Crock Pot BBQ Beef



Crock Pot BBQ Beef

I grew up around a lot of BBQ.  I’m kind of a BBQ snob.  For something that hasn’t been cooked in a smoker, this is still a fantastic piece of meat.



Caprese Chicken

This is so good I’ve made it twice in the last couple weeks.  I haven’t bothered to slice the tomatoes in half.  The dish still cooks fine, but the tomatoes take forever to cool.



Maybe I don’t get it…


BBQ Potatoes

Maybe I’m stupid or something, but this did not go well at all.  They were bland and undercooked.  I doubled the time for a couple potatoes and they still didn’t get done.

Happy birthday, boyfriend!



Raspberry Swirled Lemon Cheesecake

It was my boyfriend’s birthday a couple weeks ago.  He doesn’t like regular cake, so I searched Pinterest for the perfect cheesecake recipe.  

Things went really well for my first attempt using a springform pan.  I felt like the cookie crust needed a little bit more butter.  My cheesecake ended up having more of a no bake consistency, so I think the filling could use a little bit more flour and a slightly longer cook time.  It also ended up having a really strong lemon flavor, so if I made it again I would use less lemon.  That might be a personal preference.

First intentional attempt at clean eating

For the past three months or so, I’ve been trying to lose weight.  So far I’ve managed about 15 pounds.  I need to kick things up a little bit, so I’m trying to eat “clean” now.



Roasted summer squash

I love sauteed squash, but it takes more work than I’m willing to put up with and it gets kind of messy, not to mention all the extra calories you get from the butter or olive oil.  This had all of the flavor of the sauteed dish, but less work and mess.

There was too much pepper in this for my taste.  Maybe cut it down to 1/4 tsp.

The ever popular copycat



Copycat Panera mac and cheese

I’ll admit I’ve only had Panera’s mac and cheese once.  I’m always there for a bread bowl full of broccoli cheese soup.  I enjoyed what I had, but I wasn’t blown away or anything.  I’ve always wanted to make my own mac and cheese, so I figured this would be a good jumping off point.

This dish tasted fantastic, but it wasn’t worth the cleanup.  Maybe I cooked it a little high, but the milk totally scorched to the bottom of the pot.  There was enough cheese where I didn’t really get any of the scorched milk, so it was ok.  I might do it again now that I have nonstick cookware.

It’s so easy, even your boyfriend could do it



Oven roasted sausage, potatoes and peppers

I don’t even cook this dish myself, I have my boyfriend do it on nights when I have to work late.  Super simple and delicious.  I messed up and bought cheesy sausage once and it was one of the happiest accidents ever.