Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A winning crockpot night

Don't these 2 look cute together?

This was our dinner last night. 
And they were both winners.

First, I will tell you about the Crockpot Carrots.
Just throw in the carrots, either baby ones, or chunks you slice, and other ingredients on top.
(Do you know my Mom would really THROW ingredients in pots as she was cooking? 
Stand back when she was cooking, was what I use to say. I miss her.)

4-5 c carrots (I use a pkg or 2 of baby ones but regardless of how many carrots I put in,
I always use the same amount of other ingredients. Don't ask me how it works, but it always does.)
1/2 c orange juice
2 T honey
1 T butter (or a tad more)
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt and pepper each

The original recipe from the Crock pot Lady asks for 1/4 t of ginger, but we like it better without the ginger, so just forget that step.
Unless you like spicy gingery carrots. We don't.

After it's all thrown in there and it's heated a little, I stir it all up.
Cook on high about 4 hours.  

In the other crock pot I made San Francisco Chops from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.
with brown rice.
It looks hard because of all the writing but it's not. 
It takes about 10-15 min more time to prepare than the carrots.
(I forgot to put in the cornstarch and water at the end but I don't think it mattered.)
Oh, and they both made our house smell SO good.
Don't be discouraged by Dennis' plate. We can never get enough vegetables. Must be our age.
So we had spinach and broccoli with it. I think he had 3 servings of carrots. He kept saying, "These carrots are outstanding." like he had never tasted them before. 
He says that when ever I make them which is about once a week.
Oh and sorry about the mayo but he always likes it with his broccoli. 

He loved the pork too and kept telling me how good it was.
I made him a pork sandwich today with the leftovers.
I think he liked it but I never had a chance to ask. The grandchildren plus the cable guy were here at the time. 
Then the missionaries came over.
Then our other grandchildren.

I just now asked him about the sandwich and he said, "Oh I forgot to tell you. It was OUTSTANDING. Not just really really good. That is the best tasting pork! Do we have any left?"

I still hear him walking down the hallway saying, "That pork just had the BEST flavor."
So there you have it.


Rebecca said...

It looks good to me too. What is the recipe for the pork?

Grandma Honey said...

Hi Rebecca~ Just go to the link for the 'San Francisco Chops' in red, and it will take you right to it.

cristie said...

ok...carrots are definitely on the menu tonight! thanks for sharing jill. xox

Karen Mortensen said...

Everything looks good. Wish I could come to your house for dinner.

Susan Rozier said...

Love it when you do recipes. Some of my favorites are ones I got from you. For sure I'll try the carrots. The pork one sounds impressive too. Thanks for your good ideas. Love, Susan

grandmapeg said...

Both of these recipes sound yummy! I'll try it next week when I take dinner into my friend. Thanks for sharing!

Sue said...

Sounds like some good, old-fashioned comfort food. I'm printing the recipes.


Princess Fluffybuns said...

I love seeing what you had for dinner!

Ammy said...

My mouth is watering!

Heather said...

I love the picture of Dennis' plate, it isn't discouraging to me at all! I'm pretty sure that is how our plates are supposed to look! Mostly veggies! I'm going to have to try both of these recipes.

Dennis' praise of your dinner reminds me of my father-in-law. He pretty much thinks my mother-in-law Kelly is the best cook ever (I am inclined to agree). The first year that Jared and I were married, we lived in Billings and always went over to his parents' house for Sunday dinner, which almost always included Kelly's yummy dinner rolls. Stewart always would ask me "Aren't these rolls just to die for?" Now whenever we have the rolls I have to tease him a bit, "Stewart, these rolls are to die for, aren't they?" He always agrees! They really are delicious. :-)

Scrapally said...

I can see that my crock pot needs a twin! Great sounding recipes...thanks for sharing!

Robin said...

How soft are the carrots after 4 hours, I like mine with a slight crunch?

Grandma Honey said...

Robin~ If you want them more crispy then you should maybe only go 3 hours...or go longer time but put it on low. Every crockpot is different, plus those baby carrots vary greatly in size from various pkgs. So maybe the first time will be a trial and error until you get them just the way you like.

krista gage said...

Thanks for sharing Jill! I have just discovered "Mels Kitchen". Such a fun cooking blog. Those carrots sound YUM! I will be trying them!

BTW-love you and miss you guys!

Rebecca said...

So, your pork looks different than theirs. Is yours shredded? Yours actually looks way tastier than the one in their recipe!

Grandma Honey said...

Rebecca~ I used a small narrow crockpot so I was trying to sort of shred it as it was cooking so the meat would all stay in the sauce.

Ammy said...

Jill...I have to tell you that this looked so good, I had to go to the store this morning to buy all the ingredients so we could have it for dinner tonight. My house smells good and Josey keeps asking me what we are eating for dinner....we've got about 3 more hours before it'll be done...but my oh my, it smells so good.

Darlene said...

I am so glad I have two crockpots as I will be trying this just as soon as we finish our great pot roast. I am really looking forward to doing them as we love carrots and also pork. I just happen to have a lot of carrots on hand and I always have pork in my freezer. Thank you.

deerie65775 said...

Looks Yummy!! Makes me want to go buy a smaller crock pot -- mine is a huge oval thing..

Valerie said...

Looks like good carrots! And I just saw that crockpot pork recipe on Mel's site tonight. said...

I had all the ingredients for this the other I made both...but I was too lazy to find my other crockpot in the basement so I just cooked the carrots on the stove. My family called these sunshine carrots growing up...we had them as a kid but Luke had never had them and really liked them. I only had a little soy sauce left though so I added some terriaki cause that's all I had. It was fun to try something new and the kids gobbled it up. I also made her cheesy garlic bread from the website the pork chops were on...they were listed at the bottom. Yum-o! Thanks for sharing, Jill! :)

Donna said...

Oh Honey I love you!!

Eileen said...

I love cooking with my crockpot and I will definitely try the carrots (and I will definitely be looking to add another crockpot to my kitchen!). Ray loves when I make pulled pork in the crockpot, and I'm sure he'd love this recipe too.
Thanks so much for posting this!