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Untidy Joseph aka Sloppy Joe, Slop, Sloppy Joes

Simple, classic and tasty is all I can say about this dish.  You will be transported back to childhood as these comfort bombs hit your belly!  Truth be told, I make them off the cuff usually this is just one variation I do but only my first post about them.

1 lb ground burger (sub turkey or soy grumbles for healthier versions) 1 white onion diced 2 cloves of garlic diced 1 celery stock diced 1 cup or so of sliced mushrooms (crimini or buttons) 1 can (12 oz.) of tomato sauce (I like Hunts) ¼ cup ketchup 1

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Risotto with Two Kinds of Mushrooms

Risotto is one of those dishes that seem to intimidate people because it is viewed as labor intensive, in all reality it is quite simple to make and there are endless ways to make it.  Just grab fresh and wonderful produce at the store or farmers market and get cooking!

This risotto is pretty basic and works well as a base for many other ones so feel free to experiment with it and comment with your own creations below.  Oh, this was my first attempt at it so if I can do it you can too!

Mushroom risotto

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Steak with Lemon Butter Thyme Sauce:

Ok, I know I have said publicly that I am a purest when it comes to steak but I ran across this butter sauce on Sauvar’s website and I had to try it.  I have to say it was wonderful so I am going to share with you all.  Oh and it is easy as hell!

2 of your favorite kind of steaks 2 tbls. butter unsalted 1 lemon cut in half Several sprigs of thyme Salt and pepper

Grill or pan fry your steak to your liking, remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes.

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Pad Thai w/ Beef, Mushrooms, Veggies, and Sriracha

I love Thai food for its simple commitment to quality and flavor.  An umami burst of yum and the heat, what better to beat a cold winter day!

Thai goodness

This is my take on a Pad dish, while not the traditional Pad Thai, it has lot of the elements of other Pad dishes.

Beef – flank steak, sirloin, or lean roast sliced thin Half white onion cut in larger chucks 1 carrot cut thinly on an angle 1 cup of snow peas 1 cup of shiitake mushrooms sliced 1 cup of baby belle (cramini) mushrooms sliced 2

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Macaroni pesto with two types of mushrooms

This is a throw together meal with stuff I needed to use up from past meals.  It is also a vegetarian option that I seem not to do very often so enjoy!

1 Cup of uncooked macaroni ¼ cup of pesto (thought i had a pesto recipe up, will update with pesto in a day or two) Hand full of cramini (baby bellas) and shiitake mushrooms Fresh parmesan cheese.

Cook pasta as the package directs, add salt to boiling water.

Mean while sauté mushrooms in a frying pan with a little olive oil until done.

When pasta is done,

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Homemade Pizza w/ Pancetta, Two Types of Mushrooms and Basil:

There is nothing better in the world then a good pizza, and it is rewarding to make your own!  I am now on a quest to make the perfect pie which I have a feeling will take some time considering the many different techniques and varieties of pizza.  Ohhhh the pain </end sarcasm>

The method I tried last night made 3 thin crust personal sized pizzas but could have made two medium sized thin crust pizzas.

Dough:

¾ cup luke warm water 100-110d F 1 tsp. honey 1 packet or 2 ¼ tsp. dry yeast 1 tsp. salt 2

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Stormin’ Norman’s Midwest Chop Suey (Stuey):

My dad was a wonderful cook albeit not overly adventurous, he loved his meat and potatoes, that is how he grew up on his grandpa’s farm after all.  This dish is one of his and was one of my favorites as a kid and still is.  It was something he would throw together if I was coming down to help around the house or just visit.  I was not sure why he called it Chop Suey since it isn’t anything like the Asian Chop Suey so I asked my mom.  She said he liked the name and made the

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Beef Lemon Basil w/ Sautéed Carrots, Zucchini and Mushrooms

A cacophony of flavors that are bright and as spicy hot as you want but this meal still holds a sense of lightness and delicateness that wowed the taste buds.  An ode to a stir-fry for sure and could be easily served with rice or risotto, long noodles of some sort. 

1 lb. chuck roast cubed or cut then 4 carrots cut thin on the bias 1 zucchini cubed up Hand full or so of fresh cramini mushrooms (buttons) chopped same size as zucchini 2 cloves of garlic minced 3 Tbls. fresh basil julienned* (small but long ribbons) half

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Great Simple Steak, Butter Mushrooms, and Thyme Grilled Potatoes

After some consideration I feel this post should be about the whole meal and not just the side that I had intended to be.  I am a big fan of a big ol’ juicy steak on the grill and I am a bit of a purest when it comes to my steak.  The philosophy I use is DO NOT FUCK WITH THE GOODNESS THAT IS STEAK, simpler is better when it comes to this sacred cow as it were.

First off I start with a good quality cut, my favorites are Rib Eye, Club, Kansas City or New York

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