The BEST Marinade for Smoking Meat

A smoker is a great way to have amazing BBQ right at home. This Marinade for Smoking Meat is easy and leave whatever meat you are smoking so tasty! 

Ingredients for the BEST Smoker Marinade.

A few years ago I got my husband a smoker for Christmas.  It ended up being a great purchase because we use it a lot!  Weekends are spent slowly smoking pork or beef for a great dinner and then we have plenty of leftovers to get us through the rest of the weekend.

This marinade is one that I’ve been using since we got the smoker.  A great marinade is a key to tender meat, so don’t miss this step.

How to make the BEST Marinade for Smoking Meat:

To a pan add the Coca-Cola, spices, apple cider vinegar then the molasses.

Over medium-high heat cook for 5 minutes, stirring as it cooks.

Turn off the heat and add the ice.  Let the marinade cool.

Ingredients and steps for the BEST Smoker Marinade.

In a dish add the meat then pour the marinade over it.

Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 12 hours, flipping the meat about halfway through.

Two pork roasts in a pan covered with plastic wrap.

Smoke meat as you like.

What ways are best to smoke meats?

  • Low and slow – My husband made this pork roast below by just letting it go low and slow over 9 hours.  It fell apart and had some amazing burnt ends on it.
  • Texas Crutch – This involves smoking the meat for a time then wrapping it with foil.  Check out this great article about it here.

Pork that has been smoked and shredded in a pan.

What should you serve with smoked meats?

The BEST Smoker Marinade |in a pan and two pork roasts in a pan next to it.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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The BEST Marinade for Smoking Meat
This is the BEST Marinade for Smoking Meat! From pork to beef, this smoker marinade is so easy and leaves whatever meat you choose to smoke full of flavor.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Instructions
  1. To a pan add the Coca-Cola, spices, apple cider vinegar then the molasses.
  2. Over medium-high heat cook for 5 minutes, stirring as it cooks.
  3. Turn off the heat and add the ice. Let the marinade cool.
  4. In a dish add the meat then pour the marinade over it.
  5. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 12 hours, flipping the meat about halfway through.
  6. Smoke meat as you like. Enjoy!

Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon #CookoutWeek

For my last #CookoutWeek recipe I made something that I’ve never cooked at home before, duck.  I was so excited to receive from one of our sponsors, Maple Leaf Farms, a whole bunch of duck goodies.  Duck breasts, duck bacon, and half roasted ducks.  So it was time to get creative and I think I created a winner for sure in this duck breast wrapped in duck bacon.

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While I’ve had duck many times at restaurants and really enjoy it for me it’s like fish entrees, I prefer to eat them out instead of worry about how to make them at home. But I am up for a challenge and what better place to take a shot than Cookout Week?!

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For this recipe, I decided to keep it simple. As simple as it gets to WRAPPING IT IN BACON!  Make sure that the duck breasts are unthawed.  Pat each one dry then place on a rack.  Open 1 package of bacon then wrap at least 3 pieces on each breast.  You won’t use the whole package so what I did was add the bacon to the sheet that I baked these on and my family enjoyed them as an addition to the breasts. The duck bacon was amazing!  The boys raved and raved about it.

I ended up baking the breasts in the oven since Michigan weather has been kind of a pain (rain, rain, and more rain).  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and they should be done in around 1 hour.  Next time I plan on cooking these on the grill!  But I was very happy with how these turned out without going to grill route and it gives me a way to make these all year round.

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One of my favorite combinations of flavors is chicken blackberries.  Since duck has a similar flavor profile I thought a sweet sauce would be great with this.  And then it’s summer so why not heat things up a little with chili powder?  Yes!  It’s so simple.  Remove the pit from the apricots and chop.  Add the preserves, salt, red pepper and chili powder.  Done!

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Check the final temperature to make sure the duck is cooked all the way through.  It should be at an internal temp of 165 degrees.  And here you are….

