Monday, February 27, 2012

Easy Beef Stew

I have been wanting beef stew for a while now. I use to make it with a roux or package mix and I didn't figure that I could come close gluten free so I have been afraid to try. Well after craving it for days I worked on coming up with a gluten free beef stew recipe.

It was very good it would have been better with onions but Honey is allergic to onions so this had to do.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

    •    2 lbs beef stew meat
    •    salt and pepper
    •    3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    •    1/3 cup  gf all-purpose flour
    •    5 potatoes, peeled and chopped
    •    4 carrots, peeled and chopped
    •    4 cups beef broth
    •    2 packets brown gravy mix
    •    2 TBLS tomato paste

    1.    In a large bowl, generously salt and pepper meat and stir with flour until meat is coated.
    2.    Heat oil in a large skillet and brown meat.
    3.    In the slow cooker crock, place potatoes on bottom, top with carrots, celery, browned meat, then onions on top.
    4.    In another bowl combine gravy packets and tomato paste with beef broth. Pour mixture into crock.
    5.    Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, stirring once in the last hour.

If you cook this on your stove top as I did watch it closely I had to add water during the cooking.

Thanks for stopping by y'all and please come again soon.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Creole Smothered Steak

I wanted chicken in rice but when I didn't have the chicken I needed I decided to settle for something else. To be honest I was too lazy to get ready and go out in the cold to buy a pack of chicken. Now I'm so glad I was lazy because it was wonderful. I stole this recipe from Mary at Deep South Dish and tweaked it to make it gluten free and oh my if Mary's is any better than this my heart couldn't stand it. It reminded me of tomato gravy with meat in it! Ummm

Here's my gluten free version of Mary's Creole Smothered Steak

Creole Smothered Steak

6 cube steaks or tenderized round steak
Worcestershire sauce a generous sprinkle all over, optional
1/2 cup of all purpose gluten free
generous amount of pepper, or to taste
1 teaspoon of seasoning salt
2- 3 tablespoons of canola oil
1 can of Coca-Cola Classic
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 tablespoon of ham bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme, crushed
1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning, or to taste
1 (14.5 ounce) can of diced tomatoes

Pour Worcestershire sauce on tenderized round steak and let sit for 20 minutes. Mix the flour, seasoned salt, and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy bottomed, lidded skillet over medium high heat. You'll need that lid here in a bit. Drain the steaks and dredge then lightly in the flour mixture, cooking them in the hot oil, 2 or 3 at a time, without crowding them, until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Set aside.

In that same skillet pour in the cola and turn skillet up to high. Add the tomato paste, beef base or bouillon, thyme, rosemary and Cajun seasoning, stirring until blended in. Add the diced tomatoes, bring back up to a boil, reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer until reduced slightly.

Reduce heat to a low simmer and return the steaks to the skillet one at a time, turning to coat both sides and stacking to the side until all steaks have been coated. Spread them out, cover and cook over medium low for 1-1/2 hours or until tender, occasionally shaking the skillet to prevent the steaks from sticking. Do not allow the sauce to boil! You only want it on a very low simmer.

Thanks for stopping by y'all and please come again soon! 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Gluten Free Creamy Chicken Pasta

Honey is busy on the farm today so we are celebrating Valentine's Day at home tonight. It's probably safer for me to eat at home anyway although we do plan to go to one of my favorite restaurants next week.

So I just finished baking German Chocolate Cupcakes and not only is Honey going to benefit from these I'm also carrying a few to Indiana to bless my family there. See recipe HERE.

Then for our main meal I made gluten free creamy chicken and pasta it was wonderful!

Gluten Free Creamy Chicken Pasta



In a medium pot cook egg noodles in boiling salted water. When pasta is 3 minutes away from being cooked, add in frozen peas or broccoli. Cook until vegetables and noodles are tender. Drain well.

Meanwhile, boil the chicken in a medium saucepan until cooked completely. Drain chicken and cut into bit size pieces. 

In a large saucepan mix cream of chicken soup and milk until warm and lumps are dissolved.

To the large saucepan add the cooked and chopped chicken, noodles and vegetables. Blend ingredients with the milk and soup mixture. Stir in grated mozzarella cheese until melted.
Serve warm.

This meal was Italian at it's finest! Honey and I loved it.

We topped our meal off with coffee and a cupcake, MSU basketball and our Valentine's candy! You can't get any better than that!

Thanks for stopping by y'all please come again soon! 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Gluten Free Heath Bar Brownies

I made one mistake in making these brownies and that was I made them. They were sooo good and we couldn't get enough. This is something that you can make in minutes and it taste like you put hours into it. They are soo rich and chewy we loved them and I hope you do too!

Now I'm going to try making them with gluten for a men's banquet this week.

