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Chuckwagon Turkey Stew

Chuckwagon Stew

There is a long history behind the Chuckwagon.  They were used by the cowboys working on the Texas cattle drives as early as 1867.  Each had their own cook, often called “Cookie” and was king of his chuckwagon.  The chuckwagon was the social center for the cowboys out on a drive.  He determined when, what to eat and sometimes, how much. 

Turkey Chuckwagon Stew  Chuckwagon Turkey Stew

Not much different than the  home “Cookies”   However, I doubt turkey was very the main meat in the stew, not when moving beef across the land.  There are some very interesting stories of the chuckwagon history.

Every ready baked potatoes.

My real intention of taking about this stew was the use of prebaked potatoes to have in the refrigerator to add to soups, stews, or for stir frying without the waiting for the potato to bake.  I bake four russet potatoes, wrapped in foil for 1 hour at 400 F.  They are cooled to room temperature in the foil, and stored until ready for addition to a recipe.  That was the beginning of the Chuckwagon Turkey Stew.


Chuckwagon Turkey Stew
 
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A savory stew to enjoy around a camp fire or picnic. Just as great to have for a quick evening week day dinner.
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Recipe type: Stew
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons of jalapeno pepper, diced (more if preferred hotter)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½-3/4 cup cooked or canned navy beans, drained (other canned beans if preferred)
  • 14.5 ounces of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1-2 cups baked potatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • ¼ cup of ketchup
  • Netta Belle's Choice Sea Salt
  • Netta Belle's Choice Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground turkey in the olive oil, drain on paper towels, set aside.
  2. Brown the onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper in olive oil until soft.
  3. Add the browned turkey to the skillet.
  4. Sprinkle the flour over the turkey, stir to blend. This is to thicken the juices.
  5. Add beans, tomatoes and potatoes.
  6. Stir to blend together.
  7. Add the seasonings.
  8. Simmer for 25 minutes.
Notes
This recipe is versatile to prepare to your family's taste. Ground beef or sausage could be used in place of the turkey, as well as your choice of beans and seasonings. Enjoy for a quick supper/dinner.-----------------------------------
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Chuckwagon Turkey Stew

Stone Ground Corn Bread

Stone Ground Corn Bread                                                                                                       

 

Enjoy Stone Ground Cornbread
with Chuckwagon Turkey Stew.

 

 

 

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Southwest Vegetarian Pot Pie

Southwest Vegetarian Pot Pie

 

Using what I learned!

At a local cooking class, once again I was kicked out of my usual thinking:  pot pies have  to have a pastry crust or puff pastry.  Biscuits and refrigerated rolls out of a can are quick and easy toppings.  I had never thought of cornbread.  When do I bake cornbread?   Usually when serving chili or soups there is  a pan of cornbread.  Now to be creative!  What else goes with corn bread other than ham and beans.  BEANS?

Go southwest!

The west is a fascinating landscape, so colorful and different from the mid-west states.  When- ever we drove out to Arizona, I always liked to stop at the Pueblo Indiana Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico to look in the shops, the museum and the Restaurant.  The food was so good, but look out for the salsa.  Hot!!!

So here is my version of Southwest Vegetarian Pot Pie Recipe.

Southwest Vegetarian Pot Pie
 
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A blend of southwestern vegetables and seasoning with topping of corn bread, quick and easy to bake together for a one dish meal.
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Southwest
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-15 ounce pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups corn, frozen or whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1-15 ounce tomatoes, diced and with juice
  • ¾ teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Crushed Red Pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Sea Salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ to ½ cup water, if needed for more liquid
  • CORN BREAD TOPPING
  • 1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Sea Salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 400 F.
  2. Use 8-inch cast iron skillet (or grease 2 quart casserole dish)
  3. Heat olive oil in skillet.
  4. Add onion, celery, red bell pepper, and garlic to softened.
  5. Add remaining vegetables.
  6. Heat to simmering.
  7. MIX CORNBREAD TOPPING
  8. Whisk dry ingredients together.
  9. Add milk, egg and oil.
  10. Stir until just mixed, do not beat until smooth.
  11. Pour over the bubbling vegetables in cast iron skillet (Or pour hot vegetables into greased casserole and cover with corn bread batter.
  12. Bake 25 minutes.
  13. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top, set in oven to melt cheese.
Notes
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Evening Southwest Sky

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Enjoy an evening dinner with Southwest Vegetarian Pot Pie.

 Serve with

 

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Preserving San Marzano Tomatoes

Preserving San Marzano Tomatoes

Fresh San Marzano Tomatoes

At the local farmer’s market I bought San Marzano Tomatoes.  I had not seen them before and took the opportunity to try them and preserving some.  They are similar to a Roma tomato, long shaped and meaty, with small core and few seeds.

I washed them, poured boiling water over for 3-4 minutes, then put into ice water bath. The skin peeled off easily.  They were cut in half and laid out on a pan lined with parchment paper.

San Marzano tomatoes ready for oven drying.

San Marzano tomatoes ready for oven drying.

Fresh thyme was put on the paper, then topped with the tomato halves.  I sprinkled olive oil and Kosher salt on tomatoes and baked at 450°F for 15 minutes.  The oven was turned off and the pan of tomatoes were left in the oven for 2 hours to dry.

