Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Easy Crockpot (or Baked) Chicken

 This chicken was so quick and easy.  It has a yummy sweet and sour taste.  You can cook it in a crockpot or bake it in the oven for an hour at 350.

Easy Crockpot Chicken
2 chicken breasts
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
2 packages dry onion soup

Place the chicken in the crockpot or in a baking dish.  Mix together the other ingredients:
Spread the sauce on the chicken and cook for several hours in the crockpot or bake in the oven at 350 for about an hour.   Delicious served with rice.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Glazed Carrots

 These are so yummy!

Glazed Carrots

1 lb, carrots, peeled and sliced

Put the carrots in a large skillet and add:

1/4 cup butter

3 Tablespoons brown sugar

Salt and Pepper

Stir and cook until the butter is melted.  Cover and cook for 15 minutes.  Stir and add 1-2 Tablespoons of white vinegar.  Stir and cook until thickened and browned.  

Monday, September 11, 2023

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken Thighs

 This recipe has been in my "to make" file for a long time.  So long, in fact, that I don't remember where I got it.  But it is a good one!  I was so glad I made it.  It's economical, easy, and delicious.  This one's a keeper!

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken Thighs

8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

Salt and Pepper

3 Tablespoons butter

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 T. honey

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp. basil

Preheat oven to 400

Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Melt 2 T. butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat.  Add the chicken, skin-side down, and sear until brown- 2-3 minutes per side.  Remove the chicken to a plate.

Melt 1 T. butter in the same skillet, stirring to loosen the browned bits.  Add garlic.  Cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Stir in brown sugar, honey, and spices.  Turn off the heat and return the chicken to the skillet, skin-side down.

Put the skillet in the oven and roast in the oven until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear.  It should take 25-40 minutes.  165 degrees.

Drizzle the pan sauce over the chicken to serve.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Pasta in Rose Cream Sauce


Pasta in Rose Cream Sauce

Heat a Dutch oven and add some olive oil.  Add 1 chopped onion and cook until soft.  Add some minced garlic and cook and stir together.  Add 1 1/2-pound ground beef* and cook all together.  Add some salt, pepper, and oregano.

Cook until the beef is browned, drain fat.

Add: 1 jar Rao Marinara Sauce

Mix together.  Add 1/2 lb. broken spaghetti over the top.  Add 1/2 jar water, then 1 jar Rao Garlic Alfredo Sauce.  Then sprinkle with handfuls of Mozzarella cheese.  Cover and cook on medium or medium low for 15 minutes.  Stir and cook another 15 minutes or until pasta is done and all is hot and bubbly.   Serve.

*You can leave out the meat if you want it meatless.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Brazilian Lemonade

 Our friends brought us these cool, refreshing drinks.  Perfect for a hot summer day!

Brazilian Lemonade

1 bottle lime juice (4.23 oz)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 cups ice cubes
1/2 cup water
Put all in the blender and blend until the ice is crushed.

So refreshing!!

Monday, July 31, 2023

Mystery Rolls

 I got this recipe from Ree Drummond- the Pioneer Woman.  She said her mother made these often.  They were easy and yummy.

Mystery Rolls 

1 can flaky biscuits 

4 ounces crumbled blue cheese or gorganzola cheese

1 stick butter

 Preheat oven to 350

Cut biscuits into fourths. Melt butter and cheese on a pan. Roll biscuit pieces in cheese and butter.

Bake until rolls are done.  8-12 minutes.

As the rolls bake, occasionally brush the rolls with the butter/cheese.

Monday, July 17, 2023

Hamburger Steaks in Onion/ Mushroom Gravy

 Do you ever watch Brenda Gandt videos on Facebook?  She is a cute southern lady who cooks simple Southern recipes right in her simple kitchen. 

 I wrote down this recipe while she cooked.  It is simple, but delicious.  This one is for your meat and potatoes man.

Hamburger Steaks in Onion Gravy

1 1/2 lb. hamburger

Onion Powder

Garlic Powder

Salt and Pepper

Mix together and form into patties.  Melt butter and fry the patties on both sides.  Remove the meat and add flour, enough to soak up the grease.  Stir the flour with the meat drippings.  Add water (she used water, I chose beef broth) or beef broth to make a gravy.  In a separate fry pan, saute  2 onions sliced thin in butter.  Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally until onions are soft and golden.  Add mushrooms (opt.  This is my addition) and continue to cook for awhile.  Add to the gravy and stir well. Put the meat back in the gravy and cook until it makes a nice gravy.  Serve over mashed potatoes.

This is comfort food at its best!