The Bored Girl's Kitchen











{April 13, 2012}   Hamburger Potato Casserole

Verdict: Super nommy

I have something like 3 crockpots.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that since I’m pretty sure they’re all different sizes at least, and at least two different shapes.  The part that’s wrong is that I’ve never actually used any of them.  I got one as a wedding gift and it ended up in storage, I got one from my dad that we cleaned out and has been making the kitchen table its home for a while now, and I recently picked up an awesome crockpot from Target.  Well, I was determined to use at least one of them, and I love that damask print one a lot, so I sat down with The Everything Slow Cooker Cookbook and decided I was making a meal.

What you need:

– 1 pound lean ground beef

– 3 medium potatoes

– 4 medium carrots

– 1 medium sized yellow onion

– 1 cup fresh peas

– 2 tablespoons dry white rice

– 1 teaspoon table salt

– 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

– 1 cup tomato juice

– Prep time is listed as about 20 minutes for a pot size of 4-6 quarts.  Cooking time is 7-9 hours, and should serve about 4.

– My notes: I used 4 potatoes because the one looked kinda wimpy and small, I used a sweet onion instead of a yellow onion, and I used tomato puree instead of tomato juice.  Also, I’m pretty sure the rice I used wasn’t white, or at least wasn’t bleached white.

(Spot my sweet crock pot in the background?)

Step 1: Brown the meat in a medium skillet on medium high heat.  I used a pot because it was handy.  Unless you happen to be a real ground beef connoisseur it probably isn’t going to make much of a difference.  Mine took a while to cook because despite putting it in the fridge from the freezer the night before it still wasn’t fully thawed.  Oh well.  It all turned out ok in the end.  Once it’s all cooked, drain the excess grease.  I poured mine into a canning jar, because once it’s all solidified I can just dump it into the garbage.  If you have a disposable cup anywhere those are also great because you can just dump them when it’s cooled.

Step 2: While the meat is browning, and probably for a bit afterwards (depending on how fast it cooks and how fast you can peel), peel the potatoes, carrots, and onion. The potatoes should be cut into 1/4″ slices, the carrots into 1/4″ rounds, and the onion into 1/4″ pieces.  I didn’t measure mine, and I’m pretty sure they’re bigger than 1/4″, but I like chunkier veggies.

Step 3: Combine all the ingredients except the peas in the slow cooker and stir well.  Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours.

Step 4: Go do something productive to kill the next 5-7 hours. Or sit on Facebook and watch a movie.  That sort of counts.

Step 5: Add the peas.  I had a can of peas and had already washed my measuring cup, so I just dumped the whole can in and went with it.  If you like mushy peas, you can add them when you add everything else.  Cook for about 2 more hours. I forgot the camera when I did this step (blame being hungry and in a rush), but I assure you it went off without a hitch.

I cooked it for about another hour and a half or so and it came out just fine. I garnished mine with some cheese and that made it super nommy, but you can serve it without cheese and it will also be tasty.

If you have any questions or comments you can either leave them below, or email me.  If you have a suggestion for a recipe or any other ideas, that email address is theboredgirlskitchen@gmail.com.

Happy cooking!

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{March 27, 2012}   Casserole Salad Sandwich

Verdict: Pretty Damn Good

This is yet another one of those ever subjective and customizable recipes in that it’s less a recipe and more me being bored and throwing stuff together.  I was in the mood for something like chicken salad, but have never made any official chicken salad recipe before, and didn’t even know if I had everything needed to make an “official” chicken salad.  So I perused the kitchen and got together a whole bunch of stuff and started making food.

To follow my “recipe” you’ll need the following:

– 1 carrot

– 2 small stalks of celery

– 1 can of salmon (but you can use a can of chicken or tuna or whatever else, or not add it at all)

– Any seasonings you want.  I used steak seasoning, garlic powder, freeze dried onion/garlic (didn’t have any fresh stuff around), and some taco seasoning

– lime juice and Worcestershire sauce

– Miracle Whip

– elbow noodles

(Not pictured: Bread or Worcestershire sauce, because I forgot to grab them when taking the picture)

Step 1: Start your water boiling, and then cook the noodles.

Step 2: While the water is boiling and the noodles are cooking, prepare all of your additives.  This is where you would chop up your celery and carrot and any other choppable veggie you want to add.  You’ll want to make sure you get as close to diced as you can.  I’m lazy and easily influenced and love my Slap Chop, so that’s what I used to get my veggies chopped up nicely.

Step 3: Once the noodles are done, drain them and put them in a bowl.  Open the can of whatever meat you’re adding and drain it as well as you can then add it to the bowl as well.  Add enough Miracle Whip to coat everything evenly, and mix it all up.

Step 4: Add the chopped up veggies and all your seasonings to taste.  I had a splash of lime juice and Worcestershire and just a pinch of taco seasoning and steak seasoning, and I was pretty liberal with the onion and garlic.   Stir it all together and  continue to season to taste.

Step 5: You can either add it to bread to make a sandwich, or chill it and serve it as a side.  I chose bread for sandwiches. I estimate there was enough for about 6 sandwiches, but I got 3 1/2 and had tasty bowl eating leftovers. Enjoy!

I know, it might have been easier if I had given you specific measurements.  Wait, no, it wouldn’t have.  Because this way you don’t have to take extra time to measure anything out! Another reason I don’t have any specific measurements is because I like just experimenting with things, and just add dashes and pinches until I like the way it tastes.

If you have any questions or comments you can either leave them below, or email me.  If you have a suggestion for a recipe or any other ideas, that email address is theboredgirlskitchen@gmail.com.

Happy cooking!



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