Cook Low, Sweet crock pot

After the holidays I decided to gift myself a slow cooker. I’ve toyed with getting one for a couple of years now, and finally just clicked the “buy” button and made the jump. I’m not sure what I was waiting for, but this extreme cold weather and my need to eat healthfully and smartly pre-wedding made this a very valuable and timely purchase. This device, although large and in charge now taking up most of my free counter space {recall I live in a small NYC apartment with a galley kitchen}, is a miracle worker of sorts. Here she is, the number one best seller slow cooker on Amazon. It’s a tad overwhelming sorting through the different varieties of these puppies, so I took the general masses word for it and picked this one.33967-inset1Tomorrow morning I’m going to attempt to put together a variation of this scrumptious BBQ favorite: http://www.thekitchn.com/ultimate-cheater-pulled-pork-f-108886. While I may wake up and head to the gym, I’ll also be stopping by the kitchen to prep a giant beast of pork shoulder. Sorry vegetarians, this is NOT how you’d dream of starting your Monday. I’m pretty excited, however, to come home to a {hopefully} delicious smelling apartment with dinner ready to serve.

I have made two different soups to try some slow simmering in the slow cooker. I made them up, which usually works in my favor. This time, unfortunately, the soups didn’t satisfy the way I wanted. I won’t call them fails, but I don’t think I’ll make them again. I first tried a vegetable pureed soup of roasted cauliflower, vegetable broth, red and yellow peppers, some onions, garlic, odds and ends of spices, and some parmesan cheese. Eh. It was not a pretty looking meal, I’ll tell you that much. It was spicy with a swirl of Sriacha, and hearty enough for a weekday lunch. But the texture was off and overall I think the cauliflower was too bland. Oh well! The slow cooker did make it super easy to blend up, so yay for that.

The second soup I was super excited about – chicken tortilla soup. But my tweaks may have ruined it! Oops. First off, I didn’t actually put any chicken in it and opted for a veggie-laden variety. Fine, but missing that classic protein. Then I made it overwhelmingly spicy which made it quite hard to eat without tearing up and taking many breaks. I think the soup made Joe choke at least 3 different times. Again, oops. And lastly, I didn’t throw in any tortilla strips {insert healthy attempt here} soooo the entire dish was clearly missing an integral ingredient.

I am ready to tackle some stews and slow roasted meats. I’m still a novice and will welcome any of your go-to slow cooker recipes to try. Happy cooking and happy cozy nights in eating something satisfying, warm, and totally prepared for you by the time you walk in the door.

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  1. Beef stew My way……stew beef, take a few minutes to brown in olive oil before putting in slow cooker, carrots, onions, potatoes ,mushrooms, celery, (basic root veggies)garlic, salt and pepper. Cover with beef broth (and a little red wine if opened!) Cook low and slow all day. When you get home make a slurry of flour and water, put in and put on high. By the time you have changed and gotten ready to eat it should be thickened and yummy.

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