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Be sure to schedule out some “me time” on Thursday, April 24. Watching a fun cooking demo will be relaxing, rewarding and maybe even give you some fab ideas for dinner! If you’re in the Pacific Time Zone, the party starts at noon. That’s 2:00 pm here in Central Time and if you’re in the Eastern Time Zone, be ready at 3:00. You won’t want to miss this fun and free event, starring Average Betty. She’ll be whipping up some exciting new twists on family favorite dishes and you can even ask her questions, live, during the cooking demo.
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Juicy, tender and flavorsome; every dedicated carnivore knows the pure joy that comes from devouring a prime piece of steak. Rump, rib-eye, porterhouse or sirloin, there’s a cut for every discerning steak eater and while your Grandfather might like his well-done, the true flavors of each cut can be revealed in any number of ways. Put simply: preparing steak is an art form. Are you new to the wonderful world of steak? Need a pointer or two? Read on to discover most popular cuts of steak and how you cook them.
The ‘Chuck’ part of the cow is the part where you get the blade steak, eye steak, arm roast, and blade roast. This is one of your more economical cuts of meat and is usually used for stewing, slow cooking and pot roasting, as it needs that little bit of extra help to tenderize. This is the cut that will often be used for hamburger patties and meatballs.
The Sirloin part of the cow is where you get your sirloin steak, top sirloin steak and tri-tip roast. These are quite chewy but very flavorsome, and are usually quite reasonably priced.
Your short loin section of the cow is where you get your top loin steak, T-bone steak, Porterhouse Steak and Filet Mignon. These beef cuts are some of the most popular ones as they are extremely tender and are best for grilling on an outdoor barbecue, from somewhere like BBQ’s Galore, so they get infused with the smokey flavour of the wood.
The Rib section of the cow is where you get your rib roast, rib steak, rib eye steak, rib eye roast and back ribs. These rib parts are nicely marbled so they have that delicious fall-off-the-bone texture, and a full bodied flavor. Of these the smaller cuts, such as the rib eye steak, are the best for grilling and pan frying, while the short ribs are best braised until they fall apart in your mouth. The standing rib roast cut is great for roasting and has a bone that you can use later for soup.
The Variety Cuts might sound quite unappetizing (unless you are used to them), but they are actually really good for you, as they have a lot of excellent nutritional value. These include the tongue, liver, heart and kidney. Some of your favorite foods are probably made out of some of these parts, so don’t turn your nose up too quickly. The tongue is quite fatty, so that is usually boiled, and is often eaten in Mexico, India and Portugal. Calf livers are a delicacy in many countries in the world, and can be eaten any which way you choose to, even raw! Beef kidneys are one of the most nutritional part of the cow, and are high in protein and low in fat. The beef heart has made a comeback in recent years and can be simmered, baked or braised.
Are you feeling more enlightened on all-things steak? Which piece are you most keen to cook? Submit a comment and share your thoughts.
What an amazingly, incomprehensible gift we can share, today! .. Romans 5:8 - “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Luke 24:1 – 8 - “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they [...]
What an amazingly, incomprehensible gift we can share, today!
Romans 5:8 - “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Luke 24:1 – 8 - “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”
The Romans Road
Jesus died to save us, so that we wouldn’t have to pay the price of our sin, and so we can be assured of eternity in His presence. If you feel led to know more about how to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Bible shows us a simple path to understanding what that means and surrendering our lives to His leading and direction. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions; and if you accept Christ, today, let me know that, too, so I can praise Him with you and add you to my prayers, for you to continue to grow in grace and knowledge. Have a blessing-filled, Easter!
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
We all have sin in our hearts. We were born under the power of sin’s control.
Step 1 – Admit that you are a sinner.
Romans 6:23a “…The wages of sin is death…”
A holy and righteous God cannot tolerate or be in the presence of sin. With our sin we have “earned” death – a spiritual death that ends in eternal separation from God, from His love, from light – from anyone or anything – eternal emptiness, loneliness and despair. Hell IS a reality. We will ALL live for eternity. The question is where will we spend it? You decide that for yourself, when you decide if you will accept the free gift of Christ’s sacrifice to pay your sin debt. God will never drag anyone kicking and screaming into heaven. It is your free choice — a free gift. Recognizing and accepting responsibility for your sin has to be your decision. He won’t force you.
Step 2 – Understand that you deserve death for your sin.
