• Easy homemade slow cooker applesauce — tastes amazing, and makes your house smell delightful!

    Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

    Homemade applesauce in the slow cooker is a simple way to make beautiful, rich, delicious applesauce that not only tastes great, but also makes your house smell delightful! The other day my parents shared a bunch of “seconds” with us from a trip to a local apple orchard. If you’re wondering what “seconds” are, they’re the fruits and veggies that are too bruised, oddly shaped, or bug-holed to be sold in the “regular” market. They’re the ugly fruits. Personally, I love these imperfect fruits because it’s clear to me that pesticides and other unhealthy additives weren’t used. Yay! And, produce doesn’t have to look perfect to taste perfect. True story.…

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    Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker

    I have to admit, while I love my slow cooker, I’ve been apprehensive about cooking a whole chicken in it. I really adore roast chicken, especially when the skin gets nice and crispy. “Slow cooker” to me doesn’t scream beautiful, crispy skin. Rather, I picture rubbery, inedible skin. I mean really, is there anything more unappetizing than rubbery chicken skin? Blech. So, with hesitation, I decided to give the 100 Days of Real Food recipe for Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot a whirl. I adjusted the seasonings slightly based on what I already had in my pantry: dried parsley, garlic salt, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. And I…

  • Slow cooker beef and potatoes ... is there anything better when the weather start to get cool? This is SUCH a comfort food, and soooo easy to make!

    Slow Cooker Beef and Potatoes

    Is there anything better than slow cooker beef and potatoes on a chilly fall or winter evening? Fall is here, which means my slow cooker will be used a lot, especially for things like stock, tomato sauce, and other kitchen and cooking hacks. I’ll never buy chicken stock again — especially when I have a recipe that calls for cooking it overnight. You can hardly get any easier than that. The overnight slow cooker chicken stock recipe ends up yielding twelve cups of stock, so I typically keep two cups for the fridge and freeze the other ten cups. (Yes, TEN cups.) And it tastes wonderful! Have an Instant Pot? Try…

  • Learn how to make classic beef stew! It's the perfect hearty meal to feed a crowd on a blustery day.

    Classic Beef Stew

    This classic beef stew simmers slowly, resulting in mouthwatering bowlfuls of savory deliciousness. Mmm… For days where football is on in the basement man-cave all evening, everyone’s activities are pulling them in different directions, we’re hosting a large family gathering, or we’ve decided that it’s time for a Harry Potter movie marathon, we don’t even attempt a family meal at the table. Instead, I like to make easy-to-eat one pot meals that can be served up at each family member’s discretion, or buffet-style in the kitchen. Classic beef stew is a great option for a days like these because the longer it simmers, the better it gets. When it’s time to…

  • No Bean Pork Chili

    No Bean Pork Chili Recipe

    This no bean pork chili recipe is easy a versatile, easy-to-make comfort food! I’ve made chili dozens of ways, dozens. Ground beef, beef cubes, lots of veggies, hardly any veggies, thinner, thicker, but never any beans. Except once, right after I met my husband. It’s when I found out he doesn’t like beans. ANY beans. Well, except maybe jelly beans. Ha-ha. So my chili remains bean-less, which is a shame because I love beans! Oh well.  No Bean Pork Chili Recipe This no bean pork chili recipe is super versatile, and feeds an army if you double (or triple!!) the recipe. I’ve used a mixture of pork and beef instead of…

  • Mediterranean Inspired Shrimp & Sausage Slow Cooker Jambalaya

    I live a stone’s throw away from two of the biggest cities on the east coast, and it took me three stores, several tweets, and two weeks to find Lindsay Olives to use in this post, which will hopefully earn me a sponsorship to Eat, Write, Retreat. And then, I realized after my recipe AND photos had been finished, I’d made the completely wrong thing. Really? Let me back up a bit; here’s the scoop: I’ve been wanting to attend Eat, Write, Retreat, for two years now. But I can’t – it’s too expensive for our budget, even living in the Washington DC suburbs and being only an hour’s drive away…

  • Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

    It’s Super Bowl Sunday and good, organized home chefs across the country have been preparing their “Big Game” meal all week, carefully planning out the menu and making sure to include some sort of football theme. (Snicker.) But then there are others, like me, who have done nothing. No planning. No predetermined thoughts for dinner, and oh-by-the-way, no time to run to the grocery store. That’s okay though, because it’s times like these where my slow cooker, some onions and potatoes, along with a frozen beef roast, make an impromptu dinner agenda work. Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast [Print this recipe]Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 8 hours; Serves: 4 to 6…

  • Black Bean Chicken Chili

    Slow Cooker Black Bean Chicken Chili

    Black bean chicken chili is a great alternative to the traditional beef recipe! Crisp mornings, busy afternoons and chilly evenings — perfect for the slow cooker. We’re big fans of chili in this house, but sometimes it’s nice to very from traditional ground beef chili. One of my favorite recipes uses chicken and black beans (although pinto or white beans would work great too).   In this recipe, I love how you can take two chicken breasts and stretch them to feed four to six people, and the flavors that soak into the meat are so rich and satisfying from slowly simmering all day while you’re at work. Your tummy…