Recipe: Beef Chuck Yummy Steak

This is a recipe for beef chuck steak in a yummy sauce of my own creation. Now, let me just warn you that I haven’t tried this recipe on anyone else yet, so I don’t even have Hubby to vouch for me. But, just trust me. It’s good.

Ingredients

  • beef chuck steak (one large or two individual-sized)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • dill weed
  • garlic powder
  • ground red pepper
  • marjoram
  • ¼ onion, diced
  • ½ orange bell pepper, diced
  • salt
  • thyme

*The Sauce:

  • ¼ tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp steak sauce
  • 2 tbsp red wine
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tbsp warm water

Directions

1. Prepare the sauce in a small bowl by mixing the warm water and cornstarch and then adding the rest of the ingredients. Stir well!

2. Melt the butter in a skillet on medium heat. Add and sauté the onion and bell pepper. (The onion should just begin to turn translucent.)

3. Clear a space in the middle of the vegetables and add the steak. Raise the burner to high and cook the steak very briefly on each side, so it is just barely brown, then reduce to low heat.

4. Season the top of the steak lightly with garlic powder, ground red pepper, marjoram, thyme, and dill weed.

5. Stir the sauce again, then cover the steak with it.

6. Cook 30 seconds, turn steak over, season with salt.

7. Increase heat until the sauce begins to simmer and cook, turning the steak often and stirring the sauce so that it constantly covers the steak. Continue to simmer until the sauce is thick and the meat is cooked to taste. You can serve this as I did, with green beans and toast, or however else you like. Serves 2!

Recipe: LEGENDARY Stroganoff

This is a recipe for hamburger stroganoff that my husband and I loved. It wasn’t completely my creation, as I based it initially off of a recipe I was given by my Aunt Monica. However, so many changes were made that it was really a different recipe, deserving of a new name. This recipe can be easily adapted to make more or less, depending on how many you are trying to serve. And, one additional note: For the first time, I wrote down the measurements for my spices as “sprinkles,” because this is something I know I can duplicate. I did not exactly measure them, so I’m going to estimate that a sprinkle is about ¼ teaspoon. However, I would advise using your best judgment in that area.

Ingredients

  • noodles (Egg noodles or macaroni)
  • 1 lb ground beef, thawed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can mushrooms, drained
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • ½ orange bell pepper, diced
  • thickener*
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2+ tsp salt, to taste
  • 2-4 tsp. sugar
  • dash of vinegar
  • spices: marjoram, oregano, rosemary, tarragon, and thyme

*For the thickener, you may choose to use about 1 tsp cornstarch stirred into about a half cup of warm water, as I did. Or, you may use about 2 tbsp flour, which I have not tried, but it should have a similar effect.

Directions

1. Sauté the onion and garlic in a small amount of oil or butter very briefly, then add and brown the beef. If you are using non-lean beef, you may wish to drain off most of the fat after browning it.

2. Add thickener and stir in quickly, reduce heat to medium. Add mushrooms and spices – (Half a sprinkle of rosemary. One sprinkle each of oregano and marjoram. Two sprinkles of tarragon. Three to four sprinkles of thyme.) – including vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar.

3. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, allowing everything to mix together. Stir occasionally.

4. Add sour cream and simmer until the sauce reaches the desired consistency (it should be fairly thick).

5. Serve over salted noodles for the most flavor. Goes well with peas on the side. Should make 3-4 servings.

 

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Recipe: Marty’s Honey BBQ Wings

This is a recipe Hubby has experimented with for baked wings and home-made honey BBQ sauce. We used Tyson’s frozen wings for this recipe.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup barbeque sauce
  • cooking oil
  • garlic powder
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1-2 tbsp hot sauce (Texas Pete is our preference)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp margarine
  • pepper
  • salt
  • wings (2 dozen, thawed)
  • ½ tsp worcestershire sauce

Directions

1. Rinse the wings and pat dry. Preheat oven to 375ºF.

2. In a small mixing bowl, combine salt, pepper, and garlic powder mixture. Use about twice as much pepper as salt and half as much garlic as salt (½ tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. pepper, for instance) Pat on a coating of the mixture to each wing.

3. Place the wings on a slightly oiled tray for baking. Bake at 375º for 50 minutes or until wings turn golden brown. You can cut into one to make sure it is cooked all the way through before removing from oven.