Romans 6:23b “…But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
It’s free! You can’t earn it. You and I can never be “good enough”. Without Christ living in us, we could never keep the holy and perfect standards of Almighty God. Even with Christ in us, as long as we live in this fallen world, we will still fall and have setbacks. The promise is that Christ has already paid the price of those missteps and made a way for us to get up and begin, again, striving each and every day to become more and more like Him, through His amazing gift — not by anything we could ever do on our own. When we recognize our sin we become so grieved by it, we just need to confess it, ask forgiveness and get it out of our lives. The word repent means “to turn away from”. Repenting involves not just being sorry, but making a conscious turn away from our sinful habits. Through Christ we WILL be strong enough to do that.
Step 3 – Ask God to forgive you and save you. Tell Him your desire is for Him to lead and direct your life.
Romans 5:8, “God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!”
When Jesus died on the cross, He paid sin’s penalty. He paid the price for all sin, and when He took all the sins of the world on Himself on the cross, He bought us out of slavery to sin and death! The only condition is that we believe in Him and what He has done for us, understanding that we are now joined with Him, and that He is our life. He did all this because He loved us and gave Himself for us!
Step 4 – Give your life to God… His love poured out in Jesus on the cross is your only hope to have forgiveness and change. His love bought you out of being a slave to sin. His love is what saves you — not religion, or church membership. God loves you!
Romans 10:13 “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!”
Step 5 – Pray in Jesus’ name. Ask Him to save you. Jesus tells us that no one comes to the Father except through Him.
Romans 10:9,10 “…If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
When Jesus is “calling” you, it’s unmistakable. Sometimes, we try to ignore it. But, I promise, you won’t be able to get it out of your mind, no matter how hard you resist or try to forget Him. Once He opens your eyes and heart to the truth — reveals Himself to you — you WILL know it to be true. You may have heard the Gospel dozens of times and, now, for the first time, it makes sense. Jesus pursues you, because He loves you. He wants a relationship with you.
Step 6 - If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, was buried and rose again on the third day to redeem and save you, ask Him to save you, pray for forgiveness, turn away from your sin (It doesn’t mean you’ll be magically perfect, but because He is perfect and sacrificed Himself for your sin, you will be forgiven. You will be consciously choosing a new way of living — turning away from past sin and moving forward in a new direction with Christ leading the way.) Ask Jesus to be Lord of your life, showing you how to, and giving you the will to, live a life that is pleasing to God. He WILL hear you. You WILL immediately be saved! You will become a brother, or sister, in Christ, adopted into the family of God and have eternal salvation!
A gyro (yee-rō) is a Greek dish, usually a mixture of lamb and beef, roasted on a vertical spit; and is typically served as a sandwich built on a pita bread with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce. Gyros are definitely a family favorite, but a treat we rarely have since the meat is not commonly found [...]
A gyro (yee-rō) is a Greek dish, usually a mixture of lamb and beef, roasted on a vertical spit; and is typically served as a sandwich built on a pita bread with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce. Gyros are definitely a family favorite, but a treat we rarely have since the meat is not commonly found here in the Midwest, without visiting a restaurant or our city’s 4th of July festival food court. It never occurred to me that I might be able to make this wonderful, savory meat at home, until we were lucky enough to sample a variety of lamb meats from Shepherd Song Farm. Seeing ground lamb got me thinking about gyros and if I might be able to come up with something similar.
I know, like me, you’ve seen those big vertical rotisseries, spinning slowly, roasting gyro meat, and then the chef stepping up with a large carving knife to shave off thin layers from the large rotating “loaf”. To get the meat, which is obviously ground, to stay put on a vertical spit, I knew it would have to be packed pretty tightly in order to hold together, which meant the meat would have to be ground super fine. I wanted to recreate that almost summer sausage-like texture of gyro meat, without having a vertical spit of my own to roast it on. Since it reminds me so much of sausage, I decided to try and use a variation of my own summer sausage recipe, to create gyro meat at home. After Googling some information, I discovered there are a LOT of varying opinions out there about the ratio of lamb to beef in gyros. I had one pound of each, to work with, so that settled the question for me – a 50-50 ratio it would be! Turns out, that’s absolutely perfect! :)
When I made the recipe the first time, I used the same Morton Tender Quick Salt that I use when making summer sausage. Since it is used in the curing process, I thought it might help my gyro meat hold together well and help with that texture I was looking for. It turned out delicious, but I don’t really think I need the meat to be cured. I hadn’t thought ahead to the curing salt giving my meat that deep pink color. They can’t really be using it in traditional gyros, because the meat is usually browned, not pink. I changed my recipe and will be making it with plain Celtic sea salt, in the future. That is reflected in the recipe, below, even though the pictures have the Morton Tender Quick Salt in them.
