Judy’s Beef Stew

Ingredients:

  • 9-10 potatoes diced
  • 2 bags of baby carrots, sliced in half
  • 2 lbs stew meat, brown in oil in skillet
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cans cream of celery soup
  • 2 envelopes Lipton onion soup mix

Directions:

Put all together in roaster pan.  Bake at 225 degrees for six hours.  Serves 16.  Or halve the recipe and put in your crock pot and cook all day on low.  To think the sauce, add beef broth to desired consistency.

Raspberry/Strawberry Trifle

This recipe is from Sara.

  • Ingredients:
  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 T. vanilla
  • 1/4 t. almond flavoring
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 T. sugar
  • Angel Food cake cut into 1″ squares
  • Raspberries or strawberries

Directions:

Cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar.  Add sour cream, 2 T. vanilla, and almond extract.  Mix.  In a separate bowl, whip together whipping cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and sugar. Combine both mixtures.  Fold in angel food cake squares.  Beginning with cream on the bottom of the serving dish, alternate 3 layers of angel food cake mixture and raspberries/strawberries.  The trifle may be placed in a medium-sized glass, serving bowl or may be made separately in clear plastic cups.

LEMON HERB MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN SALAD

LEMON HERB MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN SALAD

Thanks to Sara for this incredible salad she made for us tonight.  The flavors were amazing.  I have never had a better salad.  Ever.  We had it with a fruit salad and some cheddar biscuits.

Recipe and photo source: https://cafedelites.com/2016/07/05/grilled-lemon-herb-mediterranean-chicken-salad-recipe/

Marinade/Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon (1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cracked pepper, to taste
  • (1 pound | 500 g) 4 skinless, boneless chicken thigh fillets (or chicken breasts)
Salad:
  • 4 cups Romaine lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ⅓ cup pitted Kalamata olives (or black olives), sliced (optional)
  • Lemon wedges, to serve

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together all of the marinade/dressing ingredients in a large jug. Pour out half of the marinade into a large, shallow dish. Refrigerate the remaining marinade to use as the dressing later.
  2. Add the chicken to the marinade in the bowl; marinade chicken for 15-30 minutes (or up to two hours in the refrigerator if time allows). While waiting for the chicken, prepare all of the salad ingredients and mix in a large salad bowl.
  3. Once chicken is ready, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a grill pan or a grill plate over medium-high heat. Grill chicken on both sides until browned and completely cooked through.
  4. Allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes; slice and arrange over salad. Drizzle salad with the remaining UNTOUCHED dressing. Serve with lemon wedges.
NOTES
Add ½ cup crumbled feta to give the salad an even better flavour.

Old Time Scalloped Potatoes

Old Time Scalloped Potatoes

  • prep 20 min    cook 42 min / serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-size potatoes (about 1 1⁄3 pounds total), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup water
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon celery seeds (optional)
  • 1 1⁄2 cups low-fat (1% milkfat) milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1⁄2 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (2 ounces)

Directions

In a large saucepan, cover the potatoes with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender. Drain.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the onion and the 1⁄4 cup water. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes or until tender. Drain. Stir in the salt, pepper, and celery seeds (if using). In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and flour. Stir into the onion mixture. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until mixture starts to thicken. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the parsley.
Place half of the potatoes in a lightly greased 1 1⁄2-quart casserole. Cover with half of the milk mixture. Add the remaining potatoes and remaining milk mixture. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with the Cheddar cheese.

Roasted Mushroom Beef Stroganoff

I got this delicious recipe from my friend Shauna.

Ingredients
  • For the Beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound chuck tail or chuck roast, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup sliced carrot
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Water or beef stock
  • For the Stroganoff
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, thickly sliced or quartered
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small shallot, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup braising liquid
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces pappardelle pasta
  • ½ cup créme fraiche
  • ¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
Instructions
  1. To Prepare the Beef
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. Season the meat with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat an oven-safe dutch oven to medium high heat with the olive oil and brown the meat in batches if needed but do not crowd the pan. Add the onions, celery, carrots, garlic, bay leaves and thyme to the meat and add enough water or stock to cover. Check after 2 hours and add more water or stock if necessary to keep the meat and vegetables covered.
  4. When the meat is fork tender, remove it from the oven. Pick the meat from the pot and set aside to cool and strain the liquid from the vegetables, then discard the vegetables. Cool the liquid and skim most of the fat from the top, reserving the braising liquid for later.
  5. To Prepare the Stroganoff
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  7. Toss the mushrooms with the olive oil and a sprinkling of kosher salt and roast for 15-20 minutes.
  8. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter then add the shallot, garlic, and roasted mushrooms and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the reserved beef, cream and reserved braising liquid and cook until the liquid is reduced and thickened, about 7 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain ghe pasta, then add it to the sauté pan and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Serve with a dollop of créme fraiche and fresh chives.

