BBQ Rice Round-Up

If I lived in a perfect world I could spend hours on end experimenting in the kitchen…then have someone clean up the mess I make. BUT unfortunately that is not the case! In between work, kids, laundry, running errands…you get the point. Sometimes dinner needs to quick easy and taste good. I found this recipe while looking through some of my old cookbooks.

BBQ Rice Round-Up

1 pound lean ground beef

1 (6.8 ounce) package RICE-A-RONI beef flavor

2 Tablespoons margarine or butter

2 cups frozen corn

1/2 cup prepared barbeque sauce

1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese

1. In large skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef until well cooked. Remove from skillet; drain. Set aside

2. In same skillet over medium heat, sauté rice-vermicelli mix with margarine until vermicelli is golden brown.

3. Slowly stir in 2 1/2 cups water, corn and special seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender.

4. Stir in barbeque sauce and ground beef. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover; let stand 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Makes 4 servings

Tips: Salsa can be substituted for barbeque sauce. I also have used canned corn and it tasted just as good.

I really like this recipe because it can be used for lunch the next day. It reheats very well.

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One of my favorites

When I was little my grandma used to make this for us with her home canned tomatoes but I make it with store canned tomatoes. It is an easy stove top recipe that kids love!

  • 1  large onion, chopped
  • 1  tablespoon olive oil
  • 1  lb ground beef, browned  and drained
  • 2  (16 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 8  ounces elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • parmesan cheese (optional)


Saute onions in olive oil until translucent.

Brown ground beef and drain.

Add ground beef, tomatoes, salt and pepper to the onion.

In separate pot cook macaroni according to package directions

Drain cooked macaroni and add to mixture cook for 5-10 minutes until heated through

If desired, top with Parmesan cheese.

Serve with crusty bread and a salad.

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How useful is Copper in the kitchen?

Once again I’m looking at the most popular materials used in kitchen cookware and have found more interesting facts. I’m sharing these facts with you to help make informed decisions. The information I’m sharing with you came from Kinetic cookware. This company is a manufacturer of high quality stainless steel cookware among other things necessary in a kitchen.

Copper, alone or in an alloyed form, has been used in cooking utensils almost since the dawn of history. Copper’s uniform heat conductivity makes it a good material for top-of-range cooking because the heat is distributed evenly. This property also enables copper serving utensils to keep foods warm and palatable.
Copper cooking surfaces are usually lined with tin, nickel, or stainless steel for two reasons:

1. Copper will react to foods with a high acid content, which in some cases could be toxic.

2 . Cooked foods left directly in contact with uncoated copper may become discolored. While it is not necessarily injurious to health, the discoloration tends to detract from the food’s eye appeal.

Tin or nickel linings are not very durable, and therefore should be recoated if these surfaces wear thru to the copper on the inside of the pan.

Another manufacturing process bonds or laminates copper to stainless steel or other metals. A core of solid copper sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel is another way copper is used to distribute heat uniformly.

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Awesome Baked Beans!

The perfect side to any Bar-B-Que!!

This is one of my favorite bar-b-que recipies…you can’t have a cook out without baked beans. Since this weekend is the unofficial start to summer and most of us will be firing up the grill. This is the perfect side for all our grilling fun!


  •  2 (16 ounce) cans baked beans with pork
  •  1/4 cup molasses
  •  1/4 cup chopped onions
  •  4 tablespoons brown sugar
  •  1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  •  2 tablespoons ketchup
  •  2 slices bacon, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Mix baked beans with pork, molasses, onions, brown sugar and ketchup together and put in a  greased casserole dish.  Top with bacon, cover and bake for 3 hours or until thick.

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The formal dinner

A businessman had arranged an important formal dinner party at his home where they were going to serve stuffed whole baked fish as the main course. While the guests were eating the appetizer, the cook came to the host and whispered “Please come urgently to the kitchen.” The host went to the kitchen where the cook explained that while she was serving the starter, the cat ate a big chunk of the fish which they were going to serve. The host said, “Just fill the hole with stuffing and turn the other side up, nobody will notice.” The fish was served and when they were nearly finished eating, the host was again called to the kitchen. The cook said, “The cat is dead!”  The host rushed back to the dinner party and apologized, “Something was wrong with the fish and everyone must have their stomachs pumped out at the hospital.” When they came back everything was still fine and the host went to ask the cook, “Where is the cat?” “Oh,” said the chef, “The cat is still by the road where the truck ran it down!”

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Blasted Bran Muffins!

This 85 year old couple, having been married almost 60 years, had died in a car crash. They had been in good health the last ten years mainly due to her interest in health food, and exercise.

When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite and Jacuzzi. As they “oohed and aahed” the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. “It’s free,” Peter replied, “this is Heaven.”

Next they went out back to survey the championship golf course that the home backed up to. They would have golfing privileges everyday and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on earth.

The old man asked, “What are the green fees?”. Peter’s reply, “This is heaven, you play for free.” 

Next they went to the club house and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out.   “How much to eat?” asked the old man. “Don’t you understand yet? This is heaven, it is free!” Peter replied with some exasperation.   “Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol tables?” the old man asked timidly. Peter lectured, “That’s the best part…you can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven.”

With that the old man went into a fit of anger, throwing down his hat and stomping on it, and shrieking wildly.

Peter and his wife both tried to calm him down, asking him what was wrong. The old man looked at his wife and said, “This is all your fault. If it weren’t for your blasted bran muffins, I could have been here ten years ago!”

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But wait there’s more!

I’m still uncovering some really interesting facts about a commonly used kitchen material…stainless steel. The past couple of days I have posted on the composition of the material and how to tell if it’s high quality. We have also talked about a lot of the qualities of this material, but with the good must be the bad. This material is a poor conductor of heat and doesn’t distribute heat evenly. Manufacturers have found a way to correct this problem which is to add an inner layer of a better heat conductor. Usually this material is copper or aluminum.

The cheaper versions of stainless steel don’t contain any middle layer which is why they burn food easily. The mid range cookware sets have a copper or aluminum core but only on the bottom of the skillet or pan. The high end products have the inner core half way or all the way up the sides making them the best at conducting heat and durability. So in order the get the most out of your cooking experience you really do get what you pay for. Even though it might hurt the wallet to spend hundreds of dollars on a high quality stainless steel cookware set you will only have to do it once, since most of your high end sets will have a quality guarantee.

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