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Showing posts from October, 2011
Hot Spicy Chili Cheese Dip 3 - 16 oz cans of chili (I prefer the one that has the sweet onions) 1 lb  velveeta Cheese (cut up in chunks for easy melting) 1 - 10 oz can rotel tomatoes (add more if you like it really hot!) Add all the ingredients to your crock pot and put on low heat until cheese has melted  - stirring periodically to keep from burning.  Turn down heat to warm control until you serve.   Serve with fritoes or tortilla chips. 
Honey Onion Pot Roast (Crock Pot) 2 lbs of Pot Roast (your favorite cut!) 1 pkg of Au Ju seasoning 1 pkg of brown gravy 2 1/2 cups of water 1/2 cup of Honey 1/2 tablespoon of minced garlic or 3 cloves of chopped fresh garlic 1 tablespoon of black pepper 1 tablespoon of flax seed oil (optional) 3 jalapenas (whole just cut at the ends - optional) 1 sweet onion chopped in large pieces 1 cup of carrots (add after 3 hours and at least 1 - 1/2 hrs prior to serving) cheddar cheese or your choice for dipping sandwich Mix everthing in the Crock Pot except the carrots and turn up on high. Should cook until meat is tender or approximately 6 hours on high . You can start the Crock Pot on high for 1 - 2 hours and then turn on low for 6+ hours until tender. You can add carrots anytime but I like to add them 3 hours before serving. Serve meat hot with your favorite cheese on hard rolls, french or sour dough and use sauce for dipping. Baked potatoe or baked Yam as a side dish.
Blanching Timelines for Vegetables Why?  To partially cook to intensify the flavor and color of the food prior to freezing!  When seasonal vegetables are on sale or picked fresh from your garden this technique helps save money by having vegetables on hand in the freezer for all your favorite recipes. After you put your vegetables in boiling water by using the timeline information listed below then you will put them in ice water for the same amount of time to complete the blanching process. Even though I plunge my vegetables in boiling water I always wash them.  If the vegetable calls for peeling or cutting I usually do that first then wash them and put them in a colander prior to putting them in the boiling water. Below in alphabetical order are the most common vegetables blanched.  If you have ever frozen a vegetable without blanching you will know how important it is to do these steps!!  Asparagus I always snap off the hard end but some people like t