! Do you know what Prunes are?  They are dehydrated plums!  Now why would anyone do that to a poor poor pitiful plum? Tell me!!!  I love eating plums, they are just sooooooooo good.  And when you get to the pit and try to take off all of the fruit from it it starts to taste a bit sour.  Its making my mouth water right now just thinking about it.  Mmmmhmmm.  If you haven’t eaten enough plums to know what it does to you, I advise you not to.    I had to boil the prunes until they were able to be mashed, which seemed to take forever, or maybe I was just bored, who knows 😛  Once those were finished I started on the cake batter.  I got to use allspice in this batter, which makes it smell like Christmas time.  I love allspice, it just smells so beautiful.  I put the mashed up prunes into the batter and stirred it all together and it did not look pretty let me tell ya.  It was a yellowish batter that had bits of prune throughout it, BLECK! I threw that into the oven for about 45 minutes.  This is the good part.  The icing was to die for.  It was like making carmel and it was heavenly smelling and tasting.  It kept poofing up but she said to let it do that so I did.  Before it got hard I poured it over the already done cake.  It was glorious tasting.  I wish I had licked the pot that I made it in before it got hard on me.  I did lick the spoon though and that was pure bliss.  I thought this cake would taste terrible, but it was actually really good.  I did not like finding big pieces of prune in it though.  My family seemed to really enjoy it so I think it’s a winner.

I hope you enjoyed reading  this.


Chocolate Peppermint Sticks

I wanted to make something sweet this week and decided to look in one of my cookbooks that I usually don’t use.  I had made this recipe for best friend about a month ago and it did not turn out well.  It looked sort of alright, but not beautiful whatsoever. I started out by creaming together butter, sugar and flour and put that into a pan and patted it down into a crust like form. I threw it in the oven for ten minutes and it became goldenish looking.  It looks and tastes just like the crust for lemon bars.  Then I whisked powdered sugar, warm water and peppermint extract and made a paste like frosting.  I spread that on the crust until it reached the very end of the pan, then I proceeded to melt semi-sweet chocolate in a heat proof bowl in a pan of boiling water.  It took about five minutes to melt it all, but wowzers it tasted fantastic. I poured that on top of the paste like frosting and tried to wait while it cooled.   Like I said, I tried, but I couldn’t wait for more than three minutes because it looked way too good not to touch. I cut them up into little squared and immediately ate three……or ten, but whose counting? It was super easy to whip up and it took less than thirty minutes all together.  I can’t wait to try out a cake recipe in the book and tell you about it.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

T. Bissell

Southern Food

Today I wanted to make a big dinner, dessert and something to drink.  For the drinks I made Minted Lemon and Limeade.  I had to juice three lemons, and two limes. It didn’t help that I had a cut on my middle finger.  Let me tell ya that getting citrus into a cut REALLY does hurt.   I got done juicing them and then I crushed a few sprigs of mint in a big pitcher along with some sugar.  My oh my did that smell wonderful.  After that I added the juice from the lemons and limes, stirred a few times and added a sliced lemon to it all.  It looked so beautiful that it made me want to hop on the next flight to Georgia and eat some fresh peaches. MMmmhmm. I threw that in the fridge to let it cool off, but not before taking my trusty cup and sipping a little of it. It tasted a little watery so before I served it I squeezed some extra lemon juice into it. After I finished with that I started making delicious Peach and Cinnamon cobbler.  I just used canned peaches, because you use what you have. I cut them up, added the sugar, quick-cooking tapioca, cinnamon and lemon juice. That looked good enough to put on a silver platter.  Before I made the toppings which were like biscuits, I started on the Roasted Lemon Chicken with Red Grapes.  I put the chicken in the oven to defrost, because I  didn’t thaw them out sooner. While that was in the oven I whisked together butter, lemon zest and lemon juice along with some salt and pepper.  After that was mixed together I got the chicken out and called it good.  I poured the lemony mixture on top of the chicken and tossed it all together.  It smelled wonderful.  The only part that I didn’t care for was rubbing a garlic clove over the raw chicken.  I have a problem touching raw meat.  It is soooo gross for me to touch something that is cold and dead.  After I got over that little fear (which I must get over a lot because of the dishes I make,) I threw some grapes into a pan and dropped the chicken in on top of it.    It looked super odd, but I was going to experiment, and you betcha I did.  I popped it into the oven for a while and proceeded to make the biscuits/topping for  the peach cobbler. I got that done and popped it in alongside the chicken and let it cook.  While those were cooking I started some water, threw in some red potatoes, then green beans and let those boil for a while.  After that I put them in a skillet for a few minutes and watched magic come to life.  It smelled like what I imagine Heaven to smell like sometimes =)  I reached in and grabbed with my bare hands the food(Because I’m so tough 😉 ) and got that cobbler and chicken out.  It looked quite done….or so I thought. Sure the chicken was done, but the cobbler? Of course not! I ended up sticking the little guy in five more times, and still he didn’t cook all the way through.  It was almost time for my dad to go to bed, and I really wanted him to try it,so I figured they can live with a little doughyness.  They all seemed to like it.  It was a pretty succesful dinner and I was quite proud of myself for accomplishing it all in a little under three hours. 

