My cousin Jeanna is my artistic and fashionista cousin. She helps people design their homes and I wish she was helping me to do so. Why can’t you have a piece of software that shows you what all the things you picked will look like together with your furniture in my new home?
When Jeanna married her husband Jon a few years ago, I jokingly said, “I guess you can’t join this family unless your name starts with a ‘J’.” You see, all my cousins in the Bourek side’s names start with the letter J – Jenny (aka Jen or Jennifer now), Jill, Jeanna, Jodi, and Jackson. Did I mention I also have an aunt Joyce and an uncle Jerry? Little did I know, my then boyfriend Jeremiah would become my husband.
Slow Cooker Taco Soup by Jon and Jeanna Moore
1 lb. group beef, cooked
1 onion, chopped
1 – 16 oz. can chili beans with liquid
1 – 15 oz. can kidney beans with liquid
1 – 15 oz. can whole kernel corn
1 – 8 oz. can tomato sauce
2 c. water
2 – 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 – 4 oz. can diced green chili peppers
1 package of taco seasoning
Place beef, onion, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, green peppers, and taco seasoning in Crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours. Pair with tortilla chips for a crunchy finish.
- Jeremiah and I use no salted canned goods and tortilla chip from the health food section. This left our dish a little bland. We topped our soup with a little cheese and fresh cilantro. I think also cooking the meat with the taco seasoning could have made it more flavorful.
- I also wondered about maybe adding some black beans to the dish.
The first time I met the Fox family was at Mythbusters Live. I’ve lived in Kansas City for about 15 ½ years. I barely ever run into people I know out and about. But since I met Jeremiah, it seems like we run into people he knows everywhere – Sam’s Club, the grocery store, dinner, and yes, even at shows. I think we also ran into an old coworker of his at Mythbusters Live.
Travis is the brother of Kelly (mentioned in a previous post). Jeremiah has been friends with the Fox brother since they were little kids. It’s actually really cool because everyone seems to get together around the holidays to celebrate Layla’s (our own niece) birthday. Travis and Molly’s son Lex is pretty close in age to our nephew Aiden. It’s nice to see a second generation of kids playing together.
I’ve made chicken and dumplings before but this is my favorite recipe. It’s easy-peasy since you can cook it in the slow cooker.
Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings by Travis and Molly Fox
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 T. butter
2 cans cream of chicken
1 can chicken broth
2 T. dried onion
1 T. parsley
4 Grands biscuits
Put chicken in Crockpot with butter. Add soups, broth, onion, and spices. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
After it’s cooked, shred chicken and add back to soup. Cut biscuits into 9 pieces. Stir into soup. Cover and cook on high for 1 more hour.
- I used 2 T. of Lipton’s dry onion soup mix.
While grocery shopping last week, Jeremiah and I took advantage of some meat sales at Hen House. Pork loins were on sale for $3.99 lb. Normally, I cover the pork loin in herbs and wrap it in bacon. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any bacon in the freezer so I needed to come up with a new recipe. We had all the ingredients to make this recipe so it was the winner. It turned out amazing. The pork fell apart and the glaze was sweet but not too sweet. We will definitely make it again. I served this recipe with my Maple Glazed Carrots.
Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin by Melissa Bossler
1 tsp. ground sage
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ c. water
2 lb. pork tenderloin
½ c. brown sugar
1 T. cornstarch
¼ c. balsamic vinegar
½ c. water
2 T. soy sauce
Pour a ½ c. water into a Crockpot. Then, rub pork loin with seasonings. Cook for 5 hours on low. Then, mix sauce ingredients and cook over a medium heat for 4 minutes to thicken. Baste pork loin 2-3 times over one more hour of cooking.
One of the places Jeremiah and I eat out at a lot is Chipotle. On more than one occasion, we have tried to make our own at home. I also was telling Jeremiah about these amazing black beans and rice I had eaten at the Culinary Center of Kansas City. I was convinced they used chicken broth and I could try to replicate the flavor at home.
This was our attempt last week and trying to replicate both these tasty dishes. Although we thought the Carne Asada had really good flavor, making it along with rice, beans, guacamole, and Pico from scratch made quite a mess to clean-up. Sometimes, it’s just easier to go out and stand in line.
