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Turtle…Soup or Gumbo?

If you have a small crowd coming over and want something unusual and AMAZING to serve. This turtle soup is all that and a box of crackers.

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Recipe is coming, I swear. Just a little bit behind. I blame Nonna as she needs to hire me an assistant! With love, Aunt Winkie!

Turtle Soup/Gumbo

  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients

    • 1 big ol’ snapping turtle
    • 2 large onion (1 quartered and 1 chopped)
    • 1/4 cup garlic (used twice as Nonna loves garlic)
    • Dan Pastorini Texas Style Rub
    • Dan Pastorini Garlic and Herb Seasonings
    • Goya Adobo All Purpose Seasoning
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • 1/2 head of cauliflower
    • 1 zucchini (chopped)
    • 1 yellow squash (chopped)
    • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
    • celery (chopped)
    • 1 cup flower (flour)
    • 1 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup tomato paste
    • 1.5 pounds Pork & Venison Smoke Sausage (Kountry Boys) (chopped the way YOU like it!)
    • 1 or 2 lemons

Directions

    1. Cut up turtle meat into small chunks and sprinkle DP Texas Style Rub on turtle meat.
    2. In a large pot, add quartered onion, garlic, DP Garlic and Herb, Jacobsen Salt, Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings.
    3. Add water to the pot. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Put a lid over the pot. You are going to let the meat simmer for 3-4 hours so use enough water. The turtle meat will be soft and fall apart when done. (See Note 1)
    4. Drain meat and save the broth. You may need to strain the broth to remove unwanted stuff. You can shred the meat if you want.
    5. With a clean large pot, add 1 cup flour (not flower), 1 cup olive oil, 1/4 tomato paster, and stir over a low heat. You are making a red rue. This will take awhile. You must stir the rue the entire time to make sure it doesn’t burn. The mixture will be red with the ingredients mixed so that it is nice and smooth.
    6. Add celery, bell pepper, chopped onion, garlic, Kountry Boys Smoke Sausage, and sauté over a low/medium heat.
    7. Add turtle broth, yellow squash, zucchini, 1/2 head of cauliflower and mix. (See Note 2)
    8. Add boiled turtle meat and fresh squeezed lemon juice from the lemons.
    9. Taste test (all the meat is pre-cooked) and season to your liking. Nonna added Goya Adobo All Purpose Seasonings.
    10. Add more water if necessary. (See Note 3)
    11. Bring to a boil and then let simmer (lid off) until the veggies are cooked through.

Note 1: Nonna uses the same pots over and over and has learned how much water to use with each pot. She doesn’t measure. She uses a cast iron pot or a dutch oven pot, 6-7 qt.

Note 2: You could add green beans, potatoes, okra, or a variety of other vegetables if you like. Nonna added her favorites and you should as well because recipes are just good suggestions!

Note 3: Just gauge how much water based on your pot. Should be 2/3 to 3/4 full as you will let it simmer until the veggies are cooked through. Also, depends on how thick you want the soup.

Delicious Tuna Risotto Pie

Something new with Aunt Winkie’s caught and canned TUNA! The recipe is made with a few absolutely DELICIOUS ingredients! It was just flat out GOOD…and so were the leftovers!

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Tuna Risotto Pie

  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients

      See Note 1
    • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
    • 2 Onions (chopped)
    • 1/2 cup Garlic (minced)
    • 2 cups Arborio Rice
    • 3.5 cups chicken broth
    • 2 pints canned Tuna (home caught and canned is the best)
    • 1 bag Semi Dried Tomatoes (3 ounces)
    • 3 cups Mozzarella Cheese (thinly cut)
    • 1 cup Romano cheese (shredded or grated)
    • 1 bag kale leaves, roughly chopped (10 ounces)
    • 6 eggs
    • Dan Pastorini Garlic and Herb (optional)
    • Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasoning (optional)
    • Jacobsen Chili Salt
    • Freshly chopped Basil & Oregano

