Catching up a bit

First off, I did finally make the Shepherd’s Pie a la Cracker and so here’s the recipe:

Shepherd’s Pie a la Cracker

  • 3/4 lb. to 2 lbs. of ground beef *
  • 2 cans of corn
  • instant mashed potatoes (I like ‘Idaho Spuds’)
  • Worchestershire sauce
  • Ketchup
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika

In a pretty large skillet, brown the ground beef.  Once browned, you may drain the fat if you’re all siditty like that.  :o) Swizzle Worchestershire sauce all over the meat, give it a rather healthy sprinkle of salt and pepper, then drain the ‘juice’ of one of the cans of corn into the meat mixture (you can add the juice from both cans but it just increases the cooking time, so I don’t usually).  Drain and discard the juice from the other can. Then add at least 1/4 cup of ketchup to the meat and stir; more ketchup is better. Bring this all to a medium/hard simmer over medium to high heat.  You want to reduce the liquid by about 2/3.  Keep an eye on it and stir occasionally.

While meat stuff is simmering, make yer mashed potatoes.  I usually make an “8 servings” amount, which usually occasions some math on my part because the box usually lists 6 servings then jumps up to 12 servings.  NOTE:  measure out yer potato flakes first, so you’ll know if’n you’ve got enough to make 8 servings.  If you don’t, adjust accordingly.

Once yer potatoes are done, the meat mix is usually done too.  Sprinkle both cans of (drained) corn over the meat, then spread mashed potatoes over the whole thing (like icing).  Add a few jaunty dashes of paprika on top.  Reduce heat a bit and let the whole thing warm through (about 2 1/2 mins).

Serve hot….with a bottle of ketchup on the table to0.


* Use a fattier blend for real flavor and authenticity or better yet: get the ground beef in the plastic tube.  Also, the amount is variable – it depends on what you’ve got on hand.



I can almost hear somebody out there saying, “Big deal.  So what makes it ‘a la Cracker‘?”  No, it’s not the addition of okra or anything like that.  For me it’s 2 minor things and 1 major thing:

  • the use of instant mashed potatoes
  • using the ‘juice’ from the canned corn
  • the liberal use of ketchup as an ingredient (this is major)

I think anytime that ketchup is a serious ingredient in a recipe, then that dish has wandered into the “Cracker/White Trash Zone”.  It’s a little like the Twilight Zone except there’s some Lynyrd Skynyrd or Led Zeppelin playing in the background and  large quantities of alcohol are involved.  Oh yeah, less shaving and fewer suits too.  That doesn’t mean the food isn’t GOOD, ‘cos it IS.  If yer not too snooty or watching yer cholesterol, give it a try.  It’s yummy.


Sarah said that she needed pictures and how can I deny her?  I haven’t done my hair today so that’ll have to wait, but here’s the Lizard Ridge Blanket so far:

I love the colors....

12 skeins of Noro Kureyon are here at Chez Oney and yes that is enough to start work on it.  However, I have a BUNCH of stuff on the needles right now, and several more things to make ASAP, so it’ll have to wait (and I’m planning on making and completing a whole sweater during November – NaNoSweMo for you jargonheads).  And I’ll keep on acquiring Kureyon at my beloved Yarn Expressions at the rate of approx. 1 skein per week.


My fingers ITCH to cast on......



  1. Ooooh, those colors are so gorgeous. Don’t let those fingers itch too long, or everything becomes too difficult to manage. If you’re acquiring one skein per week, why not knit one per week, too? It will help with space and organization, right? Cast on, cast on, cast on!

    Oh! I just thought of a possible reason to postpone casting on for Lizard Ridge. Is the NaKniSweMo Swe for you? Is it that gorgeous cardi? I hope it is.

    While you’re signing up for things, why not add NaBloPoMo to the mix? It is an interesting challenge.

    Why, yes, I am ignoring the Shepherd Pie recipe for now. No, not because it does not sound good. However, I just finished exercising, and I believe that I gained back all of those calories I burned just reading the recipe. Also, Bruce tends to believe a recipe like that makes enough for the two of us for one night. Yep.

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