Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Crock Pot French Dip Roast

It doesn't get any easier and this would be perfect on Super Bowl Sunday!

1 packet Au Jus Mix
1 packet Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix
1 can beef broth
3-4 pound Chuck or rib roast

Put all ingredients into the crock pot and cook for 6-7 hours. MMMMMMM! Enjoy!

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

These are the kind of recipe that the old potato chip ad comes to mind... Betcha can't eat just one!

3 cans whole water chestnuts
1 pound thin sliced bacon

Cut bacon slices into thirds. Wrap a piece of bacon around each chestnut. Hold together by sticking a toothpick through it. Bake at 300° for 20 minutes. Drain off the grease. Mix 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup ketchup. Pour over the cooked bacon chestnuts and heat until sauce is warm. Walk an extra mile tomorrow, enjoy today!

Sausage Mushroom Dip

Being that Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend, I thought that I'd add a few "party" foods to the blog. This is my fun friend, Jamie's, killer dip! Seriously, this stuff is out of this world great! I am craving it just thinking about it!

2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 8 oz. Blocks of softened cream cheese
1 small can of diced chilis
3 green onions chopped
1 soup can of milk (or thin to the consistency you like)
1 can mushrooms
Mix and stir in saucepan or heat in crockpot. Add 1/2 package of Jimmy Dean Sausage, browned, broken up and cooked well. Serve warm with corn chips. (I used my rice cooker to keep it warm because it was handy to reach. It did a great job on the warm setting.) Enjoy!

Linda's White Chili

I'm not a big chili fan but this White Chili is fabulous! How could it not be, it's my friend Linda's recipe! If Linda makes it, it's great!

Season a few large chicken breast with 1 packet of Italian dressing mix, garlic salt and pepper and Crock pot all night. In the morning, add:

2 white onions diced
2 cans white corn
2 cans garbanzo beans
2 cans White Northern Beans
2 cans diced green chilies
1 TLBS Cumin
1 TLBS diced garlic
Chicken bullion powder to taste
garlic salt and pepper

Cook on Medium in the crock pot all day, serve in bowl and sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Crunchy Lemon Bars

I was re-gifted a cook book over the holidays that I've fallen in love with! Here's an example of why! These tasty treats taste a bit like traditional lemon bars, but have the added texture, which we loved!

1 cup uncooked quick oats

1 cup flour

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup butter

1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 Tbsp. grated lemon rind

Preheat oven to 350°. (325°, if using a glass dish.) In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, coconut, nuts, sugar, baking powder and melted butter. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and rind. Pat half the crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9x9" baking pan. (I doubled the recipe and used a jelly roll pan.) In a medium bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk mixture on top and then sprinkle with the remaining crumbs. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool thoroughly before cutting. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Garlic Herbed Crock-put Chicken

Here's a great idea for dinner on a busy day! Simple and quick to put together. Just plan to cook your pasta while setting the table and whipping up a salad and voila! Dinner! You'll love it! (Sorry, still having computer issues, so no pix today!)

1 pkg. McCormick Italian Herb Chicken Seasoning
2 1/2 lbs chicken tenders
8 oz. package sliced mushrooms
2 15 oz. cans Italian Style Stewed Tomatoes
12 oz. pasta

Put chicken into crock pot. Mix the seasonings & stewed tomatoes in a large bowl. Pour that over the chicken then toss mushrooms over the top. Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours depending on your crock pot. Add and toss your pasta of choice into the chicken mix just before serving. Enjoy!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Natalie's Killer Chex Mix!

Seriously, this is the killer treat of all time! I only wish that I could say that it's fat free but with a pound of butter, I'm thinking not. Oh well. Life's too short not to spurge on the diet end every once and a while!

For a huge huge batch.

1 small box of Rice Chex

1 small box corn Chex

3 cups coconut

2 cups cashews or slivered almonds

1 cup craisins (optional)

In a large saucepan, melt:

1 pound butter

2 cups Karo syrup

2 cups sugar.

Bring to a rolling boil and let it continue to boil for three minutes. Remove from heat and add:

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. baking soda

Pour over the chex mix. Toss and mix really well. Store in sealed container after completely cooled. (This fills the big Tupperware Fix and Mix Bowl.) Walk or swim five extra miles today and tomorrow and the rest of the week even though it was gone the first day! Enjoy!