Green Pepper Steak: Easy Weeknight Dinner

This is another easily adaptable recipe from my father in law. I don’t know the history of this dish but it was in his box and in his handwriting!

I have also made the Sauerkraut Dish of his! You might catch a trend here and see he is a meat eater!

The Green Pepper Steak recipe is an easy dinner to make up quick. You could marinate the meat and chop the veggies before. Other veggies like baby corn, snap peas, and broccoli would all be delicious additions. Add a bit more liquid and adjust cook time as needed. This is a forgiving and versatile dish.

My only change is less oil. Use enough to generously coat your pan but the 1/4 C listed is too much. I will change that in the written directions.

Green Pepper Steak

1 lb beef chuck or round cut into thin strips

1/4 C soy sauce

1 clove garlic minced

1/2 tsp ginger

Cooking oil to generously coat pan

1 C green onion

1 C green or red peppers

2 stalks of celery

1 Tbsp cornstarch

3/4 C water use less if not needed

2 tomatoes cut in wedges

Combine soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. Add beef, toss and set aside. Slice veggies. Heat oil in large frying pan or work. Add beef, heat until browned. Cover and simmer 30-40 minutes on low heat. Turn heat up and add vegetables. Cook covered about 10 minutes. Mix cornstarch with water, add to pan. Stir until thick. Add tomatoes.

I used red and yellow peppers because my grocery store did not have good looking green ones. So use what you have!

We had our over rice but it would be good on it’s own with a salad.

Butterscotch Brownies

I am lucky enough to have received the recipe box of my husband’s Grandma. It is stuffed full of handwritten recipes, ones cut from magazines, and ones typed on index cards. I am making a point to go through it and see what I can find to make. When we were invited to a family cookout I decided that was the time to give the butterscotch brownies a try. Boy were they a hit! If you are looking for a cookout recipe look no more, this is it!

Grandma's well loved recipe box
Grandma’s well loved recipe box

No one specifically remembered Grandma making these brownies but, food was a part of her love language. One of the main motivations for me learning to can is because of her. My husband claims home canned tomatoes made Grandma’s chili the best ever. Looking forward to cooler weather so we can see if I can come at least close to what he remembers. All of her children and grandchildren have many fond memories of delicious meals and desserts she prepared for her family. I am lucky she let me in on her secret ingredient for meatloaf! Maybe someday I will share it with the world.

I think they were especially enjoyable because they were Grandma’s recipe. I made┬áthem again to share here (and who am I fooling to eat some more of) and added my own twist.

Butterscotch Brownies, Grandma's handwritten recipe.
Butterscotch Brownies, Grandma’s handwritten recipe.

The recipe with my notes:

Butterscotch Brownies

4 tbsp butter melted and cooled – I didn’t cool the butter (terrible I know) or melt it all the way and they turned out great

1 cup light brown sugar – I assumed it is a packed cup.

1 egg

1/2 vanilla – She didn’t say teaspoon or tablespoon so I went with teaspoon.

1 cup sifted flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts – ┬áThe first time I made these I just skipped the walnuts. The second time I swapped the walnuts for white chocolate chips. Yummy. White chocolate chips were an excellent idea.

Combine butter and sugar. Stir in egg and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in sugar mixture. Add walnuts or white chocolate chips. Spread in 8 inch square pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

The batter is very thick, like a dough. I pressed it to the edges with my fingers, not a spoon because it is really sticky.

Freshly baked.
Freshly baked.
Served hot! We couldn't wait! On a pretty plate my Granny gave me.
Served hot! We couldn’t wait! On a pretty plate my Granny gave me.

If you can’t wait and cut into them before they cool they will be very gooey and messy. Delicious but needing a fork. If you give the recipe a try I would love to hear what you thought! How does food play a role in your family traditions and memories?