Friday, September 29, 2017

Caramel Sauce

Lately I've been making this easy caramel sauce to have on waffles with bananas and whipped cream.  So healthy.

Caramel Sauce
1/2 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. milk

Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and add 1 t. vanilla.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Veggie Salsa

I've made this veggie salsa three times in the last few weeks. I'm amazed how I can suddenly get everyone to eat what is basically a bowl full of vegetables. Just finely dice everything.

2 cans corn, roasted (I toast it in the skillet while chopping everything else)
1 bell pepper
1 small red onion
1 cup tomatoes
1/3 cup cilantro
1 teaspoon garlic
2 limes, zest and juice
Salt and pepper
2 avocados, chopped - add last

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Crock Pot Beef Tips

This was one of few amazing recipes from my 30 new recipes challenge in May.  My neighbor also made it for her challenge. We both found we needed WAY more butter to make a roux, there just wasn't much fat left from the beef. Recipe from Carlsbad Cravings.

Beef Tips and Gravy

1 T. olive oil
1 1/2 stew meat or sirloin, bite size chunks
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 onion
4-6 garlic cloves

1 T. butter
1/2 c. flour
4 c. beef broth
1 T. beef bouillon
1 1/2 t. sugar
1/2 t. parsley
1/2 t. paprika
1/4 t. oregano

Heat oil in skillet.  Season meat with salt and pepper, and sear in pan. Put in crockpot and add onions and garlic.  Melt butter in pan with juices.  Add flour, and slowly incorporate broth.  Stir in remaining ingredients and cook until gravy thickens.  Pour into crockpot and stir.  Cook 3-4 hours high, or just keep cooking until the meat is tender.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Aunt Jeuney's Pesto

Pesto Sauce
2 cups (pressed) basil
1/2-3/4 cups pine nuts
1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Process nuts, salt and garlic a little to break up nuts. Add basil and oil and process until smooth. Add cheese and process to blend. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Potstickers

I used to make homemade potstickers.  Now I buy them at Costco.  But the homemade ones were good and I would make them again in a different phase of life.
Homemade Pot Stickers
1 lb ground pork
 cloves garlic
1/3 head cabbage
1 medium carrot
2 green onions
1/2 red bell pepper
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
2 t. soy sauce
black pepper
1 t. ginger

Put 1 T. of finely chopped veggies in each pot sticker.  Fry in 2 T. oil, af 1/2 c. wate to the pan and steam for 20 minutes. Or freeze before cooking

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Taco Stack

Taco stack is a long time favorite. It's really easy to double and feed the neighborhood.

Taco Stack
1 lb ground beef
1 onion
1 can tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 package taco seasoning
12 corn cortillas
1 pound shredded cheddar cheese.

Brown beef with onion.  Drain fat.  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning.  Simmer 10 minutes.

Place 1/4 c mixture in the bottom of 9x13 pan.  Layer tortillas, meat mixture, and cheese in two stacks of 6 tortillas.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Serve with sour cream and green onion.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti

This is, like, not even a recipe.

4-5 chicken breasts
1 jar spaghetti sauce
8 hours on low in the crock pot

Serve over spaghetti with parmesan cheese.