Archive for January, 2013

I have a confession to make…I am a Southern cook who has never been able to fry meat.  The shame! My husband says that he can tell when I fry something, because the smoke detectors go off.  Sad, but true. It seems I never get the temperature quite right.  Either the oil is too hot and the outside of the meat is black and the center is raw or the oil is too cool so the meat is done in the center, but greasy on the outside.  Enter Pioneer Woman and her recipe for Fried Round Steak!  She has saved me from my frying dilemma.

These are great with potatoes and gravy, but also make great sandwiches with just plain white bread.  Mmm, mmm!  I get hungry just thinking about it.


3 lb.s cube steak

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp. seasoned salt

3 tsp. ground black pepper

salt to taste

1/2 cup canola oil

2 tbsp. butter


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Mix together the flour, pepper and salt to form a dredge for the meat. Season both sides of the steaks with more salt and pepper before coating the steak in the flour mixture.



Add the butter to the warm oil right before frying the steaks.


Place the steaks in the hot oil/butter and fry on the first side until they are a deep golden brown.  Flip and cook on the other side for about 3 minutes for well-done.



Remove them to a paper towel lined plate and serve hot. Tasty!!


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Looking for a quick, easy, and tasty weeknight meal idea?  Look no further than this Salsa Sloppy Joe from Eat Cake For Dinner.  Ms. Eat Cake for Dinner always has yummy recipes on her site and I have followed her for quite a while.  There has never been a disappointing dish!


1 lb. ground beef

1 cup salsa of your choice

1 can condensed tomato soup

1 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar

salt & pepper to taste

hamburger buns

sliced cheese of your choice (I used provolone and American.)


Brown meat in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the salsa, soup, sugar.  Add salt and pepper to your taste.  Stir to combine ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.  Serve on buns with cheese.




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Welcome to my book corner!  I am linking up today over at Rose City Reader for her link party, Book Beginnings.  Join us by choosing a book you are reading, have read, or want to read and give us the first line or two.  Then let us know what your thoughts are on it.  It’s that easy!

My book today is “The Expected One” by Kathleen McGowan.  It is the first book in a trilogy and if the other two are as good as this one, I know I will be very entertained!

“There wasn’t much time left.  The old woman tugged the tattered shawl around her shoulders.”

These lines really make you wonder what the “old woman” was experiencing and why time was running out.  It also makes you wonder who this “old woman” is and why is she important?  It turns out that she is a very famous historical figure and, depending on whose theory you are listening to at the time, was a bad, sinful person or a good, but totally misunderstood, one. 

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