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9.30.2011

Chicken and Ale Stew



The other day I did a post for a crock pot roasted chicken. For someone who isn't a huge fan of most traditional crock pot meals... my husband and I couldn't eat enough of this chicken. It was the BEST.



If you missed the post... Click here for my Crock Pot Roasted Chicken.

Here is a recipe using my left overs from that dinner. If you just want to make this stew and don't have the left overs just substitute using shredded chicken and fresh veggies.

This soup is so easy, so hearty and is comfort food to the max! The ale adds richness and the ham hock adds a yummy smoked flavor to the soup. It is the perfect way to warm up on a yukky cold day.

Chicken Ale Stew

Ingredients:
2 cups shredded chicken leftovers
1 cup left over roasted chopped carrots
1-2 left over roasted chopped potatoes 
1 left over chopped roasted onion
2 cups chicken stalk
1 cup left over chicken balsamic gravy/sauce
1 bottle of your favorite ale (I used Tuckerman's Pale Ale)
1 ham hock

Directions:

In a large pot combine  all of  your ingredients, give a stir, and simmer over med/low heat for 90 minutes. This could also be done in your crock pot, set on low and cook for 4 hours.



Remove ham hock.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with THESE Beer and Bacon Biscuits. CLICK HERE



Enjoy =)

Bacon Beer Biscuits



I'm on a bacon kick this week... first it was bean and bacon soup... found here...Best soup you'll ever eat! Now I'm making these biscuits... and I think this mornings breakfast might include a bacon filled pancake or bacon stuffed french toast. Can't decide yet.
These biscuits are  so good, I can't wait to make them again with some extra add ins like garlic or scallions. Maybe even some apples? Apples go awesome with sharp cheddar... and bacon.

I made a Chicken and Ale Stew with my left over chicken from the other nights Best and easiest chicken recipe! to go along with these, between the stew and the biscuits I had the perfect meal for  a cold rainy day. We are all sick in our house this week... all I want when I'm sick is chicken soup! Stay tuned for the post later today or tomorrow for my Chicken and Ale Stew.

But for now... make these biscuits!

Bacon Beer Biscuits

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbs cold unsalted butter
2 tbs bacon grease
1 cup crumbled cooked crispy bacon
3/4 a cup of your favorite beer (I used a Tuckerman's Pale Ale)
shredded sharp cheddar (for topping)

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 375

In a medium mixing bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt together. With a pastry blender working in butter and bacon grease until crumbly. Add in beer... get in there with your clean cooking hands and work into a dough. Careful not to kneed or work it too much or your biscuits will be hockey pucks! Add in bacon kneed till it's fully incorporated.

Roll out about 1/2 an inch thick. And with a biscuit cutter... or a canning jar if your biscuit cutter is MIA... (where my things disappear to is beyond me!) cut out circles.



Place on lined cookie sheet top each with shredded cheese and bake for 15-17 minutes.



Enjoy with a nice hot bowl of stew!


Or chili, or eggs, or gravy... I like stew but do whatever YOU want. Or eat them on their own...


Eat One......




Or a dozen... 

This recipe was linked at....

9.29.2011

Bakeaholic Mama + 3 Is Now On Facebook & Pinterest

Happy TGIT...

Wait you probably don't know what I mean...

Husband has Friday's off so today is my Friday. And I have been saying THANK GOD IT'S THURSDAY all day today. It's been a looooong day!

And I won't lie I had a half a beer allready. I don't even LIKE beer... much. But it's not my fault I had 1/2 of one left from my baking today.... and I can't waste!

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PS

I just baked beer into my biscuits... and bacon... and cheese.

Check out tomorrow's post. It's a must make must eat kinda meal for these colder rainy days!

Happy Thursday guys <3

Apple Rice Pudding Brulee


I have never ever had rice pudding before... the idea always just seemed... strange to me.

But I figured hey I love bread pudding it's just another form of starch right?

Man I've been missing out! And if you haven't had it yet... trust me your missing out.... so make this.... today....ok?

Apple Rice Pudding Brulee

Ingredients:
1 cup quick cooking white rice ( I use the lazy mom rice... 5 Minute Rice)
1 cup cider ( I used hard cider... cause I'm a bit of a fan of the Woodchuck!)
2 cups half and half
1 apple peeled and chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp vanilla

Directions:

In a medium sauce pan take your cider and bring to a boil. Add in rice, remove from heat cover and let it stand for 5 minutes.

Stir in half and half and sugar. Bring to a boil; add in apples, nuts, vanilla and spices.

Reduce heat to low and continuously stir until rice starts to break down and the apple are soft.  If it gets to thick you can add in more half and half or cider.

Transfer pudding into oven safe serving dishes small ramekins work great.



Sprinkle 1 tsp sugar over each dish.  Place each one under a pre heated broiler for about 1-2 minutes until sugar starts to turn golden and bubble. If you have a kitchen torch go ahead and use that!


