Summer Squash – Sauteed

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Sweet summer squash. Dave’s favorite way to be served this vegetable is to have it sauteed with onions and bacon. If you don’t want to use bacon, then use some bacon grease. That’s right. A tablespoon will do. Save some of your “fat” when you fry up some bacon. It can be stored at room temperature for several weeks. Add some sea salt and pepper if you’d like, and saute away. You can serve some small bacon pieces with it if you’d like.

IF, however, you don’t want to use anything bacon, you can use olive oil. I have to do that sometimes when I don’t have any bacon on hand. ‘Always wish I did, though because it’s just not quite as good.

Fresh, small squash is the most tender and flavorful.  It’s a pretty dish when you slice this vegetable thinly and use the dainty rounds.

For sauteeing, you can use a large skillet. I am blessed with a cook-n-dine, so that’s what I use. (I don’t get anything for referring you to the cook-n-dine, but if you want to call them, you can get the number from the link above; ask to speak with Bea Gebhardt and tell her I sent you.)

I fry a pound of bacon on my cook-n-dine and then ladle the drippings into a container for later use. By the time the bacon is done, my “skillet” is well oiled and I’m ready to go. The bacon is used for garnish and for other recipes later in the week.

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Yes. It looks dirty, but it isn’t. It’s the only photo I took and I know it’s a fail.

Put onion into the bacon grease/oil and let it sautee for a minute or two, then add thinly sliced squash. Season with sea salt and pepper (optional). Keep mixing and moving the ingredients around so they don’t get too brown (as I am prone to do.)

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Put the vegetables into a bowl and top with bacon pieces (optional).

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This dish only takes minutes to make and is bound to please. I’ve also added fresh, whole green beans to the mix. They take a little longer, so you’ll want to start with the beans first before you add the succulent yellow squash.

Summer Squash - Sauteed
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A simple, easy way to serve fresh summer squash and guaranteed to have kids asking for more.
Ingredients
  • 4 strips bacon - or more
  • 4 cups sliced squash
  • 1-2 onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 Tbsp. bacon grease OR olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash fresh squash and slice thinly
  2. Slice onions
  3. Season skillet with olive oil OR bacon grease
  4. Add onions, stirring for a minute or two
  5. Add squash and mix together with onions
  6. Season to taste
  7. Stir-fry until squash and onions are tender

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Chicken Bites

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Chicken Bites. You make them as large or as small as you’d like.

Looking for an easy, do-ahead chicken recipe for a crowd?  Here is one you will want to try. I got it from my sister Alice, who served it at our family reunion this summer. I saw those trays of chicken in the refrigerator Friday and we got to indulge on Saturday evening. This recipe for chicken bites is easy to make ahead of time or the day you plan to serve it.

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Melt butter and mix dry ingredients separately. Dip your pieces in the butter and then in the crumbs. You can use drumsticks, leg quarters, or breasts. Be sure to cover your trays with tin foil – it helps with clean-up.

Bake it uncovered for 20-25 minutes in a 400-degree oven.

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Chicken Bites
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An easy oven-bake chicken dish that can be done a day or two ahead of time. Basil, parmesan cheese, and Ritz crackers help give it a distinct flavor
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts (or other pieces)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
  • 1 tsp. basil leaves
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Place aluminum foil on baking sheet.
  2. Cut chicken into pieces if desired
  3. Combine next five ingredients
  4. Dip chicken in melted butter, then in crumbs
  5. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes (at 400-degrees) or until done on the inside.

 

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Homemade Pizza Sauce

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This recipe for pizza sauce is simple and easy to do. I recognize that it’s not completely homemade because it doesn’t start from scratch with tomatoes, but it’s the closest thing to it.

It’s a lot of work to make pizza sauce completely from scratch, and I’ve decided that this form of “homemade” works best for me. This recipe is simple and easy to fix. I usually simmer the sauce while I’m mixing up the pizza dough for homemade pizza.  Tomato sauce, bay leaves, oregano, and parsley make a fine pizza sauce. I often double recipe so I can put some in the freezer and have it ready to use the next time. If you double the pizza dough and the sauce, you’ll have an easy meal next time. I allow the pizza dough and the sauce to thaw for several hours before I’m ready to use it.

