Fix-It and Forget-It | Fix-It and Forget-It Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:21:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Homestyle Applesauce Thu, 05 Dec 2013 20:53:34 +0000

Homestyle Applesauce

Fix-It and Forget-It 5-ingredient favorites , pg. 246
Makes 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking Time: 4½-6½ hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 3- to 4-quart

8-10 medium sized cooking apples, peeled, cored, and diced
½ cup water
scant ½-3/4 cup sugar, according to the kind of apples you use, optional
½-1 tsp. cinnamon, optional
1. In slow cooker, combine apples and water.
2. Cover and cook on Low 4-6 hours, or until apples are very soft.
3. Add sugar and cinnamon if you wish (or reserve the cinnamon and sprinkle over finished sauce), and cook on Low another 30 minutes.
4. Sprinkle with cinnamon at serving time if you wish (unless you’ve already added it in Step 3).

Tip: This applesauce will be slightly chunky. If you prefer a smoother sauce, puree or sieve the apples after they’ve been cooked.

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Cooking with Phyllis- Pumpkin Black-Bean Turkey Chili- Video Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:39:20 +0000 Who knew that pumpkin could be so good in chili? This Pumpkin Black Bean Turkey Chili is the perfect way to use up the last of your Thanksgiving leftovers. Pumpkin adds real depth and creaminess to this hearty soup.

Pumpkin Black-Bean Turkey Chili

Makes 10-12 servings
Prep. Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 4-5 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 5-qt.

1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped yellow bell
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. oil
1½ tsp. dried oregano
1½-2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
2 15-oz. cans black beans,
rinsed and drained
2½ cups chopped cooked
16-oz. can pumpkin
14½-oz. can diced tomatoes
3 cups chicken broth

1. Sauté onions, yellow
pepper, and garlic in oil in
skillet for 8 minutes, or until
2. Stir in oregano, cumin,
and chili powder. Cook 1
minute. Transfer to slow
3. Stir in remaining
4. Cover. Cook on Low 4-5

Shopping List
- Onions
- Chopped Yellow Bell Pepper
- Garlic Cloves
- Oil
- Dried Oregano
- Ground Cumin
- Chili Powder
- Black Beans
- Turkey
- Canned Pumpkin
- Diced Tomatoes
- Chicken Broth

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“Special Banana Bread”—For Home or on the Road Tue, 03 Dec 2013 19:07:32 +0000 Well, the big news at our house these days is that my husband, Merle, has a play that’s opened off-Broadway in New York! That’s right—he’s the writer of “The Preacher and the Shrink” (which is playing through January 4)—so we’re back and forth to New York a lot these days. Doesn’t leave much time for cooking (or eating). Although we still get hungry, maybe more than ever.

I can hardly figure out how many groceries to buy or how much food to make because we’re in and out of New York so much. Even the few bananas I bought are getting over-ripe!

Which made me remember this fabulous Special Banana Bread recipe in my Fix-It and Forget-It NEW Cookbook . This Bread has got peanut butter and chocolate chips in it, too—which we all know help everything.

We eat this Bread for breakfast, for snacks, before bedtime—really, any time. I like to take it with us on our drives to and from New York, just in case we’re starving and caught without time to eat a real meal.

Sometimes I put the batter in these great little individual muffin cups (like you see in the photo) and set them on the bottom of my slow cooker. The flavor and texture are unbeatable! Make them once, and you’ll want to keep them around all the time.

And if you’re curious about Merle’s play, go to We’re having a great time with it!

Here’s the Special Banana Bread recipe. Let me know how quickly yours disappears!

Special Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf
Prep. Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 3½–4½ hours
Standing Time: 10 minutes
Fix-It and Forget-It NEW Cookbook
Ideal slow-cooker size: 6-quart

1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
⅔ cup whole wheat flour
¾ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 cup mashed, very ripe banana (2–3 medium)
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup sugar
⅓ cup buttermilk
⅓ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. In a mixing bowl, combine flours, baking soda, and salt.
2. In another mixing bowl, stir together banana, peanut butter, sugar, buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. When well-mixed, stir in chocolate chips.
3. Add wet ingredients to dry (or the other way around) and be very careful to stir briefly until just mixed. A few streaks of flour may remain.
4. Pour batter in greased loaf pan, 9 × 5 or 8 × 4, whatever size fits in your cooker. Or use small, individual bakers.
5. Place loaf pan or bakers on metal jar rings or small trivet in cooker. Prop slow cooker lid open at one end with a wooden spoon handle or chopstick.
6. Cook on High for 3½–4½ hours, until tester inserted in middle comes out clean.
7. Carefully, wearing oven gloves, remove the hot loaf pan or bakers from the hot cooker. Allow to stand for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the bread and turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. Slices best when cool, if you can wait that long!

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What is YOUR Favorite Thanksgiving dish? Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:53:41 +0000 Thanksgiving is all about food! What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? We will compile your answers and let you know the results!

Thanks for your answers! Make sure to check back for the results!

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“What size of slow cooker is recommended for two people?” Fri, 29 Nov 2013 20:31:45 +0000 Here is a question we got from a Fix-It and Forget-It fan. Feel free to ask your questions too! Just click “Ask a Question” underneath the photograph of Phyllis!

Question: “What size of crock pot do you recommend for a serving size of two? How do I know if I’m using a crock pot that is too small or too large? Is there a general rule of thumb to follow?”

Phyllis’ Answer: Slow cookers do their best work when they’re two-thirds full. Fuller than that and the food will probably take longer to cook than the recipe suggests. If it’s less full than that, you risk having the food be over-cooked and dried out.

I think that a 4-quart cooker is a good size for a four-person household, if two are adults and two are kids under 12. But if you like leftovers, or like to make enough to have two meals-worth, consider a 5- or 6-quart size.

I’m cautious about cooking only two servings in a slow cooker for several hours. That’s too little food to benefit from cooking long in a slow cooker. You could use a 1- to 3-quart size, but plan to be nearby so you can check the food after it’s cooked for an hour or two. Because the amount of food is relatively small and the heating unit is present in the sides of the cooker, the heat is wrapped around the food, causing it to cook relatively quickly. You can certainly make a small amount of food in a slow cooker, but you probably won’t have the convenience of “fixing it and forgetting it.”

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Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:37:57 +0000

Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce
Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook, page 308

Makes 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cooking Time: 6-8 hours
Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 4-quart

Ingredients for Meatballs:
1½ lbs. ground beef
2 eggs
1 cup bread crumbs

Ingredients for Sauce:
28-oz. can tomato puree
6-oz. can tomato paste
10¾-oz. can tomato soup
¼-½ cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. oil
1 garlic clove, minced
sliced mushrooms (either canned or fresh), optional


1. Combine ground beef, eggs, and bread crumbs. Form into 16 meatballs. Brown in oil in skillet.

browned meatballs

raw meatballs

2. Combine sauce ingredients in slow cooker. Add meatballs. Stir together gently.
3. Cover. Cook on Low 6-8 hours. Add mushrooms 1-2 hours before sauce is finished.

combine and stir gently

4. Serve over cooked spaghetti.

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