Tuesday, June 26, 2012

4th of July Slow Cooker Brisket

I have been making this easy, yet delicious, brisket for more than a decade. I think the original recipe came from a magazine, perhaps Quick Cooking. If you have a Food Depot near you, they have beef brisket on sale for $2.96 a pound right now.

4th of July Slow Cooker Brisket


Dry Rub:
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 1/2 - 3 pounds beef brisket, trimmed

BBQ Sauce:
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1-1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard powder

Rub the beef with the dry rub. Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine all of the BBQ Sauce ingredients. Place the brisket in the slow cooker. Pour 1/2 of the sauce over the top of the brisket and refrigerate the remaining BBQ Sauce. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low 8-10 hours. Serve with warmed, reserved BBQ Sauce.

Serves 6

Monday, June 18, 2012

Crazy Crunch BBQ Cups

Here's my latest prize winning recipe: Crazy Crunch BBQ Cups  It comes together very quickly-no "real cooking" involved.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Budget Boursin Potato Gratin

My dear friend, Claire, requested a good, potato side-dish recipe. I thought I had posted this one, but I failed to share this deliciousness. My bad. I am re-posting the recipe for making your own Boursin, so you don't have to spend $6 for a little circle of it anymore. Let me know if you like this one as much as we do.....

Budget Boursin Potato Gratin

Budget Boursin
1-8 ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon dried dill
1/8 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients until well-mixed. Refrigerate for up to a week.
Boursin Potato Gratin

2 cups half and half
1  Budget Boursin cheese
3 pounds potatoes, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a 9x13 pan. Melt the Budget Boursin and half and half in a medium saucepan until it is smooth.  Layer all of the potato slices in the pan. Pour the cream mixture over the layers. Bake for one hour, uncovered.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Grilled Lemon-Lime Chicken

I can't believe I haven't posted this family favorite recipe yet, and this is BG post #75. You make a simple marinade and let the chicken absorb the flavors all day. I think the original recipe came from a Quick Cooking magazine. A perfect, affordable summer meal! 

              Grilled Lemon-Lime Chicken

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons lemon juice (and zest, if available)
3 tablespoons lime juice (and zest, if available)
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder (California-style preferred)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
4-6 chicken breasts

In a medium-large bowl, mix the eight marinade ingredients together. Marinate and refrigerate the chicken breasts for a minimum of four hours or up to twelve hours. Grill the chicken until thoroughly cooked.