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I know Spring is here and hot, summer days are quickly approaching but there’s still some time to get some use out of your trusty slow cooker before you store it away for the winter months. Here are some delicious recipes you can try before the heat wave strikes!

Honey Garlic Chicken

chicken

INGREDIENTS
8 chicken thighs
1 pound baby red potatoes
1 pound baby carrots
1 pound green beans
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
4 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

PREPARATION
1. In a large bowl, mix honey, soy sauce, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and pepper.
2. Place 4 chicken thighs in the bottom of a 6-qt slow cooker. Pour half of the soy mixture over the chicken. Throw in the baby red potatoes, carrots, then the other 4 chicken thighs. Season the top layer of chicken to taste, then pour the rest of the soy mixture over the chicken.
3. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Feel free to baste midway.
4. Add green beans during the last 30 minutes of cooking time.
5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Optional: Broil the cooked chicken thighs, skin side up to brown and crisp the skins, about 3-4 minutes.

Beef Stew

beef

INGREDIENTS
3 pounds beef chuck roast
⅓ cup flour
1 tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup red onion, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 carrot, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
28 ounces plum tomatoes, canned
2 cups red wine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1 bay leaf
½ tablespoon salt

PREPARATION
In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper.
Rub the flour mixture on the beef, making sure it is covered entirely.
Heat oil in large skillet. Sear the meat on every side until golden brown.
Transfer meat into slow cooker.
Add onion, celery, carrot, garlic, tomatoes, wine, herbs, bay leaf, and salt.
Cook on low for 8 hours.
Serve it with your favorite side dish and sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley.
Enjoy!

Ribs

ribs

INGREDIENTS
2 cups bbq sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
3 pounds baby back ribs
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

PREPARATION
Combine bbq sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper and chili powder in a small bowl.
Salt and pepper the ribs. Place ribs in slow cooker, cover in sauce. Cook low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
After the ribs are done, spoon the bbq sauce in the slow cooker over the ribs before removing. Cut the ribs, serve with bbq sauce. Enjoy!

Enjoy this nice weather before it gets too hot!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

 

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Happy Friday Everyone!

Sorry I’ve been absent this week. I had some personal issues I was dealing with as we all have from time to time but I am back and better than ever! What better way to celebrate than by sharing with you a sinfully amazing recipe to make your weekend that much better. So without further a due, introducing: Tater Tot Waffles with Bacon, Eggs, & Truffle Oil

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8 slices of bacon

4 eggs

1 tablespoon white vinegar

Nonstick cooking spray

1 (32-oz) bag of frozen tater tots, defrosted

Salt and pepper

Truffle oil, for garnish

Chopped scallions or chives, for garnish

For the Bacon & Eggs:

Fill a shallow pot with water and bring to a simmer. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook until crispy and rendered. Drain on a paper-towel lined plate and set aside until you are ready to serve.

To the pot of simmering water, add the white vinegar. Keeping the water at a simmer (not a boil), create a whirlpool by stirring the water in a circular motion with a slotted spoon. Crack each egg into a small bowl or ramekin and then carefully drop them, one at a time, into the gently swirling and simmering water. Poach the eggs for 4 minutes, remove from the water with the slotted spoon, and carefully set on a paper-towel lined plate until you are ready to serve.

For the Waffles:

Heat a waffle iron and preheat the oven to 200°F.

Spray the waffle iron liberally with nonstick cooking spray. Spread roughly 2 cups of the tater tots on the iron in an even layer. Season with salt and pepper.

Close the waffle iron and cook on medium-high until the waffle is crisp, about 5 minutes.

Open the waffle iron and fill in any holes in the waffle with more tater tots, then close the iron again, and cook until golden and crispy, roughly 2-3 minutes more.

Transfer the waffle to a baking sheet; keep warm in the oven while you make the remaining waffles.

To Serve:

Halve each waffle. Place a waffle half on each serving plate and top with the crispy bacon, a poached egg, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, a drizzle of truffle oil, and lots of chopped scallions/chives. Serve immediately while warm.

NOTE:

You really want to take the time to defrost the tater tots before attempting to waffle them. For these waffles, I set the bag of tater tots out at room temperature, unopened, for about an hour. Then they were ready!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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