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Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon
Delicious duck breast is wrapped in duck bacon then topped off with chili apricots. The perfect mix of spicy and sweet. Great on the grill or in the oven.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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Instructions
  1. Make sure that the duck breasts are unthawed. Pat each one dry then place on a rack.
  2. Open 1 package of bacon then wrap atleast 3 pieces on each breast. You won't use the whole package so what I did was add the bacon to the sheet that I baked these.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and they should be done in around 1 hour.
  4. Remove the pit from the apricots and chop. Add the preserves, salt, red pepper and chili powder.
  5. Check the final temperature to make sure the duck is cooked all the way through. It should be at internal temp of 165 degrees. Top with the apricots and enjoy!

Beef Tips and Gravy

We are getting ready to settle in for the long Winter.  That means it’s time for some classic comfort food, Beef Tips and Gravy.  Low and slow is the name of the game so these beef tips come out tender. The gravy doesn’t get too thick which is perfect to use to soak into the noodles and dip bread into it.

Beef Tips and Gravy in a bowl with bread off to the side ready to eat.

We had our first dusting of snow last night.  So for this Mitten Movie Night I am ready for the colder weather, snuggling up in front of the fireplace and a big blanket.

What movie pairs well with a hearty beef and noodle recipe and beer?

This is our first holiday in the new house.  While I’m excited to start decorating the new house, I am feeling almost a little ‘homesick’.  We lived in our old house for 15 years.  That’s 15 Thanksgivings, Christmases and New Years.  Two babies came home to have their first visits with Santa there.  So many wonderful memories but now it’s time to focus on the new memories here.

However, I can still stick with tradition and enjoy a few things that we do every year and one of them is watching Scrooged.  Hands down one of my favorite holiday movies.

What beer pairs well with Beef Tips and Gravy?

The beer: The Double Magician from Short’s Brewing.

The malty, caramel flavors in Red Ales pair well with the noodles and the savory beef gravy.

Beef Tips and Gravy in a bowl with bread and a craft beer off to the side ready to eat.

This recipe is one that I’ve been making since before Pinterest was invented.  I did find it online and then printed it out but I’ve been making it so long that I threw it out.  Luckily I think that I found it on Taste of Home and pretty sure this is it!

First off, know that this recipe is time intensive.  If your hanging out at home on a Sunday this is the perfect meal for you.  I have tried cutting down on the time this simmers and it never comes out nearly as good as when I let it go the whole 1-1/2 hours.  So be warned.

How to make Beef Tips and Gravy:

Start by browning the beef tips into a medium saucepan in some oil.  This is just to brown it no need to cook all the way through.

In a measuring cup put 1 cup water, soy sauce and Worcestershire Sauce.  Stir it then add to the beef tips.  Turn the heat to low then cover.

Let cook for 1-1/2 hours making sure to check every 30 minutes.

Beef tips browning in a pan on the stove.

During the last 20 minutes in a separate pot cook the noodles according to package directions.

Cook for 12-14 minutes then empty into a strainer. Turn the low simmering beef tips up to high.

In a bowl add the other cup of water and the package of brown gravy.  Stir to combine and add to the beef tips.  Let cook and thicken up just a little while you do the next part.

In the pot that the noodles cooked add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it.

Then add the mushrooms, onions, and garlic and saute until the mushrooms are cooked down.  It should take about 8 minutes.

Finally to this pot add the beef tips and gravy then the noodles.

Stir everything to combine.

Tips for making Beef Tips and Gravy:

  • For the noodles: bring the water to a boil before adding to the pot it cooks the noodles better and they don’t stick together. 
  • Make sure to check on the beef tips every 30 minutes as they cook.  If you have the heat too high it will cook off the liquid then you might burn your tips–oh no!

Add a side of bread and a vegetable and here you are….

