Monday, January 31, 2011

Primal Meatlaof

This is from The Son of Grok's great website. I adapted it to our family size and preferences.

6 oz tomato paste
1 ½ teaspoon garlic salt
1 small green bell pepper, finely diced

3 lb ground beef
½ of a green bell pepper finely diced
½ of a red bell pepper finely diced
½ of an onion finely diced
3 eggs
6 oz tomato paste
12 slices of bacon chopped
1 Tbsp garlic salt
1 Tbsp black pepper
1 Tbsp salt
Chunks of Swiss or cheddar cheese to mix throughout (optional)

Preheat oven to 375. Mix all the "loaf" ingredients in a bowl. Form into desired loaf shape. I like to make hamburger patties and cook them on a grill.

Mix all the sauce ingredients. Spread sauce on top of loaves. Bake loaves 45-60 minutes. When done, add more sauce and serve.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ham and Navy Bean Soup

Perfect for cold, rainy days.

Ham and Navy Bean Soup

2 pounds dried navy beans
4 quarts chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh minced parsley
4 bay leaves
1 tsp pepper
1/4 of an onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 ham steak, cubed

Prepare beans by placing in a large pot, covering with water and bringing it to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, then turn off heat. Cover and let stand for one hour. Drain and rinse beans. Do not reserve liquid.

Return beans to the pot. Add broth, parsley, bay leaves and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until beans and veggies are tender. Discard bay leaves before serving.

Friday, January 28, 2011


I found this recipe over at "I Am Hungry, What's For Dinner?". It's a new treat to The Crew. Some like it, some will take a while to appreciate it.


3 large avocados
large handful of chopped cilantro
juice of one lime
1 tomato, chopped
hot sauce to taste or cayenne pepper
salt to taste

Mash together. Allow flavors time to blend before serving.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

4 1/2 cup flour
2 1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp EACH cinnamon and baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt

Combine in a bowl and set aside.

3 eggs1 cup oil OR applesauce
3/4 cup milk
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp vanilla

Mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix till moistened.

Fold in:
3 cups shredded zucchini
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Basic Homemade Flour Tortillas

Basic Homemade Flour Tortillas

4 cups flour
2 tsp salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup oil

Sift flour and salt together. Add water and oil, stirring well till combined. Knead until smooth. Divide into 16 pieces, cover and let rest 10 minutes. Roll out thin or use a tortilla press. Cook on a hot skillet 30-60 seconds on each side.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bread

This sounds interesting.....

Sweet Potato Bread

1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cups oat flour
1/4 cup milled flax seed
1 Tbsp wheat germ
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Combine all dry ingredients in bowl. Set aside

1 egg
2 cups cooked, cooled, mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup applesauce
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Combine all wet ingredients except chocolate chips.
Add dry to wet and combine just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips.

Bake at 325; Muffins 12-15 minutes, loaf 55-60 minutes.

Friday, January 21, 2011

PB&J Smoothie

PB&J Smoothie

1 cup raw milk

2 heaping cup of berries

6 Tbsp. natural peanut butter

2 teaspoon of honey

1 banana (optional)

6-10 ice cubes

Blend well and enjoy!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Homemade Breakfast Sausage Spice Mix

I made and froze 10 pounds of pork sausage using this mix.

Homemade Sausage Spice Mix

Use 3 Tbsp per pound of ground meat. Mix well and let seasoned meat sit 15 minutes to an hour before cooking.

1 1/2 tsp salt
3 1/2 tsp paprika
2/3 tsp garlic powder
1/3 tsp fennel
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp sage
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Zucchini Beef Soup

This is a lunch recipe. If I were making it for dinner, I would double or triple it.

Zucchini Beef Soup

1 pound stew meat
1 Tbsp oil
6 cups water
1 can tomato sauce
chopped onion (to taste)
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups zucchini

Brown meat in oil. Add next six ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 2 hours. Add zucchini. Cook for 15-18 minutes.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ceddar Pepper Crisps

Cheddar Pepper Crisps

1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp EACH baking soda, sugar and salt
1/2 cup cold butter
1 1/2 cup (6 oz) sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup cold water
2 Tbsp vinegar
coarse ground pepper

Combine first five ingredients. Cut in butter, till crumbly. Stir in cheese. Sprinkle with water ad vinegar. Toss with fork till a ball forms.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Divide into 6 portions, On a lightly floured board, roll out into an 8" circle. Cut into eight wedges and place on a lightly greased pan. Sprinkle with pepper; lightly press into dough.

Bake at 375 for 10-14 minutes.Cool on wire racks. Store in a airtight jar. Makes 4 dozen crackers.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Homemade Yeast Doughnuts

I adapted this recipe from one found at I haven't tried it yet, but hope to this coming weekend. I got doughnut/biscuit cutters in my stocking and am looking forward to trying them out!

Homemade Yeast Doughnuts

1 cup warm milk
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup butter
4cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon active dry yeast
oil for frying (tallow, lard or peanut oil is best)

Combine all ingredients in your mixer bowl with dough hook attached. After combined, knead for five minutes. Let rise until doubled, about an hour. Turn out onto a floured board. Cut dough into 32 pieces. Cover with a damp towel and let rest 20 minutes.

Stretch each piece into a round 1/4" thick. Cut out a hole. Let doughnuts rise for 30-40 minutes.

Heat oil to 350 in a thick skillet or a deep fryer. Fry doughnuts in oil till they are golden brown and float. This takes about 3 minutes. Flip and fry other side. Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture or glaze with a powdered sugar glaze.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Classic Chewy Snickerdoodles

These are so quick to make!

Classic Chewy Snickerdoodles

2 cups butter
3 cups sugar
4 eggs
5 1/2 cups flour
4 tsp cream of tarter
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

cinnamon-sugar mixture

Heat oven to 350.

Mix butter, sugar and eggs in bowl.

Combine flour, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt in another bowl.

Blend dry ingredients into the wet. Chill dough 10-15 minutes.

Roll into 1" balls and cover in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10 minutes. Cool.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Canned Beef Stew With Vegetables

This is the classic recipe from the Ball Blue Book.

Yield is 7 quarts or 14 pints

Canned Beef Stew With Vegetables

4-5 pounds beef stew meat, cubed into 1 1/2" cubes
1 Tbsp oil
3 quarts cubed and peeled potatoes (about 12 medium)
2 quarts sliced carrots (about 16)
3 cups chopped celery (about 5 stalks)
3 cups chopped onions (about 4 small)
1 1/2 Tbsp salt
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp pepper

Sear meat in oil. Combine meat, veggies and seasonings in pot. Cover with boiling water. Bring stew to a boil. Ladle into hot jars, leaving 1" headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust two-piece caps. Process pints for 75 minutes and quarts 90 minutes at 10 pounds pressure.