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Recipe: The Best Freaking Snack Mix Ever aka “AgHag Chex Mix”

If you are into “clean” eating, low calorie, or unprocessed food, move along, nothing to see here. However, if you are into delicious snack food, that brings you a great sense of joy and happiness, you are in the right place.

Chex mix has always brought me inner food peace. From my Great Aunt Mary’s mix as a child, to the stuff you buy in the store, I have never met a chex mix I didn’t love. Whenever I have felt ill or not hungry, chex mix can usually be counted on to make me feel better. It’s my spirit food animal. If I am ever on death row, this will be requested as part of my last meal.

Oh, chex mix, how I love you.

Oh, chex mix, how I love you.

Lately I have been on a huge Chex Mix kick. I’ve been making about a batch a week. My friends are getting care packages of it. Every time I make it just a whisper different. You see, that is the beauty of making your own chex mix. You can do anything you want! You can add your favorite things! This is currently how I am making my favorite batch.

AgHag Chex Mix

For “The Mix”

3 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
2 cups Wheat Chex cereal
2 cups cheese-its
2 cups Bugles
2 cups cheerios (I prefer the store brand actually, it has more nutritional value, read the label!)
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 cup cashews
2 cup pretzels

 For “The Sauce”

1 cube of butter
1/2 cup worcestershire
1/4 cup hot sauce (tapatio, rooster sauce or tabasco sauce work just fine)
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon sweet paprika
2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 package of ranch mix (keep this separate)

Don't make it all pretty like this, just dump it in a big pile, it makes it easier to mix. I did this purely for a pretty photo.

Don’t make it all pretty like this, just dump it in a big pile, it makes it easier to mix. I did this purely for a pretty photo.

 

1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

2. Melt the butter. Add the next 7 ingredients for the sauce to your melted butter.

3. In a large 9×13 sheet cake pan, mix together all 9 of the cereals, nuts and chips.

4. Toss “the sauce” and “the mix” together until coated. Be gentle, as you don’t want to crush your cereals. After everything is coated, open up your ranch mix and gently sprinkle that over your sheet pan, gently toss again.

Step 4: the dry ranch mix being incorporated. This is an important step, don't skip it!

Step 4: the dry ranch mix being incorporated. This is an important step, don’t skip it!

 

5. Bake for 1 hour, stirring the mixture every 15 minutes.

6. Store in an airtight container, that is if you have any left.

Again, Friends, use this recipe only for good. It has great and powerful juju. It is also perfect for Ranch Days, soccer games, movies, Super Bowls and field trips.

 

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Beef Tips in Gravy

As a cattle rancher, most people assume my favorite thing is steak and I eat them all the time. Not true. As well all know (or we should), a beef is not made out of pure steak. There are lots and lots of other cuts that make up a beef carcass. In my book, steak can be a whisper overrated. I thoroughly enjoy the lesser known cuts of beef. Plus my Parents get seriously pissed off when I eat all the steaks.

I could eat this almost every day. Especially if the roasted broccoli is involved.

I could eat this almost every day. Especially if the roasted broccoli is involved.

When my clients buy a beef from me, often they will get cuts of beef they’ve never seen before. Since buying meat from me is a full service program, I am here to offer suggestions, ideas and recipes to use their less familiar cuts. This is one of the recipes I like to share.

My Mom and I split this roast, I made Beef Tips, she made stew.

My Mom and I split this roast, I made Beef Tips, she made stew.

This is arguably my favorite meal. It is my ultimate death row food. I’ve started and ended relationships over this meal.  It’s easy, cheap and amazing. This is some powerful, powerful juju, not to be taken lightly. I’m imparting some great power to you here, use it for good.

You will  need...

You will need…

Beef Tips in Gravy

  • 2 pounds cubed beef  (stew meat, bottom round, arm roasts all work – basically you want to use a cut of meat that likes to be cooked low and slow) (venison also work well)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 package dry onion soup
  • Pepper
It looks hideous before you cook it, I know. But doesn't most delicious things?

It looks hideous before you cook it, I know. But doesn’t most delicious things?

Mix together all the ingredients and place in covered casserole dish for 3 hours at 300. This is also a great crockpot meal.

After the baking for 3 hours or crockpoting on high for 4 hours, its ready. Your house will smell savory and meaty and it will bring all the boys to your yard.

Serve this over noodles (my favorite because that is how my Mom does it), rice or mashed potatoes. Make sure you have some warm bread to mop up all the gravy. Then go take a nap.

Seriously, I will cut people for these leftovers.

Check on this recipe from Life on a Kanas Cattle Ranch for Beefy Noodles!

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Funeral Sandwiches

My Mom made me these sandwiches this past summer to take with me to the summer ranch. You see, my Dad is notorious for making us work all day, by his side, then when it comes to dinner, he expects us to cook it for everyone.  My Mom did her best to mitigate this for me by sending casseroles, sandwiches and other lovely and delicious pre-cooked food so I wouldn’t flip out when my Dad expected me to cook for the camp after doing the same work he did.

I LOVE King's products!  I'm sorry this is a crap picture! But it's all I had!

I LOVE King’s products! I’m sorry this is a crap picture! But it’s all I had!

This is one of the recipes I asked her to make again and again, because it was really easy and sooooooo gooooood. She assembled everything for me, I took it with me to the summer ranch, and popped it in the oven when we got hungry.

For the sauce.

For the sauce.

Funeral Sandwiches

1 package of Kings Hawaiian rolls
1 lb deli ham (thin sliced)
1 lb havarti cheese, thinly sliced
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Dash of onion soup mix

It already looks good!!

