Slow cooker Turkey

We had a frozen turkey breast in the freezer. I love slow cooker chicken so I thought I would cook the turkey in the slow cooker. I let the turkey thaw in the fridge for a couple of days. I got the slow cooker and put it on the counter. I cut the breast into 4 pieces. and the turkey took up the whole bottom of the slow cooker. I poured 1/2 cup of EVOO (olive oil) into a glass bowl. Then I squeezed 5 oranges. I used a tsp of onion powder, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp Italian seasoning and a shake of Badia seasoning. It is a blend of spices. I love that stuff.

My son LOVES carrots. I buy a big bag of organic carrots at Sam’s club. I find those little pre peeled carrots had no flavor at all. They are easy to use but they don’t taste good.

My son helped me peel the carrots. He wanted 24 carrots in the pot. Then I got a bag of those small yellow potatoes and he wanted a lot of those so I peeled 12 of those and cut them in half and each piece in half again. I hate peeling potatoes. Carrots are not so bad but those little potatoes are hard to hold and are slippery. Next time I might get out my apple peeler I have. I wonder if it will work on a small potato. I have never used it.

I saw a You tube video where this guy put a bag of red potatoes into a bucket of water and attached a new toilet bush to a drill. He put the brush in the water and ran the drill and every thing spun around and around. He said to do that for one minute. When he was done all the potatoes were almost all peeled. I would love to try that.

Cook the turkey for 4 hours on high. It tasted so good. The meat is so tender and good. My son ate all of the carrots and potatoes after we got our portion. I had two pieces of turkey left over so I sealed them in those seal bags for turkey sandwiches.

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This is all the carrots and potatoes in the pot ready to serve.

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A good and easy way to cook turkey.

Weekend coffee share 5-14-16

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Hi, I am glad you stopped by for coffee. I have a fun exciting adventure planned for us today. Before we go through the star gate we have to get suited up.

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A glass helmet will be put over you face so you can breathe. We can’t stay very long on this planet we are going to go visit. It is far, far way from the sun but has the best shooting stars to watch. We go through the star gate and end up on this tiny planet. It is dark but we can see from the flash lights we have. The ground is black, like black iron and it is a little rough to walk on so be careful. Up in the sky there are shooting stars, big and full of color because we are pretty close. I hope they don’t come close to us. I didn’t think about that when I planned this trip.

We saw the stars so we went back home. I didn’t want us getting fried from a star smashing into us. Lets have coffee and I will tell you about my week.

I went to Sam’s club and they had 5 dozen eggs for $4.28. I bought them. When I got home I thought what am I going to do with 5 dozen eggs. I probably won’t eat them all but it was a really good buy at the time. That is 60 eggs so it comes out about 7 cents an egg.

Today I scrambled 4 eggs and mixed in a hand full of cheese and browned up half a tube of sausage. We (hubby and I) mixed the eggs and cheese in the sausage. I got a package of tortillas at the dollar store and heated some tortillas. We put the eggs, cheese and sausage into a tortilla and spooned a spoon of salsa over the eggs. Wrap up the tortilla and have a delicious breakfast burrito. It tasted so good.

The other day I tried making eggs in the mini rice cooker I bought. Wolfgang showed how to do it so I tried it. It did not work out so great for me. The rice cooker stopped cooking when the eggs were half way done. It would not click on for more than a few seconds to finish cooking. I took 3 eggs and put a little bit of cream and cheese in it and whipped it up. I added some bacon. You butter a piece of bread and lay it in the pot butter side down in the rice cooker. Then pour in you eggs. Cover and click on the rice cooker. I think it might do better with 2 eggs only. I put 3 in. After a while I just took it out of the rice cooker and  put it in a pan and cooked it for 10 minutes in the oven. It is not beautiful but it did taste good.

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I don’t think I will ever try to make it in the rice cooker again.

I got a new camera lens for my Nikon camera.