Enjoy!

9.28.2011

Crock Pot Roasted Chicken and Veggies



For anyone who knows me... you probably know I detest most crock pot recipes. I feel like I'm cheating and that I'm not really cooking it.... the whole 'set it and forget it' saying irks me. I like to watch my food, I like to taste it as its cooking so I can season it just right... BUT sometimes we need to take the easy way out!

My husband usually complains about most things I do make in my crock pot... like pot roasts and things.... He hates it when your meat turns to mush and your veggies all taste the same.

I'm hoping this chicken recipe will change both our minds on crock pots... because now that I have a new baby in addition to the boys... I'm short on time when it comes to dinners!

I saw a similar recipe on a blog somewhere... though now that I'm looking for it I can't find it! (will post it later if I find it)

Crock Pot Roasted Chicken and Veggies

Ingredients:
1 whole chicken cut into pieces ( I buy mine this way... but you can always do it yourself)
2 potatoes quarted
3 carrots roughly chopped
1 onion quartered
1 stick of room temp butter
5 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbs worchestire sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp thyme leaves
1 tsp balsamic vinegar

Sauce Ingredients:
Chicken drippings
1 tbs balsamic vineger
1tsp honey
1tbs cornstarch
Directions:

Place your veggies in the bottom of your crock pot.

Place chicken pieces in on top of veggies.

In a small bowl mix butter, thyme, salt, and garlic together.

Drizzle vinegar, soy and worchestire sauces over chicken. Then smear butter mixture over chicken pieces.



Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.



Transfer everything into a oven safe baking dish and and place under the broiler to crisp up your chicken skin and veggies watch it carefully so nothing burns!

Remove chicken from pan and place on serving dishes. Pour juices from pan and crock pot through strainer.
Mix together in a sauce pan (skim as much fat off top as you can).

Add 1 tbs of balsamic vinegar, and 1 tsp of honey. Bring to a boil.


Add in 1 tbs of cornstarch whisking vigorously making sure no lumps are left. Bring up to a boil once more and remove from heat. Once its thickened drizzle over chicken and veggies.

Apple Quesadilla... Kid Friendly Dessert

These are so fanfreakingtastic!



A quick yummy dessert the kids can help make.

Apple Quesadilla
Ingredients:
4 flour tortillas
1/2 an apple sliced thin
2 tbs of brown sugar
1 tbs of melted butter
2 tbs of chocolate chips
2 tbs of walnuts chopped


Directions:

Brush tortillas with melted butter. Put one tortilla butter side down in your fry pan over med heat.. Layer with apples, chocolate, and walnuts. Place 2nd tortilla on top sprinkle with 1/4 of your brown sugar.

Flip (about 1-2 minutes into cooking)

Sprinkle brown sugar on the other side.



Flip one more time and let cook for a remaining 30-60 seconds

Sugar should have candied the tortilla and apples should be tender on the inside.



Serve with vanilla ice cream.


Crunchy apple goodness!!

This recipe is linked at:

9.27.2011

Veggie Flat Bread



I never plan it this way but almost every Monday is meatless... So I guess we can call it Meatless Monday...

This was a last minute scrounge through he fridge meal... and surprisingly it was scrumptious!

Though my husband wasn't jumping up and down over it... he's not a fan of hummus. I however AM!


Vegetable Flat bread

Ingredients:
Your favorite pizza  dough (we use Portland Pie Co. Shipyard Beer Dough.... it's the best!)
1 container hummus (we used a tomato basil flavored one)
3 cloves minced garlic
1 cup cauliflower florets
1 cup broccoli florets
1/2 a bell pepper chopped
1/2 a red onion diced
1/8 a cup fresh Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400

Roll dough out, bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and spread hummus over crust.




Then sprinkle your garlic, and veggies over the hummus.

Top it with your grated parm.

Bake for another 15-20 minutes. When dough is golden brown it is done!

9.26.2011

Apple Pie w/ Cinnamon Crust

If you asked me "What is your favorite thing to bake?"





It would be a pie of almost any kind... apple being in the top 3.

Though I didn't get all fancy smanshy with this one... it tasted fantastic!  Not to mention made our home smell fantabulous!

We had more family over today for lunch and  to visit our newest addition. 

For our meal I made a made baked mac n' cheese topped with lots of garlic, bacon, tomatoes, and French's Fried Onions. Have you ever had them? You know the crunchy salty fried onions you put on top of green been casserole? My husband loves any meal topped with them so I make sure to always have them on hand!

Then for dessert... Apple pie of course.


Now this pie recipe is a bit different from the norm because I used King Arthur Pie Filling Enhancer. It is a thickening agent to use in place of flour, cornstarch or tapioca.

