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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Original Slow Cooker ~ Crock Pot {giveaway}

Many people I know, love their crock pot, and profess their undying devotion.  But, how many actually take their crock pot with them when they leave home for a few days?

You guessed it...I am that person who takes her crock pot with her, when we go on the road.



Up until recently, I've been using a manual slow cooker, and I was perfectly happy with it.  Then, just before the holidays, I received the creme de la creme of slow cookers, a Programmable with countdown timer crock pot.  And, suddenly my poor manual slow cooker found itself being a cast-off.  Not to worry though, my old crock pot has found itself a good home to go to, where I am sure she will continue to be cherished.



The Designer Series Programmable Crock-Pot Slow Cooker


Oh, how I love thee, my new crock pot.  You make me happy.

Now, you may be scratching your head in wonderment, why is a grown woman gushing over a crock pot?

Let me share the aspects of this small appliance, which have knocked my socks off.

First impressions are huge, and it was love at first sight with this crock pot.  It is elegant and sleek and looks fabulous sitting on the counter.  

 (front view)


Then, we get into the meat and potatoes (so to speak)....

  • There are folding handles on the sides, making it so easy and convenient if the crock pot needs to be carried and transported
  •  The electrical cord retracts into the back of the crock pot
  • The lid suctions to the stoneware, making it very efficient at keeping the heat in
  •  The stoneware and lid are dishwasher safe
  •  Four pre-set time settings
  • The crock pot automatically switches to warming mode after your pre-set time is elapsed.


(rear view - note, the side handle and cord storage)


Yet, it is the convenience of using a crock pot, which inspires me to use mine on an average two or three times a week.  It is so easy to throw your ingredients together and simply set it and forget it.  Within no time your home is filled with the smells of home-made, nutritious meals without any fuss.  Crock potting has come a long way in recent years, I can now find a plethora of great recipe ideas.  And, don't think for a moment that using a crock pot is a winter-time activity, I use mine all year round.  (It is fantastic for the winter, though)

Check for a retailer near you, and start enjoying life with a crock pot.




    How about entering to win a new crock pot right here at Country Mouse, City Mouse?

    One lucky reader (Canada) will win the same crock pot as I reviewed!





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    Disclaimer:  I was sent a sample for my review.  Opinions expressed are mine, yours may differ.



    138 comments:

    Jessca Toothman said...

    I haven't cooked anything in a crockpot yet, but if I win the first thing I'll try is Chili!

    Jess Toothman
    Happysoul12 at att dot net

    Amy said...

    I forget where I got this one from but I emailed it to myself, I like it with tzatziki.



    4 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed and trimmed (or boneless, skinless chicken thighs)
    4 large red potatoes, cut into small wedges (about 8 per potato)
    1 large carrot, thinly sliced
    2 Tbsp olive oil
    2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
    1 Tbsp minced garlic
    2 tsp dried oregano
    Salt and pepper

    1. Place potatoes and carrots in bottom of slow cooker. Salt and pepper.
    2. Place chicken on top of potatoes. Salt and pepper.
    3. In a small bowl combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and oregano. Spoon over the top of the chicken.
    4. Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours, until potatoes are soft. (I cooked on LOW for 4 hours and then HIGH for the last hour to get the potatoes soft)
    5. Serve with extra lemon juice, if needed.

    thanks!
    amym_brown @ hotmail.com

    Tabitha said...

    pork chops and a bottle of bbq sauce and you have bbq for dinner
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

    Michelle B said...

    I like that you can buy a thermal insulated bag for the crock pot

    Valerie said...

    My favourite recipe for my crock pot: http://southernfood.about.com/od/crockpotsoup/r/bl16c8.htm

    Valerie said...

    I like the Virtual Cooking Timer for my iPhone.

    Michelle B said...

    Beef Stew
    1/4 cup flour
    salt and pepper
    2 lbs beef stew meat
    1 large onion sliced
    1 lb baby carrot
    1 stalk celery cut into 1-inch pieces
    1 1/2 lbs white potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks
    2 cups beef broth
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    2 tablespoons water
    fresh parsley optional for garnish
    Directions:

    Mix flour, salt and pepper in slow cooker. Add beef; stir to coat. Add onion, carrots, celery, potatoes, beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to blend.

    Cover; cook on low for 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 hours.

