Archive for February, 2012

Recipe: Wishing for BBQ………..

|February 27, 2012|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

I know that February is almost over, and that is has been a very ABNORMAL winter here – but I am wishing for BBQ!

Do you know that since November my rose bushes at the side of the house have been green and growing chutes?  I also have green mutant somethings coming up as well – whatever they are.

With this weather the way it is I don't know if it's fall, winter or spring!  No wonder everyone is getting sick.  Not cold enough to kill the germs.

They said that the ants and the bugs are making their appearance already.  Last week I had a mosquito at my door.

Talk about Twilight Zone!


But I want BBQ!

So the closest I can get right now is crockpot BBQ.  I had a boneless beef bottom round steak in the freezer – a tad more than an inch thick. 

I washed it – like I wash everything – even though it was frozen and I drizzled olive oil over it, turning it to coat and placed in my crockpot.  I seasoned both sides with sea salt, cracked black pepper, garlic, onion powder and parsley and turned it HIGH.


I bought a tray of eggs at the market – you know the ones that come 2 1/2 dozen to a flat.  Supposedly LARGE EGGS.  And written on the plastic wrap around it – NO GROWTH HORMONES and all  that yada yada.

They should have given the chickens growth hormones – dang eggs ain't much bigger than pigeon eggs! 

I was in the mood for potato and macaroni salad but I decided to combine the both –

I either made macaroni salad with potatoes in it or I made potato salad with macaroni in it.  Either way – worked for me.

While I steamed by taters, I boiled my "pigeon eggs", chopped some celery, grated a bit of onion,  added sweet pickle relish and mayo, chopped my eggs – and "sprinkled" the top with stuffed olives.

I also made stuffed eggs – combining sweet pickle relish, a bit of grated onion, and mayo – topping with stuffed olives.

Smothered my steak with BBQ sauce during the last 45 minutes of cooking.

And I satisfied by craving for BBQ as well as my craving for potato and macaroni salad!  At least for now that is – but I would still love a huge plate of pork ribs!  Soon!!!!

Recipe: It’s Ash Wednesday – already

|February 22, 2012|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

It's hard to believe that it is already Ash Wednesday.  It seems like this new year is going to fly by quite fast!  It's a no-meat day – actually – it's a day of fasting.  Then it's the Wednesday and Friday no meat days.  At least that is how it has been in my family.

It's still tax season – and yes, I do taxes – although I have cut it way down and I only do a few close friends now.  I don't want the headaches and I don't want to do taxes past April 15th.  I did taxes for so many years – and I am ready to retire from it completely – except for a handful of close friends.

I'm still trying to use up as much yarn as possible to get rid of it.  And it's that time of the year when my babies' school has their Chinese auction and theme baskets.

Princess is in 7th grade now and they no longer expect the 7th and 8th graders to participate.  Instead they use them the night of the auction to run around the gynmasium delivering the baskets that parents have won.  Some of those "baskets" weigh a ton!  I have seen some pretty large laundry baskets overflowing with goodies!

They even auction off a bike, Sabres jerseys, Buffalo Bills items, etc. and they do make a bundle on it each year.

Last year the kids classes both did "baking" baskets.  Well I wrote and donated a baking book which really was quite popular!  Everyone wanted it.  I did email copies to those that wanted it – and I am thinking of sending out to my members if they want it.

This year the little guy's class theme is MOVIE NIGHT.  So I am presently working on a Movie Munchies cookbook.  And I have decided that I will also make a movie basket of goodies, add another cookbook to it, and have him donate that as well to the school.  It will make him feel extra special. 

That sent me "dumpster diving" at WalMart.  You know – those wire bins they toss movies in for $5 each.  I'm going with classics – I found 20 Alfred Hitchcock movies in one DVD case, and 25 John Wayne movies in another case, and 200 classic cartoons (from the good ol' days) in another case.  I want to go back to pick up several more DVD's and possibly a DVD player as well as popcorn, popcorn salt, etc.  If the DVD players are a bit too pricy – then it's going to be a popcorn machine.  We'll see.  But I need to get it all together within the next week or so!

No pics – but some goodies I have made –

I made a scalloped cabbage dish to go with pork steaks – really easy and good!

Just chop your cabbage into 1-inch peices and par-boil for about 10 minutes; drain well.  Toss in your casserole with some medium/thick white sauce and a bit of ground black pepper.  I also added steamed sliced carrots.  Really perked up the flavor.  Topped with some plain bread crumbs and dotted with butter – 350* F. to heat through.  Additional white sauce drizzle over the pork steaks which I just skillet fried in olive oil, seasoned with the basics – Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, garlic, onion powder, parsley.

Quite easy to make – and a hit!


Since I had cabbage left over, a few days later I made some lazy cabbage rolls.  Couldn't make regular cabbage rolls because I had cut up the head of cabbage in such a way I couldn't.  but where there is a will there's a way –

While I was cooking my ground beef in the skillet (the basic seasonings and in olive oil), I was chopping and par-boiling my cabbage.  Before my meat was cooked, I added some grated onion and finely minced red bell pepper – not alot – just enough.   I also cheated because I had leftover rice from the night before from a different meal and I used that.  I drained my meat mixture and cabbage, added the rice and tossed in tomato soup (partially diluted) and transferred to my casserole.  Once again – 350* F. until heated through.  Fresh hot rye rolls and a salad of greens topped it off.

It's been such a mild winter but it's been a comfort food one as well.

I hope you give the recipes a try – just eyeball it all – you'll do just fine!

Stay warm!