Showing posts with label crock pot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crock pot. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Red Beans and Rice

Why yes. That is a huge butt in the background. Classy.


I didn't grow up on beans. My mom fixed beans maybe a couple times of year, you know the white ones with ham and cornbread. Delish. But, I didn't have them all the time. A wasted childhood.

I know I've said this before, but I really love beans. We eat them a lot around here because they are healthy, cheap, and easy. Did I mention cheap? And healthy? and easy? It's a win-win.

One of my besties introduced me to red beans and rice a few years ago, and I am supposing this was a regular for her family because she is a Southern Girl. And from my time living in the South--Southern Girls know how to eat. (and by that I do not mean she is obese, she is just no stranger to cabbage, beans, okra, bacon, ect. pretty much everything that is smiled on by God.)

My first introduction to red beans and rice actually came to me in a song lyric. "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix Alot. (...and if you are any one of my friends from high school, I know you are dying right now. Maybe from embarrassment...have you watched our prom video lately?)

"Red beans and rice didn't miss her...baby got back" (L.A. face with an Oakland Booty).

So maybe my first inclination was that I was not going to eat red beans and rice because heavy people eat red beans and rice and I don't want to get heavy. I know that is shallow, but come on, I was 16.

And I was so wrong...because red beans and rice is seriously like the best food on the planet. Manna from heaven....wrong kind of analogy, but it is good either way. My middle child even asked for it for his birthday dinner one year and he had the choice OF ANYTHING.

So, you be the judge. And google the video to 'Baby Got Back' while your at it.

1 lb. dried dark red beans
1 lb. smoked sausage links
1 onion, chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper
white rice

Put all ingredients in crock pot (except the rice) and put in enough water to cover the beans. You have to watch them though and maybe add a couple cups of water half-way through. Cover crock pot, turn on high and let cook for 6-8 hours.

When ready to eat, just boil white rice. Serve beans and sausage over white rice. You can add a green vegetable if you wish, but it really is enough by itself. Sometimes, if I am feeling all domestic-y I will make home-made skillet cornbread, but usually I just stick with Jiffy.

Also, you should know...my 2 year old destroyed a library book yesterday. Destroyed it beyond repair and I was left once again wondering what was going on in that little two-year-old head of his. Just exactly what was he thinking? If anyone can actually answer that, we need to talk. Luckily, half.com is hooking me up with a new copy for $1.96. Now I just have to convince the library ladies, who I am pretty sure are supporters of Travis, that my family does not consist of heathens. Think they'll believe me? And do you think they'll still vote for Travis if they don't?

Friday, October 1, 2010

My Favorite Time of Year...

 Hello, October!

Can we talk about something for a second? My mom painted or replaced all of her decorative orange pumpkins with silver, aqua, green, and white. There is a level of madness to this, I think. I like to see giant orange pumpkins all over the place in October. They can be fake, but they've got to be orange. And maybe white ones are okay, too. Anyway, I am baffled by this.

I am happy to report that the morning sickness is waning. I can look at recipes and cook without gagging. Hooray! This comes just in time for the best time of year to cook.

I'm not happy to report that our computer crashed and we had to get our tower re-vamped (pun intended, it is Halloween season). So my camera software is no longer on my computer and I haven't had time to try to figure it out. Maybe I can download it from Kodak? So for now, I'm going to have to use generic pictures.

And now for the best part: In honor of my favorite month, I am going to be cooking up all kinds of good food. I'm starting with my Sticky Pumpkin Buns, which I first posted around this time last year. In spite of how delicious they are and how beautiful they look, they are really very easy to make.

I've also got some great crock-pot recipes planned. You can't beat the crock-pot, right? In fact, I am making one tonight that will be perfect for our 65 degree evening.

And in the meantime, I am getting out my Halloween decor and making costume plans for a mummy, scarecrow, and army guy. Plus, finalizing plans for our annual "Fall Party", which just happens to be a few days before the election this year and we're all going mad. Especially by then.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandies

I LOVE PORK! Seriously, this is my all time favorite meal of all time. (I certainly can tell I'm getting tired, can you?!) This is soooooo easy and sooooo good. Plan to make it today. That is, if you are a pork lover like me.
Pork Loin
Salt & Pepper
Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
Hamburger Buns
Purple Onion, if you like it

Pull out a roasting pan or a crock pot. Set the pork loin in it and add just a little water in the bottom. Salt and pepper it. Put it in the oven on 350 or crank that crock pot on high. Cook until it is falling apart. Shred it and put it back in the pan/crock pot. Add the BBQ sauce and stir well mixing it together. Plop some on a bun and add the onion. OH. MY. GOODNESS. I just had this for dinner tonight. I have leftovers in the fridge....hooray for me.

Enjoy.

Monday, January 12, 2009

1-2-3....Dinner!

When I had Bryce, a friend brought me dinner. This one was SO good, I inquired for the recipe and was shocked to learn it only had 3 ingredients! I just made this the other night and was reminded how easy and delicious it is. Thanks, Nicol!


Nicol's Cream Cheese Chicken

4 chicken breasts, thawed (although I have put mine in frozen)
1 8 0z. container of cream cheese, softened
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
salt and pepper

Place the chicken breasts in a crock-pot and season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl mix cream cheese and soup until smooth. Pour over chicken. Set at high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Serve over rice. Easy Easy Easy.

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