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The camera came with a 50mm lens. It is a really nice lens but I could not take great far away shots with it. This is a 70-300 mm lens. It does take nice far away shots. I got it on Amazon for $112. It is used but like new condition. It even came in the original box and it looks brand new. Good enough for me to take a picture with once in a while. The forest service was burning an area about 10 miles from me. I got a picture of that.

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They burn stuff so that it won’t be so bad if there is a fire. It made a lot of smoke though and the air is all smoky along the mountains now.

I went to the 99 cent store to buy some oranges because you can get a bag of 99 cents. When I was standing in line I saw Rocky Road dark chocolate candy bars. I LOVE marshmallow candy bars. I bought 6 of them because they are so hard to find. When I got home I grabbed one to eat. I noticed on the side that it said mint flavored. I do not like mint flavored chocolate very much and now I have 6 mint flavor candy bars. I ate one and the mint is not too strong but it is not my favorite. Those candy bars are going to last a long time around here.

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I do have a couple of chocolate ones though. Those are my favorite. The Hershey’s special dark with almonds are really good too.


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Weekly photo challenge: Dinnertime Miso soup.

The Weekly photo challenge is Dinnertime. My son loved eating the Miso soup at the Ichiban Japanese restaurant. He wanted me to make it. I bought him a package that you just put in water and it makes a bowl but he wanted me to find a recipe and make it. I searched the internet and looked at YouTube videos and found one recipe. The ingredients for it were sold at an Asian Market. First you have to make Dashi. It is made from dried kelp called Kombu and some Katsobushi which is dried Bonito Flakes.

I went into the market and told the clerk what I was looking for. She read the ingredients and took me to where the stuff was. It was a good thing because the writing on the bag was in Chinese and I could not even tell you what it says.

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Here is the back of the fish flakes bag. Try to follow those directions.

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I also got some tofu and miso paste.

To make it you take 4 cups of water in a pan and take one of the dried kelp pieces. I think it is sea weed. You put it in the water and heat at medium heat until just before boiling. Then you take out the kelp. It smells like the ocean.

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Next I measured out 2 cups of the Bonito flakes. Boys the bag stinks when you open it. It smells like a strong old fish smell. It smells awful. You put the flakes in the kelp water and let the water boil, then immediately turn off the heat. Leave it for 5 minutes and strain so you just have the broth. It is now Dashi.

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Cut up your tofu into cubes. My son cut up half a package but he said next time he only wanted a 1/4 package. A half is a lot. The recipe calls for 1 package. I used the medium tofu because the clerk said to use that.

Boil the Dashi and then add the tofu. Reduce heat to low and take 4 tablespoons of miso paste and put it in a little strainer basket and dissolve the miso paste into the Dashi.

You have to stir it around in the screen strainer until it dissolves. I guess it will break up the tofu if you just drop it in and stir it. Take care not to boil it.

Add green onions that you sliced up. My son cut up 2 but he said next time he only wants one. Remove from heat and eat.

I then made him some teriyaki chicken and rice and this is how it looks when it is all done.

The soup tastes pretty good. I am amazed something that good came out of those fish flakes. Who knew. My son ate almost the whole thing. I meant the whole pan on the stove, the 4 cups worth.

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Slow cooker corned beef and cabbage.

I cooked corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker. I love that thing. The food tastes so delicious. First I put a cut up onion in the bottom of the pot. Then chop up carrots so the meat sits on it. It gets it off the bottom of the pot. Trim all the fat off the corned beef. There is a big layer of at on the meat. Ewwwww, just cut it off. The meat I bought was called the flat cut. I noticed that the meat shrinks up  a lot almost by a half. It was still plenty for us to eat. Ok, back to how I made it. After you put the meat in the pot, sprinkle on the little package of spices that come with it. Then fill the pot with water, with enough to cover the meat. I then put in some small round potatoes and carrots. Cook it on high for 1 hour. I do that so the stuff gets hot inside. Then I cooked it on low for 7 hours. After 6 hours cut up your cabbage in wedges, cut out the core. Nobody wants to eat that. Put the cabbage in the pot, I push it halfway into the water. Cover the pot and continue cooking for 2 hours. When it is done my husband slices the corned beef with an electric knife in thin slices and serves it with horse radish sauce. Yummmm.  It is so tender and delicious.

