When I was in college, I was dating a special guy. His birthday was coming up, and I asked him what his favorite meal was. His answer was Beef Stroganoff. Even though classic Russian Stroganoff had been popular in the U.S. since the 1950’s, I had never eaten it much less cooked it. Well, it was long before the days of computers and checking online for recipes. I, of course, went to my favorite place, the library, and found a recipe there. My fellow had a surprise birthday meal of Beef Stroganoff which included the classic ingredients of sour cream, mushrooms, onions, pasta, and steak, and I discovered a new dish I loved.Read More
Many of you may think that a slow cooker is great tool for hot meals in the winter. When you think of the summer, you think cool, simple meals like salads, barbecue, and hamburgers. Actually a slow cooker or crock-pot is a perfect summer-cooking tool. Because it cooks low and slow, you avoid turning on the oven and heating up the house. You spend more time out of the kitchen and enjoying the day. There’s no denying that the humble slow cooker is an excellent way to make “set it and forget it” types of meals. You can cook large meals in a slow cooker, plus you can even batch-cook and freeze uneaten items to consume at a later date.Read More
I love the ease of slow cooker meals. Today’s recipe is a tasty pork chop recipe. Put it on low for 5 hours and the meat is tender and falling apart. The sauce is so tasty. I like it with rice and broccoli, but it works well with baked potatoes or mashed potatoes too.Read More
We’re in the depths of winter, and it’s time for some serious comfort food. My first thought is soups and stews. One of the easiest and heartiest meals, Beef Barley Soup with vegetables is even better when made in a crock pot. It’s filled with tender beef, hearty vegertables, and plump barley. You spend so little time for such a wonderful filling meal. Put it on and leave it alone while you do something else. Add crusty bread or rolls and dinner is served.
This Pineapple Chicken is healthy, sweet, tangy, and easy to make. You probably already have many of the ingredients in your pantry. During the holiday season you are busy with so much to do. Put this on and in 5 hours on low dinner is almost ready. Serve with rice and a salad. I prefer brown rice, and it has so much more fiber and nutrition. I have family who do not like it. Brown rice has a nuttier and chewier taste because of the bran, and I like that. The choice is yours or you could opt for cauliflower rice or quinoa.
Autumn is pumpkin time in every sense of the word. Because it is crammed full of antioxidants, many of us believe that pumpkin can help to corral free radicals. To explain, free radicals allow certain kinds of cancer to quickly multiply and spread. Tests revealed that those who regularly consume foods containing alpha and beta carotene had a lower risk of contracting throat, pancreas, stomach and breast cancer. It make sense to try adding pumpkin to other foods to increase their nutritional value. Of course, they also make everything taste good. Last week I shared a black bean soup with pumpkin.
When I think of fall, I think of a new crop of luscious apples. I like all apples, but my favorite all around apple is the Gala. They are crisp and sweet and one of the best for apple sauce, pressing for cider, salads, and just eating it for a small dessert. Today we’re adding apples and red onions to a slow cooker roast beef for the sweet tart flavor that hits the spot. Now that’s the way to start the new autumn season.
January is a cold month even here in Florida. Cold weather always makes me crave comfort food filled with vegetables, broth, and protein. I just love a single pot meal. Today I’m using a crockpot to make stewed chicken. If you are wondering what the difference is between chicken soup and chicken stew, the main difference is the amount of liquid versus the ingredients. In soup your ingredients are usually floating in the broth while the hearty stew is filled with chunks of vegetables and meat with some broth. Often when I plan on making chicken soup, it is in reality a stew.