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Sunday, October 8, 2023

Texas Hash Easy Recipe

 


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Texas Hash Easy Recipe - (Main Dishes, Beef)

Ingredients:

1 pound hamburger
1 large green pepper (chopped)
1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1-2 tablespoons chili powder
3 large onions (diced)
2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, stir ground beef until it is light brown. Then drain off the fat. Add the onions, and green peppers, cook, and stir until the onions are tender. Stir in the tomatoes, rice, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Heat thoroughly, and pour into an ungreased 2-quart casserole dish. Cover & bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

My Thoughts On Texas Hash:

When I was a child I lived in East Texas. Longview, Texas to be exact. I lived there for about seven years. I loved it there but I am originally from Missouri. I picked up a little accent while living in East Texas, which was very noticeable when I moved back to Missouri. It is amazing how a person can adapt to a certain geographical area and pick up an accent. One thing that also was picked up was my love for Texan food. I love Texas Hash! If you have never tried this recipe I would encourage you to give it a whirl! There's some Texas talk for you!

Extra Information For You:

Texas Hash is really a Tex-Mex casserole but I logged it under Beef Dishes in this blog because of the love for beef in Texas and originality. This recipe is something that the whole family will love. The recipe originated in 1971 by the one and only Betty Crocker. I'm just kidding! She didn't invent it. She just published it then to share her version with the world. Betty Crocker isn't even a real person. She is a brand. Texas Hash is originally thought to come from the Great Depression era when families needed to conserve food and make ingredients stretch just to survive. You can learn more about its origin by visiting Apron Advisor.

A Question Or Two For Ya:

Do you remember the first time you tried Texas Hash? If you don't remember the first time then maybe you remember the last time. Did you cook it or did someone else? If you make this recipe would you mind sharing your experience with me here? Great! I knew you would. Also, did you see my last recipe? If you missed it, it is called Choco-Holic Ho Ho Cake. Check it out and tell me what you think of it too.

Personal Thoughts For Today: (Wood Pellet Stove Installation Pictures)

It has been a busy week for me as usual and I have been working on my wood pellet stove, as you may know from reading my previous posts. I got the area wall cleaned up and ready to get this thing installed. The nights here have been colder and I appreciate the warmth of wood heat. I am really looking forward to it being warmer and cheaper to heat my home.

Where the propane wall heater hung.

I need to paint over the spots on the wall where the propane heater used to hang. I got the holes filled and then I moved on to the next step in the process. I had to find the flue exhaust pipe hole and drilled in the area where I thought it was until finally I found it. I began by cutting the hole all the way open until it was completely revealed. I think I removed so many bird nests from the flue I filled up a small trash can.

I put putty in the hanging holes. Next, I need to paint.

You can see in the picture above where I placed putty in the wall holes where the propane wall heater used to hang. You can also see the propane line coming in through the floor. I have a cut-off valve on there and was advised to cap it off with a flair cap to be safe. I didn't have to put it under the floor. I decided to keep it there if I wanted to use it in the future for a propane heater. I still have a central air system that has a propane furnace in it but the more options available for heat is the best in my opinion.

6-inch flue hole I gloriously cut out. 

How do you like the tiny drill holes above my flue exhaust hole? I tapped on the sheetrock that covers my flue and listened. I thought I found the hole but as you can tell, I had it wrong. I think it is funny. Well, that is just some more holes I will have to putty over and paint. I plan to run a 3-inch exhaust pipe up through the flue to use for the wood pellet stove instead of using the original flue itself. My home is an old home and I am sure the flue was built to resist heat but by using the exhaust pipe I am being safe.

Stove pipe for the flue I bought at Lowe's.

This weekend my daughter and I visited Lowe's and purchased three 60-inch stove exhaust pipes. I previously measured my flue that when down to the opening inside and it was about 12 feet. That gives me a little extra when I install the topper and cap on top of the house. I also purchased a 3-inch elbow to connect to the pipe on the inside of the flue. At the time of the purchase, these pipes were about $14 each. After-tax, my total was around $50 dollars. It is adding up for sure but it is an investment that will pay for itself in the long run. 

Hole for cold air intake hose.

Since the wood pellet stove has to have cold air from the outside I figured out a great way to get it. I decided to drill a 2 1/4-inch hole in the floor behind where the stove will sit. I can run the intake hose under the house over to a vent on the side of the house. It really worked out perfectly because the vent is in the exact place I need it. I bought a 2 1/4-inch Craftsman drill bit because that is the size of the intake hose that came with my wood pellet stove. I also purchased this drill bit at Lowe's. It was the cheapest option for me and worked great.

