Monday, February 16

Passing on the Traditions

Welcome back. If you are new, this is the Tempt My Tummy Tuesday blog carnival. My twin sister, Lisa, and I co-host the fun. Please post a recipe, kitchen tip, fun food idea, or anything foodie related. From time to time, the carnival will be on my sister's blog. Make sure you visit her blog, as well to post your link.

This is a TMTT post from the beginning. I figure we have so many new participants, it was worth posting again!

I hope that my daughter will love to cook, like I do. Good east Texas southern cooking is what I know from my Mom. It is a tradition that has been passed down in our family. I can remember wanting to be in the kitchen helping her and wanting to learn. I guess it worked because today, I think I'm a pretty good cook. Mom gets excited when I tell her I've tried something new or an old family recipe. She smiles and my heart knows that she is sure the legacy is being passed on. Her mother was a great cook, but did not really want her in the kitchen growing up. BUT my father's mother was a fabulous country cook and she loved to show my mom how to do it. There is great story that my father tells about my mother's first attempt at making gravy. Apparently they had to cut it with a knife. We all laugh now because no one makes gravy like her, it is awesome.

Now, my daughter loves to be in the kitchen with me, she is the "egg breaker" and number one "stirrer" as she says. It is a wonderful time for us to prepare meals together and I feel like I am giving her a gift that she will pass along as well.

So in honor of my mom's great cooking, I will include an old family favorite that I made for the first time this week, for my family. It is a recipe I had not thought about in years, but Mom recently made it and we were there to enjoy it and I thought... WOW that is awesome... just like I remember it. I need to add this to our meal list. So, here it is, to share with your family.
Just to warn you... I cook by feel and by sight... so not all my measurements will be exact... but get over it. That is the secret to great country cooking.

Swiss Steak or Pepper Steak (it depends who you ask)

1 1/2 lbs round steak (tenderized)- cut in pieces (around the size of your palm)
1- 14oz can of stewed, diced tomatoes
1 green bell pepper -cut in thin slices
1 medium onion- cut in slices
2 tbs minced garlic
enough flour to lightly coat the meat
salt/ pepper/ garlic powder to season flour

Combine salt/pepper/garlic powder and flour in a dish and dip the meat in the mixture just to coat. Not real heavy. Then pan fry the meat in a heavy skillet ( I used my iron dutch oven) in canola oil. You don't need a lot of oil. Brown the meat on both sides. Remove meat. Drain the oil, but keep all the cruchy pieces that fell off the meat in the pan. Next, put the meat back in, add the tomatoes, peppers and onions and the garlic. Also, take the tomato can and fill it with water and add it in. Now, stir the bottom of the pan and get all the good stuff that stuck to the bottom loose and let it come to a boil. Then turn the heat down and simmer for a while. I did for 30 -40 minutes. You want the meat really tender.

Serve with good ole' mashed potatoes.

Now... doesn't that sound like good comfort food?

Well it is!

Now QUICK go to Lisa's blog and see what other great cooking ideas are posted with Mr. Linky.


Deanna said...

I love to do this in the crock pot. This is definitely comfort food.

Schotzy said...

I am defintely passingt this recipe on to my daughter! Sounds yummy!

fmll said...

Hello you lovely lady - blog award waiting for you here..


Channah said...

Ooh, that does tempt my tummy!

Craig Weeks said...

There are myriad reasons to exult in having been born in the South (I know, Alabamians would argue the point) and gravy is right near the top of that ever so long list.

Brenda said...

I like to do this in the crock pot too, its a great recipe.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

It is a good recipe!

Sarah said...

Sounds great!

Anonymous said...

I will be making this for sure Lana - Thanks for sharing! And I had to smile when you said that your dd is the "egg breaker" - so is my little girl. My mother never taught me to cook, however this was the year that I brought my 3-year old next to me in the kitchen :)

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Great recipe. I love eating this with mashed potatoes, peas, and biscuits, and sometimes a little gravy for the meat. It's a family tradition.

carolyn mom said...

Thanks for your sweet coments about my cooking. I appreciate it very much. You are a wonderful cook, too.