Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ranch Style Hash -- Recipes on a Budget

After K and I got married, it didn't take long for me to learn that our ideas of what comprised a stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal were a ways apart.

We're talking the Grand Canyon of ideological rifts.

I have since learned that Wisconsin cooking is all about meat, cheese, and potatoes. And more meat. And more potatoes.

Before my mid west friends are up in arms, I need to share with you that I know this is not true of all in the mid west. That some of you like a nice big salad full of fresh veggies.

All kidding, and 30 pounds aside. I've learned that meat, cheese, and potatoes are pretty danged good!

I'm sharing with you K's mother's Ranch Style Hash. Though it doesn't have potatoes, it's Wisconsin to the heart!

K even cooked it for us today. I'm such a lucky girl!

Ranch Style Hash
1 lb hamburger, browned and drained
3 1/2 cup tomatoes (or one can diced tomatoes in juice)
1 chopped green pepper
1/2 cup onion
3/4 cup uncooked rice (not minute) -- we used brown so needed to cook this a little longer
1/4 tsp basil
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
pinch of garlic

Simmer all ingredients in a large frying pan for 25 minutes, then top with cheese until melted.


Linking this up to:

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

Foodie Friday @ Designs for Gollum

A tale of confessions, pet peeves, and grand plans

This post could also be titled "Excuses," however that's not nearly as telling as my last few weeks... and not all of it has been under my control!

I've told you how amazing China was, and how much I've been enjoying soaking up the spectacular Alaskan sun (when it can be troubled to dry up all the rain), and that I've been traveling to Milwaukee. All of this is true! In fact, everything I share with you is true. :)

It's also true that I've been seriously neglecting EKat's Kitchen for various and sundry reasons. I've been diligent (with Girlichef's help) about keeping up with Friday Potluck and visiting all of your posts (with the exception of last Friday -- see "Pet Peeves" below). However, I haven't been posting my new and fabulous dishes. This is, in part due to my constant repetition of:
1. Noodles with balsamic vinegar and fresh grated Parmesan, and
2. Caesar salad

It's also due to my reticence to share with you my Kohlrabi Tempura disaster, which ended painfully. Though delicious, I only had a few bites, due to flying oil, and a run for burn ointment and band-aids. I'll leave the rest up to your imagination!

Suffice it to say that I plan to be remedying this neglect soon.

Above, I mentioned my failure to visit your Friday Potluck posts last week. I will be fixing this lapse just as soon as possible. However, this is due to a factor outside of my control - lack of Internet service.

Two or three weeks ago, I switched my phone and Internet service from a local company (GCI) to another local company (Alaska Communications or ACS)... these comprise the only two options for both services of which I'm aware. The switch was made because I need reliable service to my house -- for work, my husband's classes, and of course, for blogging... and I wasn't getting good service or customer service before.

Fast forward to Saturday morning. My Internet was down; I spent 3 hours on the phone with ACS tech support (these guys were AWESOME)... but the problem ultimately couldn't be solved. I then spent another hour on the phone with customer service looking for an alternate solution -- which was suggested... for a fee. I have a hard time paying additional money, when the original service I am paying for doesn't work. GRRR.

Instead, I ended up getting a new white and pink iPhone 4 that can serve as a wifi hot spot. I love my new phone. But I am hesitant to use the wifi feature too much for fear of a HUGE bill for my data plan. Once I have Internet back, which *might* be sometime this week/end, I'll be checking all of my FPers posts, past and present.

Moving forward, I'm very excited about new and exciting things and recipes coming my way! I'll be participating in the Cookbook Spotlight and Cook Off of the upcoming Homesick Texan cookbook by Lisa Fain, hosted at Girlichef.  I'm excited to be doing lots of cooking this fall as well. Hopefully I'll be sharing some Alaska moose recipes... AND I'm hoping to do some physical potlucks this winter with some fellow Army wives while the guys are gone.

Finally (though not final), I'm participating in a fitness challenge that I'm putting together for wives in my husband's unit to motivate us all to keep moving and to get in shape (or stay in shape ... for those who already are) while the guys are overseas. I can't wait!

Stay tuned for more!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Friday Potluck Recipe Hop#48

I greet you, this fine Friday Potluck, from beautiful Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where my company's Board meeting is being hosted.

I'm also spending time with my fabulous in laws, while Mr. Amazing is sweating down in the jungle of Central Louisiana. I think that I have the better end of the deal somehow.

So no fabulous story right now, just a shout out to all my Wisconsin peeps... and while I'm at it, all of my peeps in the world!

Hope your week went well. I can't wait to get home and see what your fabulous additions to this weeks' Friday Potluck will be.


grab the code!

Just a few quick and easy rules for joining the party:

1. Link directly to your recipe (not your main blog).
2. Only one recipe per blog each week.
3. Be sure, in the linked blog post, to link back here to Friday Potluck @ EKat's Kitchen using the button above or text.
4. Have fun, do some visiting and enjoy!

1. simplistic bread pudding
2. nappa cabbage and leeks
3. Spicy Chicken Hot Pockets
4. Chocolate Cupcake Surprise
5. Peach Muffins
6. Meyer Lemon Macaron and a Giveaway
7. Plum cake with nuts and chocolate
8. Run DMT
9. Struffoli
10. Stir Fry Beef and Baby Bok Choy
11. Steam Winter Melon with Century Egg Minc
12. Chicken, Potato and Egg Salad
13. Braised Mushrooms with Spinach
14. Italian Lamb Stew
15. Nonya Chicken Curry (Curry Kapitan )
16. Nutella Marble Cake
18. Tuna Pasta Salad
19. Apple Whole Wheat Pancakes
20. Arugula Salad
21. Gluten-Free Banana Banana Bread
22. Eggplant Ricotta Pizza
23. M&M Peanut Butter Cookies
24. Green Beans in Balsamic Butter
25. EASY Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cookie
26. Oreo Cheesecake Pretzel Bites
27. Fresh Tomato and Basil Sauce
28. Banana Split Cupcake
29. Glazed Apricot Chicken
30. Happy Face Cookie Pops
31. Pork Pinwheel with Sausage and Spinach
32. Healthier Zucchini Muffins
33. Easier Cupcake Bites
34. Cheesy Baked Potato Soup
35. Pina Colada Birthday Cake
36. Pita Pizzas
37. Blackened Chix w/ Creole Mustard Sauce
38. Shrimp Salad
39. Coconut Fun Chippers
40. Key Lime Cheesecake: Freshly Squeezed
41. Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
42. Best Meatloaf Ever
43. Pizza Dough from the Bread Machine
44. Peaches and Cream Pie
45. Tabbouleh Salad
46. Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon
47. Turkey Cutlets with Cherry Sauce
48. Tarragon Chicken Salad
49. Evacuation and Island Salmon
50. Tomatillo Gazpacho
51. {Perfect} Iced Coffee
52. after school treat
53. Smores Bars
54. Peach Pie
55. Filipino Pork Adobo
56. Chicken Fried White BBQ Sandwich
57. Philly Cheese Steak
58. Watermelon Sherbet Smoothies
59. Salmon Salad Sandwiches

This linky list is now closed.


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