Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I'm baaaaack!

It's been more than 3 years since by last post. 3. years. I'm still crocking...I just haven't been blogging about it. My crock pot does NOT hide in the summer. In fact, it's been on the kitchen counter since you all helped me win it during (now defunct) DinnerTool's recipe contest!

So...what have I been up to since August 14th, 2014? So many things. The "new" mini-me will be 3 in December. I did have gestational diabetes and weird food aversions and it's absolutely crazy to realize that this is my first blog post during her time on the outside! The original little helper is now 7 and doesn't like crocked chicken. Or pork. Or beef. Or anything, really. *sigh* This pickiness is just a phase, right? RIGHT?

ALSO, in newer news...after living in this house for just shy of 5 years, we are FINALLY remodeling our kitchen. From top to bottom. Every. Single. Thing. is being replaced.

Construction starts on Monday. THIS Monday. And I may or may not be stressing out about it.

SO...I thought you all might like to see what it's like for us to live without a kitchen. I will be relying HEAVILY on my trusty crock pot to get us though the next 4-6 weeks and I have absolutely no idea what I'll be crocking. I'm taking suggestions!

ANNND  I thought you all might like the recipe for what I crocked today. I was going though or fridge and freezer trying to cook things that I won't be able to do come Monday and I came up with this. It might sound/look a *little* familiar. But not exactly.


"Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac & Cheese" (6 quart pot)

~1 lb shredded chicken
~1 cup Frank's Hot Sauce
~Yancey's Fancy Bacon Bacon Cheese Sampler  = 1/4 lb bacon cheddar, 1/4 lb bacon ranch cheddar, 1/4 lb jalapeño with bacon, and 1/4 lb smoked gouda with bacon
~1 1/2 c uncooked elbow pasta
~2 c milk
~2 T butter, melted
~1 C Italian breadcrumbs

Spray crock pot with Pam
Add pasta, milk, and cheese and mix well
Brown chicken
Add hot sauce and mix well
Add chicken to crock pot and mix everything well
Mix butter and breadcumbs and mix well
Spoon mixture on top of crock pot mixture
Cover and cook on low for 3 hours

Delicious.

Are you surprised? I made Kraft mac and cheese for the kids because we had some and we're about to lose our ability to boil water, so...yeah.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Still got it.

It is looking more and more likely that I'm going to be diagnosed with gestational diabetes within the week, so I decided I'd crock something that I'm *probably* not going to be able to eat soon.

"Clean Out The Kitchen Mexican Beefy Cornbread Casserole" (6 quart pot)

~1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
~3/4 c ketchup (This is a guess. I actually don't know how much I used. I emptied our open bottle and squirted a bit from a new one.)
~2 T dijon mustard
~2 T steak sauce (Again, a guess. We are now out of steak sauce.)
~2 t Worcestershire sauce (Ditto. Adios Worcestershire sauce.)
~1 green pepper, chopped (From the CSA.)
~1/2 c frozen corn

Topping:
~1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
~1/3 c milk
~2 t butter, melted
~1 egg

Mix the first 7 ingredients in crock pot.
Mix the last 4 ingredients in a bowl.
Pour mixture over beefy mixture.
Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

6 servings.
Mmm. This was delicious. I kinda wish I'd been paying more attention to the quantities. Still, I think I'll pat myself on the back for this one. Yum.

Friday, July 25, 2014

An unexpected perk of living down the street from Baltimore.

Sauerbraten is good. REALLY good. I've made it twice. HERE and HERE. Every. Single. Time. I'd go to the grocery store that "doesn't have anything, but is the closest one to our house", I'd see bottles of sauerbraten mix and wonder if it was any good. Welp, wonder no more.

"Easy Sauerbraten...as long as you're currently living near Baltimore, MD." (6 quart pot)

~2 lbs beef cubes
~1 bottle of Mrs. Minnicks Sauerbraten Mix (It's a local thing. AND it has stove top instructions on the bottle, but I converted it all by myself.)
~7 ginger snap cookies, crushed
~egg noodle dumplings, cooked

Dump beef in crock pot.
Pour in sauerbraten mix.
Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
Add crushed cookies and mix well.
Cook for a few minutes. (I cooked it for as long as it took the noodles to cook.)

