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Mom’s Goulash

September’s meal for Refuge Ministries, Mexico, Missouri was an old favorite of ours which was published in the Centennial Baptist Church cookbook shared by Frankie Levingston, the mom of my dear high school chum, Sharie Levingston.

Mom’s Goulash 

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb ground beef (i use our home raised fully grass-finished beef)
2 cups pasta
3 cups chopped tomatoes or 1-15 oz can sauce
1/2 cups chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped peppers (we prefer green beans, okra, or such)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup cubed cheese (use your favorite)

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare pasta as per package instructions, drain, set aside.  While pasta is boiling, brown ground beef in a large skillet with chopped onions, add tomatoes or sauce, with optional vegetables.  Stir to just mixed, then add pasta.  Mix carefully then sprinkle about 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese over top along with the cubed cheese.  Replace lid and put on low heat until cheese starts to melt.  Serve over bed of lettuce if desired.

Prep time:  25 minutes

Servings: 6

Author:  Frankie Levingston, Centennial Baptist Church (Mexico, MO) cookbook.

My photos show this recipe multiplied by 10 to prepare enough for the Refuge plus have some meals to deliver to friends and neighbors who are recovering from surgeries.

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Brown the ground beef along with the chopped onions.  Oh, if you forget to put the onions until after the beef is browned, it’s okay, just go ahead and add them.
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My garden produced bunches and gobs of Asian Long Pole Beans, so i chose them for my recipe.  Fresh beans need to be precooked before adding to Mom’s Goulash.  Mine are cut into 1/2 inch length pieces and I added 1 gallon of them.
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Pasta, pasta – Here i’ve placed 14 cups dried pasta to boil, still had to add water and as you can see just BARELY had enough room in this huge pot.  Be careful, pasta really expands.
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Thankfully, a friend had given me a 33 quart canning pot a few years ago.  Always enough room to stir together all the ingredients.  I did soften and melt the cheese before adding it.
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Filled my roaster with Mom’s Goulash to take to Refuge Ministries and prepared the rest for delivery to neighbors.

Hope you enjoy preparing and serving this easy, inexpensive, and tasty dish.

Cheers!

tauna

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Hump Day Allergy

Had to move my cows behind the barn since they are running low on grass – bummer, now i have to walk outside often to check for heat.  I get stuffed up everytime!  STILL no sign of heat – I fear nothing is going to happen – it will be a real mystery and a real disappointment.

Listing more items on Ebay – we have some real sunbleached cow skulls and will see if there is any interest.  Shipping is going to be a challenge because of the size of box needed and quite a lot of packing materials will be required to keep the item safe to its destination.

Lunch today – fried okra, chicken fried minute steaks (why is it called chicken fried?!), smashed potatoes, and chocolate spice zucchini cake.  Okra, zucchini, and potatoes from Louise Ann at Heavenly Acres organic produce, our own organically raised grass finished beef, and farm fresh eggs (used in cooking) produced by pastured hens from Macstead Farms, and organic milk produced by grazing cows from Green Hills Harvest.  All other ingredients used are also organic purchased through United Natural Foods, Inc food coop.

Since i have such allergies, I volunteered to go into town to sign all the USDA-FSA paperwork for our farms.  If you want to receive farm subsidy payments, there is the paperwork – well, actually the girls at the FSA office do all that – we just sign where we are told.  A lot of people will be critical of those of us bout accepting payments, but it’s there and you, the taxpayer, has supplied the monies.  The idea is to keep food and commodity prices down by helping the farmer pay his bills.  Not sure it really works, but there it is.  When you hear about the farm bill in news, please note that the percentage of monies actually going to farmers is about 21%.  The rest goes to food and nutrition programmes such as, SNAP (food stamps) and nutrition.

Allen is sick and so is sleeping, so I’m trying to stay quiet about the house.  Although, I’m not in the mood, I’ll fix cheese filled ravioli and the probably freeze them.  Depends on how everyone feels tomorrow.  May just be making a thin vegetable soup.  Rick won’t be here and with Allen sick – i may just slack off tomorrow!

Continued high winds and hot sun – the grass is withering away.  This is the time of the year we rely heavily on fall growth for winter stockpiled grazing.  Good thing we were given a healthy hay crop!

Out walking with my recips at 7pm – they are starting to get restless and one starting to think about mounting – usually means she is coming into heat.  Hope, Hope – I’ll be out checking them all night.\

8 pm – cow numbered 250 orange tag in standing heat!  hooray.  two cows chasing her, typically means those two will be in heat soon.

9:15pm – two more

12:30 am – no additional heats

Watched most of the presidential debate.

G’nite!

tauna