I hope you enjoyed my post for today about Texas Hash Easy Recipe and my wood pellet stove installation journey. Please feel free to share this post with a friend and if you have any tips or feedback about this recipe or my wood pellet stove I sure would love to hear from you. I am learning how to install this stove so if you can, please help me out. Thanks so much for reading!

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Brown Edge Saucies Easy Recipe - Cookie And Master Forge Wood Pellet Stove

 

One of the best applesauce cookies you will ever taste!


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Brown Edge Saucies Easy Recipe - (Cookies)

Ingredients:

2 cups flour (sifted)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canned applesauce

Directions:

Step 1. Measure flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves into sifter. Save for step 4.

Step 2. Cream shortening until soft in a medium-sized bowl. Add sugar gradually creaming after each addition until well blended.

Step 3. Stir in egg and vanilla. Beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Step 4. Sift and add dry ingredients alternately with applesauce blending well after each addition.

Step 5. Drop batter by teaspoon onto lightly greased cookie sheet keeping mounds 2 inches apart.

Step 6. Bake in a moderate oven at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Thoughts On Brown Edge Saucies:

The cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves will pop in this cookie recipe so much you will think you are biting into Christmas morning! You can add a small amount of vanilla icing to the top of these cookies for an added flavor if you like.

Extra Information For You:

Here is some information about the history of applesauce. Applesauce came from Central Europe. It was originally found in an English cookbook. You can learn more details about this cookbook and the history of applesauce in the article called Apple Sauce by Tasteatlas.

A Question or Two For You:

Do you like applesauce or apple sauce cookies? Have you ever made these cookies? If you have had any experience with these cookies I would love to hear your story. Please share with me in the comments below. Also, did you miss my last easy recipe? If you did miss my last recipe, I would like to share it with you here. The recipe is called Italian Meatballs Easy Recipe. Take a peek at it!

Personal Thoughts For Today:

In previous posts I have shared I wanted to get a wood pellet stove. I finally got over to the Lowe's store and bought one. It is a Master Forge wood pellet stove.

I picked up my wood pellet stove with my truck.

I had to wait a few days before picking it up at the store. I heat with propane but I wanted to add a wood pellet stove to not only have more of an option for heating my home but it is also a beginning towards being more independent and self-sufficient. Eventually, it would be ideal to produce power as well with solar panels and wind turbines. 

In the middle of the house. It is the dining room area.

My stepdad owns ramps for his truck and brought them to me. We put the ramps on the tailgate and slid the stove down the ramp to the ground. Then we used a dolly to wheel it into the house. The picture above is basically where I want to place the stove in my home. The next step is to measure how much pipe I need for installation. I have to get on top of the roof and measure the amount of pipe I need to run down to the stove for exhaust. I have a chimney flu built into the home so I will run pip down the flu instead of using the flu itself.

I am thinking I would like to purchase a plate for the stove to sit on and possibly a plate to go on the wall behind the stove as well. If I don't use a plate for the wall I may use some kind of decorative wall board that looks like bricks. It is just an idea. I also would like to use black pipe for inside the house. The pipe going up the flu won't be seen so it will be the cheapest and probably just regular silver metal.

This stove heats 2,000-3,000 square feet and my house is not as much as that so this stove should heat the house very well. I can use the central air unit to circulate the warm air throughout the house. The intake for the central air is in the ceiling of the dining room where the heat from the stove will go to. I think it will work out well and I will keep you updated on the progress and experience.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Beef Stroganoff Biscuit Casserole Easy Recipe - Bonus Best Chili

 

See My Bonus Best Chili Recipe - Video Below


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Beef Stroganoff Biscuit Casserole Easy Recipe - With Bonus Best Chili Recipe - (Beef)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pound hamburger
1 cup chopped onion
1 (8 ounces) package of cream cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup catsup
1 tube biscuits

Directions:

Brown beef and onion. Combine cheese, soup, and milk. Add salt, catsup, beef, and onion. Pour into a 2 1/2 quart baking dish.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Arrange biscuits on top and bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.