Beef Tips and Gravy in a bowl and on a plate with bread and a craft beer off to the side ready to eat.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Beef Tips and Gravy
These beef tips and gravy cook low and slow so they come out tender. Serve over noodles for a stick to the ribs dinner, perfect for the colder weather.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Brown the beef tips into a medium saucepan in some oil. This is just to brown it no need to cook all the way through.
  2. In a measuring cup put 1 cup water, soy sauce and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir it then add to the beef tips.
  3. Turn the heat to low then cover. Let cook for 1-1/2 hours making sure to check every 30 minutes.
  4. During the last 20 minutes in a separate pot cook the noodles according to package directions. Bring the water to a boil before adding to the pot it cooks the noodles better and they stick together. Cook for 12-14 minutes then empty into a strainer.
  5. Turn the low simmering beef tips up to high. In a bowl add the other cup of water and the package of brown gravy. Stir to combine and add to the beef tips. Let cook and thicken up while you do the next part.
  6. In the pot that the noodles cooked add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it. Then add the mushrooms, onions and garlic and sautee until the mushrooms are cooked down. It should take about 8 minutes.
  7. Finally to this pot add the beef tips and gravy then the noodles.
  8. Add a side of bread and a vegetable. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips for making Beef Tips and Gravy:

  • For the noodles: bring the water to a boil before adding to the pot it cooks the noodles better and they don't stick together. 
  • Make sure to check on the beef tips every 30 minutes as they cook.  If you have the heat too high it will cook off the liquid then you might burn your tips--oh no!

Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup #SundaySupper

I first made this Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup recipe as something quick to take my best friend who was sick in the hospital. I was originally going to make a pasta dish with most of these ingredients but adjusted it on the fly to make the ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup to take to her so she could skip the hospital food. I’m glad I did because it has become something that I now make, a lot.

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Top this with some homemade croutons and a sprinkle of Parmesan. The croutons give it really good crunch. Now on to the soup!

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Start by melting half of the butter in a large stockpot, adding the onions and cook until softened.  Add garlic now—not before it will brown to fast and get bitter.

Now add your sausage and cook until browned. Once the sausage is cooked I usually either drain this on a plate with a paper towel or drain in colander. I DO NOT drain out all of the oil, I leave a little bit in the bottom and add then put the spinach into the pot.  I now also add the other half of my butter.  Wilt the spinach. Chop up your tomato and add to the pot. Add your sausage back in.

To the sausage mixture sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over it then stir to combine the flour.  This is what thickens the stock.

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Add the chicken stock now.  I love using bouillon so I heat up 1 cup of water and dissolve the cubes in that.  Then add the remaining water after that.  Finally put the gnocchi into the pot and set to cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.

Serve it up and add croutons & additional Parmesan.  And here you are……

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Originally published March, 2016. Updated photos & recipe.

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Gnocchi Sausage & Spinach Soup
The ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup with spicy sausage and bites of gnocchi. Top with homemade croutons and Parmesan and dig in.
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Course Main Dish
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
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Instructions
  1. Start by melting half of the butter in a large stockpot, adding the onions and cook until softened. Add garlic now—not before it will brown to fast and get bitter.
  2. Add your sausage and cook until browned. Once the sausage is cooked drain **I DO NOT drain out all of the oil, I leave a little bit in the bottom and add then put the spinach into the pot.
  3. Add the other half of my butter. Wilt the spinach. Chop up your tomato and add to the pot. Add your sausage back in.
  4. To the sausage mixture sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over it then stir to combine the flour.
  5. Add the chicken stock. Finally put the gnocchi into the pot and set to cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve it up and add croutons & additional Parmesan. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast

Looking for a cozy meal that takes very little time to make?  Set the crock pot and add a simple sauce to pork then let it do its work.  Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast is a slow cooker favorite the whole family will love.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast shredded on a pan ready to eat!

This is one of my favorite meals to make for my boys. For me, one of my true joys is making them a meal that has them leaving the dinner table full & happy.

Now I’m going, to be honest and give what is possibly an unpopular opinion-I really don’t use my crock pot often.  Even in the cooler months.  Not sure if it’s just that I forget that I even have one or maybe I’m not a big fan of the way some meat turns out after cooking but there is one meat that I almost always pull out the underused crock pot for and that is porkThis crock pot ranch pork roast only takes a few ingredients to get this tender roast that practically makes its own gravy. 

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast shredded on a pan with gravy on the side ready to eat!

