Friday, July 13, 2012

Need An Easy Dinner Recipe?

With summer upon us, I do a lot more cooking in the crock pot. Here's a fabulous recipe for crock pot chile verde, shared by BMQG member, Jen. I'll also add the recipe to the BMQG Kitchen section of this blog. Check it out!

Easy Chile Verde in the Crockpot

Start with 1 pound of tomatillos (I always grab about 12; if you have a large crockpot and want to go big, add more!), 1 small onion, and some cloves of garlic (I like garlic, so I used 6 large ones today).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel everything, rinse and halve the tomatillos, and chop the onion into big chunks. Grab a casserole dish (I use a glass one) and cover the entire bottom with a thin layer of olive oil. Place all ingredients into the dish and roast for 30 minutes.

Easy crockpot chile verde. Blog post with recipe coming ASAP.

When that is ready, pour the roasted ingredients into your blender and blend away. Next, add a rinsed bunch of cilantro (I cut off just the very end of the stalks) and a 4 oz. can of diced chiles (I use mild; we have baby tongues here) and blend with the rest of the sauce.

Blend it up! So easy.

Take some pork chops, amount dependent upon how many mouths you have to feed (I usually buy about 1 or 1.5 pounds for my family of 4), and place in greased crockpot. Add salt & pepper to them according to your liking. Take blender and pour sauce into the crockpot, covering the pork chops. Cover and cook about 8 hours on low. And that's it!

Ready to go! Chile verde; yum

Be sure to discard the fat when you shred your finished meat. We like ours served in tortillas with some cheese and sour cream, burrito style. Yum!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Lot Going On In The Quilting World!


Exciting news on the QuiltCon website! You can now see a list and description of the classes and lectures being offered! Registration doesn't open until August 30th, so you have a bit of time to look through the online catalog and get an idea of what you might be interested in. 

Have you considered submitting a quilt for the show? Entries for the juried show will open on August 1st, with a deadline of November 30th.

If you are working on blocks for the QuiltCon block challenge, the deadline to get them in is August 15th. There are currently four of us working on them, that I'm aware of. Wouldn't it be great if the majority of our group got involved? Grab some quilt books and look at the block designs for inspiration! Get those creative juices going! Rules and details can be found on the QuiltCon website. 


Registration for classes opened on Sunday. This is a show that is about 2.5 hours from here, and it's well worth taking the road trip to see it! Vendors come from all over the country to participate in this show! The variety and quality of the classes available are fabulous, and the quilts on display are outstanding! They accept all types and styles of quilts, so give some thought to entering something you've made! The deadline for entry is October 1st. 

Kern County Fair

I think it would be great if the BMQG had a strong showing in our local fair this year! Let's show Kern County what we do! The number of categories is too long to list here, but you can find them in the online catalog. We fall under Needle Arts and Sewing, starting on page 39 of the catalog. There are lots of great prizes to be won, so let's go get 'em! The deadline for entry is August 17th.

The Board will be meeting this week to work on upcoming programs. We have some fun things in the works, so keep an eye on the blog for all of the latest updates and announcements!

Until next we meet,