Gluten Free Heath Bar Brownies

1 Gluten free brownie mix of your choice
1 Heath Bar Candy Bar, crushed
Chocolate Syrup
Caramel Syrup
Pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350. Mix brownie mix as directed on back of box add pecans to mixture. Spray 9x9 pan with cooking spray and pat in half of brownie mixture. Sprinkle Heath bar over brownie mixture and drizzle with chocolate and caramel syrup. Top with remaining brownie mixture, I dropped it by a tablespoon. Bake for around 45 minutes are until the cake part of the brownie are done. After slightly cool drizzle with more chocolate and caramel syrup. ENJOY

Thanks for stopping by y'all and please come again soon!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Easy Gluten Free Stroganoff

Our son blessed us with some tenderized deer steaks that he did not want. I have a lot of my usual recipes that I can substitute beef for venison but Honey and I wanted something a little different. I can't believe through the years how creative I have become, I use to never cook anything without a recipe and now I do it all the time. The only problem is remembering the recipe to share it with you!

I always create in my kitchen with items already in my pantry.

Here is what I did:

I took one large package of tenderized deer steak and cut it in chunks, it's easier to cute while partially frozen.

Then I sprinkled a little olive oil in a skillet on medium heat and browned all of the meat real good.

After the meat was brown I sprinkled it generously with Seitenbacher Gluten-Free Brown Gravy Mix, 1.06-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)
 (you can sub any gravy mix) and added enough water to make a good gravy.

I simmered the meat in the gravy until done to my liking and then added 2 TBS of butter and heavy cream.

We ate it over Seitenbacher Gluten-Free Golden Ribbon Gourmet Pasta, 10-Ounce Bags (Pack of 3)
It was wonderful, you can also add cream cheese or sour cream to make a richer sauce.

Thanks for stopping by y'all and please come again soon.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Super Bowl Food

It's almost time for the big game. Did you know that there is more food prepared and eaten during super bowl Sunday than any other time of the year.  Here are the top Super Bowl Food Statistics taken from HERE.

-     The California Avocado Commission (CAC) projects that 13.2 million pounds or 26 million avocados will be consumed Super Bowl Sunday, mostly in the form of guacamole. That's enough dip to cover the Louisiana Superdome football field from end zone to end zone and approximately 40 inches. Are you ready to get waist deep in guacamole?
-     Approx. 8 million pounds of popcorn will be consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.
-     28 million pounds of potato chips are expected to be consumed.
-     During last year’s football championship game, more than 450 million chicken wings (90 million lbs.) were consumed, according to the Washington, D.C.’s National Chicken Council.
-     It is estimated that more than 49.2 million cases of beer were consumed by Americans during last year’s Super Bowl Sunday.

I love football and basketball so I look forward to the Super Bowl every year. Honey and I usually spend the afternoon alone lounging in our pj's and EATING. I always cook up a few treats just for the day. So here are a few of my Super Bowl recipes.

Shrimp and Crab Dip
This recipe was taken from my friend Shirley who is now in her eternal home. She always brought it to all events at my house and we always looked forward to that. So I have converted it to gluten free and here it is. Make sure your ingredients are gluten free before making.

1 Chive & Onion Cream Cheese - 8 oz. - softened
1 Cream Cheese  8 oz. - softened
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper - optional
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2 TBS Parsley Flakes
1 cup Crabmeat - chopped
1 cup Shrimp - cooked and chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese - shredded

Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly together. Fold in crab and shrimp. Transfer to a shallow 2 cup baking dish.

Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes or until top is lightly brown. Top with Parmesan after baking or 5 minutes before it's finished cooking..

Serve with toasted bread slices, crackers or tortilla chips.


What is a party without nachos? I've always been one who liked things that go with anything. I bought a jacket once before my daughter left home, and it was made up of hundreds of different colors. My daughter's reply was, "Mom everyone knows you bought that to go with everything." I guess it made me look poor like I only owned one jacket. Don't you just love the wisdom of your kids? I love that jacket and still wear it today. Anyway one thing I love about nachos is that you can make chicken nachos, beef nachos, vegetable nachos, chili nachos and the list goes on and on. Umm maybe I am poor, no really I'm blessed.  So this photo shows chili nachos made from my famous chili, recipe listed below.


1 pound lean hamburger
1 sweet onion; chopped
2 cloves of garlic; finely chopped
1 TBLS. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 bay leaf
1 14-oz can tomatoe sauce
8-oz dried beans of your choice
1 10 oz can diced tomatoes tomatoes with chilies I use mild
1 4 oz can tomato paste

I soak my beans and then start my chili by cooking them in beef broth, or chicken if making chicken chili. When they start to get tender I cook the beef and onion together and drain. Then add the beef mixture to the beans. After this add other ingredients and stir well. Cook until beans are tender and much of the liquid is absorbed.

Serve with crackers or corn bread! ENJOY

What are some of your favorite super bowl recipes? Care to share?

Thanks for stopping by y'all and please come again soon!!!!