Feb 232015
 

I like making this recipe ahead and tossing it in the freezer for later. I even freeze the rolls if it’s going to be a short enough time before I make it.

Freezing instructions are at the end. I highly suggest a Foodsaver for freezing. It vacuums out the air and prevents frost and freezer burn.

Regular Ziplock freezer bags and a straw work well, too. I’ve had to use that method recently since my Foodsaver isn’t working correctly anymore.

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Sandwiches
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds ground pork
  2. 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
  3. 1 1/2 cup chopped onion
  4. 1 8-oz can pizza sauce
  5. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  7. 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  10. 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  11. 1 Tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  12. hard rolls
  13. 3 to 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Brown ground pork and drain well. Transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, onion, pizza sauce, garlic, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, fennel, Italian seasoning and hot pepper sauce.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Fill hard rolls with pork mixture and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.
Notes
  1. Freeze Ahead:
  2. You can have fresh Italian Pork Sandwiches anytime by freezing. Just cook the pork and cool. Mix the rest of the ingredients (not the rolls and cheese of course) and freeze in a Foodsaver or gallon bag. Make sure to get all the air out of the bag you can before freezing.
  3. When you’re ready to make Italian Pork Sandwiches, thaw until the mixture fits in your slow cooker. I try to freeze it so that it fits right out of the bag. Cook on high for 1 hour, then turn it to low for 7-9 additional hours. I forgot to cook it on high for an hour the last time I made it, but it was fine after 9 hours cooking it straight from frozen.
  4. Make sure to taste the mixture as soon as it’s hot. If the spices have dulled in the freezer, try adding a pinch or two of additional spices until it tastes like it should.
  5. And don’t forget the hard rolls and mozzarella cheese!
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Feb 162015
 

Cherry chocolate cookies! These easy cookies taste a lot like chocolate cherry cordials especially when they’re warm. I had to stop myself from eating them all before I could even glaze them.

You could try dipping half of the cookie into the glaze for a different look. Even if you slop the glaze around like I did, they end up looking artistic. I’m not adept at doing fancy things with glazes or icings, but I was pleased with the way they turned out. 

 

Cherry Cordial Cookies
Yields 36
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Ingredients
  1. 1 package cherry cake mix
  2. 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  5. Glaze:
  6. 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  7. 3 Tablespoons shortening
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°
  2. In large bowl combine cake mix, butter or margarine and eggs. Mix well. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
  3. Drop by rounded spoonfuls on ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost set. Cool slightly on cookie sheet before removing to wire rack. Cool completely.
  5. Drizzle with glaze and allow to set.
Notes
  1. Glaze:
  2. In small bowl microwave mini chocolate chips and shortening for 45 seconds. Stir. If needed, microwave an additional 15 seconds or until melted and smooth when stirred. Use immediately.
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Feb 092015
 

This nice and easy side dish compliments a variety of entrees. I like making herbed potatoes with recipes that take a lot of time to prepare. The potatoes cook in the slow cooker while making the main dish.

Red potatoes are pretty, but any kind will do. I’ve used regular baking potatoes, gold potatoes or whatever I had on hand. I’ve also replaced the herbs with Italian seasoning when accompanying an Italian main dish.

Slow Cooker Herbed Potatoes
Serves 6
This nice and easy side dish compliments a variety of entrees. I like making herbed potatoes with recipes that take a lot of time to prepare. The potatoes cook in the slow cooker while making the main dish.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds small red potatoes
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup olive oil
  4. 3 Tablespoons snipped parsley
  5. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  6. 2 Tablespoons snipped chives
  7. 1 Tablespoon snipped basil
  8. Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash potatoes and peel a strip around the center of each potato. Place potatoes in slow cooker and add water.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or until tender. Drain well.
  3. In saucepan heat olive oil with parsley, lemon juice, chives and basil. Pour mixture over potatoes and toss until thoroughly coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Notes
  1. Don't have fresh herbs on hand? Dried herbs work just fine. Make sure to crush dried herbs to help release their flavor
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Feb 022015
 

Super soft! A family favorite!

My husband isn’t a big fan of sweets and this is the only cookie he actually asks me to make.

I rarely have pumpkin spice, but the spices can be replaced with 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice if you’d prefer. I like the extra cinnamon myself, but both ways taste good to me.

Pumpkin Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter or margarine
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup pumpkin
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  6. 2 cups flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 1 teaspoon allspice
  11. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  12. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  13. 1/2 cup raisins or dates (optional)
  14. 1/2 cup desired nuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla.
  3. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir in raisins or dates and nuts.
  4. Drop on greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
Notes
  1. You can use parchment paper instead of greasing the cookie sheet. Especially helpful to keep the bottom of the cookies from turning too brown on an age-darkened cookie sheet.
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