Oven Dried San Marzano Tomatoes

Oven Dried San Marzano Tomatoes

Preserving San Marzano Tomatoes
 
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This is an easy recipe for fixing home oven-dried tomatoes as a means of preserving for later use.
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Recipe type: Oven Dried Tomatoes
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds of San Marzano tomatoes
  • thyme, fresh sprigs
  • olive oil
  • Kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Wash and remove tomato skins by pouring boiling water on them for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Drain, put into an ice water bath.
  3. Peel tomatoes, skins come off easily.
  4. Cut tomatoes in half, remove core and seeds.
  5. Drain on toweling or a towel.
  6. Put parchment paper on cookie sheet, spread thyme sprigs on paper.
  7. Place the tomatoes on top of thyme.
  8. Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes and season with Kosher salt.
  9. Bake at 450 F for 15 minutes.
  10. Turn off the heat, let tomatoes dry out for 2-3 hours.
  11. Put into jelly jars and cover with olive oil.
  12. Refrigerate. Olive will become solid, but will melt when setting out to use.
Notes
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I put the tomatoes into jelly jars and partially covered with olive oil and stored in the refrigerator. They were soon used in salad, soup and sauce and soon were gone.  They were softer than the commercial dried tomatoes and much better flavor.  I could be partial.

I prepared the next 2 lbs of San Marzano Tomatoes as for drying, except I put them in freezer bag in one layer and froze them.  I haven’t cooked with those yet.

Frozen San Marzano Tomatoes

Frozen San Marzano Tomatoes

There were about 1 1/2 pounds of the tomatoes left, so decided to make a puree. The preparation was removing skins, cutting in half, removing core and the seeds.  I put them into blender, pureed until smooth.  I had 1 1/4 cup of puree which was cooked in small kettle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar.  I cooked to reduce it to one-half.

Preparing San Marzano Tomatoes to make puree.

Preparing San Marzano Tomatoes to make puree.

I poured it into a 1/2 pint jar which was hot from boiling and covered with lid and ring.  I sat it into a pot of hot water which covered the jar letting it come to rolling boil and let boil for 20 minutes.  Then removed the can from the hot water to cool for 24 hours and also to seal the lid.

1 cup of seasoned Canned San Marzano Puree.

Preserving  seasoned  San Marzano Puree.

I hope this will give you incentive to try San Marzano Tomatoes and to give drying, freezing and canning a try.  When doing it in small amounts, it is more manageable in time and space to work and for storage.

Have you done canning, freezing or drying?  Please let me know what you have preserved.

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Summer Vegetable Soup

Netta Belle’s Choice Summer Vegetable Soup

A hearty and healthy Summer Vegetable Soup

       A Healthy and Hearty Summer Vegetable Soup

Summer is a great time to have a vegetable soup with all the fresh foods from the garden. This is when I wish I had a garden, but love those farmer’s markets on Saturdays mornings.  I also like to go visit the markets at farms to pick out from their bounty.

Summer Vegetable Soup is healthy and hearty.  This soup is without meat, I do use one teaspoon of olive oil to sauté the onion, garlic and celery. I use low-fat chicken broth; vegetable broth would be good to use in this. Chopping up the vegetables is the most time-consuming; I like them close in size for even cooking.  When short of time, I will prepare the day ahead, cook for about 15 minutes, allow to cool and put in refrigerator until ready to heat. The next day, I put it in the crock pot and cook on low until all the vegetables are tender.

Summer Vegetable Soup
 
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A healthy vegetarian summer soup of many vegetables. 5-a-day is easy with this soup.
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Recipe type: Soups
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • ½ cup carrots, sliced
  • ½ cup green and/or red bell peppers, diced
  • 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 small red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into ½ inch slices
  • 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes with juice or 3 fresh tomatoes
  • 32 ounces low-fat chicken broth
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • ¼ cup ozro pasta
  • 1 teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Flavour-Enhancer Spice Blend
  • 1 tablespoon each fresh basil, parsley and cilantro, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried herbs.
Instructions
  1. Prepare all vegetables before starting to cook.
  2. Heat olive oil in 6-quart Dutch oven.
  3. Add onion, garlic, carrots and celery, cook until soft and onion translucent.
  4. Add the remaining vegetables, broth, tomato paste, ozro pasta, Flavour-Enhancer Spice Blend and herbs.
  5. Stir to blend, cover and bring to boil.
  6. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
Notes
This can be made a day ahead, refrigerated overnight and reheated in a crock pot. It also freezes well. It does make a large amount of soup, it can be put into pint jars and stored in the refrigerator for use for lunches.
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More broth or water can be added to make it a thinner soup.  It does make a large quantity and it freezes well.

Since it is only my husband and myself in the home, when I make soup I will put the simmering soup in pint jars to refrigerate to use later.  The lids usually seal, but since not processed in canner, the soup should be kept refrigerated and used within 2 weeks.

A serving of Summer Vegetable SoupI like to serve cornbread and a orange-pineapple jello salad with the soup for a light lunch with friends.

Enjoy a healthy and hearty Summer Vegetable Soup even in the winter time.

 

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