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Sorry I missed my regular Tues post this week — I was working on a project with an insane delivery schedule and had ZERO bandwidth. But this post might make up for my absence earlier this week. Maybe. Read on.

I have a recipe problem: I can’t stop collecting them. Recipes on my iPad (I love Paprika!), recipe cards and cutouts in an accordion file, maybe two dozen cookbooks, and (as of today) almost 300 pins just for recipes. I’ve probably thrown out/deleted more recipes than I’ve kept just because every so often I come to the conclusion that, after 5 or 10 years of sitting in my accordion file, I’m probably never going to get around to trying them. That, and I need to make an effort to keep my “problem” from exploding out of the accordion file lest Johnny Lingo start indiscriminately chucking recipes that I might get around to someday — I mean, ya never know…

On top of that, it’s been a standing joke in our family for a L-O-N-G time that I do have a “thing” for actually trying new recipes. (I don’t “just” collect them — that would just be silly, like collecting eyeshadow that I never wear…oh wait. Moving on…) I seem to average about one a week, sometimes two; occasionally I’ll knock it out of the park with three or more. Johnny Lingo usually just smiles tolerantly when he asks what’s for dinner and my response is, “New recipe!” Glam is getting better about reserving judgment until she’s actually tasted the food — no more “I don’t like that” before a single bite has passed her lips. (Because my kids are the only ones who do that, right?)

So what was for dinner tonight? New recipe! 😀 Specifically this recipe for Crockpot Cranberry Chicken from The Frugal Girls, which Heidi posted more than 4 years ago and has gotten more than 35,000 (!!!) pins.

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I admit I was actually a little concerned about this recipe. It was easy. TOO easy, I thought. Four ingredients? Hmmm. Last time I tried a four-ingredient recipe, my kids and I all decided it was bland. Like almost tasteless bland. Like “we-EEE are never ever everrr…fixing that a-ga-ain!” bland (the Taylor Swift parody is Glam’s fault, but it works) and I actually chucked the leftovers. If you know how I feel about throwing out food, you know it’s strongly indicative of how BAD we thought that recipe was if I’d actually do something as drastic and wasteful as throwing food away.

Happily I can report that Cranberry Crockpot Chicken is NOT one of those recipes. It’s GOOD. I mean really good. And easy — so easy it’s almost not fair to other recipes. If you use bottled Catalina dressing it’s even easier than the way I made it (I prefer a homemade Catalina-style dressing recipe that I’ve loved since I was a kid.) Here’s my version:

Crockpot Cranberry Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken thighs — I rarely buy boneless skinless anything, but I happened to have these in the freezer, so I just thawed them out.
1 can (14 oz) whole berry cranberry sauce
4 Tbsp dry onion soup mix (recipe below)
1 c Catalina-style dressing (recipe below)

Cook chicken in crockpot on high for 3 hours (I used my tiny little 2-qt crock). Mix together Catalina dressing, cranberry sauce, and onion soup mix. Pour cranberry mixture over chicken, replace cover, and cook on high for 1 more hour.

That’s it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Frankly I don’t see how a recipe could possibly be any easier and still be this yummy.

Here’s the recipe for Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix:

3/4 c instant minced onion
1/3 c beef bouillon powder
4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed celery seed
1/4 tsp sugar

Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.

And here’s the recipe for Catalina-style dressing (no link; this is a family heirloom):

1 can (10-3/4 oz) condensed tomato soup
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp onion salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 c safflower oil

Combine all ingredients in a shaker bottle and blend well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
BONUS: this dressing is DELISH on taco salad. You’re welcome.

I love crockpot recipes, and this one got thumbs up all around the table, so it will definitely be going into my rotation.

Do you do a lot of crockpot cooking? What are some of your favourite recipes?

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