I’m sure my recipe isn’t much like an authentic Greek grandma’s , but it is truly delicious and my whole family enjoyed my Americanized “Greek” food. :) I hope you’ll enjoy preparing it for your family, too! What “eating out” dishes have you tried to make at home? What were your favorites? Can you share your secret recipe? :)
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What says summer, more than icy cold – sweet and juicy – watermelon? It’s definitely one of my favorite warm, weather indulgences! Kool-Aid’s new ready-to-serve, 96 ounce bottles made it easy for me to meld that favorite flavor with some lime and jalapeno to come up with a kickin’ sweet Jalapeno Lime Watermelon Jelly recipe for our family to enjoy, this summer. It’s so quick and easy, you’ll have a batch put together in under 30 minutes and have jelly to enjoy as well as to share. What a great treat to add to an Easter Basket, to give as a hostess gift or as part of a gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day! Flavor builds upon flavor as your tastebuds experience, first, the sweetness of watermelon with the slight tang of lime; and then are called to attention with the slight heat of the jalapeno at the finish. Fruit drinks are more than just beverages, my friends. You can get incredibly creative and make some fabulous summertime recipes! Enjoy this one and then put your crafty pants on and create something spectacular in your own kitchen. I know you can do it!
This recipe was even simpler because of being able to use the new Ready-to-Drink Kool-Aid. It is available in three flavors, Fruit Punch, Watermelon and Grape. It was a snap to find at my local Walmart. At our store the display was right in the juice and beverage aisle next to the other Kool-Aid products. Some stores will even have an island display in the center aisle, so check both locations at your own store.
Thanks to Kool-Aid, and their #KoolOff campaign, a few of our lucky Busy-at-Home readers may have Jim Dillard, pro fisherman, coming to their local Walmart, throughout June and August! There will be product giveaways, t-shirts, games, and more fun activities! The participating stores and dates are: Friday May 30th 5-7pm: 13675 Highway 43 Russellville, AL WM Supercenter, Saturday May 31st 3-5pm: 3100 Hough Rd Florence, AL WM Supercenter, Saturday May 31st 6-8pm: 517 Avalon Ave Muscle Shoals, AL WM Supercenter, Friday June 20th 5-7pm: 1210 Mineral Wells Ave Paris, TN WM Supercenter, Saturday June 21st 3-5pm: 1225 Paris Rd Murray, KY WM Supercenter, Saturday June 21st 6-8pm: 809 N 12th St Murray, KY WM Supercenter, Friday August 8th 5-7pm: 360 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter, Saturday August 9th 3-5pm: 1326 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter, Saturday August 9th 6-8pm: 2401 Augusta Rd West Columbia, SC WM Supercenter.
The fantastic 3/4 gallon bottles of Kool-Aid fruit drink are an ingenious idea – not just for quick and easy recipes, like my Jalapeno Lime Watermelon Jelly, but as a time and mess saver at picnics and birthday parties in the park, or even at your neighborhood barbecue. If you’ve ever tried to transport a pitcher of fruit juice or drinks, you’ll agree with me, that the size and shape of the bottle, along with the sealed lid, make it a much easier solution to the outdoor beverage problem. And the hand grips molded into the bottle, make it super easy to handle and to pour. I envision all kinds of quick and easy summer treats, like popsicles, cupcakes with Kool-Aid frosting and some Kool-Aid ice cream!
Kool-Aid’s Facebook page has some great ideas and tips for using Kool-Aid in recipes and craft projects. Be sure to check them out! What delicious ideas do you have for using quick and easy, ready -to-drink Kool-Aid, this summer? I can’t wait to hear what you would make!
Growing up, the most used cookbook in our home was one that had been my great grandmother’s. She had given it to my mom, and as a child, it’s one of the first recipe books I remember reading and using. I loved it best because it was old. Even in my childhood I was fascinated [...]
Growing up, the most used cookbook in our home was one that had been my great grandmother’s. She had given it to my mom, and as a child, it’s one of the first recipe books I remember reading and using. I loved it best because it was old. Even in my childhood I was fascinated with history and things from the past. I was also captivated by the fact that my mother’s hand-written notes left a trail through all the recipes she had used. I could know how well she liked a recipe by the obvious wear on the pages, often splatters and stains that I suspect could more likely be attributed to we kids as we learned to cook, using her favorite recipes.
