This is just slightly sweet if you use the 1/2 cup of sugar called for the recipe, which is the way we like it. If you like it sweeter, use 2/3 of a cup. Our grandson said it tasted like candy that way!
You don’t want to overcook it, or it won’t be as creamy when it is chilled. I find that 30 minutes of simmering is just right. If serving it warm, you might want to let it sit for a few minutes to thicken up first.
Did you know that you can buy large bags of peeled, ready to use garlic from Sam’s and store the garlic in the freezer? Then just remove whatever your recipe calls for and use it like you would fresh garlic, except without the hassle of peeling it! This recipe is a wonderful way to use those bags of garlic. I roast a pound or so at a time, then mash them and store them in a jar in the refrigerator. Then, when I get ready to make something with garlic, I just take a spoonful out and add it to whatever I am making. It is so easy and very convenient!!!
This beef stew is thick with a deliciously flavored broth and lots of meat and veggies. If you plan ahead, it can be cooked in the crockpot after the meat and veggies are browned in pan. If you need to avoid gluten, wheat or soy, substitute a flour that is safe for you and make sure to use Better Than Bouillon organic beef base.
Put flour, salt & pepper in large Ziploc bag. Heat oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Place meat in bag with the flour mixture and shake until well coated.
Shake off meat pieces and add them to the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly browned.
Add onion to the remaining flour in the bag. Add onion, carrot and celery to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, to slightly cook the vegetables, about 5 minutes. Add parsley, thyme, water and Better than Bouillon organic beef base.
Cover and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes or so.
Add diced potatoes, carrots and onions. Cook for another 45 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
This is our favorite recipe for chili. If I don’t have any chorizo, I just use 2 lb. of ground beef and increase the paprika and cumin to 2 T. each. Some of you might think it odd to add the cocoa powder or chocolate chips. However, this adds a richer taste and color to the finished product.
Rinse black beans. Put in pot and cover well with water. Bring to a boil. When the water boils, turn the pot off and let set for 1 hour. Drain beans, cover with fresh water and continue cooking until tender. Add to chili when the beans are tender.
While beans are soaking, brown beef and chorizo with onions, sweet pepper, garlic, and oil in a Dutch oven.
Add remaining ingredients (except black beans) and simmer for a couple of hours. Add water as needed for the consistency that you desire. Add black beans when they have finished cooking. This is even better if made the day before and reheated.
This is just as easy as the traditional Rice Krispie treats, but uses caramel in place of marshmallows and tastes much richer!! You can buy the caramel in 5 lb. blocks. I get mine at a Mennonite store, but it is also sold on Amazon.
This is the recipe my daughter-in-law gave me. She says that she tweaks the ingredients, such as salt, pepper and garlic. Also, she prefers more parmesan, but our son (her husband) prefers it this way, so it is a personal preference.
This is my new favorite breakfast and snack! I love the crunch of the homemade healthy granola with the creaminess and the tang of the yogurt and the freshness of the fruit! And it is very healthy and simple to make! In fact, it is not really even a recipe, but just photos and ingredients. You can make it however you like. Our grandsons (ages 9 and 11) tried it yesterday, and they loved it!
I make my own granola in a big batch and it keeps for a long time in a tightly sealed container. Here is the recipe:
Start with boneless chicken pieces and make a rich, scrumptious, thickened broth to go with it. Then make some homemade noodles (or buy some fresh or frozen noodles) and cook them right in the broth. Fantastic!!
For making your own homemade noodles for this recipe, use 3 eggs, 1 T. water, 2 3/4 cups light spelt flour (or all-purpose if no wheat allergy)
Heat large (13") cast iron skillet over high heat. Add oil and chicken. Season chicken with pepper. Cook quickly, stirring often, until done. Remove from pan and place in crock pot.
Melt butter in same skillet over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, onion and garlic, and saute until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
Add flour and blend evenly.
Quickly whisk in cream, water, and chicken base until smooth. Add to crock pot and turn onto low until ready to continue.
Before adding noodles, turn crock pot to high heat. We positioned the Kitchen Aid in such a position so the noodles go directly into the crock pot.
Add noodles and stir to separate. Cook until noodles are tender, about 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
I reduced the amount of flour for thickening because I was using homemade noodles. For making your own homemade noodles for this recipe, use 3 eggs, 1 T. water, and 2 3/4 cups flour. If you are not using fresh homemade noodles, you may need more thickener.
Although spelt is an ancient form of wheat, most people with wheat allergies can eat it with no problem. However, it still contains gluten, so avoid spelt if you have a reason to avoid gluten.
Better than Bouillon organic beef and chicken bases are my favorite to use in broths because they are gluten free and soy free.
This is a very popular breakfast casserole at our family get-togethers. Obviously, you can make substitutions. If you don’t like sausage, you can substitute ham, Italian sausage, bacon or whatever. If you don’t want cream of mushroom soup, use cream of celery, cream of onion, or whatever cream soup you like. I make my own soup for this because of my food allergies. However, if you would like to use canned soup, use 1 can of soup and 1 can of milk.