Monday, November 8, 2010

Sloppy Joe Bake

This recipe is on Jones Farm's website as one of their beef recipes. I made it and totally forgot to take pictures. It was great and super easy!

1-1/2 pounds ground beef (80% to 85% lean)
1 large yellow onion, chopped (1-1/2 to 2 cups)
2 cans (14-1/2 to 16 ounces each) sloppy Joe sauce
3 cups uncooked rotini
1/2 cup water
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Sliced green onions (optional)

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Brown ground beef with yellow onion in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is not pink, breaking up into 3/4-inch crumbles. Pour off drippings. Stir in sloppy Joe sauce, rotini and water.
2. Spray 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon beef mixture into dish; cover with aluminum foil. Bake in 350°F oven 35 to 40 minutes or until pasta is tender. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Continue baking, uncovered, 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
3. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with green onions, if desired. (Serves 6)

NY Strip

This week is beef, so when I went out to Jones Farm to get my meat, I picked up a few NY strip steaks..and let me tell you..they were GOOD. When I got them home I forgot that our grill hasn't been working so I wasn't sure how I was going to cook the steaks, but then I decided to broil them in the oven so they would get done in a decent amount of time. So, I season the steaks with some steak seasoning, and pepper, because my husband and I like spicy food so I always spice more than other people do when it is just us eating. I put the steaks into a baking stone and placed them in the oven on high broil for about 7 minutes and then flipped them over for about another 7 minutes. They were tender and just right. I would recommend these steaks to anyone!

Here is a few pictures! Enjoy!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Taco Ring

This is one of my favorite recipes ever, it is so quick and easy. I make it all the time for my husband and all his friends that are over.

1 pound of ground beef

2 packs of crescent rolls

shreded cheese

1.You start by browning the ground beef, draining and adding taco seasoning.

2. Then, take a pizza pan or stone and over lap the crescent rolls around to make a big circle. Make sure all the thick parts over lap so when the meat is up in, it doesn't fall out all over your pan.

3. Add the meat into the roll along the thick part of the circle

4. Sprinkle cheese over the meat

5. Take the top, skinny part of the roll and fold it over the meat, make what looks like a braid.

6. Place in the oven on 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until rolls are browned.

I always serve mine with salsa, but some people prefer it plain. are some pictures!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What's Happening at the Farm this Week...!

This Week at Jones Heritage Farms:

Farm to Fork Dinner Thursday November 4, 7pm Join Chef Walter for a very special evening featuring Holiday favorites with a twist--delicious and unique preparation of some traditional favorites. Get inspired for your holiday gatherings! 5 course meal with wine pairings. Seating is limited to 30 people! Cost is $65 per person which includes food, beverages, tax and tip. Call 332-7447. Reservation held with credit card. 48 hours notice required to cancel.
****Reservations still available—Call now!

BBQ Buffet and Bruce Zimmerman, Saturday, November 6, 4-9pm $10 Adults, $5 children 4-12, 3 and under free. Live Entertainment by Bruce Zimmerman from 5-9pm. Beer and wine Specials! Last outdoor party this year—don’t miss it!

Sunday Brunch!! Starts this Sunday, November 7, 8am-2pm. Enjoy all of your favorite breakfast items from the farm plus Fried Chicken, Kettle Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Cobbler…and more. Yummy!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lamb Meatballs

1 pound of ground lamb
1/4 cup dried apricots, finely chopped
1/2 a teaspoons of coriander
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
4 ounces of feta cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons of olive oil
3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

Gather all of the ingredients and mixed them into a large bowl, roll the meatballs about 1 1/2 inches should make about 20!! Set the oven on broil and place the meatballs on a pan and broil them for about 6-8 minutes or until browned. Then, Enjoy!!!

Roast Leg of Lamb

1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup white wine
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons of fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
2 Tbsp of fresh chopped rosemary or 1 Tbsp of dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
Mix ingrediants really well to make a marinade.
1 (6-pound) leg of lamb, bone-in or boneless. If boneless, the leg should be tied up with kitchen string by butcher.