Hearth and Home is a collection of recipes that I believe had been contributed by women from my great-grandmother’s church; and sprinkled throughout the text were quotes or “words of wisdom” from the recipe’s contributors. I think it’s fun to see that back then, they wrote down a recipe, (that most likely had been in their head for decades); and they wrote them, as they were stored in their heads. Many of the details were “just assumed”. :) There was no formal format for writing down a recipe, as most were probably handed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next. Often my mom’s notes in this cookbook were to add in an oven temperature and cooking time, as the contributors would naturally assume that those things would “just be understood”. The other thing that struck me as I thumbed through the pages this evening, is that every page was HAND-written. After comparing the handwriting on many pages, I’m convinced that the same person carefully copied each recipe into the book. What a treasure it is!
Some of Mom’s notes were more detailed than just temperatures and times, though. If I look very closely, the faint outline of her homemade noodle recipe is penned onto the inside of the back cover. And though it has been missing for many years, the memory is so vivid to me of two recipes that always lived on the inside of the FRONT cover of our Hearth and Home cookbook. The first was for my Grandma’s sugar cookies and the second was just a small note in the upper corner with the formula to substitute for a one ounce square of unsweetened chocolate. That formula is in my head, now, as I saw it so many times over the years. But as I thought about it, I realized that I often do exactly what the wonderful ladies from the Bethel Evangelical Free Church did way back then. I know it, so I assume everyone else does, too. So much of what is second-nature to me, I take for granted that others will have already been taught. Great pieces of knowledge, heritage and wisdom are lost for that way of thinking; so today, I am determined to share with you the formula for a square of chocolate. I’ll categorize it in our Kitchen Basics section. And to further enhance your vast database of kitchen knowledge, I’ll give you the formula for semi-sweet chocolate, too.
With the seemingly limitless digital age we live in, things like old cookbooks aren’t pulled off the shelves very often, any more. We really have lost some of the magic and memories that they could hold for us, but the wisdom can definitely still be carried forward. I don’t stain many cookbooks, these days, but I wonder if my flour-crusted laptop, Kindle and camera will hold any secret treasures or memories for my own kids and grandkids? :) I sure hope so!
Lamb, whether it is a roast leg of lamb, or lamb chops, or even a gorgeous crown roast (rack of lamb) is a variety of meat commonly associated with Easter, and yet, it is a wonderful choice for meals, year-round. I had previously never eaten lamb, nor had I tried to cook it. I am [...]
Lamb, whether it is a roast leg of lamb, or lamb chops, or even a gorgeous crown roast (rack of lamb) is a variety of meat commonly associated with Easter, and yet, it is a wonderful choice for meals, year-round. I had previously never eaten lamb, nor had I tried to cook it. I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to learn more about cooking this delicious protein through a new found sponsor, Shepherd Song Farm. Larry and Judy Moses Jacoby operate their artisan grown lamb and goat farm near Menomonie, Wisconsin. Their animals are 100% grass fed, pasture raised and never confined. They don’t use antibiotics, hormones, grains or animal byproducts. After cooking and serving three different lamb products, from Shepherd Song Farm, my family is hooked! The quality and care taken is obvious from the tender, delicate flavor of each savory morsel.
Great care was taken in packaging my order. The meat arrived packed in a styrofoam ice chest, inserted into a shipping carton. (Minimum purchases of at least $50 in Shepherd Song Farm meat are necessary in order to ensure there is enough meat to keep the entire package cold, during shipping.) Each package of lamb arrived, at my home, vacuum sealed and the meat was in prime condition! I couldn’t wait to be able to try it!
Never having cooked lamb, before, I was excited that the Shepherd Song Farm website had so many recipe ideas and tips, plus Judy has been so kind and helpful in answering the email questions, I have sent. The Shepherd Song Farm website has advice for everyone from beginners to veterans. I didn’t end up using one of the recipes from their site, but since I am definitely a beginner, opted to start with something super simple. Today, I’m delighted to share with you the easiest, juicy, succulent and flavorful grilled Lamb Chops recipe. No special marinating was required and there’s no long, ingredient list to send you hurrying off to the grocery store. From fridge, to table, this delicious main dish is simple and quick to prepare. We served ours with baked potatoes and sweet corn and couldn’t have eaten a more scrumptious meal if we had paid top dollar at a fancy restaurant. I can’t wait for you to give this a try and enjoy it yourself!
The Jacoby’s take great care in selecting the sheep and goat breeds they raise. They understand that those who feel lamb must be cooked with large amounts of garlic, to be palatable, have eaten lamb from a breed intended for wool, rather than those breeds specifically intended for meat. It’s why I feel confident in recommending that if you have previously felt you didn’t care for lamb, sampling a cut from Shepherd Song Farm, will change your mind and make you anxious to try more.
