Comfort Food: Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Comfort food at it’s best.  This is a go to recipe for me – I originally created it a couple of years ago in an attempt to re-create my favorite frozen entrée, but without all the extra & unnecessary ingredients.  Originally, I wasn’t pleased with the gravy, so this post gave me a great excuse to go back & re-create it.  I succeeded.  My family tried it & there was almost nothing left when we were done!

 

Salisbury Steak

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/3 cup low-sodium beef broth/stock

3/4 cup bread crumbs (I use Trader Joe’s brand bread crumbs – no dairy)

1/4 heaping teaspoon garlic powder (be generous, if you like garlic)

dash pepper

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon Homemade Gravy Mix (Beef)

1 tablespoon dried onions

generous pinch powdered mustard

approximately 1 pound ground beef

 

Mushroom Gravy

3 tablespoons flour

2-4 tablespoons Earth Balance (or your choice of butter substitute)

8 ounces chopped mushrooms

1/2 small onion, diced

1 cup cold water

1 cup boiling water

1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules

5 tablespoons Homemade Gravy Mix (Beef)

1 cup low-sodium beef broth

salt & pepper to taste (definitely taste before adding salt!!)

 

 

Directions

In a large bowl, combine egg, 1/3 cup low sodium beef broth, bread crumbs, garlic powder, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon Homemade Gravy Mix, minced dried onion and mustard; whisk until thoroughly combined.  Add ground beef & combine, making sure bowl contents are well-distributed throughout beef (best way is to use your hands).  Shape into 6 large patties or 12 smaller patties, cover & set aside.

 

Add beef bouillon to boiling water & set aside; to a large skillet, add about 1 tablespoon Earth Balance or your choice of butter substitute & add in chopped mushrooms & onion; cook until vegetables are tender; scrape to sides of pan. Add beef patties to a second skilled over medium-high heat & cook 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through.

Add remaining Earth Balance & flour, cook until browned in center of pan; slowly add cold water, bouillon and remaining brown gravy mix (2 tbsp); whisk until combined & stir in mushrooms & onions.  Bring to a boil & stir constantly until thickened.  If too thick, add a small amount of beef broth.  Transfer cooked patties to gravy pan & heat through; serve hot.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Appetizers: Teriyaki Wings (Heirloom Recipe)

This fall-off-the-bone-tender appetizer is one of my heirloom recipes from my grandmother; it was her go to recipe.  She loved a good party (family, friends & food) even if she wasn’t rooting for the teams, but by the end of the day she’d decided who she was rooting for & was one of the loudest couch cheerleaders!

It is simple in its ingredients & prep; put it in the oven & let it back while you prep the rest of your party.  Happy Super Bowl!!

 

5 lbs wings
10 oz soy sauce/liquid aminos
1 lb brown sugar
1 very generous teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat to 325°
Combine soy sauce & brown sugar; place wings in baking dish & add sugar mixture. Bake 2-3 hours, until cooked through & sauce has reduced, stirring occasionally. Mix in garlic powder when just about done baking.

 

What other appetizers or foods are you creating for the party?  Comment & let me know.

National Day of Peanut Butter (Jan. 27) [Peanut Butter Pie]

January 27 is National Day of Peanut Butter. For this National Day, I’m sharing this recipe, which is one of my mom’s creations.  My cousin wanted a peanut butter pie & this is the recipe my mom made. This is an excellent recipe to use the homemade peanut butter cups!

 

8 ounces non-dairy cream cheese

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

1 cup powdered sugar

9 ounces cocowhip*

10 peanut butter cups, quartered

chocolate crumb pie crust

Cocowhip

8 peanut butter cups or 4 cups, quartered

chocolate sauce

 

Combine cream cheese, peanut butter & powdered sugar.  Mix in 9 ounces cocowhip and chopped peanut butter cups.  Spread in pie shell & cover with cocowhip.  Pipe 8 stars around edge of pie & place a peanut butter cup on each star.  Drizzle with chocolate sauce in pattern of choice.  Refrigerate until time to serve.

