Saturday, October 25, 2014

Smothered Steak

I made my sister-in-law's Smothered Steak tonight.

I served it to The Husband with mashed potatoes (real butter, sour cream, salt & pepper).

Yum! Yum! Yum!

Claudia's Smothered Steak
  • 2 1/2 pounds of boneless round steak, cut in serving pieces 
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Dredge in flour
  • Heat 1/4 cup of vegetable oil in a large skillet
  • Brown meat on both sides
Combine and whisk until smooth:
  • 3 Tablespoons of flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Dash of Hot Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Water
After the above mixture is smooth, add 2 cups of water and whisk until well blended.

Pour mixture over steak.  

Cover and cook over medium heat 50-60 minutes or until tender.

Serve with mashed potatoes. (Or, egg noodles!)

I'm planning to take the leftovers to Mom to see how they taste re-heated.

What are you cooking?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Meat and Potato Pie

I made this recipe recently.

If you look at the detail of the url, you see it was published in 2009.

Yes, it only took me FIVE years to try it.

Let me just say, this is an awesome, comfort food recipe.

I loved it.

Mom loved it.

No one else in our family has tried it, but they are not important.

The only important opinions are from Mom and me!

I'm looking for recipes like this that I can prepare for Mom and that are easy to portion out and freeze for later consumption.

I'll report back on the success of freezing a cooked slice of this pie, thawing it and re-heating it in the microwave.

Do you have any dishes that you cook, portion out, freeze and then thaw/reheat it later?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Impossibly Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies

I made this recipe a couple of weeks ago for my Mom.

Did I tell you she had her second knee replacement on Monday, 9/22/2014?


Well, she did.

Surgery went great.

Rehab was going great, until a blood clot developed in her leg.

Blood thinners began dissolving the clot, reducing the pain and swelling.

During this healing time, she tore her right rotator cuff using the walker.

Why, yes!  It IS the rotator cuff she had repaired last year!

Now, she is in pain trying to lift her arm or move her shoulder.

The Sister and I are alternating days to take care of her.

I'm planning to make this recipe again, putting the pot pies into cupcake liners.

We will see how they taste after they are mixed, baked, frozen, thawed, and re-heated.

More stories to come.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Déjà Vu

: the feeling that you have already experienced something that is actually happening for the first time
: something that has happened many times before : something that is very familiar


The Husband and I were working together in the kitchen on Monday evening, 10.13.2014, preparing my "famous" pork chop casserole.  The TV was turned to the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and, of course, the hot topic was Ebola in the United States.

As we performed mundane tasks to put together the casserole, I said to him, "This is Déjà Vu for me! How many movies have I watched where the opening scenes are innocent, routine family life and then by the end of the movie 90% of the population is dead?"


The Last Ship
I Am Legend
The Walking Dead

There are many more shows/movies, but I can't remember the names.

Need I say more?

Are the "preppers" of the world feeling pretty smug now?