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The Theme Is … Slow Cooker Recipes!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Slow Cooker Recipes (Posole: Pork and Hominy Soup, recipe submitted by TK member Meseidy of The Noshery)

Because Ree is in the big city today, and will likely spend a good deal of her 48-hour stay there either rushing to go somewhere or being rushed somewhere else, today seemed like a good day to slow things down a bit. In many different ways, we’re all rushing. And sometimes, the last thing we want to do after a long day is figure out what to make for dinner, let alone begin the process of actually preparing it.

So today’s theme focuses on the Slow Cooker. You know, that big heavy crock with a lid that, if you’re like me, is probably sitting on a shelf collecting dust somewhere? The one that you only occasionally pull out, but each time tell yourself that you really should use it more often? Then you end up hauling it back to where you stored it before, and you forget about it all over again? Yes, that one. Well, today is the day it gets its time in the sun. Today, we’ll explore the various recipes available here that show us how we can just throw things into that big ol’ pot early in the day, go about our usual activities, and return to the wonderful aroma of food that practically cooked itself for us.

Let’s start with The Noshery’s Posole: Pork and Hominy Soup in the photo above. Can you imagine coming home to a pot filled with that? Bliss, I tell you. Pure bliss.

Or perhaps you’re in the mood for some chili. Some Texas Chili, to be exact, served up jenjenk style.

Oh my goodness. That’s all I’ll say.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Slow Cooker Recipes (Texas Chili, recipe submitted by TK member jenjenk of Devour the World)

Of course, although the slow cooking process works wonders for meat, there are many other uses for your trusty old crock pot. Vegetarian? Then try these Crockpot Gingered Chickpeas and Spicy Tomato Stew from cookincanuck.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Slow Cooker Recipes (Crockpot Gingered Chickpeas and Spicy Tomato Stew, recipe submitted by TK member Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck)

Or how about skipping the whole savory side of things and using your slow cooker to make lovely sweet treats? We’ve got those, too. Babskitchen offers us a lovely Mulled Cider In A Crockpot, seen below on the left. We even have cake! Check out monstermama’s Crock Pot Cake on the right. Or you could also try making a batch of Mommy’s Kitchen’s Homemade Spiced Applesauce, also seen below on the right.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Slow Cooker Recipes (Sweet Treats)

Now, a slow cooker recipe roundup wouldn’t be complete without a mention of some form of pulled pork. So here are two different kinds of slow cooker pork recipes.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Slow Cooker Recipes (Pulled Pork)

That’s Stephanie’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe you see on the left, and fujimama’s Slow Cooker Kalua Pig on the right. I don’t know about you, but I’m about ready to grab some tortillas right about now.

And there you have it! All these are examples of the great choices waiting for you in our Slow Cooker category. I didn’t even get a chance to show you a whole Crockpot Roasting Chicken from stubleroots, or a wonderfully delicious Creamy Italian Chicken pasta dish from Angie Arthur. If you’re looking for a new slow cooker recipe to try, I think there’s a good chance you’ll find something you like in there.

Or am I late to the whole crock pot party? (It won’t be the first time.) Are you among those who are already making good use of your slow cooker? Were you shaking your head when I talked about my slow cooker gathering dust somewhere? (It won’t be the first time I’ve induced forlorn head-shaking, either.) If so, what are some of your favorite recipes?

Or, as in my case, is your slow cooker not even on your radar when you’re trying to come up with a plan for lunch or dinner? If that’s the case, then let’s dust it off and try some of the incredible recipes here! A warning, though: you just may end up upgrading your slow cooker from basement residence to premium countertop real estate.

You might want to warn your toaster or coffeepot.



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Bella Benedict on 5.5.2010

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Mama Jen on 3.27.2010

I love my crock pot and use it a lot, especially for recipes including dried beans. But, here’s the trick – add a rice cooker and you have dinner totally hands free. We have a 10 month old baby and I would set the slow cooker up in her morning or lunchtime nap and the rice cooker some time in the afternoon when I had 2 minutes. Dinner was DONE! Even if you work, come in , put on the rice cooker and you can get changed, set the table and have perfect rice staying warm for up to a few hours (makes it sounds like I sell the things – I don’t!). Totally worth the cupboard space.

Some kind of Wondermom on 3.26.2010

I love my crocpot! Here’s one of my fav recipes:
Maple apple pork
1 pork tenderloin
4 apples, peeled, sliced and cored
1/4 cup of real maple syrup

Toss it all in, and walk away. Yummy!

mitfordfan on 3.19.2010

I love my Crocks! All three of them! Yes, I do actually use all of them at the same time, depending on what I am cooking. I can have a main dish in one, baked potatoes in the second and a dessert in the third. All I have to do is put together a salad and a complete meal is done!

vasi on 3.3.2010

It’s amazing. I can’t wait to cook it with my brand new range cooker.