Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas With Greens & Ham

I was born in Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile. At the age of 5 my family moved to East Tennessee. During my childhood, we often had a pot of beans or peas with collard greens and homemade corn bread. Really beans and cornbread was historically an inexpensive meal for people with little money, but most folks who grew up in the American south love it.

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Slow Cooker Ham

When I was growing up, one of my favorite meals was my mother’s baked ham. I still love the flavor of ham, but also love the simplicity and ease of cooking it in a crock pot. This 2-ingredient dish has all the flavor without the work. Crock pot ham is juicy and delicious with a no-fuss recipe that’s perfect for holiday meals or special occasions. The only ingredients you need are brown sugar and a bone-in picnic ham.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

It’s November and we’re in the holiday season. For many, turkey and particularly turkey breast are the go to for a holiday meal. For smaller groups, turkey breast is ideal. Bone in or boneless turkey breast is fine. Turkey breast is notoriously lean, and skin on turkey breast is recommended. The fat under the skin melts while the turkey is cooking, and it bastes the turkey which helps with flavor and moisture. Also skin is required to get that lovely browned seasoned crust.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

I love easy slow cooker recipes. Today’s recipe is BBQ chicken in the crock pot. I’m using boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but it would work well with boneless, skinless thighs or chicken parts with bones. It takes minutes to put it on to cook. Return home from work and it’s waiting for you. It’s great on rolls and buns for a shredded chicken sandwich, but I like to experiment.

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Crock Pot Mushroom Lentil Barley Stew

I love lentils: They’re packed with protein, very filling and a good source of iron. Woodsy herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme are natural partners to the lentil’s earthy flavor, so any of them (or any combination of them) can go into the crock pot for Mushroom Lentil Barley Stew. Adding mushrooms adds more earthy flavors and in conjunction with barley makes a satisfying comfort food. You can serve with garlic bread alone or over mash potatoes. There is an optional garnish of fresh parsley or vegan grated cheese.

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Crock Pot Chicken Stock

This slow cooked stock is based on classic stock recipes. What is the difference between stock and broth? Stock is made from bones, while broth is made mostly from meat or vegetables. Using bones in stock creates a thicker liquid, while broth tends to be thinner and more flavorful. Though broth and stock do have small differences, many people use them for the same purposes. Homemade stock is economical, has better flavor, and is more nutritious.

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Slow Cooker Homemade Beef Stew

During the cold days of winter, a steaming bowl of comfort is on my meal plan multiple times a week. Slow cooked meat and vegetables make my heart sing. Today let’s discuss classic homemade beef stew. Growing up I loved my mother’s simmered beef stew cooked on top of the stove for hours. I personally prefer to use a crock pot for ease, but beef stew can be made in the oven, on the stove, or in a slow cooker.

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Slow Cooker Pork & Sauerkraut

Happy New Year! I thought of sharing the recipe for Pork & Sauerkraut today, due to the holiday yesterday. Every culture has a lucky dish that they eat on New Year’s Day. The tradition of eating pork and sauerkraut for luck on New Year’s Day can trace its origins back to Germany. Germans and other pig-raising cultures have been eating this dish for centuries, with immigrants bringing the tradition to the United States. It is the ultimate hearty meal for a cold evening. The pork is perfectly juicy and tender after simmering with sauerkraut and apples. There are tons of pork and sauerkraut recipes online with slight variations. The basis of my recipe comes from an acquaintance of my youth who grew up in Amish country in Pennsylvania.

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