Tag Archives: Beef

Beef Stew A-La-Package {Picture Tutorial}

2 Feb

 

Ok, foodie friends… I have a question: Would you consider it cheating to use a pre-packaged seasoning packet? {for say, chili or stew} I’ve always thought of those packages as all your spices rolled up into one so you don’t have to spend $30 buying all the full size spice bottles that you may only use once in a blue moon. {mmm, blue moon. I need a beer. It’s been a long day} Anyhow… if you consider it cheating, I cheated. I however, think I’m a smart domestic maven who just saved herself a boat-load of money! {although the spice cabinet will continue to lack at this rate}

 

First of all, I don’t have a slow cooker or crock pot, so this whole “bag” idea is perfect for me! {just perfect} Wait until you see how this whole meal comes together in a bag!! It’s pretty impressive for whomever invented it!

 

Beef Stew a-la-package. Your cast of characters …

 

{Not pictured is the second package of meat I used & the flour which the package calls for}

 

My Irish ancestors are rolling in the graves … stew, from a package?!

 

This whole meal is pretty straight forward. Cut up some potatoes, celery, onion, and baby carrots. {I’m in a house with carrot-haters, so I added some peas for their liking} Season meat with salt/pepper. Mix the seasoning package with some flour and water. Throw all the ingredients in the really cool plastic bag. Pour the seasoning mix over the ingredients. Tie the bag, cut some slits, and bake for an hour and a half.

 

 

 

Are you not just utterly amazed at the coolness of this plastic bag… and the fact that it isn’t going to melt away into my potatoes? Love it. Without further delay .. I give you my From a Plastic Bag, Make your Ancestors Roll in their Grave, Save you $30 in spices, Beef Stew a-la-package!  Enjoy!!!

 

Quick & Easy Chili Recipe {Picture Tutorial}

25 Jan

 

**Update: This blog is getting a ton of visitors from Pinterest {Thanks y’all!} … Yes, I forgot to mention that you need to throw a can of dark red kidney beans a pinto beans into the mix. They’re in the picture, but I must have been too busy eating chili to realize I left it out of the instructions. Just make sure you drain them and you’ll be good! Enjoy and thanks for all the nice comments! – Amy **

I was really craving some seafood tonight – scallops to be exact – but somehow I managed to end up with a big bowl of chili. Let me tell you though, I cook some mean chili! And, don’t forget, it’s ridiculously easy and makes your kitchen smell like you are a seasoned domestic goddess {just what I’m going for – score!} Really, all you need for this recipe is two photos: the ingredients and the finished product… it’s that easy… dump the stuff in the pot and let it cook! Now, those are my kinda recipes!!! {but, just to be nice… I’ll include the measurements}

You will need:

{Serves approx 6-8}

1 Medium Onion {minced}

3-5 Garlic Cloves {minced}

1 – 1 1/2 pound of lean ground beef

2 cans of diced tomatoes {Onion, Garlic, & Oregano flavor)

1 can of petite diced tomatoes

1 can tomato sauce

2 TBSP Chili Powder

1 TBSP Ground Cumin

2 TBSP White Sugar

1 TBSP Salt

1 TBSP Tabasco Sauce

1 TSP Pepper

And, here’s what you do:

1. Brown the beef with onion and garlic. {Drain fat when finished and return meat to pot.}

2. Add cans of tomatoes, sauce, chili powder, cumin, sugar, salt, Tabasco, and pepper.

3. Simmer for at least 30-45 minutes …  but it tastes better the longer you let it simmer.

Ta’da:

Beautiful isn’t she? I like to serve mine with cornbread muffins {the kind in the Jiffy box}, a bit of shredded cheddar cheese, and a dollop of sour cream. Some people balk at the sour cream, but I think it tastes good.

{Did anyone happen to notice the amount of chili I cooked? I told you I have a problem with portion control.}

Rave reviews around this house for the chili … why don’t you try it at your house and let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear, as always! …. On a side note, I’m discovering my passion for Marketing all over again. With this new career, almost every day brings a new opportunity to use my marketing degree and marketing knowledge … and so far, I really love it. I hope that it stays this positive for a while to come!!!

