Mar 242015
 

Saucy Spinach Patties

First of all let me tell you that we are getting eggs from one of our new chickens already and can’t wait for the other two to start. We don’t think they’re too happy about being cooped, as they were free range when we got them. We will let ours loose after they get used to the territory a little. Mr. Tom is still having a fit and wants to get to them but when we open the door to let him in, he’s off in another direction; no more jail time for him! Kinda reminds me of that commercial with the chicken who hits the road to see the world and just sends home pictures of where he’s been, just too cute for words!

BEWARE! This is very tasty!!!

BEWARE! This is very tasty!!!

This recipe hails from one of my older classic cook books with a few of our favorite additions. Wasn’t too sure how Kenny would like it, however it did have ground beef and I added BACON and some Irish cheddar cheese! Now, I do have to admit, I had a little trouble with the patties staying together when I fried them and the next time I make them, I will coat the outsides with some dry bread crumbs to help them fry better and give them a little crispness. I probably didn’t dry the cooked spinach enough which would have contributed greatly to my frying dilemma. The flavor although was superb and husband said I could make them any old time. The original recipe also called for frozen spinach but I had fresh spinach, our preference to frozen!

We went from this.....

We went from this…..

To this....Very messy! Any idea of what went wrong?

To this….Very messy! Any idea of what went wrong?

 

Saucy Spinach Patties
 
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Ingredients
  • MEAT SAUCE:
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (16 oz) tomatoes, chopped up with their liquid
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 large or 2 small cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 teas sugar
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ teas dried rosemary, crushed
  • SPINACH PATTIES:
  • 1 box (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach or 1 bag (10 oz) fresh, what I used
  • 6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled (saving 3 tbsp of the drippings for frying)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Dry bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. SAUCE:
  2. In a skillet, cook ground beef and onion until beef is browned and onion is transparent in color.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients for the meat sauce, cover and cook for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. While sauce is cooking, cook spinach according to package directions or steam fresh spinach until limp. If using the fresh, chop after cooking. Drain spinach well to remove as much liquid as possible.
  5. Mix spinach with the crumbled bacon and remaining ingredients and mix well.
  6. Shape mixture into 6 patties and coat, if you wish, on both sides with dry bread crumbs which I will do next go around!
  7. When sauce is almost done, fry patties in the reserved bacon fat on both sides until nicely browned.
  8. Serve with sauce over top.

I hope you enjoy as much as we did………… Gotta go check our chickens!

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Mar 212015
 

Deep Fried Biscuits

Also goes great with a cheese dip!

Also goes great with a cheese dip!

Okay, let me start by telling you how happy I am today! With our last chicken getting killed by some critter here in the woods, I finally got my Christmas present today of 3 new laying hens. They are in their pen, fed and hopefully happy campers.

Mr. Tom...Keeper of the hens!

Mr. Tom…Keeper of the hens!

Tom, our rooster on the other hand is not so happy as we will not let him in the pen yet so they can become acclimated to their new home.

Need to name them...any ideas?

Need to name them…any ideas?

The guy we bought them from had so many different kinds of chickens it was hard to pick, but we ended  up with two Jersey Giants who can get up to 12 pounds in weight and one Ameraucana hen who lays blue eggs! Yes, blue eggs; popular with Easter Eggers, no dye needed!!! I had seen these on the internet but never in true life form. We also bought a dozen eggs for a mere $2 from him as our new ladies might take a few days to start laying with their change of lifestyle. In the dozen eggs were some of the blue and tomorrow morning will be Kenny’s very special omelet made with fresh eggs, I can’t wait!!!!!!

Now onto these biscuits! Want something simple, easy and ever so good? Kenny scarfed these down last night with some fried minute steaks and gravy (none were left). A couple of weeks ago we went to one of our favorite restaurants and their special that day was Beer Cheese Sauce with Bread, had to try it…….. Their sauce left a lot to be desired, but the bread was almost awesome. I asked the waitress what the bread was and she said, ” Just canned biscuits, cut up and deep fried”. Now I was on a vendetta to do this at home as the biscuits that I said were almost awesome were not quite cooked enough for us, but I knew what to do! I will be doing these again with some of my own beer cheese recipe, and oh Lord, sprinkled with some garlic salt and dipped in homemade marinara sauce! Does it get any better than this? I don’t think so……………….

 

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Deep Fried Biscuits
 
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Ingredients
  • Store bought refrigerated biscuits, depends on how many you want to make
  • Oil for deep-frying
Instructions
  1. Cut biscuits into 6 pieces each.
  2. Deep fry in 375 degree oil, flipping over as they cook until golden brown on both sides.
  3. Drain on paper towels and dip into your favorite sauce.
  4. That's it simple and easy........

I hope you enjoy and maybe we’ll be selling eggs someday!  NOT!!!!!    Have a nice weekend!

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Mar 182015
 

Vermont Weather Stick

With much going on this week, I thought I’d throw in something amusing about a piece of mother nature that can predict the weather! When my sister sent these to us for Christmas this past year, I thought for sure her age was showing signs of, well you know…. But non the less, Kenny put one up on the back porch and one on the front porch, and sure enough they do work. I’ve been asking my secret Santa now for a few years to bring me a barometer as I love keeping up on what’s going on, especially here in Florida during the hurricane season.

Have you ever seen one of these?

Have you ever seen one of these? Points up for good weather!

The stick took a little time to adjust itself and now after a little time, it’s a working just fine. These sticks are made of Balsam fir trees and were first used by the Abenaki Indians dating back to the 1700’s. They work by the barometric pressure in the atmosphere, finally my barometer and all natural too boot! People also claim that they will work for years on end unlike the ones you might buy in a store and the only reason for them to quit would be if you broke the stick itself. My sister also told me that this winter with icy cold temperatures, it actually shrunk in size only to come back to it’s original length when temps started to rise back up. When the pressure in the air is high, the stick points up to the heavens so proudly and stoops to the ground during low pressure. Today ours is at about half staff in lieu of clouds and rain coming in tomorrow.

You can see the rain coming down! Proof it works ;-)

You can see the rain coming down! Points down for bad weather… Proof it works ;-)

You can also make one of these babies if you’re fortunate enough to live where Balsam trees grow and I’m including a link on how to do just that, how to make a Vermont weather stick. You can also go to the Vermont Country Store where they sell a set for only $12.95. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed and they’re great for teaching children about the weather!
Well I hope everyone had a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Husband and I celebrated with a tasty corned beef with all the trimmings and a shot of Irish whiskey in our little shamrock shot glasses, another gift from my sister years ago! Hope you enjoyed!

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