Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Menu

Normally we have family over for dinner but since we are here with none near we are having dinner at home, just us. I like that. So I don't want to cook a ham or a lamb. So the next best thing, well voiced by my children is...drum roll please... Shepherd's Pie. Yes, really, the kids LOVE this stuff. I gave this recipe before but will bring it up again. And strawberry & spinach salad, doesn't that just speak spring?

Shepherd's Pie
Set a big pot with water to boiling for making mashed potatoes on high when it comes to a boil add diced potatoes to soften.
Brown 2 lbs ground beef with 1 onion diced and sea salt in a skillet.
When done pour into a casserole dish.
In the same skillet add about 1/2 c bragg's or soy sauce, a spoonful of bacon grease or other grease, 1/4 c water, 3 carrots sliced, pkg of mushrooms chopped
Simmer for about 10 minutes with a lid on to keep water from evaporating.
Add about 2 tbsp flour and let this cook stirring it for 1 minute
Add about 1/2 c milk mixed with 1/4 c water to skillet and make a gravy.
If you need more liquid add water a little at a time. We don't want this to soupy though. Now pour this over the meat in the casserole dish. After the potatoes cook, drain and put back in the pot. Add 1/4 c butter some milk, salt and pepper. Beat until semi smooth top your casserole now with the potatoes. Add some paprika and 1/4 c pats of butter to the top and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Strawberry Spinach Salad
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon minced onion
10 ounces fresh spinach - rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
1 quart strawberries - cleaned, hulled and sliced
1/4 cup almonds, blanched and slivered
In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover, and chill for one hour.
In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and almonds. Pour dressing over salad, and toss. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3 cups diced rhubarb
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup rolled oats
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix white sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, strawberries, and rhubarb. Place the mixture in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Mix 1 1/2 cups flour, brown sugar, butter, and oats until crumbly. You may want to use a pastry blender for this. Crumble on top of the rhubarb and strawberry mixture.
Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until crisp and lightly browned.

Have a wonderful Easter. I hope we all come to the real knowledge of what He has done for us because He loves us! I am His and He is mine.

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