Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Old Fashioned Goulash

  • 2 lbs ground beef or turkey
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 large Yellow onion, diced
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • 1 T Adobo Seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 T seasoned salt
  • 1/2 T black pepper
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  1. In a large pan, saute your ground meat in skillet over medium-high heat until HALF cooked, remove from heat.
  2. Add garlic, onions, olive oil & until meat is fully cooked.
  3. Add water and broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, italian seasoning, bay leaves, and seasoned salt, pepper and adobo seasoning. Mix well.
  4. Lower heat and cover - allow to cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add in the uncooked elbow macaroni to the skillet, stir well until everything is combined
  6. Cover once again and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes
  7. Once cooked, remove the bay leaves
  8. Add only the cheddar cheese and mix until combined
  9. Add mozzarella right before serving 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Slow Cooker Beef And Broccoli

Substitute 1 cup celery, peas, and carrots for broccoli.

Saved for the brown sauce, proportions, and cooking times.


Servings: 4
2 lbs sirloin steak or boneless beef chuck roast, sliced thin
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 Tbsp. cornstarch
4 Tbsp. water
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets

For serving:

White rice, cooked


In the insert of the crockpot, whisk together beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.
Place slices of beef in the liquid and toss to coat.
Cover with lid and cook on low heat for 4 hours.
After 4 hours, whisk together cornstarch and water in small bowl. Pour into crock pot and stir to mix well.
Add the broccoli and gently stir to combine.
Cover with lid and cook 30 minutes to cook broccoli and thicken sauce.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Oven-roasted Sausages, Potatoes, and Peppers


1-2 bell peppers, sliced
1 package (at least 1 lb) of your favorite sausage links (johnsonvilles,
evergood, generic smoked sausage, whatever you like. i used polish
sausages, 4 to a pack)
4-5 decent-sized potatoes (i prefer yukon gold or red bliss)
3 tbsp olive oil (yes, it has to be OLIVE oil)
1 small jar banana peppers
1 large onion, sliced
salt & pepper
*optional — 2 tsp dried rosemary
*optional — tsp creole seasoning


spray a large baking pan w/ nonstick spray (make sure there is at least
a small “lip” that provides a “side” to the pan, don’t use a flat baking
slice sausages into thin rounds, about 1/5″ thick. slice using a “bias” cut.
cut potatoes into 1/2″ chunks
slice onion and pepper into strips
place all ingredients on baking sheet and drizzle oil over. Hand toss
everything together in the oil, making sure everything feels coated.
add salt & pepper and spices (if using)
top w/ sliced banana peppers
bake at 400 for about 30-35 min, until potatoes are tender

Fried Cabbage with Bacon and Onions

1 medium head green cabbage, chopped loosely
3 slices bacon, chopped
1/4 large onion or 1/2 small to medium onion, chopped
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce (optional)
1 stalk of celery (optional)
salt & pepper to taste

How to make it :

In a large pan cook the chopped bacon over medium to medium-high heat. 
Once the fat renders off and there's plenty of bacon grease in the pan,
add the chopped onion. 
Right when the bacon has just started to crisp, add the chopped cabbage,
salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce (optional).  (also celery if desired)
Stir occasionally until cabbage is softened.  Leave some pieces to get a
little pan browned so don't stir very often.
Taste before serving as you may need to add more salt and pepper
depending on your preference.

Southern Baked Beans (Purtzer beans)


2 cups white navy beans, covered in water and soaked for 24 hours
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons maple syrup or sorghum
2 cups chicken stock
6 slices bacon, cut into 3 inch lengths
1/2 teaspoon salt, kosher preferred


Preheat oven to 300F.
Strain the soaked beans and place them in a large heavy pot.
Cover by 2 inches of cold water and bring to a boil, then simmer
beans until they are tender. Skim any foam that rises to the top
and discard.
Drain the tender, cooked beans and reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
Place the cooked beans and the 1 cup of reserved cooking liquid in
a heavy 3 quart baking dish or pot, with a lid. I use a really heavy
enameled cast-iron pan.
Add the thyme, orange zest, garlic, dry mustard, maple syrup and
chicken stock to the beans.
Arrange bacon over the beans; cover with lid and place in oven,
bake for 1 hour.
Remove the lid and bake for an additional 45 minutes.
Season with salt and serve from the baking dish