Better than Starbucks Blueberry Scone’s

Anyone who really knows me, know my one big “vice” or “treat” I don’t deprive myself is getting a Starbucks Frapp. when I go into town. Now that being said, I don’t get to indulge very often. I live 100 Miles North of Las Vegas, it isn’t just a 15 minute drive to the corner Starbucks. (lol)   I know a lot of friends that say the Scones (Pumpkin & Blueberry) are out of this world good. I am always trying to figure out recipes of something I have tasted. So I bought one of each. Now I know why everyone goes to Starbucks for their COFFEE!!!  I was very disappointed in the Scones. I thought they were pretty dry and bland. Now I had a challenge! I think I more than improved on the taste. YOU be the judge.
Better than Starbucks Blueberry Scone’s
2 C. Flour
1/2 C. Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/8 tsp. Salt
Dash of Cinnamon
6 TBSP. Cold Butter; cut in pieces
1 C. Blueberries
1 Egg
1/2 C. Milk
1 tsp. Almond Extract
Crumb Topping:
1/4 C. Brown Sugar
1/4 C. Flour
2 tsp. Cinnamon
2 TBSP. Cold Butter
Preheat oven to 400
Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Cut in the cold butter and blend until you have crumb size pieces of butter in the mix. Next add the egg, milk and the almond extract. Fold in berries mixing well. This dough will be sticky. Flour surface, place dough on flour and sprinkle with more flour so you can handle the dough. Pat into a thick round. Cut into 8 triangles. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan.  Melt about 4 -6 TBSP. of butter and brush onto each scone. Sprinkle with the crumb topping. Bake for 18-20 minutes. *These will spread out a little when baking.
Now that is a “berry moist” scone!
Happy Baking,
Lark

Tangy BBQ Keilbasa Sausage

Tangy BBQ Kielbasa Sausage
These little savory bite’s just scream Summer Time back yard get together to me. You can cook these in the oven, slow cooker or even on the grill!

Tangy BBQ  Kielbasa Sausage
2 lbs. Kielbasa Sausage~ sliced
1/2 C. White Vinegar
1/4 C. Ketchup
1/4 C. Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce
1 1/2 C. Brown sugar ~packed
1 tsp. Black Pepper

Mix all the ingredients together .
You can then cook this in a slow cooker on low for 3 hours or
place into a 9×13 pan in a 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes.

*This is great served warm or chilled.

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Lark's Country Heart

Many of you have been asking me for a long time, when will I have a Cook book published? Well a hard cover book is in the process….however in the mean time, I want to say THANK YOU for being such fabulous friends and readers by compiling my most popular recipes from the site for Y’all.  I am so thrilled to announce that you can now purchase the Lark’s Country Heart  “A Sampling of Lark’s Country Hearts Most Popular Recipes” in  e-book form through Amazon for ONLY $2.99!! With this e-book you will have my most popular recipes at your fingertips. You can download it to your Kindle or Laptop today!

**Inside this fabulous  e-book you will find recipes like~
Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites
Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites

Zesty Spaghetti Salad
Zesty Spaghetti Salad

Carrot Cake Pancakes
Carrot Cake Pancakes

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chess Pie

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chess Pie

Plus many, many more. I promise you wont be disappointed. You can go HERE to purchase my e-book. ~THANK YOU ALL again for all  your support. ~Lark

 

Homemade Sea Salt & Parmesan Pita Chips

 

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Chips are my down fall…I love them! So when I find that I have some extra pita pockets after making my Steak or Chicken Gyro’s I don’t let them go to waste. These chips are fast and easy to make with  only 4 ingredients! I will warn you though, they are addicting.

