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Slow Cooker Sundays 
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:24 pm 
Updated: Jun. 9, 2011 9:47 am


Last fall my wonderful Mother-in-law

bought me my very first slow cooker.  No

one in my family used one when I was

growing up and I'd never really been

exposed to them in the kitchen.  I was a little

intimidated by it but within a month or so

of getting it I decided to give it a whirl.  Of

course I turned to allrecipes for my initial

recipe search and started filling a new

folder in my recipe box with slow cooker

recipes.  I made All Day Apple Butter

several times with the giant bucket of apples

my mother gave me and tried out

Mushroom Lentil Barley Stew (one of my

all time favorite recipes from here).  I was

really intermittent in my use of it and it

eventually started to collect dust.  This

might have been the end of my slow cooking

but I'm the very definition of a stubborn

red head. 





When Christmas was over with I decied I

needed to start using it more. So began the

tradition of slow cooker sundays.  Nearly

every sunday morning I fill my slow cooker

with a delicious meal and turn it on to cook

all day.  The occasional sundays that I don't

do a meal in the slow cooker I pull

something out of the freezer instead.  This

frees up the entire day for me to putter in

the yard, play with the kids, do crafts or

just snooze.  My sweet husband keeps track

of the children if I want me time on

my Sundays and I have a day all to myself

that doesn't end with me having ot eat my

husband's cooking. (Just teasing, it's not

really that bad, I'm just a control freak like

that.) 


I've discovered a few great recipes for the

slow cooker and recentley have started

experimenting with my own creations in it. 

I often soak red beans overnight on

saturday and throw them into the slow

cooker with (or without!) a ham bone,

garlic, onions, green peppers, celery,

carrots, oregano, liquid smoke, thyme, chili

powder, paprika, chipotle powder,

cayenne and either chicken stock or water to

cover.  I let this cook slowly all day long and

about a half an hour before we eat I open it

up and smoosh some of the beans against

the side of the slow cooker to give it

a creamier texture.  We eat it over rice with

a sprinkling of Louisiana style hot sauce.  I

usually make big batches of this because the

leftovers freeze beautifully.   I came up with

this recipe for Balsamic Pear Chicken and

Asparagus and was pleasantly suprised

when it was quickly published.  I also love

Slow Cooker Latin Chicken,

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs (I use venison

in these), Slow Cooker Chicken Mole (used

as a base recipe but altered to taste, I add

peanut butter, extra cocoa, spices, etc.  It's

never the same twice but it's always

delicious), Fruited Chicken (With extra

Apricots added in) ,  Slow Cooker BBQ

Chicken (for sandwiches),  and 

Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Soup.  There

are many more that I haven't gotten around

to yet and some that were not so great.  But

all in all I love my slow cooker, almost as

much as I love my sundays.  



slow cooker chicken tagine
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Comments
Jun. 1, 2011 7:25 pm
I am glad you posted about this- I am refusing to go near my oven as much as I can as long as it's hot out- and slow cooking is one way! I like your red beans idea, I have 2 bags of dried beans that I have no clue what to do with, and your idea with the bag of long-grain brown rice I also randomly have will taste awesome- my rice cooker can have a new lease with that part.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 7:28 pm
I gave mine away because I thought everything came out tasting the same. That was before AR, of course, where I ave seen so many things cooked in the slow cooker That I never would have thought of doing. I will have to watch the garage sales and see if I can find one.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 7:32 pm
I use my slow cooker twice a week and love it. Thanks for all the recipes! Have made some of them too actually! Just to let you know your links are off. At least on my end they are...
 
Jun. 2, 2011 5:39 am
when I had a house full of kids each on a different sports team, the crock pot was the only was to get a decent meal on the table. Now, I am working for the first time in twenty years and am using it at least once a week. great blog!
 
Jun. 2, 2011 8:37 am
way to go MIL, I love my slow cooker. I use it regularily for several months then it takes a break for weeks. My old faithful one was a true friend on busy days. The pot cracked and I had to buy a new one. The temp is difficult to adjust but it still pulls together a great meal. I have been cooking chicken carcasses on a regular basis to make chicken stock to keep in the freezer. Got the tip from someone on AR. I would be lost without the crock on some days:)
 
Jun. 2, 2011 8:47 am
Thanks Crunchy! I'm glad I could give you a couple of ideas. I like to use mine on hot days too, out on the deck to keep the heat out there :).
 
Jun. 2, 2011 8:48 am
I hate it when I do stuff like that BigShot'sMom, I gave away an icecream maker because it didn't have the instructions with it and I didn't know I could find out about it on the buzz. Live and learn :).
 
Jun. 2, 2011 8:50 am
Hi mommyluvs2cook, sorry about the links. I fixed them and they all should be working properly now. Thanks for the heads-up :).
 
Jun. 2, 2011 8:51 am
Thanks GAHSMOMX3, it really is a useful tool isn't it? If I go back to work anytime soon it will be a life saver for sure.
 
Jun. 2, 2011 8:53 am
Thanks for dropping in RnG. The newer ones are hotter, or so I hear. I know mine cooks pretty high even on low but it works just fine. I haven't burnt anything in it yet and I have a history of leaving things to cook for too long in it :P.
 
