Salisbury Steak

14 02 2011

My husband has grown up eating Salisbury steak frozen dinners.  I found this recipe and it is probably better for you than frozen dinners. It has become a new favorite in our household and the gravy is great for mashed potatoes as well.


Salisbury Steak

~ 1 pound ground beef

~ 1 egg

~ 3 Tbsp. crushed buttery cracker crumbs, bread crumbs, or Panko

~ 2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion

~ 1/2 tsp. salt

~ 1/2 tsp. pepper

~ 1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning

~ 8 oz. sliced mushrooms

~ 3 Tbsp. butter

~ 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

~ 1 1/2 cup milk

~ 1 1/2 cup beef broth


1. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, cracker crumbs, onion, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning using your hands. Shape into 6 patties about 1 inch think.

2. Fry the patties in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned. Drain off grease, and remove patties to a platter.

3. Melt the butter in the same skillet, and add the mushrooms. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over, and mix in until blended. Stir in the milk and beef broth. Cook and stir over medium heat until smooth and starting to thicken. Return the patties to the gravy and cook over low heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Salisbury Steak


Broccoli and Tortellini Salad

13 02 2011

This is a great and easy to make salad.  By making it with out the tortellini you can also make a great broccoli salad.  The dressing gives this salad a sweetness that you wouldn’t expect from looking at it.


Broccoli and Tortellini Salad

~ 6 slices bacon

~ 20 oz. cheese-filled tortellini

~ 1/2 cup mayonnaise

~ 1/2 cup sugar

~ 2 tsp. cider vinegar

~ 3 heads fresh broccoli, cut into florets

~ 1 cup raisins

~ 1 cup sunflower seeds

~ 1 red onion, finely chopped


1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.

2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook tortellini in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, and rinse under cold water.

3. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar to make the dressing.

4. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, tortellini, bacon, raisins, sunflower seeds and red onion. Pour dressing over salad, and toss.  Let sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

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Broccoli and Tortellini Salad

What to make with your produce from your basket.

12 02 2011

I hope to help give you some ideas of things that you can cook using the items you received in your bountiful basket each week.  This week if you got an organic basket you received some zucchini.  My favorite recipe is Barbecued Zucchini.

Grilling Zuccuni

For the spinach you can wilt it down in a pan and use it in place of frozen spinach.  Recipes like the Lazy Baked Greek Chicken and the Mini Florentine Cups.  I am planning on making Chicken Parmesan Bundles with mine and will post that recipe later.

Baked Greek Chicken

I hope that gives you some ideas of things to make with your Bountiful Basket produce.  Enjoy!

What was in the basket this week?

12 02 2011

In case you were wondering what was in the baskets this week here you go.


In the conventional baskets this week there was broccoli, a bunch of spinach, lettuce, a box of mushrooms, 5 bananas, 8 oranges, 5 apples, a cantaloupe, and a box of strawberries.  The picture above only shows a small portion of what was in the basket.


In the organic baskets there was a bag of onions, a bag of potatoes, 3 tomatoes, 5 limes, 5 apples, a box of mushrooms, a bag of green beans, 2 zucchini, 4 bananas, a box of blueberries, and broccoli.  A great assortment of produce this week.

Danish Ebleskivers

10 02 2011

Growing up I remember a few times that my mom made us Ebleskivers. A pancake pillow filled with applesauce. I specifically remember the warm applesauce in the center. I also remember the unusual pan that my mom cooked them in.

Danish Ebleskivers 2

Years later when my grandma passed away we were going through some of her things and there was this very odd caste iron skillet. I remember asking my mom what it was and she said it was for making Ebleskivers and that everyone should have an Ebleskiver pan.

Danish Cake Pan

Reluctantly I took the pan but thought that making them seemed like a lot of work.  To be honest it is a lot of work but they are amazing and it was kind of a fun cooking experience.

Danish Cake Pan Recipe Card

This recipe card was with the pan that my grandma had and is the recipe that I followed with some updated touches.  First it says to “use a small amount of fat” before you add the dough.  I tried butter but ultimately found that cooking spray worked the best at keeping the Ebleskievers from sticking.

Recipe Card

Once you mix all the ingredients together and spray the pan with cooking spray you then place about a teaspoon of the dough into the pan.  Then place a small amount of applesauce and cover that with some more dough.

Batter in

Once they start bubbling and pulling away from the sides slide a fork underneath them and flip them over to cook the other side.

