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Monday, August 14, 2017

Easy Beef Stroganoff Casserole

We like beef stroganoff and I do find myself making it a lot, especially when I don't have much time to cook.  I usually keep the ingredients in the pantry for those quick meals.  So when I found this recipe I thought it would be a nice twist to what I usually make.  I think you will like it as well. 
It is as good as it looks.
The onions really make this recipe.
Chop about  half of an onion.  Saute the onion in some olive oil.
Make sure your stew meat or beef tips are in small pieces.  You will want to brown the meat.  It doesn't need to be cooked all the way through because you will be putting it in the oven.
1 cup beef broth
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
Mix that well.
I drained the fat off the meat.
Add the sauce.
Add the sour cream
Stir well.
Add 2 Tablespoons steak sauce.  Cook until heated through.
Cook 3 cup egg noodles
Add the meat mixture to the noodles
Mix well.
Place in a 9x13 baking dish.
Cover and place in a preheated 350 oven and bake for about 20 minutes or so.
Add the crispy fried onions on top.  Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes or so.
Doesn't that look good.
The crispy onions on top really make this.

Easy Beef Stroganoff Casserole Recipe

1 lb stew meat
3 cups egg noodles
1/3 cup onion diced
1 1/2 cup mushrooms ( didn't use them)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup beef broth
2 Tablespoon steak sauce
1 cup sour cream
1 cup crispy fried onions
1 Tablespoons minced garlic
2 Tablespoon olive oil

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Easy Salisbury Steak

Salisbury steak is the ultimate in comfort food.  The original TV dinners had salisbury steak, peas and mashed potatoes.  They were they for a reason.  Comfort food.  This is a quick and easy recipe that you can make on one of those days you want something that makes you feel good and maybe even feel like a kid again.  Use store bought mashed potatoes and this meal doesn't take long at all.  When I have salisbury steak it always reminds me of Piccadilly in the mall.  I always got it there because I really liked their gravy.  So maybe it will remind you of some pleasant memories as well.

Keep a can of French onion soup in the pantry.  Then you can make this recipe, but it is also a good staple to keep.
Start with about 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef.
Measure out 1/3 cup of the French onion soup.
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
Mix all that together.  Salt and pepper.
Shape into patties.  Brown both sides.  Drain.
While that is cooking mix the rest of the soup.
1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
1/4 cup ketchup
1-3 teaspoons steak sauce
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 cup water
The patties are getting brown.
Pour the gravy on top.
Cover the skillet and cook for 20 minutes.  I don't have a lid for my skillet so you can cover with a cookie sheet.
Have mashed potatoes and peas and it is the perfect homemade TV dinner.

Easy Salisbury Steak Recipe

1 can French onion soup
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
salt and pepper
1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
1/4 cup ketchup
1-3 teaspoons steak sauce
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 cup water

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Trash Can Deodorizer Tabs

This summer my garbage can has had a little bit of a smell to it from time to time.  Even if the garbage gets taken out every day there was still a little odor.  So when I found this recipe I had to try it.  I know that baking soda is a deodorizer so I am thinking this is going to work.

It's fun to use some festive shapes.  I do need to invest in some more small silicone molds. 
This recipe only uses three ingredients.  You are thinking there are only two there.  The third is water.
Measure out 2 cups baking soda.  Mine had some lumps in it so I was breaking them up.
Add essential oils until you get the scent you like.  I used peppermint.  I mainly used it because I have peppermint granite cleaner so I thought the smells would compliment and not fight each other.  But you could do seasonal scents.  There are some cool smells for Christmas.  Mix the baking soda and oils to blend the smell.
Now start adding water 1 Tablespoon at a time.  Mix after adding.
After 2 Tablespoons.
After 3 Tablespoons.  Not quite sticking together.
After 4 Tablespoons
5 Tablespoons
6 Tablespoons of water.  It is beginning to stick together. I really think I could have put more water in the mixture.
You can see it is sticking together.
Put some in the molds
Tamp it down to make it stick together.
When you get the mold filled let them sit at least over night if not longer to dry.
I took my garbage out this morning so I thought it was a good time to add one to the bottom of the can.  So I thought the small ones would be ready.  They were but I don't think there was enough water to bind it together.
Because they fell apart.  But that doesn't mean you can't still use them.  You could also use these in the fridge as well to get rid of smells.
So I put half on a paper plate and put in the bottom of my garbage can.  I can already tell a difference.  I get a whiff of peppermint when I walk by.

Trash Can Deodorizer Tabs Recipe

2 cups baking soda
6-8 Tablespoons water
essential oils