Thursday, July 30, 2009
This one isn't rocket science or gourmet by any stretch but it's an easy recipe that can be whipped together quickly. I don't usually add salt to this. I try to keep an eye on our sodium intake. You may find you want to add salt when it's finished but I never have.
2 lbs lean ground beef
6 tablespoons Kraft Chicken n Rib BBQ sauce
3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
1 large egg
approx 1/2 cup breadcrumbs. (the breadcrumbs help bind it together and also absorb the bbq sauce
Add all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. This is one where I get my hands dirty and dig in. Form meat into a loaf type shape and place in a small roasting pan.
1/2 cup Kraft Chicken n Rib BBQ sauce
2-3 tsp of yellow mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Combine all the ingredients for the sauce together and cover the shaped meat loaf with the sauce.
Cover the meatloaf in the roasting pan and place in the oven @ 350 F for approx 40 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until cooked thoroughly.
Serve with Mashed potatoes and veggies on the side.
This one is really good as leftovers for meatloaf sandwich as well. (My kids like with homemade macaroni and cheese)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This is an old standby comfort food type of dinner that my family loves. I had some stewing beef in the freezer and figured this would make an excellent dinner tonight.
This recipe is from an old cookbook I received as a teenager and cut my teeth in the kitchen using. It's called the Encyclopedia of Creative Cooking, edited by Charlotte Turgeon. pg 68 (a well worn stain covered pg 68) I usually double this recipe for my large family.
2 tbsp. peanut or corn oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
2 teaspoon sherry (I use red wine, and use one tablespoons)
3 cups thinly sliced onions
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 pounds beef round cut into 1/2 inch cubes (I use stewing beef)
1 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
1 tsp minced garlic (1 clove)
1 can mushrooms (optional...but highly recommmended)
Heat oil in a large skillet with 1 tsp soy sauce, sugar, and 1 teaspoon sherry (or tbsp as I do). Saute onions until soft.
Mix cornstarch, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and 1 tsp sherry (or tablespoon again..my change) in a bowl. Dredge meat in mixture ensuring all pieces are coated. When onions are ready, add the meat to the skillet and brown. Add the worchestershire sauce and garlic, mix well and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add the mushroom about half way through simmering. (juices removed from mushroom can)
Serve over large egg noodles. This recipe as it stands yields about 6 servings, but I usually make a little more and adjust the recipe accordingly.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Yesterday was my youngest son's 8th birthday. He is having a little party today. He LOVES MarioKart. I have been working on a plan for his cake for a couple of weeks.
I'm really proud of this one. This is probably my most ambitious cake yet. It took some time (about 6 hours from start to finish) but so worth it. Little man is too excited.
It was a little iffy when placing the planet on top but we made it work.
So here we begin. I used a bundt cake pan to make the bottom layer and placed a paper towel roll covered in plastic food wrap to support the planet. The planet is made with a round ball pan from Wilton. This plan didn't work. The planet was too heavy so we added some dowels, and I cut a small section off the bottom of the planet. I took a stiff piece of cardboard and covered it in foil, placing it on top of the dowels and paper towel holder to support the planet. That worked.
The Snow land is really just icing (can we say sugar buzz??). All of the embellishments are made of marshmallow fondant and painted with food colouring. Shaping all of the mushrooms and letting them air dry is the easiest way to do this. Assembling with toothpicks. We made the castle with toilet paper rolls and some brickwork I made on photoshop and printed out.Rainbow Road is made of fruit by the Foot and held in place with toothpicks.
Here is the bottom layer with a fondant road, the papertowel holder in the middle of the bundt cake. All of our little embellishments follow air drying.
Using the dowels and cardboard we assembled the planet, filing in the space between with white icing. From there we just started adding all the characters and accessories as we went along to complete the cake.