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Spicy Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

No Comments | Written on October 18, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

This hearty meal is perfect for cool autumn weather.  I like to serve this Spicy Slow Cooker Italian Chicken with hot cooked pasta (such as orzo) or over warm and creamy polenta.

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Slow Cooker Gumbo

2 Comments | Written on October 17, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Enjoy a taste of the south, with the ease and convenience of a slow cooker!

I love to make this Slow Cooker Gumbo with spicy andouille sausage.   It feels like a trip to New Orleans without leaving home!

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Crock Pot Chicken Chili

No Comments | Written on October 14, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Yesterday, I told you about a great time-saving technique when it comes to making meals in the crock-pot.  Today I have a recipe that works perfectly with this prep, label and freeze strategy.

You will love how easy it is to simply thaw and cook this “Three Bean White Chicken Chili!”

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Coconut Chicken Curry Stew

No Comments | Written on March 5, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

This easy Crockpot chicken dish is a a hearty stew that is sure to warm you from the inside out!

Every bowl is overflowing the flavors of ginger, curry and coconut milk.  Just before serving, the stew is finished off with a dash of fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.  I like to serve this meal with warm pieces of naan or pita bread.

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CrockPot Tamale Pie

5 Comments | Written on November 7, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Some call it a Crock-Pot, others refer to it as a Slow Cooker, I call it the easiest way to make dinner!  With little effort you can prepare a warm and comforting meal in this genius countertop appliance.

Last week we held the “Best Slow Cooker Recipe Ever” contest and I am proud to announce our winner, “dnoecker2002!”

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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef

4 Comments | Written on August 27, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

As you plan meals for the week, I think this one needs to go to the top of the list!  It is an easy slow cooker recipe that the whole family will love.  Plus it reheats well, so you can always pack leftovers for lunch the next day.  Let me show you how easy it is to make this Slow Cooker Shredded Beef!

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Take 5 – Crock Pot Pulled Pork

4 Comments | Written on September 15, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

How may of you consider yourself a “rock star” in the kitchen?

Now, it’s time to become a “Crock Star!”

In the latest installment of our video series “Take 5” I will show you how to make a super simple recipe for pulled pork.  Roll it!


Crock Pot Pulled Pork (click here to view and print recipe)

1 pork tenderloin (1 1/2 lbs), cut into 1 inch slices

1 cup barbecue sauce

1 chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot.  Set crock pot to high for 3-4 hours.  When pork is done, shred the pork using two forks.  Return to crock pot and combine.  Serve on a bun as a sandwich, if desired.

Jalapeno-Apricot Pork Loin

2 Comments | Written on February 17, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

I am always on the lookout for a new crock-pot recipe.  That’s why I was excited to try this sweet and spicy pork tenderloin – one of the runner-up winners in our 2010 annual contest.  Congrats to Dale Greenland on his winning dish!



  • one 2-pound pork loin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup canned apricot halves in their syrup
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, diced
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg


In skillet sear pork loin on all sides in oil, browning the fat side till it has a light brown crust. Place loin in a slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper. Add remaining ingredients plus 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook for several hours or until done. Slice and serve with apricots spooned on top.

Number of Servings: 6

Tell us about yourself Dale!

“I am 53 years old, and it seems the only male, who had a winning recipe.  I am flattered to say the least!  I have been cooking since I was very young. I remember standing by the coal stove my grandmother would make the greatest food on.  I was allowed to help and I cherish those memories.  I cooked many a meal while living at home with parents and siblings. Chili was my love.  My mother required that when I made Chili I had to make 2 batches.  One for me and dad and one for the rest of the family.  They couldn’t take the heat!

How did you come up with your recipe?

“I had a pork loin that I needed to cook and my 34 year old oven took a dive. So I had to come up with something other than roasting.  I decided to use the slow cooker and see how it would be for a substitute method of cooking.  After deciding to use the slow cookery method I had to come up with some flavors. I looked around and saw some apricots which I don’t care for as stand alone fruit. This would make it sweet but I like some zip and so came the jalapenos and spices.”

Any plans for the prize money?

“Try to get my oven repaired and use some to spoil my Grandchildren!”

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

1 Comment | Written on January 20, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

You can’t have a week of “Easy Winter Meals” without a great crock pot recipe!  Slow cookers are the definition of easy, and great for preparing those warm and welcoming dishes we love to enjoy during these cold months.

One of my favorite winter comfort foods is the Italian classic, Chicken Cacciatore.  Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian and is usually prepared with chicken or rabbit along with tomatoes, onions, peppers and mushrooms.  The dish can vary from region to region in Italy.  In the south it is often prepared with red wine, while northern Italian chefs tend to use white wine.

This dish lends itself well to the slow cooker and the result is simply scrumptious!  Serve it over your favorite pasta, with some warm crusty bread and a glass of wine.  Mama mia!  Now, that’s a meal!

Don’t forget to enter YOUR best “Easy Winter Meal” before Saturday night for our recipe contest this week.  It would be worth $5000!


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
14-1/2 ounce can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped onion
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into strips
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup dry red wine or chicken broth
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
3/4 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place all ingredients in a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker; stir well.  Cover and cook for 4-5 hours on high, or 6-7 hours on low.  Serve over hot, cooked pasta, like penne.  Serves 4.

Crock Pot Jambalaya

6 Comments | Written on October 29, 2010 at 5:00 am , by

All week long we have been featuring fantastic slow cooker recipes!   Let’s review…

Monday:  Crock-Pot Breakfast Casserole

Tuesday:  Slow Cooked Cranberry Bread Pudding

Wednesday:  Tasty Turkey Thai

Thursday:  Slow Cooker Fruited Irish Oatmeal

Today we are going to finish up the week with something spicy!  This is an easy and convenient version of a jambalaya.  Y’all come eat!

Easy Jambalya


1/2 pound uncooked pork tenderloin, cubed
1/2 pound fully cooked spicy pork sausage links (andouille), sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 package (2.29 ounces) pre-cooked bacon slices, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
Three cans (10 ounces each) diced tomatoes and green chilies (original or hot, depending on preferred heat level)
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) less-sodium chicken broth
1 cup frozen Gumbo-Style vegetables, unthawed
1 package (8 ounces) Creole or Jambalaya-Style rice mix
1/3 cup water
1/2  teaspoon Cajun seasoning

1.  Place all ingredients in a 6-quart crockpot.  Stir well to combine ingredients.
2.  Cover and turn heat to high. Cook for 3 to 3-1/2 hours, or until rice is cooked and absorbed.
3.  Stir and serve.  Serves 6-8.