    Mix cornstarch with water and stir into stew. Cover; cook 30 minutes or until carrots are cooked and meat is tender.

    Top with optional chopped parsley.

    flowerchild said...

    My favorite recipe for the crock pot is
    back ribs
    Brown them in the oven then put them in the crock pot with dry garlic sauce
    thanks
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

    flowerchild said...

    I found their FAQ very interesting
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

    artsavesyou said...

    we cook Awesome Pot Roast! Just add a can of cream of mushroom to the pot roast and its perfect.
    mrsweslowski at yahoo dot com

    artsavesyou said...

    You can use it to serve hot beverages! Never even thought about that.

    mrsweslowski at yahoo dot com

    marlibu said...

    what you need
    1can (15 oz.) dark red kidney beans, rinsed
    1can (15 oz.) light red kidney beans, rinsed
    1-1/2cups TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Mild Salsa
    1can (16 oz.) no-salt-added tomato sauce
    2Tbsp. chili powder
    1-1/2lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
    1 onion, chopped
    1cup frozen corn
    1cup KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheesemake it

    COMBINE beans, salsa, tomato sauce and chili powder in slow cooker. Top with chicken, onions and corn. (Do not stir.) Cover with lid.

    COOK on LOW 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH 4 to 5 hours).

    STIR before serving. Ladle into bowls. top with cheese.

    marlibu said...

    Crockpot has a great website! Ive learnt theyve been around since 1971

    Glogirl said...

    I enjoy making a simple chicken roast in the crockpot. Cut up potatoes, carrots and onions to add to a small, whole chicken. Season as desired and then enjoy!

    CrystalGB said...

    Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken

    1 whole chicken
    Pam cooking spray
    Mrs Dash
    Chicken Seasoning

    Crumple up some balls of aluminum foil. Lay balls in crock pot.

    Spray chicken all over with cooking spray. Sprinkle Mrs. Dash and Chicken Seasoning all all over the chicken. Rest chicken on aluminum foil in crock pot. Cook on HIGH eight hours.

    Glogirl said...

    At the Crock-Pot website I learned that there is a Virtual Cooking Timer app. That's neat!

    Erika said...

    I put chicken breasts in the crock pot with a jar of southwest salsa, a can of black beans and a can of corn. You can sprinkle cheese on at the end too. thanks!

    Erika said...

    I love the virtual cooking timer!

    suburban prep said...

    I think that it is interesting that frozen foods Require a longer cook time in a slow cooker than the recipe indicates for stovetop or oven.

    suburban prep said...

    I do not have a slow cooker or have ever used one

    Josee said...

    Slow Cooker Stew 5.0 from 1 reviews Print
    Recipe type: Main Author: Tenille Lafontaine Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 8 hours Total time: 8 hours 15 mins Serves: 4 An easy slow cooker recipe that’s sweet, fragrant, and full of flavor!
    Ingredients
    ◦2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
    ◦1/3 cup flour
    ◦1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
    ◦1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    ◦2 tablespoons olive oil
    ◦2 cloves garlic, minced
    ◦1 teaspoon paprika
    ◦1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    ◦1 onion, chopped
    ◦1 container Campbell’s beef broth (900ml)
    ◦1/2 cup red wine
    ◦1 cup water
    ◦3 potatoes, diced
    ◦4 carrots, sliced
    ◦2 stalks celery, chopped
    Instructions
    1.Place flour, seasoning salt and pepper in a zip loc bag. Add meat and shake to coat.
    2.Heat oil in frying pan or dutch oven. Add meat and onions to brown
    3.Transfer meat to slow cooker.
    4.In a separate container, mix 1/2 cup red wine (I used merlot) with 1 container beef broth and add to still-hot pain to deglaze.
    5.Pour over meat in slow cooker.
    6.Add remaining ingredients. I typically add whatever veggies I have on hand which can sometimes includes corn, red peppers or broccoli.
    Notes
    Everyone has a different preference for stew consistency. I typically add flour or corn starch in the last 30 min of cooking to thicken the sauce.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    jokparent at hot mail dot com

    Josee said...

    I like that you can buy replacement parts.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    jokparent at hot mail dot com

    silverneon2000 said...

