Monthly Archives: July 2011

Steak Salad

Nothing says summer like a good salad. But sometimes you live with men who like some substance on their salad. I found the perfect combination of boy meets girl in this steak salad. Real Simple August issue is packed with some great salad recipes this month. This is one of the first of many that I will be making this week! I have had a salad similar to this at a steak place in Seattle….I am blanking on the name now. Just know that with this salad you can control the calories by how much bacon and dressing you put on the salad. Sometimes, just having a hint is all that is needed.

The three of us without a palate of a baby loved this salad…..the middle son had a bowl of cereal and the youngest just ate some steak. The point was, we all ate at the same time and at the same table….which is huge considering how busy we are. I am happiest when we are all together laughing and sharing our day together. If only you knew what we talked about at dinner!

 

Steak Salad with Bacon, Crispy Potatoes, And Blue Cheese Dressing

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces sliced bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 8 ounces potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (we used low fat)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • Lettuce

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp and drain on a paper towel.
  2. Add the potatoes to the bacon drippings and season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing occasionally, until browned and tender. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.
  3. Meanwhile, grill the steak with seasoning until it is cooked to your desired doneness. Let rest a few minutes before serving.
  4. For the dressing, combine the sour cream, buttermilk, vinegar, green onion and 1/4 tsp. salt and pepper. (we left the blue cheese out of the dressing and simply put it on top of the salads for those who liked blue cheese)
  5. Place lettuce on each plate and top with steak, bacon, potatoes and drizzle with dressing….and if you like blue cheese, blue cheese crumbles.

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity 

MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger  operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity.  She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at http://www.ididit-fargo.com/

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German Kuchen Bars

Every once in awhile you come across that recipe that you make again and again because people wow over it. This is one of those recipes. If you grew up with any sort of German heritage, you have had kuchen. This is unique that it is in bar form and not in pie form. To me this is a super easy one to make to feed many people. Try different fruits or fillings. My favorite is peach but I think raspberries or blackberries would work as well. I received this recipe from my husband’s aunt Betty. She is a fabulous cook and I treasure each of her recipes. Thanks for sharing Betty! 

Kuchen Bars

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups flour

Custard:

  • 2 cups cream
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • ½ cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Mix and spread in a 10 x 16 greased jelly roll pan and arrange fruit on top of the dough. May use apples or canned peaches. If you use canned peaches, drain off the liquid. Add custard. Top with a little sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees until custard is set and no longer runny. 40 minutes

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger  operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity.  She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at http://www.ididit-fargo.com/.

• Interested in starting your own Professional Organizing business, visit http://www.mssimplicity.com/ to learn about how Melissa can help you! 

• Need to contact MS. Simplicity privately, you can email her at melissa@mssimplicity.com.

• MS. Simplicity offers monthly classes, click here to find out the latest offerings!

• For daily organizing tips find the MS. Simplicity fan page here.

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Million Dollar Cookies

I first had these cookies at my grandma’s house probably 35 years ago. I think the recipe was one of my aunt’s not sure but all I know that when I take a bite of these cookies I am back in my grandma’s small kitchen in Hebron, ND. Where I would wash the dishes with scalding water….if you weren’t burning your hands the water just wasn’t hot enough! This is the same grandma whose famous caramel corn recipe I make. That is a recipe I don’t give out. You may have to bribe one of my cousins or sisters to give it to you…..because I am not talking about that one!

For a quick cookie fix I love the fact that they have shortening in them, because I don’t have to wait for the butter to soften. I can have these cookies mixed and out of the oven within 20 minutes.

What you need to know about these cookies is that they have anise (the flavor of black licorice) seeds in them. The last time I went to buy anise seeds, they were out so I bought anise flavoring instead. The flavoring worked just as well. The three foodies in my house love these cookies. The two food fussies, passed on them…..their loss.

Million Dollar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. anise seed

Directions:

  1. Make into balls; flatten with glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger  operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity.  She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at http://www.ididit-fargo.com/.

• Interested in starting your own Professional Organizing business, visit http://www.mssimplicity.com/ to learn about how Melissa can help you!

• Need to contact MS. Simplicity privately, you can email her at melissa@mssimplicity.com.

• MS. Simplicity offers monthly classes, click here to find out the latest offerings!

• For daily organizing tips find the MS. Simplicity fan page here.

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