Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Words in the Week: Quote from Pancho Villa

I love to drink tea.  I really love to drink tea that has a quote on the string that attaches to the tea bag.  Most quotes I find at the end of my teabag are from philosophers or famous writers, not Mexican Revolutionary generals, so I was interested to see such a quote from Pancho Villa.

To me, Pancho Villa's life is immortalized and alive in the famous country song Pancho and Lefty that Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard once sang together.  In the song it says that "no-one heard his dying words," and yet here is another version of his last thoughts. 

The quote speaks of our human nature and desire to have something of value to say while we are on this Earth, no matter who we are.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Recipe: Bison (or beef) Swiss Steak

This meal is a recent favorite of mine, and is, as always, my version.  Simple to make in a crock pot and satisfying at the end of a long busy day makes this recipe healthy, fast to put together, and very tasty.

2 lbs Bison cubed steak or round steak
1/4 onion, minced
1 zucchini chopped
2 carrots chopped
1 stalk celery chopped
1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
1 cup shredded cabbage
1 tsp garlic powder
1 pinch of savory
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 Beef Bouillon cube
salt and pepper to taste

  • Cut the meat to fit appropriately in your crock pot or roaster.
  • Drizzle oil in your cooking vessel.
  • Season meat and place in cooking vessel.
  • On top of the meat place onion, zucchini, carrot, and celery.
  • Pour the can of tomato sauce over all vegetables and meat.
  • Add garlic powder, onion powder, and beef bouillon cube; sprinkle savory over the dish.
  • Cook for desired time in your crock pot or 45 min to 1 hour at 350 degrees in your oven until meat is done.
  • At approximately 15 minutes before serving, place the cabbage on top of the meat and vegetables and place back into the oven or cover in the crock pot.
  • Serve hot with rice or desired side.
When I cook I use approximations and like to add a little here and a little there. Please feel free to try your own approximations and additions.