Texas Queso Dip

Sometimes it is an eat chips and queso kind of day. This crock pot Texas Queso Dip is not that different from the Sausage Queso I have shared before. The main difference is spicy or hot seasoned sausage instead of ground pork or mild pork sausage.

Texas Queso DipThe recipe is out of the 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes from Gooseberry Patch. And it is a cinch.

Simply brown a pound of hamburger. If you want to do it quick, be sure to check out my quick tip on browning hamburger. Just place a two-pound block of Velveeta, a can of tomatoes and chiles (or a can of diced tomatoes plus a can of chiles like I did) along with a half a cup of milk.

Crock Pot Texas Queso Dip

Just let the mixture cook on low for two hours in a slow cooker or crock pot. Stir occasionally to avoid it burning around the edges. Serve with tortilla chips.

Crock Pot Queso Dip

Texas Queso Dip

Texas Queso Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. hot ground pork sausage, browned and drained
  • 32-oz. pkg. pasteurized process cheese spread, cubed
  • 10-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • white corn tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Combine the sausage, cheese, tomatoes and milk in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for two hours until cheese is melted.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.
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Crock Pot Chipotle Shredded Beef

Naturally when I am reviewing a new cookbook I am drawn to the Mexican inspired recipes. When the recipe includes a beef roast and a crock pot, I am sold. Gonna try the recipe. This crock pot chipotle shredded beef did not disappoint anyone in the family.

slow cooked chipotle shredded beefThe recipe called for a chuck roast, but here is the deal, use whatever beef roast you have on hand or is on sale at the grocery story. It will all work the same. Place the beautiful beef roast in the crock pot.

beef chuck roast in crock pot

The original recipe called for cans of diced tomatoes, green chiles and chipotle sauce. I however had enchilada sauce instead of chipotle. It also called for chili powder and cumin. I had Penzey’s Chili 9000 which has cumin and other yummy seasonings and herbs. So, I used two tablespoons of it instead. Topped the roast with sliced onions and the canned goods before letting it slow cook all day. I omitted the beef broth the recipe called for originally.

Chipotle Beef Ingredients

After it has slow cooked all day, you should be able to peel any excess fat off the roast and then shred with two forks. Don’t trim the fat before cooking. Remember fat is the flavor conductor. You want it to cook with the meat all day to add flavor.

crock pot chipotle beef
 The meat should be fairly juicy. Which made me relieved that I didn’t add the two cups of beef broth. You will get quite a bit of beef. This is a great recipe to eat twice.

slow cooked chipotle shredded beef

The cooked meat will freeze nicely to pull out later or go ahead and make some beef enchiladas and use the meat for tacos or on top of Mexican Risotto.

Chipotle shredded beef risottoThe recipe is from 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes which is the combination of three cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch. I will be giving this cookbook away the second week of September 2014. Be sure to check back to register to win and see what other great recipes I made.

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 lb. beef chuck roast, trimmed
  • 14-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 7-oz. can chipotle sauce or medium red enchilada sauce
  • 4-oz. can diced green chiles
  • 1 onion, slice
  • 2 T. chili 9000 from Penzey's or 2 T chili powder and 1 t. cumin

Instructions

  1. Place roast in a slow cooker. Top with remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.
  2. Once it is completely cooked, remove any excess fat. With 2 forks, shred the beef roast in slow cooker. Add beef broth if there is not much liquid.
  3. Serve on tortillas with favorite taco toppings, on a bed of lettuce for a salad or in a bowl with Mexican rice.
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Hunk of Meat Monday: Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

I am giving away my new favorite cookbook. Maybe it is because it is grilling season, and I love to grill on my Big Green EGG. Or maybe it is because I am making food that looks like this Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken.

Bacon wrapped BBQ chickenAnd just how do you get to this end beauty. Start with chicken tenders or in my case chicken breasts and then cut them in half.

Chicken breasts for bacon wrapped BBQ chickenI multi-task in the kitchen so before you start wrapping your chicken, get your special barbecue sauce going. Pick your favorite barbecue sauce and then add two tablespoons of brown sugar and a teaspoon of onion powder.

homemade barbecue sauce

As the sauce simmers, get to wrapping up your chicken. I was able to use one slice per chicken. Some folks may want to hold the bacon in place by toothpicks. I had good luck keeping the bacon in place with the just the barbecue.

bacon wrapped chicken

Once it safely wrapped and completely covered with bacon, it is time to slather each piece with your barbecue sauce.

Barbecue Sauce Bacon Wrapped Chicken

I used a grill brush to put the sauce on but you could also use a spoon.

Brushing on Barbecue Sauce on Bacon Wrapped ChickenThen it is grill time! The bacon will put off bacon grease. So, if you a grilling over a gas grill, you may want to put the chicken a little in between the burners or a more indirect location on the grill.

Grilling Bacon Wrapped ChickenNow, don’t get flip happy. If you flip too much the bacon will fall off. And you don’t want to lose the bacon to the grill. Trust me. I cooked the chicken for about 10-15 minutes on each side. Use a meat thermometer and make sure you cook your chicken to 165 degrees. And plus, you want your bacon done too!! The barbecue and bacon will keep the chicken juicy.

