Tag Archives: slow cooker

Butternut Coconut Pork Curry

Recipes posted a year ago:

Another Sunday just passed – this one happened to be my only day off for the week, and was accompanied by decent weather (as in not raining all day).  Since it was my only opportunity in the past six days (and likely the next six days as well) to get anything done outside, I knew that I needed to take advantage of every minute I could.  At the same time, we had Karen’s parents coming over for dinner – so I needed to put something together that I could get started in the morning and forget about until right before it was time to eat.  In other words, it was a perfect day for the slow cooker!

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Moroccan Chicken

Recipes posted a year ago:

The best part about having a slow cooker is that you can toss a bunch of ingredients into it in the morning, and when you get home you’ve got a tasty one-pot meal ready to eat.  This was exactly what I did this past Sunday, when I knew I’d be out running errands most of the day.

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Spiced Pork Roast

Recipes posted a year ago:

Here is a quick recipe for a roast that only requires four ingredients including the roast!  It gives a great fall flavor and prep time is 5 minutes.

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Pot Roast with Sweet Potatoes

We were blessed with a rare (at least so far this year) sunny day this past Saturday, giving us a chance to get some outside chores done finally.  On days like that, when you’re out raking and picking up fallen branches and cleaning up the tangles of brush that have cluttered the yard throughout the soggy (and snowy) winter, you never know how long you’ll be outside before you decide to quit.  Time just seems to fly by, until suddenly you realize it’s evening and you’ve not eaten since breakfast.  Then, all of a sudden, you’re not just hungry but famished, and you don’t want to have to wait another 30 to 90 minutes to prepare something to eat.

It’s just those sort of days where slow-cooker meals are perfect.  You don’t really have to spend much time preparing anything, and when that time in the evening comes when you decide you need to eat now, you’ve got hot food ready and waiting.  Perhaps the only drawback (if you must look for one) is that you need to get started early.  Of course, most days that we’ve got a lot planned start early anyway, so it’s not much more effort to toss some goodies into the crock pot and set them on low before heading out the door.

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Hungarian Goulash

A little while back, Karen mentioned tackling her Grandpa Don’s Hungarian Goulash recipe.  The other night, she dug up a scanned copy of a letter written to Karen’s family about 35 years ago while they were living in Alaska.  In it, Don describes how he had stayed home to cook dinner for “Mother and I – Hungarian Goulash, cold slaw, and champagne.”  He then provides the recipe for the goulash, and the following insight into the rest of the meal:

“The cold slaw takes cabbage and tang.  The champagne takes lots of grapes, or you can get them both at the store.  Just pop the cork.”

Needless to say, it’s obvious he had a sense of humor to go with his many other talents.  So while he may have won Grandma’s attention with a kiss like this…

How you kiss the girl you love!

…there is no doubt his devotion, sense of humor, and cooking had a lot to do with convincing her to stay!

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Teriyaki Meatballs

This one is great to throw together on a weekend around lunch time and leave cooking all afternoon for dinner.  It is also a popular potluck dish, and makes plenty of servings for just such an occasion…or make it for yourself and have lots of extra for lunches.  Best of all, you can adjust the both the meatballs and the sauce with other “Asian” ingredients to increase the variety of this meal just about any way you want.

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Slow-Cooked Beef Short Ribs

This is a recipe I saw in a Costco magazine a while back that I modified. It is a good one to concoct, especially if you are short on time for preparation.  Make it up in the morning, throw into the crockpot, and let it slow cook to perfection until dinnertime.  Feel free to add any veggies you would like.

As an aside, I think it is interesting that these are called short ribs, yet the long ribs are called spare ribs? Ah, the English language never fails to amaze me.  Okay, so while you are pondering that, gather up:

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