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How is 2018 starting for you?  Things are fairly quiet around here.  Ella caught her tradition ‘I’ve been to Toronto’ cold and has had a miserable few days.  I really should buy stock in Royale.   We have basically been house-bound since we came home from Toronto and I’m starting to go stir-crazy.  I think today is the worst yet.  It’s 2pm and it’s -20C and -40C /F with the windchill and the wind is blowing like crazy!  I love winter but weeks of -20/-40 get tiring.  I need to get out to get January groceries but I’m certainly not going out in this weather.

I’ve tried a few new recipes lately that I thought I’d share with you.  I’ll share the links, if they stop working let me know.  I’ve got the recipes written in my cookbook too.  The first is a delicious way to use up the last of the turkey, turkey and biscuit casserole.  Found Colin’s new favourite pizza crust, pizza crust.

OK, apparently I’ve lost the link for the next recipe.  We had steak the other day and ended up with some leftover (they were huge).  Pinterest to the rescue again and I found Steak Soup.   It was good with fresh garlic buns.

Steak Soup

serves 6

2 Tbsp oil                               4 cloves garlic, minced                                  1 onion, minced

5 small potatoes, diced       2 large carrots, diced                                     2 cups steak, diced

1 tsp salt                                 1 tsp pepper                                                     1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup tomato sauce          4 cups beef broth

Saute onions and garlic.  Add the rest of the veg. for a couple of minutes.  Add everything else.  Boil, then simmer (covered) for an hour.

 

I used some home canned tomato sauce in the soup so I had to find something else to do with the leftover tomato sauce.  Enter home-made ‘condensed tomato soup‘ and chili mac.  I really liked the chili mac recipe because it only made 4 servings, we won’t have to eat leftover pasta for days.

So that’s how I’ve been spending my days, what have you been doing to stay warm?

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Halloween party at Guides last night.  I made some caramel apples.  Really easy and doesn’t need store-bought caramels.

 

Caramel Apples

makes 12

1 cup butter                                            1 cup corn syrup

2 1/4 cup brown sugar                         1 can condensed milk

2 tsp vanilla

Put everything (except vanilla) in a large pot.  Stir to dissolve the sugar.  Boil without stirring until it measures 248F on a candy thermometer.

Let cool 2 minutes.  Add vanilla.  Dip apples and place on a lined cookie sheet.

I found a really good sticks to use for the apples.  They sell them at the dollar store and call them skewers.  They worked great and were much cheaper than ‘official’ candy apple sticks.

 

This is called ‘steak’ spice but I use it just about any time some meat needs some seasoning.  I used it on the chicken I made on Monday.  Just take your chicken pieces, sprinkle them with the seasoning and toss them on a shallow pan and roast for an hour at 350F

Steak Spice

10 tsp salt                                   3 tsp black pepper                               4 tsp onion powder (NOT salt)

2 tsp thyme                                2 tsp rosemary                                     4 tsp garlic powder (NOT salt)

I mix it up and keep it in a glass jar so it’s always ready.

 

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Recipes

A couple of recipes to share today.  The first one is a result of a pet peeve of mine.  If we’re friends on FB you already know where this is going.  This time of year you see all over the place the ‘homemade’ caramel apple recipes that start “unwrap caramels”.  I’m sorry, but that’s not homemade caramel apples.  It’s not like it’s hard to make homemade caramel apples, so here we go:

EASY CARAMEL APPLES -makes 12

1 c butter                         2 1/4 c brown sugar

1 c corn syrup                 1 can condensed milk

2 tsp vanilla

Put everything (but vanilla) in a large saucepan (I did change pans as this one isn’t big enough).

Bring to a boil.  Don’t stir and let boil until 248F on a candy thermometer.

Cool for 2 minutes and add vanilla (it will bubble a lot).  Dip apples and put on a buttered pan.

Yum!

Second recipe is a good way to use up leftover roast beef.  We’re not crazy on leftovers, so I will often find ways to make the leftovers ‘new’.  You could make this with raw meat too.

