Over the weekend I thought I'd be adventurous and try a new recipe I found on Pinterest. I don't generally try recipes from people I don't know (Giada, Rachel, Paula, Emeril, & Guy excluded), but this Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen was off the chain delicious. Seriously. I'm trying to use my crock pot more often so I'm always on the lookout for a good slow cooker recipe. Have one? Leave me a link in the comments! Next up are these frozen banana pops...

What's On My Table

Are these the biggest steaks you've ever seen or what????? I really wanted to put the photo at the top, but I didn't want to gross you out. I wanted to eeeeaaaassssseeeee you into it. Look.

HUGE. I long ago threw the wrapping away, otherwise I would tell you exactly how much they weighed, but I would guess somewhere around 3/4 to 1 pound EACH. Again, huge. Yes, they are filet's and they are delicious. I buy my filets from Costco, because it makes absolutely no financial sense not to! I used to think shopping there was only for big families, but it works out very well for me. For about $70, I can buy 3 lbs. (or more) of beef tenderloin, 2.5-3 lbs. of salmon, 12-16 boneless pork chops, 24 packaged chicken thighs (packed 6 to a pouch) OR 12 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and 2 frozen food items. I'm bad about repackaging stuff for the freezer, but I always get it done before the expiration date (do I get points for that?). This will easily last me 2 months, and having the food keeps me from having to run out, or stop and pick something up, and I also tend to get larger portions when buying from Costco. Most of the filet's I see at the grocery store are like, $12 for 1 lb. total, or less. A pack for 4 from Costco ranges from $23-$30 and is soooooo worth it. Plus, with the ones from Costco, I can eat half, and then slice the rest for salads or sandwiches and it lasts so much longer. It's so worth it. Okay, this is the end of my Costco public announcement because I'm starting to sound like 2 people I know, who shall remain nameless.
If you're wondering about the sauce in the pan, it's 1/2 c. of red wine, and 1/2 c. of balsamic vinegar. I love balsamic vinegar--it can sting your eyes over the stove, but it's so good. I love that smell, too. The recipe actually calls for 1/4 c. of both, but since my steaks tend to be really large (and I like the extra glaze), I double it. I also add fresh minced garlic, and a few tablespoons of brown sugar to sweeten the glaze. Brown each side, and then cook for 4 minutes on each side, or until preferred doneness. I take the steaks out and turn the heat up on the sauce to get it to reduce a bit, but even if you don't do that, it's still good and SUPER easy.
I threw some mushrooms I had on had in at the end, this time, and made mashed potatoes to go along with. Umm ummmmm!!!! I want to channel Dora and say, "Can you say 'delicioso?'". I love recipes that can be made with items you're likely to have on hand, so this is a keeper for me. I'll even do it with cheaper cuts of meat from the grocery up the street (though it's not quite as good) if I'm going to use it for salads/sandwiches/snacks only. This is so good, and you know where I got it from. I'm a recipe person, I can't help it. I've never been good at just throwing stuff together and hoping for the best, that's just not my area and I'm okay with that. But the good Lord gave me the sense to be able to follow a recipe, so I do just that!! I'll always promise to share when they're good, and this one is a keeper. As always, let me know if you try it.

Balsamic Glazed Filets


1/4 c. Red Wine
1/4 c. Balsamic Vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste
(brown sugar, garlic, and mushrooms are optional)
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This delicious cole slaw. Yum. I made it this weekend to eat with some even more delicious slow cooker BBQ chicken and upon first bite I knew I had to share it. I had a photo of the chicken, but we already know what happened to that. I picked this little ditty up at All Recipes, my favorite go-to site for recipes. If I haven't mentioned it before, I love this site because of the clear ratings and reviews. If I'm searching for something specific, I always search the name of the item (Cole Slaw), and then sort by highest rating. I normally only try stuff that has been rated by at least 150 people, that way I don't waste my food when someone else already has! :) I always look at the recipe, and then read the reviews to see what changes other people made. Thank God I do, too, because this recipe called twice the amount of sugar I used. For my taste, it was great with a little less than half what they suggested, and since I also don't like my slaw very liquidy (made it up), I only used 1/3 c. of mayo (not Miracle Whip, because I didn't want the added sweetness). I know a lot of people on that site hate when others make a lot of changes to the recipes as posted, but I really just combined many of the suggestions people made in the reviews. Without further adieu . . . (my changes are in purple)

SWEET RESTAURANT SLAW (452 reviews, 5/5 stars)

1 bag 16 oz. Cole Slaw mix (1 head cabbage)
2 tbsps. diced onion
2/3 c. creamy salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip)--(1/3 c. mayo)
3 tbsps. vegetable oil (1 tbsp.)
1/2 c. white sugar (1/4 c. organic)
1 tbsp. white vinegar (1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar)
1/4 tsp. salt (salt to taste)
1/2 tsp. poppy seeds (didn't use at all, since I didn't have any)
**also added about a teaspoon of deli mustard

I made less since I only used a small head of cabbage and, based on the reviews, I also added chopped broccoli florets and shredded carrots (since I didn't use the bag mix). It was really good and so easy. I think the recipe calls for it to "set" in the fridge for 2 hours, but I had mine immediately and it was great. If you like slaw and are looking for a change, try this out. I loved the crunch of the fresh cabbage and really felt like I was doing my body right --minus the mayo, oil, and sugar, of course, but hey, 1 step at a time!!! I'd like to think Karen @ Fitness: A Journey Not A Destination would be proud!!!

Let me know if any of you try it. The recipe, of course, is courtesy of of All Recipes.

What's On My Table . . .

Taco night!!! This is actually the second photo, since the first one didn't look so appetizing on film ( I learned my lesson from the last food photo--presentation counts!). Anyhow, tacos were going down last night. I normally make them with turkey, since it's healthier, and I buy an individually wrapped 4 lb. pack from Costco, so it's easy to pull a pound out to thaw for whatever I'm cooking. I love tacos because they remind me of home and they're SUPER easy to make. Just add a packet of taco seasoning to a (cooked) pound of meat (shredded chicken, ground turkey, or beef), and serve in shells topped with cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, and any other topping of your choice (onions, avocados, or fresh guacamole--just PLEASE don't add ketchup because then you're not making a taco but modified sloppy joe). Simple, right? I've never tried them with the Morningstar Veggie Ground Beef (it may not be called exactly that), but I have had the product before and I'm sure it would be just as good. I also make the shells, because I can't imagine eating those pre-made ones off the shelf, especially since the fresh ones are so easy! Just fry in a little bit of oil, and you're good to go. To make this a full meal, you can also serve refried beans and/or spanish rice, but for me, the tacos alone are enough. If you happen to try them, or have had them before, let me know what you think!

What's On My Table . . .

I made this for dinner tonight and it was soooo good! I hate when meat doesn't look appetizing in photos, but I had to share this anyway because it was MUCH better than it looked. I found it on Allrecipes and I was able to make it with things I already had on hand--worcestershire, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, lemon juice, EVOO (my substitution) and that's it! I used boneless pork chops, because that's what I had, but I read the reviews and people say it's great with chicken as well. I love Allrecipes, because I can adjust the recipe(s) according to other peoples' reviews, and I can also search for a recipe with ingredients I have on hand. If you haven't tried the site, I highly suggest you do! The recipe for tonight's meal is called Marinated Baked Pork Chops, and you can find it here. Happy Eating!

** sorry to gross out those of you who are vegan/vegetarian! :)