Jen Cooks {Crockpot Wednesday}


Jen is at it again!! A yummy crockpot recipe that is easy and different!! I LOVE the idea of wrapping the chops in their own little package and I am always looking for a “new” way to prepare pork chops, this is a great idea. Would be lovely for a dinner party as well. Thanks Jen!!

4 pork chops

1 jar of apricot jam

salt & pepper

2 granny smith apples

1 cup brandy

Place each pork chop on a sheet of tinfoil; add salt, pepper, spoonful of jam, 4 slices of apples,  wrap package up leaving one end open, pour Brandy in. (Apx 1/4 to  1/3 cup) seal other end. place in crockpot and cook on low 8 hours.

pretty fab.

xoxo. Mama Bird

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Paper Bag BBQ Chicken {Jen Cooks}

Make a barbecued chicken recipe in a paper bag! It is easy, delicious and clean up is as simple as throwing away the bag.This vintage recipe for chicken in a bag is from an old Louisville Courier-Journal article published August 16, 1963. The chicken recipe is baked slowly in the oven, inside a greased paper bag. Cooking in the bag makes the chicken tender and juicy. This vintage recipe was conceived before the crockpot had been invented. You could probably cook this in the crockpot with similar results, but I have not yet tried it. If anyone does, I hope they will come back and leave a comment so we know how it turned out! This is an easy recipe. Just do not forget to turn the oven down!

Chicken in a Bag

This recipe makes a barbecue sauce for 3 pound of chicken pieces.

•3 tablespoons catsup

•2 tablespoons vinegar

•1 tablespoon lemon juice

•2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

•4 tablespoons water

•2 tablespoons butter

•3 tablespoons brown sugar

•1 teaspoon salt

•1 teaspoon mustard (dry or prepared)

•1 teaspoon chili powder

•1 teaspoon paprika

•1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


1. To make sauce, combine all of these ingredients in a medium saucepan, and heat to allow flavors to blend.

2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Grease the inside of a brown paper bag (medium size) and place in a roasting pan. If you do not have a paper bag, you may use aluminum foil.

4. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper to taste. Then dip each piece in the sauce and place into the paper bag.

5. After all of the chicken is in the bag, pour any remaining sauce into the bag over the chicken pieces.

6. Close the bag carefully with a double fold and fasten with paper clips to prevent the sauce from leaking out.

7. Put the lid on the roasting pan and put into the oven.

8. After baking 15 minutes at 500 degrees, lower the temperature to 350 degrees and bake another hour and 15 minutes.

9. Keep bag closed tightly throughout the cooking process

ENJOY!!!! We sure did!! Thanks Jen another winner!!!

{ghostly} Sheppard’s Pie {Jen Cooks}

P1010489  My good friend Jen is back sharing another one of her family favs. I did not have the success that she did with my ghost. However, the Holiday Spirit is there and the dish was a hit with the boys.

1 lb ground beef (I use turkey)

1 onion, chopped

1 (12oz) bag frozen veggies

2 cups diced tomatoes

1 jar beef gravy

1 3/4 c chicken or beef broth

2 T butter

1/4 t garlic powder

1/2 c milk

2 1/4 c mashed potatoes

1/4 c parmesan cheese

1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 375. Brown meat & onion, set aside 12 peas, add remaining veggies, tomatoes, gravy to beef mix. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 8-10 mins. Add egg to potatoes, mix well. Put beef mix in a casserole dish, mound potatoes in 6 “ghost” shapes. Use peas as eyes. Bake 20-25 mins. 

Happy Halloween!! mama bird

{Jen Cooks} Asian Beef & Noodles

My good friend and excellent cook, Jen shared this recipe with me last week and it was great! Super easy, quick and the boys gobbled it up! I am hoping that she will agree to continue to share some of her wonderful recipes with MBN.

Asian Beef & Noodles

1 lb ground turkey

2 pkgs Oriental Ramen Noodles

2 cup chicken broth or beef broth

2 cup frozen veg mix

1/2 tsp ginger (I used curry powder)

green onions

In a lg skillet, brown meat, drain, season meat w/ 1 seasoning pkt and set aside. In same skillet, combine broth, veg, noodles, seasonings. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover for 3 mins. Return meat to pan and stir in onions.  

Next Week Jen shares her Ghostly Sheppard’s Pie

Weekly Planning

greenmpm Ah, finally Fall is on the air! I am so ready. I mean who the heck enjoys watching football and going to all these great Fall activities in the sweltering heat? It was 93 yesterday! This week we are going to Apple Hill Orchard with j’s class (hope it doesn’t rain!!).

Monday~ Drunken Turkey Veggie Lasagna {new!}

Tuesday~ Asian Beef & Noodles {Jen Cooks NEW}

Wednesday~ Leftovers

Thursday~ Flank Steak (not sure what marinade?)

Friday~ Pizza Night

What’s on your menu this week?

xoxo, Mama Bird