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Call for Recipes: Crock-Pot Favorites

Lately I’m feeling the need to use the crock-pot more than I used to. A little back story here. Remember how I told you all about how unhappy we were with Logan’s school? Well, about a month ago we got a call from one of the charter schools we had applied to. They had a few no-shows and did another lottery – guess what? Logan’s name was drawn. We were so excited! He is doing great there and we’re much happier with the school as a whole.

Making Beef Stew in Crock Pot

The only draw back is that I’m spending more time in the car driving to and from school. We used to be within walking distance and now it’s a 20 minute drive. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be and I actually don’t mind it in the morning because it makes us all get up and get moving on our day instead of putzing around. Eric picks up 2 days a week and I do the other 3. Those 3 days are the days that I find crock-pot meals to be a big help to me.

So….what’s your favorite crock-pot recipe? And while we’re at it, what kind of crock-pot do you have? My crock-pot is 8 years old and not so great to begin with, so I’m in the market for a new one. Do you have any suggestions?

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Christine

Friday 8th of July 2011

I make a pulled pork and beef bbq in my crockpot. I love it!! I don't have a site so heres the recipe. I always double or triple it. 1 1/2 pounds boneless chuck roast 1 1/2 boneless pork shoulder roast 1 onion 1 green pepper 1/2 c brown sugar 1/2 c cider vinegar chili powder 1 teaspoon ground mustard 1 tablespoon Wocestershier Sauce 1 8oz can of tomato paste

I add it all in the crock pot and put it on high for two hours then add 1 cup of water and then put it on low for about 6 hours. Take it out. Use two forks to seperate and enjoy

Diana

Friday 13th of May 2011

I've found that newer crockpots don't cook at quite the same temp as the old ones.. I think part of the reason is the lids are usualy plastic and not the old thick glass and as such don't weight too little to seal as well. I now put a small soup bowl upside down on the lid and it really helps... seems to almost pressure cook. shortens the cooking time and holds the moisture in better.

Emily @ LaForce Be With You

Wednesday 10th of November 2010

I love using my crock pot... mine is pretty old and was my grandmother's so I may be in the market for a new one soon too.

I like to make turkey chili and pot roast and a few other things. I just tried this recipe last week and we loved it: Peasant Stew http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000000451343

I couldn't find mexican stewed tomatoes so instead I used 2 cans of mild rotel and then I did not add the chiles. It was very tasty and pretty healthy too!

Erin O.

Tuesday 9th of November 2010

I'm picky about my crock-pot recipes...it still has to be real food in there! This is a great recipe: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/pulled-pork-tacos-00000000008021/index.html

I half the amount of cocoa powder though. Katie, I would LOVE it if you would post some of your favorite crock pot recipes after you've had a chance to test them out.

Katie

Tuesday 9th of November 2010

Thanks, Erin. That one looks great! And I feel the same as you with the picky-ness. I hadn't thought to check out Real Simple's website for crock pot recipes. I will definitely post some of the recipes I try!

Lee Hemming

Monday 8th of November 2010

Italian Beef Sandwiches - Put left over beef roast in the crockpot. Pour the juice of a jar of dill pickles over the meat. Sprinkle Italian seasoning over all.Add chopped green pepper to taste. Let it go on low all day. Shred the tender meat and serve on your favorite Italian style buns.