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Slow Cooker Italian Beef or Venison

Slow cooker Italian beef is the perfect meal this time of year. It's comfort food that feeds a family with plenty left over.  Autumn in southern Illinois is when Mother Nature can't decide if she's going to be hot or cold. We go from 65 degrees to near 100 degrees over the course of just a few days. I've lived here my whole life and I'm still not used to her mood swings! Nonetheless, it's also the time of year my slow cooker takes up permanent residency on the kitchen counte...

Vegetable Beef Soup

Waste not, want not. I learned this lesson well! Every time I make Italian beef, I use the leftover broth to make vegetable beef soup. It's a great way to add rich flavor to this classic soup ... and not waste savory broth.  When I make soup, I make enough to last several days. I almost never have enough broth left from the Italian Beef to make enough vegetable beef soup to last that long. I add beef stock and a little red wine to the broth to extend the amount. The rest is easy ...

Chili’s Favorite Hot Chili

  Chili has been a staple in my life for as long as I can remember. Every September, as soon as the temperature hit the mid 60s, my dad would whip up a big batch. We'd eat chili all autumn and winter long. We'd feed it to the Pumpkin Patrol and our town's police officers on Halloween Trick-or-Treat night ... always made in the very large fish fryer in the driveway! We went through a lot of chili ... chili pie ... chili mac ... chili and corn bread.  When I fix chili, I ...

Roasted Cornish Game Hens

It was HOT yesterday ... a typical hot and humid sunny Southern Illinois summer day ... ewe.  Summer time usually means I migrate from oven cooking to grill cooking to keep the kitchen cool, except for the days I get hungry for something like oven roasted meat! Yesterday was one of those day. It was hot outside.  My kitchen was hot.  I was thankful for the A/C and the swimming pool.  My mom roasted Cornish hens frequently when I was growing up - they were one ...

Pork Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

Oink, Oink! I get tired of the good ole fashioned hamburger ... we eat a lot of them in the summer. No matter how much I love them, I like to experiment with what goes between the bun. While searching for some inspiration, I ran across these BBQ Pork Burgers from Leite's Culinaria. They looked darn good, so I headed out to make my own rendition. I stuck to the general premise of using BBQ sauce, but I added a little Accent seasoning ... a trick I learned from our local golf ...

Weeknight Beef Stroganoff

It's been raining here for seemingly weeks! I shouldn't complain, I'd rather have rain than snow, but it definitely puts me in comfort food mode.   Beef Stroganoff is one of those meals I fix a little differently every time. It's one of my favorites, too! In a pinch, I even use ground beef. I've also made this with venison. Sadly, don't use mushrooms unless I'm feeling really mischievous ... MPG doesn't "eat fungus", and he's quick to remind me of that.  History ...

Crock-Pot Roast Beef

I love my Crock-pot. I suppose I could live without it if I had to, but it makes life so much easier on busy week days.  Unlike a lot of folks I know, I use mine all year long. It's great for soup and chili in the winter, but also great for sandwich meat and desserts all the time! It also doesn't heat up my kitchen in the summer! One of my favorite go-to crock-pot meals is roast beef with potatoes and carrots ... that's winter comfort food for me.  Italian beef (or ...

Chicken Tostadas

I'm always trying new recipes in my pressure cooker. Some turn out really great, while others just barely pass ... but I'm slightly picky about food quality. My shredded Chipotle chicken idea worked beautifully, but I forgot to take photos along the way! This is the end result ... so good.  I used about two pounds of skinless chicken breasts, Mexican beer, and a can of Chipotle sauce. All of these, along with a little corn starch, went into the pressure cooker for 30 ...