Cooking with Kasjen: Hot Beef

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You might be wondering about the title of this post wondering how Kasjen is…well Kasjen is our son Buck’s real name.  I thought being he’s been providing so many recipes he needs his own segment on the blog.  Cooking with Kasjen sound so much nicer than Cooking with Buck…besides, since he’s left the house, he goes by Kasjen.  For those wondering, he’s named after his great-grandpa and it’s pronounced Cash ‘en.

All of my kids can cook really well.  I have to say, I think I might eat at Buck’s house as my first pick though.  He’s a good cook and not at all afraid to try something new.  He cooks like me though, without a recipe and very loosely.  The food isn’t guaranteed to taste the same every time as we might decide to something else to the recipe that we don’t normally add.

Here’s Kasjen….
Given the number of holiday leftovers, I found myself with a plethora of mashed potatoes and not a lot of stuffing, ham, gravy, etc. Being I’m single, with picky eaters, doesn’t leave a ton of options. All of the recipes I’ve gotten from Mom have included “5lbs potatoes,” “a whole bunch of mustard,” or “an entire cement truck full of mayonnaise.” She certainly left room for imagination, to say the least. Growing up, we all had “a night of the week,” where we were responsible for feeding 7 people. If it was “your night” and you wanted Stromboli, mom would “help” you make Stromboli. I’ve never taken into account how thankful I am for this experience. I don’t have any facts or figures here but from my experience, not a lot of people can “cook” and of the people who can it’s limited to grills/smokers. Don’t get me wrong I’ve had some amazing food from friends I just feel like the old way is better.

Onto hot beef: This is something I didn’t really have growing up though we did have “mystery meat” (liver) from time to time. Hot Beef can be enjoyed over bread, potatoes, rice, or whatever you’re feeling like that day. For me with all of the leftover mashed potatoes, it’s going to be over-mashed potatoes.

Again, I can’t cook small, so I’m using 2) 3-5lb beef roasts. Season lightly, any time a gravy is used its enough to give the planet a heart attack. I throw them in the pressure cooker for 75 minutes, quick release.

Cooking should be the same even if you half this recipe.

Then …

Apples, Apples, Apples!!

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Now to today’s post.

My friend Carla, (Yep, Carla from Longarm Quilting Inspirations) messaged me the other day and asked if I wanted apples.  Hmm.  YES??

I’m sure you all have been asked if you wanted extra garden produce from a friend or neighbor.  Part of you really wants some and the other part of you knows you signed yourself up for some work if you say yes.

Then the next dreaded question…how much do you want?  Hmm.  Again, the produce is free…so how much work do you want to do?

After seeing Carla’s tree, loaded with apples with enough to give away to every person she knows, I ended up taking more than I originally planned on taking.  Oh, I wish I had thought and taken a picture of her tree.  WOW.

Carla said she had Courtland apples and they were a little sour yet.  She was afraid a wind would come and knock them all off as the tree was so heavy with fruit.  She said now was the best time to get them.

I got home with the apples at about 3:30 pm and decided I was going to start working on getting some of them processed.

Applesauce is a fairly quick and easy way to process a lot of them.  This is how I make applesauce…

Quarter apples.  Leave the peel on.  Leave the core on.  You can even leave the stem on.  Cook the apples on the stove until you can poke them as you would if you’re boiling potatoes.  Then run them through the machine.  The junk comes out one side and applesauce comes running out the other.  It’s so easy.

I’ve had my… …

My Betty Crocker Cookbook

I have a love of my Betty Crocker cook book.  The book has my pancake recipe, biscuit recipe, waffle recipe and french toast recipe and my oatmeal cookies recipe.  There are other good recipes we use from time to time but those recipes are my staples.

You might remember awhile back I was lamenting the condition of my old cookbook….

…and telling you about my joy in finding a vintage replacement at the thrift store.


Well I’m a bit of sentimental gal and didn’t throw away my old one.  It’s a good thing I didn’t as over the weekend Karl was home for a visit.  I had made biscuits with pork sausage gravy which is a huge favorite around here.  He asked about my biscuit recipe and we started talking about my cookbook.  Then he said he would have to start looking for one at the thrift stores.

What’s a mom to but give him the cookbook??

So there he has it and I’m on the hunt again to find another one.  He assured me that he’d be on the look out for a copy as well.

My old copy lasted 28 years…I’m sure it will last a few more until I find another copy.

Clam Chowder

A happy accident happened in my soup pot the other day.  I was hungry.  It was 9pm and we hadn’t had supper.  Working late at the house is really taking a toll on my cooking.  I needed something fast so I put some grilled cheese sandwiches on the Pizzaz but needed something to go with them.

I went to the pantry.  I had a can of It was a busy weekend at the house.  Both days were all day work days for me and Hubby.  We had a little help from Craig, Kelli and Kalissa too…not both days and not all time but the help sure was appreciated!

Sunday morning on the blog I showed a picture of all the paint cans that had been used up in the last week.  One blog reader left a comment saying, “Now you can relax”.  I read the comment to Hubby and we both burst out laughing.  Relaxing hasn’t happened here now will it for some time.

We are on to sanding floors.  I knew in the refrigerator I had some leftover potatoes.

Clam chowder came to mind.  I put cut up an onion and sauteed it.  I added some diced cooked potatoes.  I added the minced clams and clam sauce. I added a can of cream of celery soup.

That’s it…and it was good and exactly what I needed…a meal in minutes!

I didn’t really plan on adding it to the blog but then I realized that I am not the only one who needs a meal in minutes.  I’ll be making this again…and again.

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