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Asian Beef with Snow Peas

Here’s a great way to use some of those wonderful snow and snap peas that are coming into season.

3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice wine
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger root
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 pound beef round steak, cut into thin strips
8 0z snow peas

In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, rice wine, brown sugar, and cornstarch. Set aside.

Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir fry ginger and garlic for 30 seconds. Add the beef and stir fry for 2 minutes or until evenly browned. Add the peas and stir fry for an additional 3 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Lower heat and simmer until the sauce is thick and smooth. Serve immediately.

We served ours over white rice and make up some eggrolls to accompany it.

The great thing about stir-fry is, you can change it up a bit to fit your tastes. Throw in some mushrooms or red pepper, top with green onions… whatever! Enjoy this basic recipe, but make it your own!


May 8 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

Picante Roast Beef Sandwiches

These sandwiches are perfect if you’re looking for a meal with minimum time and effort and maximum taste.

This recipe, originally from Robin Miller of the Food Network, was super easy and yummy. We made a few small improvements, though. Here’s our version:

2 tsp olive oil
1 cup onion, cut into strips
3 cloves garlic, minced
12 ounces sliced roast beef, cut into strips
1 14-oz can diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 4-oz can diced green chiles (undrained)
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp ground cumin
3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and ground black pepper
6 sandwich rolls, halved

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté 3 minutes, until soft. Add roast beef and saute, stirring frequently,  3 to 5 minutes until browned on all sides. Add tomatoes, jalapeños, lime juice, and cumin and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes to heat through and reduce slightly.

Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon onto sliced rolls, including plenty of sauce.


August 22 at 9:21 pm 1 comment

Inside-Out Blue Cheese Burgers

This is a Rachael Ray recipe that my husband found and made for the two of us and his mother. It was our first experience making an inside-out burger… and a blue cheese burger for that matter! But we liked them so much we’ve been telling everyone about them. Can’t wait to try the technique with other mixtures!

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 oz cream cheese
2 Tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
Salt and pepper
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp butter
4 hamburger buns

In a small bowl, use a fork to mash together the blue cheese and cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the parsley. Divide the mixture into four disks about 1 1/2 inches across. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

In a large bowl, season the beef with salt and pepper and mix well. Form into four equally sized patties about 3/4 inch thick.

Form a deep cavity in the center of each beef patty. Place a cheese disk in each cavity and pull the meat together to completely cover the cheese.

In a large skillet, heat the oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook about four minutes on each side for medium. Serve on the buns with your choice of condiments and veggies.


August 4 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

World’s Best Lasagna

That sounds pretty cocky, huh?

Don’t blame me — I didn’t come up with it! The recipe is named as such on by user Johnchandler. So what makes this lasagna the best in the world? Well, it tastes amazing, for starters. And who am I to argue with the 2,500 people who have given this recipe an average of 5 out of 5 stars?!

The husband and I made this for Valentine’s Day. It was a little time consuming, but fun to make (a little work-together time, you know?)  and totally worth the wait.

The lasagna is really thick and hearty, so a 9×13 pan of it easily serves 12.

1 pound sweet Italian sausage
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
2 6-oz cans tomato paste
2 6.5-oz cans canned tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 Tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
12 lasagna noodles
16 ounces ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well-browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Preheat oven to 375º.

To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

World's Best Lasagna

April 10 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

Mom’s Mexican Casserole

Yup, that’s what it says in my cookbook… “Mom’s Mexican Casserole.” Because this dish is one my mother’s been making for as long as I can remember. It’s one of my comfort foods, and it’s SO easy to make!

This one’s good for a crowd or for lots and lots of leftovers (which is what we did this time around). It’s definitely not the healthiest thing around, but it’s so tasty! 🙂 Pair it with a salad and you’re set.

1.5 lbs ground beef
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can diced tomatoes w/ green chilies, drained
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
2/3 bag tortilla chips
8 oz shredded cheddar

Brown the ground beef. Mix up all ingredients except chips and cheese. Cover a 9×13 pan with half of the chips and spread with half of the mixture. Layer the remaining chips and mixture and top with cheese. Heat at 350° until hot (about 8 minutes).

The unhealthy kicker here is the beef and the cheese. Remember, though, you can do what we did and cut a lot of the fat by using ground turkey instead of ground beef and cheese made with lowfat milk. All the flavor with less fat!

It looks totally gross, but it tastes SOOOOO good!


April 1 at 9:59 pm Leave a comment

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