Directions

    1. Coat bottom on a large pan with olive oil and heat.
    2. Brown onion and garlic.
    3. When the onions are translucent, add Arborio rice. Brown the rice for 1-2 minutes.
    4. Add spices and seasonings (DP Garlic & Herb, GD Cajun Seasonings, Jacobsen Chili Salt) (See Note 2)
    5. Add chicken broth.
    6. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Let simmer until the broth is absorbed by the rice. (15ish minutes)
    7. Once the broth is absorbed, removed from heat and let cool.
    8. Once cool, add tuna, sun dried tomatoes, and eggs. Mix.
    9. Add romano and mozzarella cheese (Save some mozzarella for later). Mix.
    10. Add kale, oregano, and basil. Mix.
    11. Coat baking pan (spring form pan or pie shaped/sized pan) with non stick canola oil.
    12. Fill the baking pan with tuna/kale mixture. (See Note 3)
    13. Place thinly sliced mozzarella cheese over the tuna/kale mixture (on top).
    14. Bake on 350° F for 25 minutes.

    Note 1: Nonna found this recipe on Chew Town. She doubled the recipe to ensure plenty of leftovers! You can half Nonna’s ingredients list to make less. Cooking times will remain the same. Also, Nonna used some of her own favorite spices. She recommends you do the same. If there is a taste you love with fish, Nonna says use it!

    Note 2: Nonna loves Dan Pastorini’s and Gumbo Daddy’s seasonings. She uses the Jacobsen chili salt in combination with the 2 seasonings above to give the pie a little kick. However, you can use other spices. In this recipe simply using salt and pepper will suffice!

    Note 3: As Nonna doubled the recipe, she used 3 pie sized pans. If you cut the recipe in half, 1 – 20cm pie pan or spring loaded pan should work.

Stuffed Ketolicious Burgers

Nonna makes some delicious stuffed burgers. Keto friendly or not – your call! Check out the video and give them a try. They are DELICIOUS!

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Stuffed Burgers

Ingredients

    • 2 Eggs
    • 1.5 pounds Ground Beef
    • 3ish cups Pork Rinds (crushed) OR 2.5ish cups Bread Crumps
    • Bull Shit Seasonings (www.SpecialShit.com)
    • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
    • Jacobsen Ghost Chili Salt
    • Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings
    • 1 package Mushrooms
    • 1 medium chopped Onion
    • 1/4 cup minced Garlic
    • Olive Oil
    • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • 4-6 Bacon Strips (optional)

Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 400°.
    2. Fry bacon and break into small bacon bits (optional). Nonna likes it crispy.
    3. In a frying pan, add a small amount of olive oil and over a high heat sautée onion, garlic, and mushrooms. See Note 1
    4. Remove the pan from heat when mushrooms are soft and onions are translucent and let cool.
    5. In a mixing bowl, put ground beef, 2 eggs and mix.
    6. Add to the beef crushed pork rinds OR bread crumps (not both) and mix See Note 2
    7. Roll the meat into 4 large meatballs. Then shape each ball into a bowl.
    8. Add sprinkling of mushrooms, bacon (optional), and shredded cheese to the center of the bowl and close the bowl over the top. (Makes a large thick hamburger patty).
    9. Either bake in the oven for 30ish minutes (or until it is done) OR place on a grill (do your best to prevent sticking). See Note 3

    Note 1: Nonna sautéed the mushrooms in the bacon grease rather than olive oil. This adds flavor, but is not heart healthy. Use the bacon grease or olive oil, your call!

    Note 2: Using pork rinds keeps the recipe low carb. However, breadcrumbs are perfectly good for the recipe. Again your call!

    Note 3: Nonna baked her stuffed burger in the oven at 400° for 30 mins. However, you can grill them. Just make sure the ground beef is cooked to your desires!

