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Crockpot Cooking - Advantages and Disadvantages
In my 'un-biased' opinion, the crockpot / slow cookeris one of the most convenient and easy to use appliancesin my kitchen. The time savings features of theslow cooker and the delicious dinners that haveresulted more than offset any minor drawbacks.
Before I list my top reasons why the crockpot is themost useful appliance in any kitchen, I will list a few of the areas where it does not perform as well.
- Large cuts of meat such as boneless prime rib orleg of lamb are still best when oven roasted.
- Except for stews and chowders, the slow cookerdoes not cook fish very well.
- The slow cooker collects a lot of the juicessince the steam does not escape during cooking and thesejuices can become diluted and watery, which can affectthe flavoring of the food.
- If not careful, a slow cooker can overcook food -especiallysome of the more tender meats and poultry.
These drawbacks are relatively minor compared to thepositives which I will list now.
- The slow cooker needs virtually no tending whileit cooks, freeing you up to do other chores or recipes.
- The slow cooker will tenderize less expensive, toughcuts of meat and make great stews out of them.
- The slow cooker allows you to be out of the kitchenfor extended periods of time -sometimes even all day.
- Burning your food is rarely a problem. The slow cookerwill make many dishes for you better than any otherappliance -especially those that tend to stick tothe bottom of a pan.
In my opinion the slow cooker is one of the mostunder-utilized and yet superior of kitchen appliances.When used for what it does best, you will find that youare able to prepare great dishes in less time than youthough possible!
Tony has been working diligently to providefree cooking related resources for the 'chef'in all of us. His website http://www.my-crockpot-recipes.comis a 'labor of love' which provides delicious and easyto make crockpot recipes and related tips and advice.
Rowan Jelly (Mountain Ash - Pyrus aucuparia)
Sharp and sour but sweet and succulent all at the same time, this traditional accompanyment to cold meat is bursting with flavour, and folklore !
Nutritious Chocolate Recipes
Are you eating enough fruit lately? How about chocolate? Well, here are three cool ways to make sure you're getting enough of both of these important foodstuffs this summer and both are very quick and easy.
Finding Delicious Cookie Recipes
Many of us have an inner baker inside us that loves to find new cookie recipes to try. But, where do you find new, tried and true, cookie recipes that your family will love? People are always looking for the newest versions of their favorite recipes to broaden their dinner choices. New crockpot recipes, new chicken recipes, even new fondue recipes are all searched for by those needing something a little different. Let's face it, we all want something different from time to time, right? There are many places to find free recipes for any of your needs. Going to the local library and obtaining a membership (most of the time this is free as well) is one way to do some research.
These recipes are wonderful and they are old family recpies. Armenian Baked Fish
No Bake Cookies Are Easy to Make and Fun to Eat
Got an urge for a homemade cookie snack but don't feel like mixing up a bunch of ingredients and baking? No problem. Whip up a batch of no bake cookies to satisfy your hunger craving.
Fire Cracker Italian Sausage Pasta
You will find that this recipe is very easy to make. And you can prep all of your ingredients in advance. Perfect for the busy mom on the go. Once you have all your troops ready for dinner, you can toss it all together in a matter of minutes.
African Bean Soup
Yoruba ethnic group from the Southwestern part of Nigeria call this traditional soup 'Gbegiri'
How to Easily Make Sourdough French Toast Like Cracker Barrel
I got an idea one day when I was in a Cracker Barrel restaurant eating breakfast. They had sourdough French toast and it was the best French toast I'd had, so I wanted to re-create the recipe at home.
Toasted Spiced Walnuts
You can trust me that I make sure to take care to have as EnergyRich? a vacation as possible (why come back from vacation feeling bloated, a few pounds heavier, experiencing heartburn etc, right?) and wanted to share one of my favorite recipes to help make that happen!
Low Fat, Low Carb Baked Tortilla Chip with a Mango Salsa Dressing
Many low fat low cholesterol recipes are usually bland and un-flavorful but you can find some unique and tasty treats on our website that are full of flavor.
Chili Recipe - A Red Chili Nightmare!
This chili recipe is, indeed, a really nightmare! Taste it only when curiosity becomes unbearable and courage is strong! :o)
Kid Party Food - Without the Stress!
Kid party food doesn't have to take hours to prepare or completely blow your budget. When it comes to kids and party food, variety and presentation are the answer.
This particular recipe is Phillipian. Here are the ingredients you need to make a meal for 2:
Chicken Mushroom Marsala ? Easy and Elegant for the Amateur Gourmet
If you are having company and want to make something easy but really flavorful, try this chicken Marsala recipe. This is my favorite way to eat chicken for a few different reasons. First, I love how tender it comes out. If you really pound your chicken breasts nice and thin, it will result in unbelievable tenderness. Second, the flavors of this recipe are perfection. The sauce made with wine, butter, and chicken broth cannot be beat. Third, I love how quick and easy it is to prepare! If you are having it with rice and vegetables, be sure to start them first, because once you start cooking, this chicken will be done in about 15 minutes.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
Homemade cookies from scratch in 20 minutes!!
Low Fat French Toast
French toast was one of my favorite breakfast foods when I was little. Dieting can be hard, especially when you can not enjoy many of the foods that you love. Here is a twist on the traditional french toast recipe, that once used to be high in fat. With just a few modifications you can turn french toast into a healthy food. I make this for my husband and he can not even tell that this is a low fat version. It's also been tested on Marines in my house and they loved it. So share it with your family and turn breakfast into a healthy meal.
Grandmas Peach Canning Recipe
Grandma loved to bake peach pies or top pancakes with peaches instead of syrup. During the summer months, she would buy baskets of seconds and freeze them. Freezing peaches was much easier and faster than canning them, so she rarely bothered with canned fruit. Since she didn't have a vacuum sealer, she used containers to hold her peaches. However, Nan, my mother, and I all use a vacuum sealer to prevent freezer burn. I really recommend this recipe over the more traditional peach canning recipe, because it is so simple to do and is not as dangerous as using a pressure canner. (Those things make me nervous.)
Straight Talk from a Comfort Foodie - Fast Food
My parents lived for convenience when it came to feeding their children. I was a Beech-Nut kid, and breast-feeding wasn't my mother's idea of liberation. I was weaned on A&W root beer served by a car-hop at a local joint called "Suds n' Dogs." Dad was a cosmetic salesman, and, though he was raised in an orthodox Jewish household by a mother that adhered to the kosher principles, he lived on a steady diet of quick stop specialties regardless of their orientation.
Easy No-Roll Pie Crust
EASY No-Roll Pie Crust
Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Soup
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are five elements that contribute to all activities: TREE / WOOD, FIRE, SOIL / EARTH, METAL and WATER.
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