Monday, June 28, 2010

About this Blog

Getting the hang of Blogger--it is my intention to have this as my home page. If I can make that change I will, if you know how to do it, let me know! This is only a temporary venture, and possibly a temporary home.

I like to talk about food. I like to cook, and I like to tell people what I cook and how I fixed it. I like to get creative with it, and I often make up recipes as I go along. I call this "winging it". It's fun, and usually delicious, but not recreatable. It will be difficult for anyone else to make things just the way I do, because I don't measure.

So why am I telling you about it then? Maybe you'll be inspired to get a little creative too! I usually look for a recipe, and then using that as a guide, I tweak it as I go along--because 9x out of 10 I don't have every ingredient listed anyway.

Everything I make is as easy and as fast as possible. I don't cook with wine, i don't cook with hard to find items, just regular everyday things that most people have in their pantry. KISS! right? (Keep it simple, sweetie)

I have already posted one of the most basic of my recipes. Crock Pot Chicken is my dad's very favorite meal, and as a child, my mom would fix it at least once a month.

This website is likely to evolve in much the same way. If people are interested, I'll write more. If they want pictures, I may post some (but likely not every time). If no one cares, I'll close the whole thing down.

Crock Pot Chicken

You don't get any simpler then Crock Pot Chicken. You just don't. ANYONE can do it, if they have a crockpot and a whole bird fryer.

Put the frozen bird in the crockpot. Add as much water as you can without overflowing it. At minimum, this will work and still be good. Cook it all day, or until it falls off the bone.

See? Even a chimp (or your teenage son) could do it!

Wanna get a little fancy on it?? Add in any variety of seasonings. I usually add salt and pepper, some dried minced onion, some minced garlic (but you could do dried if you want), a bay leaf or two, some rosemary... Pretty much whatever you want. I tend to add it more to the water then to the top of the bird.

If you think of it, and are around, you could turn the bird over once--my crockpot won't hold enough water to cover the bird.

Days 2-?

Your options are limitless with leftovers! Depending on your level of cooking skills you can do:

Shredded BBQ chicken sandwiches
BBQ chicken pizza
Chicken Spaghetti
Chicken & Noodles (or dumplings)
Chicken Salad for sandwiches
Chicken tacos

Not sure which I'll do with the leftovers. I'll have to let you know! I am thinking some pizza sounds good though!