1 Place lamb and marinade into a plastic bag. Squeeze out as much of the air as possible from the bag and seal. Wrap again with another plastic bag to ensure that the marinating lamb doesn't leak. Marinate for several hours, or overnight, in the refrigerator. Remove the lamb, still in its marinade bag, from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before putting in the oven to help bring the lamb closer to room temperature before roasting.

2 Preheat oven to 425°F. Arrange two racks in the oven - a middle rack to hold the lamb, and a lower rack to hold a roasting pan with which to catch the drippings. Place the empty roasting pan in the oven while the oven is pre-heating. Note that this arrangement of racks and pans, with the roast sitting directly on the oven rack, will create a natural convection of heat in the oven, causing the roast to cook more quickly than if cooked the traditional method in a rack in a roasting pan.

3 Remove the lamb roast from its marinade bag (you may want to temporarily place lamb in another roasting pan, just to make it less messy to work with.) Pat dry the marinade off the lamb with paper towels. Generously salt and pepper all sides of the roast. Arrange fattiest side up, so while the lamb is cooking the fat will melt into the meat. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the roast, not touching the bone if your roast is bone-in. Place directly on middle rack of the oven, with a roasting pan on a separate rack a rung lower, to catch the drippings. You may also want to put some water (a cup or so) in the bottom roasting pan, so that the drippings fall into the water instead of burning in the hot pan and smoking up your kitchen.

4 Roast at 425°F for 20 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 300°F and roast an additional hour (for a 6 pound roast), about 10-12 minutes per pound. If you are cooking a roast bone-in, the bone will act as an insulator and will require a longer cooking time than a boneless roast.

**Remove from the oven anywhere from 130°F to 135°F for medium rare. Lamb should never be cooked until well done or it will be too dry. Let stand for 15-20 minutes before carving. Cut away the kitchen string and slice with a sharp carving knife, 1/2 inch thick slices, against the grain of the meat.

5 While the roast is resting, use a metal spatula to scrape up the drippings in the roasting pan. Use the drippings to make a gravy, or use just the drippings themselves to serve with the lamb.

Classic Rack of Lamb Recipe

Rack of Lamb!!!(sounds good to me...if it weren't lamb ;))

1 or more lamb rib racks with 7 to 8 ribs each

2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil

1 Rub rib rack(s) all over with mixture of rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Place in a thick plastic bag with olive oil. Spread oil around so that it coats the lamb rack(s) all over. Squeeze out as much air as you can from the bag and seal. Place in a container so that if the bag leaks, the container catches the leak. If you want, place in the refrigerator overnight. Or, if you are not marinating overnight, let lamb rack(s) sit in the rub marinade as it comes to room temperature before cooking.

2 Remove lamb rack from refrigerator to 1-2 hours before you cook it so that it comes to room temp. (If the meat is not at room temperature it will be hard for it to cook evenly.)

3 Preheat oven to 400°F, arrange the oven rack so that the lamb will be in the middle of the oven. Score the fat, by making sharp shallow cuts through the fat, spaced about an inch apart. Sprinkle the rack all over with salt and pepper. Place the lamb rack bone side down (fat side up) on the pan. Wrap the exposed ribs in a little foil so that they don't burn.

4 Roast at 400°F for 7 minutes, then lower the heat to 300°F. Cook for 7-15 minutes longer (depending on the size of the lamb rack, or one of the lamb racks if you are cooking more than one), until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat 125°F on a for rare or 135°F for medium rare. Remove from oven, cover with foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes.

Cut lamb chops away from the rack by slicing between the bones. Serve 2-3 chops per person.

Cooking Tip for a Rack of lamb...
The cooking time depends on how big your rack of lamb is, and how rare you want it cooked. Rack of lamb should be cooked rare, or at most medium rare. The instructions are for a rack 1 1/2 to 2 pounds big. If you have a smaller roast (I've seen packages of just a pound), reduce the cooking time from 7 minutes to 5 minutes on 400, and use the lower end of the cooking time given at 300. If you are cooking multiple racks (unless you are doing a crown roast which is a different matter), lay them out separately on the pan, and estimate a roasting time based on just one rack, not the weight of the combined. Of course, use a meat thermometer! This is too lovely and tender a roast to risk overcooking.

