Whether for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday, or any occasion, this is my go-to steak dinner that’s sure to impress. Instead of heading out to a restaurant, treat yourself and a special someone to a lovely dinner in because this steakhouse quality dinner at home won’t let you down.
2steaksbeef tenderloin, NY strip, top sirloin, ribeye – whatever makes you happy
1/4cupshredded cheese such as GoudaParmesan, or Lost Lake special reserve
4 1/4” thick red bell pepper rings
3cupsof 1/2″ cubed butternut squash
2TBhoney or maple syrup
1head of romaine lettuce
1/4cupblue cheese crumbles
2slicesof bacondiced and fried
Creamy salad dressingsuch as creamy Italian
1TB+ 1/2 tsp olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 450F. Toss the cubed squash in 1 TB of olive oil and spread out on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt & pepper. Roast until easily pierced with a fork – about 20 minutes.
While the squash is roasting, heat a heavy, oven safe skillet (I break out my cast iron for this) over medium high heat. Add the olive oil, and the pepper rings. Cook until slightly charred on each side about 2 minutes per side. Set aside. Pat the steaks dry with paper towels (this helps you to get a nice sear). Add the ghee to the skillet, once melted, add the steaks. Sprinkle with a liberal amount salt and little pepper to taste. Allow the steaks to sear without moving them for 2 to 3 minutes, flip and sear for another 1 minute. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook to desired doneness – about 5 to 6 minutes for rare/medium-rare, 8 minutes for medium. Remove skillet from oven and sprinkle on shredded cheese. Return to oven and allow cheese to mostly melt – about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from oven, twist pepper rings into a figure 8 and place 2 on each steak. Allow steak to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
Using a fork, mash the cooked squash, stir in the honey or maple syrup and a pinch of cayenne (more or less depending on your preference). Set aside.
Trim the end off the romaine, leaving the connecting stalk intact, and cut the head in half from stalk to tip. Arrange each half on a place or in a shallow bowl. Divide the blue cheese and bacon between each wedge and drizzle with the dressing of your choice.
Pour a glass of wine, beer, or mix up your favorite cocktail. Serve the steaks with the mashed butternut squash and enjoy your incredibly easy steak dinner that rivals anything you can find in a steakhouse.
For an extra special treat, serve one of our amazing baked goods for dessert – this meal pairs perfectly with cheesecake or cream puffs.
Who’s ready for some football? Whether you’re cheering for the NE Pats or the LA Rams, you and your friends will surely be cheering for these easy to make, great to eat nachos & tacos. Grab a few friends, your favorite beer, and get ready for kick-off because this recipe can easily be made the day before and warmed up in crock pot for the big game.
4 to 6poundspork shoulder/Boston butt
1/2tspground black pepper
1/2tspgarlic powderor 4 cloves garlic, minced
2TBwhite wine vinegar
1/4cuplight brown sugar
1TBonion powderor 1 whole onion, finely minced
For serving: flour tortillas, butter lettuce, tortilla chips, charred bell pepper slices, lime wedges, sour cream, jack or cheddar cheese
In a small bowl, combine oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil, white wine vinegar, brown sugar, and onion. Mix well – if you’re using garlic cloves or a whole onion, puree everything in a blender. Pour mixture over meat, coating all sides.
Either preheat oven to 300 degrees, place coated meat in a Dutch oven, and pour 2 cups of water into the pot. Cover and roast for 5 hours, or until meat is fork tender. Alternatively, place meat in a crock pot with 1/2 cup of water, and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. This can also be made in an Instant Pot, by using 1 cup of water and cooking on high pressure for 75 minutes, with a natural pressure release.
Remove the meat, shred or cube, and then return to the liquid to prevent drying out.
Serve as pork tacos, over nachos, a mixed salad, or in lettuce cups with your favorite toppings. Squeezing a bit of lime over it before serving, gives it a nice, fresh, pop of flavor.
You don’t need to live on a farm to enjoy a farmhouse breakfast. This sausage gravy is perfect for a weekend brunch, a weeknight breakfast-for-dinner, or make a batch over the weekend, and then reheat it for a quick breakfast during the week by simply adding a splash of milk before reheating.
1lbseasoned breakfast sausagepork or chicken sausage
1 1/2tspground black pepper
1 to 2TBcooking oilonly if using chicken sausage
Biscuitseggs, and bacon for serving
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, break apart the sausage and cook through. If using chicken sausage, add 1 TB of cooking oil.
