Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Winter Staple

This is definitely a winter staple in our house. I love to make it for football games and it hits the spot on any brisk afternoon. Today my hubby had a big day at work and I wanted him to feel good when he walked in the door, so I had the kids ready for naps, the house cleaned up, a candle lit, and this in the crock pot with the aroma filling the house(this doesn't happen on a regular basis =). Sounds good, huh! We thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm willing to bet you would too!

French Dip Sandwiches in the Crock

1 boneless chuck roast (3 1/2- 4lbs- I make more for a big gathering, less for just us)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 beef bouillon cube (a lot of times I will just do beef broth-atleast 2 cans- cause I don't use bouillion cubes that often and usually end up throwing them out)
1 bay leaf
3-4 peppercorns
1 tsp dried, crushed rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp garlic powder
(I also like to add a few dashes of Worcestershire)
French rolls, split

Place trimmed roast in slow cooker. Combine rest of ingredients (minus the rolls, obviously) and pour over roast. Add water to slow cooker until roast is almost covered. Cook, covered, on low for about 7 hours or until very tender. Remove and shred/ slice. I dump it back into the pot with the juice and just have a ladle for the juice. Serve on rolls (we toast in the oven with Provolone) and reserved broth for dipping. I also like to serve with sauteed onions and sometimes peppers.

I know the onions look not so great in the pic- if onions aren't your thing, leave them off,  but if they are your thing, mmm, enjoy!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Not A Lost Cause

So any of you few that may actually check/use this site, just wanted you to know, it is not a lost cause!! I am planning on continuing with it, it's just our end of summer got crazy, then Sadie arrived and I just haven't done much cooking, and what I have done is either not really share worthy or just repeats, SO...

Now that we are done getting "new baby" meals I will hopefully be picking back up with cooking and will try to find time to get back on board with getting some new recipes on here. Just to prove it to you, I will atleast include a "no recipe idea" for you that is on our stove here tonight.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

If you like Mexican soups, don't think you can't easily make your own creation at home. It's a great way to get creative or use up stuff from your pantry. Just dump and taste! Here's generally how I do mine.

  • chopped cooked chicken -I have used canned, rotisserie, or like tonight I boiled a 3 pack of breasts to use the extra broth- but 2 breasts would have been enough- so whatever you have or find easiest
  • beans- my fave is black beans- but really a white bean (northern beans) would be fine too
  • tomatoes- I like to use a can of tomatoes and green chilies for the extra kick
  • corn- a can or a bag of frozen- either works
  • chopped onion and fresh garlic- if you don't have these just use garlic and onion powders
  • chicken broth- again I used the broth from my cooked chicken, plus a four cup carton of store bought
  • rice- I like to cook up some rice and throw that in
  • spices- I always use lots of cumin and some chili powder- or you can even use taco seasoning if you have that. Obviously salt and pepper.
  • peppers- tonight I threw in just a small amount of chopped jalapenos, guess I'm feeling a little extra spicy =)
  • We top ours with crunched tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and sour cream--- just cause we're healthy like that!
Dump it all in your pot and simmer on your stove top- oh I'd say atleast thirty minutes and there you have it! Easy as... well... soup!

Thanks again for sticking with me and again hope to be back soon!