Lamb Chops!

I had never made lamb, or ever tasted lamb for that matter. I was excited to try it so I started with lamb chops. I wanted to bake them so I made a batter and covered them in bread crumbs.
Since I only had four chops I mixed two medium eggs and 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce and stirred well. I then covered the chops in bread crumbs. The oven was preheated to 375 degrees and I cooked the chops for 20 minutes on one side, flipped them over and cooked for 20 minutes on the other side. After they were finished I was a little scared to try them, and honestly I didn't like them at all. A lot of people that I talk to either love lamb, or hate it and I hated it. The recipe was good and the meat was tender and cooked great, I just didn't like the taste. Since I didn't like it at all, I decided to not waste good meat from JHF. Their lamb is in high demand and a lot of people really enjoy it. Therefore, I will not have any pictures of the next few lamb recipes because I didn't actually cook the meal, but I did look up and wrote up some good recipes for the people who do love lamb!

Here are some pictures of the lamb chops! Enjoy!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

I recently made bacon wrapped asparagus, and fell in love. I have made it a few times with other brands of bacon, and let me tell you Jones bacon was by far the best tasting after it was cooked in the oven. Most gets rubbery and hard and this stayed fresh and tasted just right. This side dish is so easy to make, and easy to transport to a dinner party, or wherever you might be going!

I start by placing the asparagus on the pan and cover them in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Depending on how big the pieces of asparagus are, I usually take 4-5 pieces and 1 slice of bacon. Wrap the bacon around the center of the asparagus and push a toothpick through it to make sure it stays wrapped while cooking. Sometimes if the asparagus is really skinny, I will cut the bacon in half, or wrap it up the whole stalk instead of just the middle. This looks pretty neat, too!

Then I set my oven at 450 degrees and place asparagus in for about 8 minutes, then turn the bunches over and cook for about another 8 minutes. Easy as that! I recommend this to anyone! Hope you enjoyed, here are a few pictures!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pesto and Goat Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

I thought since I have been doing easier recipes lately, I would try something a little bit more difficult! Jones sells pork chops in packages of two, so it is easy for me to just go get one package for me and my fiance that way we don't have alot of normal!!
I started by cutting slit on the inside of the pork chop that way I would have a place for the stuffing to go. Jones also sells a variety of awesome goat cheese's, so it is so easy for me to only have to make one trip to get all of my supplies I need for this recipe. My mom and I made enough jars of our homeade pesto this summer to last us until next year, so I always have plenty of that. If you do not have pesto on hand, you can buy it ready to go. I took about 1 ounce of goat cheese and mixed it with a 1/4 of a cup of pesto for my stuffing. Since I am only making two, I did not need very much of anything, but obviously the more you make the more ingrediants you will need! :) I then put the stuffing into the slit of the pork chop, which is not as easy as it sounds for a first time stuffer over here! But once I got it all in there, I used toothpick to hold the slit shut while it cooked. I set the oven at 350 degrees and put the pork chops in a small casserole dish with 1/2 a cup of a dry white wine. I let it cook for about an hour, depending on your oven cook until tender, then enjoy! This recipe was fun for me to cook, because I get tired of making the same thing every week, so now I have a new favorite to add to my list!

Here are a few pictures...enjoy!

Grilled Pork Steaks

In the summer time I try to use the grill as much as possible to keep from turning on my oven! One of my favorite things to cook on the grill is a big ole pork steak!! Jones always has a good selection of pork steaks and they are always so fresh!

I got a few pork steaks, covered them in my favorite Bar-b-Que sauce and put them on the grill at a medium heat for about 8-10 minutes on each side, depending on how done you like your steaks.

