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Slow Cooker Caribbean Beef Stew

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Saturdays are date day around here.   Usually I take advantage of those days to make something that my son wouldn't eat but is easy for me to prepare, like a roast or stew in the crockpot.   I didn't have all the ingredients on hand for any of my T&T favorites, so I went searching on Pinterest for something new.   

This recipe caught my eye, I'm a big fan of ginger and allspice.   My husband doesn't like chunks of tomato, so I pulsed it in the food processor.    My crockpot has 4, 6, 8 and 10 hour settings, so I chose the 8 hour one.    After 7 hours it was perfectly cooked and we were more than ready to eat it!  Definitely another one for the T&T favorites file.     Thank you so much to Matt at Real Food by Dad for the recipe, be sure to go by and check out his blog   :)







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                     Slow Cooker Caribbean Beef Stew


  1                  T  dried thyme -- divided
     1/3           cup  flour
     1/4      teaspoon…

Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole

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The cold New England weather has me searching for comfort food recipes.  I ran across this recipe from the Betty Crocker site in my to-try file, but I had no heavy cream.   I had half and half, and joked in an online group whether that would make it Half Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole.   I ended up needing some other things at the store, and grabbed the heavy cream, though I don't think it would have made a huge difference.

I changed up a few things to my family's tastes.   First, I used Penzey's Italian Herb mix in the egg/cheese mixture instead of fresh parsley.    We aren't cottage cheese fans, so went with part skim ricotta, and added some of the Italian Herb mix to it.    For the ground beef mixture, I browned it with some minced dried onion.   I added some basil and garlic powder along with the sauce and heavy cream. 

This is incredibly filling and even with all of us having generous portions, there is a lot left.   I'm not sure how it will freeze, but …

Stuffing waffles!

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We've really enjoyed the Rosemary Orange Roasted Turkey I made earlier this week.   We ate it the traditional way.    I had it as Thanksgiving in a sandwich (toasted buttered bread, spread with cranberry sauce, layered with stuffing and turkey).    Today I was looking for a different way to serve the last of it up.

Stuffing waffles.   I've seen them on Pinterest as a way to use up leftover stuffing.  My family likes Stove Top, turkey flavor.    I use chicken stock instead of the water and 3/4 of a stick of butter.  

For the waffles, I prepared the stuffing, let it stand the 5 minutes.   I preheated my Presto Flipside belgian waffle iron.    I fluffed the stuffing with a fork and added a beaten egg.    I sprayed the waffle iron with non stick cooking spray, and then added half of the stuffing.   It cooked crispy in approximately 8 mins.  Repeat with the remaining stuffing.

Top with sliced turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy (if desired).  



Rosemary Orange Roasted Turkey Breast

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This cold, snowy weather has me craving comfort food.   I picked up a hotel style turkey breast a little while back and earmarked this recipe to try.   I never have wine on hand, but a google search said that rice wine vinegar could be substituted (1/2 the amount, the remainder water or broth).   The recipe calls for using an orange for garnish, but instead I cut it into wedges and put it inside the cavity with some additional rosemary.   So simple and so delicious.   




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                  Rosemary Orange Roasted Turkey Breast


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  1                     bone-in whole turkey breast (8lb) -- thawed if frozen
  3             cloves  garlic -- finely chopped, used jarred minced
 2        teaspoons dried rosemary
  2          teaspoons  Dijon mustard
  2          teaspoons  salt
     1/2      teaspoon  pepper
 2 oranges- 1 juiced and 1 cut into wedges
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Honey Rosemary Chicken

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Back in November I had to have a minor surgery, but one that would limit me in the kitchen for a while.   I put together some meals ahead of time, including this Honey Rosemary Chicken, and froze them.   I recovered much quicker than expected, and this meal just kept getting moved around the freezer because my son does not like anything saucy or out of the crockpot.

Yesterday I pulled it from the freezer and defrosted it, wondering how I could make it acceptable for him to eat.    I thought about breading and baking it, or maybe pan frying it.   I put a shout out on Facebook for ideas, and the awesome Jill suggested using an indoor grill.    My love for my new Cuisinart Griddler has been well documented since Christmas, but I hadn't really used the grill function of it yet.

I set it to high, and waited for it to preheat.  I used tongs to move the pieces quickly to the surface and closed down the lid.   Since the chicken was in bite size pieces, it cooked very fast, maybe 2 1/2 min…

Cupid Floats-early Valentine's Day treat :)

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Pinterest is flooded with recipes and crafts for Valentine's Day.   I kept seeing variations of these Cupid Floats, and I thought they would be a fun thing to make with my son.    Very simple- add a scoop or 2 of Edy's Vanilla Bean ice cream to a tall glass.   Pour Cherry 7 up over it, tilting the glass and taking care not to let it foam over everywhere.   I topped ours with some whipped cream and some pink sanding sugar.     Thank you so much Stephanie from Somewhat Simple!  Jake loved her idea of using a Twizzler as a straw but I didn't have any on hand. 



Graham Cracker Fried Chicken

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Yesterday I was craving crunchy fried chicken and remembered this recipe that I'd pinned awhile back from Dessert for Two.    I had some graham crackers leftover from our last S'mores of the season, and what a great way to use them up and clear some pantry space.    No changes to the recipe at all except to double it, because I had 2lbs of chicken tenders.     The smoked paprika was nice, especially with Jake, but I might amp it up and replace some of it with Chili Powder next time.

For me, the idea temp and time for the chicken I had on hand was right around 300ยบ for 5 mins, flipping them about halfway through.   I tested them with a probe thermometer and then let them rest on a paper towel lined plate.

We had ours with honey, but they would be awesome with real maple syrup as well.    Thank you Christina for sharing this recipe!    I was fighting the loss of light as the sun went down as well as loss of willpower because I just wanted to eat so the picture is just a quick sna…

Chocolate Banana Crinkle Muffins

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Superbowl 2015- Grape Jelly Meatballs, Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls and Cheeseburger Pockets

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My goal for food on Super Bowl Sunday is always the same- cook early, clean the kitchen, have a late lunch and then people can help themselves for dinner and snacks during the game.    We were supposed to have company, but they stayed home at the last minute due to illness, so we have lots of leftovers to enjoy.

First up, Grape Jelly Meatballs.   I am in my 40s and had never had these before.  Buns In My Oven shared them via Facebook, and hers just looked so good, I had to add them to the menu.   I used homemade Concord Grape Jelly that I made back in October.    It really doesn't get much easier than this one.   3 ingredients and the crockpot and a few hours.     Thank you Karly!

Next, there was Kevin and Amanda's Hot Ham and Cheese Party Rolls.  There are lots of variations of the Hawaiian Ham sandwiches using the King's rolls, but I liked these because I had a tube of pizza dough to use up.    I used 3 kinds of meats because not all of us like ham, and omitted the poppy…