slow cooker success!!!
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slow cooker success!!!
|Mon, 07-30-2007 - 11:16am|
So Saturday evening I made spegetti in the slow cooker. Basically an assebly job (meatballs from sam's), our favorite sauce with a few extra spices, mushrooms, dried onions. Anwya, no big prep and only three hours cooking and we had supper stress free that everyone actually loved. The kids all had seconds, even dh complimented - rare, and Ben had four rounds. He is such a haus. I was so proud to finally have a success meal that could become one of our standards with the slow cooker. I can start it before the afternoon chaos and have a good supper with a free afternoon. So, then yesterday I made Chicken&dumplings. Never made it before at all. Several steps so that was a bit more time consuming. Got it on around 1. All natural ingredients, no added oil or butter, only thing not ultra healthy was the flour of course for the dumplings. So in the slow cooker it was actually done around 4pm but we didn't have supper til 6pm. This cooker goes into warm after the cooking time so it sat there staying done but not over done, safe but not over cooking for two more hours until we ate. It is so nice to have a stress free afternoon and know dinner is going to come together real home cooked and hot. Anwya, it had chicken, veggies, and dumplings so we just had the one dish. I think we will have to have it a couple of times to get the kids into it. their schedules were off so not everyone was 'hungry' at the same time but Ab and J ate well and I think the other two just weren't super hungry. Here is the real success story. DH had seconds and said the dumplings were really good and better than the way his gram made it. Shocker! Usually it is the opposite, comparing stuff that is 'not the way gram made' and mine usually comes up sub-par. I even tasted it and it was good - just needed more salt and pepper. Anyway, I am just so excited to be making progress with the old slow cooking approach and looking forward to the advantages in the fall/school time. Heck, it sure makes the summer afternoon/evenings nice. We were playing outside in the puddles and I didn't have to push the kids out of their fun because I new it would sit okay on warm and we came in as they got hungry and were ready. Very cool alternative to being a slave in the kitchen. Now I just have to build our own family favorites recipe book and streamline the process to make it even easier and routine (and add to it). woohoo
Sher - mom to the fantastic four....
Abigail (9), Noah (6), Jonah (4), Ben (1)