Category: Slow cooker

Black Bean Soup with Fresh Corn and Bacon Salsa

Black Bean Soup with Fresh Corn and Bacon Salsa

When the corn is way higher than “knee-high at the Fourth of July,”and is, in fact, “as high as an elephant’s eye” (that would be right now), it’s time to use every little bit of it without delay. The very best corn is cooked within a few hours of being picked or even sooner if you’re lucky enough to own a corn field, but if there’s an ear or two in the fridge cooked yesterday or even fresh corn that’s been refrigerated for longer than it should be (tsk, tsk), skip the corn-on-the cob side and and make my Fresh Corn and Bacon Salsa. (Of course really fresh corn is also totally acceptable!) Perfect with salty, crispy-crunchy tortilla chips, it’s even better as a black bean soup topping–or how about on chili?

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25+ Scrumptious Dishes to Jump Start Your Healthy January

25+ Scrumptious Dishes to Jump Start Your Healthy January

Basil Sole on Greens with Parmesan-Tomato Salad                        {print recipe}

Every year on January 2, many people around the world wake up knowing they’re just one cookie away from a bigger pants size.  Gyms memberships rise, WW (Weight Watchers) Workshop chairs fill up, and dog walkers double their pet’s exercise along with their own. I began WW for the 4th (5th?) time just before the start of December, so while I didn’t wait until after the Christmas fudge tin was empty, I did move into this arena right upon finishing the last piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

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Slow Cooker Smoked Turkey and Bean Soup for New Year’s Day

Slow Cooker Smoked Turkey and Bean Soup for New Year’s Day

Sometimes holidays are not what you planned. Often they take on a life of their own. Perhaps that’s what Christmas is all about. Welcoming or being open to something new, something loving, maybe even moving on from what you thought you had to have.

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Summer Slow Cooker Shop, Chop, and Drop Soup: Ham + Lentil with Parmigiano-Reggiano

Summer Slow Cooker Shop, Chop, and Drop Soup: Ham + Lentil with Parmigiano-Reggiano

So many slow cooker recipes indicate a “dump and cook” method, but then taste like that’s exactly what you did. (I’m not eating any food from a recipe that includes the word “dump”!)  We all wish this simple cooking method worked in just such a way–especially during the hot summer months. In truth, many meals need a bit of pre-sautéing or browning before that long simmer or they are, to my palate, steamed to death and all the same color–the very reason some good cooks tell me they tried a slow cooker once and gave it away soon thereafter.

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Slow Cooker Turkey and Green Chile Soup with Barley

Slow Cooker Turkey and Green Chile Soup with Barley

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If you spent too much time watching the Alabama-Georgia game last night, and neglected to take anything out of the freezer, you, like me, might be wondering what’s for supper Tuesday night.  Slow cooker to the rescue and read on…

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More Time, French Style:  Slow Cooker French Pork Stew with White Beans

More Time, French Style: Slow Cooker French Pork Stew with White Beans

 

Looking for Thanksgiving posts on More Time?  Basics/Organization.   Starters, Soups, Sides.  Gluten Free+Vegan Thanksgiving  (Baking post in process–coming up soon.)

If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know I have a stack of much-loved French cookbooks that are surely the stuff of which dreams are made…well, at least my dreams.  I’m not as much of an armchair cookbook reader as some, though there is always a stack next to my reading chair–even at Christmas. Maybe especially at Christmas. (List of said books upcoming on a blog page. I promise.)

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Slow Cooker Horseradish Beef and Peppers with Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Horseradish Beef and Peppers with Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes

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Despite devoting the lion’s share of my time to cooking, even I sometimes just have to throw something in the slow cooker, pray for success, and run. A couple of fairly recent keepers in that category are:

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Slow Cooker 5-Ingredient Pork Green Chile  (Bowls or Tacos)

Slow Cooker 5-Ingredient Pork Green Chile (Bowls or Tacos)

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In the Southwest, we have more recipes than we need for toothsome green chileall of them purporting to be the very best.  And they are. Each and every one. I promise. Continue reading “Slow Cooker 5-Ingredient Pork Green Chile (Bowls or Tacos)”

Slow Cooker Pumpkin-Black Bean Chili with Alyce’s Green Onion Cornbread

Slow Cooker Pumpkin-Black Bean Chili with Alyce’s Green Onion Cornbread

img_3024The blog, along with Dave,”the babies,” and I, will be on vacation until late in October. Until then, make my easy Slow Cooker Pumpkin-Black Bean Chili. Happy Fall!

I’ve been making pumpkin chili off and on for years now…  It seems to be my fall go-to for chili because ,#1 I’m not happy unless there’s chili in the freezer and, #2 making different kinds of chili changes up the menu and wakens the palate. Today’s version creates a pretty smooth, but not-too-spicy chili that doesn’t taste pumpkiny, but still has all the potassium, fiber, nutrients, and overall  health goodness pumpkin offers. Pumpkin is also low in calories: go, pumpkin!  If you are partial to chunky Pumpkin-Chicken Chili, try my stovetop version made with boneless chicken thighs and lots of vegetables like zucchini, along with both pureed and chunks of pumpkin.  Continue reading “Slow Cooker Pumpkin-Black Bean Chili with Alyce’s Green Onion Cornbread”

Frozen Meatball Slow Cooker Stew for Jamie Oswalt Ferdon

Frozen Meatball Slow Cooker Stew for Jamie Oswalt Ferdon

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My niece Jamie is a married mom of three with a demanding full-time job as an accountant for a big company.  With no time to cook, she just laughs and says, “I don’t even know how to feed my family!” Husband Jerry is not an admitted cook, either.  And that’s the way it is for lots of young moms and dads. Continue reading “Frozen Meatball Slow Cooker Stew for Jamie Oswalt Ferdon”