Oven Grilled Shish Kabobs

These are the easiest shish kabobs we have ever made.  Just put the whole shish kabobs in the oven and forget them.  When you can’t grill on the deck, this is the way to quick and easy shish kabobs. The marinade is excellent. Ingredients 2 pounds sirloin steak or another beef cut salt 1/4 cup vinegar 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon seasoning salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper dash cayenne pepper 1 large sweet onion 2 bell peppers, red or green Directions Trim the beef and cut it into 1 to …

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Beef and Onion Piroshki

This is a classic piroshki recipe similar to the mushroom piroshki.  You make these beef and onion piroshki in three steps: make the dough, cook the filling, and then assemble the piroshki.  It’s easiest to do with a dough press, but you can build it manually.  If so, be sure to seal the edges well with the tines of a fork. For the Piroshki Dough Ingredients 3 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1/2 cup cold butter 2 large eggs 1 cup sour cream Directions Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and …

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How To Make Easy Calzones, Piroshki, and Pocket Sandwiches

I know. The neighbor needed help. The doctor took forever. And the kids are crying. You just want to get them fed and move on.And you certainly don’t feel like cooking. Here’s a simple solution. Call them pocket sandwiches, pizza pockets, calzones, or piroshkis… they’re a great way to rescue a busy day. They’re great for picnics and school lunches, too. You can even make breakfast pockets for those busy mornings. This Saturday morning, make a bunch of pocket sandwiches and throw them in the freezer. They don’t have to be extravagant. My daughter, Debbie, loads them with cubed cheese …

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Home of the Stuffed Burgers

Home of the Stuffed Burgers Welcome to the Cantina Burger Cafe! Get a Stuffed Burger Press Make your own stuffed burgers with a stuffed burger press!  Click any arrow below to jump to that section. How to Make Stuffed Burgers Cantina Stuffed Burger Recipes How to Make Burger Buns Click Here For Your Stuffed Burger Press Get a Stuffed Burger Press Now Make your own stuffed burgers with a stuffed burger press! Get it now! Here’s How to Make Your Own Stuffed Burgers Stuffed Burgers Can Be as Easy as 1 2 3… Make crowd-pleasing burgers in just three easy …

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Cantina Stuffed Burger Recipes

Get a Stuffed Burger Press for just $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZBURG” at checkout. Get the Stuffed Burger Press Now (Reg. Price: $10.99) With summer and backyard barbecues coming around, there’s nothing like a good, juicy burger. I’m talking the drip down your chin, piled high with toppings, and nearly too big to bite kind of burger. But we’re moving burgers to the next level: stuffed burgers. We like to call them cantina burgers. Imagine biting down into a soft, tasty bun on top of crisp lettuce, tomato, and zesty condiments followed by a bite of …

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Nine Ways to Make Stuffed Burgers

(Updated from June 9, 2015) We discovered stuffed burgers a long time ago.  But they were simple affairs. We would grind up a block of cheese and mix it into the burger.  Maybe we would chop up onions and peppers and mix those in.  Occasionally, we would look to meatloaf recipes for inspiration. They were good but we found another way to make stuffed burgers. It’s a stuffed burger press.  Instead of mixing the fillings into the meat, you create a stuffing pocket in the middle of the meat. This is what a stuffed burger press looks like: Learn how …

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How to Cook Burgers on a Rack in the Oven

(Updated From May 10, 2014) Get a FREE brownie or snickerdoodle mix! Add it to cart and use code “Z333” at checkout. What if it rains this weekend, and I can’t make burgers on the grill? Don’t worry; I found just the trick. Making burgers in the oven means you can cook them rain or shine. When you cook your burgers on a rack in the oven, you don’t have to turn your food. The air circulates under the food and cooks the food from above and below. Cooking times are reduced. Without turning, your burgers are incredibly juicy. There …

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That’s a Wrap: How to Make a Sandwich Wrap

(Updated From May 10, 2014) Make Great Wraps with a Free Tortilla Mix. Add it to cart and use code “ZWRAP” at checkout. OR Choose 2 Free Breads and use code “ZBREAD” at checkout. Once you know how to roll a wrap, you can make wraps for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even desserts. It’s easy to make sandwich wraps, and there’s so much room for creativity. Load them with meats, cheese, and veggies to suit. Spread them with mayonnaise or a sandwich spread or drizzle them with dressing. For breakfast, you can make a wrap with scrambled eggs, grated cheese, …

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How to Use Spices in Everyday Meals

By Dennis Weaver   I like cooking with spices.   I like exploring and trying something new.  Of course, we’re all a bit reluctant to try something new if dinner is on the line.  What if I ruin it? What if my family doesn’t like it.  I understand that.  But in my experience, it’s rare that you make something that just plain doesn’t taste good.  The following guide will help you avoid major mistakes but yet give your family new flavors to enjoy.  Which Spice Should You Use?  What if your kids don’t like anything new? Then you have to stay with …

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Mini Meat Loaf Recipes

Pizzeria Meatloaf Ingredients 1 ½ pounds of lean ground beef 2 large eggs 1 small can tomato paste ½ cup bread crumbs 1 can olives, chopped ¾ cup chopped red pepper 1 teaspoon Zesty Pizza and Pasta Spice ½ cup grated parmesan cheese ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 4-6 slices or chopped cherry tomatoes ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Directions Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix ground beef with eggs, tomato paste and bread crumbs.  Add the peppers to the mixture, reserving 3 Tablespoons for the topping.  Reserve 1 Tablespoon olives for topping and add the remaining olives to …

