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Chimichurri sauce

Herbs-1Ingredient list

3 cups extra virgin olive oil
2 large onions – preferably Vidalia – chopped coarsely
8 cloves of garlic – chopped
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice from 1 lemon juice
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon: oregano, thyme, marjoram, savory, sage, and basil

For lamb, add 1/2 cup chopped rosemary (fresh rosemary is best but, dry will do in a pinch).

Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust amounts as needed. Best if made at least a day ahead of time to allow flavors to meld. If you have any left over, you can store it in the fridge for quite a long time.

Slow cooker beef shank pasta sauce

I added red wine and black olives to this stew-like pasta sauce to crank up the fullness of the flavor, but my kids loved it too!
Slow cooker tomato sauce


2 large beef or veal shanks
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup red wine
2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves, or 1/2 tsp dried
32 oz or 1 quart of canned crushed tomates (I used the home-made sauce I made this summer in this video!)
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation Instructions

Roughly chop the onion and garlic. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet. Brown the onion and garlic, about 3-5 minutes, until translucent. Add the shanks and brown on both sides (about 3 minutes a side). Add red wine and cook 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and seasoning. Transfer to slow cooker. Cook on high heat for 6 hours. Remove the shanks and shred the meat. Return to sauce.
(I ended up refrigerating the sauce for a couple of days, and it only got more delicious!).

Basic salad dressing

Mustard dressing
This is a photo of my niece Charlotte, learning how to make mustard vinaigrette.
We always make a big jar of it since it keeps so well in the fridge!


1 tbsp Dijon mustard, grainy or smooth
1/4 c red wine vinegar, or balsamic if you like a sweeter dressing
1/2 tsp sugar if using red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
3/4 c olive oil


Mix mustard, vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper into a thick paste.
Whisk continuously while pouring in the olive oil.
Yield: 1 cup

Cranberry-orange relish

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN


2 medium oranges
4 c. fresh cranberries (1 lb)
2 c. sugar
1/4 c. finely chopped walnuts

Preparation instructions

With a vegetable peeler, remove the orange portion of the peel of one orange; set aside.
Completely peel and section both oranges. Using a food grinder with a coarse blade or a food processor, grind reserved orange peel, orange sections and cranberries. Stir in sugar and nuts. Chill for several hours. Serve with poultry or ham.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Meatball subs

by Mandy D.’s book, Colton, SD


1 lb Ground beef
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1Tbsp. worchester sauce
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 cup finely chopped spinach (optional)
2Tbsp. olive oil
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 diced tomato
2 tsp. oregano
Mozzerella cheese
Hoagie Rolls or French Bread Loaf

Preparation instructions

Mix the ground beef with the garlic, worchester sauce, and oregano. Add dashes of salt and pepper. Add the spinach. Divide mixture into 1-2 inch pieces and roll into balls. Place large skillet on the stove and add olive oil, turn to medium heat and add meatballs. Cook until no longer pink. Add tomato sauce, tomato, salt, pepper and oregano. Heat through.

Turn on the oven to 350 degrees. On a cookie sheet cut the hogie rolls or french bread and dig a small trench in the bread. Put meatballs into the trench of the bread and add sauce. Place strips of mozzerella cheese over the meatballs and sauce and put in the oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Add fries and a salad on the side.

Submitted by: Mandy D

Hamburger soup

by Mandy D.’s book, Colton, SD


1 pound ground beef
2 cups water
2 beef boullion cubes
3 tsp. worchestire sauce
1 can tomato sauce
4 large potatoes diced
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 chopped onion
1/2 a zuchinni diced (optional)
1 tomato (optional)

Preparation instructions

Brown the hamburger in a large pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until vegetables are tender. Add cayenne pepper for a spicier version.

Submitted by: Mandy D