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Crispy Pork Carnitas

This is one recipe I made for my family recently.

Talk about yummy and very filling.

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CRISPY PORK CARNITAS

4-5 lbs.  pork butt, fat left intact
½ cup water
1 tsp garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 small can of green chiles
1/4 cup sliced peppercini peppers
Items needed to assemble the tacos: corn tortillas, cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced avocado and  creamy taco sauce.

I cooked my pork butt in the crockpot for 6 hours on low along with the water, chiles, peppercinis, and seasonings.

After it was done, I shredded the pork with 2 forks and assembled the tacos.

FOR THE CREAMY TACO SAUCE:
I mixed mayo along with some of the seasonings and thinned it with some of the peppercini sauce.  I didn’t measure anything, just mixed it to my taste. That’s how I roll. 🙂

(No corn tortillas for me, but my family loved them.  I ate mine as a salad.)

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Crockpot Mac and Cheese by Trisha Yearwood

Talk about decadent and rich!  That’s this ooey, gooey homemade mac and cheese recipe for the crockpot! When I tested it straight out of the crockpot, I could not stop eating it.  Total comfort food!

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Crockpot Mac and Cheese by Trisha Yearwood

8 oz box or bag of elbow macaroni, cooked  …  (try Dreamfields)
One 12 oz can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick ) of butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
2 large eggs, beaten
Two 10 oz bricks sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (about 5 cups)
Dash of paprika
Cooking spray (I just buttered the dish)

In a large slow cooker, or crock pot (here’s a great 5 quart crock pot) lightly sprayed with cooking spray (or buttered), mix the macaroni, evaporated milk, milk, butter, salt, pepper, eggs and all but 1/2 cup of the grated cheese.

Sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top of the mixture and then sprinkle with paprika. Cover and cook on low heat for 3 hours and 15 minutes. (Mine was done in about 2 1/2 hours).  Turn off the slow cooker, stir the mixture and serve hot.  Makes 12 servings.

Cook’s Note: If you don’t have a slow cooker, grease a 9-by-13-by-2-inch pan with butter, add the mixture and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes.

Low Carb Note: I’m thinking about trying this delicious mac and cheese recipe with cauliflower or baking it as a turnip gratin.  I’ll keep you updated!

recipe courtesy of Food Network

~Did I mention that my daughter has a guitar signed by Trisha Yearwood?  🙂  It was a 15th birthday gift from her grandpa.

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Sausage Pumpkin Soup

It’s soup time!

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The weather is just right, so I made a big pot of this hearty low carb soup.  It’s very rich and filling.


I’ve heard that is is good made with all types of sausage and even ham.  Now that sounds like a great choice!   Might have to try that soon myself.

My niece blessed me with some fresh, fairly lean sausage so I used that and had very little grease to drain at all.  Here’s how I did it:

Sausage Pumpkin Soup

1 1/2 lbs breakfast sausage
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup cream
1 cup water
4 cups chicken broth
1  15 oz. can pumpkin
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
sea salt & black pepper to taste

In a large stew pot or Dutch oven, brown the sausage , drain if necessary and add spices and mushrooms.  Keep stirring and cooking until browned.  Add broth and pumpkin.  Stir until combined.  Stir in cream.  Simmer for 45 minutes or do as I did . . .

I had to leave for a while so I decided to finish cooking the soup in the crock pot.  I was gone for 2 hours.  When I returned, it was steaming hot and ready to eat.

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Chicken and Dumplings and Aunt Mary

As children, my brothers and I stayed with my Great Aunt Mary during the summer and after school while my mom worked long hours at a local law firm.

Summers were so much longer back then and there was always so much to do.  Never a boring moment.  Aunt Mary would keep us busy, either by helping her or by letting us do a craft.  We made beautiful flowers out of colorful layers of toilet tissue (you could buy pale pink and baby blue toilet paper back then :)), colored on paper towels or paper plates, or made small trash cans using egg cartons, yarn, and a tin pie pan.

Sometimes we even sat out on the swing and guessed what color the next car would be.  We couldn’t do that today; too many cars fly up and down that road now.

On beautiful warm days, we played outside.  We might even help Aunt Mary hang the freshly washed laundry out on the line or maybe work in her garden.  Oh, how I remember the goodness that came from that little vegetable garden out in the back yard behind the chicken coop and shed.

Fresh green beans with baby whole new potatoes fried up in an iron skillet and seasoned with bacon grease.  Ripe, red tomatoes, peeled because Aunt Mary couldn’t chew the peeling, and cut into thick slices.  Slimey boiled okra, fried summer squash, green onions, purple hull peas, and in the fall,  roasted sweet potatoes.

That woman had a green thumb and was always working at canning fresh snapped green beans and red tomato relish.

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Lunch was her main meal of the day and in the evenings she usually had a few leftovers or some cornbread and gravy and sat at the table writing in her journal as the evening grew darker.

I remember as a child loving my Aunt Mary’s Chicken & Dumplings.  It was always a treat when we had Chicken & Dumplings.   Thanks for the memories, Aunt Mary.  You will forever live on in our hearts and minds.

Learn more about my Great Aunt Mary.

This is not her exact recipe, but very similar.

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This just happens to be my daughters’ favorite dish.  Rarely ever do I have any leftovers.

Chicken and Dumplings

1 (3 pound) whole chicken

salt and pepper to taste

3 cups water

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons shortening

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup water

Directions:

In a heavy pot with a lid, or a crock pot,  place the chicken, salt, pepper and water.   Simmer all over low heat until tender, about 1 hour, or if using a crock pot, cook on low until done, maybe 3-4 hours.  (My crock pot low is like medium, it’s pretty hot)

Let chicken cool slightly in pot, then remove and take the meat off of the bones. Discard the bones and skin and skim excess fat off the broth if desired. Return broth and chicken pieces to the pot. Simmer over low heat while making the dumplings.

To Make Dumplings: In a medium mixing bowl, cut shortening into the flour and salt. Stir in 1/4 cup water (more if needed) to form a soft dough. Roll out dough on a floured surface, with a rolling-pin, until thin. Cut into 1 inch wide strips using a pizza cutter or knife. Tear off 1 -2  inch long pieces from these strips and drop into simmering broth.  Simmer for 10 minutes with the lid off, then 10 minutes more with the lid on.  Serve immediately.

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