Tuna Surprise

Preheat oven 350°

1lb package elbow macaroni
1-2 cans tuna (can use chicken)
1 pkg Frozen peas
1 can cream of mushroom soup
Salt & pepper
Shredded cheese

Cook pasta in salted water till tender -don’t over cook.

In a large bowl mix the tuna, soup, peas (defrosted in microwave), milk (I use the can to measure 1 can full), about a cup of cheese, salt & pepper. Stir.

Drain pasta do not rinse add to soup mixture combine and put in greased casserole dish top with more cheese and cover bake for 45 minutes.


Bears in Trego

I had this guy on my porch (Fortine Creek and Brimstone) at 5am trying to get in my empty trash can. Scared him off only to come back at 10pm that night.

That day I called the bear biologist (Wildlife Conflict Specialist? Grizzly Bear Technician? Something official sounding), Justine, and told her I was awakened by my ring doorbell saying I had motion at my back door at 5 am. I shouted at him and then my big dog barked. He ran off. She said probably he won’t come back if there was no food. I didn’t know what kind he was. So when I was alerted at 10 pm I sent this picture and she said it was a grizzly!

  It’s that time of the year again. Be bear aware. Don’t leave trash or other bear attractants near your home. (Grizzly visits aren’t that uncommon anymore- we wrote up one of our more exciting experiences last year. -Sam


Cowboy Hamburger Stew

Cowboy Hamburger Stew

1-1 1/2 lbs ground beef or game meat
3 stalks celery
1 can whole corn
3-4 potatoes
2-3 carrots
2 zucchini
Granulated garlic powder

Brown meat with diced up celery and season with garlic salt and pepper. DO NOT DRAIN When meat is done add the can of corn juice and all. I sometimes peel my potatoes and carrots and sometimes I don’t. But cut potatoes in 1” cubes and carrots in 1/2” rounds add to pot. Simmer for about 15 minutes then add cut up zucchini since it doesn’t take as long to cook. Cook till tender. The meat fat and corn juice makes enough moisture to call it a stew.

Serve this way or my kids like shredded cheese over the top!! Also for a spin you can add diced onions at the time of browning meat and also a can of diced tomatoes at the time you add the corn. This is a family favorite!!

Tastes great the next day.


Kitchen Tips

Never grab your cheese out of your bag with your hands use a spoon or pour out.  No matter how clean your hands are it will leave bacteria in there and your cheese will mold quicker.

When making a fresh fruit salad and you don’t like it when your apples or bananas turn brown. Just pour a little sprite/7-up over it acts just like lemon juice but doesn’t give that sour taste.

Lots of left over lemons or limes just pop them in the freezer whole and when thawed you have lemon juice. Also keep one for zesting it brightens up any meal then replace it in a ziploc and use till gone.

From Sam: The lemon juice trick works because it’s an acid (citric acid), and the enzyme that causes the fruit to brown (polyphenol oxidase) doesn’t work an acidic conditions. Sprite and 7 up are acidic too. Most carbonated beverages contain some combination of carbonic acid, phosphoric acid and citric acid. Using soda in place of lemon juice is a clever substitution.


Chicken Pot Pie

Preheat oven 375°

2 cans cream of potato soup*
1 16oz can Vegall mixed vegetables
2 cups cooked diced chicken**
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp pepper
1 pkg prepared pie crusts
1 egg

Mix together first 6 ingredients, more milk if you feel as needed. Spoon into pie crust in a 9” pan top with 2nd crust pinching around the edges. Make 3 slits in the top and beat egg and brush it all over the crust.
Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown, let sit 10 minutes before serving.

*You can use cream of chicken soup instead or any cream soup on hand but the potato works nice.
**A roaster chicken works nicely, but also you can use the canned chicken it turns out great.