August 22, 2011

So sorry...

That I have been SUCH a BAD blogger lately...I haven't even had time to read/comment on all my favorite blogs!!! I have some good recipes up my sleeve and tons of pictures to upload. I will be working on that this week and will have a new post and a giveaway SOON!

Thanks for being patient with me!


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August 2, 2011

Crockpot Jambalaya

Since I eat lunch at my desk everyday and lack of dining options in the area...I am always trying to think of things that I can bring to work that don't include lean cuisines, ham sandwiches or cup o' noodles...We are in full swing vegetable mode and I brought way more than I needed home the other day. I decided to test out my new crock pot, so I threw together some jambalaya and let it cook overnight...I woke up four or five times last night because it smelled SO GOOD! I'm not sure if it is a true jambalaya but it sure tastes good to me.

Crock pot Jambalaya
1 package boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1" cubes
1 lb andouille sausage
3 cubanelle peppers, diced
4 round tomatoes, diced
1 whole onion, sliced
3 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons hot sauce, I use Louisiana
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
salt/pepper, to taste
3/4 cup white rice, uncooked
Place all ingredients, except rice, in the crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Add the rice and cook an additional hour or until the broth has absorbed into the rice. You want it to be sticky.
Sorry for the lack of pictures...I was throwing this together at 9:30 last night and wasn't feelin' it!

We are a pretty tight clan here at SMP so I brought it to the office to must have been good because when I went to get some, it was almost gone!

I hope you guys enjoy!
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August 1, 2011

Carne Guisada with cheese...Please!

You all know how I love my Mexican food...and if you have not had this or even heard of are in for a treat! Carne guisada is one of my absolute FAVORITE Mexican dishes! It's slow cooked beef in gravy with diced potatoes and you can eat it in a taco, over rice, by itself or however your little heart desires. Whatever you do...make sure you put cheese on it! Mmmmm. I decided to make a big batch on last Sunday since my plans of laying by the pool were foiled once again by the weather...and then we enjoyed it for lunch at the office the next day!

Carne Guisada

4lbs top sirloin steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
3 potatoes, diced
1 - 2 cups water
1 beef bouillon cube
3 tablespoons tomato knorr
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt & pepper, to taste
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the oil over med/high heat. Coat the meat with the flour, salt and pepper. Brown the meat until browned on all sides.
Add the water, potatoes, bouillon, knorr, cumin and oregano. Cover and simmer for 3 or more hours, stirring occasionally.
NOTE- I ended up needing to thicken it a little. I had some leftover bacon grease and made a roux with that and was a delicious addition.

I doubled the recipe...that is why it looks like so much!
The sun was a little bright! Not the best pic!

 Serve it with Authentic Mexican Rice and Homemade Flour Tortillas!

 Once again, sorry for the lack of posting...BUSY.BUSY.BUSY! I am stockpiling alot of good dishes for you though :)
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