Hope you enjoyed reading this:)

God Bless,


Mocha Brownies

We have a Christmas in January so that in December my brother can go with his wife to his in-laws and my sister can go with her hubby up to her in-laws.  It works out really well for everyone and we’ve been doing it for the last couple years. We had it two weeks ago in our little place.  We had 14 people here, sure it was a little crowded but nobody seemed to really mind because we were all surrounded by family and friends.  We had bbq ribs, key lime pie, ginger ale and everything else you need for a Christmas dinner.  I was going to make these brownies a lot earlier in the day, but things took over and I didn’t have enough time to make them until we finished dinner.  Big UT-OH!!! I mixed them up and had to try a little taste before I put on the frosting.  Blech, they did not taste as good as I thought they would.  They had unsweetened chocolate in them and let me tell ya, that stuff is not good plain.  I put the frosting on and made it look as nice as I could, but for some reason it was not complimenting my brownies.  It looked like there was little pieces of butter in the frosting, and unfortunately there were little pieces of butter in it.  This is not how I wanted it look, it didn’t look like that in the pictures.  Well I couldn’t do anything about it, but next time I plan to make it look better.  I gave some to my best friend Joe and he said they tasted good.  I sure hope he isn’t lying,  and he usually doesn’t lie to me when he tastes my food but this one tasted terrible to me so it was hard to tell.  Practice makes perfect I guess. 

Hope you enjoyed this

Tess Bissell


I love lasagna almost as much as I love chocolate. There is just something so spectacular about cheese, noodles, some sort of tomato sauce, herbs, more cheese, garlic, and have I mentioned more cheese?  In this heavenly batch of lasagna, which was the first time I’ve made it, I plopped in Ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella and spread that all the way through it.  The bigger the cheese amount, the bigger the smile my gets.  I looked in my cookbook and it said to use a ten ounce box of noodles then it would make about 8 servings. We were having 11 people over so I thought I would just double the recipe and I went and bought another ten ounce box, thinking, “Hey it’ll make 16 servings and we’ll just have left overs.”  I boiled the noodles, all fifty of them it looked like and then put them on a piece of wax paper to dry for a little while on half of my table.  By then it seemed like I had noodles coming out of my ears. What a strange picture I just put in your mind right? Glad to be of service.  I made the my lasagna that I was supposed to and then had about thirty noodles left over.  So I did what every other 17-year-old girl would do when you have 30 extra noodles with nothing to do : I went into my room and cried until my black mascara made me look like a raccoon.  Ok, not really, I wanted to but I know that black circles under my eyes do not compliment me one bit. So I just laughed about  it and then when my Mom came home I looked at her nervously and said, “Uh…………………Mom…….I think I may have made 30 noodles to many.” And laughed lightly.  “Oh its fine Tess, we can just make cannelloni with the rest of them.”  I went outside and ran ten miles around our apartments.  Nah, but that would have felt really nice, except I hate to run, and who would want to run ten miles anyway. Not me, thanks but no thanks.   The first batch of lasagna was already in the fridge just waiting to be baked to wonderful goodness, and that’s when my Mom and I started making the cannelloni with the rest of the noodles.   After about an hour I stuck the first one in the oven and told my best friend Katie to get her rear in gear and get to my house some how so she could try my new recipe.  The whole family came over and we ate almost half of each pan up.  It tasted so incredible and I think I died and went to heaven when I took that first bite.  It was fantastic I do have to say.

I hope you enjoyed reading this,

God Bless

Tess Bissell