Crockpot Mac n Cheese!

 

Crockpot mac n cheese. You heard that right! Did I lose you yet? Soft, creamy, delicious and decadent.

I’m sure by now you know I’m a huge crockpot user (and lover!) Long days out of the house, while the rest of my family still needing to eat has encouraged me to get creative.

Peoples objection to weekday crockpot meals is that they feel each meal tastes, or has the consistancy of chulent. I’m here to tell you now, I don’t make chulent. I think I’ve made it once or twice. But the leftovers are unappealing and for most people inedible. The thought of throwing it out upsets me.

When I stumbled upon a fantastic blog, crockpot365.blogspot.com I was smitten! Browsing through the recipes, Mac n Cheese caught my eye! Raw noodles in the crockpot? Must be a mistake! No. No, it wasn’t.

My version, adapted from there produces a creamy, decadent bowl of comfort yumminess.

I must say though, this recipe is not a “set it and forget it” one. I suggest keeping an eye on it. I took pictures during the cooking process for you to see. While this isn’t a recipe you can set at 7am and eat at 8pm, it’s a treat for you to enjoy!

Crockpot Mac n Cheese!
 

Ingredients
  • 12oz’s uncooked noodles (I used rotini, because that’s what I had on hand).
  • 4 cups 1% milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp spicy brown mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tap pepper

Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Spray the inside of the crockpot with an oil based spray. Pour mixture into crockpot and set on high for 3 hours. Do not open the lid!
  3. After 1 hour, life the lid and take a peak. Give the mixture a stir. Replace the lid and walk away.
  4. After another 30 minutes lift the lid again and stir. The mixture should be soft and bubbly, but not burning on the edges. The noodles should be fluffy as they’ve absorbed the liquid.
  5. Depending on your crockpot, your mac n cheese may be ready now, or it may need more time.
  6. At this point, feel free to enjoy it as is, or if you are like us, you may want to pour it into a ceramic diah, sprikle with cornflake crumbs, some paprika and some shredded parmesan cheese! Bake for 5-8 minutes in the oven at 400′ until it reaches the level of doneness that you enjoy!

*my recipe includes baking it in the oven for 5-8 minutes to give it a crispy top. Depending on how you enjoy your mac n cheese, feel free to not do this part (we fight over the crunchy bits!)

This will either serve 4 people, or 1 (!) depending if you are willing to share.

Homemade Taco Seasoning!

WOAH! This has certainly been a busy month!

With my late work hours and busy weekends preparing for Yom Tov, I’ve grown to love (again!) my crockpot. At least twice a week it gets used – chicken and rice, split pea soup and a new recipe from my “Twitter” friend, Caroline – Taco Soup! I’ll post another recipe for that another time, but it does call for a pack of Taco Seasoning. Has anyone else ever noticed the sodium count on those! Oh Boy!

On a mission to find a healthier version, here is the recipe I came up with.

Homemade Taco Seasoning
Spice
 

Mix and store! Doesn’t get easier!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2T ground cumin
  • 1.5T salt
  • 1.5T black pepper (freshly cracked, if possible)
  • 2t paprika
  • 1t garlic powder
  • 1t onion powder
  • 1t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1t dried oregano

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a container, shake it up and store in a cool, dark place.
  2. If you have a spice blender, go ahead and give it a whirl!

 

{Yom Tov Tip} Soups!

I never understood why chicken soup was a requirement on families weekly Shabbat and Yom Tov tables. I get it. It’s yum. It’s wonderful with lokshen. Or matzah balls.

But, it holds up a burner on my stovetop for 6-8 hours and can cost a small fortune. Granted, you can make lots of containers of it, and throw it in the freezer. But there are so many more recipes to try!

A few of our favorite include roast tomato, spicy zucchini, split pea, carrot ginger, potato leek and more! Here are some of the best of the web…

Sit back, simmer and enjoy!

Recipe Credit: Everyday Food
Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

 

Recipe Credit: food.com
Photo Credit: Member, Rita for food.com

 

PLEASE NOTE: This recipe contains non kosher ingredients. IN place of 2 cups of ham, we recommend some diced pastrami, or beef stew!

