Pot Roast for a Small Family

Ingredients:

1 (small 1 1/2 lb) chuck roast
2 T all-purpose flour
Fresh ground black pepper to cover the roast
a little bit of salt to accompany the pepper
1 1/2 T vegetable oil (or your favorite high heat oil)
1 small sweet onion, cut into large pieces
3 slender carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal into 1 1/2” lengths
1 stalk celery, include some leaves, and cut into large diagonal pieces
1/2 green bell pepper, deseeded and cut into large pieces
3 garlic cloves
1 cup beef stock
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1/4 t dried thyme
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 bay leaf

Optional: 2 sprigs fresh thyme Read More


Pequeña Turkey and Bean Chili

Ingredients:

1 T olive oil
1 lb ground turkey, lean (not extra lean)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper
1-2 red jalapenos
1 1/4 T Gebhardt Chili Powder
2 t dried garlic granules
1 1/2 t ground cumin
1/4 t dried Mexican oregano
1/4 t ground black pepper
1/8 t chipotle chili powder, optional
1 1/2 T all-purpose flour
1/ 1/2 T tomato paste
2 T canned chopped hot Hatch chiles
1 1/2 – 2 C chicken stock
1 (15 oz) cans beans – pinto, great northern, kidney, small red – use your favorite

Optional garnish: chopped cilantro, cheese, green onions, avocado, tomatoes, and jalapenos Read More


Cheesy Baked Shells and Cauliflower

Ingredients:

1 T butter
2 T vegetable oil
Scant 1/4 cup flour
2 1/4 cups milk
1/4 t white pepper
2 pinches of ground nutmeg
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
1/2 cup ricotta
1 T olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 t pepper
1/2 t oregano
1 small head cauliflower separated into florets
1 (12 oz) package of medium pasta shells, cooked just to al dente per package directions and drained.
1 cup reserved pasta water
8 oz fresh mozzarella, rough chopped
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
1/2 cup garlic panko for topping
To serve at the table: 6 Calabrian hot peppers, chopped Read More




Reasonably Quick Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

2 T butter
1 lb boneless skinless chicken, white and/or dark meat
1 1/2 cup onion, chopped, either white or sweet
1 cup celery, chopped, include some delicious leaves
3 slender carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal into bite sized pieces
6 cups unsalted chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 t thyme
1/4 t black ground pepper
1 pinch of ground cloves
1 goodly pinch of saffron
Salt to taste
1 T fresh parsley, or 1 t dried parsley
3 oz medium egg noodles (or 6 oz for thick stewy soup) Read More


Blackened Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp ingredients:

1 lb large fresh or thawed from frozen Gulf shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
2 T Cajun seasoning, or your favorite brand of blackening seasoning (I prefer Prudhomme’s Magic Seasoning)
1 T butter

Broccoli Slaw Ingredients:

1 (12 oz) package of broccoli slaw* (without dressing)
1 green onion, sliced
2 T mayonnaise
1/2 t rice or apple cider vinegar
1/2 t honey
1/4 t Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Pico de Gallo Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
2 serrano peppers, deseeded and chopped
1 T cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced

Serve with:

1 avocado, sliced
2 limes, quartered
8 corn tortillas or corn and wheat flour combo tortillas Read More


Meatloaf with Saltines

meatloaf Lindas

meatloaf in 9×5 inch pans

Ingredients:

1 T butter
1 large sweet onion, minced
1 large green bell pepper, minced
2 lbs ground chuck
1 lb ground pork
3/4 cup ketchup
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 t ground black pepper
20 smashed Saltine crackers

Topping:

3/4 cup ketchup
1 1/2 T brown sugar
1/4 t dried mustard Read More


Sunday Oxtail Gravy

oxtail dinner“Does she still make that incredible oxtail gravy?!” This question came from a friend who had moved to Alaska about 25 years ago. It’s been a long time, but he still remembers one particular meal at our home that included this rich savory sauce.

Ingredients:

2 full large heads of garlic, (about 30-35) cloves separated, roasted, peeled, cloves left whole
2 T vegetable oil, or your favorite high heat oil
4 lbs oxtails
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
2 (28 oz) cans Italian or plum tomatoes, hand squished
1 (10-15 oz) can tomato puree, different brands will have different weights
8 oz good imported Italian tomato paste
1 cup beef stock
1/2 cup full bodied red wine such as a good zinfandel or tawny port
1 large handful fresh basil (24 leaves minimum), rinsed, dried, large leaves torn in half
1 bay leaf
3 T dark brown sugar, packed
2 T plus 1 t dried garlic (yes, more garlic)
1 T dried basil
1 T dried oregano
2 t dried thyme
1 1/2 t fennel seed, lightly ground with mortar and pestle
1 1/2 t dried crushed rosemary
1/2 t ground black pepper
1/4 t ground white pepper
Tabasco sauce to taste, start with 4-6 shakes of the jar
2 T flat Italian parsley, rinsed, dried, and chopped
1 lb sturdy pasta such as ziti, rigatoni, or those lovely little wagon wheels cooked al dente
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Sean’s Delight, by David Gerrold

Sean’s Delight is a delicious recipe from the Hugo and Nebula award winner, David Gerrold, author of more than 50 books, several hundred articles and columns, and more than a dozen television episodes, including Star Trek’s “The Trouble with Tribbles”.

David wrote the following recipe for The Martian Child who would become his son.

Sean’s Delight

So, tonight’s culinary masterpiece, hereinafter referred to as Sean’s Delight, because he went back for seconds….

The last of a roast turkey breast (they sell them at Vons), cut up into small chunks.
Some chopped white onions. (They sell small packages at Vons.)
Some chopped red/orange/yellow peppers. (They sell small packages at Vons.)
Some Birds Eye Ultimate Petite Mixed Vegetables (frozen)
Some elbow noodles.
A can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup.
A can of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup. Read More