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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Recipe for Sanity

Life has been a little hectic to start the new year for me. My uncle is receiving hospice care, and my Granddaddy is in the hospital for already the second time of the new year, and I've been out of town with my parents trying to help out with things.

One way I've helped? I brought my crock pot. Grandmother has never been one to let other people cook at her house, and she always insists on making a meal. But with spending so much time at the hospital, she hasn't really been able to do much of that. So, for once, she let me do the cooking. It wasn't easy to convince her to allow it, but somehow I did.

What did I make? Well, today we're having a ham, potato, and kale soup.

Dice up about 2 1/2 pounds of potatoes, some leftover ham from the holidays, and an onion. Mince a couple of cloves of garlic and chop a bunch of kale. Put it all in the crock pot with a few cups of chicken stock, a little salt and pepper, and oregano (1 tsp if dried, 1-2 tbsp if fresh). Cook it on low for about four hours, or until the potatoes are fork tender. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream or half and half and stir before serving.

Not sure what is on the menu for tomorrow yet. I'll decide later. :)

Do you have any super easy crock pot recipes for sanity during times like these to share? I might be in need of a recipe.

10 comments:

  1. I do love my crock pot. Its just too hot at this time of year to use one during summer. My fav is to make a beef stroganoff with veg. Diced beef, (coated in flour/S&P), then add diced veg and (not sure if you'll have them but) two ready made stroganoff sauce satchels, a little extra water, and cook for five hours. Just before serving I'll add some sour cream to the sauce and stir through.

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  2. I'm sorry about your family, Catherine. :(

    When someone I was very close to passed away a few years ago, my parents and I drove up to CT to be with their family. It was a very sad, very stressful tome for all of us, so I wanted to help. The thing I do to help, is cook. I made chicken soup from scratch and a host of other things too. Turns out it was a good thing, since we must have had hundreds of people passing through that house that week.
    Good luck, sweetie!

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  3. Oh, I definitely hit the kitchen in times of stress. For me, writing and cooking go hand in hand. Here's one I like to do:

    In the bottom of the crock pot put two sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed) On top of that put one onion (peeled and sliced into half moons) On top of that put three chicken breasts (boned and skinned) Can be frozen or fresh.

    Pour over this sauce: 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 Tablespoons of Dijon mustard, 1/2 chicken stock, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1 bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste.

    Cook on low or high as your schedule demands :-)

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  4. Cat,

    Here's the easiest recipe ever. Toss 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts in the crockpot. They don't even have to be thawed. Drain and rinse a can of black beans then dump it on the chicken. Open a can of whole kernel corn and add it. Cover with a small jar of salsa and cook on medium most of the day. Before serving, season with Lawry's seasoning salt and cover with shredded cheddar.

    And to make it super easy, use a crock pot liner for easy clean up.

    I really hope things settle down for you and your family, and that the time you have left with your uncle is meaningful for all of you. Hugs!

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  5. So sorry to hear about your family's troubles, Catherine.

    I adore my crockpot. Use it all the time. Here's an easy thing to throw together: A small turkey breast or several turkey tenderloins. Add in some onions and garlic, salt and pepper, some rosemary, and chicken broth. (you can add white wine too) Let it cook all day, it will come out so tender and delicious. You can use the broth in gravy or just as it is.

    Best wishes to you and your family!

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  6. So sorry to hear about your family's troubles, Catherine.

    I adore my crockpot. Use it all the time. Here's an easy thing to throw together: A small turkey breast or several turkey tenderloins. Add in some onions and garlic, salt and pepper, some rosemary, and chicken broth. (you can add white wine too) Let it cook all day, it will come out so tender and delicious. You can use the broth in gravy or just as it is.

    Best wishes to you and your family!

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  7. Easy Veggies and Chicken

    Put some Bone-in Chicken thighs in the crock pot. (We us 1 per person but use how many you need) Add onions, potatoes, carrots, celery, garlic - whatever type of hearty vegetables you like. Add some random herbs/flavoring - salt, pepper, rosemary and dill is what I use for chicken but whatever you like. Add a little water - enough to cover the bottom of the crock pot. The chicken will add some as it cooks.

    Cook on high 4 to 6 hours until chicken falls off bone. ~12 hours if you cook it on low.


    As you can tell, I don't exactly follow a recipe for cooking. Particularly with a crock pot you can throw some stuff together and it cooks itself with little fuss.

    Sorry to hear things are bad for your family. Best of Luck.

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  8. These are some great sounding recipes! Thanks, everyone. I'm sure we'll be making use of one or more of them in the coming days.

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  9. These are some great sounding recipes! Thanks, everyone. I'm sure we'll be making use of one or more of them in the coming days.

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  10. Catherine, we all know I don't cook so I can't offer any recipes but I wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about your family. And to also say wow, what a great community we have. The writing community is one of the best in the world because so many are so willing to offer genuine advice. It's so wonderful to see.

    Anyway, we love ya and you take care of you during all this. Good luck, girl.

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