Category Archives: crock pot

Golden Vegetable Soup: a Forgotten Childhood Staple

Golden Vegetable Soup: a Forgotten Childhood Staple

ShareTweet My sister called me the other day, asking me for my mother’s soup recipe. This is the soup we grew up with, the soup she served us for lunch on so many cloudy Parisian days. The soup we complained about, bored to tears by its simplicity and predictability, but that we now craved asContinue Reading

Slow Cooking Chicken Dishes Fall Favorites

Slow Cooking Chicken Dishes Fall Favorites

ShareTweet Now that fall is truly here, I thought it might be a good time to share a few of my favorite crockpot dishes. I hope a few of these make your weekday meals or Sunday dinners a little easier and a little richer. I’m always in the market for a little inspiration to getContinue Reading

Sweet Potato and Raisin Chicken Tagine: a Fall Slow Cooker Recipe

Sweet Potato and Raisin Chicken Tagine: a Fall Slow Cooker Recipe

ShareTweet Are you craving fall? Judging by my Facebook stream and the many references to Starbucks pumpkin lattes, I’m guessing that I’m not the only one excited for the crinkle of golden leaves underfoot. As the Chicago weather continues to zig zag between breezy and hot, I’m taking matters into my own hands and bringingContinue Reading

Cider Balsamic Braised Pulled Pork Sliders

Cider Balsamic Braised Pulled Pork Sliders

ShareTweet Don’t these frozen days make crockpot cooking so appealing? Walking into a warm home filled with the aroma of a dinner that’s been cooking itself is a welcome break from the ice and frost. What are your favorite crockpot recipes? Pork slowly braised in cider and balsamic is one of my favorite dishes toContinue Reading

Relaunching a Fall Favorite: Rainbow Pumpkin Chili

Relaunching a Fall Favorite: Rainbow Pumpkin Chili

ShareTweet Last fall, this colorful and sweet pumpkin chili won a neighborhood chili cook-off. This fall it’s winning a different sort of contest: the baby Sophie finger food contest. Beans are such a great source of protein, and with so many fun colors, this chili is irresistible to a baby suddenly hell bent on feedingContinue Reading

Whiskey Short Rib Sliders

Whiskey Short Rib Sliders

ShareTweet I’ve been cooking with a lot of Whiskey lately. Cooking with the old Jim Beam makes me feel like a bad ass, like a kitchen rebel, even if it’s just tossing a jigger into the crockpot before racing upstairs to change and breastfeed my baby. From peach jam to short ribs, a shot ofContinue Reading

Coconut Red Lentils: Getting Inspired at Exotic Cooking Classes

Coconut Red Lentils: Getting Inspired at Exotic Cooking Classes

ShareTweet The cabinet over my sink is overflowing with spices, literally. They routinely tumble onto my head when I least expect it, a painful reminder that too many spices are gathering dust and losing flavor. I may be well stocked, but I am a creature of habit, and don’t experiment nearly enough with the coarseContinue Reading

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooked Brisket

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooked Brisket

ShareTweet Happy new year to those of you who celebrate Rosh Hashanah. L’Shanah Tovah! Last night, we sat around our beat up kitchen table, the same one Steve and I had in our tiny NYC apartment, now marked by over a decade of scribbles and tasty spills, and ate this tender brisket. It was ourContinue Reading

Cider Braised Pork with Apples: My Fall Back Dish

Cider Braised Pork with Apples: My Fall Back Dish

ShareTweet Most people have one. A fall back dish. A family favorite they can make with their eyes closed, can whip off in a pinch, without consulting recipes or breaking a sweat. I love to learn these dishes. I think it tells so much about a family. My friend Loren taught me how to makeContinue Reading

>Goodbye Old Friend

ShareTweet >Old friend, you’ve witnessed many phases in my life. I brought you home proudly, an expensive acquisition for a college girl in her sophomore year. I didn’t use you much then, but I loved having you around, knowing that if I chose to go out less, you would keep me fed and fulfilled withContinue Reading

>Short Ribs and Crock Pots: a Marriage Made in Heaven

ShareTweet >Our driveway is now covered with a treacherous mix of ice, slush, and powdery snow. My pants are constantly wet and stained from dragging in the slushy mix. And our house is becoming an island because of the large pond of semi-melted snow at the end of our driveway. I’m so ready for winterContinue Reading