Life on Regal-Hill: March 10, 2010

Well, we survived the tremendous snowstorm here at Regal-Hill. I hope you did too. I really had it easy. I didn’t have to shovel any snow and I didn’t have to go out in the cold, so I guess I had it made. Nor did I have to use the tractor to plow out the driveway or in front of the shed. The shed turned out to be a bit of a problem since it has a metal roof and the snow slides off it when it wants to, not when you want it to. As a result the snow had to be plowed or moved in front of the doorway several times before it was cleared for good. There was also the danger that it would decide to slide off when someone was there, either on the tractor or just to close the doors. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
I can’t remember ever getting three feet of snow in one storm before. George does remember though because the town hired him along with some other area young men to shovel out some of the snow ahead of the plow on one of the town roads that includes quite a hill. Otherwise the plow couldn’t have gotten through. Now I still don’t know why the same road hasn’t been plowed by the town 50 years later. They certainly have much more modern trucks and other snow removal equipment such as a grader or backhoe.
We do have pictures of big snows in the past, but I don’t remember them as being this huge, maybe two feet of snow, but that is all.
We are so thankful we didn’t get the wind that had been forecast, nor did we lose power. Those two factors made a big difference being able to cope with the mountains of snow. Also, the roofs were able to take the weight of the snow as well. George did pile the manure, a good location had been selected that was near the road but far away from the brook. Now though, it will have to be rehandled again in the spring when it is spread on the fields.
It is also great that the sun has been coming out during the day to warm up the air so the snow is melting underneath slowly so as to diminish the concern for flooding. It seems like once the water gets to the streams there shouldn’t be any danger of flooding since the stream banks are so much wider than they used to be so can accommodate more water.
All and all, we were very fortunate and grateful. I hope you are also.
St. Patrick’s Day will be here soon. Have you any idea what you will serve your family on that day? If you are tired of corned beef and cabbage or would like a recipe for using leftover corned beef, I hope these recipes will be of help to you. Try them and see.

Irish Beef ‘n’ Carrot Stew
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 2-1/2-inch pieces
2 medium onions, chopped
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1-1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck steak, cut into strips
1/2 teaspoon chopped basil
2/3 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon honey
2/3 cup additional beef broth
Mashed or boiled potatoes
Place carrots in a greased shallow 2-qt. baking dish. In a skillet, sauté onions in oil for 5 minutes or until tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer onions to dish.
In a resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat; reserve flour mixture. In the same skillet, brown meat in oil on all sides. Transfer to baking dish.
Stir reserved flour mixture into oil; cook and stir over medium heat for one minute or until thickened. Stir in honey and additional broth, return to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour over beef. Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 1-1/2 hours or until beef is tender. Serve with potatoes.
Yield: 4-6 servings
Taste of Home’s Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook 2003

The Reuben Sandwich
Prepare the grilled classic with slices of leftover corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese on rye bread.

The Reuben Quesadilla
Layer thinly sliced corned beef, drained sauerkraut, a drizzle of Thousand Island dressing and shredded Swiss cheese on a large four tortilla. Top with second tortilla. Cook in heated nonstick skillet over medium heat until first side is lightly browned. Carefully turn to brown other side and melt cheese. Cut into wedges.
Country Folks March 10, 2003