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Menu Sept. 22-27


Sunday: Stuffed shells
Monday: Chicken and wild rice soup
Tuesday: out
Wednesday: Cheddar Beef Enchiladas
Thursday: Tuna Pasta
Friday: Pizza night


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Menu June 9-15

Sunday: pizza night
Monday: Tortellini with spinach and mushrooms
Tuesday: Spicy sausage mac and cheese
Wednesday: Crescent sausage egg and cheese bake (cut in half)
Thursday: salads

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Menu Feb. 2-8


Saturday: Salsa Chicken Enchiladas
Sunday: Taking mac and cheese to a Super Bowl party
Monday: Buffalo Chicken Chili
Tuesday: BBQ Beef Sandwiches with leftover mac and cheese
Wednesday: Zesty Penne with Sausage and Peppers
Thursday: Curried Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup
Friday: Pizza night

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Christmas menus

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I’m posting these menus for myself, mostly, just so I can keep track of them. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

Saturday night
Grape Jelly Meatballs
Cream Cheese Rollups

Sunday night
Bloomin Onion Bread
Sausage Party Bread
Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

Monday morning
Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

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Best Crockpot Recipes of 2011

I’ve decided to participate in Finding Joy in My Kitchen‘s Countdown to 2011.¬†With 2011 coming to a close, I thought it would be a fun opportunity to look back at the crockpot recipes I’ve made this year and make a list of my favorites. I’m so glad I decided to do this, because going back through all my old posts helped me to remember some great recipes that I had forgotten!

So without further ado, my top 5 recipes (in no particular order) of 2011 are:

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken Pot Pie

Zuppa Toscana

Chicken Tacos

How many of these recipes have you made? What are your favorite crockpot recipes this year? Any recommendations on what I should try in 2012?

For more of the Best Crockpot Recipes of 2011, visit Finding Joy in My Kitchen!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu vs. Creamy Corn Chowder

You’ve read about the Chicken Cordon Bleu and the Creamy Corn Chowder. Now, it’s time to figure out which dish will proceed onto Round 2 of the Crockpot March Madness Tournament.

In determining the winner, Karen asked us to consider the following questions:

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Did your family eat and like it? Yes, we both liked it. I liked it better than Rick did, but he liked it, too.
What things did you like about the recipe? I liked the flavor of the sauce and the chicken. Also, it was proof that a “fancier” recipe can come from a crockpot!
What things would you change about the recipe? I would use oregano instead of thyme. The thyme was really strong, and was the only complaint Rick had about the dish.
Would you make this recipe again? Yes, possibly. It’s something different than what I normally make, but I liked it enough that I would occasionally put it on the menu.
Were there any leftovers or was the crock scraped clean? There were leftovers, but I knew there would be (I’m only cooking for two people). I did cut the recipe in half, so it only made 4 servings instead of 8.

Creamy Corn Chowder

Did your family eat and like it? Yes, we ate it. It wasn’t one of our favorites, but it was good and filling.
What things did you like about the recipe? I originally thought this dish would be good (or even better) without the chicken, but after making it, I was glad the chicken was there. It made it a lot more filling.
What things would you change about the recipe? The sauce was too runny — I was expecting it to be thicker. Also, I would omit the cream cheese, because I don’t think it really did anything to the dish.
Would you make this recipe again? Probably not. It reminded me a lot of other soups that I liked better. But if I did make it again, I would add a diced potato to make the soup even more hearty!
Was there any leftovers or was the crock scraped clean? This dish made about 5 servings for us, which is great, because we take leftovers to work with us for lunch everyday!

Was it a close game? Or was it a blow out? It wasn’t exactly a blow-out, as we enjoyed both dishes, but there was one that we clearly enjoyed more than the other. In this match-up, the Chicken Cordon Bleu is the winner!

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Crockpot Tournament!

Last week, Karen from 365 Days of Slow Cooking came up with a great idea. In honor of March Madness, Karen is hosting a tournament of crockpot recipes! She asked for volunteers to make two different crockpot recipes, and then choose the winner. The winning recipes from each head-to-head matchup will then live on in the tournament until the final four recipes are determined.

I immediately e-mailed Karen, asking if she still needed volunteers. This sounded like so much fun! First, I would get to make two new recipes that I may not have tried otherwise. And second, I love participating in “games” like this!

I chose two recipes from a list Karen sent me: Chicken Cordon Bleu and Creamy Corn Chowder. I will be making them on back-to-back nights this weekend, so look for the posts on my blog this week!

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