Here is Aunt Nettie’s recipe for Old-Time Beef Stew. I find it quite amusing that she called this recipe Old-Time and it was written in a cookbook from 1953. That’s just one year after I was born. So, it is now a senior but not ready for retirement like me. This recipe must be at least 70 years old – not that I’m that OLD. It is one of the first recipes or pretty much any written anything from Miss Nettie where she had to correct something.

That is not typical of her. I also found it interesting that she wrote to put the garlic on a toothpick so you could remove it from the stew. That’s a new one for me. Here she is in the picture when she was teaching school.

Here’s a tip. Make sure your Dutch oven is very hot. Then add the oil. Test to make sure it is at searing temperature. Then and only then add the beef meat. The Dutch oven needs to be very hot to give the right amount of searing and to create the base for the rue. Rue (the bits in the bottom of the pan) will give your stew the pizzazz and flavor substance needed to take the stew to the next level. Do not move to the next step until you create the sear and the rue base.

You all saw Aunt Nettie in her later years when I shared her recipe for Orange Slice Nut Cookies. This recipe is a holiday favorite of old for Home Made Mince Meat. I can’t say that I like mince meat but many people did and still do. My Aunt Nettie in this picture was when she was finishing teaching school and getting ready to begin to teach young children. Such a beautiful young woman. She was raised in Oklahoma during the depression and saw her family go from owning a mining store to being sharecropper on a cotton farm. Times were tough back then but the stories were vast. I hope you enjoy learning about her and seeing her recipes.

I’m still on my healthy eating path to reaching several goals; better food menu for healthy eating, losing weight (a few more pounds) and exercising to have more muscle tone.  There it is.  The reason for coming up with this variety of Turkey Soup.  It’s the first time I’ve made it and didn’t use a recipe.   It was invented by thinking of other dishes I’ve made and how to adapt them without rice or noodles.

This soup is an Asian version of Turkey Soup.  Normally I would add a ton of noodles and thicken with flour.  This time, I started with Turkey Stock that was from the roast turkey breast leftovers earlier this week.  For a single serving: start with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small pan and bring to medium heat.  Add chopped onion, slivered carrot, zucchini slices and chopped baby bell peppers.  Sauté until tender.  Add potsticker sauce (hoisin sauce) and cornstarch sprinkled to thicken.  This could be used as a sauce over meat, but I used it to create a soup base.  Add turkey stock to fill the pan to as much soup as your desire.  Continue to add cornstarch until desired thickness.  Add chunks of cut up turkey and simmer until thickened and the cornstarch is cooked.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Pour into serving bowl and enjoy.  Or, if in a hurry, just eat from the pan. 😀

Tonight for dinner I’m grilling a simple skin on the bone-in chicken breast. I like leaving the skin on and bone in so that the chicken is really moist. We’re at our Ironworks cabin so we almost always grill.  The spice I use is Boswell’s Blends – Fowl-n-Feather Seasoning.  I bought it at one of those home shows in Phoenix AZ and use it all the time.  The ingredients in case you want to try something similar are:
salt
dehydrated garlic
dehydrated onion
other spices (the secret ingredients)
sugar
dehydrated red bell pepper
dehydrated parsley

Rub the spices into the chicken breast & spray with olive oil, butter oil or coconut oil.

The breast was still partly frozen so I started with a 350 grill and put it in a cooler area to thaw out. Then as it came up from the frozen state the grill was upped to 375.

I’m cooking it fairly slow as we’re enjoying happy hour on the patio. Nothing spectacular…. just a Blue Moon with an orange slice for me and a Malibu rum and Diet Coke for Gus.

When the chicken is done we’ll enjoy it with a good sized green salad with lots of goodies.  Internal temperature should be 365 for chicken breast.

It’s done so were hungry and ready to eat.

This is my first post in a long long time.

Smoked New York Steak Valentines Dinner
Smoked New York Steak Valentines Dinner

Parsley and Butter Sautéed Potatoes
Parsley and Butter Sautéed Potatoes

Toni's Super Salad
Toni’s Super Salad

What’s for dinner tonight? Smoked New York Steak Roast again.   See the recipe here.  I keep coming back to this one.  It’s so easy and entertaining friendly.  While the Roast is smoking away in the Cookshack and then the oven I’m able to visit with friends without feeling stressed.  Lots of time to do everything necessary for a nice Valentine’s dinner.  There is still plenty of breathing room to figure out the sides and get them going too.

