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« Reply #60 on: February 03, 2014 03:07:10 PM »

YUMMO!!! I love buffalo chicken anything!
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« Reply #61 on: February 03, 2014 03:13:48 PM »

It is SOOOO good!
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« Reply #62 on: February 14, 2014 01:33:16 PM »

Earlier this week, I picked up America's Test Kitchen's Slow Cooker Revolution (volume 1) at Costco.  Looks like lots of good stuff in there and not too complicated, but... even the easy recipe I'm doing for tonight has strained my non-cooking-centric mind and patience.  I'm sure people who enjoy cooking and/or are experienced/good at it would find it quick and easy, though.  This is supposed to be curry chicken.
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« Reply #63 on: July 03, 2014 05:48:04 PM »

So obviously I am a few months late to this party, but I figured I would chime in with some thoughts.

As a school teacher, my work load and schedule seems to shift pretty drastically from year to year based on my current assignment, and this has a big effect on how much cooking on do.  Some years, I've tried to dedicate one night a week to cooking, but this past year I can seriously count on two hands the number of times I made dinner.  (DH certainly wasn't pleased with the fact that he ended up doing 98% of the cooking, either!)

So this summer, I am experimenting with crockpot cooking, and I think I'm falling in love.  Don't get me wrong, I love (the idea of) regular cooking, and I video record Food Network/Cooking Channel shows constantly.  But even the simplest meals (that I actually want to prepare) seem to take me at least an hour of work, and I just did not have the energy for that last year.  My goal is to have a repertoire of awesome slow cooker recipes (at least 10 really great ones) by the end of the summer, so that I can be responsible for cooking 2-3 nights a week next school year.

One of the things that I'm learning is that the same "rules" I've learned for "normal" cooking apply to crockpot cooking as well, even if the recipe doesn't call for it.  For example: I'm always going to prefer chicken thighs, even if the recipe calls for chicken breasts; browning meat in a saut pan first will add more flavor to the final dish, etc.  (My favorite thing about browning the meat first is that I can leave the cooking oil in the pan on the cool stove, and then 10 minutes before we eat, heat the pan back up and deglaze it with some white wine, which I'll use to cook up some baby spinach and kale for a super quick side dish.  Yum!)

Those of you who were active on the thread earlier posted some of your go-to slow cooker dishes, and I've pinned a few of those.  In fact, I've got a small board of slow cooker recipes to try on my Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/vincentvanbuck/food-slow-cookercrockpot-recipes-to-try/).  So far, my favorite slow cooker recipe is this cashew chicken that was shared by Mistress Jennie over on the HPC board: http://utah.todaysmama.com/2012/11/22/recipe-for-slow-cooker-cashew-chicken/.
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« Reply #64 on: July 04, 2014 02:57:14 AM »

I always make my pot roasts (with a bottle of Ginness) and curry (using curry paste instead of sauce) in the slow cooker. The worse part is having to smell it all day but the convenience is worth it.   I don't really have recipes as such I just kind of wing it. 
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« Reply #65 on: July 04, 2014 08:07:05 AM »

I made pineapple chicken on Monday and it was soooo bland.  Is that common of crockpot recipies, that they come out bland/or need extra spices?
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« Reply #66 on: July 04, 2014 11:39:41 AM »

I always make my pot roasts (with a bottle of Ginness) and curry (using curry paste instead of sauce) in the slow cooker. The worse part is having to smell it all day but the convenience is worth it.   I don't really have recipes as such I just kind of wing it. 

Mmmm, curry.... I will definitely have to explore doing that in the slow cooker.  My DH absolutely hates the smell of food in the house, but is willing to endure it if it means I'm cooking more. Wink (I, on the other hand, love the smell of cooking going on in the house!)

I made pineapple chicken on Monday and it was soooo bland.  Is that common of crockpot recipies, that they come out bland/or need extra spices?

I feel like if the recipe seems too easy, there's a good chance that the end result will be bland.  For your pineapple chicken, did you use breast or thigh meat?  A couple of people have told me that chicken breast is always going to turn out dry in the slow cooker, so you should always use thighs unless you don't ever eat dark meat.
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« Reply #67 on: July 04, 2014 12:26:18 PM »

I don't know what type of meat it was that I used....DH is the shopper in our house and whatever he purchased is what I used.  But the meat wasn't the problem, I don't think.  The entire meal was just so bland...  I'm going to keep what you said in mind, though, about if the recipie seems too easy...
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« Reply #68 on: July 04, 2014 03:59:40 PM »

Some recipes I use as a starting point and then add more spice to them.
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« Reply #69 on: July 05, 2014 01:47:32 PM »

I tend to cook by taste and I probably put tons more spices and things in than a recipe would call for and most slow cooked things can benefit from a taste and spice refresh or fresh herbs.
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