Portuguese-American and Other Favorites

Hosted by Beth M.
Group active since Sat, May 14, 2011

The variety of recipes being included come from many cultures, not just Portuguese and American, so I have made a change in the group name to reflect these. There are many countries represented here. I welcome all to share their family favorites and any background information to go with the recipes. Join us!

Beth M.
Mar 26, 2019

Spring is just beginning and I am celebrating by making a special dessert today!

If you love strawberries, here is a fantastic recipe using fresh berries, whipped cream and sponge cake: STRAWBERRY SPONGE CAKE ROLL

Beth M.
Mar 21, 2019

Today I was shopping and could not find a "Cajun Seasoning" so I will try to make my own

We're having a party on Sunday, cooking out and probably eating inside as it's still not warm here. I want to make something with shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes using Cajun seasonings. I thought I could buy a jar of seasonings, but I didn't see anything labeled that way. So I've been looking here at recipes and I've found a few. I still need to buy some ingredients. Any suggestions?

Beth M.
Mar 14, 2019

Boiled Dinner a/k/a Corned Beef and Cabbage!

Oh, how I love the good corned beef and cabbage, with carrots, onions and potatoes for St. Patrick's Day. The favorite of all is the corned beef that is grey rather than red when cooked. How about you? I have forgotten how it is cured to make it that way, but it is delicious IMO. Perhaps one of you cooks can fill me in on what makes it a different color. Corned Beef & Cabbage

Beth M.
Mar 7, 2019

Tasty Results- BBQ Spareribs cooked in the Crock Pot

You're never too old to try new recipes! Believe it or not, we have not had them until this winter and it was great! I've avoided making them because I thought they looked too greasy; and I didn't think my husband cared for them. They cooked in four hours; and I used the boneless, country-style ribs this time. I used a package of seasonings from the grocery store which needed several additional ingredients from my cupboard. I'll use this recipe the next time.

BBQ Country Ribs in Crock Pot

Beth M.
Mar 3, 2019

Prayer Request for the Family of a Young Mother, the only daughter of a dear friend has passed away!

Sadly, she had a form of cancer which took her life after about two or three years. The children range in age from about ten to eighteen. Their grandmother (Suzie) has been a friend of mine since high school years, and their grandfather (John) went to the same school I did and later worked with my husband in the building trade for years. Suzie and John had a son, and then another son, and as my husband just revealed to me (John)"the dad always wanted a girl, and even wanted to name her Erica". Sadly, Erica, at the age of forty-three, has just succumbed to this dreadful illness. Her parents are each having health issues too, they each are on oxygen; and this puts the dad of their grandchildren in a tough situation trying to work and provide for his children. There is a GoFundMe account, which is desperately needed. Prayers for all are appreciated. P.S. John is a Veteran of the Viet Nam War.

Beth M.
Feb 25, 2019

Whipped up a delicious dessert!

A wind storm is whipping through New England and it's about 40 degrees and sunny as I write this morning. We had rain that erased all signs of snow that was on the sides of the road. Yesterday I was craving something sweet, so I prepared a "Chocolate Refrigerator Roll", like that my mom made when I was a child. It's a recipe on a box of chocolate wafers, it's simple and it takes about four hours of refrigeration. When ready I served it with "mixed berries" that I had thawed. See picture attached.

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Beth M.
Feb 24, 2019

Spring-Like weather this week has changed to rain and heavy wind so it's time to bake something yummy!

Lately, I have tried making "fried chicken" two times with a recipe from Just A Pinch. Each time I made it, I read the directions carefully, but I found the directions confusing. It might be me, so I would like your opinion on the steps for this recipe. I put the chicken pieces in a zip lock bag with the buttermilk, and refrigerated for about an hour the second time I made it (the time before that I refrigerated it over-night). Then I drained the chicken and rolled it in the flour and spice mixture. Frying it in a small amount of butter and shortening in a large frying pan, and then baking it for twenty-five minutes at a high temperature, with the melted fat and broth combined and poured over the chicken, produced perfectly cooked chicken for us. This is for bone-in pieces of chicken.
The directions about the buttermilk confused me, half of the amount (3/4 cup) is used for a marinade; and the other half (3/4 cup) is set aside to make biscuits. I was not sure I was to save the used marinade for the final step which was to be poured around the chicken before baking it! I didn't do that, but it came out crunchy and delicious.

Beth M.
Feb 10, 2019

We had homemade beef stew with dumplings for supper today.

I love using my beautiful blue Lodge Dutch Oven to make a stew. It was a perfect day for a comforting stew, and it is my husband's favorite winter meal. It was sunny but cold today, in the low thirties, but we have bare ground and it was actually a beautiful winter day here. There was a little wind coming off the Vineyard Sound, but not like it was on Friday and Saturday, when sand was being blown across the parking lot from the beach. So this is a great time for a steaming bowl of beef stew with lots of carrots, celery, little potatoes, onions and dumplings on top of that yummy broth. What's your winter favorite?

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