Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ginger Beef, Mushroom, and Kale Stir-Fry

This recipe comes to us from Gimme Some Oven, and it caught my eye because it’s obviously Asian, which I love, and the kale in it sounded interesting. Um, I have to say right off that I hated the kale and both Timmy and I picked it out. However, Timmy said that if it had been spinach, which he’s not overly fond of, he would have eaten it! So, I leave it to you to make with the kale or substitute spinach, which I wish I had, hahaha.

Other than the evil kale, the recipe was really good and pretty quick and easy. I switched out portobello and shitake mushrooms for regular mushrooms. I got the beef on clearance for way less than the regular price, which is how I could afford it and why I could even make a recipe with beef in it. Hey, works for me! ;-)

So, let’s get cooking!

First, peel and mince the garlic and ginger. Slice the scallions thinly. 

Slice the thin flank steak across the grain into strips about 1 inch wide and 2-3 inches long.

In a bowl, mix together the soy sauce, broth, rice wine vinegar, corn starch, ginger, garlic, and black pepper. Add the sliced beef and marinate for 15 minutes or so.

Cut the mushrooms into chunks, into thirds or quarters. Coarsely chop the kale or spinach. (Choose the spinach! Hahaha)

In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbl oil and cook the beef until done, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Add the other 1 Tbl oil to the skillet. Sauté the mushrooms a minute, then add the kale or spinach. Add the marinade and cook a few minutes until the leafy green is wilted.

Stir frequently to thicken the sauce, then add in the cooked beef. Sprinkle the sliced scallions on top and serve.

Enjoy! ~TMMF


1/3 cup soy sauce
½ cup vegetable broth (or chicken/beef broth, or water)
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons corn starch
3/4” ginger root
2 cloves garlic
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 lb. thinly sliced flank steak or sirloin
2 tablespoons oil
12 ounces mushrooms
3 cups chopped kale or spinach
2 scallions 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Slow Cooker Sausage Cassoulet

The first time I had Cassoulet was growing up with my great cooking parents. My dad had found a recipe and made it and our family LOVED it! According to Wikipedia, Cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked casserole originating in the south of France, containing meat, pork skin and white beans. The dish is named after its traditional cooking vessel, the cassole, a deep, round, earthenware pot with slanting sides. I remember the recipe my father used as being a very hearty dish with a medley of flavors, very satisfying.

Unfortunately, my dad lost the original recipe he had used, and through the years, though trying to find it many times, we were never able to locate it. This is a Cassoulet recipe my father came across from The CL Diet Habit, and it closely resembles what we grew up with. You can use chicken along with the sausage, or beef, or whatever, but I have to say that the sausage really makes it, so don’t leave it out!

When I made this, instead of cooking the veggies in a Tbl of oil as suggested, I cooked the sausage and then used the same pan with drippings to sauté the veggies so they soaked in the flavor of the meat. I used a little more of each vegetable too, just because that’s how I roll. ;-)

So, let’s get cooking!

In a skillet large enough, cook the sweet Italian sausages until thoroughly done.

While the sausages are cooking, dice the celery and onion, peel and slice the carrots, peel and cube the rutabaga into 1 inch pieces, and peel and mince the garlic.

When the sausages are cooked, set aside to cool, and sauté the veggies and garlic in the same pan with the drippings for 5 minutes.

Slice the sausages into ¼ inch rounds.

In a 6 qt crock pot, place the veggies, diced tomatoes, cannellini beans, sausages, chicken stock, thyme, and black pepper.

Cover and cook for 8 hours on low. Or, as I did, 2 hours on high and then 4 hours on low. Omg, it makes the house smell so good when it’s cooking!!

In a smallish skillet, melt the butter and add the bread crumbs. Cook over medium heat, stirring almost constantly, until browned. Add the Parmesan cheese and mix thoroughly.

Stir half of the bread crumb mixture into the Cassoulet in the crock pot as a thickener, and then sprinkle the rest on top. Serve and watch the smiles!

Enjoy! ~TMMF


6 sweet Italian sausages
1 md onion
6-8 carrots
½ md rutabaga
2 stalks celery
2 massive cloves garlic
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
2 15oz cans cannellini beans,
rinsed and drained
1 c chicken stock
1 tsp dried thyme
½ tsp black pepper
½ c bread crumbs
¼ c Parmesan cheese
1 Tbl butter
2 tsp dried parsley