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Jenny’s Tea Cookies

We know you are ready for Thanksgiving and are already filling the grocery aisles, stocking your shopping carts for the upcoming feast. At the time of this post, we are exactly one week away from Thanksgiving. It is also the LAST DAY to order your Eddie Deen smoked turkey so that it arrives at your door in time for Thanksgiving. If you are still planning your holiday menu, give our blog a browse for a few side dish possibilities.

Today we’d like to share a recipe for AFTER your brood eats that turkey dinner. Holiday tables are always filled with pies and cakes, but how about some tea cookies so classic they could have come straight from your family’s recipe stash? Below is a simple favorite.

Jenny’s Tea Cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter softened
1 egg
3/4 cup white sugar
2 cups white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix butter and sugar by hand. Add egg and beat. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Add vanilla to butter mixture and beat. Add flour mixture to butter sugar mixture and beat but do not over beat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Set oven to 375 degrees. Place half of dough on lightly floured surface and sprinkle a small amount of flour on top of cookie dough. Roll out to 1/4 inch. Cut with cookie cutter. Place on cookie sheet and bake 10-15 minutes but check while they are cooking so as not to burn. Cook the rest of the dough or save to cook for the next day when all of our tea cookies are devoured!

A great addition to these delectable treats is to set out colorful bowls filled with our Limited Edition Honey Butter Quartet, which comes in a variety of flavors including my favorite, Peach Amaretto Pecan Honey Butter.

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Bring a New Thanksgiving Side Dish to your Table

smoked turkey online - perfect with any Thanksgiving side dish

It’s been a long time over here at our blog but we are kicking off the holiday season with a twist and a little gift. Thanksgiving is a time for tradition but tradition doesn’t have to be boring. We all have our favorite Thanksgiving side dish, but this year why not try something a little different? Bear Creek Smoked Peppered Bacon is the perfect choice to set off a cheesy squash casserole to serve with your Eddie Deen Smoked Turkey. We are offering this bacon at 10% off through December 22, 2016 with the coupon code: TXBEAR10. Just put this code in at checkout and you’ve got yourself a sizzling deal that will enhance this special side dish.



8 cups sliced yellow crookneck squash, cooked and drained

6 slices Bear Creek Smoked Peppered Bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 egg beaten

1 and 1/2 tablespoon flour

2 teaspoons chicken flavor instant bouillon

1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine egg, cottage cheese, flour and bouillon in a large bowl. Add squash and mix well. Place into a greased 12 x 7-inch baking dish. Top with shredded Swiss cheese and bacon. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand five minutes before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.



If the turkey arrives frozen, allow it to thaw in your refrigerator. If the turkey is still frozen the morning and your family desires to eat it, then allow it to thaw on the counter in the Oven Bag. Eddie Deen suggests in order to maintain the moisture within the Hickory Smoked Turkey, it is best to eat it either chilled or at room temperature. He suggests refrigerating it if you intend to eat it within three days of arrival, otherwise keep it frozen until ready to thaw.

We realize some customers desire to eat their smoked turkeys hot. For that purpose we package them in an Oven Bake Bag. The instructions are below:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Leave the turkey in Oven Baking Bag and slice 2 small holes in the top of the bag

Heat the Turkey for 6 minutes per pound


And that’s it! Thanksgiving is covered and truly Texas proud. Check back to our blog again soon to read more updates and get Thanksgiving side dish recipes and more to make your holidays a hit.

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New Year’s Party Dip Recipe with a Hint of Texas Heat

Texas Party Dip Recipe

Did you get invited to a New Year’s Party and don’t know what to bring?  Well, if you did – good for you!  But now, you have to figure it out.  You want to bring something everyone will love – but something easy.  After all, you still have to get all dressed up and don’t need to be spending all your time in the kitchen.  Well, we have the answer for you: Texas by Texans’ New Year’s Party Dip Recipe!

Black-Eyed Pea and Corn Relish Delight Party Dip

This recipe is a bit like “Texas Caviar” but with an extra twist – the Hot n Spicy Corn Relish.

If you don’t know, Texas Caviar is pretty much like Pico de Gallo, except with black-eyed peas marinating with the tomatoes, onions, and chile’s (that’s chile not chili).  It is terrific – and great to eat with chips, as long as they are hearty tortilla chips.  It might go good on crackers – but what fun would that be?

Our Texas by Texans favorite recipe has two great things going for it – the Texas Caviar bit…and the fact that it is made with black-eyed peas.  If you are from Texas (and maybe even if you aren’t) you know that you MUST eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.  We’ll get to the why’s in a minute but here is the recipe and it’s easy “peasy” (see how we did that – sometimes we amuse ourselves).

Instructions to Make the Party Dip:

  1. Open, drain and rinse black-eyed peas
  2. Dice tomato and onion
  3. Pour black-eyed peas, tomato and onion into a bowl with the whole jar of Hot n Spicy Corn Relish
  4. Mix in bowl and marinate in refrigerator
  5. Top with a bit of chopped Cilantro

You can do it in the afternoon before you go – or you can even fix it the night before.  For the extra special look – add a few sprigs of fresh cilantro to the top.  Make sure you have some hearty, authentic tortilla chips to bring along.

The great thing about this Texas specialty is that it is easy, easier than easy – but the best part is that you can get those black-eyed peas in without even knowing it….as long as you eat it after midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Now that we’ve made the easy-peasy dip with hardly any effort at all, here is the rest of the Black-Eyed Pea story.

If you grew up in Texas – you know that you have to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.  Most of us think it is for luck but there is a lot more to the story.  It came from Europe and it is a lot different than just a few peas.

In the South, You Eat:

  • Black-eyed peas (for luck and fortune because the Northern soldiers thought they were just food for the livestock….well, never mind, but the black-eyed peas were left to provide sustenance…hence fortune). They also represent coins because some bright person thought they should hide a dime in the bottom of the bean pot….don’t do that.
  • Collard greens are supposed to represent paper money. Much better than the dime at the bottom of the black-eyed pea pot.  Turnip greens, mustard greens or even cabbage will do but the bonus is that greens grow well in winter…
  • Cornbread serves as gold. Notice everything here is about money?
  • Pork for progress (pigs can’t look backward) or some say prosperity (here we go with the money again) since a pig was enough meat to feed a family for a long time – and if you had one to spare for the New Year, you must be doing pretty well.

So there you have it – Southern traditions for New Year’s – and a new one to boot. Looking for other dipping recipes?–Check out our Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce Recipe!

Texas by Texans sells only products Made in Texas by Texas artisans and craftsmen.  We offer Texas treasures of all types from food and clothing to home and yard décor.  A portion of every purchase goes to support the Texas Work of Art Foundation which promotes the advancement of art and music education in Texas schools.  At Texas by Texans, we know that Texas is not just a place – it’s a state of mind!