Crockpot Chili Bean Soup

Spend ten minutes prepping tonight’s dinner. This crockpot chili bean soup is a crowd-pleaser. Things are starting to heat up now that April is well under way. I got a bit of a sunburn at Legoland earlier this week. Summer approaches! Warm weather aside, I still have been firing up the crockpot, particularly for those […]

Healthier “Refried” Beans

Cook up a pot of healthier “refried” beans to serve as a side dish, to fill burritos, or to top nachos. Traditional refried beans are cooked pinto beans that are mashed and fried in oil, often times lard. They are uber-tasty when made homemade; mediocre when they come in a can. But, beans in any […]

Guinness Beef Stew

Guinness Beef Stew - Homemade beef stew is homey and comforting. It's also so easy to make, you'll wonder why anyone would think to ruin it in a can.

Homemade beef stew is homey and comforting. It’s also so easy to make, you’ll wonder why anyone would think to ruin it in a can. Beef stew is one of my comfort foods. Prepped in the morning to simmer all day in the slow cooker, it’s a luscious melange of beef, vegetables, herbs, and broth. […]

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Mushrooms and Peppers

Wow your dinner guests with this simple yet filling ragu. It’s quick and easy which allows you to pull out the stops for presentation and side dishes. I’m sometimes so amazingly stunned by the beauty of the slow cooker. It seems illogical that you can dump a bunch of things in a pot and come […]

Sweet and Sour Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Sweet and Sour Pulled Chicken - Let your slow cooker do the work this weekend with an easy sweet and sour chicken filling for sandwiches and wraps.

Let your slow cooker do the work this weekend with an easy sweet and sour chicken filling for sandwiches and wraps. I’ve found that having a plan, and even better, a make-ahead meal, makes for a really relaxed atmosphere in our house. If I know in advance what I’ll be serving and can communicate that […]

Easy Slow Cooker Chili

This Easy Slow Cooker Chili really is easy. Cook up meat and onions, open some cans, dump some spices, and walk away. I’ve been leaning on my slowcooker a lot lately, particularly for soups and chilis. These are recipes that lend themselves well to slow cooking and allow me to do other things while they […]

Give a Slow Cooker and Cookbooks for a Gift

I’m a huge fan of the slow cooker. Whether it’s to cook my meat, make me broth, or simmer applesauce, I love it that I can toss things into a pot, turn it on, and walk away. Just walk away. Amen and amen. Give the gift of slow cooking. A slow cooker also makes a […]

5 Favorite Slow Cooker Meals for Fall

Disclosure: This post does include Amazon affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Chihuahua Chili As I type, my slow cooker, the one that I bought in 1995 (or was it 1998?) is simmering away at a Black Bean & Vegetable […]