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The next day I took the left over corned beef and cut it into little pieces and I saved the potatoes and cut them up too. I cut a little onion too and cooked it all in a fry pan with some butter. It was so good for breakfast.

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So I got two good meals out of this little $8.50 corned beef.

Slow cooker chicken video.

I bought a nicer slow cooker. I got it at Best Buy. It is a Hamilton Beach slow cooker, 6 quart. The lid just lift up and I really like that. I didn’t like having to lay the lid on the counter.

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I have posted this recipe before but I decided to make a video on how I made it. My husband loves this chicken for sandwiches too, so I made 2 chicken breasts just for that. I put in a lot of carrots but my son said next time double the amount of carrots. He loves eating them. So here is the video of slow cooker chicken with carrots and yellow potatoes made with olive oil and fresh squeezed orange juice. This is so good. I cooked it on high for 3 hours.

Chicken and sausage with blackberry reduction sauce.

I was watching the Food Network Sandra Lee show. See recipe for the chicken and sausage with blackberry reduction sauce. She made this recipe and it looked so good so I went to the store to get the stuff to make it. This is what I made.
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I bought chicken sausage. It is the sweet Italian seasoned one. It tasted so good. I saw fresh blackberries so I bought those to make the sauce. Use the frozen ones. There was not much juice in the fresh ones. I was lucky to get 3 spoons of sauce. The black berries splashed purple all over my stove, it was a real mess to clean. On the TV show Sandra has a all white kitchen, white stove and she was wearing all white.
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There she is cooking those blackberries on her white stove. She is clean, not one purple splotch in sight. My whole stove was purple, dotted, spotted.
I cooked the chicken in a stainless steel pan. My husband bought some new stainless steel pans, plus Sandra cooked her chicken in one. It got the whole pan black. It took me an hour to scrub that pan clean. My husband complained because there was hardly any sauce. I went back to watch the show on Sandra cooking it. She ended up with almost a whole cup of sauce. I got about less than 1/4 cup maybe closer to 1/8 cup.
I used zucchini for my veggie and peeled it. She didn’t peel hers and made her cuts long. She also had artichokes on her plate but I could not find any frozen artichokes in any store around here. It tasted really good, but next time I will use frozen black berries like she put in her recipe or even cranberries, that would be good too.

No knead Beer Bread

I made a new video. I made a loaf of bread called No Knead Beer Bread. I decided to film me making the bread, so I could put it on YouTube to remember how I made the bread. I was making corned beef and cabbage and I wanted to eat hot bread with butter. I cooked the corned beef in the crock pot, so I had a few hours to make the bread. The bread came out really good and I just made a small loaf to eat with dinner.

breadHere is the recipe:

1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast. 1/4 warm water

2 cups all purpose flour. 6 ounces beer (I used the other 6 ounces in my corned beef.) 3/4 tsp fine salt. Also 1/4 cup of flour for the yeast sponge.

Also a pinch of sugar.

Stir together the yeast, 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup warm water in a large bowl. Cover with a hot damp towel and let sit in a warm spot for 30 minutes.  Then stir in beer, remaining 2 cups of flour and salt into the bowl. Mix until all the flour is incorporated and forms a thick sticky dough. Cover and let rise in a warm spot for 2 hours, until doubled in size.

Scrape all the dough from the bowl with a rubber spatular, place on a well floured surface. Flour the top of the dough and form into a loaf shape. (Flour your hands too.)

