Slow Cooker Classic Marinara Sauce

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

It all comes down to this – the final Slow Cooker Monday. Spring is here and, even though I use my slow cooker all year round, it will be time for a new ‘theme’ for Monday posts here in the PtS kitchen. Sadly, I have no idea what that theme is yet. It will be a shocker to us both In the mean time we should recap the slow cooker recipes of the last 13 weeks. If I could find a way to make this into a cheesy sitcom montage I would. Just play some corny music in your head […]

Slow Cooker Loaded Hash Browns

Some people just can’t hold their liqueur. It’s a skill I think everyone should find some time to develop. See, being able to sip a drink and hold a conversation is a wonderful thing that often leads to evenings of laughter and entertainment. However, some people just drink to get drunk and end up spending most of the night in the bathroom. This happened the other night as we were dining with strangers and enjoying bourbon samples at the Mid-Atlantic Food and Wine Festival. The Bacon and Bourbon dinner was held at the beautiful Columbus Inn in Wilmington DE with […]

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Burritos

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Burritos

Can you believe there are only a few weeks of winter left? And that means only a few more weeks of low and slow Mondays. I may cry. My slow cooker and I have had some major bonding moments and I am scrambling to narrow down the dozens of recipes I still want to test out to only 4 more. That or I may just continue slow cooker Monday’s through the spring. One recipe I knew I had to make was this beef filling. First, Mexican food is one of my go-to’s. Second… no really, I just live Mexican. Handsome […]

Slow Cooker Loaded Bratwurst Stew

Slow Cooker Bratwurst Stew

My comic shop is located in a college town. It makes for a diverse customer base from our long term locals to the passing through collector. But for the past few weeks we have had an onslaught of atypical purchases – a wide variety of students – because they have an assignment in which they have to read a comic and assess if the rating on the cover is appropriate for the content within the pages. I really wish I could read a few of these papers when all this is said and done. Seeing as we have had an influx of […]

Salmon Cakes with Slow Cooker Parmesan Risotto

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Bet you’re thinking, “She’s a food blogger, course she’s planning some stellar sort of knock your socks off and right into bed Valentine’s Day meal.” Well… Let me disappoint you. I’ve got nothing. No fancy chocolaty molten dessert, no candlelit dinner, no Etta James to set the mood. I don’t even know what I’m making yet and there is nothing thawing in my freezer. To be perfectly honest, I’m thinking of a great little pizza place that may just fit the bill. Beer, pizza, and later that night some Archer to really set the mood. Hopefully, you are all far more prepared then myself and have […]

Slow Cooker Triple Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake & Crock-Pot Giveaway!

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Want a classy at home date night for your loved one so you don’t have to deal with the stress of going out and forgetting reservations on Valentine’s day? Want an even easier dessert that you can whip up when you get home from work that will be ready in time to send the night off with some whipped cream on top? (He’ll never know you didn’t spend all day baking). Want a chance to win a cherry red Crock-Pot? Yeah, I thought so. For my regulars, you know by now how much I love my slow cooker. I am […]

Slow Cooker Asian Sliders with Slaw

Slow Cooker Asian Sliders

Every now and again it’s good to humble yourself by totally making an ass of yourself live over the internet to be forever broadcast over Youtube. Only every now and then. Which is exactly what I did last week as part of the G+ Food Bloggers Community #superbowlplus Week of Champions. First, the Google communities are great and are growing rapidly. As all things with Google, there isn’t much you can’t find on there being discussed and chronicled. But if you should want to host a Hangout you should totally be more prepared then I was or at least bother watching this […]

Slow Cooker Barbecue Nachos

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Around this time of year, every year, I get sucked into the grand finale of football season: the Super Bowl. I’m one of those fans who ticks everyone off, paying no attention all year long, only to watch the last four games of the season and base my critical decision of who to root for on colors or mascots. But I have to admit, even I got caught up in the excitement of the game since Ray Lewis played his last home game, and the Baltimore Ravens have earned themselves a spot in the Super Bowl. (None of this would […]

Slow Cooker Garlic Braised Brisket

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  Maybe it’s because it’s January, maybe it’s just something in the air but I am living that ‘power of doing’ slogan you hear all over the Home Depot commercials. From wanting a large chunk of back fence to trap the neighbors rotating crew of dogs from entering my yard and to help separate me from the entire eye rolling ghetto fabulous conversations that take place in the yard to our left when the weather gets a little warmer, to rearranging the living room, and hanging one of those curved shower curtains. I’m digging all that’s getting done recently in the house. Now, can […]

Game Day Noshing: Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Dip

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A year ago 2.5 miles was the hardest thing in the world. Pedaling up the hills and over the terrain would leave me heaving for air and disgusting with sweat. It was gross and I hated it. Finding the motivation to pick up the bike and ride was tough, but I was far too stubborn to be left behind while Handsome was out having such a good time. I will never forget one of our first rides. Every time I climbed one hill, I would look up and see rolling fields with only steeper hills in front of me. My […]

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

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2012 is over. No going back now. It’s time to get your game face on and tackle the upcoming year with me. I mean seriously, I’m talking war paint up your mug like you are Mel Gibson getting ready to storm the battlefields of Stirling. For 2013 – let’s just make a checklist. For the home: New carpet, new sofa, new chairs for the kitchen, big shiny new back door. Yeah, that last one needs to happen. Our house is slowly developing a look but we need to have a little heart to heart. I mean seriously, our house is missing… […]

