9/28/16

Bucks Steak & Burger Seasoning

Buck's Steak & Burger Seasoning, is a perfect, all purpose seasoning for all your beef, such as steaks, burgers, tri-tip roasts and more.

If you've been with me from the beginning of this journey, you'll remember that this blog started as a private one to post and document family recipes for my children and other family members. Also, believe it or not, I was (and still am) a bit shy about other people reading and critiquing my work, so I kept it as a private blog. But my children kept encouraging me to "go public" and share it with everyone. So, in 2011 I bravely made it public and here we are!  But, my mission to post family recipes is still there and today is one of those days.

My very sweet and very loved father in law has Alzheimer's. What a terrible, awful disease. For many years, he would on special occasions or a few times a year go to a special butcher and bring home a fresh trimmed HUGE tri tip roast. He would mix up his secret seasoning mix and grill that roast to perfection and it would feed all of us that wandered home for a few meals! 


I don't know what became more desired, that tri tip roast or his secret seasoning mix on all our burgers, beef kabobs, and cheese steak sandwiches! 

Fast forward 25 years. We have all moved around the country, raised our own children and are grandparents ourselves now. Those tri tip meals long gone, and with it many family members had forgotten the secret seasoning mix.  I was almost 100% sure of the recipe, and knew I better get to documenting this recipe and story before it became too late to verify it's accuracy. 

I called my father in law and asked him for the recipe. He couldn't remember it. It was a heart breaking moment for both of us. I had waited too long. But my mother in law called me back and confirmed the recipe. I did have it correct all along. 

So, my heart lesson for the day, is that timeless one. Don't wait till it's too late to document your families memories, stories, and recipes. Do it. Do it now. Do it this year. Do it as this years holiday gift for everyone and hand write your recipes, type up your history, your memories, those important names and dates. Share the gift of the past.. with your future. Only you can give this gift! Don't let this be the one gift you never gave.

So, in honor of one of the greatest men I've ever know and loved.. my father in law, "Buck".
here is his  Steak & Burger Seasoning:


Buck's Steak & Burger Seasoning:

Ingredients:
Makes 1/2 cup 

2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons of each:

Ground Pepper
Garlic Powder
Salt

Directions:
Mix together and store in airtight container.

To use: Sprinkle or rub generously in desired amounts on any beef prior to cooking.

9/21/16

Vegetables to Buy Frozen vs. Fresh


I love fresh produce! I love fresh produce in season! I also love to buy locally. But I also love to save time and energy. 

Beyond the standard bags of frozen broccoli, corn, cauliflower, etc, I try to keep a wide variety of other frozen vegetables on hand as well. and for a variety of reasons.
Let me share a few of my reasons and my favorite vegetables:


SAVING TIME:

Dicing onions and or peppers just seems to be a daily thing in my house. To speed the process along I just keep a bag of chopped onions and peppers on hand. You can buy just onions without the peppers, too, and I just love the convience. Let someone else's eyes water from chopping!

REDUCING WORK/ HARD TO CUT/PEEL VEGETABLES:

I love Butternut squash, but I hate to peel and cut them up. It can be quite a chore! So I LOVE to keep bags of already peeled and chopped squash on hand in the freezer! One of my very favorite things to grab and cook up! 

OUT OF SEASON VEGETABLES/ PREMIXED COMBINATIONS:

Having some zucchini, butter beans, sugar snap peas, or other vegetables on hand any time of year can only happen if you keep some in your freezer. Also if you want a mixture of vegetables premade for quick stir-fries to make dinner. 
I love keeping zucchini on hand for throwing into soups or stir fries any time of year:

 What are some of your favorite Vegetables to keep on hand?


9/14/16

Chicken Cobbler

This Chicken Cobbler is the ultimate comfort food! Perfect for dinner on a chilly evening, gather your family around the table and watch them fight over the delicious crumble topping! (It tastes just like your favorite garlic cheesy biscuit pieces.)
chicken pot pie

I love it because it's like a pot pie, but without the work of the piecrust, and truthfully the crumble topping is so tasty... I just love it better (gasp!) than pot pie! The savory bacon, chicken, rich gravy and colorful mix of veggies... so good!


This recipe makes enough for one large 2 qt. casserole. I am an empty nester, just feeding 2 people now, so i divided it up into 2 small dishes. I cooked one for now, and froze one for later.

Let's get you cooking!