Like you saw in the veggie posts I love squash and zucchini as well. I made that the same night as the pork steaks, and they went so well easy, and so delicious!

Moving on to PORK!

I am going to start out by saying if you haven't been out to Jones for breakfast, you should go! They have the best breakfast foods and you can get a side of "meat" with every dish..such as :

French Toast with bacon::

My personal favorite: biscuits and gravy with bacon, then also my brother-in-laws sausage on the plate::
Lastly, the whole sh-bang with toast, jam, eggs, and a slice of ham::

Sorry that the pictures are small, I used my phone and i couldn't make them any bigger!!

It is all really delicious! Their breakfast hours are on Saturday's from 7am-noon!

Go out and try something new this weekend for breakfast, you won't regret it!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jones Heritage Farms Upcoming Events!

Jones Heritage Farms Upcoming Events:

Farm to Fork Dinner Thursday, October 7, 7pm. German cuisine with Oktoberfest craft beers and wine pairings! Our Chef, Walter Lents, is preparing an incredible five course German meal featuring Jones Heritage Farms products. Seating is limited to 30 people! Cost is $65 per person which includes food, beverages, tax and tip. Call 332-7447. Reservation held with credit card. 48 hours notice required to cancel.

Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Plein Air Paint Out $20 Entry fee, Call 334-9233 to enroll.
Friday, October 15, 4-9pm—Arts are Alive at the Farm. Join artists and supporters at the market for dinner featuring music by Bruce Zimmerman. 10% of market & dining sales between 4-9pm go to SEMO Arts Council.

Saturday, October 16, Come to the farm and see the artists at work during a Plein Aire workshop. Featuring breakfast 7-noon and dinner buffet 4-9pm.

Oktoberfest Saturday, October 23, 2-10pm German buffet with brats, kraut, cabbage—all the favorites. Specials on Oktoberfest craft beers and wines. Live music, hayrides. Fun!

Farm to Fork Dinner Thursday November 4, 7pm Join Chef Walter for a very special evening featuring Holiday favorites with a twist--delicious and unique preparation of some traditional favorites. Get inspired for your holiday gatherings! 5 course meal with wine pairings. Seating is limited to 30 people! Cost is $65 per person which includes food, beverages, tax and tip. Call 332-7447. Reservation held with credit card. 48 hours notice required to cancel.

1st Annual Backyard BBQ Championship Saturday, November 6 Show your skills! $100 entry fee includes JHF meats, 4 categories with prize money and overall Grand Champion. Sign up at the market. Stick around after the awards ceremony for a BBQ all you can eat buffet and music by Bruce Zimmerman 4-9pm.

Fall Products are starting to arrive!
Mums, apples, pumpkins, cider and more will be available to you at the Market.

Give the Gift of Good Food this Christmas!
· Gift Baskets—ranging in price from $15-$100.
· Gift Cards—10% off on a gift cards $50 and over
· Jones Heritage Farms Hams in a decorative wrap

Holiday catering menus are available in the market. Dates are still open! Enjoy delicious JHF foods with family, friends and coworkers this holiday season!.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Chicken Legs!

Since I used the chicken stock and breast, I still had the legs left. I wanted to do something different with the legs, but I wanted it to be an easy recipe. I started with covering the legs in salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Then I go out seasoned bread crumbs and covered them in bread crumbs. I decided I would bake them instead of frying them to try to keep it a little healthier. I set the oven on 450 degrees and baked them for about 20 minutes and then flipped them over for another 20 minutes. When I got them out the outsides were crispy and sizzling!

They tasted excellent, and they were so quick and easy!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Beer Can Chicken

This is one of my favorite recipes to make on the grill in the summer! It is so easy, you start with a can of beer, dump out half of the can and place it in your chicken stand. The take the entire chicken and rub it with whatever spices and seasonings you like. Then, cut one lemon, one celery stalk, and one onion and place in the open cavity of the chicken. Put the chicken on the stand on top of the can and place on the grill. The grill should be around 400 degrees and leave the chicken on the grill until it reaches a temperature of 160 degrees. Sometimes it gets really crisp on the outside depending on how much seasoning you add. I like my chicken very seasoned, therefore mine is covered, but you can add as much or as little as you would like!

