Tonite I'm introducing a new, occasional, subject around here.
My adventures in cooking. :-D
Welcome to: In The Kitchen With Sneakeasy
Ever since my Sainted Ma died, in 1990, except for a few years when Sister Deputy, and her 1st hubby lived with me, I've had to cook for myself ( in addition to relying on fast food, and frozen dinners, on occasion ).
My 1st adventures in cooking occurred as a teen when I learned to scramble a truly MEAN egg ( actually 3 ) for my breakfast, and progressed to fixing my own Mac and cheese/tomato concoctions.
Of course, I became expert at putting together peanut butter sandwiches, tuna sandwiches, various lunch meat sandwiches, and assorted other delicacies essential for a bachelors very survival.
The next big step in my Culinary Edumication came in 1995 when an employee of mine gave me a basic recipe for a rice and ground beef meal, and 1 for fixing a Pot Roast.
God! Was I in heaven, or what? :-D
Well, this led to my eventually improvising additions to the 1st recipe, and even to my Macaroni meals, and then buying my 1st Crock Pot about 4 years ago.
A 6 qt. one. ( Well, Mom always said my eyes were bigger than my stomach! )
I think I've only used it once a year since, though.
I also started buying various cookbooks in preperation for the day when I could afford to splurge some on my grocery shopping, and expand my meal horizons.
In recent years I've mastered the Smoothie Machine, the Waffle Maker, and a few other gadgets as well.
With my new, better paying job, maybe it's finally time to, slowly explore those cookbooks. :-D
Afterall, a man's gotta eat, and if he lives alone he's gotta continually learn to cook for himself!
Today I used my 2 qt. Crock Pot for the first time. :-D
I tossed ingredients in the thing at 1230pm, set it on low, and turned it off at 11pm when I got home from work.
I knew it was done when I climbed the steps to the second floor and headed to my apartment.
I could smell it from there.
I opened the door, and it was so funny...
Nikita followed me around with such a plaintive meowing it was obvious he was more than just happy to see me come home.
As I worked in the kitchen to transfer the meal from the crock to another bowl, for the fridge, he leaped on a dresser close by when I took the lid off the pot, and piped up again. :-D
I'm hesitant to feed him even a tiny amount though.
As for the recipe:
Sneakeasy's Special Combo Meal
1 cup brown rice
1lb. lean ground beef
1 small can of Peas
1 small can of corn
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 a pk. sliced mushrooms, chopped
Some chopped onion if you wish.
1 pk. onion soup mix
2 cups water
Salt and pepper/ Seasoning Salt to taste
The peas and corn cans are the tiny ones that are half the size of the regular cans.
Add ingredients ( Rice 1st ) to 2-4 Qt. Crock Pot, in the morning, or early afternoon, so the meal is ready in the evening, or later at night, or add before bed so the meal is ready in the morning.
I crumble up the ground beef, and add a layer between each of the other ingredients, with the Onion Soup mix added last before the water.
Turn crock to LOW for duration.
It's delicious!! :-D
Enough to last 1 person over several days, or to serve to your family, or friends, for dinner.