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Crock Pot Goodness: An Oxymoron? [Sep. 22nd, 2007|04:56 pm]
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[atelierlune]
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My parents are having the kitchen in our house remodeled, which means that for roughly 2.5 weeks we will not have access to it - only an electric skillet, our fridge, and our microwave. In anticipation of this, my mother capitalized on a 6-quart crock pot. Despite being Midwestern, however, we have no personal experience with crock pot cookery. We have a basic variety of meats and veggies in the house to combine in the crock pot (esp. chicken), do not generally fear spices, and have a general idea of how slow cooking works (prep things, dump in pot with flavorings, set, forget for many hours), but don't have much in the way of concrete recipes.

So I decided to query the hive mind. Do you have a favorite dish that is prepared in a crock pot? Do you have a favored website that deals in such things? General advice?

Thank you in advance.
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[User Picture]From: xraytheenforcer
2007-09-23 12:17 am (UTC)
I've got nothing (don't have a slow-cooker). I would say try to angle for your favorite dishes (coq au vin? beef stew? vegetable stew? braised pork belly and beans?) and then search for slow-cooker recipes like that. Places like recipes.com have tons of slow-cooker recipes which crop up when I'm looking for general tips on how to cook something. I've heard that asian-style pork ribs is brilliant in the slow cooker.

Good luck! I am considering buying one soon, but I think the rice cooker is gonna come first. :)
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[User Picture]From: atelierlune
2007-09-23 12:44 am (UTC)
Lord knows that if I had a place of my own, I'd be angling for a rice cooker above other things too! Thanks for the link though.
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[User Picture]From: atelierlune
2007-09-23 01:04 am (UTC)
Eh, the link doesn't lead to anything... but its the thought that counts.
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[User Picture]From: xraytheenforcer
2007-09-23 01:31 am (UTC)
wow, you're right. That's really weird. :(

Try allrecipes, or you might even find good stuff on epicurious.com

Here I searched "epicurious slow cooker" in google, and then clicked on the link that said "braised spare ribs"

http://www.epicurious.com/tools/searchresults?search=slow%20cooker%20pork%20spare%20ribs

Therein you can see a lot of different recipes for things like
simple poached salmon http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/237292

BBQ Pork Shoulder
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/237286

Provencal Chicken Stew
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/237289

Chicken Paprikash with Sour Cream
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/237284

There are many more like that. I use Epicurious a lot -- even if I don't follow the recipes exactly, they do help me with technique side of things, and I'm always getting ideas from them for new dishes.

Good luck!!
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[User Picture]From: atelierlune
2007-09-23 01:34 am (UTC)
Cool - thanks much. :oD
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[User Picture]From: constant_reader
2007-09-23 03:56 am (UTC)
We have just stepped into the world of crockpot cooking. I recommend the book, Not Your Mother's Crockpot Cooking

http://www.amazon.com/Your-Mothers-Slow-Cooker-Cookbook/dp/1558322442/ref=pd_bbs_7/105-7086369-8285212?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190519673&sr=8-7

I also recommend browning your meat in the electric skillet before putting it in the crockpot. It is so much more flavorsome that way.
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[User Picture]From: atelierlune
2007-09-23 05:48 am (UTC)
Ooh! Potential Christmas gift! Thank you!
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