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Taco Bill’s Out-of-the-Box Meatloaf Recipe

This recipe can be used for mini-meatloaves or a larger one. Ol’ Bill really did think out-of-the-box on this one! Meatloaf recipes always have a filler, usually rolled oats or bread crumbs. This one has crushed nacho cheese chips. Clever. It really does make them taste like a taco. 1 pound lean ground beef 1 1/2 Tablespoons Mexican and Taco Seasoning or equal 1/2 cup salsa 2 eggs 1/2 of an 11.5 ounce bag of nacho cheese corn chips 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 can olives sliced or chopped 1 sm. can …

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Stand-in-Line  Deluxe Cheeseburger Mini Meatloaves

These cheeseburger mini-meatloaves are worth standing in line for!  (And order a side of fries to go with it.) If your kids like going to burger places with playgrounds, they’ll have fun with these mini meatloaves.  They’re fun to make, fun to serve, and really very good.  They’re made with ketchup and mustard and a layer of cheese. Ingredients 1/4 cup ketchup 2 large eggs 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs or other type of bread crumbs 1/3 cup chopped onion 1 pound lean ground beef 2 teaspoons prepared mustard 2 – 3 teaspoons dill pickle relish 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 …

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How to Make Simple Meals with Spices

Teeny Tiny Spices Taco Seasoning

How to Make Simple Meals with Spices It’s been two years now since we started carrying spice blends from The Teeny Tiny Spice Company of Vermont. I’ve used them every week—it seems like every day. I love them. Last night I opened a can of soup from the grocery store. It was bland. I solved that with Ras El Hanout. I fix scrambled eggs, often with meat, corn, or cheese added. I liven them up with a spice blend. I use the Mexican spices the most. See all the spice blends from Teeny Tiny. In our store, we have sample …

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Black Bean and Rice Chili Recipe

This thirty minute chili hits the spot on a cold winter day. It’s made with canned beans so it’s a snap to put together. We think you will love this hearty soup. As listed, this is a fairly mild chili. If you like it hot, add more spices. Ingredients 3/4 cup uncooked white rice 1 large onion, diced 2 pounds lean ground beef 1/2 tablespoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 29-ounce can tomato sauce 2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained 2 25-ounce cans diced tomatoes 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 cup …

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Merri Ann’s Easy Chili

You don’t need much more for this than a pot and can opener.  It’s super easy to make and was the winner of an extended family chili cook off. This is a one pot meal.  Cook the ground beef in the same pan that you will use for the soup.  You’ll have soup on the table in twenty minutes. Ingredients 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained of grease 5 15-ounce cans of beans, drained 2 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes with onions 1 29 ounce can of tomato sauce 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 cup …

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How to Make Egg Rolls

Egg rolls are easy to make.  You buy the wraps at your grocery, you cook the filling, you fold the wrap around the filling, and you deep fry the egg rolls.  (Egg rolls can also be baked but they are not as crisp.  We’ll address baked egg rolls another day.) Place the egg roll wrap in front of you.  Since it is a square, turn it so that the corner is facing you.  (See the pictures below.) Put 1/2 cup of filling onto the center of the egg roll wrap.  Press the filling together so that it is shaped into …

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Jill’s Barbecued Black Beans

A friend came in the store raving about the barbecued beans that his neighbor brought to the Fourth of July party.  “Everyone was asking for the recipe.” His neighbor turned out to be Jill Kienlen who comes into our store every week.  So we asked Jill for the recipe.  She generously complied. Careful with the peppers!  This is a great barbecued bean recipe.  But Jill will tell you it is scorching hot.  We cut the peppers by 2/3’s and it was hot enough for our tastes. We make a ton of food in our test kitchen most of which gets …

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Hot Turkey Sandwiches with Sweet and Sour Onions

These sandwiches can be made grilled, open-faced, or panini style.  The caramelized onions accent the sandwich as relish might.   The secret ingredient in the sauce is apricot jam. We used sourdough bread and it was perfect but any quality, hearty bread will work.  These sandwiches would also be good with deli roast beef or ham. Ingredients 2 large onions cut into slices and then cut into 1/2-inch pieces 4 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce 1/3 cup apricot jam 2 tablespoon granulated sugar 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1/3 cup water 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger …

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Chicken Spaghetti Bolognese

This is a meat lover’s spaghetti dish.  Chicken breast cutlets are placed on beds of spaghetti and then topped with the meat-rich Bolognese sauce.  The Bolognese sauce is made with bacon, sausage, and cheese.  Though rich, it makes a very good dish. Ingredients 2 boneless chicken breasts 1 pound spaghetti 6 slices of bacon 1 small onion, minced 1 carrot, minced 1 stalk of celery, minced 1 pound mild Italian ground sausage 1/2 cup red cooking wine 8 medium Roma tomatoes 1 cup beef broth or 2 boullion cubes and 1 cup hot water 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese Directions …

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Grandma’s Glazed Meatloaf

These are pretty little meatloaves.  We made them in an eight-cavity pan, just about right for individual servings.  Freeze any extras–wrap in aluminum foil, put in freezer bags, and freeze for up to three months. Ingredients For the glaze: 1/2 cup ketchup 1/4 cup brown sugar 4 teaspoons vinegar For the meat loaf: 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 medium onion, minced 2 cloves minced garlic 2 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon onion salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon hot …

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