Sunday, June 29, 2008

crockpot brownies

Hold on to your hats. This is one rich, satisfying, amazing dessert. And it took all of 5 minutes to prepare.
The Ingredients.
--1 16 oz package of brownie mix
--1/4 cup melted butter
--1 egg
--1/4 cup water
--1 can sweetened condensed milk
--1/4 cup walnuts
--1/4 cup coconut
--1/4 cup oats

The Directions.
I used my mini 1.5 quart crockpot for this dish
The proportions of the oats, coconut, and walnuts are for the mini crock. If you decide to use a larger size, use enough of the toppings to spread over the whole surface area.
--melt butter
--add 1/4 cup of water, the egg, and the brownie mix
--stir until none of the powder is left dry; batter will be quite thick
--pour can of sweetened condensed milk over the top.
--Shuffle children quickly out of the kitchen because you are "working" and lick out the inside of the can, being careful so you don't cut off your tongue.
--wash sweetened condensed milk off of your face
--cover milk with a layer of oats, then coconut, then walnuts.
--close up crockpot and cook on high, if using a little crock, low if using a bigger one. Test with a knife after two hours, if it comes out clean, cook for another 20-30 minutes with the lid off to get rid of the collected condensation and to help solidify the condensed milk. You will know this is done when the edges pull away from your stoneware.
Since I used my mini crockpot, this cooked for about 4 1/2 hours altogether.
The Verdict.
Well worth the wait.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Breakfast Tostada with Eggo Waffles

Breakfast Tostada with Eggo Waffles
12 Eggo waffles
12 Eggs
3 cups Sausage, cooked and crumbled
6 oz. Tomatoes, diced
6 oz. Cheddar cheese, shredded
6 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Pepper of choice, for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Toast waffles.
Scramble eggs, folding in prepared sausage while cooking eggs.
Top toasted waffles with scrambled eggs and sausage, diced tomatoes, shredded Cheddar cheese and shredded Monterey Jack cheese.
Bake in the oven until the cheese is melted.
Serve with a side dish of salsa and garnish with slices of jalapeno or other pepper.

Bacon Cheeseburger Crockpot Chicken

Funny name because there is no groundbeef!

The Ingredients.

--2 T olive oil
--4-6 chicken breast halves, or equivalent bird pieces (I used 8 breast tenders)
--12 pieces cooked and crumbled bacon
--1/4 cup teriyaki sauce (I used Tamari's wheat-free that I found at Whole Foods)
--1/2 cup Ranch salad dressing
--1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
The Directions.
Put the 2 tablespoons of olive oil into the bottom of your crock and spread it around. If you are using thighs or fattier cuts of meat, this step is probably optional.
Put the chicken in the crock on top of the oil.
In a small bowl, combine the teriyaki sauce and the ranch dressing. I kept tasting this---the flavor is so bizarre and tasty; I've never had anything like it.
Pour sauce over the top of the chicken. Add the shredded cheese and the crumbled bacon to the crock, getting between the chicken pieces, if you can.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4. The cooking time will depend on how thick your chicken pieces are, and if they are fresh or frozen.
Since I used the tiny breast tenders (frozen) our dinner cooked in only 3 hours on high.

Tip: I would add the shredded cheese at the added a lot of grease that was unwanted. Put it on just at the end and let it melt!

Monday, June 23, 2008

I Hop Pancakes

1 1/4 cup flour
1 egg
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup oil
pinch salt

Starbucks Hot Chocolate

1/4 cup water
2 tbs. cocoa
2 tbs. granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Sunny D

6 cups water
1 cup corn syrup
1 1/3 cup frozen apple juice, thawed
2 tbs. frozen limeade thawed
4 tsp. frozen grapefruit juice thawed
1 tsp. kool aid lemonade mix

Mix and chill!

McDonalds Sweet and Sour Sauce

1/4 cup peach preserves
1/4 cup apricot preserves
2 TBS. light corn syrup
1 1/2 tsp. corn starch
1/2 tsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. yellow mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
2 TBS. water

Enjoy or just grab extra when you go to McDonalds next time!