Sunday, March 27, 2022

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: Creamy Chicken Tacos

 

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This Sunday, why not make your life easy and cook a meal that invites others to serve themselves? Creamy Chicken Tacos have only three ingredients and couldn't be easier to make in your crockpot or using the slow cooker function on your Instant Pot.

Here's what you will need.

4 chicken breasts
1 can of Ro-Tel
4 ounces of cream cheese

Cook the chicken and Ro-Tel for 6 hours. Use the low setting on the crockpot or the slow cook button on the Instant Pot.

Shred the chicken.

Add the cream cheese and cook for 30 minutes longer. Stir and let everyone make their hard or soft-shell tacos the way they like 'em.

Here are a few topping suggestions.

Avocado slices or cubes
Guacamole
Shredded lettuce
Diced onions
Chopped tomatoes
Salsa
Sour Cream

You can find more super-simple recipes like this one at the Living on a Dime website. Just follow the link and look in the sidebar for the free 22 Recipes in 20 Minutes e-book.

https://bit.ly/LODCIE

They also have a full-length cookbook in either e-book or print version (I have the e-book version) and lots of videos with recipe ideas and money-saving suggestions.

I retired my crockpot once I discovered how well the slow cooker function on my Instant Pot works. The outside of the Instant Pot stays cool so I trust it to sit on my countertop. I always put the crockpot on the stovetop because the outside got so hot. The Instant Pot replaces so many gadgets including an electric steamer and rice cooker. I even retired my Dutch oven because the food cooks more evenly in the Instant Pot. 


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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Ornery Owl's Saturday Night Special: Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

 


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Who in the world wants to spend Saturday night slaving over a stove? Not this owl! With your trusty Instant Pot Duo (or a skillet and a crockpot) you can instead spend about a half-hour of prep time midday and have a thick, savory soup ready six hours later with minimal effort.



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 Once I learned how well the Instant Pot Duo works as a slow cooker, I retired my crockpot. And since the Instant Pot Duo also has a built-in sauté function, I don’t need to dirty a separate skillet to brown the meat.

The following recipe yields 2-4 servings. It will serve two moderately hungry adults and two children or two very hungry adults. It is easy to multiply the recipe.

Begin by turning on the sauté function on your Instant Pot Duo or heat a skillet on medium-high. Either way, you will melt 1 ½ tablespoons of butter.

When the butter is hot, add 2-3 strips of bacon or a small handful of bacon ends and pieces. I received a big pack of bacon ends and pieces from the food bank. I portioned this into Ziploc bags, approximately a small handful of bacon to a bag. Bacon ends and pieces work nicely for flavoring soups and stews.

Cook the bacon for 5 minutes. With the Instant Pot, you’ll want to stir frequently to avoid burning. After 5 minutes, add onion. I used half of a small onion, chopped.

Fry the onion and the bacon for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add one pound of ground beef. I seasoned the beef with a generous sprinkle of The Blend and approximately a tablespoonful of Montreal seasoning. I didn’t measure it, so this is a guess.

Cook the beef until browned, stirring frequently.

Turn off the sauté function on the Instant Pot or remove the skillet from the heat and pour the beef mixture into your crockpot. Add one cup of chicken broth. I like to use Kirkland chicken stock from Costco, which is inexpensive. You can use any brand you like. You can also use bullion in a cup of water.

Do NOT buy Kirkland chicken stock from Amazon or you'll pay about three times what you would in the store. If you want to buy chicken stock from Amazon, the Kitchen Basics brand is comparable to the grocery store price at $3.24 for 32 ounces. https://amzn.to/3loe2wH

Set your Instant Pot to the slow cook function or your crockpot to low. Cook this mixture for 5 hours.

After 5 hours, stir in ½ cup of heavy cream, 1 cup of shredded cheese, 4 ounces of cream cheese, and your choice of 1 cup of cooked rice, 1 cup of riced cauliflower, or 2 small, cubed potatoes. Cook for 1 more hour until the cheese is melted.

I had some leftover spicy Asian pork and rice and I stirred this into the soup.

I do not expect leftovers with this soup. It is delicious!

  The Blend is made by Kinder's. This mix has just three ingredients: black pepper, sea salt, and garlic powder. You could certainly make your own. 

I like to stock up on The Blend from Costco when it's on sale because it's very inexpensive. You can also purchase two 10.5-ounce bottles from Amazon, currently priced at $18.94. https://amzn.to/3fjz37M

You can purchase an 11.62-ounce jar of Montreal seasoning from Amazon for $6.12 through the following link. https://amzn.to/3rJGLNV Alternatively, you can opt for a subscription at $5.20 for the same size jar, you choose the delivery frequency.

I adapted this recipe from the Cheesy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup recipe from http://www.lazydaycookingclub.com

 I pay a small monthly fee for membership to the Lazy Day Cooking Club. As a member of the Lazy Day Cooking Club, not only do you receive easy and delicious recipes, but they come with a built-in serving calculator and shopping list generator. I save money and have less food going to waste with the Lazy Day Cooking Club.

