Pie Crust

Pie Crust

Yields 2 —8” to 10” pie crust Ingredients: 3 c. flour 1 t. salt 4 oz. (1 stick) chilled butter diced into small pieces 1 ½ c. iced water Combine dry ingredients into a large bowl Add butter pieces to dry, use a pastry cutter or back of a fork to cut butter into dry...
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Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Yields 12 Preheat oven to 325° F Ingredients: 6 Plum tomatoes, halved olive oil Balsamic vinegar Salt Fresh cracked black pepper Place tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Place in oven for 40 min. Remove and cool.
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Coarse Blue Grits

Coarse Blue Grits

It is always fun to take a very traditional staple and funk it up. VINCENT COUNTRY loves grits! I decided to use blue coarse grits instead of traditional grits. To me there is a nuttier flavor and they cook up smoother. They are not a typical grit found in the grocery store, at least I have not found them. I order them fresh from a milling company. It is a fairly simple recipe. My tip is to stir often. 6 c. water 1 T Salt 2 c. Blue coarse grits 8 oz. mascarpone Salt and pepper to taste Put water and salt into a saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce water to medium, add grits while stirring constantly with a whisk. Add mascarpone to grits, continue to stir consistently. Reduce heat to low and...
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Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

Fresh corn on the cob just rings warm weather and barbeques! The weather has transitioned (fingers crossed) and it is time for outdoor entertaining. This a very simple salad power packed with flavor and vibrant colors. Ingredients: 8 Ears of corn 1 Pint grape tomatoes ¼ c. green onion, chopped 3 stems fresh oregano, remove leaves from stem 4 Fresh basil leaves 2 t. salt ½ t. pepper 2 t. Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb ½ c. Olive Oil 2 T. Balsamic vinegar Cut fresh corn off cobb, place in medium...
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Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes

Fish cakes are common place in southern kitchens. If you are like our family, transplants in the north, fish cakes were a menu staple as well. Our grandparents and great-aunties & uncles continued to pass along the legacy—inspired cooking. Fishing is an enjoyable pastime and creating dishes to accommodate the buckets of fish that made it into the kitchen required thoughtfulness and ingenuity. These salmon cakes are drawn from that inspiration, coupled with finding ways to incorporate the tremendous health benefits of omega-3 fatty acid found in salmon. Yields 48 —1oz. patties 24 —2oz. patties 16 —3 oz. patties Preheat oven to 375 °F 2 lbs. Salmon filet 2 T. Butter ¼ c. Maple syrup Salt and pepper (to taste) Line a baking pan with foil. Place Salmon on pan, season with salt and pepper Cut butter into four slices and place down...
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Blueberry Whole Wheat Waffles

Blueberry Whole Wheat Waffles

Waffles have become a menu item for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A simple addition of fruit elevates the mundane to magnificent! Blueberries are nutritious and antioxidant rich.   Yields – 12, 4×4 waffles Ingredients: 3 c. whole wheat flour (I use King Authur) 1 ½ t. baking powder 1 t. salt 2 T. sugar 3 c. milk 3 egg yolks 1 t. vanilla 1 stick of butter (melted) 3 egg whites (whipped to a soft peak) 1 pint fresh blueberries Separate egg...
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We Are Created To Be The Best

We Are Created To Be The Best

Adversity is an answer to prayer. Sounds strange but it is true. Without adversity, we lack the strengthening of our ability to persevere and press our way through. When have you ever gotten better in an area of life without challenge? Challenge is adversity, otherwise it would not be a challenge at all. Often, we avoid adversity at all cost, especially if you are not a fan of confrontation. Even when the confrontation is with ourselves. How does one be in opposition with...
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Never Take Fun For Granted

Never Take Fun For Granted

During NFL Draft week in Dallas, TX, we had the honor and privilege to serve the St. Philip’s School and Community Center. VINCENT COUNTRY along with our selfless sponsors and volunteers sowed intentional seeds of fun. A child’s ability to have fun is extremely important. We must never take fun for granted. If children do not see adults having fun, what do they have to look forward to?  A child’s eyes capture their outlook on their future. Our objective was to create a carefree SAFE ZONE of activities the children could...
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A Life Lesson Children Can Grow From

A Life Lesson Children Can Grow From

Children learn how to become adults by watching adults. The greatest influence in shaping this development are the adults they spend the most time with. As parents our priority is not only to govern ourselves accordingly, but ensure the other adults we allow around our children are individuals they can model after too. It is a rarity that a community of people do not play a role in raising children. Especially when parents work and have responsibilities outside the home....
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It’s All Good

It’s All Good

When you have multiple children, you learn quickly; parenting requires a customized approach for each child. Of course, you have your core values. Those are the consistent threads that are woven through out every aspect of your parenting. Every day in the process requires flexibility, because no one child is the same. In VINCENT COUNTRY, our faith, rooted in Jesus Christ, is at the center of everything. It is the cornerstone...
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