Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Baked Potatoes from the Crock Pot

By Audrey M on February 03, 2003

Photo by Andi of Longmeadow Farm

69 Reviews

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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 4 hrs 5 mins
  • Servings: 10

About This Recipe

"This is a great way to have baked potatoes ready when you come home. I own two crock pots. In one I have my meat and the other I have a vegetable, some type of side or dessert. You can create a whole meal in a crock pot."


    • 10 -12 small baking potatoes
    • aluminum foil


  1. Stab potatoes with fork.
  2. Wrap each in foil.
  3. Fill crock pot with potatoes.
  4. Cover and cook on High 2 1/2- 4 hours.
  5. Do not add water.
  6. Cooking time depends on how big your potatoes are.
  7. Use your best judgement.
  8. It doesn't hurt to cook them for the 4 hours.
  9. For large potatoes, I have cooked five to six on Low for 8 to 10 hours and they turn out perfectly.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (122 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Calories 106.4
Calories from Fat 1
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.1g
Saturated Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0.0mg
Sugars 1.0 g
Sodium 4.9mg
Total Carbohydrate 24.6g
Dietary Fiber 2.2g
Sugars 1.0 g
Protein 2.2g

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tip for using your Kitchen Aid mixer to shred Chicken

A great trick to getting perfectly shredded chicken in just seconds.... throw the cooked chicken into your Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the cookie paddle attachment. Turn it onto speed 4-6 and in just 20 seconds you'll have perfect, restaurant style shredded chicken.  Tip: Make sure the chicken is warm/hot before you shred it. Refrigerated chicken is harder and may harm your mixer.
just add chicken!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Egg n Sausage Cheddar Bay breakfast Sammys

Cheryl's Corner Cheddar bay Breakfast Sammys
Like Red Lobster's

Cheddar Bay Biscuts

2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix
 ¾ cup cold whole milk
 4 tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick)
 ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
 1 heaping cup grated cheddar cheese

Bush on Top:
 2 tablespoons butter, melted
 ¼ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch of Old Bay Seasoning  (this is my change to the recipe instead of salt)
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Combine Bisquick with cold butter in a medium bowl using a pastry cutter or a large fork. You don't want to mix too thoroughly. There should be small chunks of butter in there that are about the size of peas. Add cheddar cheese, milk, and ¼ teaspoon garlic. Mix by hand until combined, but don't over mix.
3. Drop approximately ¼-cup portions of the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet using an ice cream scoop.
4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown.
5. When you take the biscuits out of the oven, melt 2 tablespoons butter is a small bowl in your microwave. Stir in ½ teaspoon garlic powder and the dried parsley flakes. Use a brush to spread this garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Use up all of the butter. Makes one dozen biscuits.


Food-safety precautions can cut the risk of spreading disease in the kitchen

 Even if you’re diligent about scouring the floor and wiping the countertops, no kitchen will be 100 percent germ- or bacteria-free. Still, minimizing your chances of getting sick can be simple if you use some food-cleaning know-how and helpful utensils.

 A colander (or strainer) allows you to wash fruit and vegetables quickly and safely because it lessens the risk of contamination from other foods, such as raw meat, that might have been in the sink earlier. Look for a self-standing model so that you can rinse food with one hand and tumble it around in the colander with the other.

A corer can be used to remove the least edible parts of apples, pears, pineapples and other hard fruits and vegetables. Look for a blade large enough to remove the whole core, or your produce could have bits of seed attached.

A vegetable brush is best for washing potatoes, other root vegetables and hard-skinned fruits such as cantaloupe, mango and watermelon. It can reach into crevices that running water and paper towels can’t. Look for brushes that fit your hand and are comfortable to use. When scrubbing tender fruits such as plums, use brushes with softer bristles, such as nylon.

Cleaning tips

Some tools are useful, but you can do without others. For example, you don’t need to buy a produce wash. Friction and running water are enough to help remove soil from produce, says Linda Harris, a food-safety specialist at the University of California at Davis. Drying fruits and vegetables with a paper towel might remove more surface bacteria.

Wash refrigerator bins with dish detergent in warm water. Crisper drawers hold more bacteria than any other part of the refrigerator. Wash them often in a clean sink. After drying thoroughly with paper towels, spray the bins with a homemade sanitizing solution (a tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water) and let stand for at least 15 seconds, then dry thoroughly again with paper towels before returning them to the refrigerator.

To wash or not to wash?

