Monday, November 17, 2014

Chicken Hurry

Prepare it fast and cook it slow.
You can assemble this chicken in minutes and then
either bake it in the oven for 1 hour or put it in
 a crock pot. Whichever method works best
for your kind of busy day.
So easy. Just 3 ingredients and chicken.
You'll get tasty fall off the bone chicken with
 a slightly sweet and tangy sauce. 
You can use a whole cut-up chicken, 4-5 chicken
legs, or about 6 thighs, whatever you like.
I skin the chicken pieces. 
Serve with rice, or potatoes and a green vegetable or salad.

Hurry Chicken
2 to 2-1/2 lbs chicken parts
1 packet onion soup mix
1/2 C ketchup
1/2 C water
1/4 C brown sugar
Put the skinned chicken in a sprayed
casserole or crock pot. Combine the
remaining ingredients and pour over
the chicken. Cover and bake @350ยบ
for 1 hr. If using the crock pot cook on
 high for 3-4 hours, or on low 5-7 hours.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pumpkin Pancakes

I had buttermilk and pumpkin leftover from
baking Pumpkin Maple Coffee Cake and
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies,
so it was the perfect time to make
a batch of pumpkin pancakes.
These pancakes bring back memories of a trip we
took to Mansfield, New Hampshire for fall
leaf-peeping years ago. A very charming town.
 We found this  little cafe with stairs going up the
 outside of an old  brick building to the second
floor. The sign said "Up For Breakfast"
As we ascended the stairs we were greeted 
with the most marvelous breakfast smells;
 coffee, omelets, and definitely something
 pumpkin spicy. The place was packed and busy.
 Obviously the best place in town for breakfast.
Don't you just love the smells of breakfast? 
 Begin by melting the butter in the microwave.
Mix in the rest of the wet ingredients.
In another bowl combine the dry ingredients.
I just put a mesh shifter over the wet
ingredients and shake it in.
 Combine both, stirring just until blended.
 Drop 1/4 C unto a hot, greased griddle.
Flip when bubbles appear and the edges start to
dry. Peek underneath to make sure it's golden.
Cook until golden on the other side.
Treat yourself and someone you love.

Pumpkin Pancakes
1-1/4 C flour
1/4 C sugar
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t allspice
Combine the dry ingredients with a whisk.
1/4 C butter (4T) melted
2 eggs
1-1/4 C buttermilk
3 T pumpkin puree
Whisk wet ingredients then combine with 
dry ingredients stirring just until mixed. 
----Do not over-mix----
Drop by 1/4 C unto a hot greased griddle
or skillet. Flip when the edges seem dry and
bubbles appear on top 1-2 minutes; flip and
cook the other side until golden. Serve
on warmed plates with butter and syrup
(*If you don't have allspice, use nutmeg.)


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Monday, November 10, 2014

Crock Pot Taco Chili

A big mugful topped with sour cream
and shredded cheddar cheese.
I found this recipe at my Publix. 
They were giving out samples and I
 just picked up whatever was needed 
and made it when I got home.
It was ready to go in no time leaving
the rest of the fall afternoon open 
for tackling the to-do list. 
 After you've browned and seasoned the beef
with the taco packet, all that's left to do
is to combine the cans in the crock pot.  
 Mix everything else in the crock pot.
(You only need to drain the corn)
 I've never used hominy before, but added
 that too. It adds fiber and color variety.
 Dinner is cooking away. Of course, if
you don't have a crock pot you can just
let it all simmer on the stove top.
 It makes a lot so I'll freeze half.
 Serve with your favorite toppings.

Crock Pot Taco Chili
1-1/2 lbs ground beef
2 (10-oz) cans diced tomatoes with chilies
1 can chili beans in sauce (15-16 oz)
1 can red kidney beans (15-16 oz)
1 can Southwest corn with peppers
 (15-oz) drained
1 can (15-oz) hominy
1 can (10-oz) enchilada sauce
1 packet taco seasoning mix
Brown ground beef in a large pan until crumbly. 
Stir in taco seasoning packet.
Combine remaining ingredients in a crock pot.
Stir in meat. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hrs
or on high for 3-4 hrs.