    Recipe we enjoy is Chili
    2lb ground beef
    1tsp oil
    2 cloves garlic minced
    1 medimum onion chopped
    1 green pepper chopped
    2tbsp chili powder
    1tbsp cumin
    1/2tsp each pepper, salt, cayenne pepper
    19oz black beans rised and drained
    28oz can tomatoes broken up
    5.5oz can tomato paste
    3/4cup beef broth

    In a large skillet cook beef over medium high until no longer pink. Drain off fat and transfer to slow cooker. In skillet heat oin on medium high and cook garlic, onion, green pepper, chili powder, cumin, pepper, salt and cayenne for 3 minutes.
    Transfer to slowcooker. Stir in beans, tomatoes, tomato paste and broth. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.



    Thanks

    silverneon2000 at yahoo dot com

    silverneon2000 said...

    What i found interesting is the folding handles on this model to be able to use when needed for serving.


    silverneon2000 at yahoo dot com

    Soozle said...

    I really like the Virtual Cooking Timer app you can download - very cool!
    network blogs name: Suzanne Kristy
    blog with button: www.sooozle.blogspot.com

    Lisa Smith said...

    Nothing beats pulled pork, even my boyfriend can make it!
    1 Lean pork tenderloin
    1 bottle of preferred BBQ sauce (I like bulls eye Guinness)
    1 sliced onion
    Cook on low for six hours
    pull apart with fork
    serve over buns

    Soozle said...

    One of my fav recipes:
    Vegetarian Cheese Tortellini

    9 oz bag cheese tortellini, frozen
    12 oz package meatless "groundbeef"
    1 cup chopped onion
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
    3 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese,
    1 28 jar Marinara sauce
    Spray crock with no stick spray. Place all ingredients except for 1/2 the cheese into the crock and stir to mix evenly. Top with remaining cheese. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 3 hours.

    AndiWrite said...

    Easy Crock Pot Roast Chicken

    6 stalks celery, cut in half if needed
    2 medium onions, quartered
    1 approx. 4-lb. whole chicken
    olive oil
    salt, pepper, and other seasoning if desired

    Remove gizzards and neck from chicken cavity. Rinse and dry chicken. Check all over for pin feathers.

    Place celery and onions over the bottom of the crock pot. Add more if needed to make a layer over the bottom. Rub a coating of olive oil over the whole chicken, salt and pepper and add other seasonings according to taste--herbs de provence are my favorite.

    Set crock pot to high for 4-4.5 hours, and enjoy a delicious roast chicken!

    spike said...

    In Donna Pye's cookbook, there is a fabulous beef stew recipe.

    spike said...

    Frozen meats:
    Can be cooked in a slow cooker, however, it is best to use the following guidelines: Add at least 1 cup of warm liquid to the stoneware before placing meat in the stoneware. Do not preheat the slow cooker. Cook recipes containing frozen meats for an additional 4 to 6 hours on Low, or an additional 2 hours on High.

    Belinda M said...

    slow cooker pulled pork is my favourite and so easy to make. 2 lbs of pork tenderloin and a can of rootbeer, put in slowcooker on low for 6 and ahalfhours. Then take out the pork and pull it apart til all stringy and discard the rootbeer from the cooker. Add the pork back to slow cooker and add a bottle of your favourite bbq sauce and cook for another half hour. Serve on buns


    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

    belinda mcnabb

    Belinda M said...

    I love the Virtual Cooking Timer


    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

    belinda mcnabb

    Cory said...

    mine is the grape jelly chilia sauce meat balls. so yum
    just meat balls, chiili sauce and grape jelly. that's it
    mychancetowin at gmail dot com

    loriag said...

    Slow Cooker Pineapple Teriyaki Pork Roast
    • 1 (3 pound) boneless pork roast
    • 1/22 teaspoons seasoned salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits, undrained
    • 1/2 cups chopped dried cranberries
    • 1 yellow pepper
    • Teriyaki sauce
    • 5 cloves minced garlic
    • 1 large onion
    • ¼ tsp thyme

    Teriyaki Ingredients
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon garlic pwd
    • ½ tsp ginger pwd


    Directions
    1. Rub the pork roast on all sides with salt, pepper, and garlic, place in a slow cooker. Pour in the pineapple chunks and juice, yellow pepper, onion, teriyaki sauce, and sprinkle in the cranberries.
    2. Cover, and cook 7 hours on Low.

    Served over rice.

    loriag said...

    I found their Indian Lamb Korma interesting!

    ksceviour said...