New research is shaking up what we thought we knew about washing our food, but some well-known advice still stands. Here’s what we found about which produce and other foods need a wash or rinsing and which should be left alone:

●Bagged, pre-washed greens: Yes. Consumer Reports’ 2010 tests of bagged, pre-washed greens, such as ready-to-eat salad, found bacteria that are common indicators of poor sanitation. A good rinse in a colander and a whirl in a salad spinner can remove soil and insects.

●Cantaloupe: Yes. Scrubbing the outside of rough-textured produce, specifically dimply cantaloupes, is extremely important in preventing illness caused by food. Bacteria can hide in the small crevices of the fruits and travel inward once a knife cuts through it. Scrubbing with a vegetable brush under running water is the surest way to prevent the fleshy part of the fruit from becoming contaminated.

●Eggs: No. Commercially produced eggs are cleaned as part of the packaging process and don’t need to be washed again. In fact, water can cause harm by entering the egg through its porous shell, increasing the risk of contamination.

●Herbs: Yes. Herbs are best cleaned in a colander under running water. Tossing them around helps to ensure that all surfaces get rinsed, but in the case of excess dirt and grime, swishing herbs in a clean bowl of water before rinsing is most helpful.

●Loose, leafy greens: Yes. For leafy greens such as lettuce, discard the outside leaves, where dirt and bacteria lurk most often. Then separate remaining leaves and wash individually, rubbing gently to dislodge soil. Salad spinners also help by removing excess moisture.

●Raw meat and poultry: No. Rinsing might rid meat of some bacteria, but those same bacteria will then wind up in the sink or elsewhere in your kitchen within splashing distance. It’s best to simply cook the meat thoroughly, which can kill bacteria once and for all.

●Tender produce: Yes. Produce such as peaches, plums and tomatoes should be rinsed under cool, briskly running water for 30 to 60 seconds and rubbed with a nylon vegetable brush to help remove soil and pesticides. Cut away damaged or decayed areas and dry thoroughly with a paper towel.

 Consumers Union of United States Inc.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Helpful Hints

I did not write these i found them and thought that i would share them with all my friends, Enjoy!
Household Tips
A sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a
knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. (hmmmmmm..)
Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords It keeps them
neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.
For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put
Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't
refreeze. (wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)
To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for
a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The
wax will fall out.
Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped
in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!)..
Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt
BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of
scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw
away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would
be much more economical. Now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely!
In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get 'sharpened'' this way!
Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen
peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works
every time! (Now, where to put the body?) LOL
Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal
for inside windows.... This way you can tell which side has the streaks.
Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows
on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.
Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely
light scent in each room when the light is turned on.
Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell
freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.
Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3
hours prior to burning .
To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the
flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt
and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!
To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap
and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top.
Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring
in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the
corn's natural sweetness
Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your
forehead. The throbbing will go away.
Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future
use in casseroles and sauces ........LEFT OVER WINE,WHAT'S THAT? :)
To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area
you will experience instant relief.
Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line.. So,
get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.
Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still,
leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to
tweezers or a needle Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, and
then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.
Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer......... Clean a toilet.
Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.
The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China ......
Clean a vase.
To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water
and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.
Polish jewelry.
Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the
jewelry for two minutes.
Clean a thermos bottle
Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
Unclog a drain.
Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a
cup of Heinz White Vinegar..
Wait a few minutes, and then run the hot water.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Heres a simple Pink Grapefruit Breakfast

Cheryl's Corner
So Pretty and so Healthy
Grapefruit Plate

1 grapefruit sectioned
1 or 2 slices of cantaloupe
1 or 2 slices of honeydew melon
1 slice of strawberry
1 squeeze of lemon
1 drizzle of honey 
1 plate

assemble the grapefruit the way you see it here
put some fruit in the middle 
squeeze some lemon on your fruit and drizzle with some honey
and Enjoy!