I used a parchment paper to keep the bread from sticking to the pan. Transfer your loaf to a baking sheet, cover loosely with a towel, I used plastic wrap sprayed with an oil spray and put over the bread and let rise for 30 to 40 minutes.  Preheat oven 425 F degrees. (220 degrees C.  Slit top of bread see video, sprinkle a little flour on top, put in oven with a little pan of water for moisture placed at the bottom. Bake 25 minutes or until golden.

Here is my video.

Penne pasta Tuna Casserole

I typed this whole post and then it didn’t show up. I will type it again.

I made a Tuna Casserole and used whole wheat penne pasta. It tasted really good so I am posting how I made it.

Ingredients:

I used half a box of whole wheat penne pasta. Boil it for 10 minutes and drain.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

2 6 oz cans albacore white tuna. drained.(I run it over and over water with the lid over it and then press out off the water. It tastes less fishy.)

1 can cream of chicken soup.

1 cup green peas. I used canned and drain off the liquid.

I made a white sauce : 1cup milk,2 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp butter. Whisk in the flour into the milk over medium heat on the stove in a small pan. Add the butter and whisk until the sauce thickens. I just add a little salt and pepper and then add the can of cream of chicken soup.)

2 cups cheddar cheese shreaded

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 cup crushed potato chips

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the pasta, 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, peas, tuna, white sause with the soup and onions together.

Crush the potato chips. Put the bowl of ingredients into your casserole dish and then put the crushed potato chips all over the top. Put the other cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the whole top.

Bake for 20 mintues, or until cheese if bubbly.

Weekly photo challenge: Purple

The Weekly photo challenge is Purple.

The happens to go with what I did this week. I made pickled beet eggs. I love these eggs. It takes about 4 days to let them turn purple from the beets. My husband had this recipe from him mother. She always made pickled beets. Then when the beets were gone, they would put boiled eggs in the juice. We love them when we make beets. I went and bought a bundle of beets, 4 of them, and decided to make a single batch, just for the eggs.

This is right after I made the beet syrup with the beets. This is the eggs after 4 days. They turn a deep purple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buy beets, I used 4 of them (they come 3 or 4 to a bundle in the store. I got one bundle of 4 small beets). Boil the beets, covered with water, for 90 minutes, or until fork tender. Put a tablespoon of vinegar in the water to make the beets darker.

For the syrup,

1 1/2 cup vinegar. (Use good vinegar like Heinz.)

1 cup water

1 1/4 cup sugar.

1 tsp allspice

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 tsp salt

12 cloves.

Combine vinegar, water, sugar, spices and salt, in a pan, (I used a 3 qt pan.) big enough to put the cooked beets in when they are done. Bring to a boil and simmer 15 minutes.

When the beets are done, pour out the water and rinse off and peel and cut up the beets. (Oh yeah, leave one inch when you cut off the leaves and don’t cut off the root piece when you first boil it. cut them off when the beet is all cooked.)

I take the cinnamon stick out of the syrup before I put the beets in.

Take your beets, all cut up, (I slice them into pieces.) Put them into the syrup that you have ready, and simmer them for 5 minutes. Put your boiled eggs into a jar and pour the beets and liquid over the eggs. Make sure you move them around each day so they all get coated. I used 14 eggs in my jar. (Be careful peeling the eggs, so you don’t damage them before you put them in the jar.) Eat them after 3 or 4 days in the beets.  Keep them in the refrigerator.  Enjoy your purple eggs.

Weekly photo challenge: Two subjects

The Weekly photo challenge this week is TWO SUBJECTS.

I put a cinnamon roll and a donut on a plate and took this picture. I like the optical illusion that they look like they are floating.

I watch Bitchin Kitchen on the cooking channel. Nadia was eating a sloppy joe sandwich, so this is two things, the sandwich and sloppy Nadia.

She also likes to show her shoes each week. These were different looking so I took the picture to put on my blog. Two feet, two shoes. Bunny shoes, since it was Easter last week.