Here is a few pictures of the finished product..MMMMM!!!!!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Quick Fix- Chicken Breast

When I made the chicken breast I wanted to do something that was easy, quick, and different that way if someone needed a quick fix for dinner they could use this one! Since I already had the chicken breast cut and ready to go, I wanted to make a rub that wouldn't have to marinade to make it faster. I used butter, garlic, salt, pepper, and onion powder. I melted the butter then just added the rest of the ingredients. I only did two chicken breast so I use half a stick of butter, 1 large clove of fresh garlic, and a dash of everything else. I decided to grill the chicken breast, so I brushed the rub on both sides once before I put in on the grill, cooked them completely and then coated them again on both sides when they were done! I loved this! I like garlic though, and the garlic really stuck out in this recipe but I really enjoyed it! The chicken from Jones and if you have not had their chicken, you honestly should go try it! It is a few dollars more, but totally worth is free range, no hormones or additives and so fresh compared to store bought, in my opinion anyway.

Here are a few pictures!!...

Chicken Broth!

I hope you all enjoyed all of the veggie post and will try out some new recipes! The next two weeks I will be telling you about the different chicken dishes that I have made. Now, looking back on it, I wish I would have made more of a meal out of the chicken rather than JUST the chicken, so starting with the next group I will try to be better about this! When I went out to the farm I picked up a whole chicken, I had never cut a chicken up before, so needless to say I was a bit nervous. I watched a video on Utube first, and then with my mom's help we got to work. It was a lot easier that I thought! I cut it into breast, thighs, wings, and legs. Then I used the bone to make broth. I boiled water in a stockpot then added the chicken bone, with some carrots, celery, onion, along with salt and pepper! I let it boil for 3 hours and then let it completely cool before I poured it into another container and put it in the refrigerator until I need it. I can't wait to use it and see if I can tell a difference from store bought, I am sure I will be able too because it smelt soo good!!!

Here is a picture of the bone cooking to make the broth! It doesn't look very good, but trust me it smelt great!

Hope you guys have a great day!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Okra, Peppers, Tomatoes..Oh My!

I have never been a huge okra fan, unless it is fried and dipped in ketsup! But I thought I would try something new.

It was super easy and not too bad if you like okra. All I did was wash and cut all of vegetables up in bite size pieces and sauteed them!

I used two okra, one large green pepper, one smaller dark pepper, and one large tomato. Started with a little oil in the pan and put everything in but the tomatoes. Let them get almost all the way done and put the tomatoes in for about 5 minutes, that way they didn't get too soggy and drowned all the other taste out. I then just added salt and pepper and it was ready to eat! This was a great side dish to go with any entree. It had plenty of different flavors in it, and if I were to make it again I would have added an onion, but I didn't think about it!

Here are the pictures!

I obviously did not put corn or eggplant in this, but I had them so put them in my basket for the picture!

Have a good day!


Cucumbers-My Favorite!

In the summer, cucumbers are one of my favorite afternoon snacks! I usually just slice the cucumbers and let them soak in vinegar, water, onions, a little dill, and salt and pepper. But, after a while that can get a little old, so I wanted to try something new. When I was out at the farm getting my 25 cent cucumbers, yeah 25 cents I picked up some of their sun dried tomato and garlic vinaigrette dressing. I sliced the cucumbers up and let them marinade in the dressing over night and ate them the next afternoon...they were delicious! That dressing is great, and a lot easier than making the onion and vinegar mix!

Here is a few pictures of the cucumbers marinading and of the dressing I used..enjoy

Have a great day!


Eggplant Pizzaria


Warning: I had never made eggplant before so I am going to be going into a lot of detail because not many people make a lot of eggplant, at least people that I eat meals with!

