Apr 242012
 

This is a great recipe taken from The Carrot Cookbook edited by Nicola Hill. It has more than 60 simple recipes.

We decided to try out the Carrot and Almond loaf with Tomato Sauce, simply because it was easy and we had all the ingredients in the pantry. Continue reading »

Mar 232012
 

We love to make chili, as it is a delicious and whole meal in one dish. It’s easy to make and can be started on Saturday morning so that it leaves you free to do your household chores and errands without worrying if you will have enough time to make dinner for your kinfolk in the evening.

1 onion finely chopped

1 Tbsp olive oil

1lb hamburger (ground beef)

3 cans of beans  or pre-cooked beans**

I bottle tomato juice

2 cans sweet corn

½ tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp celery seed

1 jalapeno – (optional if you want to make it real chilli-hot)

2 cups water

  1. In a skillet, heat oil and cook ½ the onion, brown hamburger.
  2. In a crock pot or slow cooker, place browned hamburger/ ground beef and all other ingredients, including the other ½ onion, chopped. Cook on medium for 5 hours.
  3. Stir occasionally.

**For the pre-cooked beans. Follow instructions on your bag of beans to cook from scratch. You can use whichever beans you prefer. Since I pre-cook mine, I usually include  a mix of pinto beans, navy beans, kidney beans and black beans. I rinse the beans. Soak overnight. Cook beans in water over a stove until they boil for about one hour and then and cover for about 1 hour, until soft. I then cook half the beans in chili and save the rest for another dish.

Serve with corn chips, corn bread or crackers.

This home made dish makes about 10-12  servings, so make sure to serve it up at your next party.

I love chili and have taken to trying it outside the house to see what others are doing with it. Panera Bread served their chili with corn bread. It was delicious. Make sure to ask for a bowl if hungry and if not so hungry then the smaller sized bowl they call a cup.

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As usual the ambiance at the Restaurant brought out the inner foodie in me and I wanted to have more and more. I had to check myself. It was only lunch time. I could always return for dinner. Panera Bread makes me wanna sit down and stay. It’s so cozy and warm. Reminds me of my mama’s kitchen and the food that we got to eat while we shared stories way past midnight on many a weekend.

 
Texadelphia has a pretty good chili too. Black beans appears to have been the bean of choice. The grated cheese and dollop of sour cream came as a beautiful garnish. Tasty! They serve it in this beautiful plate/bowl. A very nice touch for a quick lunch when downtown, OKC.  They offer different soups for only $2.99. The soups are quite filling. You really don’t need the half sandwich deal that comes on the “Double Down” part of the menu. Their sandwiches are great, but I gotta warn you though. Go early if you want to enjoy your meal. It gets pretty crowded at lunch and if you are in a hurry then Oops! you may have to gobble your sandwich in the car, on your way back to work.

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Feb 212012
 

For your next slow cooker dinner option, find a local farmer that breeds goats and buy fresh goat meat. You will be delighted by how easy it is to cook and what a difference it is to have fresh rather than frozen meat. Also, you will be surprised to find that goat meat has very  Low Fat  content and is very lean. Goat meat is very nourishing and has been eaten the world over for centuries.

You may be wondering how I came to have goat meat in my kitchen. Well, a friend asked me to accompany her to local goat farm. In return, she gave me about 2 lb of the goat meat to take home.

Though the goat meat  had a good amount of bone,  I did not have to take if off before preparation.

Ingredients:

2lb Goat meat – bone in

1 onion

1 envelope onion soup mix

2 cups of water/ beef broth

2 cups salsa/ tomato juice

1 cup frozen peas

1 cup frozen corn

3 carrots, chopped

3 potatoes, chopped

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp garlic powder

 Method:

  1. Place onion and goat meat  in slow cooker. Sprinkle with onion soup mix and add water/ beef broth. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  2. Remove the goat meat from slow cooker and place on plate. With fork shred the meat off the bone. The meat should come off the bone very easily.
  3. Return meat to crock pot and add salsa/ tomato juice , peas, corn, carrots and potatoes. Add the black pepper, chili pepper and garlic powder. Continue to cook for another 1 1/2-2 hours until potatoes are soft.
  4. Serve with rice, sandwich roll or noodles. 8-10 servings.

 

Here you will find additional Goat Meat Recipes. ( I have not tried these yet, but I will in the future, for sure.)

Learn how you too can raise your own goats for milk and meat.

Fresh meat is always better than frozen meat.  You simply can’t beat Fresh Meat and as for the Fresh Goat Meat……. Simply Scrumplicious!

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