Apr 16, 2014
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RSS By: Kristina, AgWeb.com

Kristina grew up in a small farming community in southwest Iowa. Today, she lives on five acres in the country while running her own consulting business in the city.  Her website, www.kristinashouse.com, features homemaking, gardening, travel, entertainment, business and technology tips. In the kitchen, Kristina bridges the recipes of her past to the new flavors and fashionable foods of today. In business, she combines a Midwest work ethic with trendy tech tools.  Join her each week for flashbacks and fast-forwards. To contact her, e-mail: Kristina@kristinashouse.com.

Kristina's Easy Delmonico Potatoes

Apr 15, 2014

My goodness….. – I don’t just post to Agweb – when I have time I read the headlines and other things that get posted too.  High prices, low prices, wet weather, dry weather, perfect El Nino weather, USDA, NASS, record production, low production.   You have to remember they are all trying to help but yes…. - Geez!          Well…… maybe relax and check out our posts.  As when in doubt over prices, weather and production you can tame your own tiger by whipping up some of these recipes and getting your mind off all that chatter.  In our posts to Agweb we aim to be the little bit of fun in all that frenzy.

So just in time for Easter – here is a new recipe – and a tip for one we posted earlier!

Kristina’s Easy Delmonico Potatoes – If you typically make "party potatoes" or "cheesy potatoes" with cream of whatever flavor soup – well, you might give these a try.  I have been making these for a few years now and serve them alongside our Easter Ham.  A very elegant crispy on outside creamy on inside potato dish.

Grandma’s Delicate NAAN?  On a trip a few years ago to Washington DC where I had to spend too much time meeting with the Representatives and not enough time taking in the sites like I would have preferred – I at least had a chance to enjoy dinner at an Indian restaurant.  I had never been to an Indian restaurant and am still trying to perfect the delicious Tandoori chicken dish I ordered.  But – I did come up with a way to somewhat replicate the Naan that was served alongside dinner.  Naan is a flatbread – very delicious.  Well, if you take the time to make Grandma’s Homemade Delicate Rolls (this would work with frozen roll dough too) just shape into rolls and then press flat as if you are making a small pizza crust.  Prepare your grill and on the top rack – not directly on the heat – grill the bread until lightly browned on both sides.  Then, as you pull it off the grill, brush with a prepared mixture of 2 T salted butter, melted – 2 T EV Olive Oil and a dash garlic salt to your liking.  I have made this a couple times already this year – and it’s always a hit at our house.   My best,   Kristina

 

Soup and Sandwich

Jan 31, 2014

Congratulations to Tim from Iowa and Kelly from Virginia who were the winners of our Gourmet Meat Snacks Giveaway from Simply Snackin!
For those who are getting froze in or snowed in here are some soup and hot sandwich recipes starting with
Suzanne’s Turkey Tortilla Soup…….and followed by…….(click the title next to the photo to get the recipe).


Taco Soup – a taco twist on chili with two versions of the recipe to try
Skinny Macs – the lowfat homemade Big Mac – better than the real thing!
Sugar and Spice Sliders – a sweet and spicy loose meat sandwich
Jenny’s White Chicken Chili – a creamy mexican chicken soup
Crab Chowder – the classic crab chowder
Italian Wedding Soup – mini meatballs in a classic Italian soup
Kristina’s Steak Sandwich – easy as made in the oven in a cast iron skillet
Beer Cheese Soup – Very easy - won a soup/chili cookoff contest.

Upcoming recipes…..
Grandma’s Homemade Chicken and Noodles – in case you are catching a cold or for when you are feeling the blues.
Creamed Venison – for the deer hunters – a great one to make when your son or grandson shoots his first deer.
Suzanne’s Cheeseburger Soup – a great soup for those winter nights.
Poor Man’s Pie – an oatmeal pie that is among the top favorites at our house.
Spinach Dip – perfect as a lunch for two paired with a glass of white wine or served up party style for a group.

Also from www.kristinashouse.com  Check out all our Recipes

for Main Dishes, Cookies and Desserts and Side Dishes many are exclusively posted to kristinashouse.com.

If you have a recipe you would like to share, email us to kristina@kristinashouse.com.  Or if you would like to partner with us to showcase your crop, meat, dairy, specialty produce or product – same thing – just send us an email.  We would love to partner with you!

 

Grandma's Homemade Delicate Dinner Rolls

Dec 23, 2013

Thank you to everyone who follows our site through AgWeb’s Family and Fun section.  We hope you have enjoyed our recipes and other posts this year.  We truly enjoy posting them for all of you and have enjoyed getting to know some of you.  And thank you to the partners who support our site.  Without you we wouldn’t be able to share the fun.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…… Kristina

In Midwestern households, family gatherings often turn potluck style with someone bringing the pies and someone else bringing the sides. Well, my cousin Jenny has perfected Grandma’s Delicate Rolls so she is the one to bring these homemade rolls to dinner. The photos of these dinner rolls were made during a multi generational girls weekend a few months ago.
These dinner rolls require practice and work but, once you have it down, you will see homemade rolls are worth it. This dinner roll recipe is so versatile my Grandma used it to make her cinnamon rolls, pecan rolls and sticky caramel rolls. So experiment with whatever you like to add to your rolls and enjoy.
And of course you can make these "old school" as the recipe outlines but you can also make them "queen of convenience" style too. When I made these for my Thanksgiving dinner, I simply gathered all ingredients, loaded them into my breadmaker putting the liquid ingredients in first and topping with the dry ingredients then set the machine to dough cycle. Once the dough was ready I formed the rolls and set them to rise as directed.
If you are in charge of bringing rolls to dinner, don't buy them from the store, just make these homemade.  They are excellent.  We hope you enjoy this family favorite recipe from Grandma's recipe box.
Click the link next to the photo to get the recipe.

 
Grandma’s Homemade Delicate Dinner Rolls

GIVEAWAY -
Just in time to help meet your new year healthy eating and fitness goals we have teamed up with Simply Snackin to offer a giveaway of 2 – 12 Simply Snackin assorted meat snack packs. 2 winners will be chosen.
Simply Snackin is located in Oshkosh, WI.  Simply Snackin Gourmet Meat Snacks are healthy.  They are packed with healthy protein and they are very tasty.  A moist flavorful meat snack that is perfect to take with you on the run. 
Click here to find details on how to enter to win.

Upcoming recipes…..
Grandma’s Homemade Chicken and Noodles – in case you are catching a cold or for when you are feeling the blues.
Creamed Venison – for the deer hunters – a great one to make when your son or grandson shoots his first deer.
Suzanne’s Cheeseburger Soup – a great soup for those winter nights.
Poor Man’s Pie – an oatmeal pie that is among the top favorites at our house.
Spinach Dip – perfect as a lunch for two paired with a glass of white wine or served up party style for a group.

Also from www.kristinashouse.com  Check out all our Recipes for Main Dishes, Cookies and Desserts and Side Dishes many are exclusively posted to kristinashouse.com.

If you have a recipe you would like to share, email us to kristina@kristinashouse.com.  Or if you would like to partner with us to showcase your crop, meat, dairy, specialty produce or product – same thing – just send us an email.  We would love to partner with you.


 

How to Roast a Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Nov 25, 2013

I’m not sure about some of the methods I see recommended for cooking Thanksgiving turkey.  I once followed a roasting method that suggested cooking the turkey at 500 degrees.  This only resulted in a visit from the fire department for all the smoke in the kitchen!  I didn’t make a fabulous turkey but we did make a memory out of it! 

Whenever I have tried other methods I keep going back to this one.  I have used this method more often than not for over 15 years with great success.  It always results in a tender tasty Thanksgiving turkey.  The bird may not be fancy enough to be featured on the cover of a food fashion magazine but when served it will always be the star of the show. 

This roasting method is credited to Adelle Davis. Adelle was a well known nutritionist and author of several books on health and nutrition throughout the 50’s.  She completely created or reviewed all her recipes ensuring they were in alignment with the latest scientific findings of her time as well as being tasty.  As with most people (self included) she had her share of critics and was recognized by some as a bit of a controversial character.  But, I admire that trait in her!

What makes this unique is that it is a slow and low method.  As a working mom I found this method to be perfect as all of the prep could be done in the evenings after I had arrived home from work.  The initial steps for brining and seasoning the turkey are pulled from various sources to arrive at my own crafting but the roasting method is solely credited to Adelle.

I guess I want to mention too that this method is in sharp contrast to the method recommended by the USDA.  Understand that I can’t claim any responsibility should your bird be a bust and with that in mind, I have included the method suggested for proper handling and safety as outlined by the USDA as well as this method from Adelle.  Click the title next to the photo to get the instructions.

 How to Roast a Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

As well - we have been getting several Google hits recently on our post for Grandmas Cranberry Orange Jam.  This is a great easy recipe, looks very pretty in the jar and is perfect for gift giving so we hope you will check it out.  Too with the holidays right around the corner we already have partners contacting us and expect to be posting giveaways soon too so keep an eye out for those opportunities.  And for gift giving ideas that give more check out our post for Wendy’s new Trades of Hope business
My best……. Kristina

Grandma’s Homemade Chicken and Noodles – in case you are catching a cold or for when you are feeling the blues.
Grandma’s Delicate Rolls – an easy homemade roll recipe served at every holiday meal in our family.
Creamed Venison – for the deer hunters in the house – a great one to make when your son or grandson shoots his first deer.

Also from www.kristinashouse.com  Check out all our Recipes for Main Dishes, Cookies and Desserts and Side Dishes many are exclusively posted to kristinashouse.com.

If you have a recipe you would like to share, email us to kristina@kristinashouse.com.  Or if you would like to partner with us to showcase your crop, meat, dairy, specialty produce or product – same thing – just send us an email.  We would love to partner with you!

 

Chocolate Thinny Mint Cookies

Oct 31, 2013

These Chocolate Thinny Mint Cookies are a favorite at our house.  These are a homemade spin off the scouts mint cookies.  These chocolate mint cookies are easy to prepare though they do require a bit of time to chill in the refrigerator before baking.  The photo shows two different ways to prepare these based on how you want them to look.   Both taste the same of course but the cookies on the left with the mint chips on top make it clear they are chocolate mint cookies.  The cookies on the right just look like chocolate cookies so the mint is a bit of a surprise when you bite into them.  Click the title next to the photo to get the recipe.
  
Chocolate Thinny Mint Cookies


Coming up soon…….
Grandma’s Homemade Chicken and Noodles – in case you are catching a cold or for when you are feeling the blues.
Grandma’s Delicate Rolls – an easy homemade roll recipe served at every holiday meal in our family.

Also from www.kristinashouse.com  Check out all our Recipes for Main Dishes, Cookies and Desserts and Side Dishes many are exclusively posted to kristinashouse.com.  Check out all our Midwest Resort, Restaurant and Hotel reviews  We have more household, beauty and business tips on the way.  We will have more giveaways coming too so be sure to stay tuned!

If you have a recipe you would like to share, email us to kristina@kristinashouse.com.  Or if you would like to partner with us to showcase your crop, meat, dairy, specialty produce or product – same thing – just send us an email.  We would love to partner with you!

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