Recipe of the Week: Alan’s Smothered Steak & Potatoes

Alan’s introductory comments: This is one for my favorite meals. It requires the use of a garlic press and a pressure cooker, preferably with an internal elevated cooking rack. It makes five adult-size servings. Ingredients: 2 lbs. boneless round steak, 1-1/2″ to 2″ thick 2 TBSP Cooking Oil 1/4 cup Flour 1/2 tsp Salt 1/4 tsp Pepper 1 Clove of Garlic, pressed 1 Medium Onion, sliced 1 TBSP Fresh (or 1 tsp dry) sage, thyme, basil, or rosemary–depending on your herb(s) preference 10 ounces (1 can or 1.2 cups) of beef broth (fresh or canned broth) 10 ounces of water …




Recipe of the Week: Helen J.’s San Juan Island Salad

Helen J.’s San Juan Island Salad This is a salad recipe from an old family friend who was a practiced gardener. A local on the island butchered pigs each year and cured bacon. Thus, nearly all of the ingredients were local. Note that the ingredients are listed without measurements. The ratio of ingredients is intended to be fine-tuned to suit your family’s taste preferences. Lamb bacon, Turkey bacon, or Tofurkey Bacon can be substituted if you refrain from pork. Ingredients Red table grapes, halved Bacon, cooked and diced Broccoli crown pieces, briefly steamed (firm) Diced Celery Diced Onion Slivered almonds …




Recipe of the Week: Anita’s Basic Seasoned Flour

This is a family multipurpose standby that yields about 5 cups of flour mix that can be incorporated into many meat recipes– most often as a flour in which to dredge or roll various meat cuts before baking or cooking. But it can also be incorporated into meat-based soups, or for use in dough to include in meat pies and pasties. (For the latter, add more unseasoned flour, unless you want a really peppery flavor.) Note: This flour can be stored refrigerated in a tightly-sealed container for many weeks. You can greatly reduce the quantity of salt, for low-salt diets. …




Recipe of the Week: Gomma’s Mushroom Chicken in Sherry

This was an old a Rawles family favorite. Ingredients 4 Large Chicken Breasts, skinless (or substitute 6 small skinless breasts.) 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup 1 C Sour Cream 1/2 C Cooking Sherry 8 Ounces Sliced Mushrooms Paprika, to taste. Directions Put Chicken in a large, lightly-greased rectangular baking dish. Mix together the soup, sour cream, mushrooms and sherry, in a large bowl. Then pour over the chicken breasts. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake uncovered at 375 F for 1 hour to 1-1/2 hours, until juices run clear. Notes and Serving Suggestions I usually serve this over a bed of …




Recipe of the Week: Gayle’s Vegetarian Tortilla Soup Variation

This is a variation of a widely-published and shared recipe. Ingredients 1 (1 pound) package frozen pepper and onion stir fry mix (or fresh equivalent) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons ground cumin 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes 3 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers, drained 4 (14 ounce) cans vegetable broth (or equivalent volume of homemade broth.) 1 (11 ounce) can whole kernel corn (or fresh or frozen equivalent volume) 12 ounces tortilla chips 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced Salt and pepper to taste Directions Heat …




Recipe of the Week: Enola Gay’s Beef Cabbage Soup

This recipe first appeared in Enola Gay’s book: The Prepared Family Cookbook. By the way, we highly recommend both Enola Gay’s Paratus Familia blog and all of her books. Ingredients 1 Pound Ground Beef (or venison, rabbit, etc.) 1/2 Head of Cabbage, shredded 2 Ribs of Celery, sliced (or celerac) 1 Small Bell Pepper, cut into small pieces (or dried peppers) 1 Medium Diced Onion (or dried onions) 2 Cups Cooked Kidney Beans (or (1) 16oz. can) 2 Cups Diced Canned Tomatoes (or fresh) 4 Cups of Water 2 T Beef Bouillon (or pwd soup base) 1/4 tsp Garlic powder (or …




Recipe of the Week: Avalanche Lily’s Scratch Chocolate Cake

Avalanche Lily’s Scratch Chocolate Cake This is a standard, time-proven American recipe. It is a favorite in our family. Ingredients 2 Cups white flour (sifting the flour is optional) 1 Cup Cocoa Powder 2 tsp Baking Soda 2 Cups Granulated Sugar 2 Eggs 2 Cups Hot Water 2 Rounded TBSPs of Butter   Directions Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly mix all ingredients into a batter Oil (or lard) coat the interior of a 8″x16″ glass baking dish. Pour batter evenly into the baking dish Bake uncovered for 35 minutes. Decorating and serving Suggestions Allow cake to cool 20 minutes …




