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Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Here’s the finished dish. I served it over spaghetti noodles, you could use any type of pasta here, regular or whole wheat of course. This really has a special depth of flavor, it is so very good. I think I will add this to my list of dishes, good enough to entertain with! Chop your onion small y’all :), just to be sure you end up with completely softened cooked onions in your finished dish. 4-6 cloves of garlic is perfect, I left them whole you can certainly chop them if you prefer. Fresh is best in my book, but dried herbs work just fine. I’m lucky in that in my neck of the woods (So. Cal.) rosemary bushes grow like crazy. Here is the mix ready to cook… After searching the web for an authentic chicken cacciatore recipe I opted to follow Ms. DeLaurentiis lead for the most part, except, my version is made in the crockpot. I adlibbed on a few things. I also took a few ideas from Saveur, one of my …

Best Friends Forever Beef Bouguignon

When friends bless you beyond measure… Maybe some of you know what I’m talking about, perhaps you are also blessed with best friends that have been in your life for decades, too many to admit. Lol As far as friends go, these ladies are everything to me. They are the most fun loving ultra-supportive group one could ever ask for, I am beyond blessed to have them in my life. I treasure ever moment spent with them. I wanted to do something special for them as my life has been a complete roller coaster ride for the past year or so and I just haven’t been able to devote enough time to them. So to show my love and my continued sincere appreciation for their amazing friendships recently I decided to cook them one of Julia’s greatest specialties. Beef Bouguignon… And there it is, the star of the meal! It is so delicious. Tasty, warm and comforting. Thank you Julia! 💛 << ecial friends deserve a special table setting too. 💛 I cooked the main …

Crockpot Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage 

Ladies and Lads, its not too late late to celebrate St. Paddy’s day with a traditional Irish meal…. now I’m not quite sure how traditional it is to add Guinness to the mix, but it is a delish way to go! Enlist the help of some good Irish/Celtic tunes to set the mood. Loving this… Okay, on to more about the good eats, (at serving time) So this year I decided to cook a Point Cut, why you might ask… rumor is that the point cut has more flavor because it has more fat. There are different schools of thought on what cut to buy, this year I’m happy I went with the Point Cut, the corned beef turned out excellent, so very tasty, moist and extra tender. Start here Layer your crockpot with onions then potatoes, add pepper. Hour 7, almost done. Process… Place the corn beef on top of the onions and potatoes, add the seasonings (bag) in. This corned beef was already seasoned. Pop open a can of Guinness, let it breath …

Magnificent and Moist Meatloaf

There are quite a few meatloaf recipes out there, I based this one on my own taste buds, I like to think I’ve got a bit of a handle on flavor matches, I will let you be the judge here. 😉  I hope you’ll give this meatloaf recipe a try. It really is quite tasty and definitely husband (my) approved.  Ingredients  1 pound ground turkey 1.25 pound ground beef 1 egg beaten 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning 1/2 tsp paprika  1 tsp salt 14.5 oz can diced fire roasted tomatoes  1/8 tsp salt  1/3 cup ketchup  Process Preheat oven to 375 In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients just until blended well  Press the mixture down lightly into a glass baking dish, 8 x 8 Top with the ketchup, spread evenly Place meatloaf on top of a baking sheet to catch any grease that might spill over Bake in the oven at 375 for 1 1/2 hour  Remove from the oven (very carefully) drain the grease out Cut, …

Easy Peasey Chicken and Rice Soup 

Mmmm, who doesn’t like a yummy  chicken soup. Here I’m making it easy peasey, but you can bet it will still be over the top flavorful. I am using leftover frozen then thawed white rice to both simplify things and to use up ingredients  I have on hand. Ha! I was expecting rain, but got this instead, sunny with more chance of sunny. All good, any weather is good soup weather! Highs in the low 60’s here in Riverside County, California, sunny and bright today, I shall take it, and this yummy soup. I sure hope you’ll give this recipe a whirl, it’s sooo very tasty. I think you’ll like it friends.  Great product here, so good in soups. (I set the frozen vegis out to defrost a bit, while the chicken, seasonings and broth cook and marry, before adding them to the soup)  Yes, using what I have in stock  and taking more shortcuts where I can today, why not?. 😊 (just happened to have these tasty bad boys on hand as well) so …

Tantalizing Tangy Potato Salad 

This about sums it up. (with the addition of a few other ingredients)  Simple ingredients yes, these I just happened to have on hand. I’d been craving something tangy for days, so naturally I went for the cocktail onions and pickles too when creating this recipe, this combo made for some very tantalizing goodness.  This comes together so quickly and it’s so delicious.  I cooked the potatoes and eggs in the same pot and water. The potatoes took about 30/40 minutes. (cooked whole, skins on)  I added the eggs in toward the end and cooked them for about 11/15 minutes in the rapidly simmering water I served my potato salad with a side of BBQ ribs, yum… bunny… yum!  Ingredients… 10 cooked red potatoes (skin on), chopped large  3 Tablespoons pimiento, chopped 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped  1 celery stalk, chopped 6-8 cocktail onions, minced 2 pickle spears, chopped 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp season salt  1/2 cup mayonnaise  Process… Combine all ingredients  Chill the salad for at least …

Parmesan Chive Crusted Salmon

I’ve been craving salmon lately. Last time I was at the grocery store I decided to pick some up. I so wanted to make the salmon extra tasty (salmon is tasty on it’s own, but I wanted to do something special with it today) while still keeping it healthy. I searched the internet for ideas and came up with this… my very own take. I hope you’ll try it and let me know how you like it. Ingredients… 4 pieces of salmon 2 Tablespoons mayo 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt 1/2 tsp soy sauce 1/8 tsp garlic powder 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese Pepper to taste 2 Tablespoons chopped chives Process… Preheat oven to 450 Lightly oil a baking pan Rinse and pat dry the salmon, remove skin if you like Combine all other ingredients Top each Salmon piece with 1 tablespoon of the mixture Place the salmon pieces in the pan Bake for 10 – 12 minutes on the top shelf of your oven, this allows the top to brown a bit. I cooked …