4. To prepare the sauce, combine margarine, ketchup, bbq sauce, hot sauce, honey, and worcestershire in a bowl or measuring cup, whisking to mix all ingredients.

5. Pour enough sauce into a skillet or wok to make a thick coat on the bottom, and warm it over medium heat. Add a few wings and sauté for about 2 minutes, until coated with the sauce. Continue adding a few wings at a time until the sauce in the pan is used up, then add more sauce and continue until all of the wings are coated. The remaining sauce may be heated up and poured over the wings, used for dipping, or frozen to use again another time. The sauce also goes well on hamburgers! Arrange the wings however you like on a serving dish and enjoy! Should make 2-4 servings, depending on whether you serve a side dish (fries!) and how hungry everyone is!

Recipe: Curried Beef Soup

I’ve made this soup twice, and I love it. I think it’s now my favorite soup! It’s very easy to make, as well. I love curry, having grown up with it, so if you don’t like Indian food or curry, you may not find this as delicious as I do.

Ingredients

  • 2 cubes Beef Bouillon
  • 1-2 lbs Beef Tips (I haven’t measured what I use; I just try to fit as much in as I can!)
  • 2-3 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with juice (or equivalent fresh tomatoes)
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1 clove Galic, minced, or ¼ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼-½ tsp Ground Pepper (red or black!)
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Vegetables (Recommended: 2 sliced potatoes, and/or 3 chopped carrots. You may alternatively try peas or another vegetable you enjoy!)
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 cups Water

Directions

1. Put flour in a large bag along with your thawed beef tips. Shake to coat the tips with flour.

2. Over medium heat, combine oil and curry powder in saucepan. Allow the oil to heat up, very gently frying the curry. This brings out the flavor, or so I’ve read.

3. Add the onions and beef tips, stirring constantly, allowing them to brown slightly.

4. When beef is slightly browned, add water and bouillon, then your other spices (salt, pepper, garlic). Allow the water to come to a slow boil, then reduce to a simmer.

5. Stirring occasionally, allow soup to simmer about a half hour, then add your remaining vegetables. Make sure the temperature is high enough to maintain a simmer or a very slow boil for another 30-60 minutes. Continue stirring occasionally to make sure it does not stick to the bottom, and the mix the flavors together.

6. Before serving, check the beef to see that it is cooked properly. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed only after the meat is cooked. If too much of the water boils off, you may try simmering with the lid on, or you can simply add more water. I’ve found that the beef usually comes out very tender! This should serve 3-4 people!

Recipe: Michy’s Baked Flounder Surprise

Let me preface this recipe with the fact that neither Hubby nor I really like flounder. Of all the fish in the sea, flounder is one we would usually pass by. It’s just not our preference. (Salmon, please?) But we did enjoy this preparation of flounder enough to record it. And if we end up with flounder in the freezer again, we’ll probably eat it this way. So, onward, to the deliciously unhealthy recipe!

Ingredients

  • 4 flounder filets
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼-½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • a pinch of Savory
  • ½-1 tsp. ground red pepper
  • ½ cup fine bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp. butter or margarine
  • 4 strips bacon (secret ingredient!)

Directions

1. I skipped this step, but I would recommend that you do not. Ever so slightly fry the bacon on the stove, not enough to cook through, but just enough to get it started and drain off some of the oil.

2. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Very lightly grease the bottom of your baking dish. I would recommend a metal baking dish rather than a glass casserole dish. Line the bottom of the dish with your strips of bacon. Arrange flounder filets on top as your second layer.

3. Stir salt, spices, and cheese into the sour cream and spread the mixture over the fish so that all surfaces are covered. Top with bread crumbs and dot with the margarine.

4. Bake uncovered for 30 min. Stick a fork underneath and lift up to see that the bacon is finished before serving! Raw bacon = bad. Otherwise, enjoy! We served this with peas and mashed potatoes, and to serve I actually cut sideways through the bacon, making small squares, rather than trying to get a full strip of bacon in each serving. My husband didn’t know the bacon was underneath, and it turned out to be a nice, tasty surprise. Serves 4-6 people. Enjoy!