Here’s the store locator for Cocowhip

 

*use fresh.  if frozen prior to use, the Cocowhip won’t work.

Enjoy!

 

What’s your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter?  Comment & let me know.

Demetrius’s Greek Chicken & Potatoes

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This recipe is one that a friend of my father’s gave to my mother.  Demetrius was born & raised in Greece & immigrated, when he was a young man, to the U.S.  He worked with my father at the local cannery and he would occasionally come over & cook Greek food for us; this is one of our family’s favorite meals.

 

 

One whole chicken

6-8 potatoes

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt 

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1-2 tablespoons dried oregano, crushed

1 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Optional:  Fresh Lemon Slices & Fresh Oregano sprigs

 

(Demetrius’s directions:  well, you know how to cook, so just do it)

 

Preheat to 425°

Combine oil, garlic, dried oregano & lemon juice; divide in half.

Rinse chicken & pat dry (remove gizzard/liver packet & set aside).  Drizzle about 1/3 of the marinade on the chicken and rub it all over & under the skin. Season generously inside and out with salt and pepper. Place the lemon and herbs inside the cavity, if using. Place the chicken breast-side up in a large frying pan or cast-iron skillet, roast the chicken in the oven for 15 minutes.

Cut potatoes in half, so they look like mounds; place in separate baking pan; drizzle a portion of the marinade over the potatoes; toss to coat.

Add potatoes to oven & reduce the temperature to 325°F and continue roasting – 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the juices run clear and a thermometer inserted into the inner thigh (but not touching the bone) registers 165°F .

Baste the chicken and potatoes with remaining marinade throughout the cooking time – every 30 minutes or so & turning potatoes as they cook.

Cook potatoes until golden.

Remove the chicken from the oven and place on a cutting board. Let it rest about 15 to 20 minutes before carving.

 

Serve hot.

 

Enjoy!

 

Do you have a favorite Greek dish?  Comment & let me know.

 

End of 2016/Looking Ahead with Changes

This year has passed very quickly and so much has happened in the past 12 months that my head sometimes feels like it is swimming.  I am looking forward to 2017 in the hopes that I will be able to move past the recurrent injury & illness that has plagued me all year.  Our family went through a major transition this year as we lost my grandmother (my “grandlady” as I called her – pictured in post image with me).  She passed away just a few short weeks shy of her 88th birthday & she was one of my best friends.  She had been failing for some time, physically, and spent the last 2 months or so of her life in the hospital.  All except the last week, the family was able to be with her around the clock; once she was moved to a rest home we were only able to be there during the day.  She peacefully passed with a life fully lived.  Some days, the loss still feels like it was just yesterday.  She was my number one cheerleader and she was always willing to try my recipes as I transitioned to non-dairy.  Many of the heirloom recipes I shared this past year were hers.  Even though she is gone, her legacy lives on in her many family members & their love of family, cooking and food!

One positive – I started & completed a virtual marathon (definitely not the same as running a marathon).  This is one just to get a body moving & can be done in bits and pieces.  I started off really great but then the injury & illness set in and it was a struggle to keep the momentum up; I didn’t give up, but I did put it on hold a couple of times.  I had just returned to getting in a daily walk when I had the most recent injury over Thanksgiving.  A friend gave me a fitbit as a gift knowing I wouldn’t have purchased one for myself (and I am so excited to have it & absolutely love it!), and, since it tracked my daily movement I was able to use those (very, very) small “walks” to finish the race before the end of this year (2016).  I chose “The Race to Oz” on Yes Fit as my first virtual race.  I will be signing up with Yes Fit again shortly for the 2017 race; I will use this race to track my healing as my physical therapist gets me up and going over the next few weeks.  I am hoping & planning on doing at least on additional virtual “race” prior to the end of 2017 & if all goes well, I might even try for an actual 5K by the end of the year too.  I do have a dream of someday running a full marathon; this is one of the goals for working towards & making living healthier not just a resolution, but a life change.

