Remade for home

A home blog transforming into a food blog, featuring copycat resturant food, along with some other food that I love to cook.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My late St. Patrick's Day dinner

I have a fond memory of Corned Beef and Cabbage. Although I forgot what it tastes like since it was over 12 years ago. My Aunt Beth made a corned beef brisket with cabbage, the only problem was I didn't remember how she made it. So I just winged it.

We had almost 3 lb's of meat, and after looking online I decided to just do a crock pot meal...but I actually looked at videos AFTER I had already had it in the crock pot or 3 hours. I had it on high, with only the meat and the spice packet and 2 qt's of water for about 5 hours...

Looks pretty gross...Anyway at this point I added:

1 medium onion(quartered)
6 carrots (peeled and cut in 1/4in slices)
5 small to med. russett potatoes (slice 1/2in thick)
1 med head of cabbage (quartered)

After putting it all in I realized I couldn't get anymore water in it; so I think I need a bigger crockpot...I let it cook on high for another 1 1/2 hours.

So after letting it cook for 1 1/2 hours on high...I thought it was cooked to perfection.

Needless to say the vegetables were not fork tender, and I for one do NOT like my veggies with a bite, so I boiled them on the stove for about 45 minutes...but when I was putting it into the pot to boil I got all the liquid in over the stuff and put the lid on it, it came out of the pot and poured out all over my counter and onto the floor, and I was SOOO careful.

So it turned out alright since it was the first time I have ever made it. I should have looked a little harder before I made it, then I would have realized I should have put the carrots in when I put the meat in, and then maybe 2 hours before it was done, added the cabbage and added more seasoning.

Here is the finished results, it turned out alright, but not as easy as I thought it would have been.

Time for a change

I have decided to update my long drought by changing the direction that it is going. Through the economical downward spiral, and the birth of our sweet little twins; we no longer eat out the way we used to. This has forced me to start getting creative and make dinner for my family imitating the stuff we would normally eat when we went out.

So from Beauregards, buffalo chicken tenders and cheese fries, to Olive Garden's chicken alfredo, which I will post as I remake these wonderful dishes, not sparing any calories... So the next time I update it will be with pictures and recipes...