Valentine’s Brunch

Valentine’s Brunch

Today I’m sharing an easy Valentine’s Day brunch idea. Valentine falls on a Monday this year, so I know most of us will be celebrating the weekend before. My husband loves pancakes so I think I make a pancake breakfast/brunch and then we will go out for dinner on Sunday. I’ll be using my no-fail homemade buttermilk pancakes recipe it can be found here.

Be sure to enjoy the ones you love daily and not just for Valentine’s Day. Be Well-Omniley

 

 

 

 

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Homemade Pancakes

Homemade Pancakes

 

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5 from 1 vote

Homemade Pancakes

Light and fluffy no-fail homemade buttermilk pancakes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 249kcal

Equipment

  • Griddle
  • Ice Cream Scooper

Ingredients

  • 1 C AP Flour
  • Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 C + 1 Tbsp 1% buttermilk
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Mix buttermilk and egg in bowl.
  • In separate bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
  • Gentle add flour mixture to buttermilk mixture. Avoid over stirring.
  • Heat griddle to 350° coat with butter and ice scooper full of mix and spread into a circle with the back of scooper.
  • Flip pancake after large bubbles form or after 3 minutes and cook another 3-5 minutes on the other side. Serve immediately.
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Homemade Chili

Homemade Chili

 

 

Greetings. I hope this post finds you in good spirits. Does it feel like Fall where you live yet? In Louisiana, we had a teaser last week and the first thing I did was make a batch of chili. During the fall and weather months, there are some recipes that are a must on my list and chili is one of them.

Chili is such a hearty dish, it can be served as a main dish or as a topping for baked potatoes or french fries you name it. When it comes to my household we have one dilemma when it comes to chili…can you guess what it is? If you guessed beans or no beans you guessed right.

For me I must have the beans; if you don’t add beans it is simply tasty ground beef to me. My guys however despite beans in chili.

Let’s talk about the official difference.

Traditional Texas-style chili is also known as chili con carne: a blend of meat, tomatoes, and chiles, but strictly free of one ingredient BEANS! When it all comes down to chili the secret really lies in your spices if you ask me. I finally found the perfect spice blend for my family and I think if you give it a try you will be pleased also.

 

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Homemade Chili

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Cooling10 mins
Total Time50 mins
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 10 people

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 lb ground beef 80/20 or leaner
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp Hot Mexican-Style Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp all-spice
  • 1 C beef broth
  • 2 cans 15 oz red kidney beans
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28 oz can peeled whole tomatoes, diced
  • 2 Tbsp Steen's cane syrup
  • shredded cheese, avocado, and sour cream for topping

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to Sauté function and add oil. Add onion and cook until soft, 2-5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant. Then add in poblano peppers.
  • Add ground beef and cook, break the meat up while cooking with a wooden spoon. Once no longer pink drain fat if necessary.
  • Return insert to instant pot and add in the remaining ingredients and stir. Lock lid and set to Pressure Cook on High for 30 minutes.
  • Allow instant pot to cool and release steam, then remove lid. Serve with desired toppings.

Notes

Thie recipe can be made with or with beans. You can also substitute turkey meat for ground beef.
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Belle’s All-Star Homemade French Fries

Belle’s All-Star Homemade French Fries

Paired here with my Southern Fried Catfish.

Greetings. I hope everyone is staying safe. I’m so ready for the fall and I am in full swing of putting up fall decor. I’m sharing with you all today my All-Star Homemade French Fries recipe. I think I have cooked these at least once a week since the pandemic and shared on my other channels. This recipe definitely deserves its own spot here on my blog. All of my family members love them when I serve them, so I am happy to be sharing with you all today. A couple of things I have changed over the years with my homemade fries is what I think is the game changer–leaving the skin on, self-rising flour, and flaky sea salt. Leaving the skin and the self-rising flour have taken the crunch factor to another level. I also love to add flaky sea salt as soon as they come out of the oil. You will see later I hand cut my fries everything is that love or just plain crazy. You tell me?

Belle’s Tip: Leave the skin on the potato; Just scrub the skin well with warm water.

 

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Belle's Homemade French Fries

perfect for an appetizer or to serve with any meal. Try with my Lazy Pulled Pork
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 757kcal

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Jumbo Russet Potatoes
  • 2 C Self Rising Flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Cornstarch
  • Cayenne Pepper to taste
  • Canola Oil for frying

Instructions

  • Cut potatoes and let soak in water for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water and let drain.
  • Season cut fries with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • Mix flour and cornstarch together and then coat cut season cut potatoes with the flour mixture.
  • Fry for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oil and place on top of cooking rack on cookie sheet (place paper towel under rack. Then sprinkle with coarse sea salt lightly.

Notes

Healthier options: avoid coating with flour and fry in oil  10-15 minutes or air fryer for 30-40 minutes.

 

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