Recipe Credit: food.com
Photo Credit: Andy of LongMeadow Farm

 

Recipe Credit: allrecipes.com
Photo Credit: member WYSIWYG on allrecipes.com

Recipe Credit: Martha Stewart
Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

 

What’s you favorite soup? For more ideas, check out our pinterest board http://pinterest.com/thekosherhome/soup/

 

***GIVEAWAY*** Don’t forget to comment on the Apple, Honey and Pomegranate Challah recipe for a chance to win Levana’s new cookbook!

Apple, Honey and Pomegranate Challah!

Welcome to the first ever Jewish Holiday Blog Party, hosted by Jessie of Taste and Miriam of Overtime Cook, and sponsored by Kitchen Aid! As you may know, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year is coming up, and Jewish bloggers from all over the world are celebrating with all kinds of twists on traditional Rosh Hashanah foods.

 

To kick off the celebration, Levana Kirschenbaum is giving away a copy of her fabulous new book, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen to three lucky winners. To enter, leave a comment on this post. Limit one entry per reader per blog so click over to the other participating blogs below for your chance at additional entries! Giveaway ends 5 am eastern time on September 11th, 2012. Prize is sponsored by Levana and available to readers from all blogs participating in the Rosh Hashanah Blog Party. Prize can only be shipped within the US. 

 
I’m so excited to join the Rosh Hashanah Blogger Party! Special thanks to Miriam at overtimecook.com and Jessie from jessiekaufman.com for putting this all together!

I’ve tried to push the envelope for a fun apple challah recipe for the holidays! Adding pomegranates takes it over.the.edge! I may have had to break into it to taste! Yum! Yum! With a drizzle of extra honey, what could be better?

Feel free to use your favorite challah dough recipes – egg, water, whole wheat, or even store bought frozen. What I love about this recipe is it’s ease! I’m now working very fulltime, with a long commute to boot (and loving it all!). Baking challah weekly isn’t something I haven’t been able to work into the schedule, unfortunately! So when I was introduced to a  new item on the market, Viola! Hallah! I couldn’t have been more excited! Little mess, little fuss, great results!

Apple, Honey and Pomegranate Challah!
 

Ingredients
  • Challah dough
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced smalled
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • egg white or honey

Instructions
  1. Sprinkle cinnamon on the diced apples and add pomegranates. If you have a hard time finding pomegranates, go ahead and use pomegranate flavored craisins!
  2. Roll challah dough into a long and thin strip. You can either use a rolling pin, or your finger tips!
  3. Add the apple and pomegranate mixture all over the dough. Along the long side of the dough, pinch the edges so the mixture is enclosed.
  4. Roll the dough into a round challah, place into a round tin, or on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  5. Brush with egg white and bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. While warm, drizzle with honey and enjoy!

 

Stop by and check out some of these amazing Rosh Hashanah themed recipes on the following blogs:

Challah and Bread:
Marlene of The Jewish Hostess made Apple Challah
Amanda of The Challah Blog made Pomegranate Challah
Shelley of The Kosher Home made Apple, Honey and Pomegranate Challah!

Sides, Salads and Starters: 
Sarah of Food, Words, Photos made Tzimmes (Rosh Hashanah Carrots)
Tali of More Quiche, Please made Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash
Roberta and Lois of Kosher Eye made Simanim Salad
Chanie of Busy In Brooklyn made Pomegranate Coleslaw
Rivki of Life in the Married Lane made Super Salad
Hannah of Cooking Manager made Beets Marinated with Ginger and Garlic
Sina of The Kosher Spoon made Pomegranate, Almond and Raisin Couscous
Shulie of Food Wanderings made Rosh Hashanah Salad
Hindy of Confident Cook-Hesitant Baker made Warm Roasted Beets with Farro
Sarah of Kosher Street made Sweet Potato Apple Tzimmes
Main Dishes:
Jessie of Taste made Smoked Salmon
Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Chicken with Dates
Michele of Kosher Treif Cooking made Coconut Chicken Strips with two dipping sauces
Melinda of Kitchen Tested made Key Lime Glazed Duck
Stephanie and Jessica of The Kosher Foodies made Chicken Braised in Pomegranate
Liz of The Lemon Bowl made Beef Brisket
Estee of Anyone Interested? made Easy Breazy 5 Minute Brisket
Desserts and Drinks:
Miriam of Overtime Cook made Mini Apples and Honey Tarts
Laura of Pragmatic Attic made Fresh Ginger Honey Cake
Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen made Honey Caramel Apple Galette
Danielle of Hugs and Cookies xoxo made The World’s Best Rugelach
Amy of What Jew Wanna Eat made an Apple and Honey Cocktail
Nick of The Baking Process made Apple and Date Honey Squares
Lisa of The Monday Morning Cooking Club made Honey Chiffon Cake and Traditional Honey Cake
Leah of Cook Kosher made Pomegranate Ice Cream
Nossi of The Kosher Gastronome made Non-dairy Key Lime Cheesecake Bar with Key Lime Caramel
This is the first of hopefully many exciting Holiday Blog Parties, so if you would like to join in the fun, please email holidayblogparties@gmail.com.

