Well...the leaves are changing colors...early morning and late evenings bring in the spooky fog...bucks are beginning to move, pecans and hickory nuts are beginning to fall along with the colored leaves, even though we haven't had a good frost yet....there's a cool crisp feel to the air...those of us that can't walk and have fire places are wishing we could man handle a little FIRE WOOD :-) and fall is definitely...in the air.
So our thoughts move now...from the light summer fare of crisp cold foods and iced tea and lemonade to the hot and thick...stick to the ribs foods of fall and winter. The roasted hot dogs in the fire place or even down at the bonfire pit... followed by roasted marshmallows and a nice cup of hot chocolate later in the evening....
So I thought this would be a good morning to give you a couple of my favorite crock pot recipes for cool evenings.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Crock Pot cooking...because I like to 'build' dishes. You're not going to be finding meeeeeee opening a can of ANYTHING and letting that be 'it'....
But I'm in a rush this morning...so let's just get to a couple of my favorite recipes.
CHILI: I probably have about 4-5 chili recipes...but I'll just give you my quickie this morning and it's absolutely delicious.
Round Knob Canyon Chili (and you just have to adjust the amount of each ingredient depending on how big a pot you're making)
Hormel Chili with Beans
chopped onion ( braised at the end of browning gr. beef)
Tomato Juice...or sauce...or V8
Parmesan (and for my crock pot that I use just for me and geezer...I use about 2-3 tbsp. at end of cooking the chili...stir in well)
Jalapeno peppers diced....and about 3 tbsp. of the vinegar sauce out of the jar
Cayenne ( I cook with a lot of cayenne...so I probably put a couple tbsps. in even a small pot)
Brown the ground beef and onions and add to crock pot...I always braise the canned tomatoes and chili with beans in my big skillet before adding to crock...and I add the chili powder, parsley, jalapeno and vinegar sauce to that...and dump it into the crock with gr beef and onions...Heat the tomato sauce or whatever tomato liquid you're going to use and put in crock....When chili is bubbly and about ready..add the 2-3 or how ever much...tbsp.'s of Parmesan and stir well...let cook a few more minutes in crock pot. This makes a delicious chili IF you get the right amounts of each ingred. in your mixture...But just taste test and add what you feel it needs....We like our chili to be very thick with beef and beans and enough tomato and onion for a good match. And we love rich RICH flavorful chili....
No Yolk Egg Noodles (narrow)
canned petite tomatoes
Cheese (and you can use American Slices...or block Cheddar or whatever you like)
Cook egg noodles and put in crock pot. Brown gr. beef and onions and add to crock pot. Mix mushroom soup with 1 can water and heat in skillet...add tomatoes, and add to crock pot. Add the cheese and Parmesan, parsley and peppers to crock and stir well....Stir off and on until cheese is melted...If I'm in a hurry...I add the cheese to the mushroom soup in the skillet and melt it there.
When all is added to crock pot...stir well .... and just cook on low till you're ready for it. This is DELICIOUS if you add the right amount of cheese and peppers to it.
This tastes MUCH BETTER than it looks :-)
1 large head cabbage
1 large sweet onion
1 lb. ground beef
2-3 turnips or potatoes diced to about the size of a nickel...I've used each alone and both at 1 time
1 large bell pepper diced
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes
1 16 oz can tomato sauce
1 16 oz can tomato juice
1 jalapeno pepper
salt, pepper, seasoned salt
You all know the drill...brown the ground beef and onions...and add that and the drippings to the rest and cook in a pot until done....this stuff is absolutely delicious with corn bread....in fact, I think I'll make some next week."
I think you'll love this recipe....it is SOOOOOOO good...very full of flavor and you'll want more and more....
This looks a little messy....but you just won't believe the taste.....
I LOVE LOVE LOVE to cook. And I like to 'build' dishes as I've said many times. All of the above are good with corn bread or rolls or even crackers for the chili and swamp cabbage. If you decide to give one of these recipes a try and when you taste it ... it doesn't make you want to go "OH WOW!!!" You need to add a little more of SOMETHING :-)
Super great fall dishes for these crisp cool nites.....
Peace and love from the canyon...I love you all gobs and thanks so SO much..for stopping by.