How to make Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast:

In a bowl mix together the dry ranch, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, minced garlic, and water.

Mix all ingredients together then pour on top of pork. Easy! Once that is all in just cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Pork roast in a crock pot getting ready to cook.

Remove the roast from the crockpot and put on a plate or sheet pan.  Pull meat apart and dispose of any fat that is left on the roast.

Time to make the gravy:  Ladle 1 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker and add to a pot.  In a small bowl whisk 1 Tbs flour with 3 Tbs milk.  Bring liquid to a boil then add the flour/milk mixture.  Whisk constantly until it thickens, usually takes 2-4 minutes.  This can easily be doubled depending on how much gravy you’re looking for.

So rich & creamy. Perfect to top off this crockpot ranch pork roast.  Roast up some asparagus and mash some potatoes to complete this meal.

Variations for Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast:

  • Want an Italian twist to this dish? Swap out the dry ranch dressing for dry Italian dressing.
  • Add some whole peppercini’s to the crockpot for some extra flavor.
  • This pork roast is also great on sandwich buns with melted cheese.

And here you are…..

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast shredded on a pan with ranch gavy on the side ready to eat!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Originally published April 2016. Updated photos & recipe.

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Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
Fix dinner and forget it with this crockpot ranch pork roast. Cooking all day leaves this savory roast so tender it falls apart at forks touch.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
Gravy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
Gravy
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Instructions
Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Pour on top of pork. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Remove the roast from the crock-pot and put on a plate or sheet pan. Pull meat apart and dispose of any fat that is left on the roast.
Gravy
  1. Ladle 1 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker and add to a pot.
  2. In a small bowl whisk 1 Tbs flour with 3 Tbs milk.
  3. Bring liquid to a boil then add the flour/milk mixture. Whisk constantly until it thickens, usually takes 2-4 minutes.
  4. Serve pork with gravy and any other side you wish. Enjoy!

Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake #SundaySupper

This Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake has layers of blueberry, cheesecake, and cherries.  This no-bake dessert is perfect for summer cookouts, picnics or any day you don’t want to heat up the oven.

Red White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake with a piece cout of it ready to eat.

Who is ready for 4th of July? ** Raises hand, Me! Me! Me!**  Anyone else?  I mean what is not to love?  Cookouts, fireworks, ice cold beer, fireworks, parades and more fireworks and best of all cookout food!  This year I decided to try something different with my no bake cheesecake and ended up very happy with the results.  My Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake will be making the cookout rounds this year.

Every year for the 4th of July growing up we would have big parties at my grandparents house.  Their home was on the main street of a small town and the parade went right by.  Afterwards we would have a cookout.  So much fun and so many great memories.

Red White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake in a pan ready to eat.

This year we plan on spending most of the time by the pool at our new home.  Kicking back and relaxing and spending time with the family is what it is all about, am I right?

How to make Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake:

To get the ‘blue’ obviously I decided to use blueberries.  Clean and wash 2 cups of them then add to a pot with sugar, water and cornstarch.  Bring to a boil over medium heat and let reduce and cook the berries down for 15 minutes.  Remove from the heat and let cool completely.

Prepare the crust using the graham cracker mix, sugar and melted butter.

Put crust into a greased pie plate making sure to get the crust up onto the sides of the plate as well.

Mix the cheesecake filling and milk together with an electric mixer for 2-4 minutes.

Ingredients and directions for Red White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake.

Take half of the cheesecake filling and mix with the cooled blueberry sauce.  Place the blueberry layer on the crust.  Add the rest of the filling on top of the blueberry layer.

Now put the pie into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  Before serving add the cherry topping after refrigerating.

Slice and serve.

Here are some other great holiday no bake cheesecake recipes:

And here you are…….

Red White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake in a pie pan and a piece on a plate.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Blueberry Sauce adapted from Farm Girl Gabs.

