Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Easy Slow Cooker Ribs

This is a great weeknight meal that's really easy to assemble. I should have trimmed the fat a little more from the ribs prior to placing in the slow cooker because it was hard to distinguish between fat and meat once it was cooked. However, the meat was so tender it fell off the bone. I hope you enjoy!
  • Country style pork ribs
  • 1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  1. Place ribs in slow cooker.
  2. Cover with barbecue sauce and mix in the onion.
  3. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.

Apple Pecan Cobbler

An apple peeler, slicer, corer is the best invention ever, I am convinced. Who knows what kind of apple dishes I can create now? Stay tuned! This is a delicious dessert for any audience. Top with ice cream and you're good to go. I hope you enjoy!
  • 4 cups thinly sliced apples
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 2 quart baking dish.
  2. Arrange apple slices in an even layer in the baking dish. In a small bowl mix 1/2 cup sugar cinnamon, and 1/2 cup pecans. Sprinkle mixture over apples.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together egg, evaporated milk, and melted butter. Pour milk mixture into flour mixture all at once, and stir until smooth. Pour mixture over apples and sprinkle top with 1/4 cup pecans.
  4. Bake for 55 minutes.

Cheesy Manicotti

Delicious! This easy weeknight meal is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! So simple to make and enjoy. I hope you enjoy!
  • 1 (8-oz) package manicotti shells
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 jars tomato sauce
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add manicotti and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. In a bowl, mix 3 cups mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, garlic, egg, and basil. Stuff cooked manicotti with mixture.
  4. Spread about 2 cups pasta sauce over the bottom of the dish. Arrange stuffed manicotti shells in the dish and cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese and continue baking 10 minutes.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Juicy Grilled Chicken

Don't be turned off by the long list of ingredients. This grilled chicken is delicious! I'm sure you can make a few substitutes if needed. I hope you enjoy!
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 2 tbsp ground mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the vinegar, oil, soy sauce, lime juice, lemon juice, sherry, mustard, and honey. Mix in the garlic, brown sugar, lemon pepper, oregano, rosemary, and salt.
  2. Place the chicken in the mixture. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat the grill for high heat.
  4. Discard marinade, and place chicken on the grill. Cook 6-8 minutes per side, until juices run clear.