Sunday, July 12, 2015

Brenda's Bread and Butter & Hot Garlic Jalapeno Pickles

Brenda's Bread and Butter Pickles in the front and Hot Garlic and Jalapeno Pickles in back!

Summer means gardening for so many of us. In Texas this year with the torrential and welcomed rainfall, gardening has been a little difficult.  Many of us, including our ranch, had so much rain that we haven't had the usual harvest we are used too.

However, friend Brenda Oakley garden is flourishing and she shared these fantastic recipes with me today for her pickles she made this weekend! 

In the South we love our Bread and Butter Pickles and in the Southwest everything is better with jalapeno's and garlic in them!  Both these recipes are keepers for sure and so easy to prepare! 

Nothings better than eating what you grew and canned!  And who doesn't love getting gifts straight from your own hands from the work you put in to your garden? 

Hope you'll try these Brenda's Bread and Butter Pickles and her Hot Garlic and Jalapeno Pickles. I'll be trying these great recipes with my next batch of cucumbers!

Thanks so much Brenda for sharing! 

Alise @ The Ranch Kitchen 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Audrey's Peach and Blackberry Cobbler

Who doesn't love summer peaches and blackberries?  I know we sure do as does our girl Audrey who informed me she could live off of fruit if she had too!

This past Sunday for our Father's Day dessert for my father and husband, Audrey created this Peach and Blackberry Cobbler from our frozen peaches from the year before and some fresh blackberries from our local orchard.  

The peaches already had some sugar added to aid in the freezing process and along with the blackberries they had just enough sweetness.  The topping was made out of a Pillsbury Butter Recipe Cake Mix, one stick of butter and a tad of sprinkled cinnamon on top. The cinnamon is optional, but we think it gave the cobbler an extra kick.

I'm sure there are many variations of this recipe and you could use most soft fruits and berries to make this cobbler.  Canned fruits in a light or heavy syrup would work well too.

Audrey cooked this for 35 minutes on 375 degrees and we served it warm.  It'd be fantastic with vanilla ice cream.  However, since we'd had a huge meal of ribs, okra, purple hull peas and fresh garden tomatoes, the cobbler was just enough. We were stuffed!

We hope you'll give this easy cobbler a try.  It's easy to make and so easy a budding young cook like our Audrey had no problem making it all by herself! It was the sweetest thing watching her tell everyone that she made this cobbler.  

Alise & Audrey of The Ranch Kitchen 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day Recipe Suggestions!

Memorial Day will soon be here and our thoughts range from respecting those who fought for our freedom and for those who still do.  We love this holiday in our family and the time to enjoy a long weekend either at the lake or just at home for a long break. 

School is almost out in Texas and the rains continue to come. Today was in the 60's and my garden and flours on our porch have never been greener or with more blooms. Our tomatoes are suffering some due to lack of sunshine and friends won't get their gift sacks if it doesn't come out soon.  Not that I am complaining about the great rain....but we are all reaching our saturation point and rivers and streams are starting to run over!

This weekend whether you stay at home or on a mini vacation with family and friends at the lake, beach, or camping in the woods all these recipes can be easily adapted to fit in a foil pan or foil packets or chilled in your coolers or refrigerator.  All these recipes are family favorite because most of all they aren't 'fussy' to make and left overs are even better!

From my good friends the Berans of Kansas these can be cooked on or off the Kabob skewers!

Oh my how good these are...and easy to make!  Cook enough steak the night before to
use for these fajitas the next night or use brisket!
My daughter Ilissa's most requested pasta everytime she comes home!
My version of King Ranch Chicken Enchiladas.....just wish my picture was better....I'll work on that!  :o)
A special meal that we enjoy for occassions when we are all home!
Low calorie with only a few extra ingredients makes this recipe a hit with
zucchini and crook or staight neck squash.
Just made these for our big weekend and for my teachers at work today!  Proud of our students and teachers for their state testing results!  YOU ALL ROCK!  Love you all!  Thanks to my
daughter Bethany these are always a hit! And for daughter Audrey
I do half the pan without coconut.  You can add nuts, but we don't care for them.
Hope you'll give these recipes a try and check out more of them from myself, family and friends on my The Ranch Kitchen site.  Enjoy your weekend and remember why we celebrate it by thanking a veteran or member of our armed services!

Alise @ The Ranch Kitchen

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Ranch Kitchen's Mojito Lime Fajitas with Spanish Rice Especial and Refied Beans

This week's been a whirl wind of state testing in Texas and continued rain storms with a tornado thrown in.  We've been blessed with tons of rain the last few months, but we are now officially saturated and trees from the winds these storms and tornadoes produce are making havoc on our power lines and century old oaks and hardwoods.

The Ranch Kitchen's Mojito Lime Fajitas

The other night before the power went out yet again from another spring storm, I quickly prepared these simple Mojito Lime Fajitas, my Spanish Rice and Refried Beans.  With our Certified Hereford Beef we raise off our ranch and the special skills of our meat packers the Barnes who cut my skirt steak into bites sized slices, my beef cooked in not time.  And the McCormick Mojito Lime seasoning isn't just a marinade!  These fajitas were the best I've ever had..and we eat Mexican food a lot in our little corner of Texas!

The rice and bean recipes are simply doctored up versions that we think make them taste even better.  I'm always about adding a pinch of this and that to spice up my cooking!


Hope you'll give these recipes a try. Also, please check out the the wonderful new Certified Hereford Beef site for more wonderful, healthy recipes! one said cooking had to be hard!

Alise @ The Ranch Kitchen

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Recipe's from the Ranch' - Grillin' That's Better The Next Day on Sure Champ's Blog for March

As a rancher and advocate for agriculture, I know first hand how beef has helped shape our lives.  Raising our own Certified Hereford Beef on our ranch allows our family the benefit of taking part first hand in the daily process of knowing where our beef comes from.....aka 'ranching heritage'.  Knowing beef producers from across our nation affirms our pride in the US beef product because we've also witnessed how when it comes to feeding the world as they do, both safety and a great tasting and lean beef product are paramount for these ranchers, their associations, and on the state and national levels.  

This month for Sure Champ's Blog and my Recipes from the Ranch blog contribution I chose to showcase a few meals we prepare using left over CHB steak and brisket.  These recipes are quick and easy to make.  A little thinking ahead by grilling or smoking extra beef the weekend before makes these dinners come together in a snap allowing the cook (me) the ability to not spend all their time in the kitchen!

 Sure Champ's Brisket Stew
You can click here at Sure Champ's Recipes from the Ranch Grillin That's Better The Next Day's March Post for three recipes for Sure Champ's Brisket Stew above, and The Ranch Kitchens' Brisket Fajitas and Beef Stroganoff from both grilled steak and brisket below. 

  The Ranch Kitchen's Brisket Fajitas
The Ranch Kitchen's Beef Stroganoff

As the temperature warms finally here in Texas and spring begins to peak it's head out from behind the clouds, do your best to get out and grill!  Make enough extra beef to help plan your week aheads meals.  And all the while as you are planning ahead remembering that no one ever said cooking had to be hard!  It's just takes a little planning ahead that will result later in some great meals with minimal effort and overall savings of your hard earned cash in the process!


And in closing from my favorite television commercial....Beef.  It's what's for dinner!

Alise - The Ranch Kitchen