Tuesday, June 12, 2018

All purpose beef

Here's another recipe to share with you all from my personal collection. This one is of my own creation. It's for a general purpose beef that can be used in a variety of ways.

All purpose beef

2 lbs. ground beef
generous dash of salt
generous dash of pepper
optional – dash of soy sauce
optional – dash of worcestershire sauce
optional – dash of white wine or rice wine vinegar

Brown beef with all seasonings and sauces, then dip off the grease. Be sure to stir while browning to break up the beef.
Next, add:

1 can tomato soup
1 can diced tomatoes
3 T ketchup
3 t. mustard
optional – your choice of your favorite spices

Simmer for 30-45 minutes on low heat, stirring often.
Can be served over buns as sloppy joes, over rice or pasta, or however you choose. Add beans and you can have chili.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

My recipe for Pork and Beef Stir-fry

This is an original recipe of mine, that I made up myself. Some of the measurements are approximate because I am mostly a pitch and pour cook. It's a pork and beef stir fry.
Note - If you have other meats that you like better, you can substitute those for the pork and beef.

Pork and beef stir fry

1 lb. boneless pork chops
1 lb. beef, sirloin or bottom round steak
soy sauce
worcestershire sauce

Cut meats into bite-size pieces. Put oil in a deep skillet, add meat, and season to suit with sauces. Cook till done through and no longer pink. Then add:

1 lb. package frozen mixed vegetables

And dashes of the following seasonings. Add more of the ones you like, less or omit the ones you don’t, feel free to substitute your own favorites.

curry powder
ground ginger
chili powder

Simmer till done and veggies are thawed out and cooked, approximately 20-30 minutes.  

Monday, March 12, 2018

Tomato gravy, and going through recipes

I've embarked on a rather adventurous project - that of going through my index card boxes of recipes and putting them into my computer. I've decided to sort through them, keep the ones I want, and discard the rest; thus freeing the index card boxes up for other uses. 

My first step is to google the recipe title and check if I can find it online. If I can, through the chrome browser, I can choose to print it and save it as a pdf. If not, then I am typing it in as a word file. 

This will not be a simple project as I have about 3 boxes full of cards to go through. But so far, I'm enjoying it. And here's one of the first ones I typed in, a recipe for tomato gravy. 

Tomato gravy

2 T. butter or margarine
2 T. minced shallots
1 - 14-1/2 ounce can of diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 t. chicken bouillon granules
1/2 t. sugar
1/4 t. pepper

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add shallots, and sauté until tender. Stir in tomatoes; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring constantly, 2-3 minutes. Stir in whipping cream and remaining ingredients; simmer, stirring often, 3 minutes or until thickened. Serve with pasta, potatoes, or veal. Yield: 2 cups. Prep: 5 minutes. Cook: 5 minutes.

Monday, November 13, 2017

A holiday classic - Mama's pecan pie

Mama, Daddy, and me,
high school graduation
One thing that was a holiday classic for me growing up, was Mama's pecan pies. She always made 2, because one would have never been enough.

You know how a cook will have some signature dishes? Well, my mama had hers, and her pecan pies were one of them.

During this holiday season, here in the blog, I'd like to share some of my holiday favorite recipes with you all; and I thought that there was no better place to start than my mama's pecan pie.

So, without further adieu, on to the recipe:

Freda's Pecan Pie

3 eggs
1/2 c. brown sugar
4 T. melted margarine
1 c. dark corn syrup
1 t. vanilla
1/8 t. salt
1 c. pecans, chopped
1 - 9 inch pie shell, unbaked

Beat eggs and add sugar gradually.  Mix in remaining ingredients.  Pour into pie shell and bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Review - Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash

Today I'm reviewing
Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash
Website link - https://www.dove.com/us/en/baby/washing-and-bathing/baby-body-wash/sensitive-moisture-tip-to-toe-wash.html

This product gets -
5 big fat glowing stars,
and deserves every one.

Well, if you read my first product review that I did for this blog, under it's new expanded range, you are acquainted with my search for a new liquid hand soap that is fragrance free.

Let me tell you, finding fragrance free products to use isn't always so easy, and sometimes you have to get quite creative. In the hand soap department, my local walmart didn't carry any fragrance free hand soap; and the dial type soaps didn't work for me either, I tried them. So, I got the idea to check in the baby section of the store. Believe me, it was a last ditch desperate idea. But it proved to be my best idea yet!

In the baby section of my store, I found the above product, Dove Baby tip to toe wash, and it was totally FRAGRANCE FREE! Yay! So I got myself a bottle. It costs about $6 something for a bottle at our local walmart, but it is a generous sized bottle. And it works so well too! Lathers up nicely, doesn't dry your hands out, doesn't take a lot; and totally fragrance free too.

Summing it up - I highly recommend this soap product for anyone who has sensitive skin and needs a good fragrance free liquid soap. It could be used in the shower or at the sink as hand soap, and it comes in a nice pump bottle. Plus, it is a good value for the price too.