    Sadly,I have never owned a crockpot,so dont have a favorite recipe for it..:( but would love to own one! I would love to make stew or chili or pot roast in it,,and if I won,I would come back to this post and make some of thee delicious recipes people have posted! lol

    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

    ksceviour said...

    Something I found interesting is all the recipes on the site! Wow,I would want to try alot of these out if I won! The Beef Meatballs in Tomato and Mushroom Sauce sounds and looks yummy!

    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

    Annie1 said...

    This is the best Butter Chicken I've made yet...



    Ingredients
    1/2 cup cashews (125 mL)
    2 teaspoons garam masala (10 mL)
    2 teaspoons coriander (10 mL)
    1/2 teaspoon chili powder (2 mL)
    8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (or 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast)
    1 teaspoon sesame or peanut oil (5 mL)
    1/4 cup butter, melted (60 mL)
    Toasted cashew mixture
    2 teaspoons paprika (10 mL)
    2 teaspoons prepared garlic (10 mL)
    2 teaspoons prepared ginger (10 mL)
    Pinch of cinnamon and cardamom powder
    1 small onion
    3/4 cup chicken stock (175 mL)
    1/2 cup tomato paste (125 mL)
    1/2 cup yogurt (or sour cream) (125 mL)
    1 cup 1% milk (250 mL)
    1/4 cup Half and Half cream (10% milk fat) (60 mL)
    2 tablespoons vinegar (30 mL)
    1 tablespoon sweet Thai chili sauce (15 mL)
    1/2 teaspoon salt (2 mL)
    1 tablespoon olive oil (15 mL)

    1.Smash cashews with a hammer and add to large nonstick fry pan. Add spice, stir and brown nuts and spices until you see a little smoke. Immediately remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. In the same pan, heat oil at med-high and sear chicken on both sides. Place in the bottom of a slow cooker.
    2.Add the following ingredients in this order: melted butter, the toasted cashew mixture, paprika, garlic, ginger and spices. Finely chop onion and add to pan as you cut.
    3.Add chicken stock, tomato paste and yogurt, then stir to combine. Stir in milk and cream.
    4.Add vinegar, chili sauce and salt. Stir then leave center crock in fridge overnight.
    5.Turn slow cooker on to low in the morning.

    RAFFLECOPTER
    NAME
    is
    Anne Taylor

    Annie1 said...

    I've never thought of making breads and cakes in a crock pot before, but I learned that I can from the site!

    RAFFLECOPTER
    NAME
    is
    Anne Taylor

    eclairre said...

    I love Slow Cooker Chili! That is my favorite recipe!

    eclairre said...

    One thing I got from the site was that you can actually make a cake in a slowcooker. Wow! eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

    Jena said...

    Slow Cooker French Dip Roast Beef

    3 lb beef chuck pot roast
    1/3 c vinegar (I've used both--white & cider)
    1 lg onion, cut up
    3 bay leaves
    1/2 t salt
    1/4 t grnd cloves
    1/4 t garlic powder

    Combine the ingredients & pour over meat (I stab my roast a bit). Marinate overnight. Place all into crock pot in the morning. Cook on low for 10-12 hrs. The recipe says you can use French rolls (we used croissants), split & line them w/spinach or lettuce leaves. Discard the bay leaves. Skim the fat off the top of the liquid and ladle au jus into dipping dishes. Shred the beef onto the sandwiches (careful--it's hot!).

    The dipping is very important!

    Amy C said...

    My favourite recipe is:
    roast beef, potatoes and carrots cooked in the slow cooker

    Amy C said...

    I learned that it's best not to remove the lid for stirring because it causes the slow cooker to lose a significant amount of heat.

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    D.Calvert said...

    We make roast beef, celery, turnips, potatoes, carrots and peas in gravy in our crock pot but I don't have a recipe because I put in more of what we like and less of the others, also we put in onions as well , so good

    D.Calvert said...

    I did not know you can bake in a crock pot, that's interesting and going to try it!!

    Paula L. said...

    I make everything in my crockpot but the favorite has to be a good old pot roast with carrots, potatoes and onions :p

    jandplee at att dot net

    Heidi said...

    I like tomake crock pot lasagna - just have to remember to use lots of sauce!

    Heidi said...