If you want to enjoy a bacon wrapped meal, add some asparagus wrapped in bacon to the grill.

Bacon wrapped grilled chicken Love this recipe, go register to win this cookbook!

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 cup favorite BBQ sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half
  • 1/2-1 lb bacon

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine barbecue sauce, brown sugar and onion powder. Simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile wrap chicken breast with one to two slices bacon each. Set aside 3/4 cup sauce mixture. Brush remaining sauce mixture over chicken.
  3. Place chicken on grill not directly over flames to prevent flare ups with a medium-high heat. Grill for 25-30 minutes, flipping twice, until nearly done. Brush chicken well with reserved sauce mixture.
  4. Cook until chicken juices run clear and sauce is caramelized. Always cook chicken to 165 degrees.
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Gooseberry Patch Grilling and Campfire Cooking Cookbook Giveaway

Sometimes you get a cookbook that you literally want to make every recipe in the cookbook. Every single one. This new Grilling and Campfire Cooking Cookbook is that cookbook for me.

Grilling and Campfire Cooking Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch

Maybe it is because I am obsessed with my Big Green Egg. Or maybe because we had a hard, cold winter. Or the recipes are just that good. The chapters of the cookbook lend to your summer day’s cuisine desire. Whether you are grilling out, looking for a side dish, on a campfire or just looking for a cool crisp salad, you will find it in this cookbook.

Grilling Campfire Cooking table of contentsHere is a sneak peak into a few of my dishes.

April's barbecue chicken

April’s Barbecue Chicken

Bacon wrapped grilled chicken and asparagus

Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Chicken

Sizzling Bacon Asparagus

Backyard Cheddar BBQ Burgers

Backyard BBQ Cheddar Burgers

I also made the Lemony Grilled Broccoli and Versatile Grilled Veggies. Both were awesome grilled side dishes.

But, don’t just take my word for it, checkout some of these recipes from a few of my friends.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Campfire Burritos

Balsamic Grilled Tomatoes

Sweet and Spicy Chicken

Are you dying to get your hands on the cookbook? Register to win one by leaving a comment on what your favorite summertime or grilled dish is. Can’t wait for the 10 days I will be running this giveaway, go buy the Cookbook. Be sure to register by July 1 or you will have no chance to win it! To give you an idea of just how yummy this cookbook can be, here is one of the recipes I prepared

April's Barbecue Chicken

April's Barbecue Chicken

This is a juicy grilled chicken recipe with an easy homemade barbecue sauce.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs chicken or chicken pieces
  • 1 T. plus 1 t. garlic powder, divided
  • 1 1/2 t. onion powder, divided
  • 2 c. ketchup
  • 1 to 2 c. brown sugar, packed and divided
  • 1/2 t. dry mustard
  • 1/2 t. chili powder
  • 1 t. liquid smoke

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot, place chicken and cover with water, one tablespoon garlic powder and one teaspoon of onion powder. Cook on medium-high heat till the pot comes to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. While chicken is cooking, combine ketchup, one cup brown sugar, mustard, chili powder and remaining garlic and onion powders in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Simmer for 15 minutes adding liquid smoke and remaining brown sugar to your taste.
  3. Once chicken has simmered, place on medium-high heated grill. Grill for 30-40 minutes or till chicken reaches an internal temp of 165. Baste with barbecue sauce as it grills.
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Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast and Gooseberry Patch Giveaway

Nothing says Hunk of Meat Monday like a pot roast. When it is rainy and dreary, coming home to this zesty Italian pot roast will make everyone happy. Italian Pot RoastThe beautiful thing about the crock pot is that you stuff it full of goodness and then walk away. zesty Italian pot roast Simple ingredients of a beef roast, potatoes, carrots and a can of tomatoes with some Italian seasoning. Then let cook on low or slow roast in the oven for several hours on 300 degrees. Italian Pot Roast The perfect flavorful pot roast with no needed ketchup. And if you love slow cooker meals, you will love this 101 Super Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook that has other yummy recipes like Brunswick Stew. Brunswick StewOr Smoky Hobo Dinner smoky hobo dinner So, if you are looking for a new cookbook to partner with your crock pot this cookbook is the book for you. 101 Super-Easy Slow Cooker Recipes But don’t know about the recipes I am showing you? You aren’t convinced? Check these recipes out too-

The Country Cook

This Farm Family’s Life 

From My Front Porch

Alarm Clock Wars

Now, if you want this cookbook, let me know what your go-to meal is in the crock pot is. Just leave a comment simple as that. But don’t wait too long, you have till May 7 to register!

