Slow-Cooker Chicken Stock

I’ve made recipes in the slow cooker before that yield broth, like this one. But, I had not seen one where you could take already cooked chicken and turn it into an easy broth. For awhile, I was buying rotisserie chickens from the store and eating them throughout the week for lunch. It was easy and cheap. Well, now I was able to take those carcasses I saved (just in case) and use them for a stock. The original recipe says you need 3-4 chicken carcasses, but I found 2 was plenty. Maybe my chickens run large? Basically, once I filled one of my gallon-sized freezer bags with the bones, I was ready to go.

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Emergency Chocolate Cake

This is not a new favorite cake. I have to be honest. It was good, but not great. And let’s look at the title. Doesn’t that kind of title make you think you can bake this cake quickly? The baking part goes fairly quickly but it requires such a long cool-down period. The ingredients list is also a bit fancier than the Amelia Bedelia cake the Fudgelet and I made before. If I was going to choose, I would make the Amelia Bedelia one again before this one because that one tasted better and was even easier to make.

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Celebration Rainbow Cake

Rainbows mean happiness in my book. They are pretty, represent the sun coming out, and can even have emotional meanings (look up rainbow babies if interested, but I will note that this was not my motivation, in case you were curious). Mostly, I am just excited to see them because they are beautiful and exciting. You never know when the next one will happen.

So, I feel it is appropriate to share this cake today on a week when I have happy news to share (on Thursday). We are just finishing a Maryland trip where we had plans to see lots of family, friends, the ocean (the Fudgelet’s first visit to see it and my uncle), crabs, hot weather (we don’t get much of that here), and the like. I am writing this in advance but know I will feel both happy to be returning home and a bit sad to be leaving everyone behind for a long time. We’re hoping to have some visitors this fall/winter with plans already in the works.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Steak in a Cast Iron Skillet

After watching an America’s Test Kitchen episode of cooking with a cast iron skillet, I decided to give it another try for cooking steak. Now, I have done one method of starting on the stove and finishing in the oven, but this method is supposed to be really good for your steak and not involve the oven. (My main issue with finishing in the oven is it can sometimes get smoky).

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Making and Decorating Sugar Cookies

It’s the time of year when everyone starts making cookies. Even people who bake nothing else the rest of the year will sometimes get in on this. What I don’t understand is buying the dough pre-made, though. The absolute worst part is rolling out the dough. Making it is fairly simple and easy with a mixer. Cutting out shapes and baking them is fun and straightforward. Decorating is obviously the best part. But rolling? Ugh. I would gladly have a tool that eliminated that step for me. Anyone else agree? I know there are spritz cookies but my mom and I would make them and have the darndest time trying to get the cookies to push out of the tube. So, yeah, not a helpful tool. Unless we just had bad luck or a bad tool?

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Italian Sausage with Grapes and Balsamic Vinegar

This sounded odd. Sausage and grapes? But we like sausage, and the Fudgelet has been on a whole grape kick lately, so I figured it was worth a try. We ended up loving it. There was originally mint in the recipe which I used but wasn’t a fan. I’m leaving it out next time. Because yes, we will definitely make this again. It’s easy and full of flavor.

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Tagliatelle with Prosciutto and Peas

This should have been a simple recipe, but I had some trouble at the grocery stores. Yes, plural. First, I only bought half of the prosciutto needed, because I had sticker shock and couldn’t fathom the possibility that the one package was not enough. Oops. Well, not really an oops since I decided to make it work. I did a single batch of pasta, then ended up having enough sauce leftover to make some more pasta to coat with the rest. Soooo, I made the recipe below reflect the “half” amount. In case you’re thinking I’m part-vegetarian (not that such a thing exists), K also agreed that it was enough. You got the flavor, you got some meat in most bites, and it was satisfying. Especially because the pasta is so eggy and rich.

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