Things You Shouldn't Say Outloud

...Especially to a guest who has just finished eating a meal in your house:

"I volunteer to lick the spoon! Then I don't have to wash it."

Poor Susan. I think she's a little worried now to eat here again! I tried to explain what I meant (that I wouldn't have to RINSE the spoon... that I could stick it in the dishwasher as is... I swear I wash my utensils!) but I am not sure she trusts me. I think she will offer to do all the dishes before dinner next time. :-)

But, the meal was lovely - almost as much as the company! We had a delightful time talking about weddings and other such stuff. The dinner turned out wonderfully, and at the request of Hannah I am including the recipe here! It was really easy, and I am just now beginning to use the crock pot even though I've had one for several years! (By the way, I highly recommend this easy crock pot recipe!)

(This really is unusual for me to post two recipes in a row! Beth is the cook of this blog... I am just a cook-by-gender-default.)

Mexican Corn Bread
Prep: 15 minutes
Ideal slow-cooker size: 4 quart
Bake: 1 hr high & 3 1/2-4 low or 6 hrs low
Makes: 4-6 servings

1 lb. extra lean ground chuck
16 oz. can cream-style corn
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup oil
1 cup fat-free milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup low-sodium taco sauce
1 cups shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
4 oz. can diced green chilies

1. Brown ground chuck in nonstick skillet.
2. While meat is browning, combine corn, cornmeal, baking soda, salt, oil, milk, eggs, and taco sauce. Pour half of mixture into slow cooker.
3. Layer cheese, onion, garlic, green chilies, and ground beef on top of cornmeal mixture. Cover with remaining cornmeal mixture.
4. Cover. Cook on high 1 hour and on low 3 1/2 -4 hours, or only on low 6 hours.

Per serving: 360 calories (90 calories from fat), 10g total fat (3g saturated, 0g trans), 60mg cholesterol, 1300mg sodium, 39g total carbohydrate (4g fiber, 6g sugar), 29g protein
Daily Values: 10% vit. A, 0% vit. C, 40% calcium, 15% iron

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  1. Lydia said...
    Ha! That was humorous. I doubt Susan will let you serve at her wedding reception. ;)

    Sounds like you had a grand time. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks like a great one.
    Susan said...
    Hehe. I thought it was just a tease, not even realizing that there was a dishwasher reason. That's hilarious. I'm bringing my own dishes next time! ;-) And you can serve at my reception, but I'm providing the dishes. Except that nice glass bowl thing that matches ours :-). . . we may want to borrow that. But we're washing it first! ;-)
    Ashley said...
    Don't worry about the glass bowl, Susan. My cats take care of cleaning that and trust me, with those sandpaper tongues, it gets VERY clean! ;-)

    My kitchen is your kitchen... take (borrow) whatever you need!!
    Nichole said...

    My crockpot broke and I've only used it two or three times. :( Did I mention that when I mentioned my toaster oven?
    une_fille_d'Ève said...
    Did I mention how DELICIOUS that was?!?!?! We're hoping fixing that for tonight!!! Yippee!! :-D
    Ashley said...
    Hannah, you think every meal is delicious! :-)

    You'll have to tell me if it turns out better when y'all make it than when I made it. :-)

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