Monday, February 21, 2011

Good weekend...hopefully a good week!

We had a great date night with another couple and a late night of fun was had by all. Thier teenage son is our babysitter so the arrangment works out perfectly. We enjoyde a Burger at our favorite joint The Burger Stand in downtown Lawrence. Seriously the pickled onion on a Kobe Cheeseburger, is a great way to start a Sat night! YUM! This week is not too exciting, but I was slightly hung over when I made the menu. Enjoy.


2 cans kidney beans, drained
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
2 lbs. ground beef, browned and drained
2 med. onions, coarsely chopped
1 green pepper, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 T chili powder
1 or 2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp. cumin

Place in crock pot and cook 6-8 hours on low.

We have a boyscout supper to attend, so no meal for tonight!

Slow cooker Chicken paprikash
over egg noodles
steamed broccoli

8-10 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
2 teaspoons Hungarian Paprika (Get the good stuff for this recipe! It comes in a large red can)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup, flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon (I prefer concentrated stock paste)
½ cup sour cream (can use light sour cream)
1 teaspoon flour

Place thighs in a large skillet. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of paprika over the thighs. Turn thighs over and sprinkle the other 1 teaspoon of paprika over the other side. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the chicken.Place the skillet on the burner on medium/high heat. Watch the thighs carefully as there is no extra oil or water in the pan at this point. This is done deliberately so that the thighs brown nicely. Cook the thighs on one side for 2-4 minutes without moving or turning them. You can carefully peek under them occasionally to make sure they don’t burn. It’s ok to let them stick a little as this improves the flavor. After one side is nicely browned. Use tongs and turn thighs over. Cook on this side 2-4 minutes as well until browned. If you need to, you can add a small amount of water to prevent overbrowning. Transfer thighs to a slow cooker. Keep the pan drippings intact and add the onion to the skillet. Return the skillet to medium heat and sauté for several minutes. Turn the heat off and add the flour, mixing well. Add chicken broth and turn the heat back on the medium, stirring well until mixture starts to thicken. Add bouillon.
Pour thickened broth over the thighs in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. 30 minutes before serving. Mix the sour cream with 1 teaspoon flour in a separate bowl. Add a few tablespoons of the liquid from the slow cooker to warm up the sour cream mixture (this will prevent it from curdling). Add the sour cream to the slow cooker and stir well. Continue to cook on low for 30 minutes. Serve over wide noodles. Serves: 6-8. Leftovers freeze well. Recipes compliments of:
Make dinner

Tatertot Casserole

2 lbs hamburger
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup plus one can of milk
1 bag shredded cheese
1 bag of tator tots
1 onion soup mix package
1 package frozen french style frozen greeen beans

Browm meat with soup mix in pan. Place in bottom of casserole dish. Top with frozen green beans. Mix soup and milk. Pour over beans. Top with tots. And then cheese. Bake uncoverd for about 1 hour at 350 or until tots are crispy and casserole is bubbly.


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