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Weekend Fish Fry

Weekend Fish Fry

One of our favorite ways to celebrate summer is to host a Weekend Fish Fry for our family. So, when our freezer has an abundance of freshly caught and frozen fish, it’s time to start planning. Below are some of our favorite recipes for preparing 

Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

Moms work hard taking care of their families. They cook for them and take care of their bodily needs. Wash their clothes. Kiss boo-boos on knees and elbows. They read countless stories, say prayers, and tuck their children into bed at night. What better time 

Potluck Barbecued Meatballs

Potluck Barbecued Meatballs

Potluck Barbecued Meatballs is a delicious recipe to make for your next church dinner or holiday party.  Tender, juicy meatballs cooked in a homemade barbecue sauce. Perfect as a main dish or as an appetizer. I’ve been making these meatballs for many years and it always goes over well. 

If you happen to have venison in your freezer, this recipe works well, as I prefer using a very lean ground meat. If you don’t have venison, you may use a lean ground beef (90/10) or ground round. I’ve even combined turkey with ground burger, but I prefer venison. It just gives the meatballs a really nice flavor. 

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Potluck Barbecued Meatballs

  • ground venison (or a lean ground beef – 90/10)
  • evaporated milk
  • old fashioned oats
  • large eggs
  • minced onion
  • kosher salt
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • freshly ground black pepper

For the Sauce:

  • ketchup
  • dark brown sugar
  • minced onion
  • liquid smoke
  • garlic powder

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand. Mince onion for both the meatballs and the sauce. Set aside until ready to use.

In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon (or your hands,) mix together the ground venison (or lean ground beef), evaporated milk, old fashioned oats, large eggs, minced onion, kosher salt, chili powder, garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper. 

Shape Meatballs into Large Balls

Shape into walnut-sized balls. Place in a greased oblong pan.

Prepare the Sauce:

In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, minced onion, liquid smoke, and garlic powder. Cover the meatballs with the sauce. Cover the dish with tinfoil, and bake in a preheated oven for one hour.

If using this recipe for a potluck or family dinner, you may transfer the meatballs to a slow cooker to keep warm until ready to serve. This recipe will serve 8-10 people.

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Recipe for Potluck Barbecued Meatballs

Potluck Barbecued Meatballs

Make Potluck Barbecued Meatballs for your next church dinner or holiday party. Tender, juicy meatballs cooked in a homemade barbecue sauce. Perfect as a main dish or as an appetizer. I've been making these meatballs for many years and it always goes over well.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue Sauce, Family Gatherings, Holiday Meals, Meatballs, Potluck Dinners, Venison Meat
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 7

Equipment

Glass Mixing Bowls
Cookie Scoop
Oblong Cake Pan
Potholders

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds ground venison or a lean ground beef (90/10)
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Sauce:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand. Mince onion for both the meatballs and the sauce. Set aside until ready to use.
  • In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon (or your hands), mix together the ground venison (or lean ground beef), evaporated milk, old fashioned oats, large eggs, minced onion, kosher salt, chili powder, garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Shape into walnut-sized balls. Place in greased oblong pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, minced onion, liquid smoke, and garlic powder. Cover the meatballs with the sauce. Cover the baking dish with tinfoil, and bake in a preheated oven for one hour.
  • Serve warm. Serves 8-10.

Nutrition

Calories: 913kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 275mg | Sodium: 1592mg | Potassium: 1474mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 83g | Vitamin A: 716IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 10mg
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Crunchy Broccoli Salad

Crunchy Broccoli Salad

Here’s a yummy recipe from my Aunt Ruth. Crunchy Broccoli Salad is the perfect dish to take to your next potluck dinner or family gathering. It’s easy, full of flavor, and people devour it. Broccoli Slaw, Carrots, Radishes, Golden Raisins, Sunflower Seeds, and the main 

Rustic Sourdough Baguettes

Rustic Sourdough Baguettes

Rustic Sourdough Baguettes are so delicious. Our family loves when I make them. Hard and crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside, and just the right taste of tangy sourness. Ingredients Needed to Rustic Sourdough Baguettes fed sourdough starter (See my Recipe Here.) warm 

Spice Cake with Penuche Frosting

Spice Cake with Penuche Frosting

Spice Cake with Penuche Frosting is a delicious, old-fashioned cake with a delightful, yummy frosting. Cinnamon, Allspice, and Cloves. Click to Tweet

Spice Cake with Penuche Frosting is a delicious, old-fashioned cake with a delightful, yummy frosting. 

