Thursday, August 29, 2013


Well hello world!  Our group this month decided to cook foods from Sweden.  The first thing that came to my mind of course was Swedish Meatballs.  But I wanted to try something a little less ordinary.  I was watching the Rachel Ray show one morning this week and she prepared a dish called Swedish Sailor's Beef and Potato Casserole.  I knew that was it for me!!

First I browned the meat.  I used bottom round steak just as Rachel suggested, but I think next time I would just go with top round steak.

Next you saute up some onions with a few seasonings and butter,

then you layer sliced potatoes, then top with onions, then meat, and repeat repeat.  Pour a bottle of light beer (I used Sam Adams Summer Ale) over it, cover it and let it cook in the oven for 2 1/2 hours on 275.  As you can see, I could have used a little more steak to top it with, but for just the two of us I was trying to get buy with six slices.

Delicious and hearty! The beer makes it tender and juicy.  You can cut the steak with a fork.  I served with a slice of cantaloupe and it made a delicious meal for us.
You can get the recipe here:

Hurry over to and see what delicious recipes the other ladies prepared for their Swedish visit.  Next month is Tonga.  Come join us!!

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Barefoot Contessa - Ina's Fridays

My friend Chaya suggested I might enjoy being in her Ina Friday's cooking group.  It meets once per month. Even though this is the fourth month for the group, I decided to join in today. This month the theme was appetizers. 

There are so many wonderful Ina appetizers I had a hard time choosing just one.  I finally settled on Ina's Herb Dip.  It will go nicely with the lasagna pizzas that I plan to prepare for tonight's dinner.  It was easy to make and tastes delicious!  When I make dips, I really wonder why I ever buy the prepared ones at the store because to make your own really only takes a little preparation and a little time.  The finished product is so delicious.

Here is the recipe:

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 
1/2 cup sour cream 
1/2 cup mayonnaise 
4 scallions, white and green parts, minced 
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced 
1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced 
1 teaspoon kosher salt 
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

Place the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, scallions, parsley, dill, salt, and pepper in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and blend. Serve at room temperature.

Here is a list of the other group members if you want to check out what appetizer they made this month.

Ansh @ Spice Roots (Ansh will return in June)
Barbara @ Moveable Feasts 
Bhavna @ Just a Girl From AAmchi Mumbai
Chaya @ Bizzy Bakes
Linda, @ Tumbleweed Contessa (Beginning in June)
Linda @ There and Back Again (beginning in June)
Martha @ Simple Nourished Living
Minnie @ The Lady 8 Home
Mireya @ My Healthy Eating Habits
Nancy @ My Picadillo
Ria @ Ria's Collection (beginning in June)
Rocky Mountain Woman @ Rocky Mountain Woman
Veronica@ My Catholic Kitchen