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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Beef Stew

No picture tonight but this is an easy amazing recipe. We LOVED it.
Beef Stew
2 lbs stew meat
1 package beef stew seasoning (I actually used the one from Walmart)
1 cup of wine (I used Merlot)
1 onion
carrots
potatoes
any other veggies you want to use.
Put the pieces of beef in a large ziploc with 1/4 cup of flour. Shake around until stew pieces are covered.
mix seasoning package with three cups of boiling water.
pour water mix and wine into the crock. Mix in veggies and beef. Stir thoroughly.
Cook on low for 8-9 hours.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Creamy Cheese Corn



Happy Thanksgiving!
I am always excited to try new side dishes. I often make ham or turkey during the holidays and my family LOVES my corn bake. I thought why not try something new this year. It was wonderful. Creamy and delicious. Captain, Princess and Little Man all love corn and adding cheese and cream cheese only makes it that much better. My family will eat ANYTHING covered in cheese!

3 packages (16 ounces each) frozen corn
2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
1/4 cup butter, cubed
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons sugar
6 slices process American cheese, cut into small pieces (I used American cheese from the deli not the Kraft stuff. I also threw in some cubes of swiss)
Directions
In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine all the ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until heated through and the cheese is melted. Stir well before serving. This makes a massive amount!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Orange Chicken

I make the recipe all the time in the oven. I thought why not try it in the crock??? It was amazing. A family favorite. So easy and it looks like it was a lot more work when it is done. I serve this when I have friends over or just for my family. It can be eaten over rice or egg noodles and served warm or it even tastes great cold as leftovers.

Captain, Princess and Little Man always ask for orange chicken and eat every bite!

This is ALL you need:
Boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used three) cut up into aprox. 4 pieces per breast.
1/2 jar of jam. I use orange marmalade but have used apricot preserves before too.
1 package of onion soup mix
1/2 bottle of Russian salad dressing

place a little dressing on the bottom of the crock. Add chicken pieces. Put a spoon full of jam on each piece of chicken. Sprinkle onion soup mix on top. Pour the remaining dressing over the top. Cook on low aprox. 3 hours. Pull chicken into little pieces if desired. Serve gravy and chicken mix over egg noodles. YUMMY IN THE TUMMY!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mega Crockolate Chip Cookie


Yes, it is THIS GOOD!

I made this after Princess and the Little man went to bed. Captain is on his second helping as we speak. My Word this is yummy.


5 T butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1/2 cup flour --1 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 t baking powder (omit if using Pamela's)
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
***This is important. I used 1 cup chocolate chips because I did not have any white chocolate ones....this was not the best idea. As tempting as it is do not put in too many chips. They will burn on the edges. Even with this mistake the middle was soo amazing.

spray the inside of your crock stoneware with cooking spray.
mix all ingredients in a bowl, dump into crock
prop open the lid of the crockpot with something to let out the steam. I used a bottle cap.

cook on high for 90 minutes to 3 hours.



the cookie is done when the edges start to turn darker, but the center is still light in color. Test with a knife in the center.
365 Days of Slow Cooking

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Honey Sauced Chicken


Soooo Honey (aka the Captain) LOVED this. My dad LOVED this. Princess and Little Man ate it without complaining (love is solely reserved for mac and cheese and pigs in the blanket). My mom liked it a lot and claimed it was a keeper. I did not like it. There was something about the sauce, I can't put my finger on it but since EVERYONE else liked it, it is a keeper!

Honey Sauced Chicken
The picture above is a double recipe

1 lb chicken (any type you would like, I used drumsticks and boneless skinless breasts because that is what I had)
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (I had a black and red pepper combo so I used that)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup chopped onion
1/8 cup ketchup
1TBS veggie oil
Season both sides of chicken with peppers and garlic salt. Place in bottom of crock. Combine the rest of the ingredients and pour over chicken. Low for 3 hours. (this time will vary depending on what type of chicken you use). Cut up chicken into bite size pieces (I did this for the breasts but left the drumsticks alone) and mix back into sauce. Serve over rice or noodles. I used Jasmine rice. I served with carrots, asparagus and a salad.

*REMEMBER I DOUBLED THIS. 3/4 POUND OF CHICKEN IS NOT A LOT.
Enjoy!
From mmmcafe.blogspot.com (tweeked)