Category Archives for Beef

Lemon Pepper Steak Stir Fry Recipe

Lemon Pepper Steak Stir Fry Recipe

Lemon Pepper Steak Stir Fry

I love a great beef recipe and the easier it is to make the better. This Lemon Pepper Steak Stir Fry Recipe is a winner. Since we try to eat healthy, this recipe is perfect because I was able to add some veggies. Continue reading

Granny’s Meatloaf

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!

Granny's Meatloaf

Course Main
Cuisine American


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • 1 brown gravy packet
  • 1 cup ketchup separated


  • Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  • Mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, 1/2 cup ketchup and onions together in a large bowl.
  • Add spices and gravy packet and mix until well incorporated.
  • Put the meat in a loaf pan or other dish, formed into a loaf and bake for 1 hour.



Gluten Free Corn Dogs – Carnival Food at Home

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.

Gluten Free Corn Dogs - Carnival Food at Home

Course Brunch
Cuisine American


  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 package of hot dogs I use all beef, but any will do - even veggie dogs
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • Skewers


  • Preheat the oil to 350 degrees F.
  • Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a separate, large bowl whisk together the egg, honey and buttermilk.
  • Carefully dump the dry ingredients into the egg/buttermilk mixture and whisk to combine.
  • Skewer the hot dogs and dip them into the batter.
  • Carefully drop 2 dogs into the oil at a time. Cook to golden brown.
  • Remove the corn dogs from the oil and set on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  • Serve warm with ketchup, mustard or other dipping sauces.

*Note – this batter also makes the perfect onion rings or dump in 1/2 cup of beer and dip potato wedges in then fry!

Easy Beef Stroganoff – 30 Minute Meals

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. Easy-Beef-Stroganoff

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 🙂

Easy Beef Stroganoff

Course Main
Cuisine American


  • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 10 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 8 ounce container sour cream
  • 1 packet brown gravy mix
  • 1 can peas drained
  • 1 package egg noodles cooked


  • Brown the ground meat in a large pan with the garlic and onion, drain well.
  • Stir in the cream of mushroom soup, seasonings and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil.
  • Carefully stir in sour cream and then the gravy packet. Add the can of peas. Simmer for 10 minutes over low heat.
  • Put the egg noodles on top of the beef stroganoff and dump into a large serving dish. Toss gently to combine and serve.