My toughest critics

My toughest critics

Monday, December 26, 2011

Mac and Cheese...PLEASE!

Hands down a kid favorite and easy. The kids liked it so much they did not even notice that it was not the neon orange color of their beloved Kraft. This was easy and tasted so real and delish. It really is how mac and cheese should taste.

How the flavor turns out depends on your cheese. I used shredded cheddar (sharp) and some Asiago. You can use any variety but the strong flavors really make this dish.

1 pound macaroni noodles (uncooked)
4 cups of milk
2 eggs
5 cups of shredded cheese (mix and match whatever you like)
1t salt
1t pepper
1t dried mustard

spray the inside of the crock with cooking spray....spray it good.
wisk eggs and milk and spices together. Add cheese and noodles. Mix thoroughly. Add to crock. Cook on low for 1.5-2.5 hours until noodles are done. It will look a little soupish....let sit for 10 minutes until firm serve and SMILE.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Hot Buttered Rum

We had a Christmas party at our house last night and I served these with dessert. They seemed to be a hit. I had two mugs full and really enjoyed them! This recipe makes A LOT! If serving after dinner when people are pretty full, I may cut it in half.

Great for Holiday gatherings! My house smelled fantastic all afternoon.

Captain absolutely LOVED these!
3 cups brown sugar
2/3 cups of butter
1 pinch of salt
3 quarts HOT water
5 cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves
3 cups Rum
whip cream

Combine the butter, sugar, cloves, cinnamon, salt and butter together in crock. Make sure water is hot before adding. Stir until butter completely melted. Cook on low for 5 hours stiring once in a while. Add Rum, cook on low aprox.15 minutes more. Ladle from crock into mugs and serve with whip cream and nutmeg.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

One Pot Chicken and Rice Casserole

Is anyone else slightly grossed out by cream of whatever soup? Don't get me wrong, I use it and I love the flavor but I happened to read the back of the can last week and was a bit frightened. I found a great recipe where I could make my own cream....not butter or chemicals and very little fat. It was delicious and an entire meal in one crock. Makes this working mom really really happy!

Chicken and Rice Casserole

3-4 chicken breasts (bone in) you could use any chicken pieces you have.
1.5 cups of rice (any type, I had a basmanti long grain blend)
1.5 cups chicken broth
1.5 cups of milk (low fat is best)
3/4 cup flour
1 package of mushrooms
1 small yellow onion diced
1/2 tsp onion powder ( I would use 1 tsp)
1/2 tsp red pepper blend (or 1/4 black pepper and 1/4 cheyenne pepper)

In a sauce pan stir 1/2 cup of milk and all of the chicken broth. Stir until starting to boil. In a separate bowl whisk together remaining milk and flower until totally blended. Add slowly flour mixture to chicken broth mixture. Stir until it starts to boil again. Remove from heat and let cool. This will get very creamy much like cream of whatever soup. Spray the inside of the crock. Add rice (uncooked) and spices and mushrooms and onions. Mix cream mixture with the rice mixture in the crock. Add chicken pieces on top. IMPORTANT-season chicken pieces with salt and pepper or Lawrys or whatever you fancy. Cook on loy for 6-7 hours. Remove chicken, stir rice...if standing liquid remains let cook on low without top for 15 minutes. Place chicken back on top and serve.
Only thing I will do differently next time is use a harder rice like wild rice or brown rice. Basmanti was a bit mushy but still awesome.

Recipe from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Wing it" meat loaf

I was running late for work, the Internet at my house was down and all I had was some defrosted ground beef. I had cut out an amazing recipe for crock cheesie meatloaf that I wanted to make but never made it to the grocery store. Hmmmmmm, what is a working mom to do? I did something I have always wanted to do....I cooked out of my pantry with only what I had and it turned out great. I may like this recipe the best out of all the meatloaf recipes I have.

2 lbs ground beef
3TBS Worcester sauce
1TBS salt
1TBS pepper
a little Italian seasoning (probably a teaspoon or two)
1/2 cup cut up cooked broccoli(I had this leftover from the night before...I cut it very small so it would not be recognized by Princess or Little Man)
1/2 cup cubed or shredded cheese any kind (I had a little cheddar in a block and some shredded Parmesan)
1 cup bread crumbs
1 beaten egg
smash all of the above together and mix thoroughly. Form into a loaf. Line the bottom of your crock with foil. Place loaf on top. Cook on low for 6 hours. After 4 squirt ketchup on top and cook for the remaining two hours. This was so good....really it was.
Of course my camera was not charged, it was seriously one of those days, so the pic below is the best I could do for meatloaf. :)