Sprinkle in the flour and stir to coat the sausage. If you’re using chicken sausage, and it’s too dry, add a bit more oil and stir until the flour is thoroughly coating the meat. Allow to cook for about a minute.
Slowly stir in the milk, 1 cup at a time, stirring to combine after each addition. Stir in the seasoned salt and 1 1/2 tsp of black pepper.
Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it reaches desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and add more if needed. If the gravy gets too thick, and in a bit of milk and stir.
Serve over warm biscuits with eggs and bacon for a complete farmhouse breakfast. Leftovers can be frozen for several months – simply thaw, add a splash of milk, and reheat.
Eggnog is one of those holiday traditions that many of us look forward to as soon as the air turns crisp in autumn. This decadent French toast allows you to extend that tradition to brunch! Whether you’re making breakfast for a crowd, or a cozy morning for two, this French toast will quickly become one of your favorites. –Robin
1/2loaf of briocheor other dense bread, but I highly recommend using brioche, sliced into 1" thick slices - about 5 or 6 slices
1 1/4cupof egg nog
1 to 2TBrum or bourbonadd to your personal preference (optional, but recommended)
About 3 TB ghee
Whipped creamsee below for fresh whipped cream for serving
Maple syrup for serving
Fresh whipped cream:
Using a hand or stand mixer, whip the heavy cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Set aside until serving time.
Combine the egg nog, rum or bourbon (if using), milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Whisk until the eggs and milk are completely combined with the egg nog.
In a large skillet or griddle over medium heat, melt about 1 tsp of ghee per toast slice.
Dunk the bread slices into the egg nog mixture and allow to soak for 10-15 seconds per side (more or less depending on how you like your toast - though the longer it soaks, the more batter you'll need). Place in the skillet and cook until lightly golden brown on each side - about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Serve topped with maple syrup and fresh whipped cream.
Holdeman Poultry is family owned business. We started raising Capons in early 2012. These chickens are minimally processed with no fillers or additives added.For those of you that are not familiar with Capons here is little info. Capons are a very old tradition. Many old timers will remember raising these on the farm. A capon is raised quite large and is much more tender and juicey than your average chicken. Most people say this is the best chicken they have ever had.
Line a cookie sheet with foil. Grease well. Mix first 5 ingredients well. Dredge wings in flour mixture, place on greased pan, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter and mix in the hot pepper sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper. Dip wings in the sauce then place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn wings and continue baking for another 30 minutes or until done. Wings should be crispy and delicious!
Have you ever had gravy that’s so good that you want to eat it in a bowl with a spoon? This simple pot roast renders that kind of gravy – it’s rich, flavorful, and has a perfectly silky texture that stands up to anything you want to ladle it over. This roast is good enough for Sunday dinner with company and easy enough to make on a lazy afternoon with family.
(Pictured with a round roast from Ebersole Cattle Company) Have you ever had gravy that's so good that you want to eat it in a bowl with a spoon? This simple pot roast renders that kind of gravy - it's rich, flavorful, and has a perfectly silky texture that stands up to anything you want to ladle it over. This roast is good enough for Sunday dinner with company and easy enough to make on a lazy afternoon with family.
3 to 5lbbeef roastchuck, round, or rump
2yellow onionspeeled and halved
8carrotswashed, unpeeled, cut in 1/2" circles
2-3+ 1/4 cups beef stock or broth
4sprigs of fresh rosemaryor 1 TB dry
4springs of fresh thymeor 1 TB dry
Ground black pepper
Smoked paprika*can be found at Trader Joe's, Penzey's, or online
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
Generously sprinkle the roast with the salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika. Set aside.
In a heavy Dutch or French oven, melt the ghee over medium-high heat. Add the onions and carrots to the pot and cook until browned on both sides. Remove to a clean plate.
Place the roast in the pot and sear on each side for about 3 minutes - don't move it around so that you get a good, brown crust going. Remove to the plate with the vegetables.
Pour the wine into the pot and scrape the brown bits off the bottom as the wine boils.
Once the pot is deglazed, put the roast back in and place the vegetables on top. Pour in enough beef stock to come at least halfway up the roast. Place the herbs on top.
Put the lid on the pot and move to the preheated oven. Roast for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, or until the meat is fork tender.
Remove the roast to a plate and keep warm. If using fresh herbs, remove the herb sprigs from the pot and discard. Using an immersion blender, or carefully transferring the cooked vegetables and liquids to a blender, blend until smooth. If the gravy is thinner than you would prefer, mix 2 TB corn starch with 1/4 cup beef stock and pour into the gravy while bringing to a boil over medium-high heat and cooking until desired consistency.
