Sunday, January 30, 2011

Slow Cooker Pork Loin Roast

This recipe I found on but of course changed a little bit to my satisfaction. It make a marvelous pork loin and very tender if you cook in your crock pot.

1 large sweet onion sliced
2 1/2 lbs boneless pork loin roast
1 cup hot water
1/4 cup organic sugar
3 tblsp red wine vinegar
2 tblsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tblsp ketchup (I use the one with no high fructose corn syrup)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic paste
Couple dashes of hot pepper sauce

Place onions in bottom of crock pot and place meat on top. Mix all other ingredients together and pour over meat. Let cook on low 4-5 hours. Serve with hot mashed potatoes or buttered noodles and a vegetable. You will love this dish!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Two Thumbs Up for the Sweet & Sour Sausage

Okay, I created the recipe that my sister-in-law, Jan recommended last night. I have to say it was totally awesome!!!! A definite must try. I used Jasmine rice with mine. You can get the recipe below on my January 13th post. Let me know if you make this delicious recipe.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sweet & Sour Sausage

My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me so I am passing along. It sounds very tasty and I am anxious to try it out. I will probably use a red or yellow pepper rather than green. I just prefer the overall taste of those. Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think.


1 green pepper, sliced 1/2 tsp. ground ginger (Can be omitted)
1 medium onion,sliced 1 Tbsp. vinegar
1lb.Eckrich smoked sauage, 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
cut into 3/4 inch pieces 1/2 c. apricot preserves
1 Tbsp.butter 1 cup pineapple chunks (with juice)
1 Tbsp. cornstarch Hot cooked Rice

Cook green pepper, onion and sausage in butter for 5 minutes
Combine cornstarch and ginger; stir in vinegar.
Add soy sauce and preserves. Stir into sausage mixture.
Heat over low heat until sauce thickens. Stire in pineapple & juice.
Heat until hot. Serve over rice. Makes 6 servings.

Simple and very tasty.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

I am so all about convenience when it comes to cooking. I love creating different kinds of dishes but I also like to make it easy on myself. The older I get the less I like standing in the kitchen. So, the next best thing to making a wholesome meal that requires a lot of time is using a slow cooker.

I have so wanted to make the famouse French dish Beef Bourguignon but I do not have a Dutch oven. I suppose I could use some of my stoneware but I really wanted to try this dish using my slow cooker. So, I set out and created my own dish using some ideas from the Barefoot Contessa and did some change ups with what I had on hand.

Here is my version:

2 1/2 - 3 lb beef chuck roast (I purchased mine from Fresh Market as their beef is to die for)
Kosher salt
Black pepper in the grinder
1/2 lb carrots (I used a 1/2 bag of the small carrots ready to eat)
4 stems of celery cut up
1 onion sliced
2 cloves of fresh garlic sliced
1/2 bag of gourmet new potatoes
4 sprigs of fresh Thyme
2 TBSP of ketchup
1/2 cup brandy
1 cup good red wine
2 1/2 cups beef broth

Salt and pepper chuck roast and place in crock pot. Put vegetables in pot and add brandy, wine, and beef broth. Add ketchup and stir. Place fresh Thyme on top and cover pot. Let cook until done. This dish will not disappoint you! Serve with fresh yeast rolls and side greens. Enjoy!!!!!