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast

An easy traditional pot roast made with a few non-traditional ingredients that make it a zesty Italian pot roast.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 pound beef roast (chuck, arm, rump)
  • 4 potatoes, quartered and peeled if so desired
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 stalk celery cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper and salt
  • 1, 14.5 ounce can of tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place raw vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Set beef roast on top of vegetables followed by tomatoes and Italian seasonings. Pour water over top.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. Slice pot roast and serve with vegetables.
  5. Thicken remaining juices with flour or corn starch.
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Gooseberry Patch’s Good-For-You Everyday Meals Giveaway

With the weather FINALLY warming up, I can feel the winter comfort food lingering as we all reintroduce ourselves to the outdoors. Planting lettuce and other cool weather plants in the garden is also motivating for me to think about eating a little more consciously. The latest cookbook from Gooseberry Patch, Good-For-You Everyday Meals, is just what this good weather ordered.

Good For You Everyday Meals Cookbook

The cookbook has over 200 fresh-tasting recipes the whole family will love. Here is a peak at a few recipes I made for my family. They were lick the bowl good!

bowties and sausage Fort Worth Bean DipQuick Spicy Beef burritos on corn tortillasThe cookbook is laid out easy for you to find the right kind of dish. Plus it includes a recipe index in the back.

Good-For-You Everyday Meals table of content If this isn’t enough to convince you, checkout these other reviews of the cookbook.

Threaded Together

A Latte with Ott, A

Homesteaders Heart

Goodeness Gracious

Well Seasoned Life

Delightful Country Cookin’

Grammas in the Kitchen

Susie QTpies Cafe

Girl with blog

Want to win it, just leave a comment! Let me know what you do to make your recipes more healthy or one of your favorite healthy recipes. If you leave a comment you are entered. The giveaway will end April 12 at 11:59 pm. Don’t delay!!

I received two copies of the cookbook for free from Gooseberry Patch. One to keep and one to giveaway. Opinions on the cookbook are all mine. 

Mountaintop Oven Baked Bacon

Mountaintop baked baconI had you at bacon. I know. It is so hard to not take a peek when bacon is involved. Afterall, it is the gateway drug for vegetarians and vegans. And my friends, if you like sweet and savory combinations, this will be your very own version of crack.

Mountaintop bacon on panNothing beats this bacon as it is sprinkled with a mixture of flour, brown sugar and black pepper. Then it is into the oven, as oven baked bacon is my new go-to way of preparing bacon.

Mountaintop oven baked baconThe best part, my husband didn’t really care for the sweet bacon. So, I got to snack on each piece slowly instead of shoving fist fulls of bacon into my mouth in some kind of self imposed contest to eat more than him.

If you are wanting other Everyday Simple Supper recipes, be sure to register for my giveaway!

Mountaintop Oven Baked Bacon

Mountaintop Oven Baked Bacon

For the all the bacon dipped in syrup lovers, this Mountaintop oven baked bacon is about to become your new favorite bacon.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lb. thick sliced bacon

Instructions

  1. Mix flour, sugar and pepper together. Sprinkle over bacon slices.
  2. Place bacon on a greased baking sheet.
  3. Bake on 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until brown and crispy.
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Crispy Pecan Chicken Casserole

When you let your 6 year old peruse through a cookbook to pick out what she wants for supper, don’t be shocked when she picks the Crispy Pecan Chicken Casserole that has crushed potato chips on top!!

crispy pecan chicken casseroleAnd let’s just say I panicked. Yep, frozen chicken and it was 5:30. OOPS. Luckily, I have the Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker. Therefore, I can have frozen to cooked chicken in 10 minutes!

Cooking Chicken in deep covered bakerYep, a few frozen chicken thighs, a beer and Montreal Chicken seasoning. I cooked for 5 minutes and pried apart. Then cooked for another five minutes and chopped up with the Pampered Chef Salad Choppers. Yes, you read that right. Just trust me.

Once the chicken is cooked and cubed or shredded, start getting your casserole put together. Get your celery, pecans and onions (or shallots in my case) chopped up, cream of chicken soup, mayo, sour cream and lemon juice stirred into the chicken. I also added some Roasted Garlic and Herb seasoning. Mainly because I am plain obsessed.

Crispy Pecan Chicken Casserole Recipe StepsBake this casserole in a greased casserole dish with crushed up potato chips and shredded cheese on 375 degrees for 30 minutes. And then just stand back while your kids inhale the casserole!

If you are wanting other Everyday Simple Supper recipes, be sure to register for my giveaway!

Crispy Pecan Chicken Casserole

Serving Size: 6

Crispy Pecan Chicken Casserole

This crispy pecan chicken casserole will be appealing to your whole family with the potato chip and cheese topping and flavorful filling.

Ingredients

  • 2 c. cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1⁄2 c. chopped pecans
  • 2 T. onion, finely chopped
  • 3⁄4 c. celery, sliced
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1⁄2 c. sour cream
  • 10-3⁄4-oz. can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 t. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp roasted garlic and herb seasoning
  • 1 c. potato chips, crushed
  • 1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Mix together all ingredients except chips and cheese.
  2. Place in a lightly greased 3-quart casserole dish.
  3. Combine chips and cheese; sprinkle on top.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden and bubbly.
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