It already looks good!!

Slice the rolls in half, place in a 9x 13 dish. Fold the ham and cheese and place on top of your sliced rolls. Cover with the top half of your rolls.

MMMMMmmmm....sauce.

MMMMMmmmm….sauce.

Mix the sugar, butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and soup mix together until smooth. Cover your sandwiches with that awesome sauce.

It's hard not to eat one now.

It’s hard not to eat one now.

Cover tightly, refrigerate, and let marinade anywhere from 4-24 hours.

Sweet, sweet, cheesy, meaty, saucey goodness.

Sweet, sweet, cheesy, meaty, saucey goodness.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until they are crispy and melty to your liking. Enjoy!
P.S. You can also use turkey and swiss, beef and cheddar, I mean, go crazy!

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Recipe: Sour Cream Chicken Casserole

You know those meals that are seared into your memory because they are the ultimate comfort for you? Those meals that when something bad happens, your Mom would make them for you to feel better? I also call these meals, death row foods. They are just so good I would want to eat them for my last meal.

I’m going to share with you one of those recipes. Here is the caveat though, you must PROMISE me you won’t try and church this recipe up. No replacing greek yogurt for the sour cream, no fake chicken, no margarine, the only thing you can do it add more butter, more sour cream, MOAR (but seriously though, don’t mess with this recipe, just enjoy).

When I was on  my puking tour (I HAD super bad anxiety, being off the ranch was hell for me, and my body would respond by being violently ill) of the Oregon Country Faire. My vegan ex-boyfriend tried to keep me from meat (puking up tofu sucks, it doesn’t taste any better coming back up (and who in their right mind tries to keep a cattlerancher from eating meat?!?!?)) this is the one meal I dreamed about (and a steak). All I wanted in life was for my Mom’s Sour Cream Casserole (and a steak). In the end, I got my meaty casserole and the vegan ex-boyfriend was released back into the wild as a single, omnivore (it’s my catch a release program).

This is what you will need (plus shredded chicken).

This is what you will need (plus shredded chicken).

Sour Cream Chicken Casserole

4-6 chicken breasts or 1 whole fryer
8oz pkg. Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix (make sure you get the kind in the BLUE package, it matters, trust me)
8 Tbsp. butter
8oz container sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup

Shred your chicken. If you use chicken breast, you can just throw them in your Kitchen Aid mixer while they are warm, with the paddle attachment, and it will shred your chicken FOR YOU!

Shred your chicken. If you use chicken breast, you can just throw them in your Kitchen Aid mixer while they are warm, with the paddle attachment, and it will shred your chicken FOR YOU!

Cook chicken, pick off meat.

You are going to have a layer of stuffing on the bottom and the top - plan accordingly.

You are going to have a layer of stuffing on the bottom and the top – plan accordingly.

Melt ½ of butter and ½ of the stuffing mix in the casserole dish.

The "filling". It's so good.

The “filling”. It’s so good.

In medium bowl mix sour cream, soups, and chicken. Spoon over layer of stuffing butter mixture. Mix together remaining stuffing and butter and spread over top of chicken.

I want this in my belly.

I want this in my belly.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Serve with cranberry sauce (for reals).

Promise me you will make this. It’s excellent with corn on the cob too and green beans, or brussel sprouts, or salad! And you need to serve warm bread with it so you can wipe up all the creamy goodness left on your plate. AND it’s is glorious as leftover!

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Cross Rib Roast

  • 3-5 pound cross rib roast
  • Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons fine dried herbs (Rosemary, paprika, parsley etc)

I make a mixture of herbs, pepper, salt and balsamic vinegar. Peel a head of garlic.

Using a sharp knife point from a paring or a boning knife make several slits in the top of the meat. Tuck slivers or whole pieces of garlic into each slit.

Coat with your spice/vinegar mixture, drizzle with a little olive oil.  Notice I cook my roast in my cast iron frying pan, that way when I make gravy later it’s easy!

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Calculate cooking time, using 20 minutes per pound of meat as a guide for a cross rib roast. Place roast in oven, TURN THE TEMPERATURE DOWN to 350 degrees and roast for the calculated time, checking with an instant meat thermometer after 3/4 of the cooking time just to make sure things are going ok. The thermometer should register about 140 (rare) to 155 degrees (medium). Remove from oven.

Look how pretty!

Pull your roast from the oven and tent with foil for about 20 minutes so the meat can rest and the juices can re-absorb.

Slice the meat and serve with mashed potatoes and gravy. This is seriously one of my death row foods, the leftovers are even still breathtaking!

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Hungarian Short Ribs

*My boyfriend’s Mom gave me this recipe, I changed a few things, but still, I don’t get the credit for this one.

P.S. Go ahead and just double it, except for the beef and onion. That can stay the same. Just trust me on this.

4 lbs beef short ribs
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 medium onions, chopped coarsely
2 cup water, divided
¼ cup vinegar
1 (15 oz or 2 cups) tomato sauce
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
Pepper to taste
1 tsp worcheshire sauce
Half package of extra large egg noodles

In a dutch oven brown the ribs in the oil. Remove from the dutch oven and place to the side.

Sauté the onion in the left over vegetable oil/beef goodness until brown.

Put the ribs back into the dutch oven with the onions.

Put 1 cup water, vinegar, tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard, paprika, salt, pepper, and worcheshire sauce. Stir together and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 2 and a half hours or until the meat falls off the bone and is tender.

Cool, uncovered and skim fat and remove the bones.

Stir in the noodles and remaining water (add more water if necessary). Cook for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the noodles are tender. Taste and season if necessary.

 

 

 

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