Hope you all had a great day. And, I hope you enjoy the chili recipe. {Time to go watch the Bachelor – I should be ashamed for watching such nonsense … but I’m not!!! ha} Night ya’ll!

Braised Short Ribs {Picture Tutorial}

16 Jan

 

After a dinner at McDonald’s on Thursday, and a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store on Friday… I was beginning to think my domestic side had flown the coop. Thankfully, I’m baaaaaack! I drew inspiration from my new Le Creuset dutch oven {which I’ve found out are considered ‘vintage’} and a blog post from the Pioneer Woman. The result: Braised Short Ribs and Garlic Whipped Potaotes! {dessert will follow in the next post, and was also amazing!}

 

Thanks to the Pioneer Woman for this recipe idea. I fully intended on following the recipe exactly as it was written, but the grocery store didn’t have Pancetta {I used regular, thick cut bacon} … and although I took a picture of flour as one of my ingredients, I must have been spacing out at the time and didn’t even use it. Everything turned out wonderful though and there were lots of fully and happy tummies in my house tonight! So, here ya go!

 

You will need:

6-8 Whole Beef Short Ribs

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/4 cup of All-Purpose Flour (I did not use this, and will explain later)

6 pieces of Pancetta (I used regular, thick-cut bacon – diced)

2 TBSP Olive Oil

1 Medium Onion – Diced

3-4 Whole Carrots – Diced

2 Whole Shallots – Minced

2 Cups Red Wine

2 Cups Beef Broth

2 Sprigs of Thyme

2 Sprigs of Rosemary

 

And, here’s what you do:

1. Salt and Pepper generously (This is where it is recommended that you roll the ribs around in flour – I forgot, and it worked out just fine.)

2. In a large dutch oven {Hooray}, cook the Pancetta (our in our case, bacon) over medium heat until completely crispy and all the fat is rendered. Remove bacon and set aside. Don’t discard grease.

3. Add olive oil to pan with grease, and raise temperature to high heat. Brown ribs on all sides {no more than 45 seconds on each side} Remove and set aside.

{Note: I thought I was going to burn down the house. The pan really needs to be HOT in order to braise the edges … and it smokes and pops, etc. But it does the trick!} This is also where I started to run around the house screaming “Come see, Come see! Look! Look what I’m cooking! ….

4. Next, turn temperature back to medium. Add onions, carrots, and shallots to pan for 2 minutes. Then, pour in wine and scrape the bottom of the pan to get all the good stuff off the bottom. Bring to a boil for approx 2 minutes.

5. Add broth, 1 teaspoon of salt, and plenty of pepper. Taste and add more if needed. Add ribs {they should be almost completely covered} and the full sprigs of Thyme and Rosemary

6. Put lid on and cook for 2 hours at 350 degrees. Reduce heat to 325 and cook for an additional 30-40 minutes. When done, remove pot from oven and let sit for 20 minutes. Fat will rise to the top – skim it off before serving. Serve 2 ribs on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes (see previous blog for Julia Child recipe – de’lish) … spoon gravy/juice over ribs and potatoes!

 

Full tummies all around. This dish was ah’mazing and was actually pretty easy to make. Once the prep work is done… it does its magic all alone in the pot! Just make sure you have enough self control to wait nearly 3 hours to open the present! Hope you enjoy & as always, if you make it – I’d love to hear how it goes! Enjoy!

Pho: Beef Noodle Soup Recipe {Picture Tutorial}

7 Jan

 

It’s not getting any warmer over here. Frankly, I’m freezing. I’m a whimp when it comes to the cold. And, what more could I possibly want on such a cold night? A nice big bowl of soup! I’ve posted before about my Pho recipe, but tonight I had camera in hand and documented the whole thing for you! {so, if you don’t mind a recap} Here we go!

 

Pho: Beef Noodle Soup

{Serves approx 6 people}

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz packaged rice noodles or vermicelli
  • 2 tsp peanut oil
  • 4 medium green onion green and white divided and chopped
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 TBSP ginger root minced/grated
  • 6 oz thinly sliced beef (at least 6 oz, depending on how ‘meaty’ you want your soup) I found some beef at Publix that they call “sandwich beef” that looks like what you would want for a prime rib sandwich, and that worked well when I cut it into small pieces. You can also use fajita beef cut into small chunks too.
  • 7 cups beef broth (I use the cubes and have this ready ahead of time)
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp hot pepper sauce or to taste (I use Tabasco and I also add a few drops of Chili Oil – found on the ethnic aisle at the grocery store)

1. Begin by making the seven {7} cups of beef broth in a large soup pot. I use the Knorr cubes. While this is heating … cut the meat into tiny cubes, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt if you wish.

