Recipes to Remember: Berry Cobbler

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I have been looking for a good, easy cobbler recipe. Especially with a Costco membership, it’s very easy for me to access large amounts of berries for a good price. I had made one a few weeks ago that was okay, but it was more doughy and became soggy in the morning. So off I went to hunt up another when I found this rustic cobbler.

The only thing I did differently was mix up some aging blackberries and raspberries with sugar instead of using frozen. Still, I was pretty dang skeptical of this recipe pretty much since I started. The “dough” didn’t seem crumbly enough — it seemed more like straight flour despite mixing the heck out of it. While it was baking it kinda goo-ed out into something pretty unappealing but I read in the comments to just keep going even you had to go over the forty minute bake time.

Boy am I glad I did! It was soooo good fresh out of the oven and the smell — unbelievable! Partially I owe this to the amazing berries I know but the crust had a sugary crunch to it that was AMAZING and wasn’t at all thick and doughy like the other one I had made. It even held up to the all important breakfast test that all fruit pies and cobbler must pass — can it still be delicious for breakfast without having be heated up. And this one passed with flying colors! Although the dough did soften up over night it wasn’t gooey and the flavors were definitely still there.

I will definitely be making this one again! Especially because it’s all ingredients I always have on hand. 😉

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Recipes to Remember: Cherry Kuchen Bars

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This one is long over due! These cherry kuchen bars — otherwise known as “cherry cake” by Izzy — are so easy and delicious they instantly became a family hit.

Originally I saw this recipe linked at the bottom of her recipe for fried rice, which I’ve talked about before, and thought dang, that looks wonderful but I bet it’s a pain to make! Well when I clicked on the directions it seemed pretty simple so I gave it a shot and I’m so glad I did.

I brought this to several events over the holidays and it was praised by everyone who tried it. Izzy perhaps gave me the best praise by walking around to everyone announcing “MY mommy made this!” 😊 Definitely knows how to make me feel good. Even the extremely picky Korey enjoyed it! So if you’re looking for a good, easy dessert, especially for a party because it can make so much, I totally recommend this.

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Also, it’s delicious with vanilla ice cream, so you know it can’t be wrong in my book. 😉

Recipes to Remember: Chicken Fried Rice

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This past week has been… not so good.

We’ve all been hit with some kind of stomach flu. It sucks. I’m a big baby about being sick and I only get grouchier as the days tick by. I tend to be a pretty active person (haha – or I try to be, anyway) and we get out of the house a lot, so being confined inside and unable to do anything substantial really wears on me. I have even really cooked aside from making a big dish of mild mac n cheese that we’ve been eating over the past few days.

But I’m a little sick of plain pasta so I moved on to the next best thing: fried rice.

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Now, I love fried rice and I’m pretty sure I’ve made this recipe from Rachel Schultz before but I lost it and have made several other less satisfying and more difficult versions in the proceeding months. Well – never again. This one is perfect and its the only way I’ll make it from now on.

Two things I like about it: first, if you don’t already have chicken on hand, just fry a little up and remove from the pan before you do the veggies and eggs and second, if you don’t have day old rice on hand you can cook it fresh for this recipe.

Oh man it totally hit the spot – even if I did have to eat a very small portion so as not to aggravate my stomach. 😉

Recipes to Remember: Potato Kielbasa Skillet

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In honor of that study saying that processed meats caused cancer, I decided to try out this Taste of Home recipe that includes both kielbasa and bacon.

Just kidding. I just love kielbasa. And I love bacon. And those are literally the only two processed meats we ever eat and we eat them maybe once every other week so I’m not gonna stress.

I mean really – who doesn’t want a pan full of frying kielbasa and potatoes…?

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But anyway, I have made recipes with kielbasa and cabbage before and while I enjoy them personally Korey isn’t huge on cabbage so I thought I’d give this one with spinach a try.

It. Was. Awesome.

I substituted marjoram for thyme because I loathe thyme but otherwise I followed it to the letter (well, I also doubled it) and I don’t think there’s a single thing I would change. And even though I thought I would miss garlic and very nearly added some anyway, the mustard/cider/brown sugar sauce is divine.

I will most definitely be making this again!

Recipes to Remember: Slow Cooker Pork Roast

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A friend introduced me to this AllRecipes recipe a few months back. It’s not very often that a recipe I find online makes it into a regular rotation with me but I’ve made this a couple times since then. Tonight was one of those times!

I’m actually not a huge fan of slow cooker meals. Trust me – I want to be! But I feel like a lot of meals just don’t turn out right in them – especially chicken. I cannot for the life of me make a decent tasting chicken dish in one. I have even converted chicken slow cooker recipes to stove top because of this.

However – pork and soup almost never let me down. This is one of them! Also, I learned through this recipe that you can make a quicky gravy by taking the meat out of the slow cooker and whisking some corn starch into the remaining juices then letting it sit and cook for another ten or so minutes to let it thicken up.