Category Archives: Slow Cooker

Collard Greens in the Slowcooker

DSC_0007.JPGI have not always been a fan of greens.  Recently I have lived on the wild side tasting greens from several restaurants and I have found that I love them.   In fact I can’t get enough of them, but a little scared to try my hand at making them at home.  I was excited to see this no-fail recipe in the November issue of Southern Living.  I had to try it and it is a big winner!

Oh my gosh!   What flavor this dish has and its so easy to put together.  Who in their right mind would want to spend hours washing greens?   There’s no washing greens for hours because the recipe uses packaged prewashed greens. Its got a kick from the red pepper, sweetness from brown sugar and sour from apple cider vinegar.  I used a soup bone from Honey Baked Ham which adds even more flavor.  You will love it!!  Get out your slow cooker and go for it.  Winner!

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Southwestern Brisket in the Slow Cooker

 

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I’ll be dreaming about this recipe for months.  I have been searching for the recipe  for years.  I love the brisket. There are so many possibilities with this recipe.  In the next couple of months you are going to see several recipes that I am testing to find the perfect brisket.  This one could be THE ONE!  When you make it you’re going to think it is just too easy to be good, but it is THAT good!   I saw it on Smitten years ago and pulled it out when I was cleaning my freezer and lo and behold found a 6 lb brisket.  I know that’s a lot of brisket but the two of us ate every bite and slurped every drop of broth wanting more.  Now here is a recipe that you can put in the slow cooker a couple of days before Christmas and you can feed the hungry for many times.  In fact you have to make this at least a day before serving it since it takes about 10 -12 hours to cook .   A must do step is to store the meat separated from the broth.  It will make it easy to skim the fat from the broth and  you will be surprised at how little will be to skim.   So get your cooking on for the holiday season with this brisket. It is as good as my favorite restaurants or better because you have all the control!  Enjoy!

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Thai Chicken Soup

Thai Chicken Soup

Paris we are with you!

The weather is getting cooler so you’re going to  need some new soup recipes to pull out and this one is a winner.  I really mean that it is an A+ guaranteed to knock your socks off recipe!  I had something like this in Carrollton at Highlands Deli and could not stop thinking about then lo and behold Kathy from Noble Pig posted this recipe.  It is to die for.  I have made it at least 5 times and slurped it all up by myself.  Delish!

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Pinto Beans in the Slow Cooker

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I love recipes that require little effort, that you can pull the ingredients out of your pantry at a moment’s notice, and taste heavenly!   This is the recipe.  Easy, easy, easy and good, good, good!  I cannot tell you one time that I have had pinto beans other than a Mexican restaurant.  My mother always made black eyed peas, but no pintos or black beans.  Well, now I have broadened my horizons or rather my tastebuds.  I love this recipe and have made it several times now and each time there is not one spoonful left and there are just two of us eating these beans.  I made homemade cornbread, but also being the nutrition teacher that I am I sauteed spinach with a little olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes and topped it with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.  Oh, my gosh!

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Potato Soup

I love potatoes, bacon, and cheese.  I love my slow cooker, too!  Together this is one of my favorite soups.  It literally fell in my mailbox in 1993.  It was in one of those magazines they send to everyone.  You know one of those that they want you to subscribe to for the rest of your life.  And I fall for that kind of marketing every time especially when the recipes look so good!  Since 1993  this magazine has grown in popularity, but for me the premiere issue brought to me the best and easiest potato soup ever.   Dotty Egge from Minnesota submitted her recipe for No Fuss Potato Soup to Taste of Home and it has been served at my table literally hundreds of times.  I love coming home from work and opening the door to the aroma of this soup, especially if it is a brisk day.  It just hits the spot. 

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Black Bean Soup with Chipotle and Toasted Cumin Seed Sour Cream

I have to be honest with you when I read about this black bean soup here I was skeptical about the preparation of the dried beans.  In every textbook and cookbook that I have read dried beans are always soaked before cooking.  And I must admit that I have had my share of trouble preparing dried kidney beans to the point that I will not prepare them in a slow cooker.  After some research I have found that dried kidney beans react with acid in tomatoes and will not soften even after cooking for days.  However this apparently does not  apply to other beans. 

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