Hot Apple Cider with Cranberries and Pears

Hot apple cider is a new favorite of mine, after being introduced to it at my husband’s family’s holiday celebrations. It’s a fun, festive drink to enjoy on cold evenings! I really wanted to try something different than the usual citrus infused cider, so I flavored some store-bought apple cider with Bosc pears, fresh cranberries, and a couple of cinnamon sticks. It’s as easy as washing the fruit, placing all ingredients into a pot, and simmering on the stovetop over low heat. Or warm cider in a crockpot. So simple! After posting a photo to Instagram, someone suggested adding tropical … Continue reading Hot Apple Cider with Cranberries and Pears

Crockpot Tex-Mex Black Beans

You’ve probably heard about the pros of cooking dry beans: it’s cheaper than buying canned beans and they’re healthier (because you can decide what goes into them!). But cooking dry beans is also so easy! Cooking beans in chicken broth really gives them an extra meaty flavor (but you could use water or vegetable stock instead). The chicken broth thickens with the spices to make a rich and flavorful chili sauce! Serve these tasty beans as a side dish, in burritos, or on top of nachos! Crockpot Tex-Mex Black Beans                        … Continue reading Crockpot Tex-Mex Black Beans

Brisket Barbecue // Crockpot Recipe

I grew up in the midwest, where we always ate pork barbecue. After moving to Texas, I was introduced to brisket (it’s all about the beef here). After marrying a Texan, I decided that I should try to tackle the beef BBQ thing myself. The crockpot really makes cooking brisket so easy! For best results, use a small brisket. I have found that larger pieces of meat overwhelm the crockpot and don’t cook down as well. Also, fat around the meat is good (it will help the meat to become tender and it will peel off easily after cooking) but … Continue reading Brisket Barbecue // Crockpot Recipe