Category Archives: meat


Fairly easy and very tasty!

2 lbs. Lean ground beef ( I use ground chuck ),  1 stalk celery diced.   1 small onion chopped.  2 whole eggs, beaten.  1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper.  1/4 cup milk.  about 10 saltine crackers, crushed.    1 can cream of mushroom soup

in a large bowl, combine all but the mushroom soup.  mixing til well blended.  shape into a loaf in a  large pan or crock pot.  cover with mushroom soup. do not dilute.  Bake in 350 degree oven covered for about  45-55  min.  is done when juices are running clear.  (no pink)  If you put it in the crock pot just leave it on low for 2-3 hours.  This makes its own gravy.

now how easy was that?


The Best Darn Chili EVER!!!

chili over fire

This is a very easy to make chili that everyone seems to love.  You can make it your own by adding or subtracting ingredients.


1lb. ground sirloin  (you can use ground beef, ground round, or whatever you prefer)    
*1 16 or 24 oz of your favorite salsa.  I prefer the white corn and black bean salsa.  Oh and here is where you control the heat.  use mild if you prefer a less spicey chili.  medium if you prefer more…..etc… you can also use more salsa if desired.    
*1 pkg. TACO seasoning mix. (not the chili seasoning)
* 1 sweet onion, diced
* 1/2 large green pepper, diced
* 1/2 large yellow pepper diced
* 1/2 large sweet red pepper diced
* 1 large 22 oz can diced tomatoes OR IN SEASON, about 4 fresh tomatoes, diced
* 1 can each, dark red kidney beans
* 1 can black beans
* 1 small can 10 oz v8 juice ( you may not need this, if you prefer a very thick chili, or if you want a soupier texture, then use it or even add more.)

Brown ground sirloin  in large skillet with the taco seasoning, add onion. while this is cooking, put all the other ingredients into a large crock pot, and then when done cooking the ground beef and onion, add to the tomatoes and bean mixture.  Set the crock pot on low and simmer for a couple of hours to blend all the flavors.  This chili is excellent cooked a day ahead.  The flavors will combine and be perfect the next day.  My favorite version of this is to take it camping and cook it over an open fire.  The smoke from the campfire gives it a mellow smokey flavor that can’t be beat!  But just be sure to bring enough, the other campers around you will want some too!