Monday, February 22, 2010

Venison Roast in the crockpot

Roast in the crockpot smells so wonderful!  My whole house smells like I am "HOME"!! 
My Dad hunts, and brought me several Venison roasts, ground Venison, and Venison tenderlion the last time he visited.  I decided I would put the roast in the crockpot this morning..  Just wanted to share...
I like venison, and most people that have tried it (prepared correctly) enjoy it!  If you season it correctly and cook it gently it can taste wonderful!
I can remember making Venison meatloaf, spaghetti, chili, and it actually tasted much better than using ground beef...

First, the roast had to be thawed in the fridge overnight... 
In crockpot cover the bottom with one large onion chopped, doesn't really matter how exactly:)
rinse roast and place over onions..  You can sear your roast in a very hot pan, if you want to... I do this only when I remember to do so... Not this morning....
On top of roast add one can cream of mushroom soup, one can cream of chicken, sprinkle Greek seasoning... add 1/2 cup water around the sides of roast.. Cover with lid, cook on low all day.... 
This is great for people that work, and need an easy dinner.. You can literally throw this in the crockpot, go to work.. come home, cut up potatoes & carrots add in until all are tender.
Growing up my grandmothers/ mother always added the potatoes & carrots @ the beginning..  I add them about 2-3 hours before we are going to enjoy the roast... that way the veggies aren't MUSH!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Fruit Crisp

This is for my cousin, who like me has a dislike for lattice crust making.. he he

I started making this after my husband and I were married...  I am not sure why/ how.. maybe I was pregnant and was craving sweet fruit & pie...
I had some fresh apples, I peeled and cored... I mixed them with a little sugar (maybe a teaspoon) , maybe a tablespoon of orange juice, a little apple pie spice or cinnamon.. Whatever I had on hand.. I poured this into a sprayed dish...  Then for the topping I took one stick of cool butter, cut it into small cubes..  In a bowl, add about 1 cup flour, the butter cubes, a little cinnamon, and 1/2 cup brown sugar.. With my hands, I just cut the butter into the flour making a crumble.. at least that is what I call it...  I do this until it is well mixed, until it looks like lumpy corn meal...  Pour or use your hands to sprinkle this mixture over your fruit.. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about 30 min.  Must be served with vanilla ice cream! 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Toulouse-Style Cassoulet Recipe - Paula Wolfert | Food & Wine

Toulouse-Style Cassoulet Recipe - Paula Wolfert Food & Wine

Roast Chicken

My Mother-in-law gave me this chicken cooker about a year ago.  I have always loved "drunken" chickens on the grill.. This is my first chicken cooker and I swear by it.  It is super easy to cook chicken, and always comes out juicy and tasty everytime.  My latest chicken had Mexican beer, cilantro, lime & fajita seasoning inside the inner ring, fajita seasoning runned on the outside of the chicken.  It was wonderful.  Darcy loved this, and she could hardly wait for it to cool the day I made this:)
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sweet Tea

Ok, just have to talk about sweet tea... I may have to research this subject.... But I think I make pretty great sweet tea!  I haven't always made great tea, but recently have came into my own.. so to speak with tea making LOL
My  Great~Grandmother always .. and I mean ALWAYS had sweet tea at every meal.  She made the sweetest, darkest tea I have ever had..  It looked like the color of mahogany furniture!  I remember even seeing sugar at the bottom of the tea pitcher.. Yes, it was that sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  But there is nothing like that..
Everyone loves that gigantic tea you get at that specialty sandwich shop... It is great.... But my tea is better:)
If you don't believe me.... Try this...................

Start with small pot and lid, I use Paula Deen small pot & lid.... fill water about 3/4, bring to a boil... Place two large tea bags in, take off heat and place lid on immediately.  Set your timer, yes your timer.. for 10 min.  When that timer goes off, RUN to the tea pot......  In a large pitcher, whatever you have.... put one cup sugar, and pour hot tea on top without letting the bags fall into the pitcher, fill the pot with bags with cold water, then pour into pitcher.... stir.... then add water.................. Oh my , call your mama.... your grandmama.... and slap her thru the phone......................... add some lemon, slap yo self:) Girl there is nothing better than SWEET SWEET TEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Garlic~cheddar biscuit/muffins

Is this a biscuit or a muffin?  A muffcuit? A Bisfin?  Yesterday morning I decided to mix up Darcy some garlic-cheddar biscuits.  I decided to bake these in mini-muffin tins.  They turned out really nice, and so yummy. 

Monday, February 1, 2010

Fish Cakes

This is one of my daughter's favorite dinners...  She is almost 3 years old, and within the last month she has been on a food strike.  She normally would eat anything I cook, but here lately she doesn't even want her favorite spaghetti or rice...  I have been making fish cakes a lot because I know it is one thing she will eat.. even on her strike.... LOL  She is eating them tonight beside me as I type right now:)

Fish Cakes
1 can white albacore tuna fish/ or good canned salmon, like wild alaskan
1 egg
2 tablespoons Olive oil Hellmans Mayo
1/2 teaspoon California garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
pinch Greek seasoning
about half sleeve saltine crackers, hand crushed...
Mix all together... heat veg oil to medium heat in skillet... I spoon a heaping teaspoon into my hand of the mix and make an oval shape, place in hot oil ... fry on both sides, only turning once.. about 3-4 min each side...

Is Ground Turkey Better than Ground Beef? - Food -

Is Ground Turkey Better than Ground Beef? - Food - "If a package is labeled 'ground turkey,' what it means is that it can be any combination of breast and leg meat, and even skin. A 3-ounce cooked portion of this kind of ground turkey has about 200 calories and 11 grams of fat. A 3-ounce cooked portion of extra-lean ground beef contains 218 calories and 13 grams of fat, so you aren't really getting reduced calories and fat from using this type of ground turkey.
What you want to look for is a label on ground turkey that says 'ground turkey breast.' This type has 100 calories and 1.5 grams of fat for the same cooked 3-ounce portion.
Of course if you use the lean ground turkey, you will lose some moistness and flavor. If you are making turkey burgers, for example, they won't be as tasty as the combination ground turkey. But if you're making chili or something else with a lot of flavor and spices, you probably won't notice a difference."

Last night I decided to make turkey burgers..  I marinated ground turkey with chopped onion, garlic salt, pepper and Teriyaki sauce.. OMG, they were delicious on toast with a little cheese and Olive Oil mayo.... 
My husband loved them!!