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Last night my husband presented our family with a new dinner favorite: Cranberry Chicken.
Bobby has always been rather creative in the kitchen. Well, almost always. There was one time that we didn’t have the ingredients for Broccoli & Cheese Casserole, so he decided to make “Bob Casserole”. I remember there being some sort of lunch meat, a creamy soup, and rice involved. Our tiny apartment smelled terrible. Being that I was 5 months pregnant with Tommy when this happened, I did not find it so humorous that just the odor made me sick enough to have to sit by the sliding glass door with a fan in my face while he ran it down to the dumpster. (Now I laugh!) But that was the only time that something came out awful. I mean, his Corned Beef is so amazing that he is instantly forgiven for every memory of Bob Casserole with the first bite every time.
Anyways, back to what I was saying… Bobby is very talented in the kitchen. He can “throw together” a meal with what we have on hand and it come out spectacular. I am very blessed with him, since many times we are able to bypass eating out when I’m not feeling well.
This last week, I did not feel well. I am drained physically and emotionally. Taking some time to myself and spending time in the Word and prayer has worked wonders, but I think I’m still going to need a few more days of that. (Yay for having the ability to turn this laptop right back off after this post is finished! This was the first time I’ve turned it on since Tuesday!) One sweet thing that my dear husband did was take me along on a short 2 night business trip to try to help me unwind while my Mom watched the kids, but yet I was still on edge when we came home. Better, but still frayed.
Yesterday afternoon, Bobby came home from the grocery store saying he bought stuff to make Cranberry Chicken. While it was baking, it smelled amazing. Each bite was phenomenal. It wasn’t until a few minutes into the meal that I asked where he got the recipe, to which he replied, “I made it up!”
So I grabbed my cellphone and took a photo of my half eaten plate, because we had NO leftovers. Sorry. This is the best photo I’ve got. My half eaten food on a paper plate. But I was thinking of everyone else in the world by taking the photo so that I could share it and not keep this goody to myself. That’s at least a little honorable, right?
Bobby served our Cranberry Chicken with stuffing and green beans. I am curious about how it would pair with a citrus side dish, but will not complain if he disagrees…
Here’s the recipe below. Thank you for sharing, Honey!
Some of you may remember that last year, at the very last minute, I logged on and shared my husband’s delicious corned beef recipe. The problem was that we didn’t have any photos to go with the post and it was very obviously written in a big rush.
Last night I FINALLY added the photos we took on St. Patrick’s Day last year and cleaned up the post a little. I also added an easy way to print the recipe so that you can put it in your recipe binder, should you desire.
While the old graphic was done horribly, also in a rush, I couldn’t part with it for some reason. (I’m way too sentimental for my own good…) It is way down at the bottom of the post now, though, not hurting your eyes near as much. 😉
You can see the original post with the corned beef recipe, along with instructions for preparing the cabbage and red potatoes, by clicking here.
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Top o’ the mornin’…. Er, afternoon! Who’s ready for a melt in your mouth Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner for St. Patrick’s Day? Contrary to what you may believe, our family is mostly Irish. I know, we have a German last name, but the majority of our blood heritage is of Irish descent in both of our families. While we don’t go “all out” for St. Patrick’s day in our home, we ALWAYS have an Irish dinner and just a few fun activities for the kids followed by a lesson in our homeschool.
Those who have enjoyed the meal with us in the past always fell in love with it immediately, including those who don’t normally like Corned Beef and Cabbage. I thought as a treat, I would share my husband’s recipe with all of you today, just in case you aren’t sure what to do with the brisket you bought at the supermarket.
Now, I want to make a disclaimer first: This is my husband Bobby’s corned beef brisket & dinner recipe. He rarely uses recipes from anyone else, just creating as he goes. He also does not believe in measurements and eye balls every ingredient he uses. I am relaying this as best as I can to you from a very confusing email he sent to me as he didn’t want to stand over my shoulder as I typed it all out. 😉 If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll answer you as soon as I can.
Cube the carrots, celery, & onions in 1/2 and then again until small pieces. The potatoes get halved or quartered, depending on size. Mix all of the veggies together and then line each crock pot with the mix to cover about 2 inches of the bottom of the pot. Place the brisket on top of the mixture, fatty side UP. Pour all liquid from the package into the crock pot. (Only do the following seasoning mixture if you have not brined the meat yourself.) Now open the packet of seasonings and sprinkle it on top of the meat. Do the same with all of the other seasonings listed above. Fill the crock pot with water. Set heat to HIGH. 8 to 12 hours later, the brisket is ready to come out. You’ll find the low heat (compared to other cooking methods) and the extended cooking time really breaks down the fats in the meat and makes for a very tender flavorful cut.
Bobby also requests that I add this note, in case you want to make the full dinner that we prepare:
We usually also have roasted red potatoes – halved and tossed with garlic, onion, olive oil, salt and pepper. That goes in the oven for about 60 to 90 minutes before the brisket is done. I’m also a fan of cabbage. Core it, chop it up, bring it to a boil. At this point it should be tender, but not mushy. Then drain it and finish it in a frying pan with some butter, salt and pepper.
I highly recommend the cabbage. Mmm… I’m starting to get REALLY excited for tomorrow! If you are interested, I have created 2 boards on Pinterest for St. Patrick’s Day:
How about you? Do you have any traditions or fun recipes that you use in your home to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? I’d love to hear about them!
In July of 2004, I made friends with a group of people in an IHOP. If you know me, this comes as no surprise. We ended up merging our tables and the other group came and sat with my group. One of these persons is a guy who we will refer to as “Chuck”…
That night was full of fun and laughter. I kept in touch with a few via phone, text, myspace, email, etc. “Chuck” was one of them. A few years later we reacquainted. I was busy with work/life and never thought twice about him. He was dating Julie, who I didn’t know.
Fast forward a few months: “Chuck” is about to leave for deployment (He was a Marine) and wants to meet up, just as friends. Before you know it, “Chuck” and I are dating. Only mentioned an ex-girlfriend a few times. Leaves for Iraq, and while there: rips my heart to shreds. I was left hurt, very confused, and angry. I was determined before that to never fall for anyone again, and I did… only to be let down.
In the time we were dating before he left, I got to know some of his friends. One was his best friend’s girlfriend, Le Anna. When “Chuck” and I broke up, she insisted I come along on a girls night. She brought 2 other girls. Steph and….. Julie, who also brought her now husband. I realized within seconds she was the girl in the pictures with “Chuck” a few months before I started dating him, but we were very cool with each other and quickly became friends. Before the end of the night, she ended up consoling me, and we both insisted we had to remain in contact.
That was almost 5 years ago. Now, I could easily look back on all of that and say “God, why? Why did you allow my heart to be broken?” However, I look at it like this, “God, thank you for the gift of friendship you have given me in these 3 women. Especially Julie. She’s always there right when I need her with a wise word, song lyric, or scripture. It was all worth it to know these girls!”
God knows what he’s doing, people. All the time. Even when we aren’t serving him at the time. And what may seem like something horrible in your midst, never forget that something good can come from it. Even the Bible states this:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NKJV
A month after I met Julie, I met and married my husband Bobby who is the love of my life. I could have NEVER imagined that I would ever find someone like him. He is a dream come true and one of the greatest gifts God ever gave me. I quickly forgot about “Chuck”, and still had 3 awesome new friends! A few months later, Julie and Chad were married and remain to be very happy.
You know what that means…
“Chuck” is apparently “Good Luck”… If you’re single and tired of it, I suggest looking him up… Just kidding. Save yourself the trouble, don’t. Just be friends with us instead.