October 16, 2010

Reader Mail

 In a comment on my post "The Nights Are Getting Cooler" a reader requested some crockpot recipes.


You have come to the right place! We never had crock pot meals growing up. And when I was in my teen years and had crock pot dishes at other people homes I said to myself, “I know why my mom didn’t use a crock pot!” Everything seemed like a mush of overcooked sludge!

However, there was a time when I couldn’t pay my gas bill and the gas company came and drained the tank… leaving my gas stove worthless for six months. I learned a lot about how to cook in a crock pot and with the microwave.

It didn't take me long to discover the great thing about the crock pot is if you have to be out for a day, you have a hot meal waiting when you get home.  After we became Baptists and I attended a few fellowship meals, I learned there is a whole world of crock pot cooks out there that I never knew existed.  As a matter of fact, Allen and I believe that your ability to cook a meal in a crock pot is in fact a secret requirement of membership in a Baptist church.

Just out of curiosity, I typed crock pot into Google to see what's new in the world of slow cookers.  Wow!  There are some neat things going on there.  You can check it out at the official Crock Pot site.  I think I will be saving up to update mine to one of the great programmable ones.  For those who might be wondering, there is a beautiful red model available, too. 

Most of the books available on crock pot cooking are all the same kind of old fashioned mush.  I learned to adapt many of my favorite recipes to the crock pot… especially soup recipes. The books that I do like are the “Fix-it-and-forget-books.” Allen got me the diabetic one a number of years ago and also the “fix-it-and-forget-it-lightly” book.  You can find them on this page at Amazon.  And for much less by clicking this link to eBay.

For Emma’s birthday, I got her the new kid’s version because she is enjoying cooking so much. Actually, she made oatmeal in the crock pot overnight that we had for breakfast this morning. It was DELICIOUS!!!  The new fangled crock pots have timers you can set.  Mine is the old fashioned kind.  We just used a standard timer, like the sort you use for Christmas tree lights or when you go on vacation, to turn the crock pot on at 4 am so it would be finished cooking when we were ready for breakfast at 7.  It worked like a charm.

Blog posts will follow with some good crock pot recipes. To get you started now you might check out my Chicken and Noodles recipe from last fall. I know you would LOVE it.

Also, we love to get a pot of hot mulled cider going in the crock pot on a cold fall morning and sip at it throughout the day.  My recipe can be found in this post

An English roast or chuck roast in the crock pot with a side of green beans or peas and boiled or roasted potatoes topped with butter and sour cream is a real treat at the end of a long day of work.

All you need to do is drop a roast in your pot.  Pour about 2 cups of stock or broth over top.  I usually have stock in my freezer but the canned kind will work just fine or two bouillon cubes with water.   Put the lid on and cook 4 hours on high or 8 hour on low.  No need to worry about cooking too long.  It's hard to do.  Thirty minutes before we want to eat I pop some mini potatoes in the oven set at 450 degrees.  Some of our home canned green beans in a two quart casserole dish goes into the microwave while we set the table.  To serve, I place the meat on the platter and tear it apart with two forks.  It should rather fall apart.  Green beans get drained and topped with butter, salt and pepper.  Potatoes get passed with butter, sour cream and chives from the garden.

You can't go wrong with that.  The family will be raving for days and asking you to make it again next week.  We have this meal almost once a week in the cold months.

If you all have a favorite crock pot recipe send it to me using my email on the side bar.  I will include it here in future posts.  If you have a recipe that you would like to try to convert to crock pot cooking send it along and I will see what we can come up with.  In the meantime, dig that pot out, dust it off and get something yummy going for dinner.

Happy Eating,

Kat

4 comments :

  1. oh, I'd be lost without my crock pot. I have a batch of BBQ pork 'cooking' as we speak.
    I just realized, I use my crock pot WAY more in the fall/winter months than the summer, when the kitchen gets hot. how goofy is that!! ;)

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  2. Hope:

    Awhile back I started a blog with some friends for meal ideas. There's quite a few crockpot/slow cooker meals. Try this link! Good luck and happy eating! :)

    http://whatsforsuppermom.blogspot.com/search/label/Crockpot

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  3. Kat,

    All these recipes sound so amazing and now that fall is here and hopefully colder weather is coming it will be so delightful to start this in the morning and by dinner time it's finished.

    Thanks for sharing all of these.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  4. I love cookin with my crock pot! I use it all the time...

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