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Slow Cooker, Slow Cooker how much I want to love ye... 
Sep. 2, 2013 12:52 pm 
Updated: Sep. 8, 2013 1:19 am
It is officially back to school time and like many mom's (and dads!), I am working full time. By the time I get home, it is closer to dinner then not and my kiddos are starving. They can start many meals on their own but if the truth be known... they kinda like having mom cook as it seems to be comforting to them.

For me, it is hard to know they come home to an empty house and then to expect them to make their own dinner. I'm not quite ready to hand over the reigns of being needed yet!!

So, I stare at my slow cooker and think "Hey you. We need to work together so I'm not serving dinner every night at 9 p.m.".  It hasn't answered me back yet so I turn to my fellow foodies. There are so many recipes on this site it makes your head want to swim..

What are some links of your favorites? My family is an Italian food fan, not a fan of fish and no organ meat, thank you very much.  Outside of those parameters, I'm game! I think many others would love to hear of some delicious Crock Pot winners..

And who knows... my love affair with my slow cooker may be the thing epic romantic movies are made of...
Sep. 2, 2013 3:31 pm
Hi, we are crickpot fans as well and liked thr swiss chicken casserole II. Just read the first review which gives recommendations for cooking it in the crockpot. I have made it several times and it's great.
Sep. 2, 2013 3:32 pm
Sorry, I meant crockpot!
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Sep. 3, 2013 5:04 am
This is really good and only as spicy as the sauce you pick to use!
Sep. 3, 2013 5:05 am
One more - how about a baked potato bar? LOVE this method of cooking them!
Sep. 3, 2013 7:01 am
I've always loved using the slow cooker over the years. It's so nice to have dinner done when you walk in the door. A word of caution. If you have a newer model, they cook at a higher temperature even on a low setting. So if you're at work all day, be sure to use only cuts like a large roast with cut up veggies in large chunks. Otherwise your food will be overcooked. At least this has been my experience.
Sep. 4, 2013 6:37 am
It's good to get recommendations when you can, but I think sometimes you just need to pick a recipe and try it. I just did that with and it turned out great! I didn't have a few of the key ingredients, but with a few substitutions and additions it turned out to be one of the best meals we've had in a while. I'm just starting out using my slow cooker more because of insane school and work schedules. If I can have supper on the table by 6 we all have at least 20 minutes to eat. Tonight I may try this: IF my wife picks up my daughter after swim practice, I should be able to make stuffing and have a good vegetable on the tale as well. Good luck with your quest!
Sep. 5, 2013 4:25 am
Hi MrsWolfe. I am not a big fan of much of the food that is made in crockpots. I think many times it seems to just be overcooked. There are some good recipes though and I understand that the convenience can outweigh the results sometimes. It is awfully nice to come home and smell dinner cooking! Another idea: you might consider using a pressure cooker some nights. You can have the ingredients prepared and in the fridge ready to go and cook a meal pretty quickly. Just as an alternative sometimes. Good for you for wanting to make a dinner after working all day. It IS important to your kids and comforting to have mom in the kitchen.
Sep. 6, 2013 1:48 pm
This is good. I just skipped the flour part of the recipe and mixed the dry mixes with 1/2 cup of water and poured over the roast. Cooked it for about 7 hours and it was quite tasty. Thicken the liquid to make a gravy.
Sep. 7, 2013 10:39 am
Eggplant Casserole: Shred large eggplant, onion, and box of mushrooms using processor. Marinate with about 1/2 c. balsamic vinegar about 1/2 hour. Pulse a head of kale or a box of spinach to very small size. Process to juice, 3 cans no salt added diced tomatoes with 6 garlic cloves (roasted or fresh), basil, oregano, pepper, and salt if desired. Add 1 small can tomato paste. 1 ounce smoked sundried tomato pieces Combine all in slow cooker on low for 8+ hours. You can add a can of chick peas or chicken from a grocery roasted chicken if you like near dinner time. I usually use this as a sauce to pour over pasta, chicken, for pizza or italian sandwiches. It is very delicious. It also can be cooked as a casserole in the oven for 1 hour at 350. Then it can be refrigerated and used another day as a sauce as you please.
Sep. 7, 2013 12:04 pm
My ex-boyfriend made Brisket in his slow cooker. He didn't use a recipe. I think he used beef stock, red wine and lots of fresh herbs. He'd cook at night and I'd wake up to the smell of a really good home-cooked meal. I'm sure you'll find a good recipe on Good luck!
Sep. 7, 2013 12:07 pm
Mrs. Wolfie: I sort of have a love-hate relationship with my Slow Cooker. But I've been very successful with this recipe using chuck roast. Love the way it shreds!
Sep. 7, 2013 10:19 pm
Hmmm...How did you do with the mind-reading test?
Sep. 8, 2013 1:19 am
If your children will eat barbeque, this recipe is simple and make your kitchen smell heavenly.
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Running at top speed mama to two, I love to write and cook. My blog focuses on cooking stories tied into life with my wild ones. I'm passionate about my wonderful children, husband, Siamese cat and coming soon puppy. I'm also an avid deleter of spam so enjoy!!
My favorite things to cook
PIZZA! Macaroni and Cheese, pesto carbonara, homemade wontons, egg rolls, spaghetti, tuna croquettes and PIZZA!.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year when we decorate our Christmas tree, I serve fried rice balls with marinara sauce. Over the last couple of years, I've developed a tradition of serving a taco bar on New Years eve night.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made bulgogi marinade for my husband. He'd not had it before and raved about the meat after he grilled it.
My cooking tragedies
The night I was making homemade wontons and due to humidity, they all decided to stick to each other. Wonton balls, anyone?
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