Every time fall comes, I crave comfort foods. I make lots of chili, bake pies, and cook up casseroles! Since summer is over, I feel free to use my oven more. One of my favorite comfort foods is pot roast. I remember as a little girl my mom making roast. The meat would sit in the oven for hours, surrounded by potatoes and carrots. She would use the drippings left from the meat to make a tasty gravy to go along with the roast. Yum! When I was single, I learned that I could use a slow cooker to make
I love my slow cooker! When I was single and working full-time, I could put together a meal and let it cook all day as I worked. As soon as I got home, I would smell a wonderful dish ready to eat. What could beat that? I may be a full-time stay-at-home-mom now, but I still rely on my crock pot. In the summer, it is the perfect way to cook a dish without heating the house by using the oven. Am I the only one who avoids using the oven in the summer? When I saw this recipe for
I love the food at Christmas. The cookies, the pies…Yes, I love sweets. But I also enjoy a nice specially made Christmas dinner. Since my husband had to work on Christmas this year and because I have two toddlers, I didn’t want to make anything that would take a lot of my time on Christmas Day. Trying to cook for a couple of hours with children at your feet and no one to distract them can be impossible. I needed to brainstorm. I needed to find a solution. I asked others for their suggestions. I got lots of ideas, but
Growing up, I was not a fan of pork. I didn’t like ham or bacon. In fact, the only way you could get me to eat any pork was with Shake ‘N Bake (which I still love). While I still can’t stand ham, I’ve discovered that bacon isn’t so bad, and there are other ways to eat pork beyond Shake ‘N Bake. A few years ago, just before my wedding, I was introduced to pork tenderloin. I was a guest in someone’s home so I politely ate the pork that was being served. What a surprise! I enjoyed the flavor.
I love using a slow cooker to prepare meals. It is easy, quick, and, most of the time, tasty. We really depend on our slow cooker on busy days and on the Saturday nights when we go to Mass. Recently, I’ve discovered that there are people who have never cooked from a slow cooker. Shocking, right? This next recipe, for Beef Stroganoff, is an easy one for those new to the crock pot (or an old hand). The first thing I did was to season 1 lb of stew meat with some kosher salt and cracked black pepper. Then, I diced up
Balsamic Roast Beef I am in love with my crock pot. It has saved me quite often, especially when I was single. Now that I’m married I think I use it more than I did before. One of my favorite cook books is Fix-It and Forget-It. I go to it often for ideas and quick and easy recipes. However, I am always open to expanding my horizons by finding new crock pot recipes, like the one I tried tonight–Balsamic Roast Beef. As soon as my husband took one bite, he let me know that he liked it. Normally, I have to
I love Mexican food. Anytime I see a recipe for Mexican food, I am likely to pin it, especially if it looks easy. Yesterday, I decided to try a brand new pin (I usually go with older pins first), slow cooker shredded beef tacos. My type of recipe, Mexican and slow cooker. It ended up tasting good, but there are a few things I will tweak in the future. The first thing you need to do is create a rub out of 2 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, and 1/2 tsp smoked paprika. I subbed regular paprika