Venison Stew

The last couple of days I have been feeling sick, and I’ve found that nothing is better than homemade soup. This broth is so tasty that I could drink it all day! The fresh potatoes and carrots also add wonderful flavor and great nutrients. Take your time when making it, other than that, it’s so easy!

  1. Take your cubed venison and brown it in a dutch oven or stock pot with 1 Tbsp oil. Add 1 medium onion diced and 1 Tbsp butter. Cook until the onion is sweating or translucent to your preference.
  2. Add 5 cups of beef broth and 2 Tbsp horseradish. Bring to a boil.
  3. Dice up 3-4 potatoes (about 2 cups) after rinsing and scrubbing clean. Also cut up 2-3 carrots or cut in half 10-15 baby carrots (about 1 cup). Once mixture is boiling, add potatoes and carrots. Cook for 15-20 minutes until potatoes and carrots are tender. Add more broth or water if too much boils off.
  4. Once cooked, add additional 1 Tbsp horseradish, 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce, and additional herbs as desired. Mix 3 Tbsp flour (or 1 beef gravy packet) with 1/2 cup water whisk until smooth, then add to stew. Cook for another 5 minutes. Transfer to serving bowls and let cool for 5 minutes before eating.

Potato Soup

This was my great-grandmother’s recipe for potato soup. She lived during the great depression, and this recipe is an obvious example of this. This was my first time making this soup, but this is the recipe exactly the way that she had it. It’s incredibly flavorful considering the ingredients and I highly recommend at least trying it. *The original recipe did say to use a 3qt sauce pan and fill it half way with potatoes, but as you can see with my photos, 3 qt wasn’t big enough for me, nearly over flowing when adding the wax beans and my inability to stir it.

  1. In a 4 qt dutch oven or larger, peel and cube potatoes into bite sized pieces. Fill the pan to 1.5 quarts with potatoes, or about 8 cups of potatoes. Slice thinly 1 medium onion or 2 small onions, and add to pot. Cover with water.
  2. Boil until potatoes are done, about 20-30 minutes. Add 1 can of wax beans and juice. Heat to boil. Add 1 can of evaporated milk, then heat, but do not boil. Add 2 Tbsp of salt and 2 Tbsp butter to taste. Remove from heat and serve.

Easy Tuna Noodle

Tuna noodle casserole is a staple of depression era cooking. It’s a simple dish that requires very little to feed many people for the night. Though I’m sure there are fancier ways to make tuna noodle, this is the way I grew up with and the way my mom grew up with too. This recipe makes enough to serve 3 adults, but the recipe can easily be stretched by adding more noodles, or doubling/tripling the existing recipe. You can also then stick it in a casserole dish once mixed and add a crisp topping and bake, however I’ve always had it without, and I tend to prefer it quick and easy. Since I don’t do the casserole step, I tend to just call it tuna noodle, since I don’t make it into a casserole.

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil
  • Add 1/2 a bag (8oz) of egg noodles and cook to al dente, and strain.
  • In a dutch oven add one strained can of tuna, one can of cream of mushroom soup, and one can of Milk. Bring to a boil and stir till smooth.
  • Once smooth, add the noodles and cook for 3-5 minutes, and serve. Sauce thickens upon standing. Best serves with buttered bread and sweet peas.

Thanksgiving: Leftovers – Turkey Noodle Soup

  • 2 cups of Turkey Cubed
  • 8 cups of Turkey Stock (You can also use Chicken Broth)
  • Medium Onion (1 Cup)
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • 4 cups of Water
  • 1 Chicken bouillon cube
  • About 6 oz of Egg Noodles
  • Salt
  1. Start by Sauteing onion in a little bit of oil/butter in a Dutch Oven until translucent.
  2. Add Turkey Stock and add cooked turkey. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Add desired amount of herbs (I added 2 tsps of ground thyme and dried sage, but you can also add sprigs of herbs tied together, or add none if you already seasoned your stock).
  4. Add about a half a bag of egg noodles, water, and a dissolved Chicken bouillon cube. Heat to a boil and cook covered till noodles are to your liking or about 25 minutes. Before serving, taste your broth and add more herbs and/or salt to taste (I added about 3 Tbsp of salt)

To see the other recipes I cooked this year, head back to my Thanksgiving: Overview post!

Thanksgiving: Aftermath – Stock

I had never made turkey stock before, but I know so many people say that stock is a must because it tastes so good. It also felt good to feel like I was using the entirety of the bird rather then throwing out a part that could be used; that is also part of the reason I tried cooking the giblets this year.

After thanksgiving and removing the meat from the bones, I placed plastic wrap over the carcass in the roasting pan and placed it in the fridge overnight and I don’t think that made a difference compared to cooking it right way. I took the largest pot I have, broke apart the bones as much as I could, put them into the pot, covered them with water, got the liquid to simmering with the lid on, then took the lid off and simmered it for 3 1/2 hours. You can also add herbs like sprigs of thyme and sage to get the thanksgiving flavor into the stock, or veggies like onion, garlic or celery.

I used no seasoning because my cat likes the flavor and I don’t want to give him something that is bad for cats, ie onion or garlic, from what I’ve heard.

If you choose not to season it like I did, I have found I need to add salt, because I like a more savory broth. I also add some onion, and sage and thyme to my soup when I’m cooking it.

  • Get largest pot, and place broken up turkey bones into pot (and neck if you kept it)
  • Cover bones in pot with water and get to a boil, add additional veggies/herbs
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer and simmer for 3-3.5 hours
  • Place larger bones into strainer, then strain remaining stock through strainer into another dutch oven.
  • If you want less matter in you stock, strain again through cheese cloth
  • Sock is good in the fridge for a week or can be frozen for 3 months

To see the other recipes I cooked this year, head back to my Thanksgiving: Overview post!