Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Tail Chaser

Nuff Said!

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Monday, April 14, 2008

A Pearl Of A Snack

Ranch Oyster Crackers

Looking for a super simple and highly addictive snack? Oh baby have I found one! Ranch Oyster Crackers are on the list as a must-make munchie for my next soiree. Aside from the 20 minute bake time, these tasty little nibbles took about 5 minutes to make, and I spent less than $5 on the ingredients. What's not to love about a snack like that? And to boot, the crackers are relatively low fat.

I omitted the dill weed and the lemon pepper, and cut back on the oil a smidge, and this little snack came out great.

Ranch Oyster Crackers

1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper (optional)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
5 cups oyster crackers

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

In a large mixing bowl, combine ranch dressing mix, dill weed, vegetable oil, lemon pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well. Add oyster crackers to the mixture and mix to coat the crackers. Pour the crackers onto a cookie sheet.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring gently halfway through the baking time.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Slow Cookin' Goodness

So let's play a little catch up shall we? The economy sucks, so the job hunt has been on like crazy in my Culinarily Obsessed house. But the cooking continues, more than usual actually. Funny thing about having to watch your budget, keeps you from eating out as much, thus you're in the kitchen more. But hey, I'm not complaining, I get to try out new recipes, save money and eat healthier than I would have by going out.

One of those new recipes I tried a while back was a yummy pot roast recipe. For a long while, the use of the slow cooker was left to my Big Bad Dad aka Mr. Picky Eater. It's a simple appliance, but I never touched the thing, I was always worried I'd undercook or worse overcook something. I've started using the thing and I'm starting to like it. Another thing I like, no scratch that I LOVE is AllRecipes. It is definitely my go-to site when I'm searching for a recipe. A while back I spotted a slow cooker pot roast recipe that had about a bazillion rave reviews, so I figured I had to give it a shot, I mean how can a bazillion people be wrong about a recipe yanno?

awesome slow cooker pot roast dinner

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast

2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
3/4 cup water
5 1/2 pounds bottom round roast

In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and water. Place pot roast in slow cooker and coat with soup mixture.

Cook on High setting for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low setting for 8 to 9 hours.

A lot of the review critiqued the "gravy" in the recipe which didn't turn out to be much of a gravy in my opinion. I served the pot roast alongside mashed potatoes, and the so-called gravy, which was flavorful was great mixed into the potatoes. It was hardly thick enough to be considered a gravy though, but hey I'm not complaining. Will this be a repeat for us? Oh yeah.

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