Like I said, I have never tried eggplant before, but decided that I was going to try many different things that I have not ever eaten for this blog. I went to Jones and got an eggplant, but still had no idea what I was going to make with it. One of my moms friends told me that it is good fried with pizza sause on it, which sounded delicious to me, but I am trying to stay away from as much fried food as I can! So I just got out my mom's small stone from Pampered Chef, sprayed it with oil, and placed three slices of eggplant on it since I knew no one in my family would be trying it, there was no need to cook the whole thing.

I preheated the oven for 350 degrees and placed the eggplant in the oven for about 15 minutes. I then got the dish out and flipped the eggplant(do not know if this step was totally necasarry, but I did it), and covered it with pizza sauce and shredded moterellza cheese, put it back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese was melted on top.

The recipe itself was really simple and fast. I was a bit hesitant to try it, but I did and it was not too bad! I actually ate both slices and enjoyed it. I would definatly make this again if I had other people to eat it with, that way I would not waste more of the eggplant than I actually ate, but that is okay.

Here is a few pictures of my finished product!...

Have a great day!


Corn on the Cob


So I know a lot of people think corn on the cob is something very basic, but I think everyone makes it differently, so I am going to share my favorite way! My soon to be sister-in-law showed me this not too long ago, thanks Emily!

During the summer we like to grill everything we possibly can that way we can avoid turning on the oven and heating up the house! We started by pulling back the shuck, but do not rip it off. Pull it down as far as you can without it breaking off and remove off the hair from inside, and rinse. Then, I always soak it in water for about 30 minutes to make sure it is moist for the grill. After it is finished soaking, I rub it in butter and dash salt and pepper all over it. You can use a different spice if you wanted to, but I prefer salt and pepper. Then, pull the shuck back up and either use a rubber band to hold the shuck tightly upright, or i always just use a smaller part of the shuck that falls off and tie it around the top to hold it all together. Lastly, place on the grill for about 30 minutes, or until corn is tender, but it will still be crunchy because it is on the grill. Peel the shuck back and eat! I think it gives the corn more flavor because you cook the butter, salt, and pepper into the corn. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures of me making this, but at least it is something that is easily in-visioned!

Have a good day!


Squash and Zucchini Sauteed in Herb Butter

This was one of the first recipes I made this summer. Let me tell you after this recipe, that I thought was going to be easy peezy, I knew this blog was going to be a challenge, but a fun one! I started out gathering all of my supplies and finding a large enough pan. Here are the ingredients that I used--

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 zucchini's

2 squash

1 tablespoon of sea salt

1/2 tablespoon of ground pepper

3/4 cup of basil, torn and loosely packed

Once I got all of that together I washed the squash and zucchini and cut it up-zucchini I cut lengthwise and cut the squash in patty rounds. I started melt the butter into a large pan. Let me tell you, I had no idea how much smoke burnt butter could make! My mom was laughing at me! I guess I will only learn from trying with cooking. Anyways, after I got the butter melted, I added the zucchini and squash started to saute them, stirring occasionally to prevent them of burning. After about 8 minutes or until they are tender. I then added the salt, pepper, and basil. Simmer for a minute or two and you are finished!

After eating this recipe and if I would make it again, I would defiantly put a lot less basil in, it ended up overpowering the dish, in my opinion. Oh, and I will try not to burn the butter either! Ha.

Here are a few pictures!!

Have a great day!


Green Beans


This post is short and sweet. There is not a long detailed recipes for my green beans. I like my green beans hard and not super cooked, or in a casserole. I know I'm a little different, but I honestly just started liking green beans within the past year, so this is a big step! Ha.

I just start out by rinsing and snapping the ends off the green beans. Then, putting a drop of olive oil in a skillet and waiting until it gets warm and putting the green beans in. after the green beans are starting to sizzle and soaking up the oil, I just dash salt(sea salt is the best) and pepper over them and then sometimes add a little crushed red pepper, depending on who I am cooking for. Then, I just wait until they are a little browned, but still hard and they are done!

Here is a few pictures....

Have a great day everyone!!