Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ninja's Dry-Rubbed Roasted Turkey with Sweet Chili

For last year's (2014) All-Cropckpot Thanksgiving I made this Dry-Rubbed Roasted Turkey with Sweet Chili Sauce from the Ninja Crockpot's recipe book... it was great! (See below for the link)

If you don't have a Ninja, you can use the same recipe but cook on the stovetop and then the oven following the directions below.
A spiced, sweet dry rub seasons the turkey before it’s seared in the pot. It’s pan-roasting, but with an all-in-one appliance that doesn’t heat up your kitchen!

Not the best photos - but it tasted fantastic!


1 tablespoon sugar,
1 teaspoon salt,
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon,
1 teaspoon garlic powder,
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed,
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin,
1 package (24 ounces) boneless turkey breast tenderloins,
2 tablespoons olive oil,
1/3 cup sweet chili sauce,
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Stir sugar, salt, cinnamon, garlic powder, thyme, and cumin in bowl. Brush turkey with 1 tablespoon oil. Rub turkey with sugar mixture. 
  2. Pour remaining oil into pot. Set to STOVETOP HIGH and heat oil. Add turkey to pot. Cook uncovered 15 minutes or until browned on both sides. Remove turkey from pot. 
  3. Place roasting rack into pot. Place turkey on rack. Set OVEN to 350°F for 10 minutes, checking after 8 minutes. Cover and cook until turkey is cooked through. Remove turkey from pot and let stand 5 minutes before slicing. 
  4. Stir chili sauce and Worcestershire sauce in bowl. Serve chili sauce mixture with turkey.

See more at: Ninja Kitchen Recipe Link

Monday, November 24, 2014

Apple-Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving!

in 2013 I made an Apple-Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving that was delish!

  • 4 medium Gala apples, peeled, cored, quartered & sliced
  • 1 (12 oz) package fresh cranberries
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
  1. Place all of the apple pieces and cranberries in a large bowl and stir in brown sugar and orange zest.
  2. Pour orange juice into the bottom of a large crockpot (slow cooker) and add the apple mixture.
  3. Cover, turn the crockpot setting to Low, and cook for about 8 hours, stirring occasionally and breaking up the apple slices and cranberries with a wooden spoon as they soften.
  4. Stir in crystallized ginger. Taste and add an additional tablespoon or two of brown sugar if you find the sauce to be too tart.
  5. Serve warm or room temperature.

This post was taken from:

As promised: Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Last year, as you may have read, I had an ALL-CROCKPOT-Thanksgiving

As promised, I will try to share as many of those recipes as possible this Thanksgiving week!

This was the stuffing recipe I used from Taste of Home:

Taste of Home Crockpot Stuffing

Outback's Baked Potato Soup

its getting cold outside, and nothing is better than warming up with some soup!

I found this recipe that pretty closely parallels Outback's Baked Potato Soup, here you go:

1 30oz bag of frozen, shredded hash browns
3 14 oz cans of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 pckg cream cheese (not fat free - it won't melt)

Combine everything in your crockpot except the cream cheese - cook on low for 6-8 hours.
1 hour before serving add the cream cheese!

Serve with your favorite loaded baked potato items!

(recipe courtesy of Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour blog)

Friday, November 21, 2014

an ALL Crock Pot Thanksgiving!

Last year, 2013, I finally realized one of my life goals:
an ALL Crock Pot Thanksgiving.

in the past, we have used a crock pot here or there, but my mother would never allow every. single. dish. to be prepared in a crockpot...

Last year I hosted my OWN Thanksgiving for the very first time, and below you can see how glorious it actually was.

Thats 7 crockpots. Count them!

I never posted all the recipes like I had planned, but I will try to do so between now and Thanksgiving 2014, next week!

From the left, I made Turkey in my ninja, stuffing, white bean soup, an apple cranberry sauce, collards, green beans, and last but certainly not least, mashed potatoes.

Happy Crocking and Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Delicious fall off the bone Buffalo Chicken Wings:::

3# of chicken drummettes
1 bottle of  Moore's Buffalo Wing Sauce (GF)
Garlic powder
Onion Powder
Olive oil

Place chicken drummettes on a baking sheet.
Season with garlic, onion, salt and pepper.
Lightly coat with olive oil.
Broil @ 400* for 5-10 minutes on each side.

Place in crockpot, pour bottle of Moore's Buffalo Wing Sauce over drummettes, cover and cook for 5-6 hours on low.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Chicken Marsala from Southern Living

From Southern Living's big book of Slow Cooking, Company's Coming section:

Chicken Marsala

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp vegetable oil
8 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 jars sliced mushrooms, drained (6 oz each)
1 cup sweet Marsala wine or chicken broth
1/4 cup cornstarch
Hot cooked rice
Fresh parsley for garnish

1. Mix garlic and oil in a lightly greased slow cooker (4 or 5qt is best).
Sprinkle chicken w salt and pepper, place in slow cooker, put mushrooms on top and pour wine all over.

2. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours

3. Remove chicken, cover to keep warm.
In a small bowl mix 1/2 cup of water and cornstarch til smooth.
Stir liquid into slow cooker. Increase heat to high, and cover and cook for 10 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.

4. Return chicken to slow cooker, and cover and cook on high for 5 more minutes.
Serve over rice, Garnished with parsley.

Weekend Spinach Artichoke Dip

This one is so easy and so delish!

1 box frozen spinach
1 can artichoke hearts (quartered)
1 package cream cheese (8 oz)
1 container fresh grated Parmesan (6-8oz)
1 squeeze of Gourmet Garden garlic paste
1 dash salt & pepper

Grated Parmesan to top it off with at the end

Combine all in your crock pot and cook on high for 1.5-2 hours or on low for 3-4