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OMG! I *love* to eat!!!

Isn’t it the greatest thing on Earth?

Over the years, I’ve posted a lot of my favorite recipes on this blog, but I do realize that sometimes all those awesome recipes get a little lost with all my Cricut crafting.

Hence this Recipe Round Up!

Each recipe is linked to this index, so feel free to bookmark this page!  I will update it as I add more recipes!

ON TO THE FOOD!

 

Amazing Chicken Marinade

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Beef Barley Soup

Better than Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

Beef Stew in the Dutch Oven

Beef Stroganoff

Beer Battered Fried Pickles

Good Enough for Santa Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chicken Stock in the Dutch Oven

Christmas Morning Quiche

Cioppino: San Francisco’s Fish Stew

Crusty Bread in the Dutch Oven

Durgin-Park Boston Baked Beans

Easy Chicken & Stuffing in the Slow Cooker

General Tso’s Chicken

Italian Bread in the Dutch Oven

Italian-Style Potato Pancakes

Jalapeno Cheese Bread

Julia Child’s French Onion Soup Gratinee

Key Lime Pie

Lazy Lasagna in the Dutch Oven

Make Your Own Pizza Dough

Make Your Own Sushi Rice at Home

Meatless Stuffed Mushrooms

Skinny Enchilada Rice Bowl

Skinny Black Bean Burritos

Sausage Tortellini Soup

Skinny Sesame Chicken & Broccoli

Ricotta Calzone

Pasta Puttanesca

Pizzelle: Auntie’s Italian Cookies

Ditch The Canned Pumpkin

Rib Eye in the Dutch Oven

Expertly Cutting a Pineapple & Pera Pena Drink

Whole Chicken in the Dutch Oven

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch Oven · New England · recipe

Beef & Barley Soup in the Dutch Oven

Beef & Barley Soup–if you don’t count chowder–is quite possibly the quintessential New England soup.

But nowadays finding a good version can be difficult to find, except maybe in a can. And even the best canned soups are still too salty and tinny for regular consumption.

So, I set about making a healthy and easy Beef & Barley that would rival the ease of warming up a canned version and I think I’ve done it. Of course, I used my trusty Dutch Oven, but I also used my Instant Pot to make ready the beef.

I started with a small piece of meat that was intended as a small roast. I got it on sale for less than $4 and it weighed just under two pounds. Because I froze it when I bought it, I first defrosted it and then cooked it with a small amount of beef broth and some salt and pepper in the Instant Pot on the beef setting. Couldn’t be easier, but note that you could use a portion of roast beef leftovers if you have that.

Once the beef was cooked and had rested, I chopped it up in small pieces and tossed it into the Dutch Oven along with some tomato sauce, a box of beef broth and the drippings from the Instant Pot. I added a can of peas and carrots, but you could use fresh or frozen. It’s up to you, of course.

The Barley was cooked separately from a dried bag of the grain. If you’re wondering where you find dried Barley, check the dried beans section of your grocery store. Once cooked, add the Barley to the soup toward the end of the cooking to keep it from getting too soggy.

Small oyster crackers are the only thing you need to complete this wonderful, homey meal, which is perfect for a cold late Autumn supper.

One small points:

This soup is exceptionally economical. I figured the entire recipe cost me under ten dollars for ten servings!

Ingredients:

  • Small cut of roast beef, prepared either in an oven or Instant Pot, about 1 1/2 pounds
  • Box of beef broth
  • Small can of tomato sauce
  • Can of diced carrots and peas
  • About two cups of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Barley, 1 cup, dried and cooked separately with 2 1/2 cups water and salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook beef in Instant Pot with a small amount of beef broth and allow to rest OR use precooked cut of roast beef
  2. Slice and then dice the cooked beef and place in Dutch Oven with any pan drippings from the cooking of the beef
  3. Add tomato sauce, beef broth and water to the Dutch Oven and bring contents to boil on the stovetop
  4. Reduce heat to allow the soup to slowly boil off some of the added water and thicken, about 1 hour
  5. Meanwhile in a separate pan, bring the dried Barley to boil with 2 1/2 cups water and salt to taste; cook for 45 minutes
  6. After cooking off some of the liquid, add the can of peas and carrots and the Barley
  7. Allow soup to simmer for an hour or more so that all the flavors meld together
  8. Serve with small oyster crackers

Dutch Oven · recipe

Quick & Easy General Tso’s Chicken: Another Dutch Oven Recipe

Who doesn’t love Chinese food?

Here’s a seriously quick and easy General Tso’s Chicken recipe that is way healthier than the take out kind, because the chicken is sautéed instead of fried before adding the sweet and spicy sauce.

My version is prepared in my trusty Dutch Oven (naturally!), but you can use a regular pan or even an Instant Pot for this one!

General Tso's Chicken in the Dutch Oven
A healthier version of General Tso’s Chicken prepared in my Dutch Oven

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1-2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 peeled and minced chunk of fresh ginger, about the size of your thumb
  • 6 tablespoons rice/rice wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce (use low sodium if you like)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 3/4 cup prepared hoisin sauce (I used Oy! Vey! Hoisin Sauce)
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • a bunch of green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions:

  • Oven medium heat and in your Dutch Oven, heat the sesame oil for a minute or so.
  • Add cubed chicken and sauté for about 5 minutes until the chicken turns white; chicken does not have to be cooked through
  • In a separate bowl, mix together garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, soy sauce, pepper flakes hoisin sauce and brown sugar
  • Pour the mixture over the chicken and mix together
  • Cover the Dutch Oven and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until chicken is cooked completely
  • Stir in the cornstarch and cook for about two minutes or until your sauce is thick and bubbly
  • Stir in green onion
  • Serve with boiled white or brown rice

 

Quick & Easy General Tso's Chicken

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A Chinese takeout inspired recipe that's quick, easy and healthier, too.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1-2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 peeled and minced chunk of fresh ginger, about the size of your thumb
  • 6 tablespoons rice/rice wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce (use low sodium if you like)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 3/4 cup prepared hoisin sauce (I used Oy! Vey! Hoisin Sauce)
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • a bunch of green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

  • Oven medium heat and in your Dutch Oven, heat the sesame oil for a minute or so.
  • Add cubed chicken and sauté for about 5 minutes until the chicken turns white; chicken does not have to be cooked through
  • In a separate bowl, mix together garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, soy sauce, pepper flakes hoisin sauce and brown sugar
  • Pour the mixture over the chicken and mix together
  • Cover the Dutch Oven and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until chicken is cooked completely
  • Stir in the cornstarch and cook for about two minutes or until your sauce is thick and bubbly
  • Stir in green onion
  • Serve with boiled white or brown rice

Let me know if you try this recipe and how you made out.

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Dutch Oven · recipe

Simple but Flavorful Whole Chicken in the Dutch Oven

I’m back with more Dutch Oven goodness for you all! Dinner couldn’t be ANY easier than making this lovely whole chicken in the Dutch Oven–and I’m including the time it takes to stop at Costco for one of their rotisserie chickens!

I will admit, the Costco rotisserie chickens are tough to beat–value and taste-wise–but if I consider the time it takes me to get in and out of my local Costco to pick one up…not to mention the money I spend when I am in there! This MAY be a tie!!

And it was so easy! Simply throw a whole raw chicken into the pot, dress it with fresh lemons (2 lemons, sliced), some garlic and a drizzle of olive oil. Add oregano and salt and pepper, cover and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours in a 375 degree oven. Internal temperature should be 160 degrees.

Allow to rest for about ten minutes and serve! The meat–quite literally falls off the bone!

Can you tell I’m loving my Dutch Oven?!?