Jan's Tip: If you want to super shortcut this and not make the entire thing from scratch you certainly can.. just use shredded rotisserie chicken, pre-made gravy, and canned carrots and peas to put this together. Then add the homemade crumble topping. BUT try it from scratch the first time first.. it really tastes so good!
Chicken Pot Pie

Printable Recipe
Chicken Cobbler

Ingredients:
Makes 8 servings

Crumble Toppings:
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Casserole Filling:
5 slices thick cut bacon chopped into 1 inch dice
1 medium onion peeled and chopped
1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped
3 carrots peeled and diced
celery ribs chopped
1 lb. mushrooms chopped
4 boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite sised pieces
1/4 cup flour
1 cup chicken stock (or water)
1 Tablespoon chicken bouillon powder
1  10 oz. pkg. frozen peas

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Crumble Topping: In a medium bowl, combine the butter with the flour, and oats.  Work with a fork or pastry blender until the mixture is mealy. add the cheese, garlic and salt. Stir well until blended. Set aside. 
  • Casserole filling: 
  • In a large skillet, saute the bacon over medium heat until fat is rendered. about 5 minutes. 
  • Add onion, bell pepper , carrots, and celery and continue cooking until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. 
  • Add mushrooms and continue cooking until they are browned about 6 minutes. 
  • Add chicken and cook, stirring for 5 minutes. 
  • Add the flour and cook and stir for 1 minute.
  •  Add the chicken stock and continue stirring until a thick sauce is made (about 2 minutes).
  • Stir in chicken bouillon and peas, stirring to combine. 
  • Heat through 1 minute and remove from heat.
  • Pour into 2 qt. casserole. (If prepping to freeze later skip the next step and see instructions below)
  • Sprinkle crumble topping evenly over the filling and bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes.
  • Serve warm.
To Freeze: 
Do not sprinkle crumble topping on top of filling. 
Place crumble topping in a freezer safe seal-able bag, label and place on top of filling.
Cover entire casserole with freezer safe lid or double layer of foil and label.
Freeze up to 3 months.
To cook:
Thaw 8 hours or overnight in fridge.
Sprinkle crumble topping over filling
Bake at 350° for 45 min. till golden brown.

9/7/16

Grandma's Apple Pie Filling

apple pie

My Grandma came to stay with us the summer of 1978 when I was 12 years old. This was during a particularly rough time in my life. I was able to spend quite a bit of time with her as she cooked for us.

One of the things she made was an apple pie. I have already posted her pie crust recipe, but when I asked about her pie filling,she said she didn't  really measure, but to grab a paper and pen and write down what she did.

Since my husband is a Type 1 (Juvenile type) diabetic I use about 1/2 cup sugar substitute instead. We just don't need it super sweet. You can adjust the sugar to your own taste.

So here, from my files is Grandma's pie recipe. It's simple, not fancy but really delicious. You can substitute some brown sugar if you want a bit more "caramel" type flavor.

Grandma's Apple Pie Filling
makes 1 pie
Ingredients
5-6 Apples, peeled and sliced
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 - 1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons Tapioca Powder (you know that little red box of pudding powder)

Directions:
Roll out one pie crust into bottom of a pie tin or cast iron skillet
In a large bowl mix together all pie filling ingredients.
Pour into the pie tin.
Top with top crust and crimp the edges together with the bottom crust
Bake 375° for 1 hour until crust is lightly browned and flaky and apples are tender.

8/31/16

Country Fair Blog Party: September 2016




It's another great blog party starting!  This is a month long link up. Come on and join us!
 Here are your hosts for the month:

                       Jan                               Nicole                              Laurie                                Val

           Tip Garden          A Kansas Farm Mom         Country LINKed       Corn, Beans, Pigs, Kids

                                                           

Our First Place Winner from last month:
Oak Hill  Homestead



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Have you seen my "Non Coffee" Steamer Recipes? 
Today I am sharing my Pumpkin Steamer  Recipe with you 
and giving you the link to get my Caramel and Vanilla Steamers too!
Link to post with all recipes: http://ow.ly/1wSr303yF8X
Pumpkin Steamer

Ingredients:
1 cup milk
1/3 cup pumpkin puree(canned is fine!)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons sugar (or adjust to personal preference)

Directions:

Whisk all ingedients together in a small saucepan until heated through and mixed well.  Adjust seasoning and sugar to taste. Remove from heat. Pour into mug. Top with whipped cream  and sprinkle with a dash of  pumpkin pie spice.(both of which are optional but super yummy!).

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