MckLinky Monday - Cooking is such a CROCK

circa 2009... Mrs. Priss and friend Amy
Recently, I spent the day with Amy from Land of Fluff.  She was nice enough to take this temporarily crippled gal out for some shopping and lunch.  Isn't that great?  Um... you knew I was down and out from shoulder surgery, right?

Apparently, I am not superwoman and will not heal any faster than they said I would.
Dang it.  
And 6 weeks out, I am still not allowed to drive.
Double dang it.

While we were out, we started talking about cooking.  When it comes to cooking, Amy knows her way around a kitchen.  I was shocked to hear her say she never uses her crock pot.  Say WHAT?  This busy mom of three girls does not have any good crock pot recipes.  We need to fix this immediately.  Crock pot meals can be delicious and such a time saver.  There's nothing sweeter than returning from a busy day and smelling a tasty dinner.

so THIS is what it's like to be the Doc...

I'm not going to pretend to be a crock pot genius, but I do have several standbys in this area.  Of all the things I can make in the crock pot, there is only one that the Doc repeatedly requests.  He's a picky eater, so there aren't many requests from my man.

Here is Doc's favorite crock pot dinner.  Ironically, it is a soup.  The Doc hates soup.  Weird, huh?  Let me throw you a real curve ball here... he also hates onions.  Ha ha ho ho.  Snuck that one in on him.

Tamale Soup
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 T oil
1 cup frozen corn
2 cups water
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 can pinto beans (16 oz)
1 T chili powder
1 t cumin
Salt & Pepper to taste
10 tamales, shucked & quartered
(my mom uses the frozen ones but I use canned)

In a skillet, brown beef, onion & green pepper in oil until browned.  In a crock pot, combine beef mixture, corn, water, and bouillon cubes.  Add pinto beans, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.  Cook on low in crock pot for 6-8 hours.  About 30 minutes prior to serving, add tamale chunks and heat thoroughly.  Do not cook tamales too long as they will cook apart.  Serve with cornbread.

And now it's your turn.  
Post your own favorite crock pot recipe on your blog and link to us to share!  Be sure to grab our button and link back to us in your post to help us spread the word.

If you don't have a blog, feel free to tell us about your recipe in the comments (assuming there's room).

So, Amy... this one's for you.
Happy Cooking!!

~Mrs. Priss

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