I had posted this over on Mentorsf.com/Engage this morning and figured I would share here as well.
Unlike when I talk about cable these days – “I have nothing to read” are words you will rarely hear come out of my mouth.
Whats makes that even better has been my Amazon Prime membership. It’s been a constant companion since I was back in school. From Summer and winter “disconnect trips” to my commutes between San Francisco and DC/Atlanta. Having the ability to download groups of books has meant I always have something to read.
With COVID19 keeping so many of us indoors, in addition to many bookstores closing up, many of us have not been able to get to our fav bookstores. So while I still advocate using independent bookstores when you can. It may be time for you to try #Amazon Prime. I’ve been a fan of it for several years.
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For last week’s Bookclub, I needed a recipe that would be connected to the theme from the book Oh Pioneers by Willa Cather.After searching around a bit – I found several versions of a local version Runza. Similar to other regional “hand-held meat buns”, such as the spicey one I did in a previous Bookclub. This was version seems to be popular in the books region oNebraskaka with the addition of cabbage to the ground beef and onions. I had some time so I also made a rolled loaf version using pizza dough that mimicked the Cheese Bread recipe I posted about back in November.
Here is my version of the Runza recipe;
- Frozen Bread Dough (I used the frozen bread dough loaves from Safeway which comes in a three pack. Each loaf, thawed allowed to raise will make 6-7 buns)
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 head of cabbage
- 1 yellow onion
- garlic salt/minced or whatever you like for garlic ( I use the Sage, Thyme & lemon seasoned salt I make)
- 2 TBSP butter.
- Brown ground beef and drain fat, season with salt and pepper ( you can do this in two pans if you like)
- Add chopped onion, garlic, butter, and chopped cabbage. Cook until wilted (7-10 min) on med-high. Mix with meat if done separately and let cool.
- Note: You can also brown meat, season, then set aside and in a second pan sauté cabbage, onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper at each step. Then toss together.
- Follow package instructions for bread dough (or make your own); Let the dough thaw covered and raise for up to 5 hours or as directed on your dough.
- Cut and Roll into small sections.
- Preheat oven to 350
When ready to make
- Flatten each section
- Add ¼ to ½ cup of the cooled beef mixture to rolled out sections of dough. Fold and seal in half/wrap/shape how you wish but gently compress the air out of each bun.
- Let sit covered with plastic wrap 20 min. (Or freeze them for later)
- Prior to baking coat with melted, salted butter, oil or an egg wash. Omit butter topping if you want a crisper bun
- Bake uncovered middle rack for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees.
A few hints;
- Pizza dough works well too.
- Mix in small cubes of cheddar cheese in the cooled mix for a different variation.
- Update: if you have leftover stuffing it makes a great addition to a simple soup. Simmer carrots, veggie or chicken stock, a few bay leaves, parsley, a can or two of drained canned beans and pepper for 50 mins.
- Then add the meat & cabbage stuffing, ( you can also toss in leftover rice or pasta) simmer on med for another 30 min more. Toss in some halved cherry tomatoes. Serve
Why a yearly Read-Goals list?
With so much to catch up with on posting; this weeks begin the end of the year holiday posts, and a detailing of some of the recipes that won and failed, treats and projects that I worked on. But for today – to keep it simple. I worked on my 2018 read-goals list. This is the way I balance work, academic and news reading with pleasure stuff.
My Read-Goals for the year:
Frank’s 2018 Book List
A few more from the 2017 read-goals list
Working on my 2018 book list this morning while revising a copy of Bookmarks Magazine and decided that this would be the group I would use as my “intentional reads” over the next 12 months in addition to the others that come my way. You might even notice a theme, in that not all of them are current trending titles since I decided part of the gaol was relooking at some of the older titles I missed when they initially rolled out. I figure this batch coupled with the one from our book club should give me plenty for the year.