I’m fixing it up again today for friends who have escaped the minus 9 F South Dakota freeze that has moved into the north and northeast.  They are here in sunny Arizona for an extended visit.  Mrs. T is one of my best friends and the special lady who made up Grandma Olga’s Homemade Noodles with Chicken for me last year when they were visiting then.

Smoked New York Roast
Smoked New York Roast

This time we’re cooking it with 2 ounces of cherry wood instead of apple wood.  Also, I needed to watch the bold spice due to an onion allergy for Mr. B.  I’m not worried about how it will turn out though because it’s all in the smoking.  The roast was liberally coated with simple salt and pepper and is now in the smoker.  It’s a Cookshack Smoker that been getting a lot more use this winter.  Here are more Cookshack Recipes direct from the Cookshack website.

A little later:

Mrs. T is putting together a dinner salad of fresh lettuce, sliced mushrooms, slivered carrots, cucumber, sliced tomatoes, bacon bits and whatever else is in the vegetable bin.  Idaho russets are resting in water ready to boil later for twice cooked potatoes.  First the potatoes will be boiled in salted water and then pan sautéed in butter and parsley.  Yum.  We can smell the aroma of the smoked roast as it is now slow cooking in the oven at 170 degrees for 1 hour and then let to rest for 1 1/2 hours. It should all come together in another 2 1/2 hours.

I looked in the pantry and there was no BBQ sauce for my meatballs. Panic! I’m taking meatballs to a birthday party tomorrow and wanted to get a head start.   So, I decided that I would try a new type of meatball sauce similar to one I found on BigOven.  This recipe is a twist on the grape jelly meatball sauce where cranberry sauce is used instead.  It was changed it up in a big way to make it my own and get the taste I wanted.  The only thing I didn’t do was make it a “Drunkin” dish.  It was posted on BigOven just now.  Visit there to see more of my recipes and those of many others.  The cooked meatballs are now marinating in the thick sauce in the fridge.  Into the crockpot they will go tomorrow to finish up for a few hours before the party.

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Ingredients

12 ounces Cranberry Sauce; or Cranberry Jelly 2 tablespoons Chili powder
16 ounces Tomato sauce 1 teaspoon Chili Spice; Carroll Shelby’s
1 tablespoon Sugar 1 teaspoon Onion powder
1 tablespoon Honey 1 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Dark Corn Syrup 1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in mediums size saucepan and cook over medium heat until thickened and smooth. If you are using leftover Cranberry Sauce instead of jelly, then use a masher to reduce the size of the berries. Pour hot sauce over pre-cooked meatballs in a crockpot. Stir occasionally to coat. Keep warm on low until ready to serve.

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Thinking about smoking something for a New Years dinner.  Many of  the supermarkets have New York Steak roasts on special and they are great smoked and then finished on the grill or in the oven.  In the recipe, it calls for your favorite beef rub.  Mine is always, Barbarians Steak Rub from Barbarian’s Restaurant in Toronto, Canada.  What are you cooking up for the New Year?

Grilling and smoking most anything is a passion, especially steaks, chicken, lamb and seafood.  Grilling is a favorite way for cooking. Originally I had an electric grill because for some reason using gas frightened me. Chicken, and not the food type! Maybe it was because in my early years we had to light the pilot light and I was always afraid it would blow up in my face. Several years later my talented hubby was badgered into converting my electric cook top over to gas.  He took on the task and ran a gas line to the kitchen and installed a gas cook top. Hooray! There’s been no going back.

Mr. Hubby loves smoked foods and has been begging me for over a month to smoke something.  Well, since I am going to be deserting him for a long weekend to visit Oklahoma I decided to finally spoil him.  I’m off to see how my 97 year old aunt is doing and maybe do a few repairs around her house.  It’s amazing at her age that she still lives in her own home.  The hubby is staying behind.

So, back to that smoking beef.  It’s already been in the CookShack Smoker for an hour and half with apple wood slowly charring away at 225 F.   I don’t like as much smoke flavor as the hubby so it’s now been transferred to the heated 170 F convection oven to slow cook for another 1 hour.  After that just turn off the oven at let rest for 2 more hours until it reaches medium rare.  That will give me plenty of time to cook up some twice baked potatoes, another of his favorites.

This big chunk of meat is way too much for just two people but I figured he would nosh on it for the next few days and not think too much about me being away.  You see, he’s pretty much helpless when it comes to preparing food or cooking.  But he does know how to make a nice steak sandwich so he won’t starve.  Between that and a bagel in the morning at the local bagel café life will still be good.

