Dec 062013

There are many ways to cook a Thanksgiving dinner, but I couldn’t believe anyone ever tried a dishwasher!cooking in a dishwasher

This 1970’s picture shows a large salmon with vegetables, wrapped in tin foil and cooked in their dishwasher.  The story is here. Cooking in a car b que cooking in a bbq cooker

Or, how about lasagna in your dishwasher.  Set the dishwasher to normal cycle and select ‘heated dry’ and ‘sanitize’ settings for maximum heat.

To clean your dishes at the same time, place food in airtight sealed jars.  Select regular dishwashing cycles and add the detergent.  Now that’s taking multi-tasking to another level!

Hungry road travelers can eat tasty manifold grilled meals that are called Car-B-Que. This is really what I would call fast food for road kill.

Did you know that hot dog cookers are also available for snowmobiles that strap to your exhaust?  The story didn’t say where the Ketchup and pickles are stored.

Our thanksgiving turkey was smoked over mesquite to a golden crispness in this elite barbeque rotisserie smoker oven.

The HolySmoke Barbeque company made all these hams and turkeys for Thanksgiving.  The smoked flavor was amazing.

If your mouth is watering now, their facebook page is:    How was your Thanksgiving dinner cooked?

May 062013

It’s spring time and one of the first things from my garden is rhubarb, just ready for the cutting.  My family’s favorite rhubarb dessert is a recipe given to me by my mom.

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I have a bad habit of getting my recipes looking “spilled on” when I bake.  So I typed all my favorite recipes that were in her hand writing, printed and inserted them into page protecting sheets.  This way, I can add more pages to my binder of recipes and also print more for the recipe binders that I gave to each of our children.  Now my mom’s recipes will be handed down to the future generations.

rhubarb dessert

                                                  Rhubarb Torte

2 cups Flour                             1 cup Water
½ cup Oatmeal, quick             1 cup Sugar
1 cup Brown Sugar                  8 to 10 cups cut Rhubarb
¾ cup Butter, melted              1 cup Strawberries, sliced
3 Tbsp. Cornstarch                  ¾ cup Walnuts, chopped

Mix together flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, melted butter, & chopped walnuts (optional) for a crust.  Put into a 9 x 13 pan.  Save ¾ cup for topping.  Place cut (1/2 inch pieces) rhubarb & strawberries (small pieces) into pan.  In a large glass mixing bowl, stir cornstarch, water, & sugar together.  Place in microwave on high until thickened, but not lumpy.  Pour mixture over fruit.  Add remaining crumbs as a topping.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour until fruit is baked and crumbs are a light brown color.  Let cool and can be served with whipped cream.

Mar 262013

Lee and I have bought Jerky from roadside stands and aquired a taste for freshly made and spicy dried meats.  Since there aren’t many brave people sitting at roadside stands in the middle of winter, I decided to make my own jerky.  I hope you like my favorite recipe:

beef jerky enhanced copy1Purchase 4 to 5 pounds of beef.  Use a lean, good quality meat (sirloin, round steak, etc.).

Ask the butcher to slice it very thin and with the grain.  Trim off any fat and cut into narrow strips.  Don’t overcrowd the meat in the marinade or beef will lose consistency of flavor.

2 ½ Tsp. Liquid Smoke                                      ¾ Cup Soy Sauce
¼ Cup Worchestershire Sauce                        ¼ Cup Brown Sugar (packed)
1 Tbsp. Crushed Garlic                                      1 Tbsp. Pepper
1 Tsp. Onion Powder                                         1 Tsp. each of Emeril Seasoning Salt & Sea Salt
1/3 Cup A-1 Sauce                                             ¼ Cup red cooking wine (marsalla)
½ Tsp. Tabasco or ¼ Tsp. Sudden Death Sauce (I used with ginseng flavor).
Add ¼ Cup of water or more to make sure “all” the meat is covered in marinade.  Adjust the amount of seasonings according to your taste.

Marinate meat overnight in non-metal bowl(s).  Drain & discard the marinade.  Place meat strips on cookie sheets or flat pans lined with tinfoil.  Bake in the oven on the lowest setting with the door ajar until meat is dry, approximately four hours.  Turning the strips over will help dry the meat evenly and quicker.

Note:  the spices can be varied or omitted according to taste.  The end result should have 3 parts soy sauce, 1 part worchestershire sauce, 1 part brown sugar and the rest as desired.  It should be a very strong, salty, spicy and slightly sweet solution.

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