Thursday, November 22, 2012

German Chocolate Pecan Pie.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am really enjoying having some time off work to spend with my two favorite guys. The weather has been wonderful here in Arkansas so we've been trying to make the most of it. Yesterday, Slade and I had a fun day where we spent the whole day together doing all of our favorite things including a trip to the zoo and our favorite playground. I am so thankful for days like that.

Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite pie recipes. I came across this recipe about 5-6 years ago and I decided to give it a try at Thanksgiving instead of making a regular pecan pie. I was blown away by the reaction from my family and everyone that's ever tried it. In fact, my family has requested numerous times that I bring this pie to every family gathering.


German Chocolate Pecan Pie
Slightly adapted from Everyday with Rachael Ray

1 prepared pie crust
2 eggs
5 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 1/2 cups (about 10 ounces) chopped pecans
3/4 cup sweetened flake coconut
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Bake pie crust according to package directions. Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. In a saucepan, whisk together butter, salt, brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat until melted and smooth. Whisk the sugar mixture into the eggs. Stir in the nuts and coconut.Spread the chocolate chips in the pie crust. Pour in the filling and bake until set, about 25 minutes. Let the pie cool completely before slicing.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Crock Pot Chicken and Dressing

Happy Thanksgiving eve!

Every year as I plan my Thanksgiving menu, I find myself trying to figure out what I can make that isn't required to go in the oven. When I came across this recipe last year, I tested it out on my co-workers at our Thanksgiving potluck. It was a big hit and everyone requested that I bring it again this year.

As part of my plan to have a low stress Thanksgiving menu this year, I decided that I would also make it for my family. The recipe is very easy to make. The dressing comes out moist and delicious and it tastes very similar to the chicken and dressing my Grandma J always made. Doesn't get much better than that!


Crock Pot Chicken and Dressing

4 eggs, beaten
1 stick butter, melted
1 tsp poultry seasoning
2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cans cream of chicken
1 small onion chopped
1 skillet cornbread (prepared in advance)
2 cans cooked chicken breast, drained and broken i
2 cans chicken broth

Crumble cornbread in a large bowl. Add all ingredients and stir until well combined. Add liner to crock pot, then pour in the dressing mixture. Cook on high for 45 minutes and the low for 4 hours.