Monthly Archives: June 2012

Have I mentioned I love the Crock Pot?

A crock pot is a superb invention.  These things have been around since the 70’s (natch) and have been making life simple for all of us for 40+ years!

I took Dolores to the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market when she was here about 2 weeks ago.  While I heart YDFM, this other market has an ENTIRE European Section complete with deli and bakery AND they have Curry Ketchup for currywurst, which is a magical delight I ate my weight in in Germany.

So – the meat here is lots of specific cuts to Korean and Latino and Asian and European cuisines and they had stew beef which was gorgeous AND cheap – so I bought 2 packs to freeze.

Took the stew beef and cut it into about 1-2 inch cubes and coated them in plain flour, so there would be a ‘thickening agent’ in the crock pot, and put them in the pre-heated crock pot with about 1 T of olive oil and about 3-4 crushed garlic cloves.

 

 

 

 

Then I put in about 4 cups of chicken stock, 1 cup red wine, S&P, 4-5 thickly sliced peeled carrots, 4-5 large diced red potatoes potatoes (skin on), and 1 onion (chopped large), covered it and let that cook overnight (about 8 hours) on LOW.

 

 

 

 

 

When it was done in the AM (and it smelled SO GOOD to wake up to!) I stirred in about 1/2 cup of sour cream (you could also use plain yogurt), tasted it, added a bit more S&P and let it cool while I got ready for work and put it in the fridge for later for dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

For you vegetarians out there, you could just do the veggies and vegetable stock for about 2 hours on low and still add some yogurt or sour cream to have some good ‘stewed’ vegetables.

Seems odd to have stew in the summer, but I think ANYTHING made in the crock pot makes life easier and it just SO HAPPENED I didn’t get home until about 7:15 from work, so a dinner that was already prepared was super convenient!

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I clearly suck at blogging

Hey Jenny! Look what I made!

In order to ‘BE’ a blogger, you have to blog more than once a month…right?  I am not very good at this right now.  I have been doing South Beach diet for a few weeks and I assure you, nothing exciting and ‘blog-worthy’ about that!  You just pretty much eat egg whites and salad with tuna or chicken or fish.  I can make that exciting…but only so much!

I did make some yummy turkey cabbage rolls.  I froze the cabbage and peeled it off after I thawed it (SUPER NEATO trick from Dolores!) and then I used ground turkey with garlic, basil, s&p, wine, little bit of mustard, balsamic vinegar, grated mozzarella cheese, diced tomatoes, and some oatmeal.  I wrapped it up in the cabbage and then cooked it in a pot on low heat with tomato sauce (which also had balsamic and garlic in it) for about an hour…

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I clearly suck at blogging

In order to ‘BE’ a blogger, you have to blog more than once a month…right?  I am not very good at this right now.  I have been doing South Beach diet for a few weeks and I assure you, nothing exciting and ‘blog-worthy’ about that!  You just pretty much eat egg whites and salad with tuna or chicken or fish.  I can make that exciting…but only so much!

I did make some yummy turkey cabbage rolls.  I froze the cabbage and peeled it off after I thawed it (SUPER NEATO trick from Dolores!) and then I used ground turkey with garlic, basil, s&p, wine, little bit of mustard, balsamic vinegar, grated mozzarella cheese, diced tomatoes, and some oatmeal.  I wrapped it up in the cabbage and then cooked it in a pot on low heat with tomato sauce (which also had balsamic and garlic in it) for about an hour or so – YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

and I made some YUMMY pork tenderloin with a lemon zest, rosemary, garlic ‘crust’ that you bake at about 500 degrees for about 12 minutes a pound per side

 

 

 

 

 

So I will try and be more ‘blogger friendly’ and post more than once every 2 months…..I know I have ‘tens’ of followers who want to know what we are eating on a daily (or at least weekly) basis! 🙂