Tuesday, September 23, 2008

country-style steak

Chris tore this recipe out of the Deseret news the other day and asked me to make it. He loved it, and I liked that it was easy. I cooked up some refridgerated biscuts to go with it.

Maw Maw's Country-Style Steak

1 1/2 to 1 3/4 lbs cubed steak (I used pre-cut stew beef)
1 large onion for 1 cup sliced rings (I used 1 cup chopped frozen onions)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (10-3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup (98% fat free works fine)
1 envelope (.15 ounce) reduced sodiu brown-gravy mix
1 cup water

cut any large pieces of steak into roughly 4-inch wide pieces. Place a single layer of steak in the bottom of a slow cooker. Peel and slice the onion into 1/4-inch wide rings. place half of the onion rings over the steak. Sprinkle half of the pepper over the onions. Layer the rest of the steak over the rings and top with the remining onions and pepper.

In a small bowl, combine the soup, gravy mix and lukewarm water, and mix well. Pour the gravy mixture over the steak, and cover the slow cooker. Cook on high heat for 6 hours or low heat for 10 hours (I cooked low for about 6 hours and it was starting to burn--but that's probably just my cooker). Remove steak to large platter and spoon the gravy over the steak. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

What's Cookin At the Cabin...

Honey Mustard Chicken

Super easy! Great served over rice. Kid friendly, as in my kids will actuallly try it - how's that for an endorsement!

8 chicken tenders
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbs Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt

Spray baking dish with cooking spray and place chicken in baking dish. Melt butter in saucepan, then stir in remaining ingredients. Boil sauce for 2 minutes then pour over chicken. Bake at 350 for 45 min to 1 hour, just until chicken is done.

Funnel Cakes

These were a special breakfast treat at the Dalton house. I actually have never even had one from an amusement park or fair!

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbl sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
3/4 cup milk

oil for frying
powdered sugar
and/or syrup

Combine dry ingredients. Add egg and milk, beating until smooth. Heat 1/4 inch oil to 375 in a skillet. Using a funnel with a small opening or a measuring cup or a clean plastic bottle that you can refill and squeeze batter out of :), release 1/4 cup batter (or more) into oil in a slow circular motion to form a spiral design. (I usually do a couple circles and then just criss-cross back and forth a few times. Just make sure all the batter is connected to the other parts of the batter in some way - it doesn't have to be pretty to taste good in this case.) Fry until golden brown on bottom, turn over and brown on other side. (About 1-2 minutes total.) Drain on paper towels, then serve hot sprinkled with powdered sugar or syrup, or both.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Easy Homemade Salsa

I made this the other night and used it with Wendy's chimichanga recipe. It is really yummy. I can't stop eating it! I love salsa!

1 Can Rotel Tomatoes
1 Can diced green chilies
Juice from 1 Lime
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
Fresh Cilantro, chopped (I used about 1/4 of the bunch but you can adjust to your liking)
1 Tablespoon Lemon Pepper seasoning
Salt to taste

Put it all in the blender and blend away! Then it needs to sit in the fridge for at least a couple hours so that all of the flavors can blend. It might look a little frothy right after you blend it but it will settle down in the fridge.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

BBQ Pepper Chicken Sandwich

This is a recipe from Jerry's that I have "taken up a notch" as Bruce the Moose likes to say. :)

Green and Red Bell peppers
Red Onion
BBQ sauce
Cheese-any kind (I actually prefer it with cheddar, but it is good with any kind)

Cut up the chicken and cook in a pan (on the stove) with BBQ sauce. Cut up the bell peppers and onions into slices and add to the chicken. Add more BBQ sauce and pepper. Cover and cook on low until vegetables are tender. Put cheese on while it is still in the pan so it melts. Serve on a roll with mayo. Really good! One of our favorites. It would be super good served with pineapple. :)

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

1 jar pepperoncinis
2 cans diced tomatoes
5 crushed garlic cloves (I just used 5 teaspoons minced garlic)
3 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon sugar

throw everything in a crock pot on low for 7-8 hours. Shred pork and let cook an additional 30 min.
Serve on rolls with provolone cheese. (I used pepper jack and it was yummy)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

BBQ Smokies

1 cup bbq sauce
1 cup grape jelly
1-2 lbs. lil' smokies

Mix all in crock pot and cook on high for 2 hours. Yes, it looks chunky and gross when you first mix it. :)

Cheese Ball

8 oz cheddar (I actually used colby-jack)
2 green onions
1/4 bell pepper
1 rib celery
2-8oz cream cheese (I used reduced fat kind)
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
dash pepper
chopped pecans (optional)

Shred, chop (very small), mix all. If using pecans, shape mixture into a ball, then roll in pecans and wrap in plastic wrap. If not using pecans, line a bowl with plastic wrap, put in mixture and fold plastic wrap over the top. When ready to serve, unwrap the top, turn over onto serving dish and remove plastic wrap.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Oven Baked Chimichangas

I tripled this recipe and put a bunch in the freezer. You can bake them right out of the freezer - just like store-bought ones. For a bulk recipe I bought 2 good size roasts and cooked them in the crock pot all day. I tripled the recipe, even adding a bit more beef, and still had a bunch of meat left for BBQ sandwiches or something else. Las Chimichangas son muy bueno!

1 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar, jack, colby/jack - whatever I had left in the fridge)
2/3 cup salsa
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1 1/2 cups shredded beef
2 green onions chopped
6 flour tortillas (I used soft taco size buy you could use larger ones.)