Slice the roast and serve topped with the pan gravy along side roasted or mashed potatoes, vegetables, and of course bread for sopping. Leftovers can be frozen by storing the beef and gravy separately - add a couple of TB of beef stock in with the meat to prevent it from drying out when reheated.
This can be used under a spicy jelly like Boone County Organic’s Aronia Peach Habanero or Clear Creek Orchard’s Mango Habanero, Raspberry jalapeno or any of their spicy flavors. This is also great as the base for a layered dip with salsa, beans & cheese.
Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese
1.5 to 2 times as much yogurt as the amount of cream cheese required for the recipe.
Line a fine mesh strainer with multiple layers of cheesecloth.
Pour in approximately 1.5 to 2 times as much yogurt as the amount of cream cheese required for the recipe.
Cover and let the whey strain out until it reaches the consistency of cream cheese. This can take up to 24 hours.
Chill and use in most of your recipes requiring cream cheese. This can be used under a spicy jelly like Boone County Organic’s Aronia Peach Habanero or Clear Creek Orchard’s Mango Habanero, Raspberry jalapeno or any of their spicy flavors. This is also great as the base for a layered dip with salsa, beans & cheese.
No bake squash or pumpkin cheesecake made with homemade Greek yogurt cream cheese can be a very healthy and rewarding dessert to add to your holiday menu. By making your own squash puree & Greek yogurt cream cheese (instructions below), you can drastically cut down calories, increase protein & feel good about the quality of ingredients you are using. I recommend you start by making the cream cheese and squash puree at least the night before.
No Bake Squash or Pumpkin Cheesecake with Homemade Maple Whipped Cream
18 gingersnap cookies or equivalent Graham crackers
A stuffing recipe that not only highlights local bread, butter, and sausage, but also local apples!
Apple Sausage Stuffing
10 cups bread, cut into 1/2 to 1 inch cubes (Cook’s choice: white, whole wheat, sour dough, rye, a mix. Leave the crust on or don’t. Live your best stuffing life)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground pork
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1 1/2 cups sliced celery
2 apples, cored and chopped coarsely (peel or don’t. It bears repeating, live your best stuffing life)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 cup toasted walnut pieces
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9 x 13 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
Spread bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 10-12 minutes; set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pork and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks. Remove pork from skillet and place in a bowl.
Melt butter in the skillet the pork was cooked in. Add garlic, onion and celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in apples, sage and thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
In a large bowl, combine bread, sausage, apple mixture, walnuts and parsley; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in chicken stock until absorbed and well combined
Spread bread mixture into the prepared baking dish. Place into oven and bake until top is browned, about 45 minutes.
Member Chad’s winter squash gratin was a HUGE hit at our sampling event last Thursday. Grab the recipe here, then shop the ingredients.
Winter Squash Gratin
roughly 3 Lb winter squash, peeled and seeded (Any firm, good flavored squash like butternut, Hubbard, Kuri will be perfect)
6 fresh sage leaves, plus 3-5 leaves for garnish
1/2 medium onion
1 pint of heavy cream
3/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon of butter, plus extra for greasing pan
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Olive Oil for frying sage leaves.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a bowl.
Peel and dice onion finely. Place 1 tbsp butter and onion in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Cook onions until very golden with a touch of brown, 15-20 minutes (reduce heat if onions begin to burn before caramelizing). Remove from heat.
Slice 6 sage leaves finely. Add the sage and heavy cream to the pan with onions over very low heat for 10 minutes. Add the salt and the black pepper. Stir often and do not let the cream get to a boiling point. Remove from heat.
Using a mandolin or a very sharp knife, slice the squash into very thin slices, about 1/8th of an inch thick.
Taste the cream for seasoning and add more salt and pepper to taste if needed.
Butter a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish on the bottom and sides.
Create one even layer of butternut squash in the dish, spoon on and spread a thin coating of the cream on the squash and repeat the process until the the last layer is topped with cream. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top of the cream evenly.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and turn up the heat to a high broil until golden brown, roughly 5 minutes.
Pour a liberal amount of olive oil in the bottom of a small skillet. Place over medium high heat. When oil begins to shimmer, place reserved sage leaves in oil and fry for 2-3 seconds (they will roll out flat on top of oil). Remove with a fork and place on paper towels.
Let the squash sit for 10 minutes. Garnish with fried sage leaves and serve.