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You should make this tonight!

It’s pouring down rain here — it’s not really miserable and cold, but it cries out for comfort food tonight.  Of course tonight I have to pick up my short child early from school to take to a lesson and then race home and supervise homework and then the short child also has jazz at dinner time (yes, this is all due to poor planning on my part)  that ends at exactly the same time I am supposed to show up looking all clean and shiny for parents night at her school.  Oh, and somewhere in between all that I need to make dinner for 6 people.  Can you say “crock-pot”???  By the way I own a crock-pot cookbook – I won’t make 95% of the recipes in it because either they have steps like browning and adding ingredients 1/2 hour before serving or they are based around cream of mushroom soup – seriously YUCK!

This is 2 steps.  Put in ingredients and shred.  That’s it.  And it tastes awesome and it keeps well and you can serve it as leftovers if you need to.  It is also immensely adjustable to feed the size crowd you need.

RECIPE Shredded BBQ Chicken on Ciabatta Rolls:

  • 5-6 boneless breasts of chicken (this is totally flexible – I have 7 in tonight because they looked small)
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing
  • 1/4 light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce (your choice – I like Bulls Eye Original because it doesn’t have High Fructose Corn Syrup or ingredients I cannot pronounce)

And that’s it.  Seriously.  Dump it all in.  Mix it around if you feel the need to create more steps. Turn it on and forget about it.  I have it on low for the next 8 hours.  It would be fine in 6.  I have cranked it up to high and had it ready in 4 hours.

Because you should make this tonight I am posting this now with just the in process picture.  I have no idea if it will be possible to grab a final product pic with my night tonight but I will try 🙂

When you are ready to eat take 2 forks and shred the meat.  This will take longer than you think it should.  But it’s not remotely complicated.  Tonight I will either do it in advance of Jazz class and set crock-pot to warm for 1 hour or I will have my big girls shred it while I am gone so it is ready to eat when I roll in on 2 wheels and toss the short child out the window on my way to parents night.

I buy nice buns — Ciabatta Rolls – not hamburger buns for this.  It does make a difference – my kids voted.

Enjoy!!

Well this is just crazy!!!

I don’t really have a green thumb, but apparently once you put a whole lot of effort into building raised beds and hauling really, really awesome dirt from really far away in your yard (trip, after trip, after trip) you can be a rather negligent gardener and then still reap the benefits for a good portion of the summer.  I do try to plant things my family likes, green beans, corn, broccoli, basil etc.  I also plant things I like and will eat daily or will can like pickles and tomatoes.  But then I get suckered into planting things like squash and zucchini (which I like drizzled with olive oil and grilled) which my family just tolerates and unfortunately, those plants tend to be the things that I am shockingly most successful at growing (see above picture for proof).  Hence my quest for the ultimate zucchini bread recipe.  Stay tuned for that recipe, plus bread and butter pickles, a pesto straight from the Ligurian coast (via my backyard) and an awesome go-to dip that will take you from summer barbeques to football tailgates and beyond! 🙂

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