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A Year of Slow Cooking

Thursday, March 3, 2011

What?! It's March? What happened to February?

 
recycled picture. originally from crockpot party


Dude. February completely disappeared. 

that's not okay.

We've been battling the flu. This was the first cold/flu season in about 4 years where we opted to not get a flu shot (for no reason, really----we weren't reminded by the pediatrician, and were apparently not in the high-risk group), and so I can anecdotally declare that flu shots work.

~~~Quickly ducking so I don't get hit with a squashed tomato from the flu-shots-are-evil people~~~

So anyway, that's where I've been. Tending to sick, cranky people. 
I don't have a new recipe today, but have instead rounded up all of the 2008 Flashbacks that I wasn't able to send out. Fingers crossed that the snot, fevers, and all-around-ickiness (you don't want to know, trust me...) stays away next week and everyone is back at school/work and we get back to normal around here.

Normal. HA!


February 8 Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker (did you know I used to work at the zoo?)
February 10 Stuffed Artichoke  these are such weird vegetables.
February 11 Black Bean Soup
(I'm getting tired of typing out the word FEBRUARY)
(in case you were wondering)
February 12 Creme Brulee (and then I got excited and emailed the Rachael Ray Show)
February 13 Rocky Road Candy (yes, please.)
February 14 Tofu in Peanut Sauce (tofu holds up remarkably well in the slow cooker)
February 15 Fish Chowder
February 16 Tortilla Soup (I've made this twice this past week)
February 18 Chicken Lettuce Wraps (who needs PF Changs?)
February 19 Pomegranate Beef (how I keep Adam happy)
February 20 Sweet Potato Soup
February 21 Veal Marsala (apologies to the vegans in our midst)
February 23 Original Taco Soup (made this more times that I can count; the internet loves this "soup")
February 24 Chicken and Rice Soup (comfort food. super good for you; low in calories)
February 25 Chocolate Fudge Cake (ooh, I forgot about this one)
February 26 Chicken Parmesan (made this two weeks ago, delicious, then used the leftovers in Pasta Fagioli)
February 27 Hearty Ox Tail Stew (mmm.)
February 28 Creamy Risotto (no better way to make risotto. super simple, and no stirring!)
February 29 (darn leap year!) Buffalo Wing Dip (MAKE THIS. TRUST ME.)

So there you go! Hopefully that'll keep you busy for a while. If you're reading this in a reader, or through email, you may not have had the opportunity to see that I've put together a Table of Contents that you might find useful.

REAL LIFE, NOT A MAGAZINE
It's got kind of a nice ring to it, don't you think? :-)


What's in your pot today? I dug through the freezer bin and threw together a beef stew, since we're housebound and I can't get to the store. I loosely followed my own recipe, but since there as many versions of beef stew as there are missing Barbie shoes, I also tossed in some leftover mixed vegetables and garlic brown rice couscous.


Happy March! Happy Slow Cooking!
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25 comments:

Annie said...

You crack me up. Thanks for all this work. Can't wait to read some of these.

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Great roundup, Steph! So sorry you guys have been so sickly. March has to be better! Oh, and because there's chocolate fudge cake in the listing (made in a crockpot? genius!), I forgive you for calling my favorites, artichokes, weird. ;-)

xo,
Shirley

Diane-The WHOLE Gang said...

Sorry you have been sick. I hope everyone gets better quick.

If you find February please let me know. I missed it too.

April C said...

I got my flu shot late this year (in Feb) because everyone I knew was getting the flu. The lady that gave me my shot said that they had given very few shots this year compared to last year. That's why I think there is so much flu going around! I have a quick question: on page 154 of your first cookbook, the recipe calls for Enchilada sauce..... I can't find any gluten free, can you help? Thanks!

Plain Jane said...

EVERYONE that I know has been sick, you are not alone in your miserableness. By the way, I made your yogurt yesterday and it worked great! Thanks!

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Thank you for the well-wishes!

April C., La Victoria is gluten free. It's made by Hormel, and here is their website.
You'll need to scroll down to click on the link of gluten free foods, and a PDF will pop up. The red and green enchilada sauces are listed on page 6.

Yay Plain Jane for homemade yogurt!

bostonred said...

Nothing in the pot today, but yesterday I made Orange Chipotle Ribs. But I didn't have any ribs, just some inexpensive steaks. Still yummy. I've been putting that sauce on everything from steamed cabbage to leftover chicken (rotisserie chicken in the slow cooker, of course). It's really tasty.

I hope your March is healthier than your February, and thanks again for all these wonderful recipes.
-sue

Amy L said...

I work in a pharmacy and NOW we are seeing people coming in to get flu meds, more so than most of the winter. Hope you all stay well now!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I am not a big fan of February so I don't particularly mind that it is gone. We still have a ton of snow and it's freezing so I am glad that spring is coming soon!

So sorry to hear how sick you guys have been. Not to brag (as it might bite me in the butt) but the last 2 years have been the healthiest for us. I also have been homeschooling all 3 the last 2 years. I think bringing in less germs from school helps a lot. Make the kids wash their hands immediately when the come in the front door from school, maybe that will help?

quinn said...

Sorry to hear about the in-house epidemic! Hope everyone is 100% well, very soon.