Christmas Brunch: Slow Cooker Eggnog French Toast Monkey Bread

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This Monday is supposed to kick off a new series on PtS since the soup kitchen has closed. But since it’s Christmas Eve and all I want to do is run around cleaning and stressing over Christmas dinner humming holiday music and baking cookies I’m simply going to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas and wonderful holidays! Here is a painless Christmas brunch idea that can be tossed in the crock pot early while the unwrapping madness occurs and is ready in time for when everyone remembers they are hungry. Here’s a little sneak peek at things to come in the following Mondays. […]

Super Simple Slow Cooker Taco Soup

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Have you ever just wanted gooey-cheesy-clog-your-arteries kind of food? Of course you have. Why else would you be here? That’s what I wanted when I walked into the kitchen to make this weeks Soup Kitchen Monday creation. Problem was, between recent travel, and the holiday season, I really should have just been eating celery. When I think of taco soup, I think of a hearty packed chili like soup slathered in cheese and swirled with sour cream and ever though I had seen some recipes for just that, I knew I had to cut it back just a bit. Don’t worry, there’s […]

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodle Soup with Artichoke Cheesy Bread

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As I type this the hype of Sandy has almost peeked in my area and people are tucking themselves in to their homes to see what this beast has in store for us. At this point I have been warned about high winds, possible snow, and severe power outages. I hope you are reading this in a warm cozy house with power and that Sandy has left you unharmed. Our strategy included digging out the Pop-Tarts from last years hurricane Irene and pulling the umbrella and chairs off of the porch. I probably should have stocked up on toilet paper and ice […]

Slow Cooker Shredded Pork Tacos

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You know those friends who call and you know it’s going to be a few minutes but it’s totally worth it? Yeah, we all have one – or a few… The other day a friend of mine calls me. He has discovered a slug in his living room. One lone slug… And he is freaking out. To be fair, this friend does not like bugs or insects of any sort. Today, that includes mollusks. My friend was worried he should call an exterminator, “but what if there’s a hole in the wall?” To which I replied, “Exterminators don’t fix holes in […]

Loaded Potato Soup and Bacon Scones

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It’s Monday and you know what that means – Soup’s on! It’s easy to forget in the warmer months how much I love soup, but these past few weeks and rekindled a love affair too deep for a few warm days to make is disappear. It was a beautiful 70something degrees today but tomorrow calls for rain and I’m betting a bowl of this soup is really going to hit the spot. Now, as far as soups go, potato soup didn’t jump out at me as one I had to make, but it was one my boyfriend swore he loved. and you all […]

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans

Baked beans are one of those things that seem pretty darned perfect right from the can with that long honored secret recipe locked away from us forever. So, when I set out to make my own batch of baked beans, Handsome asked why bother? One, I wanted too, two I wanted to see if a few hours of slow cooking and the geniuses over at Cook’s Illustrated could convince me that going back to a can was never going to happen again. It didn’t. But that’s not to say these beans weren’t kicking, but when a good can of beans is at most […]

Slow Cooker Hoisen Pork Tacos with Broccoli Slaw

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For reasons unknown to me, I woke up and decided to cut the soda habit on Saturday morning. We can call this a quarter life crisis or something, but it’s time to make some changes. I allowed myself one Pepsi on Saturday while at work and haven’t had once since. I’m staying strong. Pray for me. Now, I don’t think drinking soda is an unhealthy habit, I think drinking lots of soda when I should be drinking water is a terrible habit. I’ve also quadrupled our vegetable intake just in four short days. Yep, guess it was time to make […]

Quick Dinner Fixins:Crispy Chipotle Chicken Wraps

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With all our out and abouting going on on the mountain bike trails I realized I needed a few new toys of my own to go around. First, I wanted an everyday lens to have out there. My 35mm was just not cutting it for quick action shots. And a bag to tote all of this around in. The lens was easy – I walked into my local camera store and told them what I needed. Boom. The bag, no so much. You would think shopping for a bag to carry your camera around in would be easy. It’s not. […]

Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sides

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There’s a few things in life I am grateful for since this is the week of Thanksgiving we should probably talk about them. I can think of three things in particular brought up the top of my head, my two small crock-pot and in my one large one. There’s not much you can’t take on in a kitchen with three crock-pots running on high. So, the other day when Pillsbury sent me an e-mail saying they could streamline some Thanksgiving recipes by making them in the crock-pot I rewrote this week’s menu of posts, and ran to the grocery store. […]

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

There are some meals that don’t exactly bring the man rushing in to the table with anticipation and a growling stomach. Dinners like meatloaf, meals where I sneak in a little horseradish, or Dijon, and anything with onions that he can see, yeah, those are met with sighs and rolling of the eyes. I would imagine this gets thrown in there with the rest. Split pea soup. It doesn’t exactly sound smexy, and it certainly doesn’t back up its unappetizing name with a smoking body. Nope, this one is all about personality. Or in the case of food, flavor. It’s […]

Damn, she makes a mean pulled pork.

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Dear Marble, I adore you. You are always smiling. Your tail is always wagging. I can’t help but pet you. Seriously though, I am shaving your ever-shedding self the first chance I get. The hairballs I sweep up on a daily basis are just crazy. xoxo Me     BBQ Pulled Pork 1 Onion 1 3lb pork loin (this could be done with pork shoulder or another cut, but I’m telling you, the loin is delicious) 1 teas cumin 1 teas steak seasoning (I use 20% less sodium Montreal Steak Seasoning) 1 teas salt 1 teas ground black pepper 1 […]