Baked Fall Apples

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Here’s a yummy little fall treat for you to try! Perfect by themselves as a breakfast dish, try serving these at your next brunch!  You can also serve with vanilla ice cream for dessert. 😉

Ingredients:

  • 6 baking Apples (such as Cortland, Empire, Gala, Braeburn, or Pippin)
  • 1 & 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 tsp, Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied or plain Nuts (i used walnuts & almonds)
  • 1/3 cup light or dark brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried Cranberry’s, cherry’s, or blueberry’s
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, cut into small pieces
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Remove and discard the cores from the apples. Place the apples in a 9- by-13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oats, spices, nuts, dried fruit, sugar and butter. Divide the mixture among the apples. (You can cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Bake covered until tender, about 25 minutes.

Tip from the test kitchen:  I’ve made these Apples using other settings as well and i really like how they turned out!*

*All I did was set my oven to 350° F  and then baked the apples, covered, for around 50 minuets instead. My thinking here is that it gives the apples more time to slowly release that juiciness and flavor into the mixture, and I’ve found that the apples i’ve made this way are extra soft and tender.

            ♥Leave me a comment below to let me know which way you decided to try these & how you liked it! ♥

Happy Baking & Bon Appètit!

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Cheesy Carrot Lasagna

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Happy Monday!  This is one of my favorite (comfort-food) type of meals. It’s super easy to throw together, and you can really change things up depending on how you like it…I’ve added things like horse-radish before, but again it just depends on how you prefer you meal to taste : )

Ingredients:

  • 1 box No-Bake Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 large jar Alfredo Sauce
  • 2 cups diced Carrots
  • 2 cups diced Zucchini
  • 1 medium size onion, chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped Kale
  • 16 ounces Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 bag /3 cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions: Starting with the noodles, Layer everything on-top of each other. Cover with Mozzarella, then Bake @ 350 degrees for approximately 45 minuets.

Crock-Pot Directions:  Just do the same layering thing with all the ingredients that you would normally do, but instead just put it in your crock-pot and then set it on high for 3-4 hours (or until completely heated and bubbling)

Tip: Times in cooking may vary depending on the brand of crock-pot you own, so just adjust your cooking time if you know from experience that it will take more or less time. 🙂

Bon Appètit!

Pot Roast

This has been a recipe that has been our family favorite. It is a hearty meal and is quick to pull together and easy to make. Great for one of those days you don’t have much time, just throw everything in the crock-pot in the morning and it simmers and awaits all ready to go by dinner time. Enjoy!

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Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pot Roast Recipe

Pot Roast

  • 1 pound red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3-4 lbs.)
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups beef broth

Place potatoes and carrots in a 5 qt. slow cooker. Cut roast in half. In a small bowl, combine the mustard, rosemary, garlic salt, thyme and pepper; rub over roast. Place in slow cooker; top with onion and broth. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.

Yield: 6-8 servings

*picture and recipe from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/melt-in-your-mouth-pot-roast

Italian Chicken Soup recipe by The Pioneer Woman

TPW_9662Hey Y’all!

I just wanted to let you in on a favorite soup of mine!  I first tried this recipe last fall, and it is a true crowd pleaser! 🙂

On side note: the reason why I’m not posting the recipe right here & now on Sweet 16’s Country Kitchen, is because The Pioneer Woman has a full length version (with pictures and everything!) already posted on her website….and also, i am working on a crock-pot/slow-cooker version of the recipe!  So anyways!  Head on over there for her fabulous –Recipe for Italian Chicken Soup – and enjoy her amazing recipe! 🙂

Creamy Corn & Cheese Chowder

Morning Everybody!

