Thursday, August 8, 2013

Crock Pot beef tips & gravy

Katie made these for freezer group once and I've seen the recipe all over the blogosphere.  There are a few additions you can make but here's the general run-down.


1 1/2 lbs beef stew meat
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1 can cream of ?? soup (I make my own)
1 (14 oz) can beef broth
Salt & pepper


Put stew meat in bottom of crock pot.  Season with salt and pepper.

In bowl, combine soup mix, soup and beef broth.  Pour over stew meat and stir to cover meat.

Cook on low 6-8 hours, till meat is insanely tender.

Serve over mashed potatoes (our favorite!), rice or noodles.

NOTE: You could add a can or two of mushrooms to the crock pot if desired.  While my husband would love that, I'm not a mushroom fan, so I leave them out.  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Amazing green sauce

Zac's sister, Kirsten, has been visiting us the last week or so.  She made this yummy sauce and served it over grilled chicken.  SO.  GOOD.  I think it would also be good over tacos, on a salad...on a flip flop.  It's that good.  :)


4 tomatillos, halved
1 poblano pepper, quartered
1 small jalapeno pepper, remove seeds and membrane
1 medium onion, quartered
3 cloves garlic
1 avocado
1 handful of cilantro
juice of half a lime
Sour cream and/or heavy cream  (Enough to make it creamy and as 'runny' as you want.  But not enough to overpower the other yumminess!)
Salt & pepper, to taste


Roast first 5 ingredients in broiler on high. Make sure you do not burn the garlic!

Blend in food processor.

Add avocado, lime, and cilantro to food processor and blend.

Add sour cream/heavy cream and blend.

Make sure you taste--you will probably need to add salt and/or pepper.

Serve over whatever you can find to serve it on.  :)