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A Year of Slow Cooking

Monday, January 26, 2015

Slow Cooker Super Bowl Food

The Super Bowl lends itself to slow cooker food.  No matter if you're cooking at home, or bringing a potluck item to share to a party --- this list has got you covered.

Sandwiches. They make everyone happy, can be eaten easily on your lap, and these recipes can feed a good 12 people or so. I use gluten free hoagie rolls (Udi's makes some, as does Against The Grain).

Italian Beef Sandwiches
Peperoncini Beef Sandwiches
Barbecued Pulled Pork
French Dip
Philly Cheesesteak
Loose Meat
Beef and Bean
Portobello Mushroom (for the veggies!)

Dips. No, not your cousin Howard.  I'm talking cheesey, gooey, hot, drip-down-your-face dips. The more, the better!

Taco Dip
Not-too-spicy Bean Dip
Sausage, Cream Cheese, and Rotel (mommy crack)
Super Duper Garlic Dip
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Crab Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip

Meatballs and Little Smokies Hotdogs. These are party staples!
Meatballs in Peanut Curry Sauce
Apple, Cheddar, and Turkey Meatballs
Turkey Meatballs in Cranberry BBQ Sauce
Not Your Mother's Meatballs
2 Little Smokies Recipes (grape jelly & chili sauce and big barbecue)
Barbecue Beans and Weenies

and then there is CHILI.
we've made a lot of chili these past 5 years!

21 Ingredient Chili
Pizza Chili
Enchilada Chili
Meat Lover's (low carb) Chili
Traditional Chili
White Chili
 Sweet Potato Chili
Clean Out the Pantry Chili
Black Eyed Pea Chili

and just in case this isn't enough ---- here are the absolute favorite potluck recipes

Feel like you need a new Crock-Pot? Now you can get your favorite team  logo on the pot!

Amazon has the whole line up, or you can find them locally at Kohl's or Bed, Bath, and Beyond. FUN!
SeaHawks CrockPot
Patriots CrockPot

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

All American Pot Roast -- 10 Ways to Slow Cook


Pot Roast is usually one of the first dishes new slow cooker owners prepare. If you find that the meat isn't quite as tender as you'd like near dinnertime, remove it from the pot, and cut it into a few pieces before returning it to the pot for a little while longer.
Tough or dry pot roast is a sign that it simply hasn't cooked long enough. You want the meat to relax, and soak up the cooking liquid -- it should literally cut apart with a fork when it's time to serve.

serves 6
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (4-pound) pot roast, trimmed
6 red potatoes, washed and quartered
2 onions, cut into wedges
1 bunch of celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup carrots cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups beef broth

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, basil, salt, and pepper. Rub the spices into the meat, taking care to cover all sides. Place the meat into the insert. Nestle all the vegetables around the meat. Pour in the broth. Cover, and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or until the meat has relaxed and pulls apart easily with a fork.

Different Variations:

When I can find chuck roast on sale for right around $2/pound, I buy it. It might not be on meal plan or on my weekly grocery list, but I'll snatch it up anyway to shove into the freezer.
I look at chuck roast as sort of a blank canvas. If I'm in a sweet mood, I can slather it with cranberries or maple syrup, or make it salty with soy sauce. I can even cut it into little pieces and have it simmer away in an Indian-inspired masala sauce.
Here are some other great pot roast recipes that utilize either a chuck or rump roast --- I think you'll be pleased with the different ways you can serve it!

3 Packet Roast (this is the easiest pot roast recipe, ever. It can be a bit salty; look for low-sodium packets at the store.)

JalapeƱo Pot Roast (in case you are feeling spicy!)

Java Roast (don't throw out the end of the coffee, make it into a delicious sauce!)

Sweet Mustard Roast (a family favorite)

Red Wine and Cranberry Roast (a wonderful recipe that tastes fantastic on pork tenderloin, too.)

Old Fashioned Pot Roast (this is what to make on a Sunday dinner for company)

Eyes Closed Pot Roast (so simple you can make it with your eyes shut)

Tex Mex Pot Roast (we just had this last week!)

Cranberry Dijon Roast (uses pantry staples, the sauce is so good you can drink it in a tea cup)

I hope this helps decide what's for dinner this week!

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Cheers to the best year, ever!


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