Category Archives: Beef

Homemade Meatballs and Marinara Sauce

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spaghetti meatball salad
How often do you hear … “These are the best _______ (fill in the blank) you have ever made”?  
 Ever? I cook …  a lot.  My sous-chef dish-washing mom and The Chief  are very kind and complimentary of my cooking.

Will Cook For Compliments

But recently I received the “these are the best meatballs you have ever made” response followed by the appropriate “yummy” and “thanks Babe!”  I was so surprised and elated all at the same time.
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Slow Roasted Crock Pot Root Beer Pot Roast

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Pot Roast, roasted carrots, and mashed potatoes
Slow Roasted Root Beer Pot Roast

When our friends Kathy and Len came for dinner and a movie at our house they brought with them a six-pack of root beer.  After a fun evening of food, laughter, movie and dessert they left a couple of bottles of remaining root beer.  Those bottles sat in my refrigerator for a while and on a whim I started looking up recipes to make with root beer.

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Pan Fried Steak and Carrots in Lemon-Parsley Butter

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plated pan fried steak carrots
Happy Thursday!  Is it winter where you are?  Winter has really hit hard in Middle Tennessee the last two weeks.  Last week rain, sleet, and ice and last night … snow!  Beautiful snow. I know that snow isn’t a big deal for many of you.  But in my neck of the woods … it is a big deal!  This is only the second time in the last 5 years that I have been able to take pictures like these …

wagon snow trees
Or like this.

Snowy creekThe worst part for me is that I have missed Community Bible Study the last two weeks.  We meet on Thursday morning and we close when the schools close.  Well, the today and last Thursday school has been closed so we didn’t meet.

Cave spring lane snowy
I miss all my friends and classmates so much.  It is my prayer that if March arrives next week like a lion that lion is roaring with rain and not snow!

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Wherever you are today I pray you are safe, warm, and well-fed.  I couldn’t decide which recipe comes first … steak or the carrots so I am posting both of them here!  I don’t usually pan fry steak because we have a BBQ grill.  However, last week when I had steak thawed ready to cook the weather was awful.  I had no inclination to run in and out of the house grilling steaks.  So, I decided it was time to pan-fry them.

fried onions
I could have just melted some butter, slapped the steaks in the pan and called it good.  I suspect they would have been edible.  But I wanted them to be fantastically edible!  I went searching on-line for a super recipe.  That is when I found this website called “Instructions.”  The recipe there included fried onions.

pan fried steak
One of the “instructions” was “how to pan-fry the perfect steak.”

panfried steak single
I didn’t realize there really are some steps to be taken to make the perfect steak.  I think the 7-steps are worth reading.  All-in-all my sous chef dish-washing mom and Chief Culinary Consultant both agreed the steak was “deliciously fantastic.”  That’s what I was going for.

parsley carrots fresh
A wonderful part of this wintry meal turned out to be these fresh carrots.  I had a bagful from a recent trip to the grocery store and from my Taste of Home cookbook I saw this recipe for carrots in lemon-parsley butter.  I didn’t have fresh parsley but I honestly think the dried stuff did a great job.

These carrots take no more than 20 minutes to make and are really worth the effort.  Just writing this blog post makes my mouth water.  I guess fresh carrots need to be on my grocery list again!

parsley carrots
Have a blessed wintry meal,
~Catherine

P.S.  Print this recipe, you are going to want to make these carrots!

Psalm 147:12-18

Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;
    praise your God, Zion.

He strengthens the bars of your gates
    and blesses your people within you.
He grants peace to your borders
    and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

He sends his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
He spreads the snow like wool
    and scatters the frost like ashes.
He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?
He sends his word and melts them;
    he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

Fresh Carrots in Lemon-Parsley Butter
 
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These fresh carrots really "pop" with color and over-flow with taste!
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Recipe type: Vegetable Side Dish
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs. fresh carrots, peeled and sliced
Lemon-Parsley Butter
  • ¼ cup butter, cubed
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 1½ teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Place 1 inch of water in a large saucepan; add the sliced carrots. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer just until tender-crisp, about 7 minutes. Drain; set carrots aside.
  2. In the same pan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in parsley, lemon juice and salt. Return carrots to the pan and heat through.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 117 Fat: 8 g Saturated fat: 5 g Carbohydrates: 12 g Sodium: 216 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 20 mg.

 

 

Divine Casserole aka Sour Cream Noodle Bake

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Divine Casserole Finished
One of my favorite websites is Deep South Dish.  It is written by Mary Foreman and she whips up some awesome dishes.  She recently posted a recipe for this Divine Casserole.  She says “Divine Casserole, sometimes called simply Sour Cream Noodle Bake, is sort of a cross between baked spaghetti and lasagna in its flavor.  Made with egg noodles tossed with a mixture of cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese, layered with a tomato-based meat sauce and shredded cheese, it might just become a family favorite!”

I was intrigued by the combination of ingredients and readily put it on my “make this soon” list.  I have a pantry full of homemade marinara sauce from last year’s summer bounty and I love using it up in new and interesting ways.  Mary says  this is an “old” recipe often found under a variety of  names such as Sour Cream Noodle Bake, Sour Cream Baked Spaghetti, Husband’s Delight, Italian Delight even Godfather Casserole.

Divine Casserole single
 My sous-chef dish-washing mom and the Chief  both gave this a “thumbs up”.  We actually loved it.  It made a large pan full and I put half in the freezer and will be serving it up again shortly.
Divine Casserole tabled
You will find the recipe here at Deep South Dish.Thank you Mary for yet another excellent recipe.  Blessings!
~Catherine
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