Sunday, February 23, 2014

Modern Cauldron Recipes

Lately, I've been cooking a lot with my crock pot, and no, it's not due to whatever challenge or foodie fad is going on, I'm doing so because I love soups, stews, chowders, and chilis.  And I think foods slow cooked for hours on end have the best flavor.  I am a lover of flavors!

And, over all, it's easy.  Just toss in your ingredients, turn it on, stir it once in a while, tastenadd, and eat!

Last week, I made some pretty rockin Beef Stew; oh it was divine.  The best I've ever made...partially because I slow cooked it for nearly 24 hours.  

(Now I'm not too much of a....measuring kind of gal.  I measure the first and/second time I make something new [including reading the recipe], but after that I go solely on memory and taste; so no measurements.  Sorry!)

Majority of the box of Beef Stock
1-2 cups of Water
4 small Potatoes, sliced and cubed
Baby Carrots, whole
Onion Powder (I'm having a touch of sensitivity to fresh onions this pregnancy)
Garlic Salt
A chunk of beef (as it cooks, it gets tender; as it gets tender, I shred it apart), thawed

Combined it all and slow cooked it on low for near 24 hours.  It was sooooo good!

I really like to make things from scratch, however Red Chili isn't exactly where my strengths lay.  However, I found the secret to great chili: Don't Let My Husband Help!  Why?  Because he adds waaaay too much cayenne pepper!  He likes his chili hot, whereas I like to enjoy what I'm eating.  I like flavors!  

This time, instead of having him help me with the hamburger (I hate cooking ground meat and I'm not sure why), I put him in charge of buying the ingredients.  It's a curse, I think, because he bought pre-made chili....that stuff is awful.  I tasted it and yuck!  But I was optimistic!  I knew I could fix our mystery chili problem!  

2 cans of Canned Chili
1 29 oz can of Tomato Sauce
Onion Powder 
Garlic Salt
Chili Powder
1-2 cups of Water
1 lb. Hamburger, browned before added
Lots of CHEESE (which I add towards the end)

Many hours later, and perfection, with more cheese and crackers..  Even better the next day.  Normally, I don't care for meat, unless it's turkey, in my red chili.  But it was good.  


Here's a recipe that my SIL gave me yesterday.  She makes it and loves it.  It came on, when I was talking about my love for Mexican Hot Chocolate.  

Cocoa Chili
2 lbs beef
1 64 oz can tomato juice
1 29 oz can tomato sauce
1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained
1 15 oz can black beans, drained
1 1/2 cup chopped onion (I usually just use the whole onion lol)
1/4 cup chopped green pepper (usually use the whole pepper too)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp white sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup chili powder
Salt & pepper
Brown beef & drain. Combine all ingredients in big pot... let boil on high then let simmer for 1 hour 45 mins 


Last night, I started on one of my favorite chilis, White Chili:

(This is only my second time making this recipe, so there are some measurements.)

3-4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I shred as they get tender)
3 15 oz cans of Great Northern Beans
8 oz. Sour Cream
2 cups Water
1 cup of Medium Salsa
1 25 oz can of Corn
2 lbs 1 lb.  of Queso Blanco (white cheese), cubed, sliced, or shredded.

You can add green peppers, tomatoes, and other peppers and herbs like cilantro if you want; but since the salsa I bought already had these ingredients, I didn't feel the need to add anything else.  Although I may next time!  Oh, and some recipes call for turkey instead of chicken, and spicier cheeses, like pepper jack or a mild/medium queso.  Let your taste buds be the judge!

You can eat it as is; instead of crackers, use tortilla chips.  In the past, we've wrapped it in tortillas.  Use it as a dip.  Eat it with rice.  It's food and we've eaten it in a variety of Spanish/South Western inspired ways.

It was nummers, but 2 lbs of queso is far too rich!  And next time I'm going to add more salsa and MORE beans!  


Later this week, I'm planning on making some delish vegetable soup, it'll be my first time making it (and without a recipe) so fingers crossed.  I'll be trying to go on what my mom's looks and tastes like from memory.  AND I'm going to make some homemade bread!

There's something about cooking in a crock pot (using my wooden spoons) that just feels so Witchy!

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