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Ranch Burger

Here's a hearty burger you're sure to love. Serve with my Oven Baked Fries. Yum!

2 pounds lean ground chuck
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 onion, sliced
6 slices smoked cheddar cheese
6 slices cooked bacon
Honey Barbecue Sauce (we like KC Masterpiece or Sweet Baby Ray's)
6 whole wheat hamburger buns, grilled

Form ground chuck into 6 large patties. Sprinkle with seasoned salt, garlic powder, and pepper. In large skillet, cook patties on medium high heat, turning after 3-4 minutes. Add onion slices to one side of pan and allow to caramelize in the juices. Turn as needed. Before serving, add slices of cheddar cheese to each patty and allow to melt. Top burger with onion, bacon, and a generous amount of barbecue sauce. Serve with bread-and-butter pickles on whole wheat buns that have been grilled. So good. Enjoy!
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Country Chuck Wagon Dinner

Living in the country with horses and cowboys, I love a good chuck wagon dinner. It doesn't need to be authentic--out in the pasture cooked over an open fire. Just throw out a red checkered tablecloth, brew up some tea (or coffee), grab your guitar, and invite your friends! Here are some menu ideas for Chuck Wagon Dinner at your house! 

Sirloin Steak or Braised Beef Brisket that's out of this world yummy (Pioneer Woman) 

Baked Hush Puppies

Here's a delightful recipe to serve with fish or seafood. Especially good with Pan Fried Tilapia or your next Shrimp Boil. 

2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, slightly beaten
4 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, parsley, baking powder, seasoning salt, minced onion, and pepper. Prepare a hole in the middle of the flour and add buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter. Mix in just till moistened. Spoon by tablespoons into a lightly greased mini muffin tins. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serves 8-12.
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Pineapple Zucchini Bread

Here's a great recipe for "getting rid" of some of your garden zucchini. Believe me, your family will love it! 

2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups shredded zucchini
1-8 oz. crushed pineapple (undrained)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In mixing bowl, combine sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla. Beat well. In small bowl mix together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir into egg mixture until moistened. Fold in zucchini and pineapple. Pour into two greased loaf pans. Bake for 60-65 minutes until done. Cool in pans. Makes 2 loaves.

Judith Miller's Buster Bar Ice Cream Dessert

Although born and reared in a small suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Judy moved to Kansas at the age of seventeen and has considered the sunflower state ‘home’ ever since. She currently lives in Topeka. She enjoys reading, traveling, researching history, and Bible study.

Writing Christian fiction is Judy’s second career. For many years she worked as a legal assistant in law firms and later worked in government law offices. She has retired from legal work in order to write fulltime —a vocation she considers both a ministry and a blessing.

Judy has authored or co-authored more than twenty-five books since she began writing in 1996. She is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her novels, several of which have placed in the CBA and ECPA top ten lists. It is her deep desire to point readers to the love and grace of Jesus. Learn more about Judith and her books HERE. 

Judith's latest book release: The Artisan's Wife

Ainslee McKay's world is shaken when she discovers her twin sister has not only eloped with a man she barely knows but now Ainslee must fulfill their obligation at a tile works in Weston, West Virginia. Ainslee must learn the ropes and, if she can keep the tile works profitable, her brother will help her sell the business. 

When Levi Judson arrives and shows Ainslee his designs for new tiles, she's impressed by his skill and passion for the business. But he's hiding his true reason for coming to Weston. And Ainslee knows he'd be crushed to learn his plans for a long career at McKay Tile Works are in vain since she intends to sell. Can the growing feelings between them survive if the truth comes to light--or is a future together as untenable as the future of the tile works itself?

Judith's recipe for Buster Bar Ice Cream Dessert

24 Oreo cookies, crushed (in food processer)
1/3 cup melted oleo
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
12 oz. salted peanuts

½ cup oleo
2 cups powdered sugar
1 ½ cups evaporated milk
2/3 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together crushed cookies and melted oleo. Spread in a 9x13 inch pan. Freeze for 20-30 minutes. Spread ½ gallon vanilla ice cream over crust. Top with 12 oz. salted peanuts. Freeze for another 20-30 minutes. 

For topping, combine oleo, powdered sugar, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, and vanilla. Boil 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool COMPLETELY. Spread over ice cream. Freeze for another 30 minutes. When ready to serve, let sit out for a few minutes for ease in cutting and removing from pan. Serves 15-18.

Sweet Corn Relish

Here's a recipe to make when fresh garden corn is in season. Enjoy! 

1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon horseradish
2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 4 ears)
2 medium zucchini, diced
1/2 cup diced tomato
1/2 cup minced red onion
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley

In a small saucepan, stir together vinegar, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Stir in horseradish.

In a medium bowl, stir together corn , zucchini, tomato, red onion, and bell pepper. Pour vinegar mixture over vegetables and toss to coat. Sprinkle with parsley. Serves 4-6.
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Mom's Homemade Ice Cream

Here's a favorite recipe served at almost every family gathering we have on the Swiler side. Creamy and sweet.

6 eggs
3 cups sugar
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 can evaporated milk
1 package instant French vanilla pudding

1 large Hershey's chocolate bar with almonds, chopped

In large bowl, beat eggs on medium speed for two minutes. Add sugar, extract, evaporated milk and pudding to eggs and beat an additional three minutes. Add 1/2 gallon milk and beat again. Pour mixture into a 1 1/2 gallon ice-cream freezer and add enough milk to bring to three-quarters full. Add chocolate. Mix according to freezer directions with ice and rock salt. Great for hot summer days. Enjoy!
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Chickens and Roosters in my Kitchen

I've always wanted to raise chickens so we could have fresh eggs,
but my hubby won't let me, insisting that our Labrador dog or neighborhood coyotes would kill them.

So, instead, I collect ceramic ROOSTERS and hens.
I'm not sure what it is about them, but I LOVE them. 
Do you have something you collect in your kitchen? 
Share with us below!