CORNISH PASTIES -makes 8 depending on size

2 lbs leftover roast beef, bite size

leftover gravy, don’t reheat

4 good-sized potatoes, diced

2-3 carrots, diced

pastry

Roll pastry out into 8-9 inch circles (depending on the size you want).  Place a serving of beef, potatoes, and carrots on pastry.  Top with a couple of tablespoons of gravy.  Close up circle into pasty shape.

Bake 400F for 10 minutes and then lower oven to 350F for 35-40 minutes

These freeze and reheat well too.

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I love to roast meat.  It’s the easiest way to feed my family.  Usually just throw the meat in the oven and walk away for a few hours.  Who needs ’30 Minute Meals ‘ when you can have a 5 minute one?

 

Tomato Pot Roast -feeds 6

4 lb beef roast -we prefer blade

salt/pepper/garlic powder to taste

1 onion, sliced

2 carrots, sliced

2 celery stalks, sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 28 oz can diced tomatoes

1 t thyme

1-2 T cornstarch (optional)

Sprinkle the roast with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  In a skillet, brown roast (about 3 min a side).  Put roast in your casserole.  In skillet add onions and other vegetables and saute.  Add in tomatoes and thyme.  Carefully pour over roast.

Put on lid and simmer 325 F for 3 hours.  You could add potatoes for the last 30 minutes, but we don’t like them that way.  Instead I tossed some in the oven to bake for the last 90 minutes.  I also dissolve the cornstarch with a bit of water and add for the last few minutes because I like a thicker ‘sauce’.

Here’s another favourite.  I like to make this when we have leftover steak or chicken.

Steak Pizza

pizza dough –this is our favourite

cooked steak or chicken -amount depends on size of pizza

BBQ sauce -we like Diana’s chicken and rib sauce

shredded mozzarella

Can’t get easier than that??  Roll out your pizza dough the way you like -individual or one big pizza.  Cover with BBQ sauce.  Thinly slice/shred the meat.  Sprinkle with cheese.  If I had the time to caramelize some onions, they would be good on here too but I always seem to think of them too late.

Bake 350F for 30 min.

One last recipe.  I’m not sure where this originated but it’s all over the internet so I thought I’d share my version too.

KFC Inspired Chicken

chicken thighs -mine was a package of 12

2 c flour                                             3 1/2 t paprika

1 t salt                                                1 t pepper

1 t sage                                              1 t oregano

1 t tarragon                                     1 t parsley

1/2 t thyme                                     1 t chives (dried)

1/2 t garlic powder                      1/2 t onion powder

1/4 t celery seed

Combine all the dry ingredients in a plastic bag.  Add chicken a couple at a time and shake to cover.  You could dip the chicken in beaten egg first, but I found the coating stuck just as well to the plain skin (and I was being lazy that day).  Put in a roasting pan, skin side up.  You could use a wire rack in the pan to help with the fat.

Roast 350F for 1 hour

This chicken didn’t taste ‘exactly’ like KFC.  I don’t think you ever can recreate commercial recipes.  BUT this sure made some tasty chicken and you can be sure we’ll be making this recipe again and again.

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Customers are often asking how to cook our smoked hams.  Really they just need to be reheated (145F) as the smoking process cooks them.  Here’s a yummy way of preparing the ham.

Mix together 2 cups apple cider, 2 T honey mustard, and 1 T rosemary.   Put ham in casserole and pour mixture over top.  Cover and bring to a simmer.  Simmer 1 1/2 hours.   Broth can be thickened to make a sauce.

Don’t tell Grandma, but Jackie has actually helped me make a shepherd’s pie that I really enjoy.    I really hated shepherd’s pie when Grandma made it growing up.  I make a version that’s ok, but I only make it occasionally because I just don’t really care for it.  But Jackie’s idea makes it yummy.

