Decided today was a good day to make some Beef Barley Soup in the crockpot. I love barley--so chewy and hearty--and it's a whole grain so it's good for you.
I made a few substitutions to the recipe. I used venison instead of beef and since I was out of bay leaves, I used some thyme to season it. I used the recipe found here. I browned the meat first in some tallow and then dumped all the ingredients into the crockpot. I let it cook for about 4 hours on low, then cranked it to medium for an hour or so. Decided to crank it to high for another hour as it didn't look quite done.
Just devoured a big bowl and it was yummy! It could have cooked bit longer or at a higher temp as the meat wasn't overly tender but still a good, hearty soup. I plan to put it back on to cook a bit more tomorrow before lunch to tenderize the meat a little more. Isn't that a potful of homemade goodness?
Next I made some homemade Egg McMuffins for the freezer. Hubby likes these for breakfast when it's his turn as overnight caregiver at his mom's. I have been buying them but wanted to make homemade ones as they are not only healthier, but more economical.
I found this recipe that said to "bake" the eggs. I had never tried that before--usually just scramble and fry the eggs when I make breakfast sandwiches. But as I wanted to make a quantity of these, I decided to give it a whirl. I used dessert-sized bowls that are vintage restaurantware so they were ovenproof--and it turns out they made the egg a perfect size to fit the muffin.
I used Oatmeal English muffins, turkey sausage (I usually make my own but bought these patties as I didn't have any made ahead) and cheese. I toasted the muffins before assembling and then used the method suggested in the recipe to wrap them in waxed paper before putting some in a ziploc bag and others in a Tupperware container for the freezer.
I really need to keep making these--so easy and a much healthier option to store-bought sandwiches.
And since I needed room in the freezer for the Egg McMuffins, I took out a bowl of blackberries I picked last summer. I stirred up this Blackberry Buckle. Mmmmmm. Still warm from the oven. Looks like a perfect bedtime snack with a cup of hot Ovaltine. Can you say comfort food?
What have you been cooking lately? Please share some recipes--I'm always on the lookout for tried and true home-cooking recipes.