Recipe of the Week: Lo Carb Green Chile Cheese and Egg Bake Set

Okie Ranch Wife’s Lo Carb Green Chile Cheese and Egg Bake I found the original recipe on an Atkins Diet-friendly web site and changed it up to suit my taste. It is a great way to use eggs from your chickens and other garden produce. I would not suggest doubling this recipe in a larger dish, due to the increased cooking time. I suggest baking it in two 8″x8″ dishes. – OkieRanchWife Ingredients 4 oz can of Green Chile Peppers or equivalent weight of fresh chiles 8 large Eggs ½ Sweet Red Pepper, small dice 2 Tbsp Heavy Cream 1 …




Recipe of the Week: Avalanche Lily’s Dairy-Free Biscuits

Avalanche Lily’s Dairy-Free Biscuits Here is a favorite that we bake nearly every week here at the Rawles Ranch, especially in winter months. Ingredients 2 Cups Flour 1 TBS Baking powder 2 tsp Sugar 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar 1/4 tsp Salt 1/2 cup of the thick portion of a can of coconut milk. (Or use butter or shortening, for a traditional recipe) 2/3 cup the watery portion of a can of coconut milk. (Or use cow milk, for a traditional recipe)  




Recipe of the Week: Avalanche Lily’s Dairy Free Scalloped Potatoes

Avalanche Lily’s Dairy Free Scalloped Potatoes Ingredients: 8 medium sized potatoes peeled and thinly sliced 2 large onions peeled and thinly sliced 1 Organic Prairie Summer Beef Sausage (12 ounce), thinly sliced 1 can 13 ounce Organic Coconut Cream and milk–first stirred up. (We use Native Tree brand) 1 Tablespoon minced Garlic Himalayan salt, to taste Directions: In a nine by thirteen inch rectangular Pyrex/glass dish, pour a little of the mixed milk and cream on the bottom of the pan. Alternate layers of sliced potatoes, onions and sausage.  After laying down the first set of potatoes, onions and sausage, …




Recipe of the Week: Yogurt Ranch Dressing

Okie Ranch Wife’s Yogurt Ranch Dressing This yogurt ranch dressing is a pantry-friendly recipe. I have made it several times already and it is always gone quickly. What I like about making this recipe is that you choose what you put into it. I stay away from commercial products like mayonnaise that has soy or canola oil in the ingredients. You can make your own mayonnaise using just olive oil. You can also make your own yogurt and apple cider vinegar. This recipe easily doubles or triples.   Ingredients ½ cup Plain Yogurt (not Greek style) 2 Tbsp Mayonnaise 1 …




Recipe of the Week: Avalanche Lily’s Basic Ground Beef Stir Fry

Avalanche Lily’s Basic Ground Beef Stir Fry   Ingredients 2 lbs ground beef 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil 1 Medium onion 1 Tablespoon garlic 1 large sweet pepper (red, yellow, orange, or green) or 1 cup of mixed diced peppers 4 large carrots, peeled and diced 2 Grocery store-sized zuchinni, halved and sliced 1 Quart bag diced tomatoes or can of diced tomatoes Oregano, to taste Basil, to taste Himalayan Salt, to taste




Recipe of the Week: Avalanche Lily’s Eggless Ginger Snap Cookies

Avalanche Lily’s Eggless Ginger Snap Cookies This recipe is one of our fairly quick and easy favorites, here at the Rawles Ranch. Ingredients 1 Cup Flour (we usually use white flour) 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 1/2 tsp Baking Soda 3/4 tsp Ground Ginger 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves 1/4 tsp Salt 1/4 Cup Softened Butter 1/4 Cup Sugar 2 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar 1/4 Cup Dark Molasses 1/2 Tbsp Water Later: 2 Tbsp White Sugar (to coat the unbaked cookies) Directions First, thoroughly mix all of the dry ingredients and spices EXCEPT the …




Recipe of the Week: Avalanche Lily’s Dairy-Free Sweet Butternut Squash Cream Soup

When I discovered that I was intolerant to milk products, I was forced to create dairy-free versions of some of my recipes. This is one of my favorites and uses canned coconut milk. (I haven’t yet tried this with reconstituted powdered coconut milk, but I plan to.) Ingredients: 1 large butternut squash 1 medium onion 3 medium sized apples 1 Tablespoon or two or three cloves of garlic (or amount to your taste, I use Kirkland brand diced/chopped garlic) 1 13 oz can Coconut milk (I use Native Forest Brand, Unsweetened) 1 Tablespoon coconut oil (for frying) Himalayan salt, to …




Recipe of the Week: Avalanche Lily’s Dairy-Free Potato Cream Soup

Introductory Notes: This is a favorite recipe for winter-time. I often pick out a basic recipe and then adapt it to what I want and like.  I am not an exact science person when it comes to cooking and definitive measurements of anything. So I will do my best when giving you approximate measurements for the ingredients I use.  Please feel free to adapt all of my recipes to your own taste. I have included a concluding note about food intolerances, as optional reading.   Ingredients 3 quarts of Beef Bone Broth (Prepared in advance, see below.) 8 medium potatoes, …