The best way to start off the day "Steak and Egg Burrito's"

 Looks pretty tasty ay! Cheryl's Corner Photo and Recipe
(below) for Recipe

These are really easy to make if you have the new GT xpress (the flat bottom one)

GT Xpress Breakfast Burritos

1 flour tortilla
1 egg
2 tbsp Cheese (any)
left over steak  (chopped small)
Pam Spray or butter
salt and pepper to taste
Turn on your Xpress
spray it with Pam or butter the bottom of your xpress
lay your tortilla on the bottom sides will be up a bit
break an egg onto your tortilla, and with a fork scramble the egg a bit
sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste close your xpress and set timer for about 3 minutes
when it dings, open it up place your steak and the cheese over the egg let it cook for 1 min more,
then roll up like a burrito and let cook for another minute or so, so the cheese melts you may rotate it around
turn off your express,  at this point its done and can stay in your xpress for a bit while you get ready in the morning or just take it out and serve it with your favorite salsa, makes one serving. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Xpress Redi Set Go Steak and Egg Chimichanga Burrito

Cheryl's Corner,  i got my xpress at Target for $39.99
and i use it all the time at least once a day

Steak and Egg Chimichanga

1- 6 oz flour tortilla
cooking spray
1 egg
2-3 Tbsp. grated cheese any kind will do
left over steak, i used crock pot cooked roast shredded beef as much as you like
little salt and pepper to taste
plain yogurt or sour cream, i used yogurt mixed with water
cilantro chopped and lettuce shredded for garnish

-Here's what ya do.
-First turn it on. let it heat up til the light goes on.
-Spray your xpress with Pam
-Lay a flour tortilla down on the round bottom of xpress.
-Break an Egg on top of tortilla.

Then you may salt and pepper it and add your
cheese and cooked steak or beef.
-At this point it should look like this (below pic.)
you can add pretty much what ever you like, green Chile's, onion,
-Now close the lid and set the timer to about 5 minutes.

after the timer dings, check it to see if the eggs are set, they should be,
-if not cook for another minute or so. 
-After its done, fold it up burrito style, and cook it for another 2 min on each side
so it gets nice and crunchy.
-When its finished, turn of your xpress.
-Cut your chimi in half and drizzle some sour cream or yogurt over your chimi and garnish it with shredded lettuce and cilantro. Enjoy!
Cheryl's Corner Recipe and Photo

Redi Set Go Gt Express Ham and Cheese on Ciabata

Cheryl's Corner Photo and Recipe

The Xpress Ham and Cheese Ciabata

This is what i came up with for lunch the other day.

-Always spray your machine with a cooking spray
-Take 4 slices of ham lay 2 of them down on top of each other in the flat bottom xpress
-Then lay down some cheese on top of that.
-Then some pickles on top of that.
-close the lid and cook for about 3 min until the cheese is melted and ham is hot
-cut your ciabata rolls in half, spread each side with your favorite mustard, mine is Dijon.
-Lay some lettuce on top of your mustard
When your 3 minutes is up lift out the ham mixture and lay it on each halve of your breads, put them together and don't forget the ice cold beer to go with it.

  (place ham n cheese and pickles in xpress)
(The finished product)

(either enjoy it right when it is cooked or wrap it up and save it for later)
Cheryl's Corner Photo and Recipe


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Savory Artichoke Cheesecake

Savory Artichoke Cheesecake
Crust Ingredients
2 teaspoons butter softened
1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh Italian herbs
Cheesecake Ingredients
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 cup sour cream
3 eggs
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts
1 small red bell pepper
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
6 green onions, white bulbs and 1/2 inch of green tops, chopped
1 large clove of garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Garnish Ingredients
 Reserved red bell pepper strips
6 fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Serves 20
This is a delicious spread with a savory taste. It is a great make-ahead hors d’oeuvre to serve at home or take to a party.
Crust: Grease a 9-inch springform pan with the butter. Combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and herbs in a bowl. Add to the buttered pan, rotating and tilting the pan to coat the bottom and side with the crumb mixture. Tap out any excess crumb mixture from the pan and reserve.
Cheesecake: Process the cream cheese in a food processor until fluffy, scraping the sides of the container. Add the feta cheese and sour cream. Process until smooth. Add the eggs, beating until smooth.
Reserve 2 of the artichoke hearts for garnish. Drain and chop the remaining artichoke hearts and add to the cheese mixture. Cut 4 small strips from the red pepper; reserve for garnish. Chop the remaining red pepper and add to the cheese mixture with the green pepper, green onions, garlic, tarragon, chopped basil, salt and pepper. Pulse until thoroughly blended. Spoon the cheese mixture into the prepared springform pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes or until golden brown. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate, covered, in the pan for at least 2 hours. Remove from the pan. Pat the reserved crumb mixture on the outside edge of the cheesecake.
Garnish: Arrange the reserved artichoke hearts, reserved red pepper strips, basil leaves and parsley decoratively on top of the cheesecake. Serve with toast points or crackers.