Sunday, December 26, 2010


I hate not finishing anything, and that includes not posting regularly. So, to make 2011 a less failing year, I'm consolidating my blogs. Recipes, including a 2011 menu, will be posted over at This blog will be eliminated in January.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Roberta's Sloppy Joes

Since I got to do homage to my Grandma Pete in the last post, I thought I'd honor someone else's mom in this one. No, it's not my grandmother-in-law, Roberta, although she's sent me some fabulous recipes. This recipe comes from my August-Mom friend Sue, straight from her mom's recipe cards. And every time I make it, someone asks for the recipe. Super easy, super yummy, super sloppy. :)

Roberta's Sloppy Joes

1 1/2 pound ground beef
3/4 cup ketchup
4 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons dry yellow mustard
1 bag frozen corn (that's my mom's addition...gotta have corn in sloppy joes)
Hamburger buns

Brown the beef and drain off any grease.
Add all other ingredients and bring to a simmer.
Simmer for 20 minutes and serve -- OR -- spoon the meat mixture into a crockpot and cook on low for 2-4 hours.
Serve on hamburger buns.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Broccoli Soup

Well, after that last post, there was a fight in our fridge. Seems that broccoli felt a bit bent out of shape and cauliflower getting all the attention. And so, to make peace within the cruciferous family, here is my absolutely favorite broccoli recipe, via my never-forgotten Grandma Pete:

Grandma Pete's Broccoli Cheese Soup 
(makes enough for 8-10 people)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons onion, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 12-oz package frozen broccoli OR 1 head fresh broccoli, chopped and steamed (I use the Ziploc steam bags)
  • 8-oz package wavy wide egg noodles
  • 6 cup milk
  • pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound Velveeta, chopped
  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan.
  2. Add onions and saute until translucent.
  3. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the noodles and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the broccoli:
    • If using frozen broccoli, add it and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. 
    • If using fresh broccoli, steam it in the microwave.  Add it to the saucepan and immediately go to the next step.
  6. Add the milk, pepper, and garlic powder. Reduce heat to low.
  7. Add the Velveeta and cook until cheese is melted, stirring occasionally.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Cauliflower Soup

I'm borrowing this from Pioneer Woman. I haven't tried many of her recipes, but if all are as good as this one, then I'm game!

FYI, if you want some fresh, locally grown cauliflower, carrots and bok choy, you can order it through our CSA at

Cauliflower Soup
  • 1-2 heads cauliflower, chunked
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks bok choy or celery, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablepoons dried or fresh parsley
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 4 (more) tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter or margarine.
  2. Add the onion and stir until translucent.
  3. Add the carrots and bok choy. Stir for 2-3 minutes, until they start to soften.
  4. Add the cauliflower and stir together.
  5. Add the parsley and (again) stir.
  6. Cover, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Add 2 quarts of chicken broth. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to simmer.
  8. In a separate saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter.
  9. While that is melting, in a separate bowl, whisk together milk and flour. (I used my salad dressing mixer and it worked great! Just don't forget to relieve the pressure after mixing it; otherwise the lid pops off the top and across the room. It was pretty cool, but... back to the recipe)
  10. Add the milk/flour mixture to the melted butter, making a white sauce. Stir constantly while it thickens.
  11. Add half-and-half to the white sauce.
  12. Pour the white sauce into the cauliflower pan and stir until well combined.
  13. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Three meals in one

With our crazy schedule and limited income, we are all about re-using leftovers in some creative way. Some of them don't work and end up being dumped. Others, like these three recipes, are definite repeats.

Day 1: Pork and Beans
  • 1 pound ham hocks
  • 1 16-oz bag pinto beans
  • 6 cups water
  1. Add all three ingredients to a very large crock pot. (Keep in mind the beans will more than double in size while they cook.)
  2. Turn on high for 8-10 hours, until beans are soft.
  3. Serve with warm cornbread... at least that's how we do it in our house.

Simple, right? Now, expect leftovers and use them in this recipe:

Day 2: Taco Soup
  • 1-2 cup leftover pinto beans with ham pieces (be sure to remove any bone)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package Taco Bell taco seasoning
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • tortilla chips, optional
  1. Cook the ground beef thoroughly.
  2. Mix together, in a large saucepan, the beef, beans/ham, taco seasoning, corn, and bell pepper. Cook on medium heat until the corn in cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  3. Serve topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips.