Southern Corn Casserole

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Southern Corn Casserole

This is the typical recipe that I've added a couple of things to. It is VERY easy and VERY delicious!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Keyword corn, corn casserole, corn pudding
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author misangela

Equipment

  • 9x9 or any 2 quart casserole dish

Ingredients

  • 1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 can whole corn drained
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 can diced green chiles 4oz small can, drained
  • 1/4 cup onion, very small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tbl mayo optional, but gives a little acidity
  • 4 oz butter (one stick), melted COOL before adding to mix!
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese optional topping

Instructions

  • Preaheat oven to 375°F and spray baking dish with food release (PAM).
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayo and eggs.
  • Slowly whisk in cooled butter, then whisk in Jiffy mix.
  • Fold in corn (drained!), cream corn, chiles (drained), onion and garlic. Mix until homogenous.
  • Pour mix into baking dish and bake in 375° oven, covered with foil, for about 35 minutes. Remove foil, turn up heat to 400°, add cheese if using and cook uncovered for another 10 minutes or so. The casserole will puff up and become browned. It is done when the center is fully cooked. Look for 160-165°F with a thermometer.
  • Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Looky! Videos!

Sorry, pervs, NOT PORN. LOL

I made these for my niece, so I am going to post them here, too, why not? I’m going to start doing some short 1 minute instructionals on my YT channel.

Here’s one on how to hold a knife and dice an onion:



And how to cut a pepper:



Enjoy! Let me know in comments if there is something you’d like to see a how-to for!

Moving Back to Blogging

I’ve been saying for a while that I’m sick of FB and its AI randomly jailing people for whatever reason the AI has – that they won’t tell you.

I’m putting my content back on here and linking from my FB account. You used to be able to crosspost to your FB account, but FB got rid of that years ago, so you’d be pushed into posting your content THERE, rather than YOUR BLOG. You could post to a business page, but not a personal one. I’d been crossposting to the IndigoDragon page for a while, but I decided that I want my personal content to remain personal, so I just post a link to my blog manually when I post here. FB can SUCK IT.

Many, many content providers are doing the same. Jim Wright (Stonekettle.com) has moved all his content back to his blog because FB was harassing him constantly. I’m glad he took control of that and told FB to suck it. We bloggers are doing this because we’re sick of FB demanding that we post THERE, then jailing us when we say something that their rightwing biased AI doesn’t like. Fuck that.

FB should be left to business pages and old people. I feel that this is already happening. The content that I used to get is just not there. I find myself on IG and even Twitter (gods help me) for artist updates (IG) and news (Twitter).

So, I hope people will click away from FB to read my content here. I’m not seeing a ton of that happening yet, but I’m sure part of that is FB throttling who gets to see my posts. I still get decent Google clicks, mostly because this blog has been up since 1999!! I’m OG baybee!

Comments are always open for a month, then closed. I moderate everything, but encourage comments. It’s odd to me that people will comment all day on FB, but be shy about commenting on a blog. GO AHEAD AND COMMENT. I’ll see it, I promise!

White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
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White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

I whipped this up on a whim and it is so good, I just had to jot down what I did! This is one delicious dip! No cooking required with this pantry staple recipe.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword bean dip, hummus, party appetizers, party dip, roasted red pepper, tahini, white northern beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author misangela

Equipment

  • Food Processor or Blender

Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz can Great Northern beans any white bean is fine
  • 1/2 12 oz jar Roasted Red Peppers or two if you roast yourself
  • 1/2 cup Italian Cherry Peppers, about 5-6 often labeled sweet and hot peppers
  • 1 tsp EACH, juice from red peppers and cherry peppers double the cherry pepper juice if you roast your own peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbl tahini
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 Tbl olive oil (EVOO) stream in while puréeing
  • 2 tsp lime juice, about one lime to taste
  • S/P to taste

Instructions

  • Drain the beans and cut the roasted red peppers into 1" chunks. Mince garlic.
  • Put everything except olive oil into food processor and process on high until smooth.
  • Stream in EVOO with processor on.
  • When desired consistency is reached, add lime juice and S/P to taste.
  • This dip will firm up in the fridge.
  • Serve with EVOO on top. It is great with tortilla chips, crackers or crudité.

