Tonight was a milestone for us – my 11 year old son cooked dinner – from scratch – for the first time. With the exception of a few technical issues he did amazingly well. He had very little help from me and managed to pull of the perfect meatloaf; Granny’s Meatloaf to be exact.
My sons interest in cooking started sometime last year. He started watching a lot of Food Network shows and quickly became fascinated with the world of preparing food. He started spending more and more time with me in the kitchen, acting as my sous chef. He would peel potatoes, slice veggies, stir the pots etc..
Tonight he begged to make dinner. Since I was in no mood to cook myself (we’re packing for a move) I gave in to his pleading. I asked what he wanted to cook and he immediately said “Granny’s Meatloaf!” That’s his favorite food and pretty darn easy to make. I reminded him that him making dinner meant doing all of the work, not just the easy parts. He only groaned a little when it came time to mix the meat!
Since he was cooking dinner I let him choose the sides to go with the meatloaf. He chose mashed potatoes and corn on the cob; I love my son! He peeled the potatoes, de-husked and de-silked the corn and cooked all of that. I couldn’t’ believe how amazing he did.To say I’m proud of this boy would be an understatement; I’m in awe of how far he’s come and how grown he is getting!
So, here’s the recipe for Granny’s Meatloaf. Maybe you can bring your kids in the kitchen and let them help out – If they’re anything like mine I’m sure they’ll love it!
There’s just something about putting meat on a stick that makes it fun. Heck, putting anything on a stick makes it more enjoyable. Maybe that’s why Corn Dogs are a national icon. You’ll find them at pretty much any outdoor festivity: fairs, carnivals, boardwalks and festivals. It seems only fitting to have corn dogs in our Carnival Food at Home series.
My family is no stranger to the corn dog. My son went on a “corn dog diet” a few years ago where that was the only thing he would eat. Looking back it sounds extremely unhealthy, but as a parent I just wanted him to eat. Because corn dogs aren’t a year round find and I hate buying junk food from the grocery store I had to learn to make them myself. I also wanted to make sure they were as healthy as possible since so many were being consumed.
The fact that these are easy to make and gluten-free gave me a little more peace of mind. Of course these are still begged for today, but thankfully the “corn dog diet” has passed and we have more food on our menu now. Serve them with a variety of condiments and fries or onion rings for the perfect carnival food at home experience.
*Note – this batter also makes the perfect onion rings or dump in 1/2 cup of beer and dip potato wedges in then fry!
30 minutes for a complete meal – start to finish – may seem like a pipe dream to some of you. Let me assure you it’s possible and yummy! My normal beef stroganoff takes much longer to prepare, but I was running short on time tonight so I whipped this up Easy Beef Stroganoff and it received rave reviews.
This Easy Beef Stroganoff will easily feed a family of 6 leaving more for tomorrows lunch or dinner. The key to making it taste amazing is in the seasoning. Smoked paprika is in the lead for champion, followed closely by the no-no ingredient – a packet of brown gravy mix. I know, I know – packaged gravy is evil. But there are some times when it comes in handy; like tonight.
I like to keep 1 or 2 packets of brown gravy mix on hand just in case my homemade gravy doesn’t turn out or I don’t have the means to make a homemade gravy. The last part is especially true for lean meats – not much drippings to lend to flavoring gravy.
So here’s my recipe for an Easy Beef Stroganoff that is ready in under 30 minutes. No thanks necessary 🙂
Guinness Stew is a far cry from your regular beef stew. The addition of Guinness beer brings a bold, rich flavor that you wont find in your moms beef stew. Tender beef, large chunks of root vegetables and the rich broth make this Irish Stew memorable. Continue reading