Mangel 
Jun. 2, 2011 9:04 am
Thanks for reminding me that I have a crockpot in my cupboard:0) Actually, two of different sizes, and with the temp and humidity going up, up, up, here, it's time to resurrect them (my broiler needs a break anyway:)
 
Jun. 2, 2011 9:54 am
Love your blog about slow cooking. My youngest daughter is really the one who got me to use my slow cooker alot more. She is a Pastor's Wife and their busiest "work day" is Sundays. They have a big family plus they usually have people over for dinner every Sunday. She has a "slow cooker" method that never changes. Sunday mornings she throws her meal in the cooker, they leave for church, and when they come home around 1pm, dinner's ready. I've gotten alot of great recipes from her over the years. I've also sent her the ones you listed above as well as saved to my RB. Thanks Sarah-May!
 
Jun. 2, 2011 12:52 pm
Excellent, and just in time for the hot weather. I, too, have, in years past, designated certain cooking styles for certain days. Wednesday was always our soup night. So, I appreciate the Slow Cooker Sunday approach. I will save this blog as a webpage in my recipe box, and hope to explore some of your finds in the months ahead.
 
Jun. 3, 2011 3:01 am
What a great blog! I have only owned my slow cooker for about 1 year, but what a god sent, with working and having dinner on the table for the family at certain times its just brilliant! Can't imagine how I did it before SC
 
Jun. 3, 2011 6:13 am
Thanks Candice! I can't imagine Sunday as as a busy day. That's so totally outside of my experience. Your daughter is a smart woman for using her slow cooker to make it a little easier.
 
Jun. 3, 2011 6:25 am
Thanks Hezzy, I plan to use it to beat the heat this summer too, on the handful of really hot days we get up here.
 
Jun. 3, 2011 6:27 am
You're welcome Mangel. I'm bad for leaving things in the cupboard and not using them for long periods of time too. I'm so glad that I got back into slow cooking though.
 
Jun. 3, 2011 6:28 am
Thanks love to cook! It's easy to get attatched to a really useful kitchen tool :).
 
Kim 
Jun. 5, 2011 2:49 am
I loved your blog & I love your idea for Slow-cooker Sundays! Thanks for sharing! (:
 
Jun. 5, 2011 12:04 pm
Thanks Kim :D. I've got Greek Chicken and potatoes cooking away in my slow cooker as I type. Happy sunday!
 
Wendie 
Jun. 6, 2011 9:34 pm
Thank you for the reminder Sarah-May; I've been on disability with a broken leg since December. Without a work chaos-driven schedule, the slow cooker has been collecting dust. It's be nice to let it do some work this summer while I shuffle out to the garden, then back to work soon! :-)
 
Jun. 7, 2011 6:18 am
I have three crockpots, and I use them all! LOL I absolutely LOVE the idea of throwing a bunch of stuff in before I head out the door for work, and coming home to a ready made meal! I wish I had put something in mine this morning, but was short on time, so tomorrow!!! Great blog!
 
redly 
Jun. 7, 2011 11:29 am
What?1?? Stubborn redheads? We don't exist. My oldest son's best friend (since 3rd grade or so) is a redhead. He told me once that between the two of us, Mom and friend, that was all he could do in life w/ redheads. And then? His daughter is red. There is a cosmic joke somewhere in there. Anyway... Slowcooker Sunday is a perfect idea! Will be happening slow soon. Hezzy was right & she brought back old memories. A friend & I used to do Mexican Mondays we had so much fun looking for the recipes and feeding our famiies. I do remember Scrounge Night when my boys were little. Every Thursday night was night off for Mom. Friday was payday and Thursday was-been cooking all week hit that frig and scrounge. Still, slow cooker Sunday sounds like a perfect new tradition! Thanks for the inspiration. On how to goof off all day...:)
 
Jun. 8, 2011 7:19 am
You're welcome Wendie!
 
Jun. 8, 2011 7:20 am
Thanks Brooke! I'm not quite to that level yet but I can see having several of them being useful, for holidays and family gatherings especially!
 
Jun. 8, 2011 7:22 am
lol Redly. I'm the only redhead in my house now but my little brother (only by about 16 months) is a redhead and growing up we nearly killed eachother. Have fun goofing for a off for a day, I know I do ;).
 
Jun. 8, 2011 5:56 pm
My husband and I love our slow cooker, it has come in handy during the week when we know we will be working late. Left overs though are the best. happy cooking!!!
 
Jun. 8, 2011 7:57 pm
Thanks TravelCook :).
 
angie 
Jun. 8, 2011 9:57 pm
there are 2 to die for slow cooker recipes on this site that i encourage everyone to try.the first is slow cooker pepper steak.i triple the sauce but leave the amount of meat,green pepper and stewed tomatoes the same and add 1-2 tsp of srarichi sauce.my family and i could eat this every day. the 2nd is best beef dips ever.i will never eat a french dip any other way now.so,so easy and the aujus is out of this world and if you have any leftover you can freeze and use in a soup.i personally do not like the taste of rosemary so i leave that out and only use 2 bayleaves.i would use my slow cooker everyday if i could find more recipes that appealed to me
 
Jun. 9, 2011 9:47 am
Thanks Angie, I'm for sure going to try the beef dip recipe, I love beef aujus!
 
 
 
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