Sunday, February 6, 2011

Finger Steaks.... Menu Boards & an Announcement....

*Drawing is closed*

Today there are several things I'd like to share with you! 

This post is a long one and I apologize for that, however..... read thru it ALL because you don't want to miss a thing today!!! :)


As I've told you before....My mom was great in the kitchen and taught me how to make a healthy meal for our family of four when I was rather small, as her and dad both worked out of the home.  I still remember baking a simple muffin recipe nearly every morning before getting on the bus to go to school.  Another great memory I have of growing up is hunting with my family.  It was important for us to have our freezer full of meat for the winter.  Elk and Deer were for sure our favorites.  We would bring home our deer or elk {dead, of course}, hang it to cure for several days, then cut it up as a family.  When my husband and I were first dating, my parents broke him in real quick on how to butcher your own deer.  Now, we fill our tags and butcher our own, assuring that we get the quality of meat we want, and every. single. package. is cherished and rationed out to last until the next hunting season.  This year I shot a deer and can not tell you how excited I was to get 28 packages of meat.  We usually figure we average 25 per deer J…Next year, our son will be able to fill a deer tag too, so we're really looking forward to that! 
One of my favorite recipes of ALL TIME is …..Venison FINGER STEAKS!  Wait a minute all you venison haters, don’t stop reading!  You’re still in luck!  Simply substitute beef for the venison.  Round steak works really well because it is a cheaper cut of meat but tenderizes well in the marinade!!  It’s as easy as that and is still WONDERFUL!
Here is a step by step:
First: Prepare your meat
·         I like to use venison but like I already mentioned, you can use beef also.  Thaw between 2-3 lbs of meat {if frozen}, trim the fat , if there is any {I LOVE kitchen scissors for this}, and cut into strips.  I cut them about 1 inch wide {with kitchen scissors too}
Second: Prepare Marinade
·         Mix together in a bowl {preferably with a tight fitting lid, like a Tupperware}:
¼ cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. garlic powder
3 Tbsp. A-1 sauce
2 tsp. meat tenderizer
Third: Marinate meat
·         Add prepared meat to the marinade.  Cover and refrigerate from 3-24 hrs, turning several times during refrigeration. I like to marinate it overnight for a more intense flavor , besides, it becomes more tender the longer you marinate it also.
Fourth: Cook meat
after marinading for 21 hrs
Shake...shake...shake.
when you first place them in the oil, it will bubble like this.
when they are ready, the bubbles will stop and they will rise to the surface.
·         Heat your oil to 375 degrees.  Place your meat in a colander to drain extra marinade off of meat.  In a gallon-size Ziploc bag, place a couple cups of flour and add a handful of meat strips to flour at a time.  Close bag tightly and shake to coat meat well.  Drop in heated oil and cook until meat browns, about 5 minutes.  When the meat is ready, you will notice it will quit bubbling and the meat will rise to the top of the oil.  Don’t overcook it! Place on paper towels to drain any excess oil before serving.
Finally: Prepare to EAT it!
·         Being an Idaho girl, a good meal isn’t complete without a yummy baked potato.  These fingersteaks are fabulous served with A-1, if needed.  However, I enjoy the well-seasoned, tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat just how it is…
Venison Finger Steaks
From Cupboard to Cupboard
printable recipe
¼ cup oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp garlic powder
3 Tbsp A-1 sauce
2 tsp meat tenderizer
Steaks cut into strips… You could use venison {my favorite} or even beef… I used approximately 2.5 lbs of venison cut into 1 inch wide strips.
Mix together all ingredients.  Place steaks in bowl with the marinade. Place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours.  Turn several times.  Place in a colander to drain.  Shake in flour.  Deep fry until cooked.
I hope you enjoy this recipe that we cherish in our home!

So now that I've shared one of my most FAVORITE recipes with you, I need to tell you why NOW was the best time to do that!

Starting today.... I will be featuring a New DINNER recipe every single Sunday for you to cook for your family on MONDAY!  I am going to try to make sure that they are easy enough meals that require as little prep time as possible so that even all of you amazing {I applaud you} working moms out there are able to play along! 

This new feature on FROM CUPBOARD TO CUPBOARD will be called MENU BOARD MONDAY! 

So now you're wondering why in the world I'm so excited about this?  Well, let me tell you!

I have been trying to take a little stress off my own shoulders lately.  There are days I feel like the weight on my shoulders has shrunk me down to this little 2 inch mouse running around like a wild woman with a knife is after me!  You can't tell me you don't know how this feels, right?  We've surely all felt this way time and again in our lives.... Well, one way of making my life a bit easier is by planning more instead of being so stinkin' spontaneous all the time! I am the first to admit that 98.3% of the time I'm pulling something out of the freezer and pantry at the last minute to try to just throw something together for dinner.  By planning a monthly menu, that stress is gone {or nearly}!  I started last month by making my menu and sticking to it... seriously it took me 30 minutes to plan the menu and make my grocery list.  That's 30 minutes that I will gladly give a month to take that extra few HOURS of stress off my shoulders. {And way less wasted food too}  Anyhow.... I saw these adorable Menu Boards and decided I needed one! And let me tell you... not only are they CUTE, but they are so helpful in the planning process....  I love having all the handy little magnetic menu tags to make my life easier.  Of course, I'll be adding several tags a month to change things up. {You  many even notice that the design of my board actually coordinates with my blog design.:) }
This one is mine:




This is one I made for giggles:



Now.... because I am so excited about MENU BOARD MONDAYS!.....I've decided to give a MAGNETIC MENU BOARD to a lucky follower of my blog!  Yeah!  That's right!  I will make it to your liking!  I am making several more right now and will post pictures as soon as I get them finished!  The winner will get to choose the colors of the menu board, along with 45 menu items that will be laminated and attached to a magnet to make your meal planning a cinch!  {$40 value}

So, here's what you need to do to enter to win:

1.  Become a follower of From Cupboard to Cupboard {Click the FOLLOW tab to the right} Make sure to leave a comment stating you are a FOLLOWER!
2.  LIKE From Cupboard to Cupboard on Facebook!  {Click on the LIKE button to the right}  Make sure to leave a separate comment stating you are a LIKER!
3.  If you are a blogger.... Grab my MENU BOARD MONDAY button to the right and display it on your blog!  Or tell everyone on facebook, twitter, or your blog about From Cupboard to Cupboard about this awesome giveaway!  Make sure you come back and leave a comment letting me know you've spread the word! {make sure you leave a separate comment for each place you make an announcement... i.e. twitter, facebook, blog,etc.}
4.  Now leave ONE more comment telling me what you want your board to look like, {colors, any other specifics} if you are the lucky winner!  I really want to hear your many ideas!

This gives everyone at least 4 chances to win!   I hope you are all as excited as I am!  Drawing will be held on Sunday the 27th of February! :)

Here's to Menu Board Monday Edition #1! :)

Happy Cooking!

Teauna

75 comments:

  1. I would love black white and a dark rust red to match my kitchen :)

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  2. I'd like mine to be blue (like turquoise blue) and lime green and chocolate brown, a modern edge to it if possible :)

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  3. I would like mine to be red, black, and white to match my kitchen.

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  4. I am a follower on your blog!! :)

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  5. I'll share your giveaway post on my FB page!! :)

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  6. I want mine with the letters made from food items... like the "U" in the word MENU from a bowl of soup etc. :) I love your idea btw..... very cute!!!

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  7. I am a follower. this is a great idea. A rust color with roosters would match my kitchen perfect.

    Jen

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  8. I like you on FB. Cute idea!! A rust color with roosters would match my kitchen perfect.
    Jen

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  9. I would like a barn red color, maybe with some warm orange and yellow colors.

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  10. I like you on Facebook too :)

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  11. My kitchen is decorated with roosters and I am tyring to buy red accent pieces. Other than that I'm not sure what I would want! I have done a weekly menu (I grocery shop weekly) for many, many years and it really does help with the "What's For Dinner" stress. You should check out www.thisweekfordinner.com It's a great food blog with weekly posted menus by the author and followers.

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  12. I am very excited about this cute idea, as I am trying to become more organized and "simplify" my life. I think a rust color wtih roosters would look great in my rooster kitchen.

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  13. I follower your blog, I dont know what i would want mine to be because Im still debating on how to decorate my kitchen after the final redo of it.. You know I love you and If I had facebook I would like you there but I dont need to cause you know I do!!!

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  14. Just shared this on my FB page too!!

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  15. I'm a follower! As of only about a week ago which is weird cause technically I've been following your blog since before I had an account to become a follower! Make sense? It does in my head...

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  16. I added it to my post for today on my blog!

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  17. I advertised on Facebook with a link!

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  18. I added your Menu Board to my blog!

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  19. I just want one with that's very colorful! Colorful and simple! But not too simple...Lol. I love the one you use personally. I think it's so, so cute!

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  20. I want mine to look bright and cheery! Like maybe yellows, oranges, greens..? Whatever will look great, I just want to win! Haha. :)

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  21. I am a follower! And let me just say Thanks for the awesome recipe.
    We live in Idaho and my Hubby goes hunting every year. We have a freezer full of deer and elk, so I will definitely be using your Steak Finger recipe. :)
    Sheena

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  22. I love your magnet board, so cute! I don't think I'm too picky. I would want either a white, black or red border other than that I don't care. I'm sure it will turn out cute no matter what!
    Hope I win, fingers crossed.

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  23. I added your button on my blog:
    http://3sisterssharingideas.blogspot.com

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  24. I 'Like' From Cupboard to Cupboard on Facebook!

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  25. I like the 1st one here! All of it! So if I win that is what I want!

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  26. I really like pinks & purples with flowers and swirls... Thanks!

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  27. I really like the sample one, or maybe brown and blue for my kitchen.

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  28. I love your menu boards. They are so cute.

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  29. Oh yes Zoe says they are so stinkin cute.

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  30. I think I would like something green and blue to go with kitchen colors.

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  31. Absolutely love your site! Have been visiting for some time. Love the menu board! The first sample is right up my liking! Keep up the awesome blog!

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  32. posted on fb for all my friends!

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  33. hmm...I'm thinking something with tan & green to match my kitchen. Kitchen was previously done in ivy, but now it's just got the green & no ivy. But I would love to choose from the ones you have already made too!

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  34. I'm telling everyone to follow your awesome blog!!!

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  35. I LOVE your blog. April Bingham

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  36. I put your button over on my blog!!!

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  37. If I won, I think I would like one in celery greens and brown to match my kitchen. Thanks so much!!!

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  38. I'm already a follower. I love these, they are so cute.

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  39. I added your button to my blog, that has not been updated in a while.

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  40. If I was to win :) I would like the colors of forest green, pumpkin orange, kind of a fall theme. Hope I am not too late to enter!!!

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  41. Oh I am so glad Nina told me about your site. I love to cook and am so excited to try some of your recipies. I am now your follower. :) Thanks so much for the new ideas.

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