Here’s my version of Jackie’s shepherd’s pie:

Shepherd’s Pie

3T butter                                          3T cornstarch

1 c milk                                               2 T beef broth liquid (or powder)

1 1/2 lb potatoes, peeled, boiled           1/2 c cheese

assorted cooked veggies, amount depends on how much your family will eat

1 lb ground beef                                   1 small onion, finely chopped

1 T Worcestershire sauce                 1 t garlic powder

Start with ‘white sauce’.  Melt butter and stir in cornstarch.  Carefully add milk and beef broth concentrate.  Stir until thick and smooth.  **you can use a can of cream soup but it’s easy to make the sauce

Brown the ground beef (drain if necessary), add the onions and saute till soft.  Mix in w. sauce and garlic powder.

Mix beef with sauce and pour into greased casserole (mine is 8×10).  Layer in vegetables, as many as your family will like (it’s a thin layer here-haha).

Mash/rice the potatoes.  Add enough butter to make nice.  Add in cheese.  We like a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella to make it stringy.

Bake 350F for 45 minutes.  Let sit for a few minutes because it will be molten!

I’m sharing these recipes over at Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursday

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I forgot to share my meatball recipe yesterday.  Well the sauce is my Auntie Edna’s recipe but she used store-bought meatballs.  I make my own and just add them straight to the sauce (no pre-browning).

BBQ Meatballs

1lb ground beef                              1 sm. onion, chopped fine

1/2 c bread crumbs                      1/2 t garlic powder

1/2 c milk                                         salt & pepper
Saute onions and add to other ingredients.

Sauce:

1 1/2 c ketchup                             3/4 c brown sugar

3T mustard                                       3 T vinegar

Mix up sauce in casserole dish.  Form meat into small balls and drop directly into sauce.  Cover and bake 350F for about 1 hour.

Grandma always likes when I make mashed potatoes to go along with BBQ meatballs.  Personally, since the oven is on for an hour, it’s the perfect time to make baked potatoes or scalloped potatoes.

If you have the time, make these to go with the meatballs:

Garlic Parmesan Bread Sticks -makes 2 1/2 doz.

Dough:

1 T yeast                                   1 1/2 c warm water

4 T butter                                1 T sugar

pinch salt                                4 c flour

Topping:

1/2 c butter, melted

4T Parmesan                        2 T dried parsley

1 1/2 T garlic powder (not garlic salt)

Mix the dough ingredients to make a soft dough.  Let rest 10 minutes.

Combine the topping ingredients.

Roll out dough about 15×15 inches.  Carefully transfer to a lined baking sheet.  Cut in half, then cut into 1 inch strips.  Spread with topping mixture.

Bake 350F for 18-20 minutes.

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Thought I’d share some recipes today.  Finally the election is over and I’m trying to get back to my real work  🙂  But I’m so tired and wore out, I can’t get anything done.  I do have one load of laundry in the machine and need to do dishes.  So tired.

First recipe is a favourite of mine.  I don’t make it often because of the wackos non-tomato family members.

Tomato Pot Roast

5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

3 lg carrots, cut in half or quarters

1 onion, finely chopped

2 stalks celery, same as carrots

28oz tomatoes

2 cans tomato paste

2 t basil, oregano, and rosemary

1 t salt and pepper

4 lb blade roast

I mix everything (except beef) together in a bowl.  Place roast in crockpot, then pour ‘sauce’ over top.  Cook 8 hours on low.

Growing up in Bowmanville, autumn meant apple time.  In fact, next weekend is Apple Fest.  You should check it out if you are nearby.  There aren’t too many orchards up here, but I can get Algoma apples at No Frills and they are from ‘home’.  In fact, some of their orchards are down the road from my Grandma’s house.

Here’s an easy apple recipe:

Apple Crisp

1 c brown sugar                     3/4 c flour

3/4 c rolled oats                    1 t cinnamon and nutmeg

1/2 c butter

Grease a 9×9 inch pan.  Peel and slice apples into pan.  Make crumbs (I often melt the butter to make it easier).  Sprinkle over sliced apples.

Bake 375F for 30-35 minutes.

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