Shepherd Song Farm is committed to humane care and handling of their livestock, to a 100% grass-fed diet, and the patience to allow their stock a natural growth-span, without hormones or grain. While this means it takes longer for their animals to grow, the end result is superior-quality, pasture-raised meat whose delicate flavor is influenced by the natural and varied diet. The meat is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and beta-carotene. On top of that, I can speak from personal experience that it is delectable and will be a joyfully received treat, whenever it graces your table.
To purchase this high-quality Shepherd Song Farm premium lamb or goat meat for your own table, visit the Shepherd Song Farm online store. Leg of Lamb is currently on sale for 20% off (through April) and Busy-at-Home readers may, also, use this exclusive coupon code 24Chops to receive 15% off your order of lamb or goat chops!
One lucky Busy-at-Home reader will win $50 in their choice of premium Shepherd Song Farm lamb and/or goat. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post, after visiting the Shepherd Song Farm’s website and tell me something new you learned there -or- which cut of meat you would most like to try if you win the $50 gift code. Leave your answer in a comment on this post and then register your comment in the Rafflecopter form. I can’t wait for you to try these delicious meats! Good luck!
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One of the simplest ways to maximize our food dollars, and get the best flavor and nutrition punch for the money we spend, is to purchase foods that are “in season”. In season means that those foods are most commonly harvested at that time and are at the peak of their flavor and nutritional values. [...]
One of the simplest ways to maximize our food dollars, and get the best flavor and nutrition punch for the money we spend, is to purchase foods that are “in season”. In season means that those foods are most commonly harvested at that time and are at the peak of their flavor and nutritional values. Supply and demand saves our budget when we purchase these produce items at their peak, because that is also the time when they are most plentiful and readily available.
My lists are for items you will find in the United States, and even then, some will be more plentiful in one area of the country, than in others with later growing seasons. Use the list and walk through your local grocery store. Note the items that are on the shelves in your produce department, and their prices. Pick the ones that fit your family’s tastes, budget and geographical region. Select from a wide variety of types and colors to maximize a healthy, well-balanced diet and don’t be afraid to try something new. You’d be amazed at the new “favorites” you’ll discover.
Look for These Fruits and Vegetables in April
Leeks (end of season)
Lettuce (leaf and head)
What are your family’s favorite April fruits and vegetables? Do they like them best raw or cooked? What’s your favorite way to prepare them? Is there a vegetable you’ve always been afraid to try, but might consider if you had an easy recipe?
Chocolate is an Easter candy MUST at our house! Chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, chocolate bars, chocolate….well…..everything! lol and chocolate is plentiful during Easter season. Most any store you enter will have at least a small display of chocolate sweets to stuff into bright-colored baskets filled with cellophane grass. Once in awhile something truly special [...]
Chocolate is an Easter candy MUST at our house! Chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, chocolate bars, chocolate….well…..everything! lol and chocolate is plentiful during Easter season. Most any store you enter will have at least a small display of chocolate sweets to stuff into bright-colored baskets filled with cellophane grass. Once in awhile something truly special is called for, though. I always have a great deal of fun filling “baskets” for our children and grandchildren. I use the term “basket”, loosely, as the containers vary from year to year and tend to be an item of practical use for the time after the treats are gone — mugs, bowls, water bottles, etc. They aren’t necessarily glamorous or as festive as commercial Easter baskets, but I find they are usually as welcome as the treats inside.
I have discovered that I can marry my desire for practicality with festive and decorative containers, by gifting specialty boxes of chocolate from See’s Candy. They are especially appealing when sending a gift to loved ones who live far away and won’t be able to share the holiday with us. The decorated and sturdy boxes that delicious See’s candies are packaged in are perfect for storing treasures, when the treats are gone and I love using them in decorative displays and centerpieces, no matter what season or holiday. See’s has always created beautiful holiday boxes for their confectioneries and Easter is no exception. If you are looking for wonderful Easter candy, packaged beautifully to share with friends and loved ones, this Easter, look no further than See’s. Use their sweets to create your own custom baskets at home or pick from their wide selection and have them shipped as a surprise for those you want to send a special rememberance.
What are your favorite ways to treat family and friends? Are you an Easter basket traditionalist? Or do you, like me, “think outside the basket”? If so, there is plenty of time to avail yourself of See’s gloriously pretty and scrumptious Easter treats. Check out their Easter offerings and pick your favorite. Leave a comment on this post telling me the name of the one you’d most love to try and then register your comment in the Rafflecopter form, below. One lucky Busy-at-home reader will win a $25 See’s Candy Gift Code to purchase premium chocolate for themselves!
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