Mar 012016
 

In the spring, as a part of spring cleaning, I make and freeze tons of pasta to save on cooling during the summer. I always freeze several bags with 2 cups of macaroni so I can make this recipe. My little 1.5 quart slow cooker doesn’t heat up the kitchen much, so this gets made often when the temperatures soar.

Consider adding crumbled bacon or ham for a yummy main dish.

Serves 2-4 depending on how much you love macaroni and cheese.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
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Cook Time
2 hr
Cook Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups al dente cooked macaroni noodles
  2. 1 Tablespoon butter or margarine, melted (or 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil instead)
  3. 1 cup evaporated milk
  4. 1 cup shredded cheese
  5. 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Grease 1.5 quart slow cooker with butter, margarine or olive oil.
  2. In a lidded bowl, toss cooked macaroni with butter, margarine or olive oil.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, stir and pour into slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 hours.* Stir every 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. *Not all slow cookers heat the same. It's a good idea to check it at 2 hours and see if the cheese has completely melted into a creamy, not stringing, sauce. If you overcook it, the cheese starts clumping together forming little cheese balls.
  2. You can use any cheese you like. I use a colby and jack mixture most of the time. I've also used Italian blend, Mexican blend, half cheddar and half provolone, but my favorite was sharp smokey cheddar.
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Jan 112016
 

Whenever I grill, I stand outside having fun playing with fire while my wife makes all the side dishes in the house. So, I decided that I wanted to make the side dishes myself on the grill so she could actually have a break from cooking.

This is one of the first sides I tried to go with hamburgers and we liked it so much that I kept making it. We’ve tried different toppings and are anxious to try even more, so let us know if you come up with something good we haven’t tried.

Grilled Cheesy Fries
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Cook Time
27 min
Cook Time
27 min
Ingredients
  1. 14 ounce bag seasoned steak fries
  2. 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
  3. 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  4. 2 Tablespoons sliced green onions
  5. 2 Tablespoons crumbled bacon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high.
  2. Toss fries with melted butter
  3. Tear off two 12 inch sheets of aluminum foil.
  4. Place half the butter tossed fries in the center of each sheet of foil.
  5. Loosely fold foil to make a boat. Leave a big hole at the top so steam can escape.
  6. Place boats on grill over indirect heat. Cover grill and cook for about 25 minutes or until crisp, stirring once.
  7. Top each with 2 ounces of cheese and cook until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes and remove from grill.
  8. Sprinkle with green onions and bacon before serving.
Notes
  1. Other toppings to consider; sour cream, jalapenos, green chilies, monterey jack cheese (instead of or in addition to cheddar), ham, BBQ seasoning, fresh garlic...
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Sep 152015
 

We’ve hit cooler weather a few times over the last few weeks and chili is starting to sound good. I was looking for something a little different when I ran across a recipe for Slow Cooker Salsa Chili. I love salsa, so I thought salsa chili in the crock pot sounded like a wonderful idea. I added a few tweaks of my own and this is what I came up with.

Mild, with a little spice to it, this chili worked for everyone. Not everyone likes hot chili like I do.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chili
Serves 6
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Cook Time
8 hr
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  5. 1 16 ounce jar salsa
  6. 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  7. 2 teaspoons dried cilantro
  8. 1 16 ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  9. shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish (optional)
  10. sliced green onions or chopped red onions, for garnish (optional)
  11. sour cream, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is cooked through. Drain.
  2. In 4 quart slow cooker, combine beef and remaining ingredients except beans and garnishes.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Add beans and stir. Replace cover and cook 5 to 10 minutes longer or until beans are hot.
  5. Top with desired garnishes and serve.
Notes
  1. It's even better when you use homemade ingredients. You can replace the jar of salsa with 2 cups homemade salsa and the can of pinto beans with 2 cups homemade pinto beans, drained and rinsed.
  2. Tortilla chips, cottage cheese, guacamole, sliced black olives, green chiles and jalapenos make great garnishes. I tend switch it up and serve it a little different every time. Honestly, it depends on what I have on hand to what I garnish it with.
  3. Freeze Ahead:
  4. Cook the ground beef with onions and garlic and cool. Mix the rest of the ingredients except beans and garnishes and freeze in a Foodsaver or gallon bag. Make sure to get all the air out of the bag you can before freezing.
  5. When you’re ready to make the chili, thaw until the mixture fits in your slow cooker. I try to freeze it so that it fits right out of the bag in case I forget to take it out of the freezer the day before to thaw. If partially frozen, cook on high for 1 hour, then turn it to low for 7-9 additional hours. If completely thawed, cook for 8 to 10 hours on low.
  6. Don't forget the beans and garnishes!
Adapted from Betty Crocker
Adapted from Betty Crocker
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Aug 112015
 

Sometimes you just need to get something on the table fast. Now and then, more than that I’m not willing to admit, I get distracted and realize at the last minute that I need to get dinner on quick. When those nights happen, I often make this recipe since I keep most of the ingredients on the shelf or in the freezer.

I don’t always have mushrooms around, but if I happen to have some I use them. You can also use canned mushrooms if you prefer.

Fast but hardy, this versatile dish hits the spot when you’re in a pinch.

Easy Cheesy Potato Sausage Skillet
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  2. 1 pound smoked sausage (or your favorite ring sausage variety), sliced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2/3 cup green onions, chopped (optional)
  5. 8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms (optional)
  6. 1 1/2 cups water
  7. 1 cup milk
  8. 1 box scalloped potatoes
  9. 1/2 cup salsa
  10. 12 oz bag frozen broccoli
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in skillet. Cook sausage, garlic, green onions (optional) and mushrooms (optional) over medium high heat until sausage browns.
  2. Add water and milk. Heat to boiling.
  3. Stir in potatoes and sauce mix from boxed scalloped potatoes. Add salsa and mix well.
  4. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Add frozen broccoli and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes and broccoli are tender.
  6. Remove from heat and let stand until sauce thickens.
Notes
  1. This dish is great for using up leftover veggies. Instead of broccoli or in addition to, use leftover zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, green beans or anything you think would taste good with sausage and cheese sauce.
  2. Add a cup of shredded cheddar with the salsa for a more "real" cheese taste.
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Nov 112013
 

One of the most requested meals in our house is the extremely healthy (not) Company Casserole. I’m usually the Italian lover in the house, so I’ve always been a bit confused, but I guess the cheesy goodness is just too hard to resist.

There was a period of around six months when my daughter was about four that she would hardly eat anything. But you stuck a plate of Company Casserole in front of her, she’d eat it all and ask for more. So, I made it often for some time. It made me feel good to see her scarf  down one of the first recipes I modified myself and it still makes me feel good when my daughter and hubby request it.

I can’t say it’s one of my favorite meals to make, it’s pretty easy and doesn’t leave me with the satisfaction that more difficult recipes do, but the reaction to it is certainly one of my favorites. Loaded with calories, it’s not for the healthy conscience. I don’t make it as often as I used to for that reason. The expanding waist lines have to stop somewhere.

When I do make Company Casserole, it smells and tastes like home. My husband always tells me that’s the love I put in it, but I think it’s the cheese!

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