Dec 312015
 

Many of us eat black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s Day. I used to cook dried black-eyed peas with some fatty ham and jalapeño which is good, but I wanted something a little more exciting. After playing around with some recipes online, I came up with this dish. Even my husband, who doesn’t like beans or peas, enjoyed it.

Adding tomatoes symbolize health and kale to symbolize money to the black-eyed peas (prosperity or coin) and ham (forward movement or positive motion), should make this year very lucky! Luck aside, it’s a tasty rendition of a traditional dish.

New Years Black-Eyed Peas
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 lb bacon or fatty ham, diced
  3. 1 small onion, diced
  4. 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  5. 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  6. 2 15-oz can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  7. 3 cups water
  8. 1 Tablespoon beef Better Than Bouillon or crystal/cube equivalent
  9. 1/4 cup jalapeño peppers (from jar), chopped
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  11. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  12. 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  13. 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  14. 1 tablespoon honey
  15. 1 bunch kale leaves, washed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  16. 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  17. 2 cups cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot at medium heat. Add the bacon or ham and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add chopped onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions begin to soften.
  3. Add diced tomatoes with juice, water, bouillon, black-eyed peas, jalapeño, vinegar, cumin, chili powder and coriander. Stir, then cook uncovered over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in honey and kale. Cook another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve over rice with grated cheese on top.
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
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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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Jan 052015
 

I was pleasantly surprised at how well this turned out. Sweet but not too sweet and tangy but not bitter.  

Consider garnishing with lemon slices. I thought it might be too much lemon, so I didn’t. I will try it next time.

Serve with in season quick stir-fried vegetables for a well-rounded, time-saving meal.

 

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken
Serves 6
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Total Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 to 4 pounds chicken leg quarters or thighs
  2. 1/3 cup flour
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  4. 2 to 3 Tablespoons cooking oil
  5. 1 6-oz can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  6. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  7. 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  8. 3 Tablespoons ketchup
  9. 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  10. 2 Tablespoons cold water
  11. 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  12. 2 cups hot cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Skin chicken. Combine flour and salt. Coat chicken thoroughly.
  2. Brown chicken on all sides in hot oil. Drain. Transfer to slow cooker.
  3. Stir together lemonade concentrate, nutmeg, brown sugar, ketchup and vinegar. Pour over chicken.
  4. Cover and cook in high for 3 to 4 hours.
  5. Remove chicken. Pour liquid from slow cooker into saucepan. Return chicken to slow cooker to keep warm.
  6. Skim fat from liquid in saucepan. Blend cold water into cornstarch and stir into the hot liquid in saucepan. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly.
  7. Serve chicken with sauce over hot rice.
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Oct 202011
 

Serves 12

Ingredients

16 oz. Package Spiral Pasta 1 C Mayonnaise
1 1/2 C Kielbasa, Polish Sausage & Smoked Sausage 3 T Cider Vinegar
1 can (2-1/4 ounces) Ripe Olives, Sliced & Drained 1 Envelope Italian Salad Dressing Mix
1/4 C Parmesan Cheese, Shredded 1 C Salad Croutons

Instructions

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.

2. Place pasta in a large bowl; add the sausage, olives and parmesan cheese.

3. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar and salad dressing mix.

4. Stir into the pasta mixture.

5. Add croutons stir to coat.

6. Serve immediately.

Garlic & Herb Salad Dressing Mix is good also.

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