Many of you may think that a slow cooker is great tool for hot meals in the winter. When you think of the summer, you think cool, simple meals like salads, barbecue, and hamburgers. Actually a slow cooker or crock-pot is a perfect summer-cooking tool. Because it cooks low and slow, you avoid turning on the oven and heating up the house. You spend more time out of the kitchen and enjoying the day. There’s no denying that the humble slow cooker is an excellent way to make “set it and forget it” types of meals. You can cook large meals in a slow cooker, plus you can even batch-cook and freeze uneaten items to consume at a later date.Read More
January is a cold month even here in Florida. Cold weather always makes me crave comfort food filled with vegetables, broth, and protein. I just love a single pot meal. Today I’m using a crockpot to make stewed chicken. If you are wondering what the difference is between chicken soup and chicken stew, the main difference is the amount of liquid versus the ingredients. In soup your ingredients are usually floating in the broth while the hearty stew is filled with chunks of vegetables and meat with some broth. Often when I plan on making chicken soup, it is in reality a stew.