Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Meatloaf 'n Biscuits - You know Southern Comfort Food

You know I love me some good home cookin'. Nothing says comfort and home like meatloaf. As long as you don't really think about the name meat loaf. Meat. Loaf. Bleck, sorry.

My kids even love meatloaf. Seriously. LOVE it.

Plus meatloaf goes really well with mashed potatoes and biscuits. Homemade buttermilk drop biscuits. Mmmm.

So, I tried these new recipes from here. They're awesome and so is her blog.

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 egg - beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used whole wheat, increases the fiber)
2 oz. tomato sauce
1 medium onion - minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1.4 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
4 oz. tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp. vinegar
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. dijon mustard
1 tbsp. worchestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 375°. In a bowl combine beef, egg, bread crumbs, tomato sauce, onion and spices. Mix just enough to incorporate the ingredients, don't over mix. Mound into a loaf shape and place into a high sided baking dish, just larger than the loaf.

In the same bowl combine the sauce ingredients: tomato sauce, water, vinegar, sugar, mustard and worchestershire sauce. Mix to blend in brown sugar, then gently pour over the loaf. Bake 60 - 75 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then slice and serve with more sauce on each side.

Serve with mashed potatoes (the sauce is really good as gravy for potatoes).

2 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk - COLD
8 tbsp. unsalted butter - melted and cooled slightly
2 tbsp. unsalted butter - melted for brushing tops

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 475°. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a large bowl.

In a medium bowl combine the cold buttermilk and the melted and slightly cooled butter. Stir until buttermilk forms clumps.

Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir with rubber spatula until just incorporated and batter pulls away from side of the bowl.

Using a greased 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop level amounts and batter and drop onto greased baking sheet. Bake until tops are golden brown and crisp, approximately 12 - 14 minutes.

Brush biscuit tops with remaining butter. Transfer to wire rack or serve.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Thai Dessert

I will get around to posting my pictures of the fridge one day. Until then, enjoy one of my favorite desserts that my husband introduced me too. Mangoes are so good right now so try this soon. This recipe has been adapted to just use jasmine rice instead of the hard to find true sticky rice. During a morning sickness couple of months I ate this quite a bit... for a meal. That's healthy, right? This serves six people that are not eating this for a meal. =)
Thai Sticky Rice with Mango (Kow Neuw Mamuang)
1 cup uncooked Jasmine Rice
1-13.5 oz can Coconut Milk
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ripe mangoes

In a medium saucepan bring 1 3/4 cups of water to a boil. Add the rice and briefly stir. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer 15 minutes or until water is just absorbed.
Meanwhile in a small saucepan, combine Coconut Milk, sugar and salt. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
Add the hot Coconut Milk sauce to the cooked rice. Stir until mixed.
Lightly press plastic wrap onto mixture in saucepan to cover. Let rest 30 minutes at room temperature.
Peel and slice the mangoes.
With large spoon or ice cream scoop, spoon the sticky rice onto plates and garnish with mango slices.
If desired, you can top with coconut syrup which is also excellent with banana pancakes the next day.

Coconut Syrup
1-13.5 oz can Coconut Milk
1/2 cup confectioners sugar, firmly packed

In a medium saucepan, mix Coconut Milk with sugar. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently until reduced to 1 1/2 cups of syrup (about 10 to 15 minutes).
Cool to lukewarm and serve, or refrigerate for later. Coconut syrup will keep in refrigerator for one week.
My favorite Thai Recipe website is: Thai Table. Give some recipes a try!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Yogurt Update

I did try this recipe with 2% milk on the last batch. It was a bit runnier than the batches I've made with whole milk; I tried adding some unflavored gelatin (without reading the instructions) and it didn't really work well. I think I'll try this again, but use powdered milk to thicken it up instead of the unflavored gelatin. (or I'll try using the gelatin correctly...)

I'll update again after my next batch, which may be awhile - soccer season just started and I'm crazy busy!

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Project For You

I spent last week stocking up on great deals on meat (a staple at our house, sorry vegetarians...I bought vegetables too). Saturday I spent packaging and preparing a fridge and freezer full of food. Seriously, you'll see the pictures below.

While I was packaging ground beef, roasting turkey, soaking beans and culturing yogurt I thought of a fun little project for all of us. (Yes, that means me, Karen and you, the four readers that we have)

One of the blogs I enjoy reading features a look inside someone's pantry each Saturday. And, since we've purchased our shelving for our new pantry and I can actually see the end of the pantry-less tunnel, we're going to do something similar. Now, since I don't yet have my pantry (unless you count the shelves pushed against the wall in my dining room...I don't) we're doing fridges instead.

I took pictures of my fridge and freezer...UNEDITED...and made a complete inventory of what was in my fridge Saturday night at 10 p.m.