I am not an affiliate of the Lazy Day Cooking Club, and I don’t receive any sort of compensation for telling you about them. I just think that it is an awesome program that my readers might like.

Happy Cooking!



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Friday, November 12, 2021

Turkey Trouble: A Silly Senryu

  

Sun tea is good. I'm not so sure about sun turkey.
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I must laugh out loud
recalling raw roast turkey
I know better now

~ornery owl~

notes
After yesterday's heavy load, I decided to go light-hearted. 2019 was the first year that I tried to roast a whole turkey. The slow-roasting procedure that I used did not work out marvelously and the turkey was still raw at the bone even after 18 hours in the oven. Since then, I have purchased an idiot-proof countertop roaster, which works beautifully.

If you'd like more information on the roaster I bought and why I like love it, read the following post.

prompts

Prompt: Laugh out loud

Prompt: Discuss something you have learned

Haiku My Heart

https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/2021-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-12
Prompt: Write a "raw" poem

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: The Culinary Misadventures of a Half-Assed Chef

  

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she took Billy Lynn's long walk to her kitchen
she resolved to prepare cuisine worthy of excitement
she committed herself to following the motivating recipe as closely as possible

her home smelled of rosy red petunias and pretty pickled peanuts
her appetite was insatiable
she took Billy Lynn's long walk to her kitchen

the dessert she made began with bent bristles and blended bananas 
she ignored the knitting neighbors and nagging noises
she resolved to prepare cuisine worthy of excitement

sometimes during past cooking adventures, she had improvised too much
now she realized the mistake she had made
she committed herself to following the motivating recipe as closely as possible

~ornery owl~

110 words

Note: This post originally appeared on my poetry blog.

prompts used to prepare this preposterous poem


Prompt: Write about food
The logo was designed by me using free elements from Pixlr. You are welcome to use it if you like. No credit is necessary.

Write a poem about a location.
In this poem, the location of focus is the kitchen.

Prompt: Write a poem about anticipation. Use the cascade form.

https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/poetic-form-cascade-poem



This poem was inspired by a minor culinary disaster. Last night I made tapioca pudding in the slow cooker. My son took some upstairs to his room and came down a few minutes later to tell me the pudding had no flavor. Upon tasting it, I realized that I had forgotten to add sugar. I saved it for tonight and will blend it with some boxed vanilla pudding. 

Here is the recipe I used, in case you are interested. Don't forget the sugar!

4 cups milk

⅔ cup white sugar

½ cup small pearl tapioca

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Stir together the milk, sugar, tapioca, and eggs in a slow cooker. Cover, and cook on medium for 3 hours, or on Low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve warm.

I also added 1/4 cup of butter for flavor, but that is optional. I had a bit of leftover rice from dinner which I threw in as well.

I didn't have any small pearl tapioca, so I used the large pearl variety. Small pearl tapioca does not have to be soaked. Large pearl does. Oddly enough, tapioca is hard to come by in my area. I haven't had much luck finding it online either.

Here is the recipe source.


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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Helloween 2021 Day 23: My Unbelievable House

  



most find it unbelievable

that I am haunting a big house

filled with so much history

they always anticipated

that I would end up living on the street

 

I am still trying to create

order from the mess that is my life

it seems that each time I mend something

another thing breaks

 

I can trace this house's past

through the residents of the town

it was built in 1910

it is on the historical register

 

it started life as a hotel

it was once a house of ill repute

it has been a hospital and a church

a boarding house for teachers

and a bed and breakfast

 

the house was populated by idiots

at certain points in its existence

one selfish woman and her bratty children

destroyed beautiful artwork

created by the teachers who once lived here

 

there are similarities and differences

between the self-absorbed floozy

and the fix-and-flipper

she lived for her whims

he had tunnel vision

 

I find myself unsure

If I am making forward movement

I don’t have adequate money

To make more repairs

 

I find myself staring down the barrel

Of going back to work

I am still compromised

I could only work part-time

 

Disability doesn’t pay enough

And I’m tired of dealing with their guff

You can only amass $2000 in savings

You can only have one car

 

Never mind if you think it would be wise to have a backup vehicle

Or want to put aside some money

In case of emergencies

 

Or that $1380 per month

Only just pays the bills

And then they take back $140 of that

To pay the Medicare premiums

 

I would like to haunt my bruised old house on the prairie

Every day forever

I don’t want to return to my old job

Two hours away from home

 

Where I’ll have to get a hotel room

And be away from home three days a week

I just want to haunt my unbelievable home

I just want to be free at last

 

To be what I am

And not what everyone else

Thinks that I should be

But have failed to be

 

I want to be the real me

But I’m not entirely sure

What that is

 

369 words

~Ornery Owl Has Spoken~


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los promptos

Prompt: Unbelievable




I used the word prompts for day 22 and didn't follow the prompt for day 23.



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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: The Easiest and Best Alfredo Sauce

 

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The next time you are in the grocery store and you say to yourself:

"I think I'll pick up a jar of alfredo sauce..."

Just imagine a fat owl in a chef's hat barreling down on you in a flying tackle, hooting:

"Stop, you fool!"

