Your slow cooker, that is. Or crock pot, it’s all the same. This tremendous invention is a working gal’s best friend. It cooks stuff… while you’re out!
Most people use it for chili, beef stew & the like, but there are lots of slow cookin’ recipes that get overlooked. Here are some cool ones that you should try this fall. Or just read them and think mmm those sound good and then forget they exist.
Great for a holiday gathering… pumpkin carving party, perhaps?
Fill up the slow cooker with apple cider. Toss in a few cinnamon sticks, a pinch of whole cloves, a couple pieces of orange peel and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (optional). Set slow cooker to warm if you’re not in a rush (or if you’re going out for a few hours). If you want to speed things up, set it to low or even high, but be prepared to turn it down if it starts bubbling.
Pumpkin Pie Pudding
In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients. Transfer to your slow cooker coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Top with whipped cream… and chocolate sprinkles if you’re feeling snazzy.
Slow Cooker Lentil & Ham Soup
In a 3.5 quart or larger slow cooker, combine lentils, celery, carrots, onion, garlic and ham. Season with basil, thyme, oregano, the bay leaf and pepper. Stir in the chicken broth, water and tomato sauce. Cover and cook on low for 11 hours. Remove the bay leaf before serving (not tasty).