 

The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potato Soup

Perfect Potato Soup

Recipe source: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/perfect-potato-soup/

COOK TIME: 20 Minutes
SERVINGS: 12 Servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 slices Thin Bacon, Cut Into 1-inch Pieces
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • 3 whole Carrots, Scrubbed Clean And Diced
  • 3 stalks Celery, Diced
  • 6 whole Small Russet Potatoes, Peeled And Diced
  • 8 cups Low Sodium Chicken Or Vegetable Broth
  • 3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt, More To Taste
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun Spice Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Fresh Parsley
  • 1 cup Grated Cheese Of Your Choice

INSTRUCTIONS

Add bacon pieces to a soup pot over medium heat and cook bacon until crisp and fat is rendered. Remove the bacon from the pot and set it aside. Pour off most of the grease, but do not clean the pot.

Return the hot to medium-high heat and add the onions, carrots, and celery. Stir and cook for 2 minutes or so, then add the diced potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes, seasoning with salt, pepper, and Cajun spice.

Pour in the broth and bring it to a gentle boil. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are starting to get tender. Whisk together the flour and the milk, then pour into the soup and allow the soup to cook for another 5 minutes.

Remove half to 2/3 the soup and blend in batches in a blender/food process until completely smooth. (***USE CAUTION WHEN BLENDING HOT SOUP; IF POSSIBLE, ALLOW THE SOUP TO COOL BEFORE BLENDING***) Pour it back into the soup pot and stir to combine. Let it heat back up as you taste for seasonings, adding more of what it needs. Stir in cream, then stir in parsley, reserving a little for garnish.

Serve in bowls garnished with parsley, grated cheese and crisp bacon pieces.

Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 (32 oz.) bag frozen hash browns
  • 1 (32 oz.) box chicken broth
  • 1 (10 oz.) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated, plus extra for garnish
  • 3/4 cup crumbled bacon, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Combine hash browns, cheddar cheese, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, bacon bits and cream cheese in slow cooker.Season with salt and pepper, then use a spoon to break up cream cheese and mix things together.  Place lid on slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 hours, stirring occasionally, or until potatoes are tender.  Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Garnish with rosemary and/or more cheddar cheese and bacon bits.

Martha’s Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Martha’s Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Expert cook Martha Moench (Thanksgiving Point Cook, Lehi, UT) gave her pie-centered suggestions in a November 2007 article titled,“Perfect pies: Thanksgiving pies to be proud of.”

Martha’s Favorite Pumpkin Pie

1 9-10-inch piecrust baked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Filling: 1 15-oz. can pumpkin — NOT pie filling

1/2 teaspoon Realsalt

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

1 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks

whipped cream and toasted coconut for garnish (optional)
Combine the pumpkin, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, grated ginger, and grated nutmeg in medium saucepan, stir well and warm over low heat to blend flavors for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add condensed milk and coconut milk and whisk to blend well: cook until the mixture is heated through just a minute or two.

Put the eggs and yolks in a small bowl and whisk to blend. Whisk the pumpkin mixture into the eggs, a spoonful at a time to warm up the eggs, then add this mixture back into the pumpkin mix and whisk well.

Pour the warm filling into the pie shell, removing about 1/4 cup if using a 10-inch pie shell. Bake until a thin knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack and then refrigerate. Serve at room temperature or chilled with a dollop of whipped cream. Serves 8-10.

Dallin’s Peppermint Shake Recipe

Thanks to my son-in-law for making yummy peppermint shakes for us.  They were so good and so easy.

Ingredients

2 cups BREYERS All Natural Vanilla Ice Cream

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candy canes

Toppings: whipped cream, crushed peppermint candies, freshly grated or ground nutmeg

Preparation

  1. Process first 3 ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into glasses, and serve with desired toppings.