Archive for 2013

Crockin’ on a Mission – By Featured Blogger Shari Walker

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Last summer, I had the opportunity to travel with a group of teenagers and adults from my church on a mission trip to the Houston, Texas, area. When it came to our meals, we initially thought we’d have to eat all of our dinners out since the facility we were spending most of our time had no kitchen. The expense of eating out every night was not ideal, especially considering the quality of food available. I told our youth minister, “We don’t need a kitchen, we just need a bunch of crocks!” We asked other church members to donate their slow cookers for the week. Armed with 15 slow cookers and the Crockin’ Girls Slow Cookin’ Companion Cookbook, we loaded up and off we went.

Each day, our group helped clean out facilities in the Third Ward or put on a children’s fair in the community, all while dinner was crockin’ away. I had up to 13 crocks going with everything from appetizers to desserts, and it allowed us to feed our crew of more than 75 volunteers. The first night, we had Faith’s Cheese Dip, shredded chicken and beef tacos, and Cherry Dump Cake. The next night, we feasted on Buffalo Chicken Dip, Shredded Pork sandwiches, and Triple Chocolate Mess. The crew would come back tired and hungry, but each night they were met with a hot meal and it helped get them ready for the next day. I knew I was on to something good when one of the teenagers took a bite of the Triple Chocolate Mess and said, “This is the best chocolate cake I have ever had.”

It seems like such a simple thing but it really made a difference. Slow cooking our meals during this trip gave everyone a taste of home while they were working hard and helping others.

 

Shari Walker
Texas

Spring Cleaning Giveaway!

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And the Winner is……Sandra M, with this cost efficient, and yummy smelling tip!

“Place the rinds of 2-3 oranges in a quart jar and fill with vinegar to make your own cleaner. Works great!”

Thank y’all for all the amazing tips, time to get Cleanin’!

 

With little ones at home it seems that just as we’re putting one basket of toys away another is being dumped over on our kitchen floor while we’re trying to get dinner on the table. Oh and don’t mind the dirty dishes in the sink from lunch that we were going to clean during nap-time!

No matter if you have little ones at home or they’re all grown up on their own, cleaning up is a necessary evil. The kitchen is one area that seems to require the most clean up attention, but when we cook with our crocks we’re using less pots and pans, plus when we use Reynolds® Slow Cooker Liners we don’t even have to clean the crock! It’s a beautiful thing…and so is Spring! Here is a fun giveaway we put together to get you started on your Spring Cleaning. Less time cleaning up the kitchen and more time to get after that junk drawer! (Yes, it’s time.)

To Enter:

Just answer the following question in the comments section of this post below, “What is your best spring cleaning tip?” and you’ll be entered for a chance to win Reynolds® Slow Cooker Liners for an entire month (three boxes), a Slow Cookin’ Companion cookbook and a brand new slow cooker!

The Rules:

- One entry per person
- Winner will be announced on the site on Friday

Good Luck!

Introducing the Crockin’ Team!

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Hey y’all! We are busy workin’ on our new Crockin Clean magazine, and are very excited about the new healthy recipes we have for y’all. Along with the upcoming magazine, we have some new voices y’all will be hearing from on Facebook. They are already a part of our Crockin’ Community and are ready to help and support all of our crockin’ friends. Take some time and get to know Dannette, Tiffany, and Shari!

Tiffany and Dannette:
Sisters that live in the same town. They go to church together, vacation together and share a lot of the same friends. They’ve been a part of this crockin’ community since the beginning and love trying out new things in their slow cookers. They enjoy throwing parties and using their slow cookers makes it easy with their busy lives. Dannette is married to an amazing man and has a pre-teen daughter. Tiffany is married to a Fort Worth fire fighter and has a son in college and a son in high school.

Their favorite recipes from the ‘Crockin’ Girls Slow Cookin’ Companion’ are just a few pages away from each other. Tiffany’s fave is the Buffalo Chicken Pasta (page 325) and Dannette’s is the Baked Ziti (page 327).

Shari:
is originally from a small town in Southeast Texas. She’s been married to the same great guy for almost 25 years and has two busy teenagers (a boy and girl). They have to eat dinner at different times many evenings because of work schedules or practices after school, so having a hot dinner ready in the slow cooker has been a life saver. Her favorite slow cookin’ meal is the Angel Chicken (page 330).

From the Pantry

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One of the great things about crockin’ is the chance to be creative! It’s fun to just open up the pantry, start throwin’ things together, and discover a new recipe or two! To do this though, it’s important to keep some essentials in the pantry. Here’s a list of key ingredients we find helpful when it comes to making  a variety of recipes. Keep these on hand and you’ll find crockin’ just became even easier!

  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Rotel
  • Canned Beans (pinto, black, ranch-style)
  • Cream of Chicken
  • Cream of Mushroom
  • Cheese Soup
  • Stock/Broth
  • Canned Corn
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Jar of Salsa
  • Jar of Spaghetti Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Noodles/Pasta
  • Rice
  • Variety of Tortillas
  • Velveeta
  • Garlic (fresh cloves or refrigerated jar)
  • Taco Seasonings
  • Italian Dressing Mix
  • Onion Soup Mix
  • Ranch Dressing Mix
  • Gravy Mix
  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Variety of Spices and Herbs

 

Here are FIVE Recipes that are made easier with a well-stocked pantry:

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creamy Italian Chicken

Beef Stroganoff

Most Amazing Pork Chops Ever

Simply Tasty Chicken