Why?

Because if you buy the stuff in the jar, you'll be missing out on the best alfredo sauce you've ever tasted. It's the alfredo sauce that you'll be making yourself. It isn't the least bit difficult and it only has four ingredients. The recipe is easy to multiply to suit your needs.

You will need a saucepan, a whisk, and a spoon for tasting.

Melt 1/4 cup of butter on medium heat. 

Once the butter has melted, pour in 1 pint of heavy cream. You can use half and half or milk if you don't have heavy cream, but heavy cream yields the thickest sauce with the best taste.

Mix in either a crushed garlic clove or 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. You might try crushed roasted garlic cloves. So might I at some point in the future.

Stir in 3/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese. It's best to get the higher quality stuff from the deli section rather than the stuff in the jar, which has anti-caking agents added. Shredded Parmesan cheese can be kept in the freezer. I didn't have anything but the stuff in the jar when I made this recipe. It wasn't a deal-breaker, but the anti-caking agent adds a slight aftertaste.

Stir the sauce frequently with a whisk until it has thickened and is just starting to bubble. Do not allow it to boil.

Pour over pasta and enjoy!

I found this delicious copycat Olive Garden alfredo sauce on the CopyKat Recipes site. https://copykat.com/olive-garden-alfredo-sauce/

You can purchase garlic powder from the grocery store, from my Watkins affiliate page, or from Amazon. 




At the time of this writing, this handsome Carote 2-quart nonstick saucepan is on sale for $13.99 (normally $29.99). I think I may just need one for myself.


This handy set of silicone-coated kitchen tools is currently $19.99


This two-piece set of silicone cooking spoons is currently $10.99

I hope that you enjoy this decadent alfredo sauce as much as I do. It's easy to make, especially when you have the right tools, and tastes so much better than the stuff from a jar. 

Happy Cooking!


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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Sunday Dinner at the Grover Hotel: Slow Cooker Eye Round Roast

 


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I'm rather sad that it's been two months since I did a Sunday Dinner post. But rather than lamenting and berating myself (something that I excel at) let's dive right into the deliciousness.

On my recent foray to Friendly Nick's butcher in Fort Collins (http://fnbutcher.com) I picked up a gorgeous eye round roast. The eye round is an inexpensive, fairly lean cut of meat, so it can be tough if not cooked properly. If possible, I recommend getting meat from an independent butcher. I've found that it doesn't cost any more than purchasing the meat in a grocery store, and the quality is far superior. 

I fired up the saute function on the Instant Pot, put in a little canola oil, let it heat up, and browned the outside of the roast. I then sprinkled the roast with my favorite spice mix, The Blend from Kinder's. This mix has just three ingredients: black pepper, sea salt, and garlic powder. You could certainly make your own. 

I like to stock up on Kinder's from Costco when it's on sale because it's very inexpensive. You can also purchase two 10.5-ounce bottles from Amazon, currently priced at $18.94. https://amzn.to/3fjz37M

I poured a bit of chicken stock into the bottom of the pot, closed the lid, and fired up the slow cooker function. I've mentioned previously how much I love using my Instant Pot as a slow cooker. It cooks the food more evenly, and the outside of the pot stays cool, which makes me feel safer if I want to leave it unattended while I go out for a while.

I get the best price on chicken stock at Costco. Do NOT buy Kirkland chicken stock from Amazon or you'll pay about three times what you would in the store. If you want to buy chicken stock from Amazon, the Kitchen Basics brand is comparable to grocery store price at $3.24 for 32 ounces. https://amzn.to/3loe2wH

About three hours into cooking, I remembered that I wanted to find a copycat recipe for Arby's beef. My son and I love the Beef and Cheddar sandwiches, but you really don't get enough beef bang for your buck. Lo and behold, I found a recipe at Secret Copycat Restaurant Recipes. I'll give you the full recipe below and then tell you the modifications I made.

Materials
1 3 to 4-pound Roast Beef
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
1 envelope Onion Soup Mix
1 Onion
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
8 Onion Hamburger Buns

Instructions
1. Place roast in crockpot.
2. Stir remaining ingredients (except the buns, of course) together and pour over roast.
3. Cook for 8 - 10 hours on low, stirring occasionally.
4. Pull apart or slice thin.
5. Serve on buns.

Notes
Makes about 8 sandwiches

The roast was halfway through cook time at the point when I added the brown sugar and onion soup mix. I didn't add any fresh onion. My excuse is feeling a bit knackered after having my second COVID shot Friday. 

My son felt worse than I did. All his muscles were sore, he was a bit nauseous, and he was fatigued. I was slightly more fatigued than usual and I had to use my asthma inhaler for the first time in months. We're back to abnormal today.

The upshot is the roast didn't taste quite like Arby's, but it was really good. Next time I'll try it using the above instructions from the start and see what happens.

You can get 16 two-ounce envelopes of Lipton's Onion Soup Mix from Amazon for $19.83. That works out to $1.23 per envelope. https://amzn.to/3xci51z

I hope you beef lovers try this recipe and let me know what you think.

Happy Cooking!


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