Meat and Bean Chili
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Meat and Bean Chili

I think I’m enjoying the winter CSA I joined even more than I enjoyed the summer/fall CSA. Both are great, but the winter version includes such items as locally raised meats, cheeses, milk, and even root beer in addition to the late harvest/cold storage fruits and veggies. Our most recent share included a pound of ground goat meat. If you’ve never had goat, it’s similar to but gamier than lamb. It can replace beef in just about any dish, and it stands up particularly well in spicier recipes. … Continue Reading →

Easy Apple Butter from Your Slow Cooker
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Apple Butter

Just about any apple you can eat will work with this recipe. I had a bunch of random varieties (Honey Crisp, Macoun, Cortland, etc.) that I got from our local CSA, so I used a mixture. The plethora of apples I received this year was actually the main reason I decided to make this recipe. I just didn’t have room to store them all. Luckily, apple butter is delicious, easy to make, and uses LOTS of apples. It also makes your house smell amazing! So be cautious if you decide to let it cook overnight. You might wake up with … Continue Reading →

Crock Pot Split Pea Soup
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splitpeafeature

I lost a dear friend this past weekend. After many good years together, my electric range went on to that big kitchen in the sky. My mourning period quickly ended when I realized I now had excuse to buy the gas range I’d been wanting. Yay! Of course I’m still without a stove until the replacement arrives and gets installed. Between the grill, the crock pot, the rice cooker and the electric wok, I think I’ll pull through.  I decided I’d finally use that hambone that’s been taking up space in my freezer since Easter. This recipe is based on … Continue Reading →

Chicken and Carrots with Wine Sauce
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Chicken and Carrots with Wine Sauce

I love using my crock pot. After working all day an spending an hour in traffic coming home, I don’t always feel like cooking. This recipe, adapted from the September 1999 issue of Cooking Light, can be thrown together in a few minutes before heading out the door in the morning. Set the timer so it finishes about the time you expect to be home, and come home to a fabulous, healthy, home-cooked meal! Serve with bread or rice and you’re good to go. The chicken falls off the bone when it’s done, and the garlic becomes soft and mellow. … Continue Reading →

Crockpot Beef Stew
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Crockpot Beef Stew

There’s nothing like coming home from a long day at work to find dinner already made. It’s especially nice, on a frosty winter’s day, if that dinner is a deliciously hot stew. These are the reasons I love my crockpot. Get everything ready in the morning before leaving for work, set the crockpot, and come home to mouthwatering aromas! You can also get everything ready the night before, just store it in the refrigerator till morning. Print Crockpot Beef Stew Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 10 hours, 20 minutes Yield: 8 servings Ingredients2 pounds beef stew meat … Continue Reading →