 

My plans for this blog for 2017 will have to be adjusted for a few months.  My categories for 2017 are continuing the National Day of category & new categories of appetizers/beverages, comfort food and Mediterranean/Healthy cooking.  Unfortunately, due to injury I won’t actually be able to begin those specific categories until March or April.  I’m not able to be up on my feet for the next few months and thus, I’m not able to cook at this time.  Until then, I’m spending my blog time reading recipes and creating recipes that I can get started with as soon as I’m able to be up and cooking.

One of the other things that I am currently doing is receiving a “Farm Fresh to You” box every other week and I hope to create recipes with the items received in each box.  There are multiple box sizes & you custom when you receive them.  The few days prior to your delivery you can custom your box to fruits and vegetables that your family will eat and remove those that they won’t eat (there is a cut off – for example: changes must be made by 10 am Monday for a Wednesday delivery) .  If Farm Fresh isn’t available in your area check out your local CSA for opportunity to get fresh fruits and vegetables.  Kale anyone?

 

With the changes and the inability to cook, over the next few months I am going to blog a few recipes that I have completed but that I didn’t use over the past year as well as the healthier changes I am implementing in my life as I heal and tips and hits that are working (or not working) for me.

I’m also using the time away from the stove to create my first cookbook.  I have a couple of ideas and I’m not sure yet if I’m going to start with one or split it in two.  I’ll make that decision & announce my plans in the next week or so. I’m really excited about this & am looking forward to get started on working the recipes that I’ve been creating.

 

 

Do you have any big plans for 2017?  Any reflections on 2016?  Comment and let me know.

Do you have a “comfort food” that you love?  Comment & let me know & it might end up being featured in that category.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Heirloom: Mom’s Breakfast Sausage

This week I was going to share my grandmother’s Teriyaki Wings recipe, but I haven’t found where I put the recipe – I’ll share it a bit later once I find it.  Instead, I’m going to share my mother’s Breakfast Sausage recipe.

This stuff is mandatory for our camping trips – it’s just not the same without it.

I’m having a no shopping Dec/Jan.  I’ll be making a big batch of this in the coming weeks to have in the freezer for breakfasts.  I hope you enjoy!

 

2 lbs ground beef (not lean!)
2 teaspoons sage
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons water
Liquid Smoke, to taste (Optional)

Mix spices & liquids; add meat & mix well. Form patties. Freeze or cook.

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Have you ever had homemade sausage?  Comment & let me know.

 

Heirloom: Persimmon Cookies, Persimmon Cake

These are my favorite cookies at Thanksgiving each year.  I could eat an entire batch myself.  These recipes have been handed down 3 generations now; from my grandmother, to my mother & now to myself.  My mother adds a thin glaze to her cookies.

 

Cookies/Bars:

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

splash (@ 1/2 teaspoon) lemon juice

1 cup persimmon pulp

1 cup nuts, optional

1 cup raisins, optional

 

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Cream shortening & sugar together; set aside.  Sift flour, spices, baking soda & salt together & set aside.  Beat egg; pulp & lemon juice to egg & mix well.  To the creamed mixture, alternate the egg mixture & the flour mixture until combined.  Add nuts and/or raisins at this time.  Scoop onto greased baking sheet and bake 15 minutes.  If making bars; spread into jelly roll pan to edges & bake.

 

 

Cake:

1/2 cup shortening

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon each:

nutmeg

allspice

cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

splash (@ 1/2 teaspoon) lemon juice

1 1/4 cup persimmon pulp

1 cup nuts, optional

1 cup raisins, optional

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Cream shortening & sugar together; set aside.  Sift flour, spices, baking soda & salt together & set aside.  Beat egg; pulp & lemon juice to egg & mix well.  To the creamed mixture, alternate the egg mixture & the flour mixture until combined.  Add nuts and/or raisins at this time.  Pour into greased baking pan and bake 20-25 minutes or until done in center.

 

 

Mom’s glaze

2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon milk

 

combine until thin enough to pour; pour over bars.  If making for the cookies, make a little thicker so it can be spread.

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Have you ever had persimmon cookies?  Comment & let me know.