“Meat” Lasagne!

lasagne

In my not-so-scientific survey, most people say ‘real’ lasagne (or cheeseburgers!) would be their one non-kosher meal of choice. And who blames them?

Morningstar Farms have released a new $1 off coupon for their products! Love coupons! It’s like free money for items you’re already buying!

We love the Morningstar Farms Crumbles – it’s so incredibly versatile! chilli, meatloaf, meatballs, pizza, oh my!

Here is a recipe, adapted from Morningstar Farms website! Cheesey and delish!

“Meat” Lasagne!
Main, dairy, shavuot, chanukah

 

Adapted from Morningstar Farms.
Ingredients
  • 1 can (14½ oz.) diced Italian style tomatoes
  • 1 jar (26 oz.) marinara sauce
  • 12 ounces MorningStar Farms Crumbles
  • 1 box no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 16 ounces fat-free cottage cheese
  • ¾ cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Instructions
  1. Combine tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, and Morningstar Farms Crumbles in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  2. Spread ⅓ of tomato mixture in bottom of 11 x 7-inch baking dish. Arrange ½ of the noodles over the sauce. Spread ½ the cottage cheese over the noodles. Top with another ⅓ of the sauce. Repeat using remaining noodles, cottage cheese, and sauce. Cover with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake at 350° F for 50 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Return to oven uncovered for 5 minutes to melt cheese. Let stand for 10 minutes, sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Recipe Adapted from: Morningstar Farms
Image Credit: Morningstar Farms 

June 17: Apple Strudel Day!

Apple Strudel

Am I the only one who remembers their grandparents enjoying Apple Strudel?

Am I the only one  who would pick out the raisins?

Just askin’!

Today is National Apple Strudel Day! I found this wonderful and easy recipe at Taste of Home. Some recipes had so many steps! Sweet Pea Kitchen even used a tablecloth to roll it! Wow!

Drizzled with honey, this would make a fantastic Rosh Hashanah treat!

June 17: Apple Strudel Day!

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons plus ½ cup sugar, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cold butter
  • ¾ cup fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 cups chopped tart apples
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • FROSTING:
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fat-free milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chopped nuts, optional

Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, 2 tablespoons sugar and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 8-10 times.
  2. Roll out into a 14-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Brush with melted butter. Top with apples; sprinkle with cinnamon and remaining sugar.
  3. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal. Place on a parchment paper-lined 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 425° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove from pan to a wire rack. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla; drizzle over warm strudel. Sprinkle with nuts if desired.
  5. Note: This would be wonderful Pareve, using margarine and soy milk!

Recipe Credit: Taste of Home
Photo Credit:  Taste of Home

Goat Cheese and Scallion Mini Muffins

Had enough of carrot muffins made out of baby food? Yeh, me too. While they are delicious, we’ve seen them 1001 times. At least.

Here is a great mini muffin recipe perfect for a Chanukah party, Shavuot, or even a weekday breakfast or Sunday brunch!

Goat Cheese and Scallion Mini Muffins
 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 ounces soft mild goat cheese (Trader Joes or Costco sells kosher versions!)
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 bunch scallions

Instructions
  1. In a small bowl stir together the goat cheese 2 tablespoons of the milk until combined.
  2. Into a bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt
  3. Melt butter and in another small bowl whisk together with remaining milk and egg.
  4. Chop green onions using both the white and the green parts.
  5. Stir butter mixture and green onions into flour mixture until just combined.
  6. Put batter into greased mini muffin tins and top with a dollop of the goat cheese.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden around the edges. Let cool slightly before serving.
  8. Makes around 25 mini muffins

Photo Credit: Clockwork Lemon
Recipe Credit: Epicurious.com