Quiche Cupcakes: Breakfast to go

Nonna made some eggs. The leftovers go in the freezer and come out again when Nonna finds herself running to work having had no time eat! As always these eggs are delicious and fairly easy! We hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

    • 8 eggs
    • 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 1/4 cup minced garlic
    • 2-3 cups sharp cheese (shredded)
    • 2 tablespoons butter (9 slices)
    • 1 package small mushrooms
    • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
    • Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasonings
    • Good Shit Seasonings
    • Jacobsen Chili Salt
    • 1 package cupcake liners

Directions

    1. Put the cupcake liner in a cupcake pan
    2. Add 2-3 small mushrooms to each cupcake liner
    3. Add small slice of butter to each cupcake liner
    4. Add eggs, ham, onion, garlic, and heavy whipping cream to mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
    5. Add spices (as listed above) to mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly. See Note 1
    6. Add cheese to mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
    7. Scoop mixed eggs into cupcake liner. Fill 3/4 full (or 4/5 full – not quite to the top).
    8. Place in oven (preheated to 375° F) for 20-25 mins. See Note 2
    9. After 20-25 mins, remove eggs from the oven, sprinkle cheese on the top and cook in oven for 5 more minutes. See Note 2
    10. If you have left over egg mix, pour into a frying pan and cook over a low heat until cooked. It will make some delicious scrambled eggs!

Note 1: Nonna has her favorite spices and she never ever measures them. It is good to know what kind of flavors and how much you like. Spice accordingly! Some spices that go well with eggs include: tobacco (hot) sauce, black or white pepper, curry powder, dill, or cayenne pepper. You could also add chives or thyme to the mixture.

Note 2: Times may vary. Check the eggs to make sure they are cooked through and not runny.

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Instant Pot: Frozen Chicken

Nonna made her little sister’s (Aunt Kristi) frozen chicken instant pot recipe. Aunt Kristi swears by the pressure cooker and loves this recipe as a quick and easy way to feed her large family when SOMEONE forgets to pull dinner out of the freezer as they all run out the door on their way to school or work in the morning!

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Ingredients

    • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
    • 1 medium to large or 2 small frozen Whole Chickens
    • Olive Oil
    • 1 Onion, large chopped
    • 1/4 cup minced Garlic
    • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
    • Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasonings
    • Special Shit Seasonings
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • Olive Oil

Directions

    1. Mix seasonings (DP Garlic and Herb Seasonings, Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasonings, Special Shit Seasonings, and Jacobsen Garlic salt) in a large shallow bowl or plate. (See Note 1)
    2. Rub the frozen chicken with olive oil. Make sure the oil is rubbed all over the chicken.
    3. Roll or rub the seasonings all over the chicken.
    4. Put the rack in the Instant Pot.
    5. Pour in the 4 cups of chicken broth into the Instant Pot.
    6. Add the onion and garlic to the pot.
    7. Place the chicken(s) on the rack and into the pot.
    8. Select “Meat Stew” button (or appropriate meat button – see instructions for your multi-cooker) for 40 minutes.
    9. Manually depressurize the pot when the timer is complete.
    10. Check the chicken to make sure it is cooked through. If it is not, place the chicken with some of the broth (from the pot) in the oven. Set oven to 400°. Cook for 10-20 minutes (check at 10 min intervals to prevent over cooking the chicken). (See Notes 2 & 3)

Note 1: Nonna has her favorite spices, but you can spice the chicken in any number of ways. Here are some spices you might like to try: lemon pepper, black and white pepper, paprika, chili powder.

Note 2: Times appear to vary depending on the size and type of multi-cooker being used (Chefman vs Fagor brands, for example). Read the time recommendations for your brand of multi-cooker. If the chicken is slightly undercooked, putting it in the oven as Nonna did is a very good way to make the skin crispy and finish cooking the chicken in a quick and easy manner.

Note 3:If the chicken is cooked, you still might want to put the chicken in the oven at 400° for 5-10 mins to make the skin crispy!

EMU Omelet & Potato

Nonna made a delicious EMU omelet! Add in a friend potatoes and WOW, what a great breakfast! Watch the video and don’t forget to subscribe to Nonna’s You.Tube channel.

