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Cinco de Mayo is coming soon – it’s Friday, May 5th.  Cinco de Mayo quite literally means the 5th of May in Spanish so it’s easy to keep track of the date 😊 If you aren’t familiar, here are 3 fun facts about Cinco de Mayo, 1) it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day, 2) it’s not a national holiday in Mexico, 3) it celebrates Mexico’s victory against Imperial France.  As you can see, it’s a relatively minor holiday that is celebrated regionally in Mexico….and pretty much everywhere in the United States.  In Puebla, Mexico it is celebrated with parades, parties, music, folk dancing, and traditional foods.  In the United States, it’s celebrated with Mexican food.  Are you sensing a theme to my blog post?  I’m going to share fun Mexican fares to enjoy for Cinco de Mayo or anytime you are craving Mexican food. Here’s my lineup: Homemade Flour Tortillas Slow Cooker Shredded Salsa Chicken Spicy Grilled Queso Chunky Guacamole Mexican Fried … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches are loaded with tender chicken, bell peppers, and onions, piled high on a hoagie roll and covered in melted cheese.  It’s a tasty meal that’s easy to make!  I think it’s perfect on a cold winter night or on a busy weekend because your slow cooker is doing most of the work. The recipe can be found here. Start by placing the chicken in a slow cooker.  I recommend using boneless skinless chicken breasts but if you prefer to use chicken thighs, make sure to trim some of the fat off first.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.  Season to taste.  I tend to add more garlic powder because we love the flavor. Pour the chicken broth over the top and cover.  Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours.  Add the bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms.  Cover and cook on LOW for an additional 1 ½ – 2 hours or until the … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup is my new favorite soup.  It’s rich, creamy, and loaded with the perfect toppings.  It’s a made from scratch soup but it’s SO SIMPLE, so please keep reading.  It’s hearty, can be a main entrée or served as a side dish/starter, reheats well so it can be enjoyed for lunch throughout the week, and makes a lot.  When I first thought about making a baked potato soup, I thought this is just going to be like eating mashed potatoes.  But it’s not!  It has all the flavors of mashed potatoes but with a different consistency.  It’s yummy and perfect for this time of you. The recipe can be found here. Start by washing and peeling the potatoes.  I prefer to peel my potatoes but if you like to leave the skin on, that’s just fine.  Then, slice into 1-2-inch pieces.  Chop the onion and mince the garlic. Add the potatoes, garlic, onion, chicken broth, salt, and … Continue reading

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Festival Foods sells these wonderful extra meaty baby back pork ribs.  They are approximately 3lbs per package and have the most tender meat.  I bought 2 packs and cooked them in a slow cooker with different BBQ sauce recipes.  They were phenomenal!  The key is low and low for tender meat.  The meat falls right off the bone and melts in your mouth.  If you like ribs, you must try these recipes! Slow Cooker BBQ Dr Pepper Baby Back Ribs Slow Cooker BBQ Root Beer Baby Back Ribs Both are finger lickin’ good!  And super easy to make with only 5 ingredients each.  It’s a reasonably priced meal that will please anyone in your household.  Make sure to purchase the EXTRA MEATY ribs.  Let’s walk through how to make each recipe. Slow Cooker BBQ Dr Pepper Baby Back Ribs are sweet and tangy with a rich cola flavor. Start by seasoning both sides of the ribs with salt … Continue reading

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As colder weather sets in you are probably looking for something warm and filling to satisfy your cravings.  It is apple season (so move over pumpkin spice) and I think apple is one of the best flavors of the season because it pairs well with many dishes.  There are so many varieties of apples you are sure to find one that is your favorite and tastes great on a salad, or in a sandwich, or perhaps baked into a dessert. I like to create new recipes each fall that are themed around apples and have a few to share with you today: Slow Cooker Apple Cider Chicken & Apple Melts with Honey Mustard Gouda, Apple & Bacon Naan Flatbread Caramel Apple Cupcakes   Slow Cooker Apple Cider is completely homemade.  The base is water, you add chopped fruit and some mulling spices, turn on the slow cooker, and forget it overnight.  Your house will … Continue reading

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Slow cooker meals are great for any time of year.  Simply set it and forget it and you have a tasty meal that is hearty, filling, and will feed the whole family.  That’s what my recipe for Slow Cooker Shredded Thai Curry Chicken is…. simple but delicious.  The chicken is braised in a coconut-curry mixture and is moist and tender.  The coconut-curry is Thai style with a base of coconut milk, onions, peppers (spicy), sugar (sweet), fish sauce (tangy), and lime juice (citrus)…it’s like a flavor explosion in your mouth.  You then finish the dish with fresh herbs and serve it over a bed of rice. The recipe can be found here. Start by placing the chicken in the bowl of the slow cooker.  Top with the coconut milk, curry powder, fish sauce (or you can substitute soy sauce), lime juice, brown sugar, green onions, red onion, jalapeno, garlic, and ginger. Cover and cook on LOW … Continue reading

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The 4th of July is right around the corner and as things seem to be returning to normal, I’m sure a lot of people are planning a gathering with friends and family to celebrate.  I know we sure are!  The weather is predicted to be beautiful and sunny, and we haven’t entertained in a while, so we are really looking forward to the holiday. I have a few new recipes to share with you today.  They are all 4th of July themed and something you can easily add to your menu – or anytime throughout summer!  I plan on making a few of these this upcoming weekend and look forward to enjoying them at our party. The first recipe is for Firecracker Hot Dogs.  Think hot dog wrapped in breadstick or crescent roll dough and baked to perfection.  They are super simple to make, will satisfy even the pickiest eater, … Continue reading

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Are you ever hosting a party or having a few guests over for dinner but don’t know what to serve?  I always struggle with what to cook because I want my guests to enjoy the meal but also want time to socialize and not be stuck in the kitchen.  Pulled chicken or pulled pork is always a good option.  You can prepare it in the slow cooker so it’s no fuss, it feeds a crowd, and is great to serve for a build-your-own-sandwich bar.  Or you can make it for yourself to enjoy for meals through the week or to freeze for later. Today, I want to share my 2 recipes for pulled chicken.  I haven’t tried these recipes with pork, but I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t substitute the chicken for pork to make pulled pork sandwiches.  If you do try this, let me know how it … Continue reading

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Normally by mid-December we would have a plan for Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day brunch, and Christmas Day dinner…. it’s a busy 2 days to say the least!  But we have zero plans scheduled at the moment.  It’s an odd feeling and we know we are not along.  Do you spend time with family and friends over the holidays or opt for a quiet day at home?  Do you take the simple route and order a meal to go from your favorite restaurant or perhaps a heat-and-serve meal from the grocery store?  Whatever you end up doing, it will be a year to remember! We will still have a lovely meal to commemorate the holidays and spend the day cooking together.  I have a few recipes I want to share with you that not only make the perfect Christmas meal but are great options when cooking for a small group … Continue reading

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With the low temperatures we’ve had lately I want to hunker down and have a hot meal after work.  Chicken Apple Chili is my new favorite go-to meal!  It’s a bit non-traditional but is very easy to assemble, is light and refreshing, and is the perfect fall meal.  Plus, it comes together in just a few hours (set it and forget it) so you aren’t waiting 4-8 hours like traditional chili. The recipe can be found here. You need a slow cooker for this one-pot recipe.  Add all ingredients to the bowl of the slow cooker, except the apples, and stir together.  Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.  Serve with chopped apples on top.  Easy peasy! The only real effort you need to put into this recipe is chopping the veggies. I also like to use rotisserie chicken in this recipe.  It’s pre-cooked and reduced the amount of … Continue reading

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