Slow Cooker Texas Red Chili

Jan 29, 13 Slow Cooker Texas Red Chili

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Super Bowl week…time for Chili! No, I’m not from Texas. Please don’t tell my anyone. This simple bowl of Texas Red is why everyone in Ohio thinks I can really cook.Here in Ohio, chili without beans is still exotic. I’ve shared this recipe before, in a stove-top version. But, nowadays, I cook it in the slow...

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Slow Cooker Braised Chicken Thighs

Jan 03, 13 Slow Cooker Braised Chicken Thighs

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I am a fan of the Dark Side…of the chicken.When you look at the dark side, careful you must be. For the dark side looks back. This is a good thing for slow cooker chicken. Slow cookers plus chicken breasts equal dry, stringy meat. But chicken thighs…oh, glorious dark meat, falling off the bone. Here is a straightforward...

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Slow Cooker Turkey Stock

Nov 27, 12 Slow Cooker Turkey Stock

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Thanksgiving night.Exhausted. Too much turkey.Too much wine.Too much stuffing. Ready to collapse. One last thing to do: make turkey stock.Break up turkey carcass to fit in the slow cooker.Add an onion, a carrot, a celery rib, and bay leaves.Cover with cold water.Set cooker on low for 12 hours. Stumble to my bedroom and sleep for 12...

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

Sep 20, 12 Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

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Homemade chicken stock is kitchen alchemy, turning trash into gold. Take the leftover bones from a roast chicken dinner, add water, and the result is my secret weapon in the kitchen. Stock is the backbone of my soups and pan sauces. I’ve been pressure cooking chicken stock for years; I throw roast chicken carcasses in...

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Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Pork with Dried Chile Pepper Sauce (Pork Deshebrada)

May 17, 12 Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Pork with Dried Chile Pepper Sauce (Pork Deshebrada)

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I’m a food geek. I get enthusiastic about recipes like yakitori chicken skewers, pressure cooker Pho Bo, and rotisserie duck with a pomegranate glaze. But what recipe do my friends and family love? Slow cooker shredded pork. That recipe has a lot of bang for the buck. Toss everything in the slow cooker, come back ten hours...

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Slow Cooker Duck Legs and Tomato Sauce (Duck Ragu)

Mar 22, 12 Slow Cooker Duck Legs and Tomato Sauce (Duck Ragu)

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  Time for another journey to the dark side. Give me the drumstick at thanksgiving, and the legs from that roast chicken, and I’m a happy man. Duck legs are another favorite. I wanted to make duck leg ragu ever since I read the recipe in Mario Batali’s cookbook. But I could never find duck legs. They’re too...

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Slow Cooker Chili Verde (Green Pork Chili)

Feb 02, 12 Slow Cooker Chili Verde (Green Pork Chili)

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It’s Super Bowl week! The Super Bowl is the fifth most important American food holiday. Time for recipes for your party! *Thanksgiving, Christmas, Forth of July, Memorial Day, Super Bowl. Actually, I think the Super Bowl has passed the Forth of July and Memorial Day, and moved up to #3, right behind Christmas… I had...

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Slow Cooker Chili with Ground Beef and Beans

Dec 29, 11 Slow Cooker Chili with Ground Beef and Beans

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What do I make on a weeknight, when I need a quick, warming meal? Ground beef and bean chili. Sure, purists call this chili for sissies. As far as they’re concerned, if there are beans and tomatoes in it, I might as well be wearing a dress when I make it. You know what? I don’t care. Sissy or not, this is the chili I...

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Slow Cooker Chicken Legs with Herb Rub

Oct 13, 11 Slow Cooker Chicken Legs with Herb Rub

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Chicken legs in the slow cooker, with a quick and easy spice rub.

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast, Italian Style

Apr 05, 11 Slow Cooker Pot Roast, Italian Style

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My recipe for slow cooker Italian pot roast evolved from a recipe in Cook’s Country magazine. Cook’s Country is part of the America’s Test Kitchen empire, and the younger sibling of Cook’s Illustrated magazine. I look forward to new issues of Cook’s Country in large part because of their Slow Cooker...

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Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Pork (Pork Tinga)

Feb 08, 11 Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Pork (Pork Tinga)

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Pork shoulder and slow cookers were made for each other. Slow cookers try to overcook everything; most meat dries out during the long cooking time. Pork shoulder gets better the longer it is cooked; it needs long, slow cooking to melt all the fat and connective tissue it holds. Properly cooked pork shoulder is juicy, and shreds at...

