Crest Cottage Creations

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I’m Back!

I haven’t been blogging much lately, and I’m sure you will understand why.  I spent the better part of last week in Florida meeting my best friend’s beautiful daughter!  Isn’t she perfect?!
Sigh.  I miss her already.  
While we mostly just lounged around, we did do a BIT of cooking.  What did we cook up?  Some yummy sauteed chicken!  
We sliced up some chicken breasts and mixed them together with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, orange juice, salt, and pepper.  We sprinkled flour in to thicken it up and help it stick to the chicken. 
Once it was well-coated, we sauteed it on the stove until it was done but still juicy.  
What did we have on the side?
It was a delicious meal with my best friend and her perfect little girl!


Crockpot Beef Stew

Always on the lookout for crockpot recipes that use ingredients we have on hand.  This recipe popped onto my radar recently, and it was perfect for me to tweak and use. 
I started off by chopping up 1 onion, 3 potatoes, 3 stalks of celery, 3 carrots, and some garlic cloves and throwing them into the crockpot. 
Then, I mixed about a pound and a half of grassfed stew beef with some flour, salt, and pepper. 
It went into the crockpot and I poured the liquids in.  What liquids, you ask?  
1 cup of tomato sauce and nearly 3 cups of red wine.
It cooked on low for about 7 hours.  Then, when it was almost ready, I mixed up 1/3 cup of flour with water to make a slurry, or thick mixture. 
I took a little of the liquid out of the crockpot and mixed it in.
It was mixed back into the crockpot to help it thicken up.  After about another 1/2 hour it was ready to serve.  
Served over rice?  DELISH!
This post was featured on Tuesday Twister at GNOWFGLINS!


Spaghetti Squash

Some of the best meals are the simple ones.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love to spend time crafting complicated things like egg rolls or pop tarts.  But when life gets stressful, it is comforting that the easiest meals taste so good.  
Spaghetti squash is one of those quick easy meals that are a treat after a tough day.  I made it just last week.  First, grab a good sized spaghetti squash. 
Then, poke it.  The recipes I have read say that you only have to poke it once or twice.  I stab it all over.  
It is a great way to get your aggression, too.  Just so you know.  Anyway, stick it in a dish and into the oven at 375*.
When the skin is soft, let it cool and cut it open.  
Scoop out the seeds, and then the insides.  I like to eat it with butter and Parmesan Cheese… MMMMM!
I was really lucky last week.  John was awesome enough to make us some fries… FRIED IN COCONUT OIL!!  YUM!!
This post was featured on Simple Lives Thursday with GNOWFGLINS!

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Nourishing Meat and Potatoes

I have had this recipe bookmarked since it was first posted over a month ago.  I love vinegar on potatoes (well, on anything, really.  Remind me to tell you about my bread-and-vinegar birthday cake someday…) and I had a bottle of Malt Vinegar that I wasn’t sure what to do with.  After Thanksgiving we had a bunch of extra potatoes, so it was time to try it.  
I started out by doubling the recipe.  The original just called for 2 potatoes, but that is hardly any!
I cut the 4 potatoes into frie-like pieces…
…then mixed together the sauce (4 T Malt vinegar, 1 T EVOO, lots of salt)
The potatoes were left to marinate in the sauce for 45 minutes, then they were baked for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, 2 grassfed steaks were defrosting.  John was going to cook them up on our grill pan with some salt, pepper, and butter.  I made a topping for them… Onions and Mushrooms sauteed forever in butter.  WHOA!!
With a big salad on the side, it was a perfect meal!