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Monday, September 24, 2012

Beer and Potato Chowder

This was delish.  I often find potato soup to be a little bland.  The beer made such a difference and really added a kick and a unique flavor that I loved.  A lot depends on the beer you use...I used Stella Artois.  Enjoy

3lbs potatoes peeled and quartered
1 12 ounce beer of your choice
1 12 ounce chicken broth/stock
1 cup chopped carrots
1 tbs garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1 block cream cheese
crumbled bacon
shredded Cheddar (optional)

Place the potatoes and carrots in the crock with the beer and broth.  Add the garlic and salt and pepper.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until potatoes are tender.  Mash potatoes to your liking.  Add cream cheese and cook on low until thoroughly mixed....make sure you stir every once in a while.  I did this for about 30 minutes.  Garnish with bacon and cheese.  Enjoy.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Apple Pork Loaf

Continuing in my quest to use all of the apples from the orchard I came up with the recipe and it was really moist and tasty.  I served it with veggies and apple sauce. 
Princess gave this one a big thumbs up!

1 pound ground pork
1/2 cup plum sauce (in the Asian aisle)
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 green pepper chopped
1 small onion chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 apple grated with skin on
1 egg

Mix all of the above in a bowl with your hands.  Form into a loaf...make sure it is really mixed together so the loaf does not fall apart.  Line crock with tin foil on bottom.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until juice runs clear.  Enjoy!

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Since this blog was started as a way for me to keep track of recipes I tried from other sites and recipes I came up with on my own.  Sort of like and online cook book.  I came across a recipe that was amaze balls.  Perfect just as it is.  It is here:   I love this site and often try things from there and make little adjustments.  The only thing I added to this recipe was some bacon bits.  We love bacon over here.  Anyway, ALL of the critics loved this dish.  Enjoy.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Butternut Squash Soup

Well, our Butternut Squash in our garden has taken off so I have been searching for recipes for Squash.  I also was able to use the onion from the garden.  The soup was really good.  I love love soup (especially when pregnant for some reason) and this did not let me down.  The flavor was fantastic.  I followed the recipe exactly.  Perfecto soup for fall!

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1   medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 butternut squash (2 lb), peeled, cubed
2 cups water 
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves                                           
1/4  teaspoon ground black pepper 
1/8  teaspoon ground red pepper 
4   chicken bouillon cubes                                          
1  package 8 ounce cream cheese cubed                                          
  • 1 In 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender.
  • 2In 3- to 4-quart slow cooker, mix onion and remaining ingredients except cream cheese.
  • 3 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours.
  • 4 In blender or food processor, place one-third to one-half of mixture at a time. Cover; blend on high speed until smooth. Return mixture to slow cooker. Stir in cream cheese. Cover; cook on Low heat setting about 30 minutes longer or until cheese is melted, stirring with wire whisk until smooth.
from good old Betty Crocker!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Apple Cobbler

Well it is apple time again!  I am so excited.  The season came a little early this year which is fine by me.  I went to the orchard and got a a few pecks of apples (Zestars and Macs) and immediately went to town.  I canned a ton of apple sauce (the recipe is on this blog) and apple pie filling.  Today I made an apple cobbler which was fantastic.  I got the recipe from 365 days of slow cooking and tweeked it a little.  It was easy and the Little man, Princess and the Captain all enjoyed it.  Enjoy!

2 lbs cooking apples (usually a tart variety), peeled and sliced (about 6 med apples)
2/3 c old-fashioned oats
2/3 c flour
2/3 c packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter
**I added 1/4 cup of dried cranberries (this adds a pop of tart flavor)
**I added 1/2 tsp of fresh lemon juice.

1. Add sliced apples to slow cooker. Mix with lemon juice and dried cranberries.
2. Combine oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg in medium mixing bowl. Cut in softened butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
3. Cover slow cooker with paper towels (2 or 3 thick). Place lid firmly over paper towels (towels will absorb some of the condensation). Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours, until apples are soft.  Serve with ice cream!