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A Brisket of Inspiration 
Jan. 5, 2013 6:21 pm 
Updated: Jan. 8, 2013 12:05 am
I stayed home from work today with a little bit of the flu. I'm sure that I must have picked it up from one of my patients. God bless them for leaving me a little something to remember them by.

This afternoon I felt quite a bit better than this morning, so I was inspired to go through my freezer and use up some of the last steer that we butchered. Yes, its one of the benefits of living on a farm. We raise top quality beef and I get my pick of it. We also trade with other family members for things like lamb and pork so my meat selection is better than the local grocery store.

At any rate, I found a brisket that weighs about 8 pounds. I've pushed it aside several times for a couple of reasons. One reason is that 8# of brisket for two people is gonna make a "buttload of leftovers." I've scoured the recipe section here on AllRecipes and found a few brisket recipes that sound like they just might do the trick. The brisket is thawing out at the moment and I think I'll commit myself to making one of those recipes tomorrow. Of course, I'll invite the in-laws over to share it with us and then we have an Aunt and Uncle down the road that will get a portion of it- after it passes my taste test, that is. And if my calculations are correct, there should still be leftovers to take to work. Wow! What a bounty! I am always so thankful when I think about what I have available. I have been blessed to have things to share. What could be better?

I am curious- does anyone have any great ideas for leftover brisket? Or can you tell my what your favorite brisket recipe is? I am not certain of which recipe I'll use tomorrow so there's still time to plug your favorite one!
Jan. 5, 2013 8:23 pm
Welcome to the blog-o-sphere! I am married to an Iowa farmer's daughter, and we will soon be moving just a tish north of you in Minnersoter, my home state. As a soon to be repatriated Midwesterner, I want to hear more about farm life. Your mission, if you decide to accept it is to tell us all about Iowa farm life. As far as the brisket goes, I've never cooked one, but I have a hankering to make corned beef one day. And then Corned Beef Hash.
Jan. 6, 2013 7:59 am
Well, Doc, when you get here, let me know. I'll hook you up with some good beef! Iowa farm life is wonderful. I'll fill you in on it as it occurs. Calving, planting, gardening, bees, hunting, harvesting, farmers market...Ahhh, life is GOOD!
Jan. 6, 2013 10:57 am
The brisket is in the slow cooker. I decided to try Slow-Cooked, Texas-Style Beef Brisket. I'll let you know how it goes. If you are in the area, stop over at supper time. I know there will be plenty!
Jan. 6, 2013 1:10 pm
How did it turn out?
Jan. 7, 2013 1:35 pm
Brisket update- my crock pot decided to go haywire with the temp settings. I had it programmed for low thinking it would take the full 24 hours and we would be eating it at about noon today. However, my old lady bladder got me up in the middle of the night and as I passed through the kitchen, I could hear the crock pot bubbling away. I checked it and low and behold, the brisket was done at 0300. Needless to say, I didn't wake up the hubster for a snack. The Texas Style sauce I will give only 4 stars. It simply didn't taste like Texas to me but it was still very good. I'll keep the recipe and make a few changes for next time. its a good recipe for a pot luck. Give it a shot. As long as you aren't thinking authentic Texas, you'll probably like it.
Jan. 8, 2013 12:05 am
DH cooks brisket 9 hrs on the large smoker.I can't cook on the smoker,don't how to increase or decrease cooking heat.We take big briskets and freeze large chunks for the freezer.Great for lunches.I thaw out the freezer chunks,over boiling water.Leave foil on pkg. and put in large baking pan,and put over rack.Don't get in water and let steam.Great to have on hand.
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Growing up, my folks owned a restaurant. I loved to cook with my Dad. These are some of my fondest memories of spending time with him. He always made us each order a different dish when we went out to eat. We would then have a sample of whatever every one else was eating. It was OK if you didn't like it but you had to at least try it. Ahhh, those were the days. Now I am a nurse. I live on a farm and in my spare time I love to cook, quilt and raise bees. I love having fresh honey, farm raised beef and our own vegetable garden. Life is good!
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In the summer, I love to grill outdoors. During the winter, I like making soups, stews, roasts and just about anything that catches my eye. I am always trying new recipes. I'd love to have a large area to entertain friends and family, but my cozy little kitchen will seat 6 comfortably and 8 if we suck in our bellies and don't eat too much!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always loved cooking for Christmas when my grandmother was still alive and all of the Aunts, Uncles and Cousins would come over. There is something about 10 women in a kitchen catching up on all of the family news and reminiscing about the old days that is just amazing.
My cooking triumphs
Thanksgiving turkey the first year I was married to my husband was a triumph. Mostly because I made it and then hauled it to another house several miles down the road and it was still delicious. I've also mastered pretzel bread and Canadian Cheese Soup from Le Cellier at Disney. (The last two recipes are my husband's favorite!)
My cooking tragedies
Those will go with me to my grave!
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