A whole new array of possibilities has opened up to me since learning you can bake potatoes in the Crock Pot. Simple, yet tasty. Basic, yet complex. A weeknight staple that just got easier. Let’s begin:
- Wash potatoes thoroughly.
- Gently rub salt on the exterior of the potato then wrap in aluminum foil.
- Line Crock Pot with foil or use one of the disposable Crock Pot liners.
- Place potatoes in the Crock Pot. Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours.
That’s it. Seriously. As we know, every Crock Pot is different. The potatoes were done in my pot at about 5 hours but this could be longer or shorter depending on your machine.
Why not bake extra potatoes and use them for:
- Slice into wedges, cover with olive oil and bake and you get Steak Fries for another weekend night dinner
- Hollow them out and make Potato Skins for the Football Party
- Use the “insides” for Potato Pancakes
- Loaded Baked Potatoes for lunch
- Fry them up to make Home Fries on Sunday morning
- Slice in half, top with scrambled eggs and cheese for a yummy breakfast
After getting so many requests for the recipe at tonight’s Girlz Night Out, I decided to post this easy and yummy recipe. Its perfect for after a day of skiing, sledding or, if you are like me and prefer indoor sports, holiday shopping.
Pumpkin Spice Lattes
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1/2 cup vanilla (yes, that is correct…1/2 a cup)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
6 cups strongly brewed coffee
6 cups milk (I used 1% but you could use whatever you have on hand)
1. Combine the pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar together using a whisk.
2. Slowly add the warm coffee to the pumpkin mixture while continuing to whisk.
3. Slowly add the milk; again continue to whisk until well combined.
4. Pour into Crockpot. Cook on low for 2 hours.
5. Serve in mugs and top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
Like I’ve told many of you who have stayed at the B&B, I can make just about anything as long as it has an egg in it but weeknight dinners are not my friend. The thought of dirtying the kitchen partnered with finding something the picky taste buds of my kiddos will enjoy sometimes seems overwhelming. I came across this recipe and my hubby has actually named it a TOP 5 dinner and suggested that it be added to our regular weeknight rotation. Therefore, the recipe must be shared with the world!
Honey Sesame Crockpot Chicken – as adapted from Chef-in-Training.com
- 2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup honey
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons diced onion
- 4 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tablespoons water
- Sesame seeds
- Season both sides of chicken with lightly with salt and pepper, put into crock pot.
- Combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes in a small bowl. Pour over chicken.
- Cook on low for 3-4 hours or just until chicken is fully cooked.
- Remove chicken from crock pot; leave the sauce. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce.
- Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.
- Cut chicken into pieces then return to the crockpot. Coat the chicken with the sauce before serving.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice.
Looking for something fun to do on this rainy Friday afternoon? Try making your own donuts in honor of National Donut Day! The recipe can’t get any simpler…
1 roll of refrigerated biscuits (7.5 oz can)
3 cups Canola oil
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoon milk
Apple Glaze Icing
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons apple juice
1) Slowly heat Canola oil in 1 quart saucepan.
2) While warming, remove biscuits from roll. Separate. Using a biscuit cutter, remove center of biscuit to make a “donut.” Let rise for several minutes.
3) Brown donuts in oil (2-3 minutes on each side).
4) Have fun with the toppings! Dip warm donuts in one of the glaze recipes above and then roll in nuts, chocolate chips or sprinkles! You can also roll them in plain powdered sugar or a cinnamon/sugar mixture. Don’t forget to cook the “holes” and dip those in toppings too.
Join us on Wednesday, June 13 for an evening of food, fun and festivities as 5 Corners Bed & Breakfast celebrates their 5 Year Anniversary!
The Networking and Open House kicks-off at 4:30pm and lasts till 8:00pm. Tour the guest rooms, enjoy complimentary refreshments and register to win our famous Brunch for Six. Be sure to bring a friend!
Following the Open House, head out into the streets of downtown Amherst for the first Walkin’ on Wednesdays; Main Street Amherst’s new summer event full of free family entertainment.
For more information, please call (440) 984-3084.