Slow cookers were scientifically engineered to make things a billion times more delicious.
I would tell you that I just made that up… cause I kind of did.
But I have proof to back that statement (made up or not) up.
Well… I had proof.
Sweets and I kind of ate it… and by ate I mean devoured.
But there was proof. Last week that proof was slowly cooking away in my little kitchen while Sweets and I were off working our little fannies off. And last week when I came home from work, I could smell that delicious BBQ sweet and spicy proof from my front yard… and the closer I got to the front door the closer that proof became a reality… and then finally… dinner.
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
Served with a Sweetie & The Kitchen Favorite… Lindsey’s Spicy BBQ Baked Beans
I can not wait to bite you
The Blog-O-Sphere has done an amazing thing for those of us who enjoy cooking, trying out new recipes and most importantly consuming those new recipes!
Granted, there have always been great cookbooks out there and an array of wonderful food publications. But here on the world-wide-web it’s free, and these days that’s a pretty big selling point.
But I’m not talking so much about mere recipe websites but actual food blogs, where bloggers will actually write about the dish and subsequent recipe. Sometimes it’s a story about the day that led up to the meal, or the inspiration behind the dish and other times its childhood memories of times when that same meal was an plate before them on a dinner table long ago.
So while these bloggers often capture their recipes with pictures which no doubt draws me in, I find it’s usually the story that sells me on the dish.
Recently while browsing the amazing world of food blogs for some new dinner ideas I discovered a great food blog called Can You Stay For Dinner. The writer has a warm, comfortable and witty tone and sometimes even appears to be having tiny little conversations with herself, which I can totally relate to.
She too has a Sweetie, named Daniel, who partakes in the consuming stage of her culinary adventures, which I can also relate to.
Her writing is free of stuffy food connoisseur terminology which keeps us more modest foodies reading (and awake). The food all looks amazing and when you scroll down to find out how to make it – you find the best part… it’s easy… like super duper easy… like I’m making this tomorrow night! Easy.
And as a lover of anything that involves flatbread, feta and yogurt I was sold by the recipe below.
Lemon Chicken Gyros with Ghetto Tzatziki and Feta
Bell Pepper & Onion stuffed Chicken
As we get older many of us find ourselves wishing for more hours in the day. Although truth be told I think most of us would prefer those hours for sleep… well maybe that’s just me.
Granted my life is pretty simple and self-indulgent compared to all those folks out there living their lives all the while raising kiddos.
But tonight when I finally got home after work and some other me oriented work-out stuff I was pooped and I still had some laundry to do and dinner to make.
And in addition to being pooped I was pretty unmotivated as far as the latter was concerned, especially considering my favorite chopping buddy was at work.
But there was stuff in the fridge that needed to be used and I already ate cereal that morning.
So I opened the fridge, stared at it’s contents and asked myself an age-old question.
What the (insert bad word here) am I going to make for dinner?
Let's make this stuff into some dinner!
I eyeballed some chicken, an onion, some garlic, a bell pepper that was nearing a ‘use it or throw it’ disposition and some feta.
So I decided to stuff some chicken with the other stuff and call it a meal.
A meal that ended up being really good.
Bell-Pepper & Onion Stuffed Chicken Breast
Filed under Chicken, Veggies
Photo Courtesy: Food Network
A month or so ago I got sick and was holed up at home for a couple of days with about as much energy as my cat during naptime.
In between naps I went back and forth between reruns of Law and Order and Gangland until it was lunch time and because I didn’t have enough energy to get off the couch I decided watching a cooking show would have to suffice.
Rachel Ray 30 Minute Meals was on the menu.
And her little play on Buffalo wings and celery made its way onto my dinner menu the very next week.
I’ve never been much of a Buffalo wing fan, but it wasn’t so much because I didn’t like the flavor but more so because I didn’t like the mess.
Maybe it’s because I worked in bars through college but when I think of hot wings I can’t help picture an overweight man with hot sauce all over his hands and face with a plate of tiny bones piled before him and dozens of dirty napkins strewn about the table.
Not the most appetizing image although maybe for some a little sexy? No?
But that image became a distant memory the moment Rachel Ray used the words Pizza to describe her dish.
I was intrigued and eventually sold.
Buffalo Chicken Pizza and Celery Succotash Salad!
As I get older, so are my friends.
And as we get older together, many of us pick up a few tips down the road and it’s great when we can learn some of those tips from one another.
What kind of things? Tasty things.
Recently a friend of mine posted a picture of some type of bean masterpiece on her Facebook page. Now for those of you who have read this blog or know me personally, you can imagine, it didn’t matter what kind of bean dish was posted my interest perked.
The dish, Baked Beans with a Bite, was love at first site and I hadn’t even tasted it yet.
They had to be mine and so I made it happen.
I also made one ridiculously tender BBQ Roasted Chicken happen and sweets made some Garlic Brussels Sprouts happen.
Together we made some Monday BBQ Dinner Magic happen.
On food shows fancy chefs and judges talk about how certain dishes create a cohesive harmony… or something that sounds equally foodie-ish and sophisticated.
I may be a simple woman but I make one hell of a cohesively harmonious dish.
I don’t know if there is necessarily a title for this dish, but lets just call it a yummy healthy dinner.
Ground Chicken with Squash and Zucchini served atop brown rice and finally a delicious dollop (or heap) of a cucumber Greek yogurt sauce. I’ll take it one step at a time.
I think this picture looks kind of naughty
I like to think that Sweets and I are the most devoutly kosher non-jews ever.
Perhaps that’s a bit of a stretch, but, we don’t like pork? So that’s got to count for something, right?
We’re not big red meat eaters either, I crave the occasional burger while Sweetie pie eats the occasional steak, but for the most part we try to make traditional meat/pork meals using a ground up bird.
And last night we hit the bird jackpot!!!
Chicken Sausage Meatballs!
They had the kick and spice of sausage and the incredible ability to soak up a good red sauce to make any of those Jersey Shore kids proud.
Sweets made the sauce and cooked the pasta (spinach fettuccine) while I made those balls magical.
Chicken Sausage Meatballs with Red Sauce… and noodles (you pick the latter)
I’m not a big soup person, so it’s pretty hard to impress me with one. I’ll eat if it’s around but I won’t order it if I’m at a restaurant and I definitely won’t go out of my way to find a recipe for one.
And then I found Caldo Tlapeno – well I didn’t find it as much as it found me – and it didn’t find me as much as James found it and ordered it and I consequently tried it and inevitably fell in love.
Boy finds soup, boy’s girl tries soup, girl loves soup, girl figures out how to make soup, boy falls even deeper in love with soup and so the story goes…
Back to the featured grub: Caldo Tlalpeno – a Mexican (you’re sold already aren’t you? Who doesn’t love Mexican?) spicy chicken and veggie soup.