Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekend Potluck #159

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Recipes that caught our attention ~

Oreo Stuffed Brownies by Spicy Southern Kitchen

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sloppy Joes (Ditch the can!)

I don't know what caused me to crave a Sloppy Joe last week. Maybe I was just nostalgic for my childhood. Who knows, but they just sounded really good and my kids have always liked them. However, when I was a kid I wasn't a big fan of Sloppy Joe sandwiches. My experience with them was limited to the popular sloppy joe in a can or the school cafeteria. If you feel the same as I did about the lowly sloppy joe, this recipe will change your mind. It's a great weeknight meal for those busy evenings. For a variation sometimes I will use half BBQ sauce and half ketchup. 

Sloppy Joes

2  pounds lean ground beef
1  medium onion, diced
1  green pepper, diced
2  cloves (1 teaspoon) garlic
1 1/2  cups ketchup
1/2  cup water
1/4  cup packed brown sugar
2  tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1  heaping tablespoon yellow mustard 
1  teaspoon kosher salt
1/2  teaspoon black pepper
Buns for serving
Pickle slices for serving

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. When the beef is almost done, add the onion, green pepper and garlic. Continue cooking for 5 minutes until the veggies are soft. Add the ketchup, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, kosher salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Uncover and continue simmering for 5-10 more minutes.  Spoon a generous amount on a toasted bun and top with pickle slices if desired.


Enjoy!

Kim

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Weekend Potluck #158

Welcome back to the Weekend Potluck!



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Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...

The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Shoney’s Strawberry Pie by Kelli’s Kitchen

Recipes that caught our attention ~

And, a personal favorite ~

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza by The Kitchen is My Playground

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Chicken & Orzo Soup

It doesn't get much better than a delicious bowl of soup to warm your tummy in these cold winter months. We usually serve it with a warm Savory Dilly Muffin or Cheesy Garlic Biscuit.  This soup is super easy to prepare and will be loved by the whole family. It is one of my staples if I need to take a meal to someone.
Chicken & Orzo Soup

2  tablespoons butter
3/4  cup chopped onion
3/4  cup diced celery
3/4  cup diced carrots
1  clove garlic, minced
10  cups chicken broth
1/2  teaspoon dried basil
1/2  teaspoon dried oregano
1/2  teaspoon black pepper
1/2  teaspoon turmeric or curry
1/4  teaspoon ground thyme
3  tablespoons flour
1/2  cup water
1  pound (2 cups) dried orzo
1/2  pound shredded cooked chicken
1/2  cup  half-n-half or whipping cream

Melt butter in a large soup. Add the onions, celery and carrots.  Cook for a few minutes until beginning to softened, add garlic and continue cooking for another minute.

Add the chicken broth and the seasonings. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.

In a small jar, mix the flour and water. Shake to combine. Pour into the simmering soup and add the orzo. Continue simmering for 10 more minutes.  Add the cooked chicken and cream.

Cooks note: We like a thicker soup so I use a full pound of orzo. If you prefer a thinner consistency, start with 1 cup of the dried orzo. 

Enjoy!

Kim

Friday, February 13, 2015

Weekend Potluck #157

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The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Super Creamy Mac & Cheese by Spicy Southern Kitchen

Recipes that caught our attention ~

Red Velvet Pie by Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Cookies by Big Rigs ‘n Lil’ Cookies

And, a personal favorite ~

Vanilla Bean Cream Scones by Simply Suzanne’s At Home

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Weekend Potluck #156

Welcome back to the Weekend Potluck!

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The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Bubble Up Chili Bake by Sweet Little Bluebird

Recipes that caught our attention ~

Sock It To Me Cake by Kelli’s Kitchen
Crack Dip by What the Fork Blog

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