Mikaela's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Quinoa and Black Beans

SO I have been looking and trying different quinoa recipes and have been disappointed with past recipes. THIS recipe however, was delicious. I love quinoa, black beans and corn so this was one of my favs.

1 tsp olive oil
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
3/4 cup vegetable broth
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 c. corn
2 cans (15oz) black beans
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic and saute till lightly brown. Mix quinoa into the sauce pan and cover with vegetable  broth and add cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper and bring to boil. Reduce heat and  Let simmer for 20 minutes.

Stir in corn and simmer for five more minutes. Then add black beans and cilantro. YUm Yum Yum! This was a hit in our home.

Grandma's Carmels

This was my first time making candy and I have to say that I wouldn't do this again without my Grandma haha. But it was fun and worth it for the carmels.

4 c. sugar
1/2 lb butter
4 c. whipping cream
3 c. karo light syrup
1 can evaporated milk (12oz)
1 c. chopped walnuts
2 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients, except nuts and vanilla. Make sure you have a HEAVY pan atleast 7 quart size and a thick bottom. Cook over high heat, stirring it continuously until it starts to bubble. Turn down heat to medium high and keep stirring until candy thermometer reaches 242 degrees. This takes about 1 hour. After this add nuts and vanilla, mix well and pour into WELL BUTTERED 15x10x2 pan and let cool completely.

When carmel is cooled turn over onto cutting board and cut into small pieces. Wrap with wax paper. This makes about 5 lbs of carmels. YUM YUM.

Easy Crock Pot Toast with potatoes

3lb chunk roast
1/2 can beef broth
1 c. flour
1.2 tsp. garlic powder
1 med. onion
2 tbsp olive oil
1 bay leaf
dash of salt and pepper
three potatoes diced

Wash roast, season generously with salt and pepper and garlic powder. Coat with flour.

Place floured roast into an oiled skillet and brown slightly on both sides. While browning roast, add diced onions to skillet.

Transfer roast and onions to greased crock pot. Toss in whole garlic cloves and bay leaf. Pour 1/2 can beef broth over roast and add salt and pepper. Add potatoes on top and let it cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 8-10 hours.