Thoughts On Beef Stroganoff Casserole:

Beef Stroganoff or Stroganov has a Russian food history and I absolutely love it! If you are reading this post then chances are you love it too. This is one of the easiest dishes to prepare and most everyone enjoys this food, even the picky eaters. When I was a kid my mom would make beef stroganoff for dinner and I always ran to the big skillet she cooked in to get me a big plate. Do you like to add anything on top of your beef stroganoff when you eat it? I like salt and pepper!

Extra Information:

Did you know Stroganov was a real person? His name was Alexander Stroganov. Of course, there are other people linked to Beef Stroganoff and you can learn more about these people and the history of this recipe by visiting The Moscow Times.

Quick Question or Two:

How often do you eat Beef Stroganoff? Do you make it yourself or do you enjoy someone making it for you? Also, have you ever eaten leftover Stroganoff on bread like a sandwich? I do that sometimes myself. To me, it makes a great cold sandwich. What dessert do you like after a big meal of Beef Stroganoff? If you are looking for a great dessert then you might like my last easy recipe. It is called Breakfast Milkshake Parfait. Let me know what you think of it. It is easy to prepare and tastes really good.

Personal Thoughts: (and bonus Best Chili Recipe)

I'm going to share my Best Chili Recipe but first I wanted to share how my weekend went.

I didn't get to work as much online as I wanted to because I had so much to do around the house so I am actually putting this post together Sunday night. I also have been working on an article for my homesteader website and I am behind on that for sure. I may have mentioned doing an interview in Jasper, Missouri. It's about an hour and a half drive away from where I live. A man named Jimmy Carter, not the President, welcomed me to his incredible hand-built home and we captured tons of video. I will be sharing a link to that article once I get it published.

Cooler weather is coming on here in the Ozarks and I am installing a wood pellet stove. I had a propane wall heater hanging up but I removed it and will sell it on the Facebook Marketplace. I don't know how much I will get out of the stove but I know it will go to someone who will make good use of it. I'll share a picture here of the propane wall heater.

propane wall heater

I've had this propane wall heater hanging for many years. I haven't used it for several years now because I primarily heat with the propane central air furnace. It is a good backup if the power goes out but my new wood pellet stove I will get this week will do much better. I will be sharing more on that project as it comes along. I'm just trying to diversify and save money with the wood pellet stove project.

Another project I did was to go to my wife's apartment in my daughter's room and help put a school desk together for them. You know how those do-it-yourself projects go. The products are cheaply made and the instructions are sometimes difficult to understand. Getting the right screw in the right place with the right part takes a little patience. I'm glad it is together and my daughter seemed very happy.

Bonus Best Chili Recipe:

Yes, that is a flour tortilla in my bowl!

I personally put this recipe together myself. I worked on it for quite a while and I just love the taste. Every chili tastes different in my opinion but mine is the best! I know this because I love chili so much and have tasted so many different chili recipes. It began when I tasted some chili my step-father cooked. I asked him for his recipe and he gave it to me. I had to work on it though because I was in a phase where I loved to fiddle with recipes and make them all my own. I made this recipe the way I wanted my chili to taste for me. Another reason I say this is the Best Chili recipe is because everyone who tries my chili says it's the BEST they ever tasted. So it is confirmation for me that I have done a great job. I don't mind sharing my chili recipe with you at all. I want you to make it for yourself and see what you think.

This chili recipe makes a big pot of chili so you will want a big pot to cook it in. Rather than write the recipe down here, and please forgive me, I thought I would share an actual video of me making this chili for you. It is on one of my old YouTube channels and at the time of this post, the video is about seven years old. The video is only 3:52 minutes long. Here is my video Super Easy Chili Recipe. Let me know what you think in the comments here and in the video. I changed my mind on just sharing the video after looking at it but check it out anyway. You will see how it has changed. I will list the actual ingredients here.

Chili Ingredients: (I usually add everything in this order and let it cook on the stove for at least 30 minutes to get everything all cooked together.)

2 pounds meat
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 can mushrooms (small)
3 chili season packets (McCormick regular)
1 can tomato sauce (or 2 small cans)
1 can Rotel (regular)
1 big jar of salson (medium spicy - On The Border) or two small jars
1 bell pepper (chopped)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cans sweet corn
3 cans chili beans (regular)
2 cans kidney beans
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 bay leaves

*I like to place a flour tortilla in my bowl and top it with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chili cheese flavor Fritos. Yes! I love to eat chili!

As always, thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed my recipes and this blog post!

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