Smoking is easy the way I do it because I kinda’ cheat.  My smoker is an electric Cookshack Smoker and that makes it much more simple.  While the roast was in the smoker I was able to go off and run a few errands and get some extra treats for the hubby to enjoy.  Now back at home it’s in the oven slow cooking away at 170 F for that hour.

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The recipe itself is quite easy.

1 (6 pound) New York Roast
Season liberally with your favorite beef rub
Season with fresh ground sea salt
Season with fresh ground pepper

Smoke at 225 F for 1 hour. Then roast at 170 F for around 1 hour.  Then turn off oven and let rest for 1.5 hours without opening the oven door.   For medium or medium well just let it cook longer at 175 and then rest for 2 hours.  Then for crisping up and searing the outside, just place on the hot grill for an additional 20 minutes.

Almost a Date Dinner with KCinAZ tonight was a grilled thick cut beef tenderloin grilled slowly.  While the tenderloin was grilling; we started the gravy with sautéed onions caramelized, mushrooms, port and brown gravy stock were added.  All along, small red potatoes were simmering on the stove top.

 

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Ingredients:

 POTATOES:
8 small Red potatoes; whole
Salt; for water
MUSHROOM GRAVY:
1/2 medium Yellow onion; chopped
2 tablespoon olive Oil
12 ounces Fresh mushrooms; sliced
1 Beef Stock; Knorr Home-style concentrated stock
1/2 teaspoon Greek Spice; Cavendar’s
1 clove garlic; minced
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup port; make it a good one
1 cup water
1/4 cup McCormick Beef Gravy; Powdered for Thickening
MEDIUM RARE TENDERLOIN:
10 ounces Beef tenderloin; 2″ thick cut steak
1 tablespoon Steak Spice; Use a flavorful one

Preparation

Potatoes:

Place 8 very small whole red potatoes in small saucepan and cover with water.  Add a small amount of salt to the water.  Bring to slow boil and then turn down to simmer.  Continue to simmer until tender.  Cover and turn off heat but leave on stove top where the pan will remain hot.  If the sauce pan has good insulation this will be best to keep the potatoes hot.  This will allow the potatoes to continue to cook but not overcook.  Continue on with starting the gravy and steak as the potatoes cook.

Port Mushroom Gravy:

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Meanwhile, in medium size skillet, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and chopped onions.  Cook while stirring with wooden spoon over medium heat until onions begin to brown and caramelize.  Add butter, mushrooms, Greek spice and minced garlic clove and mix in.  Turn down to medium low heat and continue to sauté until mushrooms are tender and turn golden brown.  Add 1 packet Knorr home-style Stock concentrate (if not available add 2 beef stock cubes) and blend into mushroom saucepan.  Then mix in 1/4 cup or more good Port and let reduce for a few minutes so that the Port absorbs into the mushrooms.  Add water and continue to simmer over medium low heat.  Meanwhile watch the meat that is also cooking until it reaches around 100 degrees on the thermometer.  Then, add enough McCormick’s Brown Gravy mix to thicken the gravy and then turn to low.   Cook slowly until thickened and the grilled meat is cooked to your desired temperature.

Medium Rare Beef Tenderloin:

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Season liberally with your favorite steak rub.  Place on sizzling hot grill and sear for 3-5 minutes per side.  This steak was a 2″ thick cut of tenderloin that was around 5″ long and 3″ wide.  Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side, do a 1/2 turn keeping on same side and cook another 2 minutes.  Then turn completely over and repeat.  If a thick cut, turn on small sides and sear those sides too for around 2 minutes each.  After searing completely on all four sides, turn down heat to medium high and continue to cook until meat thermometer reaches 120 degrees.  Since the meat will continue to cook it will end up medium rare.

These directions are for a very thick cut of meat.  If yours is say 1″ thick or less you will need to reduce the cooking time per side considerably.   If using a smaller cut of meat then make sure to reduce the cooking time proportionately.  1-2 minutes per side possibly.

Plating the Meal:

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Heat two plates in the microwave for one minute.  Using a ladle, spoon mushroom gravy onto hot plates to create a gravy layer for the meat and potatoes.  Slice the meat against the grain in about 1 – 1 1/2″ slices and place three or more slices of tenderloin on each plate.  Quarter the small potatoes and arrange nicely on top of the gravy.  Sprinkle potatoes with a little parsley garnish.

For Your Date:

Tell your darlin’ or date that dinner is served and it’s not to get cold!  If your date is like my sweet hubby he’s watching the TV waiting for the dinner bell.  Maybe yours will be in the kitchen helping and tasting as dinner is in the making.  Have ready a nice red wine or the port used for the gravy ready to serve and enjoy your date dinner.

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