    You aren't supposed to open the lid to stir. Can't say I follow this one, but will have to try it out. I usually have the overdone problem with my crock pot, not the opposite.

    CarlyinCanada said...

    I really need a new Crock Pot as my just died!! lol

    My fav recipe is;

    Boneless chicken breasts (3 or 4)
    2 cans Alymer Accents
    1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
    1 small onion

    Cook on low for 4hours & its yummy!

    Also love to make chili & homemade soups too!

    CarlyinCanada said...

    Liked Crock Pot on FB...I didn't know they had so many designs! cool!

    also tweeted!
    @carlycanadian
    Warm up with an easy meal made in your new Crock Pot #win @ccmouse#giveaway http://www.countrycitymouse.com/2012/01/original-slow-cooker-crock-pot-giveaway.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CountryMouseCityMouse+%28country+mouse+city+mouse%29

    renee said...

    I cook everything in my manual crockpot but the kids favorite is chicken taco chili
    reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

    renee said...

    I found this on the site
    Pitted olives should be added at end of the cooking cycle.
    didnt know that
    reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

    Paula said...

    My kids love beef stew. Beef cubes rolled in flour, salt and pepper, whatever veggies you have on hand -- potatoes, celery, onion, carrots, etc., 1 cup of water and some spices. Great for a cold day:)

    pjkmitchell at hotmail dot com

    Paula said...

    I like (LOVE) the virtual timer app. Great idea!!
    pjkmitchell at hotmail dot com

    tanyab79 said...

    I heard making a spaghetti sauce in the crock pot is really yummy.

    Sylvia said...

    I love a roast in the crock pot\\just throw it in with a few potatoes and carrots and dinner will be done. I also put in whatever seasonings fit my mood.
    sylviawhit@gmail.com

    Sylvia said...

    I found out they sell replacement parts. Didn't know that
    sylviawhit@gmail.com

    ginette4 said...

    bbq ribs, add ribs to the crock pot add your favourite bottle of bbq, set the appropriate time, voila..ribs without the mess in the oven :)

    ginette4 said...

    Found it interesting that you don't need to add more than 1 cup of liquidto your crock pot meal, can even add less than 1/2 cup of liquid.

    Debbie said...

    I do a hamburger stew and hubby loves it.
    Easy
    brown a pound of hamburg and put into crock pot
    add peeled and sliced potatoes
    1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
    chopped carrots,
    onion (peeled and chopped)
    add any other veggies is good plus this is great time to add any leftover veggies
    1 can golden mushroom soup
    1 tin of water
    salt and pepper to taste.
    6 hours later, yummy hamburger stew

    mommakoala(at)cogeco(dot)ca

    Debbie said...

    I like those fold up handles. Great for transporting and storage.

    mommakoala(at)cogeco(dot)ca

    robynl said...

    my favorite is to put in a roast, cut up carrots and potatoes and onions, add a little liquid(water or soup)and cook for 4-6 hrs. A meal in 1.

    yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

    robynl said...

    wow, there is a function where one can saute or brown meat and veggies; wonderful.

    yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

    katychick said...

    roast- put spices on it- cut up an onion and put it in the crock pot- put 2 cans of cream of mushroom over it and a little bit of water- simmer all dya- great gravy for mashed potatoes
    tcogbill at live dot com

    katychick said...

    you should allow it to cool before cleaning- i always just get the hot pads and put it in water
    tcogbill at live dot com

    Samorjj said...

    Country style cut pork chops
    1/2 cup honey
    2 tbsp of minced garlic
    1/2 water
    1/2 cup orange juice

    Cook on low for 7-8 hrs.
    Remove. Brush on your favourite bar b q sauce. (equal parts ketchup, sugar and vinegar works well) and place under broiler for about 10 minutes. Amazing ribs.

    Samorjj said...

    I had never thought to make hot drinks in it!

    CanadianMama said...

    I make TONS of stuff in my crock but this recipe is still my favorite:
    1 - cheap roast
    1 - bottle of bbq
    1/2 cup chicken broth
    throw it all in and cook on low 6-8 hours. Take out the meat, shred with two forks and put it back in the cooker for an hour. Serve on buns. SO GOOD!!!!!!!

    CanadianMama said...

    Whenever I visit the crockpot website I'm always amazed at how many different models they have! and, I really want the buffet model!

    dor said...

    Overnight oatmeal... but must use blue steel oats. Got it from Dr. Oz.

