Monday, October 8, 2012

Slow Cooking with the Kitchen Disaster

I think I earned myself a medal.  I successfully planned and made dinner every night this last week.  The slow cooker is a life saver, let me tell you.
Here is my little laundry room kitchen setup.  Forgot to leave out a big spoon for soups, so we have been using coffee cups to dish out dinner.  We are good at adapting.

First night was some freezer ravioli with sauce.  Not picture worthy.  But Tuesday was a definite winner.  We had chicken and dumplings the only way I will make them from now on!
Just cut up some carrots and celery, throw in 2 cans each of cream of celery and cream of chicken  (or do some fancy combos with the other creamy soups).  Water it down a bit - probably 4 can fulls of water.  Then add a few chicken breasts and cook on low for 7 hours.  When you get home, remove the chicken, let cool and then shred.  Turn the crock pot up to high.  While the chicken is cooking, take a roll of those refrigerator biscuits and tear each one into quarters, roll in a ball, and drop in the pot.  Return the shredded chicken and cook on high for about an hour.  After we had dinner, I added another roll of refrigerator biscuits so we would have more dumplings for lunch the next day.

Wednesday was Corn and Potato Chowder from Dwell on Joy
 For how simple this dish was, I was unsure what the outcome would be like.  Wowza!  This dish was amazing.  Highly recommended.  Not a crock pot recipe, but surprisingly fast and easy for a chowder.  I did it on the grill; so you can easily do it in your kitchen  ;)  haha

Thursday brought African Peanut Stew from Peas and Thank You
 Try as I might, I could not make this dish look tasty.  It was quite good, but all the pics I took made it look weird and lifeless.

And Friday I made Buffalo Chicken from Iowa Girl Eats.  This stuff was quite spicy.  Nice and easy crock pot recipe though.  I preferred eating it on salad with ranch dressing to take a bit away from the spicyness.  Josh had it on bread and I don't think he was impressed with it that way as he hasn't eaten it since then.

Things are looking up around here.  Feels good to be building up the kitchen instead of tearing it down!
Josh is currently working on installing the base cabinets.  This is going slowly as he needs to route two vents and the sink plumbing.  Ordered the microwave today.  That is what is going in that cabinet on the back wall with the hole in it.  We decided to go with the Sharp KB-6524PS 24-Inch Microwave Drawer Oven, Stainless.  Putting the microwave down in a base cabinet seemed more practical and will also keep it out of sight from the other room.  The microwave has a button to automatically open and close the drawer - yeah, we were impressed too  :)

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