Flip the Ebleskivers

Give it just a few more minutes to cook the dough all the way and then remove them from the pan.  Enjoy with butter, powdered sugar, or syrup.  A fun breakfast food or dessert.

Danish Ebleskivers

In case you just love the idea of making these on your own but don’t have a pan.  I Googled it and found that you can still buy one of these great pans online.  Enjoy!


Danish Ebleskiver

~ 2 cups buttermilk

~ 2 cups flour

~ 3 eggs

~ 1 teaspoon baking powder

~ 1/2 teaspoon salt

~ 2 teaspoon baking soda

~ 2 teaspoons sugar

~ apple sauce


Beat the eggs. Add sugar, salt and milk; then flour, baking soda and baking powder which have been sifted together. Spray pan with cooking spray. Fill each cup about 2/3 full of dough. Place a small teaspoonful of apple sauce on top of dough, then barely cover apple sauce with a few drops of dough. Cook until bubbly, turn carefully with fork, and finish baking on other side. Serve with butter and maple syrup or jam. Note: Avoid spilling apple sauce in cups, as this will cause the Ebleskiver to stick. Makes about 3 dozen.  Cut recipe in half to make a smaller batch.

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Ranch Crackers

9 02 2011

Someone made these around Christmas time and my kids loved them.  They are pretty easy to make and are a great snack for the kids. Not to mention I loved them as well.

Finished Crackers

The key to these crackers is making sure that you don’t buy the generic oyster crackers.  They are to thin and you need the puffy ones. So make sure to buy the Nabisco Oyster Crackers.

Oyster Crackers

Mix together 3/4 cup oil, 1 package Hidden Valley Ranch mix, 1/4 tsp. lemon pepper, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, and 1 tsp. dill.  Once it is all mixed together dump it over the oyster crackers and stir well.  Then bake it in the oven for 30 min stirring every 10 minutes.

Out of the Oven

There you go you have a great ranch flavored cracker for your self, the kids, or at a gathering to snack on.  Enjoy!

Finished Crackers


Ranch Crackers

~ 2 pkgs Nabisco Oyster Crackers

~ 1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch Mix

~ 1/4 tsp. lemon pepper

~ 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

~ 1 tsp. dill

~ 3/4 cup oil


Mix oil, ranch, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and dill together.  Pour over crackers and mix well. Bake at 180o F for 30 minutes making sure to stir every 10 minutes.

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Ranch Crackers

Crock Pot Black Bean & Corn Chicken

8 02 2011

Crock Pots are one of the greatest cooking inventions ever.  You can throw almost anything into a crock pot and it will turn out tender and full of flavor.  Just be careful to have enough liquid in it or else it will be dry.  I used our crock pot at least once a week when I was working because it made dinner so simple when I got home at night.  Here is a family favorite that you can eat by itself or shred the chicken and throw into tortillas.

Slow cooker liners

Now if you are anything like me you love your crock pot but hate the clean up after words.  Nothing like 8 hours to bake everything onto the crock pot.  I stumbled upon these slow cooker liners and they are the best thing ever.  Just place into your crock pot and then add the ingredients like you usually would.  The clean up is so easy once you are done.

Frozen Chicken

Now back to the chicken.  Place 3-4 chicken breasts into the crock pot.  Frozen or thawed. Boneless or bone in.

Dump in corn and black beans

Dump in a can of drained black beans and a can of drained corn. Nothing fancy and resist the urge to stir it up, no need to. Next dump in the jar of salsa.  You make it as spicy as you like based upon the salsa you use.  Then set it on high for 4 to 6 hours.

Cream cheese on top

About 30 minutes before your ready to eat drop a brick of cream cheese on top.  Then put the lid back on and let sit.

All mixed up

Once you are ready to eat mix it all up while you are shredding the chicken.

Black Bean & Corn Chicken

Serve with tortillas on the side.  Enjoy!


Crock Pot Black Bean & Corn Chicken

~ 4-5 boneless chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)

~ 1 (15 1/2) oz can black beans, drained

~ 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained

~ 1 (15 oz) jar salsa, any kind

~ 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese

Place the chicken breasts into the crock pot.  Add the corn, black beans, and salsa on top. Don’t worry about mixing. Turn crock pot on high for about 4-5 hours or until chicken is cooked. Add cream cheese (just throw it on top) and let sit for about 1/2 hour.  Stir and enjoy!

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Crock Pot Black Bean

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