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Sweet Tooth Craze

Have a sweet tooth? Satisfy it with this luscious Brownie Batter Puppy Chow. It would make an excellent snack for sleepovers and movie nights. It too is an essential for parties, holidays, game nights and is a great Christmas gift idea.

Brownie Batter Puppy Chow

Ingredients

4-6 C Chex cereal (I used rice)

1 C chocolate chips

1/2 C creamy peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 C brownie mix

Directions

1. Melt chocolate chips in microwave. Start with thirty seconds, then stir and return to microwave in fifteen second intervals being sure to stir between each until the chocolate is smooth. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until completely combined.

2. Fold in cereal until well coated. Place in a gallon zip topped bag with the brownie mix and shake until coated. Allow to set up before serving.

Source Cooking with Carlee

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Releasing Your Inner Cowboy

This crockpot cowboy casserole will undoubtedly assist you in releasing the inner Cowboy in you. As it has potatoes, beans, pork, and Rotel tomatoes with green chilis. Not to mention it’s an incredibly tasty and family-friendly meal that everyone will love! No, you don’t have to a cowboy to eat this dish.

Crockpot Cowboy Casserole

Ingredients:

1 white onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 lbs ground pork

6 medium Red potatoes, cut into small cubes

1 can Goya red kidney beans

1 can Rotel diced tomatoes w. Green chilis

¼ C water

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp pepper

4 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat a large deep skillet over medium high heat and pour two tablespoons of olive oil into the skillet. Add the ground pork, onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Drain the fat.

2. Layer potatoes on the bottom of 6-quart crockpot. Add the cooked sausage mixture, beans, and tomatoes. Pour water into the crockpot. Cover and Cook on low for seven-eight hours

3. Sprinkle shredded cheese in the last fifteen minutes, cover crock, and serve after cheese melted.

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Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This hearty beef stew recipe would make an excellent dinner for a cold winter evening. The preparation is so easy and quick that you won’t even realize you prepared it yourself. Don’t believe me on the quickness? Ha, I can prove it to you right now. All you have to do is throw everything into your slow cooker (including potatoes), simmer, and serve. After finishing with the preparation, your mind will be blown away by how fast and easy it all came together!

Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

INGREDIENTS

1 lb lean beef stew meat

1/4 tsp coarse salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp flour

1 C peas

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 large yukon golden potatoes, peeled and largely diced

2 large carrots, peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 Tbsp tomato paste

2 1/2 C beef broth

1/4 C beer (I recommend using Guinness)

Directions

1. Sprinkle stew meat with salt and toss till well combined. Using a fork, prick the meat in multiple places to tenderize. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, but ideally, refrigerate overnight.

2. Toss the meat with flour. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and then sear meat until browned on the outside.

3. While the meat is browning, mix together tomato paste, soy sauce, beef stock (use more if you like it soupier than stewy) and Guinness & red wine (if using) in the slow cooker.

4. Transfer the meat (browned or not) to slow cooker. Add garlic, onions, carrots, potatoes, bay leaves, and black pepper. Cover and cook on low for six to seven hours or high three to four hours until meat is falling apart and tender.

Court’s Cooking Notes: If using peas, microwave for one minute and then stir them into the stew. Remove bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Adapted from Aberdeen’s Kitchen

Sugar & Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I found a bunch of chopped up sweet potatoes in my fridge from Thanksgiving that I knew I had to cook before they went bad. So I looked up on my go-to website Pinterest to look for an easy and tasty sweet potato recipe.

Not surprisingly it didn’t take me long to find one. I spotted this Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potato recipe. They are roasted with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and a little cayenne pepper for a kick. It’s the perfect side dish recipe for supper or Christmas gatherings. Easy to throw together and delicious!

Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted

2 Tbsp light brown sugar packed

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Directions

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

1. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper into the butter.

3. Spread the potatoes on the lined baking sheet.  Toss with the butter mixture until the potatoes are completely coated.  Bake for twenty -twenty-five minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.

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Bacon, Cheese & Pork Chops oh my!

Do you love bacon? If you said “yes.” then don’t I have the perfect pork chop recipe for you. I’m sure your mouth will begin to water when you are finished reading this article.