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My friend Cindy (who happens to belong to my husband’s side of the family) makes a mean pizza and she gladly shared this recipe with me over a quarter of a century ago. Since then, I’ve never used anything else. I sometimes add Italian seasoning to the original recipe as well.

Once you’ve got your dough and sauce on the pan, add all ingredients except the cheese. Bake until the bottom of the crust is nearly done. Then add your cheese and put it back in the oven until the cheese has melted.

Your choice of ingredients will be as varied as the palettes of those you are serving.  I’ve used ham, bacon, hamburger, sausage, pepperoni, chicken, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and cheese. Mix and match, or allow each person to design his own pizza using small cast iron skillets for personal pan pizzas!

If you’d like the recipe I use for my pizza dough, you can simply click here.

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Ingredients
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce
  • ½ tsp. oregano leaves
  • ½ t. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. Season-all
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. sugar
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Remove bay leaf.
  4. Spread sauce over crust.
  5. Top with your choice of pizza ingredients

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Roast Beef with Homemade Gravy

 

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                      Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes with Homemade gravy, homegrown corn,                             and green beans sauteed with almonds in olive oil and sea salt.  

There’s  nothing like coming home from church on Sunday noon and having the aroma of slow-juicy-oven-roasted beef fill your senses when you walk in the door. It says comfort, and it says home!

There is really no magic formula for doing an oven-roast, but there are a few things I do that I think help make it tender all the way through. Depending on the size of the roast, you’ll want to bake it longer. Just tweak this for the size of your roast.

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        A liberal sprinkling of pepper and not so much sea salt.

You choose your seasonings and fix it the way you like it. I use onion, sea salt, and pepper. Add anything else you’d like to satisfy your taste buds.

For starters, I put the roast into a roaster or stoneware, add my seasonings and water (the more water you add, the more broth you will have).  I added about a cup of water to this 2.5-pound roast and should have added a little more.

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                        One whole onion sliced and put on the top.

Put the roast into the oven at 400 and let it heat through for at least 15 minutes.  For a larger roast, you might want to let it at that temperature for 20-25 minutes. Sometimes I put it into the oven when I turn the oven on, and allow it to get to 400 slowly. The reason I do this is because I like the idea of getting the center of that roast hot before I turn it down to a slow-roast for several hours.

Turn your oven down to 250-275 for three to four hours. I turned mine down at 9 AM and when we got home at 12:30 PM, the place smelled heavenly.

If you check your roast and it’s not gone done fast enough, you can always turn the oven up a little or leave it in longer while you’re fixing the rest of the meal.

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                                                                                        Those are onions, not pieces of fat!

You can follow this same idea in a slow cooker. I would still put it in on high for an hour so it gets heated through the center before putting it down to low.

Remove your liquid/broth and use it to make gravy.

Cut your roast the way you prefer, and it’s ready to go.

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                                                                           Finished product minus the broth.

To make gravy, put your broth into a kettle and bring it to a boil. While you’re waiting on the broth to boil, put 1-2 Tablespoons flour into a bowl and mix in enough milk to make a thin paste. When the broth is boiling, add the flour/milk mixture slowly, stirring constantly.  To thicken more, allow the gravy to simmer longer.  OR you can add more milk/flour. Be sure to give it some time first so your gravy tastes like roast and not like flour.

 

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Your roast can be done at a lower temperature for a longer period of time if you’d like.  Set your temperature by the amount of time you need to get it done. The secret to a tender roast is to get it hot all the way through and then roast it slowly in a not-too-hot oven.

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Roast Beef with Homemade Gravy
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • 2-3 pound beef roast
  • 1 whole onion, sliced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups water
Instructions
  1. Put roast into roaster or stoneware
  2. Season with Salt and Pepper
  3. Place sliced onion on top
  4. Pour water over all
  5. Cover with lid
  6. Put into 400-degree pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes
  7. Turn oven down to 250-275 and continue to bake for 3-4 more hours until roast is tender

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