This particular chowder has become our family’s “go-to” recipe for a good hearty lunch or supper. – It is pretty easy to whip-up, and it is a total people pleaser!  🙂

If you’d like to see the step-by-step tutorial for this recipe, go to the original post by Ree Drummond found >Here<

Prep Time: 15 Minutes  |  Cook Time: 20 Minutes |  Servings: 12

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons 1/2 Stick Butter
  • 1 whole Onion, Chopped
  • 3 slices Bacon, Cut Into Pieces
  • 3 whole Bell Peppers, Finely Diced (red, Yellow, Orange)
  • 5 ears Corn, Kernels Sliced Off
  • 1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock Or Broth
  • 2 cups Half-and-half
  • 1 cup (heaping) Grated Monterey Jack
  • 1 cup (heaping) Pepper Jack
  • 1/3 cup Sliced Green Onions
  • Bread Bowls

Directions:  In a large pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Cook onions for a couple of minutes. Add bacon and cook for another minute or so, then add diced bell peppers and cook for a couple of minutes. Finally, add corn and cook for a minute.

Sprinkle flour evenly over the top and stir to combine. Pour in broth and stir well. Allow this to thicken for 3 or 4 minutes, then reduce heat to low. Stir in half-and-half, then cover and allow to simmer/thicken for 15 minutes or so.

Stir in cheeses and green onions. When cheese is melted and the soup is hot, check seasonings. Add salt and pepper as needed.  Ladle into hollowed out (bread) boules and serve immediately.

 Bon Appétit!

-Oh, One last thing! I  will be posting the recipe that i used for the bread boules, and also a crock-pot (revised) version of this recipe in the near future – so keep an eye out! 😉

Photo & Recipe Shared from: The Pioneer Woman.com

Chunky Applesauce

Hi Everybody,

Today i’m sharing one of my favorite ways to make applesauce! ~ And hopefully my directions aren’t too hard to follow or understand! 😉

Ingredients:

  • Apples (works best with those that have been around a while, and just need to be used for cooking)
  •  1/2 -1 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cloves
  • Sugar (i used much less with this recipe because the apples were so sweet, but i’d say use 1/2 -1 cup  – depending on how large your batch is)

Directions:  Peal and core your apples, then chop into about four big pieces.  In a large pot heat water to a constant boil, then add the apples. About halfway through the cooking time add a 1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon on-top of the whole mixture.  • Because the cooking times vary with different variates of apples, all i can tell you about the cooking time is to boil until the apples are very soft and squishy.  -I found that to be around-about 1/2 an hour, but again that depends on what kind of apples you use.•  Once done, drain your apples into another pot (or large bowl) and mash until desired consistency is reached, Add your Sugar(to taste) and more Cloves and Cinnamon(if desired) at this point, and then enjoy!

And that’s it! – Pretty easy right?  Let me know how you like this recipe, and if you find anyway to improve upon it! 🙂

 Bon Appetit! 

 
(Picture via Google Image)

Crock-Pot RO*TEL Chicken

Good-Morning Everyone! 

Thought i would share with you all a recipe that came from mom’s expertise experimenting in the kitchen a few weeks ago.  – Leave a comment for me if you find or think of any “perfections” that could be made to it!  😉

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. Boneless-Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 cup Water (you don’t have to add this, but if you use only one can of RO*TEL’s you will probably need it.)
  • 2 cans Original RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chiles
  • 2 cups (shredded/sliced) Colby Jack Cheese (you can use more or less depending on how you like it)

Directions: Now, there are  really two ways of making this recipe…Either way is fine, just your own preference which way you like best. -We do it both ways. 😉

#1.  Spread a can of the RO*TEL into the bottom of the crock-pot first, and THEN place your chicken in on top and cover with the water and second can of RO*TEL.

#2.  Put your chicken in the crock-pot, cover with water, and both cans of RO*TEL.

After you’ve assembled your chicken and toppings, Let cook in Crock-Pot on low/med. for about 6hrs.  Or if you need it done sooner, cook on High for about 3hrs.) – After the chicken is fully cooked, sprinkle the cheese right on top and let it melt there for a bit.   Serve over Rice or with Tortilla Chips and Sour Cream.    Serves approx. 6

Happy Cooking & Bon Appètit!

Disclaimer: This not a paid advertisement. I can assure you that the RO*TEL company has never heard of me before. – i just love their products and want to share!  Over and Out! 😉