I had such a very horrible experience with flu some years back, I have gotten a shot every year since - even though I haven't always been in the "high-risk" group, and sometimes had to make (and pay for) a special apptmt at my doc's office. It is so much simpler now with local pharmacies set up to give the shots.

Take care :)

Sheila said...

I've talked to several people who got the flu after having the shot. This eased my guilt over my daughter getting the flu after I opted not to do flu shots. :)

SSB said...

Sorry you've been sick. I made the risotto today and it's awesome!

Annika said...

Awww. Hope everyone is well on the road to recovey now!

CattOfTheGarage said...

There is NOTHING in my slow cooker pot - because it cracked!

Aargh!

And all I did was pour boiling water into it.

so I am crockpotless!

Was it My Fault? Should I have taken better care of it?

*snif*

And it's only 9 months old...

Syrin said...

In all fairness I think it's just a really strong strain this year. Both people who had gotten flu shots and those of us who haven't have caught it and been dealing with it for just as long. At least that's the case around here.

Virginia said...

I hope you all get to feeling better - February disappeared for me as well (having a baby kinda made the month go by quickly. lol)

I just wanted to let you know that because of this website, I've become completely obsessed with cooking in my crock-pots (I DREAM about my crock pots.) I have the 6qt one, the 2 qt one, and I'm about to order the 4qt one that you use (the 4qt I already have cooks really quickly). I never thought crock pots would be something I'd collect. Lol I've used them everyday so far this week, and I was disappointed when my husband said he wanted to make pizza for dinner tonight...I even tried to convince him that we should have Pizza casserole or something - in the crock pot, of course. Ah well. Tomorrow is another day, and because of you, we'll get to eat something new and wonderful. Thanks again! =)

Jennilee said...

Let me say that I absolutely LOVE your blog. I've got your baked potato soup in my 4qt pot (I halved it) right now and I use recipes from your blog probably 6 to 7 days of the week. I have fibromyalgia and work, and I'm a college student so I have NO time to cook. To add to it, I'm hypertensive, but altering your recipes to have less salt is really very easy and has worked well for our family. (Hubby and me and puppy makes 3 LOL!) And since it's just two of us humans in this house, I often times have plenty of leftovers to freeze for emergency dinners when I'm sick or have no "spoons" left. (googled spoon theory if you don't know what that means).

I am so thankful I found your blog and I recommend it to everyone I know!

Alicia said...

Catt - did you run cold water into it while it was still hot or put it in the fridge while it was still hot? That's the only thing I could think of that might cause it to crack for now (apparent) reason.

Nothing in my crock atm......but I am thinking that peanut candy will be making an appearance very soon. My husband voted them better than paydays.

karen said...

So sorry you were sick! But don't feel bad about missing the flu shots. They have to guess each year which strain to vaccinate for, and they got it wrong this year. Most of the people I know with the flu had gotten flu shots; it just didn't do them any good. So don't feel bad for missing out--you might have ended up sick anyway!

Glad you're feeling better now!

All My Monkeys said...

I love that you say dude. THank you. My husband, bless his heart, thinks I'm too old to say dude. Helloooo!? I'm only 37. Sheesh. Maybe you live in SoCal or something and it's more geographically appropriate, but really? It's a great word! (So much beter than "like.")

Anonymous said...

Not going to throw tomatoes or anything cause I believe everyone should make their own decisions .... but we've NEVER gotten flu shots and we've NOT contracted the flu even when highly exposed by taking care of those who did have it (ie the neighbors who keep contracting the swine flu over and over again). I just dose my family with lots of chopped garlic in some honey throughout the winter ... works awesomely - we rarely get sick since starting that regimen.

Other than that ~ love the site! I've gotten some really good ideas for my family that they have absolutely loved :)

Mrs. H said...

You totally amaze and inspire me!! I'm cooking up your Asian Peanutbutter Pork tonight and hope to share the results on my blog this week if you'd like to see (I'll give you full credit for the fact that I ripped off your recipe and I'm slightly obsessed with you of course :) ). Thanks for sharing all of your amazingness!

Mrs H
http://myhappilyeveraftertheend.blogspot.com

glutenfreeforgood said...

Actually Barbie shoes aren't bad mixed with lots of garlic and slow cooked overnight. Sorry you've had the flu-bug cooties in your house. No fun at all. Your chicken and rice soup to the rescue! This list blows me away! I'm pretty much overwhelmed every time I come here.

Dude, slow down. =)

Sending healing energy your way.
Melissa

Lindsey in CO said...

Your blog rocks - I've cooked at least 30 of your recipes and they are all fabulous!! Tomorrow: creamy apple oatmeal. Going to try it with soy milk and I "went vegan" on Monday. I'll let you know how it works :)

Sophia said...

Hello! I found this blog last month because I wanted to get more used out of my crock pot.

I brought a crock pot because I'm on a special diet and I won't have time to cook like before. I just wanted to say Thank you for all the recipes and ideas. I no longer used my stove; don't know if that is a good thing or bad thing.

Anyhoo, what is in my crock pot is Boneless Shoulder Lamb. I had that sitting in my freezer for a long time now and was expecting to cook it in the oven but I saw a recipe on here and decided to try it.

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