Carne Asade by Show Me the Yummy
2 lb. flank steak
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. olive oil
¼ c. orange juice
¼ c. lime juice
¼ c. lemon juice
¼ c. soy sauce
2 T. white vinegar
In a small bowl, mix spices. Then, stir in oil. Rub half of mixture on each side of the steak. Mix together remaining ingredients. Spray Crockpot with nonstick spray. Pour in half of juice mixture. Place in steak and pour over with remaining juice. Cook on low for six hours.
Black Beans by Amber Bourek
8 oz. dry black beans
1 c. low sodium chicken stock
½ diced yellow onion
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
Rise black beans. For beans in sprayed Crockpot. Cover with 1 cup of chicken stock and enough water to cover by two inches. Add in onion, garlic, and seasonings. Cook on high for six – seven hours.
I put together a few recipes to make this dish. I cooked them for 4 hours. They were still a little hard so I kept cooking them. My husband thinks we should have soaked the beans for 24 hours and then they would have cooked in 3 ½ to 4 hours.
My days used to be long because I’d stay at work late…usually trying to keep up on my inbox. When I got home, Jeremiah had either finished cooking dinner or it was close to being done. Oh, the good old days.
A few weeks ago, Jeremiah took a job downtown. Part of the deal in him taking the job was for us to carpool. Although our offices are only about five miles apart, it takes me – on a good day – about an hour to get to and from work. I also have a new level of traffic stress sitting in bumper to bumper traffic or dodging car accidents in mid-town. By the time we get home, we are tired, hungry, and stressed.
One thing that has become a saving grace for us is our crockpot dinners. For Christmas, Jeremiah bought me a Crockpot with a timer. (And yes, I requested this gift.) And thanks to Pinterest, we can find lots of tasty recipes to cook in it.
This is a recipe we made for dinner last Monday. We got done eating our serving and Jeremiah said, “Do we have more?” I seconded those words. May you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.
Crockpot Pork Chops from Pinterest
1 can chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken
1 envelope of onion soup mix
1 envelope of brown gravy
4-6 pork chops
Mix together the first four ingredients in a bowl. Salt and pepper pork chops and place in the bottom of the Crockpot. Pour mixture on top of pork chops. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
Who doesn’t love a simple four ingredient recipe? This Crockpot recipe only takes about 5 minutes of your time to make.
Crockpot Lemon Chicken from Pinterest
3-4 T. butter
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 package of Italian seasoning
Cube butter and place on the bottom of a Crockpot. Top with chicken breast. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Drizzle with lemon juice. Bake on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
A great crockpot recipe for a day you don’t really feel like cooking.
Chicken Strogenoff from Pinterest
4 frozen chicken breast
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 brick of cream cheese
3/4 c. sour cream
8 oz. cooked pasta
Place chicken in crockpot. Cover with soup and cubed cream cheese. Cook on low for 8 hours. Stir 2-3 times throughout the day. About twenty minutes before it is finished, add sour cream. On the stove, cook pasta and drain. Add pasta to crockpot and serve.
- I used reduced fat cream of mushroom soup and cream cheese.
- I used fat free sour cream.
- The orginal recipe called for egg noodles. I used penne pasta.
My ex P used to marinate and grill chicken for dinner most nights. He loved to serve it with black beans and rice. One of my favorite marinade he made was just Italian dressing and chicken breast. I don’t cook it very often at my house because grilling on my stove top is an invitation to set off my smoke detector before the chicken is cooked. I ran across this freezer to Crockpot recipe and decided to give it a try. It make be missing the grill marks but it taste the same.
I liked the recipe so much that I made it for both my mother and sister as freezer Christmas gifts. My mother tried it a few days ago and liked it too.
Cafe Rio Crockpot Chicken from Pinterest
3 chicken breast
1/4 of bottle of Italian dressing
1/2 packet of dry ranch dressing
1/4 c. water
1/4 T. minced garlic
1/4 T. chili powder
1/4 T. ground cumin
From freezer, thaw for one hour or run under warm water for 30 seconds. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Looking back at 2013, I thought I would share a few of my favorite new recipes. In no particular order, here are my top 13: