Sep 022014
 

Steak Hash Over Waffle Fried Potatoes

With a little shoulder problem this past week, sitting at the computer and cooking have been the last thoughts on my mind. I hope you all had a great holiday weekend as Kenny cooked up another fantastic dinner for us on the grill. This holiday was kind of quiet which was fine by me as I did not feel like cooking for a crowd, oh Hell No! I have spent a little time in my kitchen and this week’s posts are just a couple of simple and easy dishes husband and I whupped up using potatoes!

They cooked out pretty nice..Huh!

They cooked out pretty nice..Huh!

This month is Potato Month and not too long ago I came across a site on Yahoo by a Dan Shumski about cooking with a waffle iron (cookbook, Will It Waffle) and my curiosity got the better of me, just had to go there. He had some hash browns pressed in a waffle iron and I was hooked immediately. He also had a Mac’n’cheese recipe I will be trying! We had done some steaks on the grill and they were a little tough. Kenny, ready for lunch thought he’d clean something up for me out of the frig and mentioned the steaks. I told him I had plans for them, do not touch! We hadn’t had hash in awhile and when I make it, the potatoes never get crispy enough for me without the meat becoming too dry, so I incorporated Dan’s  idea of doing them separately in the waffle iron and then topping them off with the hash that I browned lightly in the frying pan with extra onions.

Sorry! But Kenny had to have his ketchup on it!

Sorry! But Kenny had to have his ketchup on it!

Steak Hash Over Waffle Fried Potatoes
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Ingredients
  • For the two of us:
  • 2 small, medium cooked steaks, ground with 1 small sweet onion, plus extra onion chopped small
  • 1small sweet onion minced for the potatoes
  • 2 medium potatoes, grated fine ( I grated mine medium and wish I had done them smaller )
  • Salt and pepper
  • Unsalted butter
  • Bacon fat
Instructions
  1. Place grated potatoes in ice cold water for about ten minutes after grating; remove from water and pat as dry as possible.
  2. Add chopped onion with the potatoes with some salt and pepper.
  3. Brush waffle iron on both sides with melted butter and set on medium.
  4. Place potatoes in mounds in the waffle iron, close lid and after a couple of minutes, press lid down somewhat. Potatoes should take about another 8 minutes to cook crispy.
  5. Meanwhile, to a little melted bacon fat, cook hash over medium heat on both sides until warmed through and onion is done to your liking.
  6. Top potato hash with the meat mixture and enjoy.

 

Hope you enjoy!

Aug 232014
 

Burger Scare And Our New Sign

Make it safe and save a dime.. Keep away from eating slime..

Make it safe and save a dime..
Keep away from eating slime..

These two things have nothing in common and today I was just going to goof off and show you our latest project, our new address sign in front of our home. Let me start with the bad news first and a warning to all those who buy ground beef from your grocery stores. When I was flipping through Yahoo this morning, I came across this scary story about the additive “Pink Slime” that they are adding to our ground beef because of the soaring prices of meat! If you go to the “Pink Slime” link that I have provided here, you can read it for yourself, it’s pretty hair-raising and another reason I urge you to grind your own meat at home and watch where you eat burgers from now on. The initial cost of a decent meat grinder may set you back a little but the flavor and the satisfaction is well worth the price. I always wait for my store to put chuck roast on BOGO and I stock up my freezer. By grinding our own, I also know that there is nothing added that shouldn’t be there, just pure chuck! Another thing I have found, and this is just my OWN opinion, is that I can keep it frozen much longer than the recommended time by most experts which is up to 4 months. I have kept it in my freezer for up to a year and it still tastes as good as the day we ground it. Of course I put it 1/2 pound bags and then put them in a plastic freezer bag to ensure that it gets no freezer burn and is air-tight. We’re still alive and kicking so I guess I must be doing something right!!!

Now on to the fun project! We used to have an antique maple syrup sleight from Vermont at the beginning of our drivewaythat also had our address numbers on it and every Christmas we would decorate it with a little Christmas tree with packages underneath it, Poinsettia plants all around and plenty of solar powered Christmas lights. I think it was the envy of our neighbors as they would always slow down to take a gander.

Gonna miss the old sleigh!

Gonna miss the old sleigh!

Well, when we put in our new driveway, the guy doing the work bumped it with his big Cat tractor and it fell to pieces. It had been out there for years and the weather finally took its toll as we were going to send it to sleigh heaven this year anyway. If you ever saw our home, it is laden with moosies, bears, pine trees, pine cones and antiques. A few years ago I bought a dispenser for paper towels, plastic wrap and tin foil all in one piece, I guess they still make them but remember the old ones? This was a new one however that I bought through “Collections” magazine and it did not stand up to the test of working very well which surprised me as most everything I have bought through them has been of pretty good quality. The back piece, as you can see in the pic, had bears and pine trees and it has been sitting in my shed broken for some time. Husband put in a couple of landscape posts and made the arrow with our numbers on it and when I went to my shed, I realized I could use the back piece of my dispenser to put our initials along with ranch underneath them. A trip to the store got us the perfect stencils for the project and now it was my turn to finish it up. We love how it came out and now the UPS man can find us again, ha ha!!!!

Pretty cool...don't ya think?

Pretty cool…don’t ya think?

Well I hope you all have a nice weekend and check out the link on the “Pink Slime”, but you might want to do that Monday as to not ruin your weekend, yuk yuk……….. See ya next week!

Aug 222014
 

Creamy Vanilla And Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

As some of you know, a couple of weeks ago I picked up an older yogurt maker and I have to say that I am not a big fan of just plain yogurt! I ended up with it sitting in my frig trying to figure out what to do with the rest of it after I ran out of strawberries to top it off. Husband doesn’t care for yogurt at all but I think now I might be able to remedy that situation. My Country Living Magazine had all kinds of different ways to spruce up plain frozen yogurt and after making my version, I can’t wait to experiment with more ways to make this treat as husband even thought it was pretty good and very tasty. It still had a little of the sourness that good yogurt has, but now I know exactly what is in it versus the store bought stuff! Of course you will need some kind of ice cream maker for the freezing part to make it easy on yourself or you can do it the old fashion way by freezing it and after a little while in the freezer, take it out, stir and refreeze.

This is really good yogurt!

This is really good yogurt!

 

Creamy Vanilla And Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
5.0 from 1 reviews
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Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups store bought plain Greek yogurt or homemade
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 oz fresh honey
  • ¾ tsp French vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teas kosher salt
  • Heaping cup of chopped fresh strawberries
  • ⅛ cup of sugar
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the yogurt with the next 5 ingredients, cover and chill until very cold, two hours or more.
  2. Place chopped berries in a saucepan with the ⅛ cup of sugar over medium-high heat and cook until fruit has softened, about 6-8 minutes; cool completely.
  3. Pour yogurt mixture into your electric ice cream maker bowl and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions, adding strawberries during the last few minutes of freezing time or fold into frozen mixture before placing in your freezer.
  4. Wait at least 2 hours before eating, if you can wait that long!

 

Hope you enjoy this wonderful, healthy treat! Have a great week end! Let me know if you have a favorite yogurt recipe!

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