From the kitchen of the casserole Queen: Venison Edition

Today marks the last day of hunting season. If you would have asked me ten years ago if I cared I would have said nope. When I met my husband I did not eat red meat or ham. Still don’t eat ham (bad ham sandwich once) It got kinda sketchy when we started eating meals together. Obviously by the title of this post he hunts so he is into eating red meat. Eventually I gave in and started eating red meat again. I even help wrap it and grind it up if necessary.  I have never participated in hunting yet. Not sure if I ever will because sitting in a stand all day isn’t up my alley. I would maybe consider it if squirrels were the animals being hunted. To me squirrels are rats with fluffy tails.

Present day I am listening to the hum of our meat grinder and loving it cause that means we will have hamburger in the freezer. It is so nice to go in the freezer and get some venison hamburger out. You are probably wondering if it has a gamey taste. It doesn’t as long as you mix it with beef when you grind it up. (We try to do half and half and we use beef roasts) I wouldn’t suggest using it for burgers on the grill but for casseroles, chili and spaghetti it is great. It is very lean too. We also cut up tenderloins and I love to use them in the crock pot. You are probably thinking “Wait you are the casserole queen what are you doing using the crock-pot?” I do like to dabble in the crock-pot and these tenderloins are wonderful after they spend some time in the crock-pot. Of course I am going to share the recipe with you but unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the finished product. I am a blogging newbie especially with the pics 😉 Very easy recipe and it doesn’t taste gamey at all because of the ingredients.  I am also going to share a chicken casserole recipe for those that don’t like venison.

Venison Tenderloins in the Crock-Pot (I don’t have a name for it really)

1 pound tenderloin

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can french onion soup

1 can golden mushroom soup

1 can mushrooms

1 cup bread crumbs

I cut up the tenderloins (smaller than what they already are) before I put them in and then I mix everything else together including the bread crumbs. If you want to you could use fresh mushrooms. I would suggest frying them up a little before putting them in. I leave it in the crock-pot for six hours and serve it over noodles. I cook it on low because my crock-pot is crazy and it cooks everything really hot. I would try it on low first because you don’t want to lose your liquid and have tough tenderloins.  It is very good and easy to double. I have doubled the meat before and I only added an extra can of cream of mushroom.

 

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

1 package of chicken breast

1 box of wild rice

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can of mushrooms (again you can use fresh)

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese on top

I fry my chicken first cause you know how I feel about chicken not being done 😉 While I am fryin’ that chicken up I make the wild rice according to the directions on the box. Then you can mix it all together and put your cheese on top. Once you mix the ingredients together if it looks a little dry I just add some milk. Then pop it in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes.

I hope you all enjoy these recipes as much as we do! If you add anything fun let me know so I can try 🙂

 

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Meat in the freezer 😀

 

 

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Chicken and wild rice casserole 🙂 This time I used marble cheese. Very good!

 

When mommy is sick does the world stop spinning?

You guessed it I am sick. Ugh, I absolutely positively hate being sick. I am the whiniest, most unbearable sick person ever. I was feeling a little funny yesterday but I figured it was just my lingering sinus infection. At about 3:30 this morning Avery climbed into my bed and woke me up. That’s when it all went to hell in a hand basket. My throat felt like it had razors in it and my nose was stuffed to the brim. Great. I had so much on the to do list today but now it will probably get pushed to the side. Oh did I mention Avery is getting some more teeth? I wish I could keep her mouth open long enough to count those suckers cause I would think she should be getting close to having all of them. So she is just a little cranky herself and having a fever off and on. She is still going strong at 7:50 a.m. so this is going to be a very long day.

Now as I sit and type this I am giving myself a pep talk on going to the store. Of course when I opened up the fridge I saw we are low on milk (the only thing Avery will drink) we need roasts to grind up venison (yay meat in the freezer!) and we have no cold medicine. I keep telling myself you can do this; go to the store or you will regret it. I have already mapped out my route so I can be home as soon as possible. I hope this post makes some sort of sense as my head is plugged and I keep day dreaming while writing. I took a Benadryl last night and for some reason it makes me feel like I am floating above my body. I apologize if it doesn’t and maybe I will learn my lesson and wait until I feel better to write.

I am going to say something that may be a little taboo. Doesn’t it seem like when mommy is sick life just keeps going and she better wipe her nose and throw in a cough drop and keep going. And sometimes when other people are sick they get taken care of a little more. Use your imagination for the other people I am talking about. Maybe I am just on a rant today because I don’t feel good and as I mentioned before I am kinda whiny when I am ill. Of course I don’t expect my two-year old to take care of me.

I wish I could say that I will be watching some of my fave movies today and enjoying couch time but that isn’t so. I have a toddler pulling on me and upset about her own troubles. But if I did get a couple glorious hours to indulge in movie time here are some of my top picks.

Steel Magnolias

Terms of Endearment

The Evening Star (sequel to Terms of Endearment)

Julie & Julia

It might not be a great idea to indulge in a huge cry-fest when you are ill but I would definitely risk it. I am sure these are obvious picks but I have met someone who had never seen the first two. I of course borrowed them to her asap. If you are in and out of consciousness due to being ill maybe you will only be awake during the funny parts 😉

I am hoping for a little rest tonight when husband gets home from hunting. The one thing that could make my day better is if he brings home some more meat for the freezer (and if I rejoined the world instead of floating above it)  I love having that ground venison in the freezer throughout the year. It makes meals a lot easier and cheaper. We can talk more about that later. Sorry Benadryl tangent. My coffee is starting to kick in and I am getting a small burst of hazy energy so it’s off to the store for me. (Maybe I should get a ride) Unfortunately, the world has not stopped and I have a little woman who is very upset because I didn’t hold her hand so back to reality.

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Just need a little pick me up