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

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Friends of The Ranch Kitchen Recipes

Recipes are timeless.  Nothing is more relaxing to me than sitting down with a good cookbook and reading through recipes of years gone by.  I especially love reading the stories behind the recipes getting a sense of the creators life and motivations.  Sometimes we are left material things when a loved one passes.  My most cherished treasures however are the recipes that we can cook.  These recipes always bring back a flood of memories of meals past and times spent together laughing and talking around the table. 

One of my newest features at The Ranch Kitchen is my Share A Recipe link where anyone can share that family treasured recipe with our readers.  It's gradually started to pick up speed and readership and it's one part of my site that I am most excited about. I want everyone to be able to catalog their recipes that mean so much to them and have the ability to share with their family and friends here on The Ranch Kitchen as well.  Plus it's like Christmas when I open up my site and see someone has taken the time to share with me their recipe!  I love, love trying every recipe I get sent and having something new to serve my family! 

My dear friends Paula Acheson and Michelle Beran of Kansas were truly the first to share on The Ranch Kitchen site.  Fantastic cooks in their own right, they cook for the masses and their family ranch families, communities and have been a major supporter of myself  and The Ranch Kitchen.  With both of these ladies I've had the priveledge of serving on the The National Hereford Women and they'll forever be a part of my life.  We've spend many hours talking beside our beloved Hereford cattle and children. I look forward to the summer ahead with them and our  NHW board at our Jr. National Hereford Expo in Grand Island Nebraska cooking, visiting and supporting our Hereford youth! 

As I sit here this rainy Sunday a.m. contemplating my week off for spring break, it's their recipes I wanted to share with you.  All of these are and can be prepared using Cerified Hereford Beef and you can access more great recipes by clicking on their great site I've linked too. 

If you'll share their recipes or link to these I've shared today on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter please try using hashtags like #CertifiedHerefordBeef or #theranchkitchen #beef  after your comments as this will link others to Certified Hereford Beef and The Ranch Kitchen in order to get out our sites out there please.  Hashtags are well known in the younger crowds and all of us 'older folks' are just learning how to utlize them!  As a Hereford breeder and agvocate it's important that we get the message out about our lean beef and ranching heritage. 


We hope you'll try these recipes soon, leave us a comment about them and consider sharing a recipe on The Ranch Kitchen site.  We promise it's simple and once checked over for clarity, I'll submit it and you my friend are published on the web!

Check out all recipes submitted by followers of The Ranch Kitchen at Friends of TRK link on my site.  Click on the 'more' spot beside each category to take you to each sections total recipe selection.

This recipe is in honor of Paula's mom Retha who fixed this for her growing family.


Michelle's husband Craig cooks these in large batches without the skeweres.  You can see I used them here, but I like his idea better!

This chili is just how my husband likes it with Certified Hereford Beef and plenty of beans!

Have a fantastic week ahead.  We are looking forward to blue skies, no more snow, sleet or rain and showing cattle at the Houston Livestock Show!  Bring on spring and warmer weather, and summer get here quick!

Share your recipe today!

Alise - The Ranch Kitchen

Monday, February 23, 2015

Brisket Fajitas and Snow Day

Off to school and back home by 11 a.m.  Snow days are fun days in the south when life comes to a fast stop when the temperature goes below 32 degrees.  We just aren't equipped to handle the ice that always comes with below freezing temperatures.  Earlier today my good friend Danna posted on Facebook a map of the US with a white colored Texas and the words CLOSED across it...that pretty much sums up snow days here! 

As an educator we realize all too well what comes with possible snow days.  First there are the excited kids, more excited parents and even more the school employees!  We all love a good day off to sit by the fire or in our chair and rest a little. 

Today our school made the decision to start the school day and attempt to make the day as the inclement weather had not hit our little community yet.  Our school district feeds so many students each day, that it's never an easy decision to not have school even with bad weather.  We realize all too well that a hot breakfast and lunch after a long weekend may be the best meal some students have had in a while.  So today before we left, our hard working cafeteria staff hammered out a 'brunch' after breakfast and by 10:15 we had two grades fed and on their way home by bus or car.  The other schools in our district are to be equally commended for doing the same thing for all their students by bagging up lunches and making sure all tummies were fed and full before the sometimes long ride on the school bus or until we see those sweet kids again the next day. 

Tomorrow is a late start for us at 10 a.m. in the hopes that the weather will hold.  If not, we'll be out again only to make up our days at most likely either our Easter break Good Friday or at the end of the year in June.  Although I so enjoyed spending my day with our Audrey today cooking sweets, catching up on some work and visiting while also watching a fun movie, I realize why school is so important in more ways than one. 


Click here for the recipe for The Ranch Kitchen's Brisket Fajitas

Thankfully tonight's dinner wasn't too much of an effort as I took the brisket from Saturday night's dinner and made it into fajitas.  Fajitas are usually made from beef skirt steak that is sauteed with onions, green bell peppers and wrapped into a flour tortilla with cheese, sour cream and Pico de Galo. 

In less than thirty minutes dinner was done and Audrey proclaimed that it was her #2 favorite meal behind what she calls my 'famous soft tacos' .  I can't share that recipe on this site as it uses a packaged seasoning!  However, so I could share with you my recipe tonight, I came up with a fajita seasoning within this recipe that you could use instead of the packaged varieties.  But, don't discount a good Lawry's or off brand seasoning.  I've used them on a regular basis simply because you just can't beat them....but if you want to, my fajita seasoning is pretty tasty too.

For my friends across the US, especially up north and for those here in Texas, I hope you enjoyed your day off and late start in the morning!  Spring is coming, but winter sure is getting in the way.  Stay warm, stay safe, and I hope and pray you get the rain you so desperately need.  I know we are all looking forward to longer periods of warm weather.  Darn that groundhog....

Remember - no one said cooking had to be hard!  Alise - The Ranch Kitchen