Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

November 11, 2011

One day Vension and then Deer Sausage

We can’t have deer sausage without a deer.


We mix venison and pork 50/50.


Just about finished..


Our deer sausage eaters

and they love’m.

October 31, 2010

No Chop Chili – Receipe from our daughter Kris

Filed under: Grilling (Cooking) — Freddie Keel @ 6:43 pm

If you like a sweet “instant” chili, then you might like this… it requires no chopping, just dumping. brown 2 lbs ground beef and drain.

In pot mix ground beef with: 1 can manwich

1 small can tomato sauce

1 can diced tomatoes w/ onion and peppers (or stewed tomatoes)

1 teaspoon ground red chipolte powder (if you don’t have use hot pepper sauce instead)

2 tablespoons chili powder cook til bubbling then turn down to low for 10 minutes.

Taste and add more chili powder and chipolte to taste.

I tend to go heavy on chili powder. May need salt too.

I like this because I get the peppers and onions in the cans of sauce and tomatoes.

It is not as good as the stuff you chop and make from scratch.

But much better than store bought canned chili. I can have this on the stove simmering in less than 10 minutes with very little kitchen cleanup.



October 12, 2010

Improvised enchiladas

Filed under: Grilling (Cooking) — Freddie Keel @ 7:11 pm


I’ve never been a big fan of heat up / frozen beef taquitos. However, my
friend from Mexico City made this dish and I’m in love. It is cheap and easy.
I can have this ready for oven in less than 15 minutes with zero defrost time.


Improvised enchiladas:
Line a pan with frozen beef taquitos. top with a jar of red salsa. (0r green
Verde sauce if chicken taquitos). then spread shredded cheese on top. Bake
til bubbly. Serve with black beans, avocado and sour cream.

Watch for taquitos to go on sale or grab the large container at sams. For
example, Randall’s has beef taquitos on sale for $6.99 for a box of 60 w/
in-store coupon. They also have cheese on sale and Randalls salsa on sale w/
store coupon. This is an example of how much this would cost…

Serves 4 adults or family of 5 w/ kids

cheese – 1.50
salsa – $1.49
Sour Cream – $1.50
Two large Avocados – $3.00
15 beef taquitos – $1.75
Can of black beans doctored with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, etc. – $.80

So this dish is about $10 and would be a ton of food with little cooking. And
the kids loved it. If you’re not into avocados, then replace with green salad
for about the same cost.

October 2, 2010

Salsa Recipe (This is restaurant style salsa)

Filed under: Grilling (Cooking) — Freddie Keel @ 9:13 pm
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Daddy, Thought I'd pass these recipes along in case you ever want to try them.  Picture
posted on my blog.
 Salsa Recipe (This is restaurant style salsa) 

Boil 4 to 5 tomatoes and 1 to 2 jalapenos until completely soft. (1 jalapeno was
hot enough for me, Denny would have liked it a little hotter) Drain and add to
blender.  Add minced garlic, cilantro, onions, and salt to taste.  Blend to
desired texture. 

I also make my own chips by cutting corn tortillas and frying them.  White or
yellow tortillas will work. 


Guajillo Chile Peppers (dried kind in the bag)
La Vaquita Cheese or Cheddar Cheese
Minced Garlic
Tia Rosa White Corn Tortillas 

Directions for sauce
Remove stem from chile peppers and remove seeds.  (I probably use 10 to 15 chile
Cover peppers with water and boil till soft.
Drain most water and put in blender.
Add gallic and salt to taste.
Blend and use metal strainer to strain mixture into bowl. 

Preparing the enchiladas
Crumble LaVaquita cheese or grate cheddar cheese.
Have paper towels laid out to lay cooked tortillas.
Have skillet with olive oil hot and ready.
Dip tortilla in sauce.
Put sauce covered tortilla in hot skillet, turn on both sides, then lay on paper
towel. (This is very messy!!)
Roll cheese into tortilla and add to baking dish.
Once you have as many enchiladas as you want completed, add some sauce to dish
and top with cheese.
Cook in oven.  LaVaquita cheese does not melt, you are just warming it.  Cheddar
Cheese will melt.

May 12, 2010

Tadpole’s Mexican Casserole

Filed under: Grilling (Cooking) — Freddie Keel @ 7:53 pm

You might want to try this delicious mexican dish.

Brown one pound of ground meat with sliced onion.  Add black pepper, salt and garlic salt.

Once ground meat is cooked, mix with 15 oz can of Wolf Brand Chili and one can of Pinto Beans.

Drain liquid from Pinto Beans.

Stir until mixed.  Add 1/4 cup of mild Salsa and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Continue to mix.

Take some flour tortillas and tear into small pieces.  Mix these thoroughly.  Finally, add one

flour tortilla to top of mixture, mashing gently down until covered with juices of mixture.

Then sprinkler shredded cheese on top.  Put lid on cooking container and cook at 350* for about 45 minutes.

Serves six to eight.

May 1, 2010

Today was day for making deer sausage for grand kids

Filed under: Grilling (Cooking) — Freddie Keel @ 7:07 pm

It’s 6am and time to cut up pork,  pork fat and deer meat.  Total weight is about 50 pounds of which consist of pork 19#,  pork fat 6# and deer meat 22#.

All meat has been cut into small chunks, sausage seasoning applied and now is the time to grind the meat.

And now time to stuff the sausage into casings.

At 8am the meat is on the cooker, ready to be cooked for about seven hours at about 175*.

Just about ready after six hours of cooking.  Oak wood provides the indirect heat and smoke.

Once fully cooked, I wash each link to remove any foreign matter and then they go into refrigerator over night.  Next day they go in the freezer after I bag them in quart zip locks.

And finally, they’ll be transported to the grand kids.

March 3, 2010


Filed under: Fishing & Hunting,Grilling (Cooking) — Freddie Keel @ 9:06 pm

We recently took a couple bags of fresh fish to daughter Jill.  The catfish were trimmed of fat and red meat.  And were cut into small pieces.   And what do we get in return, a photo of the cooked fish and hush puppies.  Boy they look good.  I’m thinking grand-daughter Shea Baby and grand-son Lukie could eat this entire platter.

February 28, 2010

smoked chickens for the grand kids

Filed under: Grilling (Cooking) — Freddie Keel @ 7:52 pm

After 9am church with mom this morning, I came back home to fire the pit and start the chickens.  These birds have a beer can stuck in their cavity.  No I don’t use 12 beers.  I use one beer for three birds.  They started cooking about 10am and I removed them from the pit about 6:30pm.  Hopefully they are fully cooked.   However warming them when ready to eat, should have them fully cooked.


February 11, 2010

cooking for grand kids

Filed under: Grilling (Cooking) — Freddie Keel @ 7:55 pm

April 17, 2009

dough boy

Filed under: Family,Grilling (Cooking) — Freddie Keel @ 3:10 pm
cookie dough kid

cookie dough kid

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