Friday, October 23, 2009

Its What's for Dinner

My intention is not to be insensitive, but there are good reasons why we are not vegetarians. The reasons are mostly practical, but have their roots in faith.
Every autumn for nearly the past decade, my In Laws have purchased beef at the local county fair. The beef is hand raised, usually as part of a 4H project and therefore is the highest quality meat available. Once it is dressed, it is divided three ways and delivered to our freezers. All at no cost to us. This year, it was over 1300 pounds on the hoof, which means that my 15 cubic foot deep freeze is packed to the top with more meat than the four of us can possibly eat in a year. I have already started giving some of it away.
To refuse such a gift would be to deny God's provision for us through Chad's loving parents and would undoubtedly do damage to our relationship. Accepting it allows us to exercise good stewardship and be generous with others. I probably shouldn't even mention how delicious it is.

Italian Beef
4-5 # roast
2-3 onions, sliced
1 t. onion salt
1 t. garlic salt
1 t. oregano
2 t. Italian seasoning
1 t. seasoned salt
1 t. basil
3 beef bouillon cubes
shredded cheese
banana peppers

Put 1 inch water in bottom of crock pot. Add roast and remaining ingredients. Cook on low 8-10 hours (I usually do this overnight). Remove roast and shred. Place back in crock pot and continue cooking another 2 hours. Serve on rolls with cheese and peppers.
*tip~if there is any leftover juice, it makes wonderful gravy.

Corn Burgers
1 egg
1 c. cooked whole corn
1/2 c coarsely crushed cheese crackers
1/4 c chopped green onions
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley (or 1 T. dried)
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
2 # ground beef
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. ground sage

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Shape into patties and grill over medium coals until well done. A "Foreman" indoor grill works well also. Serve with all of your favorite toppings.


  1. How right you could not be vegetarian. You are truly blessed with provision (and much more), to be sure :-)

  2. "Won't you be my neighbor? . . ."

    What a blessing! We pray annually for about four deer to provide our yearly supply of red meat. It's about time to prepare the freezer with hope once more. ;-)

    Enjoy that full freezer.

  3. I believe that the Lord provided many of the animals to us, to be our food. Not to be wasted in "sport" hunting, but to be accepted with gratitude as a gift from the Lord, to keep us healthy, so we can help with His work. Even in the Bible, although our ancestors were told which animals were and were not good for eating, the Lord plainly intended some of them for eating.



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