These juicy and super tender pork chops are topped with bacon and cheese. This five-ingredient Bacon Swiss Pork Chops recipe is fast and easy and an instant family favorite!

Bacon Swiss Pork Chops

Ingredients

6-8 bone-in pork chops

9-12 bacon strips, cut in half

2 Tbsp olive oil

2-4 garlic cloves, minced

Salt and pepper

1 C shredded Swiss cheese

Directions

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and grease it with cooking spray.

1. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl, combine olive oil and minced garlic. Brush oil and garlic over pork chops with a pastry brush. Place three – four half strips of bacon on each pork chop.

2. Bake for sixty-thirty minutes, or until thoroughly cooked. Remove pork chops from the oven and sprinkle cheese on immediately to melt. If cheese doesn’t melt fully, place back in the oven for a minute or two until melted.

Source The Gracious Wife

All year around veggie casserole

I understand that this Tomato and Zucchini Casserole is not much of a fall recipe. But what inspired me to cook this dish is that it’s not only a healthy casserole, but it also has the Christmas colors red and green.

So overall I am going to have to say that this veggie casserole is packed full of fresh flavors of not just summer but also for any season of the year. It’s an excellent way to use up extra garden veggies. Topped with a crispy Parmesan and bread crumb topping, this side dish is a welcome addition to any meal.

Tomato and Zucchini Casserole

Ingredients

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 lb medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch slices (about 7 cups)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 tsp finely chopped garlic

1 C grape tomatoes, halved

1/4 C chopped fresh basil leaves

1 C shredded Italian cheese blend (4 oz)

1/2 C Progresso™ Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs

1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese

Additional chopped fresh basil leaves, optional

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.

1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, salt and pepper; cook seven to ten minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp tender. Stir in garlic; cook thirty to sixty seconds or until fragrant. Remove from heat.

3. Add tomatoes and 1/4 cup basil to zucchini mixture, stirring to combine; transfer to baking dish. Top with Italian cheese blend. In small bowl, mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and remaining one tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle on top of shredded cheese layer in baking dish. Bake thirty to thirty five minutes or until cheese is melted and vegetables are tender. Top with additional chopped fresh basil.

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Holiday Cooking in the South

I can’t believe Thanksgiving already ended. It’s crazy how it just came and went in a flash. I intended on writing an article last week, but I got with everything – mainly cooking and eating delicious food. How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was wonderful!

I can’t believe Christmas is just right around the corner. I am very excited! It’s one of my favorite holidays. I can’t wait to share some yummy recipes with you over the next few weeks.

Do you have any of your favorite dishes or desserts you would like to share?

Now onto the recipe

The weather in Texas during the fall and winter months can be funny and strange. If you have ever lived or visited the state of Texas, then you’ll understand. If not then let me explain the craziness of the weather. On some days it will be hot (the high 80’s) and it will be like that for most of the day. Then there are other days where it’s super cold in the mornings, but throughout the week/day, it gradually will get warmer. Oh, it hardly ever snows here.

So, I admit that it sometimes can be hard to be inspired to cook soups, stew, and chili while living in Texas or pretty much anywhere in the South. I forgot what day it was last week, but the weather was hot for the most of the day, later that evening it was going to be chilly. So that inspired me to cook this Buffalo Chicken Chili.

This recipe is so simple and has only a few ingredients in this slow cooker dinner. Creamy and spicy all in one! It will certainly warm you and family up on a chilly night.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken breasts

2 14.5 oz can great northern beans

1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes with juice

2 C chicken broth

1/4 – 1/2 C Frank’s red hot buffalo wing sauce

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp salt

8 oz cream cheese

Optional

Blue cheese crumbles

celery slices

Directions

1. Add the chicken, beans, tomatoes with their juice, chicken broth, 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt into a 6-quart crockpot.

2. Cover and cook on low for six hours. Cut the cream cheese into small cubes and stir into the slow cooker. Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Return chicken to the slow cooker.

3. When the cream cheese is melted ladle into bowls and serve. Top with blue cheese crumbles and serve with celery slices if desired. Enjoy! 🙂

Source The Girl Who Ate Everything

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