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Cowboy Stew…Thanks to Freeda

One of my lovely blogging friends mentioned Cowboy Stew that she was making…

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It sounded so good for a cold snowy day… and that’s just the kind of day we were havng! k10369666

She was sweet enough to pass the recipe k14882261 onto me…

This is the link to her posts…

http://freedanichols.wordpress.com/my-banner-mountain-2/

She writes the most wonderful poetry and talks of her life in the Ozarks in Arkansas85px-Seal_of_Arkansas_svg

I had received a new crock pot for Christmas and have been wanting to try it out…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This was the opportunity… wanting to try this yummy sounding recipe!…

Cowboy Stew
Ingredients
1 tbsp margarine (butter)
1 lb ground beef (turkey)
1 onion, chopped
4 green onions, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup celery, chopped (optional)
1/4 cup bell pepper, chopped
1/2 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 #303 can tomatoes (1 can rotel tomatoes)
1 16-oz. can whole kernel yellow corn
1 32-oz. can ranch-style beans
6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 cups water (or enough to make sauce without scorching)
Directions
* Melt butter in 5-6 quart pot.
* Add ground beef and brown well.
* Add onion, green onions, celery, bell pepper, and garlic; saute with browned meat until soft.
* Add salt, pepper, chili powder, and sugar; stir in well.
* Add rotel tomatoes, corn, beans, cubed potatoes, and water.
* Stir all together and bring to a boil, stirring frequently to keep from scorching.
* Reduce heat and cover.
* Simmer until potatoes are soft (about 30-40 minutes).

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(Freeda Baker Nichols’ Variation)

1 tbsp. margarine
1 pound ground beef ( a little more than that)
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
I package McCormick Chili Mix, Original flavor
1 small can tomato sauce, unsalted
1 can (16 oz) ranch-style beans
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed ( small cubes)
3 cups water ( more, as needed)

Directions
* Melt butter in 5-6 quart pot.
* Add ground beef and brown well.
* Add onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic; sauté with browned meat until soft.
* Add salt, pepper, chili powder mix, stir in well.
* Add tomato sauce, beans, cubed potatoes, and water.
* Stir all together and bring to a boil, stirring frequently to keep from scorching.
* Reduce heat and cover.
* Simmer until potatoes are soft (about 30-40 minutes).

I made the original version… wanting everything in it!…

since I was going to make a big pot!… and figured we would eat on it a couple of days!…

It is a little spicy just hot enough!… szo0041

My guys loved it and so did I!…

More of a soup to me… would be awesome with Corn Bread 11115885 

but we ate it late tonight to taste it… so just had it all by itself… DELICIOUS!

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Will bake some corn bread another time…

Thanks Freeda!

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Morning Omelet…

Gift…

I’m laying here with my eyes still closed   … My mind is already starting to put pictures of people and events into my head… I go from one to the other… and when I get wider awake … I decide it’s enough of this!… Everything is starting to twirl around and I need to get fully awake… My eyes open and I know it’s time to get up   …

It seems we have inner alarm clock … I can usually even tell you what time it is within a few minutes…

In my earlier awaking moments… I’ve tried to think of what plans I have… if any… for the day… appointments … calling people… taking someone somewhere… what I’m going to cook…

I’m not as good at waking up as I used to… I know why… I’m retired… and not on any real schedule   … At times this is wonderful!… but, at times I can see having to go somewhere every day… keeps our lives in more order

Every day is somewhat of a surprise… Just going with the flow of what others want to do… what I want to do… What I “need” to do…

So far this morning… I’ve been on the computer  … watched the news   and weather  … had my one cup of coffee… all I want anymore… petting my cat, Jill… walked around my yard looking at my flowers and listening to the animals waking up… feeding the birds  … feeling the grass under my feet… sitting in our swing   under the big oak tree… just being quiet

I had seen that my husband had been up earlier… by the coffee pot being on… and I know he will be getting up for the day soon… He just needed a few more ZZZZZZ’s   …

I decide to fix him an omelet of sorts… I had green pepper… green onions… cherry tomatoes… two different kinds of cheese… and of course eggs… He says, “That sounds good!… with two pieces of toast”… and he always has to have a bite of jelly   …

So this is the result…

Actually pretty yummy!… We shared…

Started with two rings of green pepper… chopped green onions and some chopped ham…

I added a few cherry tomatoes to my side… and poured in two well beaten eggs…

Added some salt/pepper to taste… and swirled egg around edge of skillet…

Time to flip over…Yes…my huhsband wants his eggs “DONE”…

Adding my favorite part of American Cheese and shredded Italian Cheese…

With a lid put on just until cheeses melt…The Omelet is ready…and we ate every bite!

Tuna Sandwich and Vegetable Soup Please…

Memory…

When my sister and I were younger we could have lived on tuna fish sandwiches  and vegetable soup … It’s all we ever ordered on a vacation we took to New York  one time… Every time we stopped at a restaurant we would first look at the menu and then ask, “Do you have tuna and vegetable soup?”… and most of the time they did!… I believe our parents got a little frustrated with our continual choice of food… but, we were happy  

So guess what I will be having today???…

I started with some good lean stew meat for my base… browning it in a little oil

Browned with onion in a little oil…

… then adding some chopped onion… and topping it off with some Lipton Onion/Beef soup mix… and enough water to cover the meat… Adds great flavor for a beefy tasting soup…

Onion soup mix added and simmered…

I let this cook down… letting the meat get tender… before adding… one can of petite diced tomatoes… My guys like tomatoes… but, we all prefer smaller pieces in our soup… a small can of tomato sauce to add a little more tomato flavor… Cooking a little longer at a low simmer…

Tomatoes and sauce added…simmered again…

And then finally adding a package of frozen vegetables combined just for Vegetable Soup… The package contains… Tomatoes, potatoes, corn, carrots, small butter beans, okra, onion and celery… So complete and just enough for a good size pot of soup… Salt/Pepper to taste…

 Frozen Vegetables added and cooked till meat is tender and vegetables hot… 

Tuna fixings  are in the cabinet and fridge… won’t take a minute to put together… So supper will be ready when anyone wants to eat… Summertime

is about eating when YOU want…

Where’s the spoon???

because we are so busy… having fun outside… shopping…. visiting and running errands… None of us on the same schedule…

That’s OK with me!

“Unusual Spaghetti!”

I cooked Spaghetti Squash  today…My oldest son and I like it …Yellow in color…oval…about 8″ long X 5″ wide …It’s probably my favorite next to the regular crooked neck yellow squash …to cook it, I have found this to be the best way…

You poke about 1 dozen holes in the skin with a fork or a sharp knife

Microwave it for about 8 minutes …The holes let steam escape where it won’t explode in the microwave

Either let it cool a few minutes or wrap it in a dish towel  to handle…It will be quite hot …especially when you cut it in half length wise…

Inside you will see some flat seedsGently scrape all of the seeds out…

Then with a fork you scrape the inside of the squash releasing the spaghetti looking meat of the squash…I scrape until there is not any more good strands…into a skillet

I then add about 6 tablespoons of light margarine to skillet…along with a diced sweet onion Salt and pepper to taste…of course I like the coarse ground black pepper best…

I cover for about 20 minutes until cooked through on low heatstirring every now and then…

I then remove the lid and let it cook down a little in the skillet …

A wonderful side dish with such good flavor and texture!

Hope you try it!

 

“My Kids”…

Michele , the teacher I worked with in my last years…grew Spaghetti Squash and introduced it to me…Her recipe for cooking…similar to mine…She had a green thumb …She brought us tomatoes and other veggies…but, I especially remember the Spaghetti Squash…It’s funny how we were quite different…She sharing her talents with me…and I sharing my talents with her…I guess that’s why we got along so well…We both had things to contribute to each other…as well as to our students…It was a neat trade-off!…Made for good flavor and texture

Know what I mean!