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A Year of Slow Cooking

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

100 Posts! Ack! And a CrockPot Veal Picatta Recipe

Day 100!

Ack! 100 days! That is nuts. What on earth did I get myself into?

In honor of my 100th post, I give you:


I don't have one of those witty posts where I've written 100 random things about me and linked to myself all over the place. I just didn't do it. I'm sorry. But! Feel free to check out the alphabetical listing--- I think they are all in there.


I made veal picatta the other night. I think it needed more lemon, and I should have dredged it in flour the way I did the Veal Marsala. I tried to take a shortcut, and although it didn't work out as well as I would have liked, it was still tasty.

The Ingredients.

--2 lbs of veal
--4 T butter
--1/4 of an onion, chopped
--2 T white wine
--2 T granulated sugar (not pictured, I didn't know it was going to need it at photo time)
--juice from 2 lemons (1 right away, one before serving)
--package of sliced mushrooms
--1/2 jar capers, drained
--salt and pepper to taste

The Directions.

I threw everything into the crock, set it on low and ignored it for 4hours. That was not a good idea. The meat stuck together in a weird lump, so I needed to stir it around to separate the pieces, creating a weird-looking veal stew.

If I was going to make this again (and what I recommend if you are going to test this out...) would be to make a flour dredge (if you're gluten free, go with a baking mix like Pamela's or a rice flour) with salt and pepper. Coat all the pieces of the veal individually and lay them staggered into your crock. Like I did with the veal marsala... sigh.

Then melt your butter, and mix the wine, sugar, and lemon juice with the butter to pour on top of the veal. Add mushrooms and the chopped onion. Top with a half bottle or so of drained capers.

Cook on low for 4-5 hours--veal doesn't take long to cook.

Before serving, squeeze the other lemon into the mixture, and sprinkle on a few more capers.

The Verdict.

This tasted fine---but I'm definitely kicking myself for not taking the time to do it properly. Is it cheating if I use the same sauce mixture for chicken picatta?


Thank you for sticking with me for 100 whole recipes! It means a lot to know that there are real, actual, normal, everyday people checking in on me providing encouragement.

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kastex said...

I love your blog! You're inspiring me to cook more and to use the dang crockpot! And since it's starting to get warm here in's not a BAD thing! : ) Heck I even made a family favorite two nights ago! YEAHHH!!

Keep up the good work! You're awesome and have really done a really nice job. I've passed your blog addy along to several friends...GF'ers and not! Whatcha gonna do NEXT year? Will I go through withdrawals? Kathi

sara said...

I just stumbled on your blog a week ago and love it. I thoroughly enjoy using my crock pot any time I can...Just fed 15 people from church on a crock pot recipe!!! I am thrilled to get new ones from please keep up the good work!!!! It's awesome!

Debbi said...

The reason that I love your blog is that you seem like a normal, everyday person and cook normal, everyday, GOOD food! I've always loved the crockpot but just never really got good at using it or just wouldn't think about it. Now, I look at a recipe and say "that can be cooked in the crockpot!". Thanks again!! ~

M.KATE said...

Hi, i came over from Tara and thks for sharing the recipe..eveyrthing sure looks yummy here :)

Robyn said...

Please keep the recipes (and antedotes) coming! I can't believe it's been 100 days. I haven't even cooked 100 things in the last 100 days, let alone using the same appliance.

Congratulations on the first 100 and here's to the next 265...!

MSM said...

"It means a lot to know that there are real, actual, normal, everyday people checking in on me providing encouragement."

Thanks for calling me real and normal!! : )

Do love this blog, your ideas, your cooking, your writing.

It's hard to cook everyday, and to post everyday, much less both; but we hope you keep doing it!!

: )

Margot said...

I LOVE your blog! Since discovering it, I have commited to cooking at least 2, if not 3, meals per week in my crockpot. I have a few awesome recipes I would love to share with you. Where or how do I forward them to you? Thanks!

Faith said...

Congrats on 100 days! You're an inspiration - I think I would get tired of crockpotting for a year straight, as much as I love my pots!! I've been following along since the beginning of Feb (I think) and you have done some really neat stuff!

Blessed said...

I don't know about "normal," but i'm real and i do follow your blog every day.

I'm making the smokey bean soup for supper tonight!

Andie said...

I continue to be amazed at what you come up with daily! While sick on the couch even! I loved the bread...and can't wait to try the veal. You are one of my fav daily reads and the bonus is that you are GF! How lucky is that? Rock on sista!!! You put the ROCK back in CROCK.

Tracy said...

Just wanted to say hello from a real actual person and thanks for sharing the ideas and recipes! I've tried a few things so far with good results. Thanks!

Tabitha said...

I love reading your blog so keep it up! I have used several recipes of yours lately. Thanks!

rae-anna46 said...

Lemon Extract might be a good addition to the recipe. It's my secret recipe ingredient - I add 1/2 tsp to a recipe in addition to the lemon juice and it adds a wonderful flavor (I actually have a bit of an 'cooking with extracts' addiction...almond, vanilla, lemon, orange, peppermint. Almond extract makes almost any baked good/breakfast food taste 10x better. It's like adding amarretto flavor.

Crockpot Lady said...

you all rock. you totally and completely rock.

thank you. this is a lot of fun for me. so far. ;-0


Canadian Saver said...

Congratulations on the milestone!

Amie said...

you're rad! keep it up!

Taueret said...

congrats!! here's to another 100!

Heather said...

Congrats on making it to day 100! Has it been easier or harder than you thought?

I look forward to reading you everyday. Even if I won't make the recipe, I love reading your commentary!!!!

Looking forward to the next 265 recipes!

Barbara said...

Congratulations on 100 days! Truely inspired and yes, crazy. We love it. I have passed on your blog to many friends. The layout is superb.

Cooking for only me, a crockpot dish is good for several days and more for the freezer. It's a challenge to use it once a week let alone every day for a year.

Michie said...

Congratulations on getting to day 100! That is so cool! :)

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Ruby said...

"It means a lot to know that there are real, actual, normal, everyday people checking in on me providing encouragement."

Obviously you haven't met me. However, I love your blog and have tried several of your recipes & will try more.

Personally, I don't eat veal so will try this one with chicken instead.


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