Sunday, December 21, 2008

I am going to go nutty!

I love my Crockpot. I love cooking in my Crockpot. Mine and Sven's favorie Crockpot recipe is of course Salsa Chicken.

The one thing that I have not done is make a desert or candy. Okay, I take that back. I tried to make a Fudge Cake in the Crockpot. Oh My God it was horrible, we couldn't even eat it, it was so bad. I am going to try again.

One of my favorite blogs is A Year of Crockpotting. She has been using her Crockpot for a year, making all kinds of yummy recipes, when the year is over, I don't know what I'll do. I hope she keeps up with the recipes (my Salsa Chicken was even one of her recipes). Check out her blog!

Today's recipe was Peanut Clusters. I am excited about it, here's the recipe:

3 (16-ounce) jars lightly salted roasted peanuts (lightly salted is important!)
2 (8-ounce) boxes German Baker's Chocolate
1 (8-ounce) box Unsweetened Baker's Chocolate (there are 2 in the picture. that was wrong.)
1 (24-ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla (not pictured because I didn't know I wanted/needed it until after the photo)

The Directions.

Use a large crockpot. This makes about 150 peanut clusters. Spray the inside of your crock with cooking spray, and place the unwrapped baking chocolate, and bars of German chocolate in the bottom. Add all the peanuts. Pour in the chocolate chips, and add vanilla. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, or high for about 1.5. While the chocolate is melting, lay out a bunch of parchment paper on your counter top or kitchen table. When time has elapsed, stir well, and remove from heat. Use a small ice-cream scoop to plop out bite-sized piles onto the parchment paper.

Let cool before eating---this takes a long time---hours. It'd be best to leave them overnight so you don't pick at them.

I plan on making this for Christmas Eve, so I will let you all know how it goes and tastes.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Mexican Chicken Casserole

Mexican Chicken Casserole
Serves 4-6

2 c. shredded cooked chicken
1 c. shredded cheese (or more if you are a cheese hound)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes (canned tomatoes with jalepenos-mild)
1/2 packet taco seasoning (or more- to taste)
Bag of doritos

1. Pre-heat oven to 350-f degrees.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except doritos.

3. In a greased 2 qt baking dish, put a layer of crushed doritos (about 2 cups), then a layer of the chicken mixture. Repeat once more, ending with a layer of chicken mixture. Top with more shredded cheese, cover, and bake for 30-35 minutes, till bubbling hot.

You can add other items to this, depending on your preferences, like olives, green chiles, onions, etc.
The chicken mixture would also make a great enchilada or burrito filling.

Sven made this tonight and it was soooooo good! A definate make again! I had alot of fun crushing the Doritos, I could see how kids would love doing that!

I found the recipe on Divine Domesticity.

I need some quick and easy recipes

Sven and I are starting to cook at home more but it seems we are cooking the same thing over and over again.

Does anyone have have an easy and quick recipe they want to share or even a good site or blog?