Recipes

Calico Baked Beans

Labor Day is right around the corner.  I haven’t even solidified our plans yet.  Is anyone else like me–Waiting until the last-minute to decide what to do?  This seems like the last hurrah for Summer and I want to make sure to get the “best bang for my buck”.  This recipe will go along with any and all of your plans.  It is so simple you can decide to grill Hamburgers and Hot dogs at the last-minute and have this as a great side dish.  Enjoy your Labor Day Week-end– whatever you decide to do.

Calico Beans

  • 4 ounces bacon, diced (available at your local butcher shop)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean) (available at your local meat market)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (21 ounces) pork and beans (available at your local butcher shop)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Discard drippings.
  • In the same skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Combine the beef mixture, bacon, beans, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, mustard and salt. Spoon into a greased 2-qt. baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45-60 minutes or until the beans are as thick as desired. Recipe can be easily doubled for a larger group.

That’s all for this week.  Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Oven Fried Chicken

This is one of my “go to” meals.  In fact, I share this recipe on a regular basis at our store.  We celebrated our son’s Birthday last weekend.  The weather was a little iffy so we opted for cooking inside.  You can’t help but feel the love when you share this meal with family.  You can make baked potatoes and salad or pair with your favorite Herold’s Salad for a wonderful summer meal.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

4 Whole Chicken Breasts with skin and bones (split so you have 8 breasts) (available at your local meat market)
1 cup of Runion’s Mix (available at your local butcher shop)
2 TBLS Rotisserie Chicken BBQ Rub (available at your local meat market)
2 TBLS Butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Moisten chicken breasts and shake off excess water
Combine Runion’s Mix, and BBQ Rub in a Ziplock bag and shake
Add chicken one piece at a time and coat with the Runion/Seasoning mixture

Put butter on a cookie sheet (with at least 1 inch edge), place in preheated oven and melt the butter.
After butter is melted, place chicken (fat side down) on the cookie sheet
Bake for 35 minutes, turn and bake for additional 20 minutes

For boneless, skinless chicken breasts decrease cooking time to 20 minutes per side.

Be sure to pick up your very own copy of this recipe the next time you are in the store.

Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Sometimes you want comfort food.  Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorites but sometimes you don’t want to go through all of the steps.  I am going to give you some shortcuts so you can have comfort food without spending all day in the kitchen.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

6 chicken breast filets (available at your local meat market)
3 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon crushed red-hot pepper seeds (optional)
2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
2 cups of your favorite Marinara Sauce
2 cups of grated Mozzarella/Provolone Cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put 1 Tablespoon of Olive in a glass 9″ X 13″ glass dish. In a ziplock bag, place two Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive oil in a Ziplock bag. Add the seasonings. Mix well. Add the Chicken Breast Filets and make sure they are coated well. Put the pan in the oven and allow the Extra Virgin Olive Oil to heat up. Put the Coated Chicken Breast Filets in the pan and place on a center oven rack. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Decrease the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Drain the juices from the chicken. Return the chicken to the pan. Cover the chicken with the Parmesan Cheese. Put the Marinara Sauce over the Chicken Filets and place the Grated Mozzarella Cheese on the top. Return to the oven and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes. The cheese should be melted and the sauce heated through.

If there are any leftovers you will have a wonderful lunch or another dinner. That’s all for today. Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Zucchini Bread

I don’t even have a garden and I have a lot of zucchini in my refrigerator.  I don’t know how it happens.  You stop by the Farm Stand and you see the corn, tomatoes, onions, peppers and zucchini.  You just have to load up.  I’m using some of that zucchini to make  zucchini bread.  This is so easy to make and you can adjust it to your family’s taste.  Enjoy and don’t be afraid to pick up some extra zucchini.  You can shred it and freeze it in 2 cup increments and make zucchini bread in the winter.

Zucchini Bread

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 cup applesauce
1 1/8 cup sugar
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup grated carrots (optional)
1 cup crushed pineapple (optional)

Grease and flour a 8″ X 4″ bread pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a bowl mix together Flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, mix together zucchini, sugar and eggs. Gradually stir in the flour mixture to the zucchini mixture. Mix well. Stir in raisins, nuts or whatever optional ingredients you are using. Pour the mixture into the bread pan.

Cook the bread for 60 to 65 minutes. The zucchini bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow bread to cool for 10 minutes Loosen the bread from the pan and put on a cooling rack.

Enjoy with coffee or tea. That’s all for this week. Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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