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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 have 270+ followers?!?!

I was just messing around on my blog tonight and adding a little ‘Yelp’ review button so people can see my restaurant, etc. reviews over there and I was shocked to discover I have that many followers to my blog!  Super excited am I!!!

I am going to have to get more serious as I see that my little blog-that-could which I started to give recipe tips to my friend Jenny now far more readers that I expected.

Tonight, BTW, I made more Slap Yo Mama Chili in the Crock Pot – Winter is just made for Crock pots – don’t you think?  It was raining today and chilly outside and this just seemed like the thing to do.

Refresher on recipe –

1 T olive oil with 3-4 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 chopped red onion, 1t curry powder, 1T slap yo mama spice, 1t cocoa powder, dash S&P, pinch of crushed red pepper, 1T balsamic vinegar – let that all cook and get hot for a little bit and then add 1 lb ground beef (87/13 works great) until it starts to change color and then 1 can each of Northern White Beans and Dark Kidney Beans (both drained AND rinsed) along with about 1/2 cup stock – I used homemade veggie – and 1 LG can each of tomato sauce and petite diced tomatoes

Let that all cook for about 2-3 hours on high and 1-2 hours on low and then serve – YUM!

We had this for dinner and you can always (just like my husband, Wes) add some sriacha sauce for extra heat or sour cream or yogurt to minimize the hot.

Snow Day Chili!

We are snowed in here in GA.  There is about 7 inches on the ground and we are now getting sleet and icy rain.  No one is really out on the highways and there are no planes flying anywhere.  What better solution than to make some yummy chili?!

-diced celery and onion with some chopped garlic with a little olive oil in the crock pot

-added ‘Slap Ya Mama’ cajun seasoning, chili powder, salt, crushed red pepper, cocoa powder, bay leaves, a little ginger, and some white wine

-2lb ground beef, 1 large can crushed tomatoes, half can chicken stock, 1 small can black beans – partly drained

It is in there cooking – I will add a little more chili powder later if necessary and then some fresh chopped cilantro towards the end.  Going to let that cook for about 6 hours today!

Yum and photos to be added later!

Crock Pot Magic Meatballs

We had our holiday party for work today and all the properties got together.  Each person was to bring a dish and I decided to make something pretty easy and yummy – BBQ Meatballs in the Crock Pot!

I start with Bone Suckin Sauce – now, this sauce is pretty much only sold in NC, but I have found it in GA at the Fresh Market in Dunwoody.  It is more vinegar vs. tomato and has a little tang to it.  Yum-tastic.

So, last night got things all ready and (of course) cooked the meatballs all night.  I think this could be my new ‘go to’ potluck food as I don’t have to really bake it and heat up the house and THEN the crock pot travels, which is just MAGIC!  Heating the house up this time of year isn’t a big deal but the summer is a different story.

I mixed 2 lbs ground beef (85/15, but I would recommend a little leaner for next time), 1 lb ground turkey, 1 egg, 1 cup oatmeal, 3 cloves crushed garlic, 1/2 cup tomato sauce/crushed tomatoes, s&p, crushed red pepper (which I used) or a few dashes of hot sauce (your pick), 1/4 cup bbq sauce – mix all that together.

In the meantime, put the rest of the jar of sauce in the crock pot with 1 cup tomato sauce, about a 1/4 cup red wine, about a 1/4 cup white vinegar or cider vinegar (I used white, didn’t have the cider around) – then rolled the meatballs into about 1 inch balls and dropped them in the sauce.  Turned the crock pot on high and let her go for 6-8 hours.

Didn’t take a photo of this, but I will do so the next time I make them.  Seriously, they are meatballs…I think you all know what they look like! 😉

 

Chili that Jenny wanted, Wine that I wanted

Two nights ago, left work around 5pm b/c I went in around 8am.  Note to self…leaving at 5pm in Atlanta isn’t going to get you home faster.  I left and realized I left my glasses at work..Wes said go back, I said no thanks.  I then called Jenny and (as it was dusk) she could relate to the whole ‘not being able to see so well’, as she has been in glasses denial until about last week.  Jenny was freezing her ass off getting her tree and some garland – that is 2 stops in the cold in NC for Jenny who hates the cold people, take note!

Talked about what I had made the night before – overnight of course – White Chicken Chili.  Jenny, at this point, lamented that she could be enjoying the chili if I was there but that I could also be enjoying the wine she was drinking in Charlotte while I was STILL in Atlanta traffic.  Jenny was planning on enjoying some ravioli from Trader Joe’s – ain’t nothing wrong with that!

I haven’t made this chili in quite some time, so I kind of ‘winged’ the recipe:

Saute 1/2 a white onion, chopped with about 3-4 garlic cloves and some chopped jalapenos or green chilis – throw those babies in depending on how spicy you like things

Then add:

4 cups chicken stock (homemade…but of course) 🙂

4 chicken thighs (you can also use chicken breasts, but I didn’t have any of those around)

2 cans white corn, drained

2 cans white beans – I used white pinto (I know…who knew?) and white northern beans

About a half a bag of frozen spinach from the freezer – just found that and threw it in for color

Ground Cumin, Ground Coriander, Some ground Red Pepper, White Pepper, Salt

I pulled the chicken out after about 2-3 hours and removed it from the bone and put it back in.  Now, you could also do this with ground turkey-about a pound

I let it cook overnight…

Turned it off in the AM and put it in the fridge and then skimmed the fat off when I got home and reheated in the microwave in bowls

Served it with tortilla strips (you can crush up tortilla chips), shredded Monterrey Jack cheese, and a dollop of sour cream – Wes added a little Sriacha – loving the Rooster Sauce!

Had it again for dinner tonight – YUM!