I was given a bag of it from my mom who said she wouldn't use it because she prefers to use her tapioca.... I will have to tell her that she is missing out! This "enhancer" truly enhanced the flavor and gave it a great thick texture but not gummy. So if you are ever shopping in a King Arthur store... or on their website grab a bag of this stuff. It will make pie making fool proof!






9.24.2011

Get Ready For Some Apple Recipes!


Last week was Pumpkin Pumpkin Pumpkin... This week will be Apple Apple Apple!



Today my oldest bestest friend (yes I know bestest is not a word...) took our kids apple picking. Not sure if she knew what she was getting herself into. She only has 1 3yr old son... when I have 3 demanding kiddos! So she had her work cut out for her!

We started our afternoon out petting goats, feeding turkeys, and bunnies, playing on the play ground, jumping in the bounce house, THEN some apple picking, enjoyed some homemade ice cream... I had a apple cider popsicle (YUM), then more playground time... and then we went home.

PHEW I'm tired! 4  kids let loose at an apple orchard is allot of work!







9.23.2011

Bean and Bacon Soup w/ Maple Smoked Cheddar Sandwiches



When I was a kid one of my dad's favorite soups was Campbell's Bean and Bacon. To this day I will even eat a can if I find one in the back of the cupboards... but after making this soup I'm not sure I will. This is amazing... it's comfort food at its best... and its easy... and CHEAP!

After seeing this post for a crock pot version I've had it on the brain.
The Cook, The Dishwasher, and the Cookbooks
So here is my version of a Campbell's style Bean and Bacon Soup.

Bean And Bacon Soup

Ingredients:

1 lb dry northern beans
8 cups good chicken stock (homemade is best but if you have boxed go with low sodium)
1 cup apple cider (I used a locally made cider)
1 smoked ham hock (adds a great salty smokey flavor to any soup!)
2 carrots peeled chopped
1 large yellow onion chopped
2 sprigs fresh thyme
8 slices cooked crispy bacon

Directions:

In a large pan or bowl soak beans overnight or use the quick soak directions on the back of the bean bag.

After the beans soak give a quick rinse and on low heat add them to chicken stock with ham hock. Cook on low for 2 hours.



Add in onion carrots cider and thyme.

Continue cooking on low for another 2-4 hours.

When beans are tender remove ham hock and thyme sprigs.

Take your immersion blender and blend about half of your soup make sure to leave some beans and carrots whole.  (if you don't have one transfer 1/2 your soup into a food processor or blender and puree then return to pot)



Crumble crispy bacon in just before serving or add to top of soup after you have put it into its serving bowls. The soup has a great smokey pork flavor from the ham hock so there is no need to add in bacon earlier in the cooking process... this way it stays crispy and adds some crunch to each bite of soup!



Maple Smoked Cheddar Sandwiches

Take slices of your favorite artisan bread slice it thinly, butter both sides and bake for about 5-10 minutes on 400. Until it's golden.



Place slices of your favorite sharp cheddar cheese and top with a 2nd slice of toasted bread.

I used a VT (gotta keep it local) maple smoked sharp cheddar.



 Place back in the oven for about 2-5 minutes until cheese is melted.


Enjoy!

9.22.2011

I'm Pumpkin Crazed!! Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pumpkin Pumpkin....



Another yukky rainy day inside, Maddie was napping, Owen was at school... So Chasey and I had a tea party with his T-Rex and giant elephant and ate some awesome pancakes for breakfast. This is the best pancake I've ever had... and I didn't even use maple syrup!
I've seen 2 posts recently with cinnamon swirls in their pancakes... what an easy way to fancy up your favorite pancake recipe... or mix.

Fake Ginger Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Recipe Girl Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Though I think my method needs a little tweaking the basic idea is there.....


Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Pancakes

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
2 cups whole milk
3 tbs butter milk powder
2 tbs baking powder
1 tbs baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 a cup of pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbs dark brown sugar

For the Swirl:
6 tbs butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbs cinnamon

Directions

Microwave butter brown sugar and cinnamon for about 40-50 seconds... just till but is melted.

Whisk and place into a ziplock bag... let it cool just enough so its piping consistency.

In the mean time....

In a medium mixing bowl whisk milk, pumpkin, vinegar, vanilla and sugar together.

In separate bowl sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and spices. Whisk into wet ingredients.

On a hot oiled griddle or non stick fry pan scoop batter (you pick your pancake size).

Snip the tip off your ziplock bag and pipe a swirl on top of your pancake as its cooking.



As the pancake bubbles around the edges its time to flip it.

When your pancake is done... remove it from the pan carefully... I lost my cinnamon swirl look because of my spatula. You can always flip it out to avoid scraping your swirl off the way I did...




Enjoy it topped with butter of course... add some maple syrup if you'd like. We just did a cinnamon sugar dusting over our buttered pancakes. SO GOOD.



Enjoy =)

Chase sure did.... He's so precious haha

This recipe was linked at Eat At Home

This recipe was linked at Newly Weds Blog