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Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce (Ragu Bolognese)

Jan 25, 11 Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce (Ragu Bolognese)

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Bolognese sauce, the mostly meat sauce from Bologna, Italy, simmers for hours and hours. What better recipe for my new slow cooker’s first meal? *Aren’t Christmas presents wonderful? My problem with slow cooker Bolognese sauce has always been too much liquid. Traditional recipes assume the sauce will be simmering all...

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Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut

Dec 30, 10 Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut

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Pork and sauerkraut is a New Year’s tradition in my wife’s family. She remembers the tradition fondly.  Or at least, she does now.  When she was growing up, she wasn’t a big fan.  (Sauerkraut?  Eeew!) Her grandma would always hound the kids to eat at least one strand of sauerkraut,...

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Slow Cooker Turkey Thighs with Beer and Onions

Dec 28, 10 Slow Cooker Turkey Thighs with Beer and Onions

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Did you get what you wanted for Christmas this year? I did! There was an All Clad deluxe slow cooker with nonstick aluminum insert under my tree.*Hey, we can’t all want an official Red Ryder carbine action 200 shot range model air rifle for Christmas. And I’m much less likely to shoot my eye out.  But more...

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast, Tex-Mex Style

Nov 02, 10 Slow Cooker Pot Roast, Tex-Mex Style

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The first issue of Cooks Country magazine suggested making a slow cooker pot roast with a Tex-Mex flavor profile, and this is now my favorite way to make pot roast. It combines the best part of a pot roast, the tender beef chuck covered with a thick sauce, and adds the punchy flavors of Tex-Mex cuisine – chili powder,...

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Slow Cooker Chinese Red Cooked Chicken Thighs

Oct 12, 10 Slow Cooker Chinese Red Cooked Chicken Thighs

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I’ve been reading a lot of authentic chinese cookbooks recently, looking for ideas to expand my weeknight stir-fries. One technique that caught my eye was red cooking, braising meat for a long time in a Shaoxing wine, soy and caramelized sugar broth. The result of red cooking is tender meat with a reddish hue from the broth....

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Slow Cookers and Red Kidney Bean Poisoning

Sep 13, 10 Slow Cookers and Red Kidney Bean Poisoning

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I have to publish my first major retraction today. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this before, but…do NOT follow my old slow cooker beans technique when cooking beans, especially kidney beans, cannelini beans, or broad beans. Old Technique: Put the beans and 8 cups of water into the slow cooker. Cook on low...

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Slow Cooker Pork Western Shoulder Ribs with Barbecue Rub and Sauce

Sep 02, 10 Slow Cooker Pork Western Shoulder Ribs with Barbecue Rub and Sauce

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My kids just started school, so this week I’m featuring weeknight dinners. Today, I’m using my slow cooker…and I’m cheating. Oh, the shame… I’m almost embarrassed to publish this as a recipe. It’s almost too easy. Almost. This is an example of dump and cook in the slow cooker, which I was...

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Mar 16, 10 Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

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Slow cooker corned beef and cabbage is my St. Patrick’s day tradition. *At least, that’s what we’ve always called it, “corned beef and cabbage”. It is really a mix of vegetables – cabbage, carrots, onions and potatoes. When I started cooking this meal myself, I’d buy the biggest corned beef...

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Slow Cooker Pork Pot Roast

Feb 18, 10 Slow Cooker Pork Pot Roast

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I don’t understand why slow cookers bring out the worst in short cut cooking. It seems like most of the recipes go something like this: Put the meat, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and a package of onion soup mix in the slow cooker, and cook on low for ten hours. Ugh. While this recipe, and I use that phrase loosely, will...

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Slow Cooker White Beans with Greens and Italian Sausage

Nov 03, 09 Slow Cooker White Beans with Greens and Italian Sausage

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When fall arrives, and the weather starts to get cold, I crave stews.  Especially hearty, bean based stews, with big flavors.  This recipe fits the bill – white beans, sausage and kale make for a perfect dinner on a crisp, fall day. This recipe was inspired by a recent article in Bon Appetit, on how to use a pot of white...

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Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

Mar 31, 09 Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

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Diane is my tortilla maker; we buy masa harina from our local mexican grocery, and she turns it into great tortillas. She’s even got the kids helping! They love “mommy tortillas” so much, that we’ve had to go from one batch, to a double batch, to a triple. *Of course, you could just buy your tortillas at the...

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