Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Crockpots and Crackbread.

It was cold today. I loved it! This is my absolute favorite time of year. I love sweaters and dirty chais and hats and all things cozy.

So tonight I whipped out the ole' crockpot. It's an oldy, but a goody. I bought it used, so just think of all the delicious meals cooked in that baby over the years. I wasn't prepared for this soup craving so tonight turned into my most favorite experiment...throw in whatever the hell I got in my kichen and see what happens.

You can throw aaaanything in a crockpot and it'll be delish.

Pasta+Milk+Cheese= Lazy Mac and Cheese
Fruit+Brown Sugar+Oatmeal=Lazy Cobbler
You can make Souffle!
Pot Roast!
And so much Soup. So easy. So healthy. So good.

I also made another batch of the most amazing cornbread. I made it for Barb and Sunil yesterday. It's a Shaker recipe and sweet baby Jesus is it good. I had to give it away today--which is fair because I guess they did pay for it. But tonight I made us some and it is ALL ours. Brian will eat it all though. He's selfish. I kid.

Happy End of September Soup
2 Leeks
1 Onion
4 Carrots
3 Staks of Celery
1/2 small head of Cabbage
Handful of Mushrooms
1 can of White Kidney Beans
1 can of diced Tomatoes
Bay leaf
Palm full of both Tarragon and Savory
S & P
2 Chicken Stock Cubes
3 cans of Water

Chop the chopables.
Throw it in your crockpot.
Turn on crockpot.



Go to Target.
Come home.
Eat Soup with....

Shaker Corn Bread
Dry:
1/4 cup of Flour
1 cup of Corn Meal
1 TLBS Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
2 TLBS of FRESH Dill
1 cup of fresh Corn(about two ears-- frozen works)

Wet:
1 and 1/2 cups of Buttamilk(the recipe call for 2%, but I scoff at 2% when you can use Buttamilk!)
1/2 up of Egg Substitute(I highly doubt the Shakers used egg substitute...2 real eggs would work too.)
2 TLBS Honey(Spray the TLBS with cooking spray first. The honey'll slide right off...)
3 TLBS melted Butta

Pre-heat oven to 375
Combine dry ingredients.


In a separate bowl whisk wet together.
Make a well in the center of the dry and pour in wet.



Mix gently. Don't over mix. That takes away the fluff factor. And it's all about corn fluff people.
Pour in muffin tins or a cake pan. I've now made it both ways and it works great in either.
Bake for about 35 minutes. Watch the muffins though. Cooking time will be quicker on those little babies.



Mmmm....

Top soup with Parm cheese if you like.



Now have a crazy party in your mouth. Make your belly happy and warm your soul. It's that time of year.

1 comment:

thesaurasaurus said...

Dude. This is so timely. Keep the crockpot recipes coming. My friend just got a sweet new crockpot for her wedding and she's giving me her old one. Score!

I think I may register for gifts just so people can reward me for NOT getting married. Does that sound mercenary?