Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli


This soup is more stew like than soup. Part of my family are not fans of soups for dinner. It is a texture issue. They want to chew their meal. So, this is a bit of a compromise. This hearty “soup” is a cousin to minestrone. Thicker than minestrone and with lots of beans and…

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Tips


One of my favorite food combinations is beef, barbecue sauce, mashed potatoes and sharp cheddar cheese. To me this is like comfort food on steroids. Slowly we are coming up for air but it has been a bumpy time the last few weeks. Verdict: This is one of our favorite dishes for cold busy nights….

Butternut Squash Chili


I, like many other Americans, needed to take the day off yesterday. I was tired physically and emotionally. So, it was a day of minimal news and internet. We shopped, we ate, and we rested. We are refreshed. This chili is perfect for these days. You can make it in a slow cooker or on…

Top 5 Recipes for October 2020


Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Apples (click for link to recipe) It definitely is time for fall recipes. This dish has been at, or near, the top of my most searched and read recipes since October 2019. It is a super simple dish that you can add just a little bit of salt…

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Loin


I usually leave writing this introduction to the recipe until the very end just before I am ready to publish the recipe. I am never quite sure what I am going to write about until I start writing. My kids, the weather, life, or whatever happens to be on the news may make it into…

Chicken Noodle Casserole: Comfort Food


It has been fairly cold and dreary here the last few days. The kids were remarking how there hasn’t been any snow yet though, which is good. I expect that by Halloween we will have our first snow. It is generally around that time. I am craving comfort foods. Plus, I am thinking ahead to…

Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Apples: Revisited


This dish has been at the top of my most popular recipes for over a year now. I recently remade the recipe. I love going back and revisiting dishes from the past. My family likes the sauerkraut and apple mixture the sweet/tart tang. You can even add a splash of apple cider vinegar to the…

1970s Slow Cooker Chicken and Biscuits


This took me back to being a kid in the 70s. I could almost picture my purple bike with pink sparkle handle bar streamers and a white glitter banana seat parked outside our house. Add a vest, turtleneck, and jeans and I was 6 years old again. I used canned soup for this recipe as…

Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese


I am in a strange place lately. I feel like I can’t keep up with everything and yet it is less than half of what I used to do. I think the pressure of the state of the United States (actual or just perceived from social media), a new schedule for schooling, the idea of…

5 Soups and Sandwiches for Delicious Dinners


Slow Cooker Hot Italian Sandwich (click for link to recipe) Cook a sandwich in a slow cooker? Yes, you can! This is not a meal you can leave all day but want to have a warm lunch or dinner and need it in a few hours? Wrap you sandwich and put it in the slow…

5 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Days


Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup (click for link to recipe) I love soup for dinner. A warm loaf of crusty bread for dipping and a side salad can make a delicious simple meal. The flavors of this soup are amazing! The warm soup and bread are perfect on a fall night! Slow Cooker Bolognese (click…