Homemade Sea Salt & Parmesan Pita Chips
1 pkg. Pita Pockets ~ Wheat or white
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Morton’s Sea Salt
Cracked Pepper
Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Preheat your oven on high broil.
Place the pita pocket on a cookie sheet pan. Brush on desired amount of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. Then take a pizza cutter and cut into 8 triangle slices.
*If you want a crispy chip, just separate the pita round into (2) by cutting an opening in the pocket and separating. Proceed as listed above. Arrange the pieces to lay flat on pan NOT over lapping. Bake for 3-5 minutes. **Watching carefully so they wont burn. Let cool on pan before transferring to a cooling rack.  That’s it!  I can eat these plain or serve them with my Vidalia Onion Bacon Dip for a crowd. Enjoy~ Lark

 

Skillet Chili Cheese Fries

Skillet Chili Cheese Fries
Just the picture alone makes my mouth water, all over again!  These chili cheese fries are so crisp and loaded with some of my favorite toppings. Who says you have to have a 3 course meal for dinner? Some meals can be as easy as grabbing a frozen bag of fries and opening a can of chili. Seriously, these are a family favorite!
Skillet Chili Cheese Fries
1 Family Size Crinkle Cut French Fries
1 (15oz.) Chili with Beans
1 (15oz.) Nacho Cheese Sauce
Toppings~ Green Onions, Bacon, Sour Cream, Salsa, Jalapeno’s

Place a 12 inch cast iron skillet into the oven, turn on to 400 degree’s. This way the pan can also start heating up. When oven indicates it is at a 400 degrees, remove skillet from oven and place frozen french fries into skillet. Bake for 20 minutes or until crisp. While fries are cooking heat up chili and cheese sauce, as well as prep any toppings you desire.  When fries are cooked add chili, cheese sauce and toppings directly to the skillet. Serve hot.~ Lark

Fried Zucchini Stick’s

In our small town almost everyone has a garden of some size. We usually have several garden boxes growing as well. However with all the traveling we would be doing this Summer we decided not to plant them.  It was a hard decision to make, because we really enjoy fresh veggies in the hot Summer months. That being said, with all of the “green thumbs” in town it is not unusual to come home from running your errands to find a grocery bag hanging on your door knob filled with fresh grown produce. ~ Can I just say that I love seeing those bags on my door step! These Fried zucchini sticks are crisp, crunchy and full of flavor. You wont have a hard time using up all that zucchini.

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Fried Zucchini Stick’s
3-4 Medium size Zucchini
3 Eggs~ beaten
2 Cups Panko Breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt
1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Smoked Paprika

Heat oil in a cast iron skillet on medium heat. This is where I kicked it up a notch in flavor town. I had some bacon grease in the fridge just begging to be used…..so of course I fried my stick’s in bacon grease! Cut the zucchini length wise into quarters. In a shallow dish place the beaten egg. in another dish mix the remaining ingredients together. Dip squash into the egg and then roll into the bread crumb mixture.
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Place into heated oil, fry even on all sides. * 
Watch the temperature of the oil carefully, because one the cast iron skillet heat up, it continues to get hotter and hotter. You might need to turn down the heat as you fry.
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Place fried sticks onto a paper towel lined plate to drain off any excess oil. While they are still hot, sprinkle with sea salt and parmesan cheese if desired. Serve warm with Ranch dressing. ~ Lark

 

 

 

Vidalia Onion Bacon Dip

I love Onions. All kinds…red, yellow, white, green. Each variety of onion is used in different ways. However I have found that no matter what recipe I am making the one onion I find can be substituted for any other is the Vidalia Onion. It has a mild sweet flavor that can add a burst of favor to any dish. I created this dip while visiting the South, were Vidalia onions are grown. I found you could buy them EVERYWHERE. (Living in Nevada, they are only available for a couple months out of the year). Make this for your next get together and I am sure you will be asked for the recipe a dozen times or more. :)

Vidalia Onion Bacon Dip

Vidalia Onion Bacon Dip
2 Cups Vidalia Onions~ sliced thin
11/2 Cup Mayo
2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese~ shredded
1 lb. Bacon~ cooked crisp & crumbled
1/4 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
1/2 tsp.  Morton’s Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degree’s.
Combine all the ingredients together and spread evenly into a baking dish. Bake for 30-32 minutes. Serve hot with bread, crackers or pita chips. Delicious~ Lark