Crockpot Candied Pecans

Crockpot Candied Pecans

The best part of giving food gifts for Christmas (aside from the savings): the research. Definitely the research. I mean, you wouldn’t want to give a food gift without trying it first, would you? Nope, that would make you a terrible gift-giver. So, I think you need to take this crockpot candied pecan recipe for a test drive this week. You know, just to make sure it’s gift-worthy. Clearly it’s the responsible thing to do. [Read more…]

Beef & Butternut Squash Chili

Beef and Butternut Squash Chili

Butternut squash is a fall staple in our house, so is chili. It was only natural, then, that the two would eventually end up in the same bowl. And let me just say, the results are crazy good. Butternut squash chili is delicious; it’s colorful; and it’s loaded with all sorts of good-for-you stuff. This is the kind of meal that you’ll want to add to your regular rotation because it comes together quickly and leaves you with leftovers for the next day.

Butternut Squash Chili

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Half of a butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 14 oz. beef broth
  • (2) cans kidney beans, drained
  • (1) 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp chili power (2 Tbsp if you like heat)
  • 1-1/2 tsp cumin
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt to taste

What You Do:

Brown the Meat and Cook Peppers and Onions Until Soft

Brown the ground beef in a large pot. Drain the fat. Then, add the peppers and onions, and cook until soft.

Pot of Butternut Squash Chili

Add the rest of the ingredients, and bring the pot to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to medium and cook until the butternut squash is soft (about 25-30 minutes).

Beef and Butternut Squash Chili

Serve with sour cream, cheese or your favorite chili toppings.

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Crockpot Cobbler

Crockpot Cobbler

When I woke up Sunday morning, I was craving dessert, but with the busy day I had planned, I knew I wasn’t going to have the time or energy to whip anything up at dinner time. So, I pulled out my crockpot, and threw in the ingredients for a blackberry cobbler. I’ve always made my cobblers in the oven, so this was a bit of an experiment. Would a cobbler turn out well in the crockpot?

Turns out the answer is yes. In fact, I think I’ll make all my cobblers this way now. It was nice to not have to be tethered to the oven, and downright magical when dessert was ready and waiting for me at the end of the day. It was almost as good as having someone else cook for me. Almost.

The fruit-to-biscuit ratio wasn’t quite to my liking with the first cobbler, so I made another one the next day. My poor family. Having to eat cobbler two days in a row. I just don’t know how they suffered through it.

The second cobbler came out just right. Lots of berries, balanced by fluffy biscuits, with no sogginess. And it made enough to feed a crowd. This would be perfect to take to a party, but if you were to make it for your family and then eat the leftovers for breakfast the next day, well, that would be pretty perfect, too. Not that I’ve done that or anything.

Ready to take my recipe for a test drive? Here it is. [Read more…]

Crabapple Butter Recipe

Crabapple Butter Recipe

Quick somebody make some biscuits. I currently have four jars of crabapple butter in my fridge, and I’m dying to crack one open. The smell. The taste. The color. It’s fall in a jar.

But don’t take my word for it. Make some, and see for yourself. Here’s my recipe. [Read more…]

Crabapple Sauce Recipe

Crabapple Sauce Recipe

We picked five gallons of crabapples the other night. Now I’m busy turning them into tasty things. Like this crabapple sauce. Isn’t the color gorgeous? And the house smelled so good when I was making it. If you have a crabapple tree that you’ve been eyeing, you have to make this recipe at least once. It’s a lot of work – I’m not going to lie – but the end result is pretty spectacular.

Ready to give it a go? Here’s the recipe. [Read more…]