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The Recipe Critic: Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli.


1 lb. boneless, beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
1 cup beef consumme or beef broth
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 tbsp. sesame oil
3 garlic cloves minced
2 tbsp cornstarch
Frozen Broccoli Florets (I used one bag)
White or brown rice, cooked

1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the beef consume, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.
2.  Lay the beef strips in the crockpot and pour the sauce over, tossing the strips to coat.

3. Turn the crockpot on low and cook for about 6 hours.  Mine was ready at 5.  You don’t want to cook the beef too long or it will start to shred.
4. When it is just about done, take 4 Tbsp of the sauce and whisk it in a small bowl with the cornstarch.  I added about 2 extra tsps of cornstarch to thicken it up a little bit more.  Slowly stir this into the crockpot.  I added the broccoli in at this point so that it could get heated through.  You want to let it cook an additional 30 minutes so that the sauce can thicken and frozen broccoli can cook.  You don’t want to add the broccoli until the very end or it will be mushy.
5.  Serve over white rice and enjoy!!
Recipe adapted from Table for Two


Ham and Cheese Biscuit Cups

1 tube refrigerator biscuits

1/2 cup cheddar or swiss cheese, whatever you like

1/2 cup ham cut in small pieces

2-3 eggs

Salt and pepper

Cooking spray/butter/oil

Muffin tin

Grease your muffin tin and preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Press the biscuits flat with your hands and press then them into the muffin tin cups. Fill the biscuit cups with the ham and cheese. Whip eggs in a separate bowl and fill the cups evenly with the egg mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Bake the cups for 20-25 minutes, until the eggs have set and the biscuits are golden brown.

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Easy Cheesy Breadsticks

1 (10 ounce) cans prepared pizza crust

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1/2 cup provolone cheese, shredded

1 tablespoon parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt


Preheat oven to 425.

Unroll pizza dough onto a greased cookie sheet or Lg. Bar Stone, and brush with butter.

Sprinkle cheeses and spices evenly over the dough.

With a pizza cutter, cut dough lengthwise into 12 long strips. Then cut those in half to make 24 strips. Do not seperate strips.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.

Recut along each strip and remove from cooking sheet.

Serve sticks warm with marinara sauce.

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Penne with Broccoli

Photo credit:  www.lemon-sugar.com

Ingredients 1 pound box of Farfalle pasta (or substitute your favorite. We used Penne today.)

3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped (I’ve used garlic powder before, works just as well)

1/4 cup good quality olive oil

3 generous Tablespoons of unsalted butter

2 pounds of fresh broccoli, cleaned and chopped

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 cup reserved pasta water

2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or grated Parmesan (according to preference) Fresh Ground Pepper



In a large pasta pot, boil pasta in salted, boiling water until 5 minutes before it’s done. Add the broccoli into your pasta water at the 5 minute mark. (If you’re cooking pasta that takes 10 minutes to al dente, add your broccoli after it’s been cooking for 5 minutes.) Once pasta is cooked to your liking, drain pasta and broccoli, saving 1 cup of the pasta water for your sauce.

While your pasta and broccoli are cooking, heat olive oil and butter in a large saute pan. Once butter is melted, add garlic and red pepper flakes. Take care not to burn the spices – if the pan starts to get too hot, turn it off.

Add the drained pasta and broccoli and the reserved pasta water to the saute pan. Toss so the sauce covers all of the pasta noodles. Sprinkle with pepper and salt if desired, and garnish with shredded cheese.

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1 scoop of brownie batter + 1 scoop of cookie dough in a muffin pan = brookies! the idea (and photo) came from Williams-Sonoma who make this and sell it as a Baking Mix called Baked Brookster …. well they charge $16.95 for a box!!!! I got my ingredients for under $3! Make brownie and cookie mixes according to box directions, put brownie mix in each well of your pan then drop cookie dough on top. Bake as directed on box BUT start checking about half way through the directed time so your brownies stay moist (remember they are a smaller cook area when made as a muffin size and it will vary a little for each oven)

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