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Monday, February 13, 2012

Recipe Flip Books for Sale!

So, it's a chilly day in mid-February and you want to make a recipe you read about here on the blog.  Now, what was the name of the recipe you wanted to make?  What month was it in?  What week was it?  What is the blog address again?  You know you printed it out at one point in time but you can't remember which stack of recipes you need to flip through to find it.  Well, I've fixed that problem for you!  Now you can buy your own copy of the Crock Pot Challenge!  The first 52 recipes of the blog typed out for you and bound together in this 4x6 size recipe book.  Protected front and back with plastic coverings.  And don't worry, all the recipes are in there, but, the ones I don't recommend are clearly marked!

So, how do you get your hot little hands on one of these!?!?  Simply leave your email address in the comment section below and I will get in touch with you.  (If you are having trouble leaving a comment, make sure to become a fan of the blog and I think that will make it easier!)  Or, contact me directly if you know me!  $15 covers the price of the book, the binding and the shipping.  If you know me and I am able to hand deliver this to you, $10 is all it costs! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Recipe 57 : Red Beans and Rice

16 ou dried red beans
1 ring (1 lb) fully cooked kielbasa
7 ou pre-chopped onions and celery
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. thyme
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
2 pouches boil-in-a-bag rice

Let red beans soak overnight according to package directions.  Saute kielbasa and vegetables in large skillet until vegetables are softened.  Add garlic and cook for about 1-2 minutes.  Place all ingredients, except rice, in Crock Pot and cook on LOW for about 6 hours, or until beans are tender.  Add rice and let cook for 10-15 minutes, until rice is tender.

What a delicious recipe!  And it makes enough to feed a small army!  I changed it a bit from the original recipe.  The original recipe called for this to be a soup, but to me, red beans and rice is not supposed to be soupy.  If you would like this to be a soup, add only one bag of rice.  The directions about the rice were a bit confusing to me.  The boxes of the boil-in-a-bag rice come with 4 pouches in it.  Just use two of these makes a lot of rice.  I also laughed when it called for the pre-chopped onions and celery.  I didn't think I was the type of person to actually buy this, but when it came down to it, I saw the package and gave in.  And it was pretty easy.  I didn't even have to cry in the kitchen while chopping the onion!  Also, I would add more cayenne pepper.  It has a nice spice to it, but I like hot, hot, hot!  So maybe double or even triple the amount of pepper if you want more of a bite to it.  I didn't have time to blog about this recipe when I made it, and now the leftovers aren't up for a photo op, so use your imagination....its just red beans and rice!