For years the Crockpot has been part of many kitchens, including mine, but often times under used. For me, I enjoy putting together a meal earlier in the day and enjoy the wonderful aromas that fill the house during the cooking process. However, I’m not always planned enough and thus the Crockpot stays tucked away in the cabinet ready for another day.
When I am prepared and plan ahead though, I love that my Crockpot has a delicious meal ready for supper just at the time of day when I’m starting to get a little tired. As an added bonus, using the Crockpot fills our home all afternoon with wonderful aromas. What sometimes can be difficult is finding new and what I call “real world” recipes so I typically use my old standbys. Using my standbys isn’t a bad thing mind you, it’s just that I get into a rut and it’s always nice to find something new for a change. Well I may have solved that dilemma with a daily blog I just discovered that is dedicated to Crockpot cooking and recipes. The blog is called “A Year of Slow Cooking” and is authored by Stephanie O’Dea. I’m anxious to try out some of Stephanie’s recipes and thought her site may be of interest to you as well. Something to pay attention to on Stephanie’s blog is her VERDICT at the bottom of each of her recipe posts. I’ve noticed some of the verdicts she posts aren’t positive and she says she wouldn’t recommend that particular recipe. Most of the verdicts, however, are very positive. I definitely like that she gives the reader an honest opinion of the recipe from both her view as well as her family’s view. In any case, you may want to check out her blog and try some of the recipes for yourself. Bon Appetite!!