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EMU Omelet

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

    • 1 Emu Egg
    • Heavy Whipping Cream (1/2 cup – estimate)
    • 1 medium chopped onion
    • 1/2 Mushroom package
    • 1/2 cup of Goat Butter (maybe a tad more)
    • 8oz bag of shredded cheddar cheese
    • 2 diced garlic cloves (1/4 cup)
    • 1/2 pound chopped Ham
    • 2 chopped Tomatoes
    • 1 large russet potato
    • Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings
    • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
    • Special Shit Seasonings (yes, that is the correct spice name) (Egg only)
    • Jacobsen Chili Salt (Potato only)

Directions

      EMU EGG:

    1. Crack emu egg into a large bowl.
    2. Add 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (want a thick mixture) & whisk.
    3. Add seasonings and whisk See Note 1
    4. In a large frying pan (really a large one), add 1/4 cup butter (maybe more) and melt.
    5. Sauteé onion, garlic, tomato, mushrooms, and ham.
    6. Once the onions are translucent or mushrooms are soft, lower the heat add the egg mixture. Lightly mix the eggs and other ingredients. See Note 2
    7. Use a low heat, cover the frying pan and let the egg cook. Check at 8-10 minutes.
    8. When you check the egg, if it is mostly cooked, add the shredded cheese on top of egg, cover and let cook 3-5 more minutes. See Note 3
    9. Egg is cooked when the egg is no longer runny.

Note 1: Nonna used her favorite spices. However, you can use you favorite spices. Adding tabasco sauce or salt and pepper would likely make for a delicious omelet.

Note 2: Nonna put her gas stove on “2”. You most certainly want a low heat.

Note 3: Nonna checked the egg at 10 mins. It was mostly cooked with just a little uncooked egg on top. She then added the cheese on top, covered the pan and cooked for an additional 5 mins. The total cook time was 15 minutes.

Directions

      FRIED POTATO

    1. Poke the russet potato with a fork several times on all sides.
    2. Cook the potato in the microwave on high for 2-4 minutes (depends on how big the potato is).
    3. When the microwave beeps, roll the potato over and cook for 2-4 minutes (depends on how big the potato is).
    4. Slice the potato (how thick is up to you, but 1/4 inch is a good place to start).
    5. Melt 1/4 cup goat butter in frying pan.
    6. Place potato slices in the frying pan and season. See Note 4
    7. When the potato slices are golden brown, flip them and season the other side. See Note 4
    8. When the second side of the potato slices are golden brown, removed the potatoes from the heat and eat.

Note 4: Again, Nonna used her favorite seasonings. For the potatoes, she added Jacobsen Chili Salt to give them some kick!

Chicken & Dumplings

When we first did this delicious southern comfort food we had just gotten a microphone and didn’t have lights. It is such an amazing dish that Editor General Aunt Winkie and I thought we should re- do it using all the awesome new skills and equipment we have acquired over the last year or so.

Written recipe is forthcoming (one would think Aunt Winkie would get this out on time!!!!)

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Baked Cauliflower

Nonna made a simple keto friendly side dish. This dish goes well with any side salad and any meat dish you prepare. It, also, makes for a delicious, nutritious, and filling snack. Enjoy!

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Artichoke – Appliance Wars

Artichokes! A delicious and nutritious vegetable! In this HOW TO MAKE ARTICHOKES, Nonna shows you how to make then in both an instant pot (multi cooker) and a pot on the stove top. Both are equally delicious, but one method is much faster than the other!Nonna also demonstrates how to eat them – leaves and the heart. Everyone from Nonna Snowden Cooks hopes you enjoy one of our family favorite recipes!

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Spaghetti & Meatballs

This sauce was passed down from Nonna’s Great Grandmother “Mama Tess,” who immigrated from Sciliy in 1903. In fact, several limbs of the family tree and Nonna’s children, also, make this sauce. Both among the family branches and within the 5th generation, there are very few recipe adaptations (and those aren’t worth mentioning!!!). Mama Tess’ living and cooking relatives, especially Nonna, hope you enjoy this as much as the family does!

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