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Homemade Sloppy Joes

We have been getting pounded with snow and cold here in Chicago, so this saucy sandwich was just what we needed to warm our bellies.  It’s pretty easy to make too (not quite as easy as opening a can, but much better for you!).

INGREDIENTS

– 1 lb. Ground Beef (I think ours was 80 / 20)

–  Jar of Pasta Sauce (Choose something simple like garlic or basil & tomato.  I used a jar of arrabiata, which is basically tomatoes, chili peppers & garlic)

–  1 Diced Bell Pepper (color of your choice)

–  2 Cloves of Garlic, minced

–  1/2 an Onion, diced

–  BBQ Sauce (to taste … about 1/4 cup)

–  Brown Sugar

–  Chili Powder

–  1 to 2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

– Salt & Pepper

–  Buns

Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat with a little salt and pepper and chili powder (use as much or as little of this as you like.  We use much.).  When there’s just a bit of pink left, add in the peppers, onions, and garlic.

Continue to cook until the onions take on that translucent color, the peppers soften up, and the beef finishes browning.  Next you will remove the mixture from the heat and dump it into a strainer to drain the fat.  DO NOT skip this part.  You will be amazed how much fattiness oozes out.  Gross – you don’t want to eat that.  Return the mixture to the skillet and add in your tomato sauce.  Give it a stir while simmering over low-medium heat.

Stir in the BBQ sauce and brown sugar a little at a time (tasting as you go) until you reach your desired flavor.  Add in a bit more salt, pepper, and chili powder if you need too as well.  Then add the apple cider vinegar – start with 1 tsp, taste and then decide if you want another.  The vinegar just gives the dish a little kick of acid and amps up the flavor.  Let everything simmer for about 5 more minutes and then slap it on some buns and chow down!  (Because that’s the way you do it with a Sloppy Joe).

Enjoy!  XO

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Slow Cooked Chops w/ Apples & Fennel

I’ve really been embracing the ease of a crock pot lately.  Just throw everything into the crock in the early afternoon, let it be, and by dinnertime it’s delicious.

The other day I made this delicious pork dish – so tender and full of flavor and I barely had to do anything.  I sliced up some onion, apples [peeled], celery, and fennel and put it into the crock pot with three thick cut boneless chops [seasoned w/ salt & pepper].  Then I poured a little spiced cider into mix.  I saved some of the fennel tops and placed them on top before putting on the lid and letting it do its thing.

I cranked it up to high and left it alone for the next three hours or so.  I checked on it, added a little more cider, and turned it down to low until we were ready to eat.  There are no pictures of the final dish because we gobbled it up before I remembered to take a photo.  That’s when you know it’s good!  I’ll be making this dish again for sure.

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