    DOREEN RIOPEL

    dor said...

    Went to Crockpot site and loved the 2.Beef Pot Roast
    recipe.

    DOREEN RIOPEL

    stowelljg said...

    My favorite is very simple:

    1 chuck blade roast
    1 onion sliced in thin rings
    1 bottle of beer

    Cook on low for 6-8 hours until meat is tender. Eat!

    stowelljg said...

    On the Crock·Pot website, I liked their Asian Scented Chicken in a Pot recipe. I can't wait to try it.

    linett said...

    its the only way I cook my baked beans, my great grandmothers recipie, thanks

    YogaMama said...

    We make a yummy slow cooker chili.

    Kathy said...

    I like to do a rump roast in my crock pot.

    Denise G said...

    I'd make a roast with veggies

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

    LJ said...

    I cook sirloin tip roast in tomato sauce with cut up onions in my slow cooker. It takes about 4 hours on high. It's a variation of a recipe from Company's Coming Slow Cooker Recipes.

    LJ said...

    I like the virtual cooking timer feature.

    yorkie's primitives said...

    I love to cook pinto beans in a crock pot. Just throw them in and forget about them. Please enter me in your giveaway, Valerie

    binabug said...

    I don't have a crockpot,thats the reason I am entering this. Not sure why someone who has a crockpot would need two of them? sorry no recipe

    binabug said...

    http://www.crock-pot.ca/Recipe.aspx?rid=1721 if I won this I would try the french onion soup

    Amateur Mommy said...

    2-3 pound pork roast.
    diced onion
    2-3 sweet potatoes cut into 3 inch cubes
    pour in enough apple cider to cover everything
    sprinkle with nutmeg and cinamon...

    yum! cook about 8 hours on low.

    becky
    hiccupapparel at yahoo dot com

    Amateur Mommy said...

    www.amateurmommy.net for the blog button

    becky
    hiccupapparel at yahoo dot com

    Missy L said...

    My crock-pot roast-

    Season a chuck roast and sear the roast on all sides in a frying pan.

    Cut up red-skinned potatoes, onions, and carrots and put them at the bottom of the crock pot. Top with the seared roast.

    Pour some water mixed with a packet of onion soup mix over everything, along with 2TBS of brewed coffee.

    Throw in a bay leaf, cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

    Missy L said...

    I thought the CrockPot Phone app was interesting. It reminds when your meal is ready and it also has crock pot tips. I think that's nice.

    CouponQueen81 said...

    i like to make a roast, potatoes, and bbq sauce

    stephy905 said...

    My favorite crock pot recipe is Taco Soup

    Prep Time: 10 Min
    Cook Time: 8 Hrs
    Ready In: 8 Hrs 10 Min

    Ingredients

    1 pound ground beef
    1 onion, chopped
    1 (16 ounce) can chili beans, with liquid
    1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans with liquid
    1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, with liquid
    1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
    2 cups water
    2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes
    1 (4 ounce) can diced green chile peppers
    1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

    Directions

    In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef until browned over medium heat. Drain, and set aside.
    Place the ground beef, onion, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, green chile peppers and taco seasoning mix in a slow cooker. Mix to blend, and cook on Low setting for 8 hours.

    stephy905@hotmail.com

    stephy905 said...

    I found their recipe section very interesting. I really want to try their Bitter Chocolate & Coffee Bread Pudding recipe.

    stephy905@hotmail.com

    josiefiorda said...

    I love making soup in my crockpot.
    Just throw in some chicken, chopped veggies and herbs

    josiefiorda said...

    I love the virtual timer

    Diana said...

    My recipe.
    Brown sugar and Mustard Ham.
    Put into the slow cooker 1 cup milk
    Add 1" thick slice of ham.
    Top with mustard and brown sugar.
    Let cook for a couple hours. Turning if you have time.
    Amazingly tender.
    goldiez at hotmail dot com

    Diana said...

    I love it that they have programmable timers and they turn of cooking and to keep warm.
    goldiez at hotmail dot com

    Bee W Bedard said...

    I don't have a crockpot so I don't have a favorite recipe yet - but if I win I am going to try to make bbq ribs in it
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

    Bee W Bedard said...

    I read that you should not remove the lid during the first two hours of cooking

    Carolyn G said...

