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March 2013 Archive for Four Seasons of Fun

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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,, 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:

Cottage Pie

Mar 28, 2013

This recipe is from my second cousin Greg.  Both Greg and his wife are Nurses. They are also a BBQ competition and catering team! Their catering business, Naughty Nurses BBQ is based out of Winfield, KS.  Greg and his wife cater for the athletes during the McPherson (KS) Scottish Festival.  This Cottage Pie is one of the athlete’s favorite dishes.  We hope you enjoy this one too.  They do not have a recipe per se, and they use bigger pans for catering but, here is how it all comes together……..

Naughty Nurses BBQ Cottage Pie (click title to see this one at

Smoked beef brisket (point works very well) shredded or chopped.
Mixed vegetables
Mashed potatoes

Mix meat and vegetables to about 1/3 the depth of your pan. A lasagna pan would work well. Add your favorite BBQ seasoning – to taste – to the meat and vegetable mixture. Sprinkle meat/vegetable mixture lightly with shredded cheddar cheese. Make mashed potatoes to your preference but add the same BBQ seasoning – to taste – to the mashed potatoes as well. Top meat/vegetable/shredded cheddar cheese layer with an even layer of the mashed potato mixture. Bake at 350° (they cook in a smoker) until internal temperature in several spots reaches 165°. At this point sprinkle top of casserole with shredded cheddar cheese and paprika before returning to the oven until the cheese is melted. Serve hot. They have also prepared this dish using pulled pork and suggest it could be prepared with poultry as well. 
To learn more about Naughty Nurses BBQ or to have them cater your next event you can click or call them at 620-229-8730.

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Lemon Buttermilk Pie which would be great for your Easter Dinner.

 Baked Oatmeal with Dried Fruit & Walnuts would be great for a Brunch.

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Chicken Tacos

Mar 06, 2013

Here is another great dish from my sister Suzanne.  This easy to prepare chicken taco dish cooks all day in the crockpot making dinner a snap. 

Suzanne's Crockpot Chicken Tacos
4 whole chicken breasts trimmed of visible fat (or 8 halves)
1 package dry taco seasoning (she uses the (1.25 ounce) Ortega taco seasoning mix)
8 ounces of salsa (she uses half a 16 ounce jar of On the Border salsa)
1 (10 ounce) can Rotel original
1 can southwestern corn
1 (15 ounce) can black beans (drained and rinsed)
Place all in the crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours.  Shred chicken and stir to combine before serving with your favorite taco shells and shredded cheese. 

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Homemade English Muffin Bread
Kristina’s Steak Sandwich



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