So! I posted a Crock Pot recipe earlier this week, and I’ve got two more slated for next. I guess it’s officially Crock Pot season.
It’s also warm coffee season (bye bye, beloved iced coffee), which actually turns out to be convenient, because this post is where the twain shall meet. Crock Pot? Check. Hot coffee? Check. Easy? Delicious? Check check.
For this ridiculously easy Crock Pot Vanilla Latte, I use Vanilla Coffee Syrup, milk, and coffee. And maybe a little whipped cream, if I feel like being particularly decadent. And … that’s it.
Crock Pot coffee drinks are perfect for busy holiday mornings or weekend brunches – it’s such an easy way to brew up something special in a completely hands-off way, and keep it warm to boot.
Usually, I brew an extra-strong pot of coffee, then set aside two cups of it. A little later on, I throw the coffee, milk, and syrup into an airtight pitcher and stick it in the fridge. Then next morning, in the wee hours in which I’m inevitably awake, I take all of 30 seconds to pour the coffee goodness into the Crock Pot and turn it on.
And then two hours later: lattes for all!
It couldn’t be easier to caffeinate.
My first foray into coffee anything was many, many years ago. Okay, well before that, as a kid, I took a sip of my Gran’s black coffee and thought I was going to hurl. How could something that smelled so great taste so vile?
But then at around age 17 or so, I discovered iced mochas.
In the words of Jim Carrey a’la “The Mask,” somebody stop me.
Except please don’t. Because I don’t ever want to stop drinking iced coffee, and especially this vanilla iced coffee.
How did I live life before iced coffee? Granted, with a young toddler in my life, I sleep less than ever these days (yeah, I totally know that’s the 500th time I’ve mentioned it), so maybe that’s why I can’t imagine a life (and especially a morning) without a frosty glass of the stuff clutched between my desperate hands.
Who knows, though. Maybe the sleep deprivation thing is an excuse. I mean, either way, I just plain love the stuff.
I guess there’s no hiding it. I’m pretty much obsessed with hot drinks made in the Crock Pot.
I can’t help myself. They’re so wonderfully hands-off, especially when it comes to this recipe. Pour all the ingredients in, give ‘em a stir, wait a couple of hours. Then turn your Crock Pot to low and enjoy wonderful hot drink after hot drink all day long if you want. All day! For a heckuva lot less than it costs for the same thing at Starbucks! Yay Crock Pot!
I’m as much of a Starbucks fiend as the next person.
Okay, more. Maybe a lot more. I’m slightly recovered from my three-a-day habit (I live in Seattle! There were three within close walking distance from my office and I needed the caffeine!), though I must admit the addiction has seen a bit of a resurgence since I’ve recently discovered that, indeed, it is difficult to get much sleep when you have a baby, even when the baby is nearly a year old. This discovery goes hand in hand with how I’ve really discovered the true beauty of the Starbucks drive-thru for new moms … so convenient when you’ve got a sleeping baby strapped in the back (oh now she sleeps).
My guy and I have recently recommitted to a healthier lifestyle. We’re getting older, we’ve got a daughter now, and it just sort of needs to be done.
We’re eating less processed foods and more whole foods. We go out for walks every evening, and we’re talking about working towards taking part in a 5K come spring. And we’re enjoying indulgences like this Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake.
Say what, you say?
This is a fairly new blog, but my love for coffee is already solidly documented. I mean, it’s delicious, it’s versatile, and it gives you a good jolt. What more can a long-time caffeine addict (and sleep-deprived new mom) ask for?
Iced coffee is pretty much an obsession of mine. When March rolls around, it’s not spring that’s around the corner. It’s Iced Coffee Season, and I’m a happy bean. Conversely, when autumn closes in, I clutch my glass of iced coffee a bit tighter, not ready to let it go.
This year, I decided to ease myself into the transition to hot coffee and lattes by making Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee. My beloved cold-brewed iced coffee spiked with all the cozy flavors of fall. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon … perfection.
It’s official, I guess … I am on even more of an iced coffee kick than usual. This time I’ve whipped up a beverage that’s more for the PM than the AM: an iced-coffee-inspired martini. It’s just as rich and creamy as its tamer, non-alcoholic namesake, just with less caffeine. And, you know, alcohol.
I’m convinced the reason why my guy’s so happy to eat so many purely vegetarian meals is because I throw him a bone now and then. Kind of literally – sometimes, dinner is centered around a dish that’s alllll meat. I’m content with a couple of yummy side dishes, my guy feels spoiled, all is right with the world.
I always say the Crock Pot is ideal for the vegetarian who occasionally cooks meat, because generally you have to do very little with the meat. Sometimes a quick browning, then plop it in the slow cooker and a few hours later, it’s done, delicious, and the carnivores are content, and most of the process was nice and hands-off.
This incredibly easy recipe was inspired by this one for coffee-braised short ribs. Coffee and beef, you ask? You bet! The coffee adds a rich, deep flavor that goes perfectly with the tender, moist chuck roast. Chili powder and cayenne pepper add some nice heat; onion, garlic, oregano, and white wine add dimension and even the whole thing out. Note: I asked my guy to describe the flavor exactly and he responded, “It’s tasty? And I wanted more?”
I guess that’s a hearty enough endorsement.
Thursdays around here are now Thirsty Thursdays, where I’ll share recipes for cocktails, mocktails, and just plain old nectar of the gods like this Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee. (See also: Meatless Mondays and Tuesday Tips. It’s gettin’ all crazy and stuff here on the Kitchen Treaty blog.)
I started making my iced coffee this way a couple of years ago, thanks to this New York Times recipe that convinced me to do so. You add coffee grounds to cold water and let it sit at room temperature for several hours. Then you strain it through a coffee filter, and the result is a deep, rich, dark, and caffeine-packed glass of iced coffee. It’s a concentrate, so you’ll want to dilute it with water unless you’re in need of a serious buzz. And trust me – this stuff can pack a serious wallop.
Spring is in full swing, which means it’s the time of year for iced coffee. And if you’re anything like me, lots of it.
I love iced coffee. Creamy, smooth, robust, a hint of sweet, and a healthy dose of caffeine. But what a bummer when you get to the end of your glass and all you’ve got left is gross pale brown water.
Solution? Coffee ice cubes!
This week, I’m all about coffee. What does coffee have to do with chili, you ask – and especially bulgur chili (and what the heck is bulgur, anyway)?
Well, I’ll tell ya. This warm, comforting chili is made all the more robust with some good solid glugs of nice, strong coffee. The addition of coffee, along with a little brown sugar and a spoonful of unsweetened cocoa, makes this chili indecently delicious.
Six weeks. I’d been waiting for that milestone for a looong time. Six weeks after I had my little girl via c-section, I was cleared to exercise (desperately needed) and officially live life again (woo hoo!). Instead, on the morning of the day marking exactly six weeks postpartum, the dogs knocked my feet right out from under me as they rushed down the stairs. I broke my ankle. (I was carrying laundry, not my baby – thank goodness.)
We’re a sleepy household these days. With an almost-four-week-old in the house, the longest we get to sleep is in three-and-a-half-hour stretches. (Well, last week I thought my baby slept for five and a half hours, until my guy reminded me that I actually did get up during that time. I didn’t believe him until I checked my iPhone app that I use to track feedings … sure enough, a 3 a.m. feeding that I didn’t remember, until about 15 minutes later when it finally came back to me. Scary.)