Slow Cooker Jelly Meatballs

Like a lot of readers, we love so many of the original ladies’ entertaining recipes. For example, no matter how cooking trends change, if there’s a dish of Jelly Meatballs on a buffet table, we’re going to grab a toothpick and eat at least a couple of them. Simple and convenient to make, the jelly ball may just be the perfect holiday appetizer.

When we put together our Family Slow Cooker book last year, we wanted to include some of these original recipes, cooked up in a slow cooker for even more convenience. The original Jelly Balls recipe, which appeared in the Winners Book (and can still be found in the Complete Best of Bridge Cookbooks Volume 2) were cooked in a pot and then served in a chafing dish, but this version is done completely in a slow cooker. We also use frozen fully cooked meatballs to make things even easier. If you want to add some heat, throw in a couple of tablespoons of sambal oelek with the jelly. Read More

Our Family Slow Cooker Book Tour!

Our newest book (and the first with the new trio of ladies), The Family Slow Cooker hit stores at the beginning of October and to celebrate, we hit the road to preach the virtues of slow cooking. A couple dozen TV appearances (in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg and Toronto), radio interviews, and print media stories later, we’re back at home (in Calgary for Elizabeth and Julie – and Vernon for Sue) looking back at pictures of our book tour adventures. Here are some photos of highlights we hit along the way:

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Sue and Julie kicked off the tour making some pulled beef at BT Vancouver – they’re SO much fun here! Always a blast.

 

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Fresh Berry Tart

Fresh Berry Tart
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Ingredients
  1. Crust
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour 250 mL
  3. 1⁄2 cup confectioners’ (icing) sugar 125 mL
  4. 2 tbsp grated lemon zest 30 mL
  5. 1⁄2 cup butter 125 mL
  6. 2 tbsp lemon juice 30 mL
  7. Custard
  8. 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar 75 mL
  9. 1 large egg 1
  10. 1 large egg yolk 1
  11. 2 tbsp cornstarch 30 mL
  12. 11⁄2 tbsp all-purpose flour 22 mL
  13. 1 cup milk 250 mL
  14. 1 tsp vanilla extract 5 mL
  15. 4 cups fresh berries (use any 1 L
  16. combination of blueberries,
  17. raspberries or sliced strawberries)
  18. Glaze
  19. 1⁄2 cup raspberry or apple jelly, melted 125 mL
Instructions
  1. To make crust: Combine flour, sugar and lemon zest. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add lemon juice, stirring with a fork until mixture is gathered into a ball. Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll dough out to form an 11-inch (28 cm) circle. Transfer to 9-inch (23 cm) tart or flan pan with removable bottom, pressing into bottom and sides. Chill again for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Prick bottom and sides of pastry with fork to prevent shrinkage. Bake 10 minutes at 425°F (220°C), then reduce heat to 350°F (180°C) for the last 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden.
  2. To make custard: Whisk sugar, egg and egg yolk until thick. Add cornstarch and flour and whisk well. Heat milk and vanilla in a saucepan until almost boiling. Gradually add milk to egg mixture, then return to saucepan. Cook over low heat, whisking constantly until mixture boils and thickens. Transfer to bowl and refrigerate until well chilled. (This can be prepared a day ahead.)
  3. To assemble: Remove crust from tart pan and set on platter. Spread cooled custard over bottom of crust and arrange fresh berries on top. Gently brush melted jelly over fruit. Chill until serving time. Serves 10 to 12
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Pulled Pork

 

 

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Whether you’re cooking for two or serving a busy family, slow cookers make easy work of creating delicious and soul-satisfying meals. We love being able to switch on the slow cooker in the morning, head out the door and then arrive home to a house filled with the mouthwatering aromas of dinner. 

 Shredded, or “pulled,” pork is the perfect slow cooker food and we think the BBQ flavours taste extra special in January when we all need a reminder of warm summer days. Enjoy!Read More

Fruit and Nut Shortbread

A colorful addition to your Christmas baking and perfect for cookie exchanges

Fruit and Nut Shortbread
A delicious Fruit and Nut Shortbread
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Ingredients
  1. A colorful addition to your Christmas baking.
  2. 1⁄2 lb butter 250 g
  3. 1 cup brown sugar 250 mL
  4. 1 egg yolk 1
  5. 2 cups flour 500 mL
  6. 2⁄3 cup glacé cherries, halved 150 mL
  7. 1⁄2 cup walnuts, chopped 125 mL
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add yolk and flour. Cut in fruit and nuts. Shape dough into two rolls 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and roll in waxed paper. Chill overnight. While still cold and waxed paper still on, take a sharp knife and cut thin slices (1⁄8 inch/3 mm). Set on greased cookie sheets, remove waxed paper and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 10 minutes. (Slightly brown edges). Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
Notes
  1. Note: Twist cookies off sheet.
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Corn Fritters

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Corn Fritters
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can (12 oz/340 mL) corn kernels, 1
  2. well drained
  3. 3 green onions, chopped 3
  4. 1 egg 1
  5. 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour 50 mL
  6. 2 tbsp cornmeal 25 mL
  7. 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 25 mL
  8. 1 tsp granulated sugar 5 mL
  9. 1⁄2 tsp hot pepper sauce 2 mL
  10. 1 tsp salt 5 mL
  11. 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 mL
  12. Vegetable oil
  13. .
  14. Y
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, combine 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) of the corn, green onions, egg, flour, cornmeal, cilantro, sugar, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper; pulse a few times to blend. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the remaining corn. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes to allow batter to thicken slightly.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp (25 mL) oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, drop in batter in 1⁄4-cup (50 mL) scoops and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, pressing down gently with a
  3. spatula, until golden brown on both sides and set on the inside. Transfer fritters to a plate lined with paper towels and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding and heating oil as needed between batches. Makes about 6 large fritters.
  4. Make ahead: Let fritters cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day or layer between waxed paper in an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 weeks. Reheat on baking sheets in a 375°F (190°C) oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Tip: For appetizer-size fritters, drop tablespoonfuls (15 mL) of batter into pan. They will only need about 2 minutes per side to brown
Notes
  1. These corn fritters are sweet and crisp.
  2. Serve them, drizzled with real maple syrup, alongside bacon and eggs for a hearty brunch.
  3. Or make mini versions and pair them with sweet chili dipping sauce
  4. to serve as an appetizer.
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