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Slow Cooker Sausage Sloppy Joes

Sometimes it’s fun to be a kid again and get a little messy, and there is a no better suppertime meal like Sloppy Joes that let’s you get down and dirty.
I don’t love grocery shopping, but I do love getting the ingredients I need for a great Sunday dinner, especially one that can be done in the slow cooker.  Relaxing on a Sunday afternoon, as dinner simmers and fills the house with wonderful smells is the best way to end the weekend (and distract me from what some of us like to call depression Sundays).
This Sausage Sloppy Joe recipe from Canadian Living required browning the meat before mixing all the ingredients in the slow cooker and turning it on, not always ideal if you want to make this meal before leaving for work, but on this day I had the time.  I usually find this to be a turn-off, I don’t want to cook before I put everything into the slow cooker, doesn’t that defeat the purpose?  Anyways, besides the 20 minutes of prep, including chopping onions, mushrooms and red pepper, this recipe is actually pretty easy.
The recipe calls for four to six hours in the slow cooker on low or until the sauce is thick enough to mound on a spoon.  After close to six hours (and warning Greg many times not to open the lid), it looked like we were good to pile this sausage and beef mixture on our buns.  We opted for the PC Blue Menu Thins – Whole Grain Round White Buns as we’re not fans of too much bread, we’d rather taste the Sloppy Joe, paired with a side salad and it was a little bit of kid mixed with a little bit of adult.
We’ve done Sloppy Joes (sometimes referred to as Sloppy Kelly’s) before and cheated with a can of Manwich.  However this version was hearty and chunky with all the veggies included (although we couldn’t really taste the sausage), yet it was still messy and napkin worthy, making the Sloppy Joe of our past seem amateur. ~kM

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Quick Jambalaya

In the spirit of Mardi Gras, we prepared a recipe we’ve made a number of times.  It’s an easy take on jambalaya that we came across one time when looking for a one-pot meal to make for a large family gathering that could easily be made into a double-batch.  The recipe is now one of our “go-tos”, we LOVE its simplicity and spice!
Friday Date Night #2
The food: Quick Jambalaya (recipe courtesy of Kraft Foods)
The beverage: Gouden Carolus (Belgium beer)
The mood: Harry Connick Jr.
We always seem to find it difficult to cut sausage, it seems to get sticky and messy.  If there is a trick to cutting it, please fellow foodies we beg you to share it with us. We used white rice (however often substituted it for brown), and we usually add whatever we have left in our crisper, this time it was half a green and half a red pepper, and some onion. We both like added zing to our food sometimes, and you wouldn’t think that just a half cup of barbeque sauce could be enough heat, but it definitely does the trick.  Greg was pretty hungry, so this quick version of jambalaya was perfect for this Friday Day Night!
It was all me this week (the recipe, the booze and the tunes), lucky for Greg he works across the street from a grocery store so he picked up a couple of the missing ingredients.  It was a no-frills-week, eating our meal side-by-side on the sofa, sipping beer right out of the bottle while listening to the southern sounds of Harry.  Close your eyes and you’re in New Orleans (just without the beads and the hangover).  ~kM