Recipe: End of the Line Ham Casserole

Got leftover ham from Christmas? Here’s a good way to use it up. I found this recipe online and modified it with my hubby to make a tasty dinner for three, and we used up all of our leftover ham! It could have easily been doubled – possibly even tripled – using the same glass casserole pan. There was plenty of leftover space in our pan when it was cooked.

Ingredients:

  • One can of Cream of Celery Soup
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 small red potatoes, sliced
  • About ½ large onion, diced
  • 3 cups cooked ham, diced
  • Your choice of spices
  • ½ to 1 cups grated cheese

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 375ºF. In a small sauce pan, combine the soup and milk over low heat, blending until smooth. Then, pour into a casserole dish and add spices. I used about ¼ tsp. black pepper and a bit of garlic powder, which are simple staples that I can use in most recipes.

2. Layer the potato slices on top of the soup and milk mixture. Try to spread them out evenly across the casserole dish. On top of that, layer your onions and the pre-cooked ham.

3. Make sure to cover your casserole dish with tin foil before putting it in the oven to cook for about one hour. Then, take it out, uncover it, and sprinkle your cheese on top. We used a combination of parmesan and cheddar. Return to the oven uncovered to cook for an additional 20 minutes. (If you cover it back up, the water from the cheese can’t evaporate, and it makes it a weird consistency.)

4. I would suggest serving with green beans or another green veggie. (I’d say peas, but I don’t like those!!) As I said, it should serve 2-3 people, but could easily be doubled or tripled. It tastes a bit like scalloped potatoes with ham.

Recipe: Your Salmon Has a Face

My husband and I made this recently, as a sort of experiment, and it turned out quite tasty! It’s a simple recipe for an inexpensive salmon dinner and a good way to use up leftovers. I wanted to document what we did so that we can recreate it, and maybe you’d like to try, too!

Ingredients

  1. 2-3 (we used 3) salmon filets, skinless and boneless
  2. 3 small red potatoes
  3. about 1 cup of steamed rice
  4. 3 tbsp cornstarch
  5. 2 tbsp olive oil or canola oil
  6. 1 can of sliced mushrooms
  7. your choice of spices
  8. optional: about 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  9. optional: about 1/4 cup onion, diced

Directions

1. Prepare your ingredients. Thaw the fish, chop the vegetables. I would suggest readying a non-stick frying pan with some canola oil in the bottom. In the canola oil, you will scatter the seasoning you wish to use on your fish. I sprinkled garlic powder and onion powder, because I was too lazy to use the real thing. This actually worked well and soaked in to the fish nicely. I’d recommend including a bit of savory and/or thyme, dill weed, black pepper, and seasoned salt. Regular salt should work if no seasoned salt is available.

2. Rinse your thawed salmon and pat dry with paper towel. Then, over a plate to catch the excess, pat on an extremely light coat of cornstarch. I read about this on instructables.com and have found it to work very well keeping the moisture in and keeping the desired spices on the fish. Without it, you’ll find you end up with a very dry piece of fish! Make sure to shake off the excess cornstarch, as it is meant to be just a thin coating. Place in your pan, on top of the spices.

3. On the top of your filets, add a light coating of oil with a brush or a spoon, and then spice the top. I did not use all of the same spices on the top, but I did add a coating of the big flavors: the seasoned salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

4. Cook on medium heat for several minutes. You will know it’s ready to turn when the pink fish has turned white about a third of the way through, and the bottom of the fish will be a sort of crisp golden brown. Simply flip and wait. Remove from heat after the bottom is the desired color. The fish may be either cooked white all the way through, or with a thin line of pink through the middle.

5. We started the potatoes cut into pieces and microwaved to get them soft. Then, we chopped them up into more bite-sized pieces and added them to pan that the salmon was cooked in. By this time, the salmon should be set aside. You will want to add another teaspoon-or-so of oil to the pan. Add any vegetables that need to cook, such as your green peppers or onions. Add your mushrooms, including about half the water in the can. Black pepper and seasoned salt may be added to taste.

6. Lastly, add your pre-cooked rice. We used leftover rice we had in the fridge. Continue to stir and fry until the vegetables are softened and the rice is slightly browned, then remove from heat.

7. Serve the salmon on a bed of the rice and veggie stir fry, and enjoy! (Good for 2 large or 4 small servings)