Angela’s Lamb Birria

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Angela's Lamb Birria

This is a traditional birria recipe with all lamb. Lamb or goat are the preferred meats, but you can do a mix of lamb and beef or only beef if that is what you have. I highly recommend spending the money on lamb! This is traditionally a special occasion dish, due to the lengthy marinating time and long list of ingredients, but it is completely worth it!
You could make this dish in a slow cooker, see notes. You can eat this as a stew or shred it for birriaqueso tacos (in notes). This is a small recipe, for about half a cleaned lamb shoulder. Double it for a whole lamb shoulder.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword birria, birriaqueso, lamb, lamb tacos, mexican lamb stew
Prep Time 1 day 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 6 servings
Author misangela

Equipment

  • dutch oven or slow cooker
  • blender or stick blender
  • fine sieve

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb about half a lamb shoulder, in large chunks I like lamb trimmed of fat and silverskin, keeping just a small amount of fat for the braising, but you can leave all the fat and skim later if you wish. A typical boneless lamb shoulder is about 4-5# before trimming.

Dry Rub

  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dry mustard optional
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp ancho powder Substitute smoked paprika.
  • 2 tsp garlic salt sub kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Braise and Sauce

  • 1 Tbl oil to cook chiles
  • 1 dried guajillo chile, cut open and seeded, remove stem see notes about dried chiles
  • 1 dried New Mexican chile, cut open and seeded, remove stem
  • 1 dried pasilla chile, cut open and seeded, remove stem
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon about 2"
  • 2 tsp whole black peppercorns about 10-15
  • 1 tsp whole cloves about 6-8
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram optional, if skipping double the oregano
  • 1 tsp dried oregano Mexican if you can find it
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced about a cup
  • 1 small onion, diced about 2/3 cup
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ Tbl apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp ancho powder Cayenne is NOT a substitute! Use smoked paprika if you can't find ancho.
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup water plus more if needed

Toppings

  • chopped cilantro
  • finely diced onion
  • lime slices
  • pickled radish or onion see notes
  • crumbled cotija cheese see notes

Instructions

  • The day before, mix up the dry rub and thoroughly coat the lamb. Put in a plastic zip bag in the fridge until you are ready to cook the next day. You can marinate for a few hours if you're in a pinch, but the longer, the better.
  • Heat a skillet over high with about a Tbl of oil. Sauté the lamb pieces on all sides. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, put about 2/3 cup water and bring to a simmer.
  • In same skillet, add more oil and turn down heat to med hi. Add the chiles. Cook until the chiles turn a little darker, it just takes about 2 minutes, do not burn the chiles.
  • Put chiles in the simmering water until they are called for in the recipe.
  • In the same skillet over med hi, add pepper, cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon, thyme, marjoram and oregano. Stir until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  • Add onions and garlic, turn down heat to medium and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add romas and chiles with the simmering water. Cook until the whole mixture is thickened. About 8 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and add apple cider vinegar, cumin, ginger and ancho.
  • Put this braising mixture in a blender and puree until smooth. Push through a fine sieve to create a smooth sauce for braising. Add 1/2 cup water if cooking in oven, if using a slow cooker, skip the water.
  • Put the lamb in a dutch oven and cook at 300°F for about 3 hours. OR put in a slow cooker on HI for 6-8 hours. If cooking in oven, check at halfway point to see if the sauce is too reduced; if so, add more water. It should be saucy, not dry.
  • Remove lamb from sauce and shred. I leave it larger for stew and shred small for tacos. You could even do stew for dinner and then tacos for leftovers. Check seasoning (salt) and adjust.
  • I keep the sauce separate to control the consistency of the lamb. Check seasoning (salt) and adjust. If it needs more acid, add a bit more vinegar. If you've got a lot of fat, skim fat before serving, otherwise it will be too greasy. The fat will come right off if you refrigerate the sauce.

Notes

I highly recommend seeking out dried chiles for this dish. There is not really anything that can substitute for dried chiles. Many chain groceries carry them now, and most towns will have an ethnic market of some sort. If all else fails, you can order from Amazon, but you'll end up with extra - which I hope will inspire you to try other Mexican dishes! You can store the dried chiles in an airtight bag in the pantry. 
For stew, I'd serve with rice and top with cilantro and onions.  Limes on the side. Add as much sauce as you like.
I really like pickled veg with this dish to cut the richness. I made a quick pickle of red onion and radish for the stew. Cut very finely about 2/3 cup veg and pickle in 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar,  1/4 cup white wine vinegar, 2 Tbl water, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar and a few whole allspice or pickling spices. Heat brine to simmer, take off heat and add veg. Let sit until cool. 
For birriaqueso tacos, add sauce to shredded lamb until nicely moist, but not too wet. I use small corn street tacos that I've charred over a burner just a little (ALWAYS cook the tortillas!). Assemble with a little sour cream, the shredded lamb, crumbled cotija cheese, pickled veg (same recipe as above), diced onion and chopped cilantro. Lime on the side. 
Photo courtesy @mylatinatable