2. Heat oil in a fry pan. Add white part of the onion, ginger, and jalapeño and sauté for approx 1 minute.

3. Add the meat and sauté for another 3 minutes. You don’t want to cook the meat all the way, just brown it, because it will cook more once it is in the soup. By doing this, you make sure the meat will be tender.

4. Transfer these ingredients to the pot of broth and add soy sauce. Bring to a boil, then simmer for approx 10 minutes. While simmering, cut package of rice noodles in half.

5. Add rice noodles to pot and let simmer for another 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the cilantro, green onion, and hot pepper sauce {if you are using chili oil add that in addition to the hot pepper sauce} Serve and enjoy!

Oh.my.deliciousness

 

This really hit the spot tonight. With a kick of spice and a big bowl of warmth … this is exactly what I was looking for to warm me up! Hope you enjoy the tutorial. And, as always, if you make it – I’d love to hear all about it! Night Ya’ll!

Pho: Beef Noodle Soup Recipe {Easy and Delicious}

27 Dec

 

On a cold winter day like today, I love a good bowl of soup. About a year ago, I accidentally found the most amazing {easy} recipe for Pho. It was one of those nights where we were sitting around contemplating dinner, one of us was starting to get a bit of a cold, and we just wanted some hot {mildly spicy} soup. So, I hopped on the internet and printed the first Pho recipe I found and headed to the grocery store at nearly 9pm. I am so glad I did because it has become a staple in our house! Pho is a type of Vietnamese/Thai beef noodle soup. If you have ever watched Anthony Bourdain’s show: No Reservations, you have probably seen a million different variations of this soup. {it’s one of his favorites} The ingredients and process are simple. It makes great left overs. And, the ginger and cilantro make your kitchen smell so fresh!

 

Pho: Beef Noodle Soup {simple, easy, and amazing}

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz packaged rice noodles or vermicelli
  • 2 tsp peanut oil
  • 4 medium green onion green and white divided and chopped
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 TBSP ginger root minced/grated
  • 6 oz thinly sliced beef (at least 6 oz, depending on how ‘meaty’ you want your soup) I found some beef at Publix that they call “sandwich beef” that looks like what you would want for a prime rib sandwich, and that worked well when I cut it into small pieces. You can also use fajita beef cut into small chunks too.
  • 7 cups beef broth (I use the cubes and have this ready ahead of time)
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp hot pepper sauce or to taste (I use Tabasco and I also add a few drops of Chili Oil – found on the ethnic aisle at the grocery store)

 

Here’s what you do:

Using a sharp knife cut noodles in half. Heat oil in a med saucepan over med heat. Add white green onion, jalapeno pepper and ginger saute 1 min. Add beef and saute until browned all over (approx 3 min) stirring constantly. Add broth and soy sauce, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to med/low simmer for 10 min. Add noodles and simmer 3 min longer. Remove from heat and add green onions, cilantro, hot pepper sauce. Serve and ENJOY!

FYI: This is Ginger Root. It took me a while to find it in the grocery store because I didn’t know what I was looking for. I finally found it in the ‘organic’ section near the potatoes and onions. I also didn’t know that you have to peel this before you grate it. I used a cheese grater and it turned out to work great!

FYI: These are the noodles. They are also found on the ‘ethnic asile’ at your grocery store. They are continuous and really long, so you need to cut the lot of them down the middle. You need a really sharp knife and a cutting board you can slam into – they are tough! {makes for a good laugh}

 

I posted this recipe on my Facebook page several months ago and got a huge response from my friends. It truly is an easy dish to cook and really warms you up! And, remember – you can make it as spicy {or mild} as you want. The recipe is fairly mild – adding the Chili oil I suggest will really kick it up a notch. Hope you enjoy! And, as always, if you make it – I’d love to hear how it goes. Enjoy!