    I love making short ribs in wred wine. I add carrots, celery, onions and a bottle of wine and add short ribs and spices.

    RJ said...

    My super simple vegetable beef soup.

    I don't measure so this is approximate - feel free to alter the ratio of veggies.

    1 beef roast (outside/inside round) cut into small cubes
    1/2 cup flour
    montreal steak spice seasoning to taste
    5 carrots
    5 stalks celery
    5 or 6 medium/large potatoes
    1/2 tsp to 1 tsp minced garlic (to taste)
    few tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 litre beef stock (1 quart)
    beef bouillon - 2 or 3 packets (or cubes crumbled well)
    water as needed



    put a little vegetable oil in a frying pan, add garlic and heat to medium. Meanwhile toss the cubed beef in the flour with a couple teaspoons of montreal steak spice.

    brown beef in pan, set aside

    chop veggies (carrot rounds, chopped celery, peeled and cubed potatoes)

    add veggies to the crockpot, add browned beef cubes. Cover with beef stock, water as needed to cover all and beef bouillion. If you like your soup a little spicey add more steak spice and a little extra garlic.

    set on low for 8- 10 hours. great for overnight or for a long workday. the longer it cooks the softer the meat gets.

    Trina said...

    Love my frozen roast, onion soup mix, and beef broth in the slow cooker.

    Ready for when I get home!

    notaquiter said...

    My favorite recipe for the crock pot is baby back ribs
    with my favorite bbq sauce
    wildcardacehigh@yahoo.ca

    notaquiter said...

    I really like that you can buy a thermal insulated bag for the crock pot

    wildcardacehigh@yahoo.ca

    OrangeHeroMama said...

    Mmmm! Slow cooker beef stew is my fave!!!
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-beef-stew-iv/detail.aspx

    OrangeHeroMama said...

    Oh my gosh! The crock pot timer APP is sooo cool! I think i need that!

    Rebby said...

    Spicy Beef Curry is my fave! Here is the recipe!
    Ingredients

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 pound beef stew meat
    salt and pepper to taste
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
    1 fresh jalapeno peppers, diced
    1 tablespoon curry powder
    1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
    1 onion, sliced and quartered
    1 cup beef broth
    Directions

    Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and brown the beef on all sides. Remove from skillet, reserving juices, and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir the garlic, ginger, and jalapeno in the skillet for 2 minutes, until tender, and season with curry powder. Mix in the diced tomatoes and juice.
    Place the onion in the bottom of a slow cooker, and layer with the browned beef. Scoop the skillet mixture into the slow cooker, and mix in the beef broth.
    Cover, and cook 6 to 8 hours on Low.

    Rebby said...

    I am loving the recipes section on the Crockpot website!

    Manda said...

    Pulled Pork is our favorite recipe to cook in our crock pot.

    I don't have the recipe with me here though

    thanks for the chance to win this!
    avalenti6936 at yahoo dot com

    Manda

    Manda said...

    I found the Hints & Tips category interesting.

    Especially the How To section. Tells how to avoid Over or Under cooking.

    thanks for the chance to win this!
    avalenti6936 at yahoo dot com

    Manda

    Julie said...

    I put a roast in the pot and add 1/2 c water and then can of mushroom and let go
    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

    Julie said...

    i like that there is a thermal bag to buy for the crock pot
    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

    debijackson said...

    roast and 1/2 cup of pepsi, later i add potatoes, carrots and onions
    I like they also have a thermal bag for it

    Tammy D said...

    Extra Creamy Three Cheese Macaroni Recipe

    2 cups dried macaroni
    1 cup (8oz) shredded sharp cheese
    1 cup (8oz) shredded fontina cheese
    1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
    4 tablespoons butter or margarin
    3 eggs, beaten
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup (or cream cheese spread)
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1 cup milk
    1 teaspoon mustard
    1/2 cup mayonnaise

    Cook macaroni according to package, drain, set aside.

    Meanwhile, in medium-size saucepan melt butter over medium-high heat, stir in cheeses, stir until cheese is melted.

    Remove from heat, set aside.

    In crock pot combine eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, pepper, milk, mustard, and mayonnaise, stir well.

    Add butter and cheese mixture, stir.

    Add macaroni, stir well.

    Cook on low 3 hours, stiring ocasionally.

    You can substitute mozzarella for the fontina.


    dalleykt at live dot ca

    Tammy D said...

