Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 20 of 31 Days of December Lor-Cipes

My Christmas Gift to You

Only 5 days until Christmas. <sigh> Hard to believe, isn't it! If you're like me, the length of your To Do list is dwindling, but there are still a dozen or items like "What's for Supper?" calling for your attention. Good news: You can cross that one off your list. Better news: I've seen meatloaf snobs turn into meatloaf lovers after eating this one! But time's a-wastin' and that list isn't getting any shorter, so let's get crackin'!

December 20


Loree's Really Italian Meatloaf


1-8 ounce can tomato sauce, divided

1 egg, beaten

½ cup chopped onion

1/3 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

½ teaspoon garlic powder (NOT garlic salt)

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 pound ground beef

½ pound ground pork or veal

1 cup shredded Asiago cheese


Spray slow cooker with Pam

Make foil handles from three, 18" sheets of aluminum foil, folded lengthwise into 2" strips. Lay on counter so that the strips form a 'star' shape. Set aside. (These will be your "foil handles)

Reserve 1/3 cup tomato sauce in refrigerator

Combine remaining sauce and egg in large bowl

Stir in onion and bread crumbs, Parmesan and spices

Add ground meat

Mix well and shape into loaf

Place meat on foil handles and lay into slow cooker so that the 'handles' stick out of the cooker

Cover and cook on LOW 10 hours

Spread remaining sauce over meatloaf and sprinkle with Asiago cheese

Using 'handles,' lift meatloaf from pan and transfer to serving platter
Serve with spaghetti, garlic bread, and a colorful side salad!
And yes, if you post a photo of your version of this recipe on my Facebook author page, you could win a gift basket worth $100!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Day 19 of "31 Days of Lor-cipes," My Christmas Gift to You

This was my very first crock pot, which worked like a champ off for more than 30 years. Quite a feat, considering how much I used it! (Its replacement works just as hard, but just between you and me, doesn't have half the personality.)

Today's family-favorite Lor-cipe, like the others chosen to lessen some of December's craziness, is sure to earn high fives from those gathered 'round your table. If you put it to the test, share a photo at my Facebook author page, and you could win a gift basket worth $100.
And now, let's get cookin'! 

December 19

Loree's Easy-Cheesy Pork 'n' Potatoes

½ ground pork, cooked and crumbled
½ cup crushed saltine crackers
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
1 beaten egg
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 onion, chopped
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
2/3 cup evaporated milk
¼ teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
chopped parsley (for garnish)
Spray slow cooker with Pam
Combine pork, crackers, BBQ sauce and egg in large bowl
Shape mixture into 6 patties
Heat margarine and oil in medium skillet
Sauté potatoes and onion until slightly browned
Drain and place in slow cooker
Combine cheese, milk, and spices into a small bowl
Mix well, then pour into slow cooker
Layer pork patties on top
Cover and cook on LOW 5 hours, then garnish with parsley

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 18 of 31 Days of Lor-cipies
My Christmas Gift to You


By now, I'm sure you know the story: I'm posting one slow cooker recipe a day to save you time AND allow you to provide your family with a well-balanced meals, even amid the hustle-bustle of December. And if you try it, and post a picture here, you could win a gift basket worth $100, similar to the one pictured below.

Eat hearty!

December 18: Loree's Hearty Tuna Casserole


2-12 ounce cans tuna, rinsed, drained and flaked
2 cups celery, diced
1 1/2 cups noodles (your choice; I use rotini), cooked and drained
3 cups crushed potato chips, divided
6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1-10 ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1-10 ounce can condensed cream of broccoli soup, undiluted
1 cup mayo
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon black pepper


Spray slow cooker with Pam
Combine all ingredients (except ½ cup potato chips) into slow cooker
Stir well
Top mixture with remaining chips
Cover and cook on LOW 6 hours

Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 17 of 31 Days of SLOW COOKER Lor-cipies



My Christmas Gift to You

December 17

Loree's Fiesta Rice with Sausage



1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 pounds spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
4 onions, chopped
4 green peppers, chopped
3 Jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (REMEMBER TO WEAR GLOVES AND DON'T TOUCH YOUR EYES!!!)
4 cups beef broth
2 packages (6 ounces each) long-grain and wild rice mix
Spray slow cooker with Pam
Heat oil in large skillet
Add sausage, breaking it up as it browns
Add garlic and cumin
Add onions and peppers
Sauté mixture until onions are tender
Pour mixture into slow cooker
Add beef broth and rice
Cover and cook on LOW 6 hours
If you like it hot, you're gonna love it!

Day 16 of 31 Days of SLOW COOKER 

My Christmas Gift to You

Loree's Cheesy Chicken and Noodles


2 large cans cooked chicken
1-1/2 cups cottage cheese
1-10 ounce can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1-8 ounce package wide egg noodles, cooked and drained
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup diced celery
½ cup diced green pepper
½ cup diced red pepper
½ cup diced onion
½ cup grated Parmesan
1-4 ounce can diced mushrooms
2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ teaspoon dried thyme
Spray slow cooker with Pam
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and stir to coat evenly.
Cover and cook on LOW 6 hours.
If you try it, post a picture on my Facebook wall
and you could win
a gift basket like this
A $100 value!

Thirty-one Days of Lor-cipies

My Christmas Gift to You




Today, I'm catching up, and posting three recipes instead of one. (I took a little break from the Internet, to show a little respect and pray for everyone directly affected by the massacre in Connecticut.)

So, a quick rundown of the contest: Try this one, then post a photo of it at my Facebook page, and I'll put your name in my handy Santa hat, and you could win a basket filled with Maryland goodies that's valued at $100!

Happy slow cooking!  And trust me...this one's harder to pronounce than it is to prepare!

Loree's Beef Bourguignon


3 pounds lean beef cubes

½ cup flour

4 slices bacon, diced

3 carrots, sliced

8 small red potatoes, unpeeled and quartered

10 mushrooms, sliced

24 pearl onions

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon dried marjoram

½ teaspoon thyme

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

2-1/2 cups beef broth (or, if you prefer, Burgundy wine)




Spray slow cooker with Pam

Coat beef with flour and set aside

Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until partially cooked

Add beef and cook until browned

Remove with slotted spoon

Layer carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, garlic, bay leaf, spices, and meat mixture in slow cooker

Cover with wine or broth

Cover and cook on LOW 10 hours (Give a prize to the person who finds the bay leaf!)