Flavorful spices: Cinnamon, Allspice, and Cloves. Nuts. And that wonderful frosting.

Penuche is actually an Italian word that means fudge-like candy that is tan in color. Similar to caramel. Or butterscotch. Sweet and buttery. Thick and fudgy. It’s simply dreamy.

This is the type of cake to serve at a family gathering or potluck dinner. Or a chuck wagon dinner.

Spice Cake with Penuche Frosting at a Chuckwagon Dinner

The first time I served this cake was at a Chuckwagon Dinner I hosted for our family and church. I set out tables with red checkered cloth under our awning and decorated them with jars of wildflowers from our pasture. The kids ran and the adults played horseshoes in the yard.

Chuckwagon Dinner

For the meal, I served Beef Brisket, Country Biscuits, Cowboy Beans, Cabbage Bacon Salad, Fried Apples, and this cake. Then after dinner, we sat around an open fire and listened to songs on the guitar. It was a lovely evening.

It kind of reminded me of those cowboy dinner music theatres. Have you ever been to one? We have the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper here in Kansas. And my husband and I attended one the first year we were married near Colorado Springs called the Flying W Ranch. I suppose that’s where I got the idea.

Ingredients Needed to Make This Cake

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • allspice
  • ground cloves
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • vegetable shortening
  • eggs
  • orange juice
  • buttermilk
  • walnuts or pecans
  • butter
  • hot milk
  • powdered sugar

Instructions for this Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, cream together shortening and sugars. Add eggs one at a time and beat for 2 minutes. Add orange juice and buttermilk alternately with flour mixture and beat for another 2 minutes. Stir in chopped nuts. Pour mixture into greased oblong cake pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting.

To make the Penuche frosting, in a medium-sized saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Continue to cook and stir for one minute or until thickened. Cool for 15 minutes.

chuckwagon dinner - spiced nut cake

I used dark brown sugar in the main recipe picture. A light brown sugar will result in a lighter colored frosting, such as the one above.

Add hot milk and beat until smooth with a wooden spoon. Beat in enough powdered sugar to allow for creamy spreading. Spread onto cooled cake. This recipe will serve 15-18 people.

Spice Cake with Penuche Frosting. Spicy cake and buttery topping. The two go perfectly together. Yum!

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Recipe for Spice Cake with Penuche Frosting

Spice Cake with Penuche Frosting

Here's a delicious recipe for an old-fashioned spice cake with a yummy frosting. Enjoy!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: caramel, One Layer Cake, Potluck Dinners, Spices
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cooling Time:: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 18

Equipment

Nut Chopper
KitchenAid Mixer
Oblong Cake Pan
Mauviel Copper Pans

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans chopped

Penuche Frosting:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup hot milk
  • 3 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice. Set aside.
  • In mixing bowl, cream together shortening and sugars. Add eggs one at a time and beat for 2 minutes. Add orange juice and buttermilk alternately with flour mixture and beat for another 2 minutes. Stir in chopped nuts. Pour mixture into greased oblong cake pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting.

To Make the Penuche Frosting:

  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Continue to cook and stir for one minute or until thickened. Cool for 15 minutes.
  • Add hot milk and beat until smooth with a wooden spoon. Beat in enough powdered sugar to allow for creamy spreading. Spread onto cooled cake. Serves 15-18.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.
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Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa is an easy and tasty appetizer to make for your family or gathering. It’s so easy, and the ingredients are common enough to be in everyone’s pantry. I have to add here, that I just LOVE black beans. It was only a 

Country Pancakes

Country Pancakes

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Fourth of July Menu Ideas

Fourth of July Menu Ideas

Whether you’re out for a picnic in a city park or at home with family for a barbecue, here are a few Fourth of July Menu Ideas. Have a great celebration! Continue reading Fourth of July Menu Ideas

Patriotic Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Patriotic Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Make Patriotic Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting for your 4th of July Celebration. This is a fun recipe to surprise your family with or to make with your kids. You may substitute other colors for other times of year, or simply omit for a vanilla cupcake.