Mix all except tortillas together. (I mixed the salsa, cumin, oregano, and onions first, then added in the beef and cheese.) Place 1/2 cup mixture in center of each tortilla, fold in sides, and roll up, placing seam on the bottom of pan. Brush each chimichanga with butter (I also tried just spraying them with a little bit of PAM and it worked okay) and bake at 400 for 25 minutes.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Spinach Parmesan Pie

Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 3 minutes Bake 35 Minutes Stand 5 minutes


1 T butter
4 medium green onions sliced (1/2 cup)
2 cloves garlic
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain
1/2 cup small curd cottage cheese
1/2 cup Bisquick
1 cup milk
1 t lemon juice
1/4 t pepper
3 eggs
3 T grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 t nutmeg

Heat oven to 350. Grease pie plate. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Cook onions and garlic in butter 2 to 3 minutes. stirring occasionally,until onions are tender. Stir in spinach. Layer spinach mixture and cottage cheese in pie plate.

Stir baking mix, milk, lemon juice, pepper and eggs until blended. Pour into pie plate. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and nutmeg.

Bake uncovered about 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 6 to 8

Green Giant Rice Wraps


1 (10oz.) pkg. Green Giant Frozen Cheesy Rice and Broccoli
1/2 cup frozen diced cooked chicken breast
4 medium flour tortillas
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 oz. (1/2 cup) shredded Cheddar cheese
4 T salsa

Open rice pouch; pour into large skillet. Add chicken; cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently.

Meanwhile, heat tortillas as directed on package

Place 1/2 cup lettuce on each tortilla; spoon about 1/3 cup rice mixture on top of lettuce. Sprinkle with cheese; top with 1 T salsa. Fold up bottom of tortilla; fold sides in to enclose filling

Makes 4 wraps

The Baldpate Inn Corn Bread


1 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 cans creamed corn
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup flour
1 cup corn meal
4 t baking powder
1/4 t salt

Heat oven to 350. Grease 9X13 baking pan. Using an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until blended and smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each. Gradually beat in corn and cheeses. Stir in remaining ingredients. Place in oven, close door and immediately reduce heat to 300 degrees and bake one hour until toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs. Top will still look moist. Serve warm. Serves 8 to 10

This is the best cornbread I have ever had.

Pumpkin Bread

Makes 3 loaves

2 cups cooked or canned pumpkin
1 cup oil
2/3 cup water
4 eggs
3 1/2 cups unsifted flour
3 cups sugar
1 t cinnamon
2 t baking soda
1 1/2 t salt
2 cups Reese's peanut butter chips **this is the key ingredient!!!!
1 cup nuts (Optional-- I don't use)
1 cup raisins (optional--I don't use)

Blend pumpkin, oil, water, and eggs in large bowl. In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; gradually add to pumpkin mixture; blend well. Stir in peanut butter chips, (nuts, raisins also if using). Pour into 3 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until cake tester inserted comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely. Although really good when served warm!

This was Julie Beach's recipe and it does tasted really good

French Muffin Doughnuts

1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
melted butter
1/2 t vanilla
1 t cinnamon

Sift flour with 1/2 c sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. combine milk, egg, and 1/3 cup melted butter and vanilla. Add liquid ingredients to flour mixture, stirring only until all ingredients are moistened. Fill muffin pan half way and bake at 400 degrees. Remove pan, brush with melted butter and roll in mixture of remaining 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon.
Sometimes I skip the last part and just sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top before I bake them.

Remember these are the muffins you guys loved as kids.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

1 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar packed
3 eggs beaten
1 t vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
6 T cocoa
2 cups flour
1 t salt
1 t soda
1/4 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Melt butter, add sugars and eggs. Add cocoa, vanilla and zucchini.
Stir in dry ingredients, then nuts. Bake in well greased and lightly floured loaf pan or a single bundt pan at 375 for glass pans for 50 to 60 minutes or till done. Cool in pan 15 to 20 minutes before turning over.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Peanut Butter Balls

3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 t. vanilla

In another bowl mix
3/4 c powdered milk
1 cup oatmeal

Add to peanut butter mixture. Stir to combine. form into small balls and lay out on wax paper
Store in airtight container.

These taste really good and the kids should love it, but then you never know about kids

Chicken Pita Roll-Ups

3 cups Chicken (app. 3 breasts), cubed
1/2 cup Cucumber
1/4 cup carrot, minced
1/8 cup onion, minced
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup crushed walnuts
1/2 cup tomato diced

Combine all and stuff into pitas then add homemade dressings

Pear Basil Dressing
2 pears or granny smith apples peeled and cored
1 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup apple juice
8 large basil leaves
2 garlic cloves
1 T corn startch
pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Blend all of the ingredients until smooth

House Dressing
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
2 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 cups water
1/4 cup apple juice concentrate
1/2 cup Red onion
1/4 cup honey

Combine all of the ingredients

Are you happy, These recipes given to us at an Enrichment night by a chef that works here in St. George at Green Valley Spa, a fancy place for all the rich people. They were very very tasty and good for you. enjoy and Rachel quit complaining.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Your mom

Your mom is a slacker!! Oh wait... she really is. Where are the posts mom??

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Roger's Banana Bread

No one has posted anything in a while so I thought I would add another recipe. Come on people - you are slacking! :)

This is Roger's favorite Banana Bread recipe. I don't personally like bananas in any form but I have to admit this actually tastes good (yes, mother, I tried the banana bread. You should be proud). Roger cuts it in half and only makes 2 loaves. The below recipe will make 4.

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease four 7x3 inch loaf pans. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and 3 cups sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir in nuts. Divide into prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.