I want you to do the same and send it to me. C'mon, it'll be fun, plus you might find some random thing in the back left corner that you'd forgotten about. Right?

So, send all pictures and lists to me at the email listed on my profile. I can't wait to see what you keep in there!

Here's my list...(sorry it's long)

2 gallons 1% milk
2 gallons 2% milk
1/2 gallon buttermilk
24 oz. sour cream
24 oz. cottage cheese
8lb. 10 oz. container Pace picante sauce (medium)
lemon juice
apple juice
quart homemade buttermilk syrup
1 container cool whip
1 pint heavy whipping cream
homemade cream cheese frosting (blue)
homemade cranberry mustard
chopped green onions
container full of roasted turkey
6 cool whip containers of homemade plain yogurt
1 big long venison summer sausage
baking soda
18 oz. sliced mushrooms
4 lbs. medium cheddar cheese
30 ct. package corn tortillas
2 pkg. bologne
8 string cheese
1 pkg. hot dog
1 1/2 lbs. mozzarella cheese
1 lb. sliced ham (sandwich)
1 1/2 cubes margarine
26 store bought yogurts
32 oz. velveeta
2 pkg. refrigerator buttermilk biscuits
grape jelly
dill pickles
homemade hot fudge sauce
leftover fried rice
leftover breakfast (pancakes, poached eggs, ham)
64 oz. applesauce
2 dozen eggs
green onions
sliced ham (for St. Patrick's day "green eggs & ham)
2 cubes butter
7 pkgs. cream cheese
oyster sauce
wasabi horseradish
soy sauce
spicy brown mustard
worchestershire sauce
honey mustard
parmesan cheese
Stubb's BBQ sauce
caramel sauce
yellow mustard
Miracle Whip
Masterpiece BBQ sauce
Catalina dressing
ranch dressing
thousand island dressing
italian dressing
sweet pickle relish

2 half gallon containers vanilla ice cream
2 lbs. butter
2 lbs. monterey jack cheese
2 lbs. colby jack cheese
2 containers limeade
vanilla and chocolate almond bark
otter pops
3 ice packs
ham hock
1 loaf banana bread
1 package tabasco chocolates
20 lbs. ground beef
1 pkg. mahi mahi
2 pkg. tilapia
1 frozen pie crust
1 container homemade split pea soup
1 bag tator tots
1 huge container yeast
1 (18 pk.) pancake and sausage on a stick
2 pkgs. frozen whole strawberries
1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach
2 pkg. frozen chopped broccoli
6 lbs. chicken breast
6 cool whip containers cooked black beans
2 beef roasts
2 pkgs. boneless pork ribs
5 lbs. frozen shrimp
1 pkg. smoked sausage
72 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
6 pkgs. hot dogs
1 turkey breast
1 pkg. ground italian sausage
2 pkg. backstrap venison
1 venison summer sausage
1 pkg. frozen mini bagels

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sunny with a Chance of Delicious Meatballs

Want a delicious meal your kids will beg you for again and again? Don't mind getting your hands a little dirty in the process? Great!


1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup crushed crackers (I used a combination of saltine and Townhouse)
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons onion, minced
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon oil (I used extra-virgin olive oil)
2/3 cup chili sauce
2/3 cup grape jelly

Mix ground beef with crackers, egg, garlic, onion, milk, salt and pepper. Form mixture into meatballs, approximately 40. Heat oil in frying pan and brown meatballs on all sides. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Combine jelly and chili sauce; pour over meatballs.

Heat, stirring occasionally until jelly is melted. Simmer 10 - 12 minutes until sauce has thickened up, basting occasionally.

I decided to take another route with this and put the meatballs in the crockpot after browning. I covered them with the sauce and turned the crockpot on low. I'll serve tonight with seasoned brown rice, a side of steamed broccoli and garlic bread. Mmm!

Thursday, March 4, 2010


I really need to work on my taking food picture skills. FLOUR TORTILLAS
3 cups unbleached flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4-6 Tbsp. vegetable shortening or lard
about 1 1/4 cups warm water

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add vegetable shortening or lard. Or use a combination of half lard, half shortening.
Use a fork or a pastry cutter to cut in the shortening or just do it the old fashioned
way and use your hands. I actually just used my paddle in the Kitchen Aid.

Next add warm water a little at a time until your dough is soft and not sticky. You do
not need very hot water. You'll need to switch to your bread hook if using a Kitchen Aid.

Knead the dough for a few minutes.

Now you will pull off pieces of dough to form about 12 small dough balls. Let them
rest covered for at least 10 minutes, longer if you like.

Now you can roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Cook each side just a few seconds on a hot griddle or a skillet.