Saturday, May 1, 2010

Ellen cooks Parmesan Meatloaf

Parmesan Meatloaf
1 lb +/- Cordray's ground beef
1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, divided (Ragu is our favorite)
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped onion 
1 egg lightly beaten
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
2.  Mix meat, 1/4 spaghetti sauce, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup of the cheese, onion, egg and seasoning.
3.  Shape into loaf in 12x8 inch baking dish.  Top with remaining 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce and remaining 2 Tbsp cheese.
4.  Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until cooked through (160 deg.)
I'm sure everyone has a meatloaf recipe, but this one is the best I've tasted!  I've tried cooking meatloaf a couple times since I got married, but never found a recipe I wanted second helpings of.  This one has become a staple at my house because it is a deliciously easy and satisfying meal!  The parmesean cheese gives it a nice flavor without being overwhelming and it is moist without being soggy.  Everyone in my family loves this for dinner, especially the boys.  I can even get my finicky-with-meat 1 year old to eat his fair share!  We occasionally add a few extra spices or a little more cheese, just for a little variety.  So go ahead and give it a try- this meatloaf recipe is perfect for that package of Cordray's ground beef sitting in your freezer!
Happy Cooking!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Yeah, I believe he'd be a nuisance in my yard!

Kenneth got a jump on alligator season with a 12 foot nuisance gator today! This one is going to be a full body mount!

Daniel Postell gave this one his preliminary bath.

End of Turkey Season Special at Cordray's Taxidermy!

Turkey Fan Mount
with beard, feet, & fan

Free engraved name plate
Regularly $95
Mention this blog post before May 15th
and get it for $85! 

Online Applications for Tag Drawing Start Tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Do deer lose their antlers?

YES! We get all kinds of calls during the off season. This is one that we answered just a few weeks ago. Male whitetail deer grow new antlers every year.  The soft velvet antlers we see at the beginning of the season are covered in fast growing tissue that helps form antlers. By the end of August in SC almost all bucks have hardened antlers. Bucks lose their antlers by early winter, sometimes before the end of deer season. By early spring, all bucks are antler free! These lost antlers are called "sheds" and are often found in woods and swamps. Hunters scout for sheds to help them determine buck movement and territories. Keep your eyes open on your next walk and you may find a treasure. But you might want to hurry. Antlers are a favorite diet supplement of mice and squirrels!

Monday, April 26, 2010

FINALLY! Cordray Farms Beef is ready!

I know these cool days and even cooler nights have been great for all of us 2 footed creatures, but it's been slow growing for the 4 legged kind! But it's finally here! We harvested the first 2 cattle this week. I'll be calling the first 16 folks on the waiting list for Cordray Farms Beef Shares after the meat has finished dry aging in about 3 to 4 weeks. We'll set up a pick up appointment or schedule a place and time so we can deliver it to your family.  We expect to be harvesting 2 cattle a week for the next several months, so we hope to be able to meet your needs for beef throughout the summer!
I'd like to thank you all for your patience. Since we grow cows without growth hormones or force feeding on feedlots, we are on a schedule determined by weather, the temperatures, and the appetites of some slow moving relaxed animals!  If you'd like to reserve your Cordray Farms Beef Share, send in your $100 check to the address below. We'll call you when your share's ready for pick up.
Or if you want to reserve a side, send in $200 for reservation. Be sure to always put your phone number on your check, because that's how we'll contact you for pickup.

Please pass this note on to your friends and family! We're excited to finally have BEEF to sell!
Claudia Cordray

Cordray Farms
Cordray's Venison Processing
6708 County Line Rd.
Ravenel, SC 29470