    I like the virtual cooking timer, thats neat

    dalleykt at live dot ca

    Ladytink_534 said...

    Jen Tink

    I don't have a crockpot. I've always loved my mom's crockpot pot roast though.

    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Ladytink_534 said...

    Jen Tink

    I'd love to get my hands on the Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker Creative Cookbook.

    Jennifer said...

    I love making turkey soup!

    jenniferlynnehunter(at)gmail(dot)com

    Michelle Jadaa said...

    frozen roast or pork loin,chopped potatoes and onions.let cook till you get home :)

    mitch1066(at)gmail.com

    Michelle Jadaa said...

    they sell a carry bag for the crockpot,what a great idea for potlucks!
    mitch1066(at)gmail.com

    jmajor4870 said...

    i have never cooked in a crockpot. but beef stew or pot roast looks good to me

    Andrea Amy said...

    Nothing like a good roast chicken or beef roast in the crock pot. I also like to make stuffed peppers in the crock pot instead of in the oven.

    andrea_hockeygirl@hotmail.com

    Andrea Amy said...

    I really liked the virtual cooking timer :D

    andrea_hockeygirl@hotmail.com

    Jen P said...

    would love to make my chili in a crockpot instead of stovetop!

    penguinjo99 at gmail dot com

    Jen P said...

    thecarry bag for the crockpot is a great idea! also love the buffet style crocks

    penguinjo99 at gmail dot com

    Unknown said...

    Secret recipe from my Polish Mother-In-Law. Place 1/2 sliced diced onions in the crock pot with 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp margarine. Let simmer until onions are transparent. Then add cubed sirloin steak and top with seasoning salt/pepper, 2 tsp hot chili peppers, 2 tsp Rosemary leaves, cook in a crock pot for 3 hours. Add water to just cover the meat. Add 2 8 oz cans of Tomato paste with garlic and thicken with a flour and water mixture. Pour over noodles. Just awesome, warms you inside and out.

    MsAngelasFinds said...

    Thanks for another great giveaway! My favorite crock pot recipe is my Creamy Crock Pot Chicken found here.
    http://msangelasfinds.com/?p=198

    It's cheap, easy and delish! :)
    Angela Michels
    lilsweeper76 at yahoo dot com

    MsAngelasFinds said...

    I found it interesting that they make crock pots with temperature controls and timers. My crock pot is SO outdated. I had no idea these features even existed! :(
    Angela Michels
    lilsweeper76 at yahoo dot com

    MsAngelasFinds said...

    Your button is adorable! I shared it on my blog. I am not sure you'll get much exposure because I am just starting out but I will keep it there for a long time. :)
    http://msangelasfinds.com/

    Angela Michels
    lilsweeper76 at yahoo dot com

    MsAngelasFinds said...

    UGH please scratch my entries, I just realized I am not from Canada! HAHA!
    Sorry about that. :(
    Angela Michels
    lilsweeper76 at yahoo dot com

    tumyii said...

    easy, tasty, sweet and sour meatball crockpot recipe: box of frozen, pre-made italian meatballs (or can make homemade), one bottle of heinz chili sauce (find next to the ketchup in the grocery store, its not spicy), one small jar of grape jelly. mix chili sauce and jelly together in bowl, add to crockpot and heat until warm. add meatballs and cook about 2 hours or so on high. serve over white rice!

    tumyii said...

    i love the cooking tips on the website! like cooking tips for vegetables: cut to cook at same rate as meat, place root vegetables under meat as they take longer to cook, and adding olives to sauce at the end of cook cycle!

    Bidchka said...
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    Bidchka said...

    I love making chili in a crock pot.

    Bidchka said...

    I found this recipe very interesting.
    Braised Salmon & Spring Vegetables with Crème Fraiche and Chives
    http://www.crock-pot.ca/Recipe.aspx?rid=1717

    Inez said...

    Looking around Crock-pot site and found the carring bag. What a great idea!

    maria said...

    I have never used a crockpot, but would love to!! I would make chili.

    billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

    maria said...

    I like that you can also serve hot beverages.

    billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

    Sue Sueper said...

    My Fav recipe is Chili in a crock pot.

    Sue Sueper said...

    I like the thermal bag for a crock pot.

    Krystal said...

    I don't have one, but if I did I would use it all the time.