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Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake
Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake has layers of blueberry, strawberry, and cheesecake in a graham cracker crust. A perfect patriotic treat!
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Clean and wash 2 cups of them then add to a pot with sugar, water and cornstarch. Bring to a boil over medium heat and let reduce and cook the berries down for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
  2. Prepare the crust using the graham cracker mix, sugar and melted butter. Put crust into a greased pie plate making sure to get the crust up onto the sides of the plate as well.
  3. Mix the cheesecake filling and milk together with an electric mixer for 2-4 minutes.
  4. Take half of the cheesecake filling and mix with the cooled blueberry sauce. Place the blueberry layer on the crust.
  5. Now add the rest of the filling on top of that.
  6. Put the pie into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  7. Before serving add the cherry topping after refrigerating. Slice and serve. Enjoy!

The Best BBQ Sauce #CookoutWeek

When I signed up to be a part of #CookoutWeek I knew that I needed to share my Best BBQ Sauce Recipe for sure!  This is a sauce I’ve been making ever since we started smoking meat a few years ago.  So put some ribs on the smoker or chicken on the grill and whip up a quick batch of this tangy sauce.

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Are you a sauce connoisseur?  My blog speaks for itself as to where I stand with sauce.  Here in the Bottom Left of the Mitten you can find me making slider sandwiches slathered in ‘Isn’t That Special’ Sauce or two different Wing Sauces.  Baked chicken casserole smothered in a Cream of Chicken sauce.  Sauce that’s smothered, dipped, smeared, drizzled any which way–I LOVE IT!  Now on to this easy BBQ sauce recipe.  I would be surprised if you don’t already have all the ingredients in your pantry already.

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Add all ingredients to a small size pot. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium so that the sauce is at a low boil. Let reduce by half, usually takes about 15 minutes.  Add to a jar or sealed container and enjoy up to two weeks.  See, I said it was easy right!  And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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The Best BBQ Sauce
Raid your pantry and I'm sure you will find all the ingredients you need for this tangy sauce. Perfect for grilled chicken or pork.
Best BBQ Sauce | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Sauces
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Sauces
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Best BBQ Sauce | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a small size pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium so that the sauce is at a low boil. Let reduce by half, usually takes about 15 minutes.
  3. Add to a jar or sealed container and enjoy up to two weeks. Enjoy!

Out of a Can Chili #SundaySupper

This quick chili recipe comes together in a flash! Out of a Can Chili goes from stove to table in 15 minutes so it’s perfect for busy nights.

Out of a Can Chili in a bowl with cheese to the side ready to eat!

Happy Father’s Day! When I asked my husband what he would like me to make him he said I like nachos, maybe something on the smoker or chili.  No matter what time of year chili is always a hit at our house so chili won out, even on Father’s Day.  My Out of a Can Chili is so easy if you couldn’t already tell that, the name gives it all away.

I have tried dozens of chili recipes over the years.  Even one with pumpkin that did not go over well at all with my 10 year old.  Some were great but my boys love this original recipe that I’ve made forever.  Like my My Dad’s Chicken and Rice recipe, this one I learned from a parent, my mom.

Out of a Can Chili in a bowl with cheese to the side ready to eat!

The base of my chili always stayed the same and has been forever.  It’s the recipe my mom showed me and I haven’t veered from it.  One can chili with beans, one can chili without beans and finally one can of chili beans.

Ingredients and directions for how to make Out of a Can Chili.

For the rest of the chili I have perfected it over the years and added one can tomato soup, one can diced tomatoes and one can drained northern beans.  Do you see now why this is called ‘Out of a Can Chili’?

How to make Out of a Can Chili:

Start by cooking the hamburger and onion.  Cook in a large pot on medium/high heat for around 5 minutes.  Drain if you use the higher fat beef.  I like to use 80/20 or even ground turkey.

Return the meat to the same pot.  No need to dirty another one!

Ground beef and onions in a pot being cooked down to make Out of a Can Chili.

Open all the cans to the pot then add them to the pot.  Make sure to drain and wash the northern beans then add those.

Put a lid on on the pot and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve with sharp cheddar cheese and crackers.