I served this with baked squash. (From the CSA.)

6 servings.
So tender. So good. So easy. My other half said that it's "frickin' delicious". I'm definitely going to add this to my rotation. (You know, if I had one.)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Yes, please.

I was intrigued by this new BBQ sauce I found at the store, so impulse bought it and it stayed in our pantry for awhile. Mustardy BBQ sauce? Uh...yes, please! Today, I decided to do something quick and easy with it. 

"Mustard BBQ Chicken" (6 quart pot)

~1 (12 oz) jar Pork Barrel's Mustard BBQ sauce
~4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Place chicken in crock pot.
Pour sauce on top.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
Briefly shred chicken with a fork/knife/whatever you have.
When plating, spoon lots of sauce over the chicken.

I served this with rice and corn on the cob. (From the CSA.)

6 servings.
So easy. So good. Perfectly mustardy. Perfectly bbq-y. My other half demanded that I make this more often AND my little helper ate it (with some convincing), so you know I'l be adding this to the rotation. You're welcome.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I like it, I love it.

I love meatloaf for lots of different reasons. Here are 3: It reminds me of my childhood. You can pretty much put anything in it and it'll be delicious. My new spawn seems to want me to eat beef.

"Meatloaf" (6 quart pot.)

~1 lb ground beef
~1/3 c medium chunky salsa (Leftover from our party.)
~1/3 c ketchup
~1 egg
~3/4 c panko breadcrumbs
~aluminum foil
~ketchup

Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl.
Form loaf.
Form 2 aluminum foil handles.
Place meatloaf on top of handles in crock pot.
Cover and cook on low for at least 6 hours.
Cut and serve.
Top with ketchup.

I served this with homemade mashed potatoes and corn on the cob. (Both from the CSA.)

6 servings.
You can't go wrong with meatloaf. Even my little helper ate it. ALL of it. And that (still) never happens. I foresee lots of crocked meatloaves in the next, oh...5 months or so.

Monday, July 14, 2014

How sweet it is.

This recipe has been on my "Must Crock Someday" list for pretty much ever. I finally crocked it the other day...because I realized I had all of the ingredients in the house. 

"Brown Sugar Chicken" (6 quart pot) The original recipe is HERE.

~3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
~1 c brown sugar
~1/4 c Sprite (Leftover from our party.)
~2/3 c vinegar
~3 garlic cloves, smashed (From the CSA.)
~2 T soy sauce
~1 t black pepper

Place chicken in crock pot.
Cover with brown sugar, garlic, soy sauce, and pepper.
Add the vinegar.
Add the soda.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

I served this over a caesar salad. Because we had some.

4 servings.
I knew this was going to be good as soon as I could smell it crocking. It tasted even better. Go make it. Now. I should've doubled tripled it. Nomnomnom.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's cooking...

Yeah, so...I've obviously totally dropped the ball on this whole blogging thing. I dropped it a long time ago, BUT I have a very good reason/excuse for the last few months. Oh, pregnancy, how I've missed you so! Ha! Between the complete exhaustion during the first trimester to the food aversions that happen randomly AFTER I've been crocking something all day? Blogging about what we (or perhaps only my other half) had for dinner just ain't happenin'. Most of the crocks I've some in the last month+ have been easy redos like my buffalo chicken mac and cheese, butter chicken, bbq pork or chicken. Easy things. Things I can just throw into the pot without using any braincells or energy. Luckily, I'm now in the second trimester, so I should (theoretically) be blogging slightly more regularly now. Here's what I crocked today...

"Clean Out The Fridge Roast" (6 quart pot)

~3 lbs boneless chuck roast
~12 oz mild salsa (Leftover from a party we had.)
~1 c chopped mushrooms (from the CSA.)

Place roast in crock pot.
Dump mushrooms on top.
Pour salsa on top.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

I served this with sautéed squash and smashed potatoes. (Both from the CSA.)

6 servings.
This was so easy and so good. All of it. Yum!