knitxcore.: I swear I still knit....

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I swear I still knit....

but right now, I have nothing to show for it. So, I'm going to share some recipes I tried this week instead.

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup

The first recipe comes to us via craftster, after hours (probably only ten minutes in real life) of searching for things to do with my *small* crock-pot.

Crock-Pot Chicken Taco Soup (originally posted by... )

2 large cans of Chunk White Chicken (sounds gross, but it's not bad!)
2 cans of diced tomatoes with jalapeno
1 packet of Ranch Dressing Mix (I used Hidden Valley)
1 bag frozen black beans and corn (I used something called "Latino Blend", it had peppers and onions in it)
water to fill

Toss all ingredients into the pot, let cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with crumbled tortilla chips.

It really is that easy! I'm usually kind of leery when it comes to things like canned chicken and ranch dressing mix but, I threw caution to the wind and gave this a shot anyway. Dave and I really liked it and I can keep all the ingredients in the pantry until I need them, so I'm a fan :-)

Un-Baked Baked Apples

The second is from I was looking for a good baked apple recipe because Dave came home from a friends gushing about how tasty they were and I knew I could one-up whatever she had made. After a visit to aunt Martha and a lil' maple syrup, I found what I needed.

Baked Apples With Spiced Ricotta and Maple Syrup

4 medium Rome apples, (8 ounces each), cored to within 1/2 inch of base
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
4 (3-inch-long) cinnamon sticks
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons heavy cream

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Peel about 1 inch of skin from tops of apples; cut a sliver off the bottom so apples will stand. Place them in a 9-inch glass pie plate. Cut 1 tablespoon of butter into 4 pieces; fill each apple core with a piece of butter, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1/8 teaspoon ginger, and 1 cinnamon stick. Place remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons syrup in bottom of pie plate.
Bake apples, basting several times with pan juices, until they are golden and tender, about 35 minutes (the skin may split). Transfer apples to a serving dish; let baking juices stand to thicken, about 15 minutes.
Puree ricotta, confectioners' sugar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon ginger, cinnamon, and cream in a food processor. Serve 2 heaping tablespoons of ricotta cream with each apple, and drizzle with the warm syrup.

Baked Baked Apples

I skipped the ricotta sauce, it was only supposed to be a quick breakfast. Despite the long directions and the cooking time, it really didn't take much. These were DEEEEE-licous!!!!! I can't wait to make them with the Ricotta Cream!

I have a cake in the oven right now (this was supposed to be a quick post), so I'll catch everything else up later in the week.



Kim said...

Ok, I'm hungry now. You're killing me! I want to make the apples right now!

Crochet Goddess said...

Great looking food and thanks for post the receipes. The apples look so good.

Jana said...

Oh that Martha! Her recipes are always so good! The soup looks good too. I have an odd affinity for ranch dressing, so anything with any time of ranch dressing (mix or otherwise) must be good in my book!

Obsidian Kitten said...

omg, i am ALL OVER that chicken taco soup...put a packet of ranch dressing in just about *anything* and it's got to be good.

sko_G knits said...

omg, you just made my lunch sandwich taste like yuck!! =P
ok, i am NOT a fan of any canned meats, so i will try that recipe with my own chicken....=D
it sounds DEEEEElish!!

Charles said...

Does looks sooo good!!!
Iam looking at your blog midnight 1am right now...Man~~ I need to get something to eat!

I just post mine video cast..come and SEE!

P.S. Can I ask your fover? can you make a shout out my video Cast on your next post!! I really need youugys help!(I dont know why..not many knitter checking out my blog!! Thanks!)

Have a great weeken!