Variations for Out of a Can Chili:

  • Not a beef eater?  Swap out the beef for ground turkey or chicken.
  • Need chili for a crowd?  This is a great dish that can be doubled or tripled and kept warm in a slow cooker.

And here you are…..

Out of a Can Chili in a bowl with cheese to the side ready to eat!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

As always thank you to our Sunday Supper host! Check out these other recipes the Father in your life will be sure to love.

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Out of a Can Chili
Less than 15 minutes will have your family enjoying this hearty chili. Top off with cheese and crackers for the perfect comfort food any time of year.
Out of a Can Chili | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chili, Comfort Food, Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chili, Comfort Food, Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Out of a Can Chili | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the hamburger and onion. Cook in a large pot on medium/high heat for around 5 minutes. Drain if you use the higher fat beef.
  2. One can chili with beans, one can chili without beans and finally one can of chili beans. Add one can tomato soup, then one can water (using tomato soup can), one can diced tomatoes and one can drained northern beans.
  3. Return the meat to the same pot.
  4. Put a lid on it and let simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with sharp cheddar cheese and crackers. Enjoy!

Cheesy Cauliflower #SundaySupper

Looking for a simple side dish that your kids will love?  Have a picky eater that thinks veggies are evil?  Try my Cheesy Cauliflower that is a proven winner with my kids and I’m sure yours will love this side dish too.

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

My two boys couldn’t be more different nutrition wise.  If you set a bowl of fruit and a cookie in from of my 10 year old he would always choose the fruit.  He likes to generally eat healthy and only complains when I serve green beans or Brussels sprouts.

My 3 year old on the other hand could sniff out a sugar laden treat from 10 miles away.  Most days it’s a struggle to get a banana down him for breakfast, unless I make my Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas, but even then it’s a struggle.  So I make small concessions and try my very best to make good things as appealing as possible.  And this dish is a hit with both my boys.

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start by chopping the core off the cauliflower and chop into similar sizes.  Add to a pot of water and set to boil for 15 minutes.  The base for the sauce is just a basic white one.  Remove the cooked cauliflower from the pot and drain the water.  To that pot add the butter and cook over medium heat to melt.  Once melted whisk the flour 1 Tablespoon at a time and stir to combine.  Now add the milk and continue to whisk until it starts thickening.  It’s time to add the spices.

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Four simple ingredients: salt, pepper, garlic powder then Parmesan.  I love the powder kind and use it constantly.  Now the fifth spice is really what makes this dish a stand out~nutmeg.  A few years back I was watching The Rachel Ray Show and she recommended adding nutmeg to cheese sauces.  Ever since then that is what I’ve done.  Who am I to question Rachel Ray!

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Once you’ve added the spices and Parmesan whisk to combine then add 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese and stir until melted and combined completely.  Add the cauliflower back into the pot and stir the sauce and cauliflower so that it covers every piece.  Cheesy……so good!  Put the cauliflower into a greased oven proof bowl then sprinkle with the reminding 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.  Put into a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes.  This is the perfect kid friendly recipe to add to any dish.  And here you are……

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

As always thank you to our Sunday Supper host this week, Anne from Simple and Savory.  If you want more vegetable recipes to make kids happy check out all these other recipes from Sunday Supper bloggers.

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For even more kid friendly vegetables check out these Vegetable Recipes for Picky Eaters by The Sunday Supper Movement

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

 

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten #sidedish #cauliflower #kidfriendly
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Cheesy Cauliflower
Tender cauliflower is combined with a light cheese sauce. A veggie side dish that is kid approved.
Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Side Dish
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Side Dish
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by chopping the core off the cauliflower and chop into similar sizes. Add to a pot of water and set to boil for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the cooked cauliflower from the pot and drain the water. To that pot add the butter and cook over medium heat to melt. Once melted whisk the flour 1 Tablespoon at a time and stir to combine. Now add the milk and continue to whisk until it starts thickening.
  3. Now add salt, pepper, garlic powder, nutmeg then Parmesan.
  4. Once you've added the spices and Parmesan whisk to combine then add 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese and stir until melted and combined completely.
  5. Add the cauliflower back into the pot and stir the sauce and cauliflower so that it covers every piece.
  6. Put the cauliflower into a greased oven proof bowl then sprinkle with the reminding 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.
  7. Put into a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Cupcakes & Measuring-Get Kids Cooking

I am excited this week to have Education.com as a guest poster! My first ever. This fun recipe combines the fun of getting kids in the kitchen and learning. Big A right now is learning measurements so this is a great project. And the cooler weather has me thinking Fall so the recipe can’t be beat.

