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Hi all! We are about to undergo a major kitchen renovation - will be without stove, microwave and (eek - now that I think about it -)dishwasher for 3-4 weeks! We do have 2 refrigerator/freezers, and one stand-alone freezer (in our shed, of all places!) Two-fold request - (1) TNT recipes using crockpot, large electric skillet and/or Foreman grill (will leave outdoor grill to hubby) - and (2) sanity saver ideas while the kitchen is out of commission (re-organization ideas, etc) TIA!!!

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Last updated: Feb. 11, 2013 9:58 am
Posted: Feb. 9, 2013 10:28 am
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Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches

Submitted by: MAUREENBURR 
Rump roast is cooked with Italian salad dressing mix and seasonings until it is tender enough to shred with a fork. 
Recommended by: Deb C
Feb. 9, 2013 10:32 am
Happy renovation! This is a crock pot recipe that is very good.
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Mom's Italian Beef Barley Soup

Submitted by: RUSTEE 
Cubed beef, barley, onion and tomato sauce are cooked in a slow cooker with water and beef bouillon in this easy soup. 
Recommended by: Deb C
Feb. 9, 2013 10:34 am
And this is my favorite crock pot recipe. As aggravating as renovation is, you'll love the results!
Feb. 9, 2013 10:37 am
Thanks for both, Deb! I just bought barley, and I forgot about the Ital sandwich recipe - LOVE that one! Thanks for the positive affirmation on the patience but worth it bit! : )
Feb. 9, 2013 2:13 pm
use disposable tins for any cooking you can
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Feb. 9, 2013 10:36 am
built in microwaves? should be able to take it out and use in another area of the house, like the dining room. Toaster ovens are useful, I have used mine to bake potatoes, grill small pizzas-made with pita bread and top as you like. If your sinks are out, invest in some big plastic bins and wash in one bin, then rinse dishes in the other-like camping. I find that more sanitary than taking things to the tub-ick! Can also use the toaster oven to make small batches of nachos, make up some chili or spaghetti sauce and freeze before you lose the kitchen appliances. Stews, soups, breads, could all be made ahead of time or in the slow cooker.
Feb. 9, 2013 10:43 am
Outstanding tips, thanks!! Had no idea our microwave might be relocate'able...Plastic bin tip is great. Def going to be cooking up a storm to freeze items as you suggested before we start - kicking myself for not doing it sooner!!
Feb. 9, 2013 10:52 am
I sure would have a supply of paper plates and bowls on hand for my own sanity (of a decent quality)....
Feb. 9, 2013 11:03 am
We remodeled 2 years ago, no kitchen for 7 weeks. Buy 2 burner stove top unit from walmart. It was the best $24 I spent. We set up card table in empty kitchen that held microwave, crockpot, toaster and 2 burner unit. We had metal shelving unit (we normally had it in our basement) moved to our office on 2nd floor that held food since we wanted to keep it away from construction dust and mess and out of the way too. Good luck, it is painful during the process but the end result is worth it.
Feb. 9, 2013 11:05 am
This recipe is a favorite in my house:
Feb. 9, 2013 11:12 am
One thing I forgot when I was planning was the clean up. The crockpot worked just fine, but I had a devil of a time washing it in a bathroom lavatory! Think simple menus using small cooking vessels. Sandwiches, salads mixed in the bowl, grilled meats, microwaved veggies. If you have another deep sink you will have no problem with the crockpot. Have fun, it's only temporary, and I LOVE my kitchen!
Feb. 9, 2013 2:54 pm
Remember that crockpot liners exist! You'll still need to clean the crock sometimes, but it really helps.
Feb. 11, 2013 9:04 am
Thanks for all of these, ladies! Denise Y - so funny you say that about the 2 burner...bought one for my hubby for his office, and am now insisting he bring it home nightly! Elle-NO! (classic name : ) - I just found some crockpot liners - so glad you endorse them! Kind of freaks me out, wondering if we're eating melted junk. (and Bibi- great point about the crockpot clean-up, otherwise. We DO have a big laundry room sink, but who knows how well the gunk will go down?) Focusing on all the positive affirmation of 'before/after' I'm getting to get me through!!
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Colleen's Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Submitted by: cms111268 
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Hixson, Tennessee, USA
Shrimp and chicken simmer with classic jambalaya ingredients in this easy slow cooker meal. 
Recommended by: lilac0832
Feb. 9, 2013 11:26 am
My most recent successful crockpot attempt. I would use less cayenne next time. Very very good. good luck with the kitchen reno! PS. Charlotte one of my favorite cities, visit family often there!
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Sausage, Peppers, Onions, and Potato Bake

Submitted by: Beccabo73 
Home Town: Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA
A hearty old-style Italian dish, New York City style, has browned chunks of sausage, potatoes, red and green peppers, and onions baking together with wine and seasonings.  
Recommended by: manella
Feb. 9, 2013 12:07 pm
You can make this in a slowcooker,i omit the wine and use all chicken broth.Your kitchen might seem like it will take forever(seemed like it for me when we did ours),but the end result is worth the wait.
Feb. 9, 2013 2:44 pm
we lived for 6 months with turkey roaster on top of dryer. set it at 350 and baked meatloaf, baked potatoes, homemade pizza, cakes....I just set a 9x13 pan down on rack and didnt even need to adjust baking times. Also - if using crock pot - invest in the disposable liners and then no washing (or not so much)
Feb. 11, 2013 9:58 am
Found some liners in my cabinets - will look into buying more per the suggestions - ingenious!!
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