Friday, June 27, 2008

Panhandle Beef Brisket

Panhandle Beef Brisket
8 servings

1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or more - we like bbq sauce very peppery!)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried chopped onion
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 small fresh beef brisket (3 to 4 pounds), trimmed
2 tablespoons liquid smoke

In a saucepan combine ketchup, broth, brown sugar, vinegar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, cayenne pepper, onion and garlic powder. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Set aside one cup of sauce for serving. Place brisket in a shallow pan; brush on both sides with liquid smoke. Pour remaining sauce over meat. Cover and bake at 325° for 2-3 hours or until meat is tender. Let stand for 5 minutes. Thinly slice meat across the grain. Serve with reserved sauce and enjoy!

I used a three pound brisket for our family of four. It was just the right size for supper this evening with enough brisket and sauce leftover for four chopped beef sandwiches for lunch tomorrow! This sauce is very, very good!

Oh Happy Day!

DAISIES at the grocery for $1 a bunch!

Flower Arranging Tip

Have you ever seen one of those glass do-dads used in a vase to hold and separate individual flower stems? Maybe there is a name for it? Here's my "homemade" version.

Take a plastic lid about the size of the
container you want to put your flowers in.

Trim to fit the neck of the container,

and use a whole punch to poke a few holes in it.

Start with a long, thick stem in the middle to stabilize it,
and then arrange the other stems.

It works great and enables a small
amount of flowers to look like a lot!

Blueberry Crumb Cake

Blueberry Crumb Cake
16 servings, makes 2 cakes - one for your family, one for a neighbor!

for streusel
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup butter, melted
1 1/3 cups flour

for cake
6 tablespoons butter
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon lemon zest
2/3 cup sour cream
1 ¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh blueberries
powdered sugar

Butter and flour two, 9 inch round baking pans. Combine sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in melted butter and then flour. Mix well and set aside. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, zest, and sour cream. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter mixture; mix well. Fold in blueberries. Spoon batter into pans and top with streusel. Bake 40 minutes at 350°. Cool completely. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar and enjoy!

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