Cupcakes & Measurements | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Missing the flavors of fall? For those of you who are “apple people” all year long – and who may have kids who are – try baking these scrumptious spiced apple cupcakes! At a quick glance, these lovely little treats look like caramel apples. But look again and you’ll see that they’re actually soft, delicious cupcakes coated in caramel. Baking is a great way for your child to practice important math skills like measurement and fractions, while she prepares some delicious food for the family. No doubt about it, these cupcakes are as much fun to make as they are to eat!

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Bake Caramel Apple Spiced Cupcakes
Spiced apples are added to cake & pudding mix then topped with a rich caramel glaze. All the flavors of Fall!
Cupcakes & Measurements | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cupcakes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cupcakes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes & Measurements | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Line 24 cups on your cupcake pans with paper liners. Set the pans aside.
  3. Prepare the cupcake batter: Place the drained apple rings in the food processor and finely chop them with the pulse button for 15 seconds.
  4. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, chopped apple rings, water, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds.
  5. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure all of the batter is incorporated. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes more, scraping down the sides again if needed. The batter should look well combined.
  6. Spoon or scoop about 1/4 cup batter into each lined cupcake cup, filling it two thirds of the way. You will get between 22 and 24 cupcakes.
  7. Remove the empty liners if any and fill the empty cups in the pan each with a small amount of water. Place the pans side by side in the oven.
  8. Bake the cupcakes until they are golden and the top springs back when lightly pressed with your finger, about 18 to 20 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool for about 5 minutes.
  9. Gently remove the cupcakes from the pans and place them on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes before glazing.
  10. Meanwhile, prepare the caramel glaze: Unwrap the caramels and place them in a medium-size saucepan. Add the evaporated milk. Stir with a wooden spoon over medium heat until all the caramels are melted and the mixture is combined, about 5 to 6 minutes. At the very end, stir in the vanilla.
  11. Immediately spoon the warm caramel glaze over the top of each cooled cupcake and sprinkle the chopped peanuts around the edges. Careful! The caramel will be hot and this part can get pretty sticky too!
  12. Push a craft stick in the center of each cupcake, if desired, to make them look like caramel apples. The cupcakes are ready to serve and enjoy!
  13. Store these cupcakes, in a cake saver, under a glass dome or in a large tupperware container, at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Or freeze them (without the craft sticks), wrapped in aluminum foil or in a cake saver, for up to 6 months. Thaw the cupcakes overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
Recipe Notes

*The Cupcake Doctor Says...

If you can't find spiced apples, you can use fresh apples as a substitute. Cut 3 to 4 fresh apples (any kind you like) into slices and throw them into a saut*The Cupcake Doctor Says...

If you can't find spiced apples, you can use fresh apples as a substitute. Cut 3 to 4 fresh apples (any kind you like) into slices and throw them into a saute pan with 1/3 cup of water, about a Tbsp of sugar, and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg. Saute over medium low heat for a few minutes until the apples are tender. Once they've cooled for a few minutes, chop them up or throw them into the food processor for a rough chop. Add the apples to the batter and follow the recipe accordingly. These cupcakes are perfect for parties, and they look beautiful lined up on a wooden tray!
e pan with 1/3 cup of water, about a Tbsp of sugar, and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg. Saute over medium low heat for a few minutes until the apples are tender. Once they've cooled for a few minutes, chop them up or throw them into the food processor for a rough chop. Add the apples to the batter and follow the recipe accordingly. These cupcakes are perfect for parties, and they look beautiful lined up on a wooden tray!

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