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Things That Make My Life Easier: Cooking It Slowly 2

Posted on August 12, 2008 by DJ

I hate cooking, and as indicated by my chili fiasco , I’m not too great at it.

However I have improved in the past year and I think I owe it all to my mother for buying me a slow cooker.


There are so many wonderful things I can make and they aren’t plain and boring like veggie stew or other things that come to mind when you hear “crock pot”.

My current favorites are chicken parmesan and enchiladas.

The best part is that I whip everything together in the morning before I start working, or in the afternoon when I take a break so that my work flow doesn’t get interrupted just because I get a call that says “I’m on my way home.”

I’m still no Rachael Ray but my slow cooker sure does make my life easier.

Quick Meal: Tater Tot Casserole 3

Posted on November 28, 2007 by DJ

I get my best work done in the evening hours so I don’t like to stop and make dinner. I need something that I can setup in the morning while I am still groggy, and pop in the oven in the evening so I don’t have to interrupt my flow.

Enter- tater tot casserole.

I saw this recipe mentioned while I was watching a special on the Duggar Family. My husband cringed, but I thought it sounded good so I looked up the recipe. When it came down to making it, I had to modify the recipe to suit my own tastes.

Disclaimer- despite sounding rather disgusting, it is a good meal.

2 lb ground turkey cooked, seasoned, drained
3 2lb bags tater tots
1 cup milk
2 cans cream of chicken
1/4 onion
shredded cheese

Cook meat with slices of onions & place in 9×13 pan. Mix soup & milk together. Sprinkle cheese over it. Cover with tater tots over top. Add a few more cheese sprinkles. Bake at 350 for 1 Hour.

Contrary to the original recipe, make sure you add the tater tots on top. Soggy tater tots are not tasty.

And yes, even though my husband was disgusted at the thought of me making this, he really enjoyed it.

Things That Make My Life Easier: Fast Food 9

Posted on October 27, 2007 by DJ

Ordering food or eating out wasn’t that expensive when I lived by myself and only ate once per day. Now that I’m married and there are several meals to be eaten it isn’t quite so cost effective. Still, I’m no chef, not even close, so fast food makes my life so much easier.

Case-in-point, I decided to make some chili because I figured it would be quick and easy. So I had all the ingredients in the pot and then I dropped in the beans. Right after I did that I realized that I needed to cook the beans first. So I quickly tried to scoop them out of the pot. You can see the results of that below. (Notice the pizza box?)

Next I put beans in a pot to boil. About an hour later the beans were still hard and they looked nasty. I decided to read the package and low-and-behold…you have to soak the beans the night before.

Meanwhile, it’s 8pm, I have no dinner made, and my husband will be home soon.

This is why fast food is one thing that makes my (non-cooking) life easier.

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