Slow Cooker Smokey Ham and White Bean Soup

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I’ve got a thing for a good ham and bean soup. It’s old school.  A staple.  Nostalgia central.   It’s like a really fantastic,  super old pair of Chuck Taylors, or that worn in sweatshirt with all the holes in it.  Solid.  Legit. Classic.  Always in style.  So this recipe?  My jam.

I’ve tried simmering this stuff on the stove for hours.  I’ve soaked the beans overnight.  I’ve used beans from a can.   I’ve seared the ham before slow cooking it.  I’ve added roasted garlic.  The list could go on.   I’ve fussed around with ham and bean soup in every way, shape or form and this ridiculous, itty bitty, hardly-any-work-or-ingredients recipe is by far the best I have done to date.   Continue reading

Slow Cooker Chicken and Poblano Stew

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Slow Cookers.  They can be such a time and sanity saver.  But, as you know, I’m really finicky about what I put in them-I believe it’s my controlling food nature.  When I put something in the slow cooker I’ve lost control.  There’s no seasoning as you go, there’s no stirring, there’s no adding this or that.  It’s a hands off,  no-control zone for me.  So recipes I put in mine have to be precise…and special…and worthy.  This ones there.   Continue reading

3 Fast, Simple Ways to Glorify Pulled Pork

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Can you believe this weather, you guys?  It’s finally here.  And my guess is you want to be out enjoying it as much as possible…I know that is the case for me.  On top wanting to spend time outdoors things are a little nuts for all of us this time of year with weddings, graduation parties, end-of-school parties and BBQs.  Combine them all and it doesn’t leave much time to prepare meals, at least in my house. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pulled Chicken

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There are recipes like this floating around all over the internet.  Slow cooker southwest chicken in all shapes and forms and I’ve tried so many variations.  My sister found this recipe on Pinterest and we couldn’t love it more.  I added a few spices because heaven forbid I leave any recipe alone (control issues, friends-Im working on it) but in my opinion the smoked paprika is key…so yummy.  I’ll be making this over and over again…the more delicious minimal ingredient, throw-in-the-slow-cooker-and-leave-it-alone-all-day recipes I can keep in my back pocket, the merrier, for sure.  This chicken makes awesome quesadillas, tacos, salads and so much more.  But piled on top of a crispy tortilla (like in this recipe) with spinach and blazing hot salsa is my very favorite way to eat it. Continue reading

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Cabbage Slaw

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Well, as promised, here is a follow up to last weeks simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe.  Although a Pulled Pork Sandwich is one of the more common ways to utilize the pork, this sandwich tastes nothing close to ordinary.  It’s exceptional.  Juicy, tender pulled pork, tangy, sweet bbq sauce and cool, crunchy, creamy slaw?  Theres not much else I can say here, folks..it’s out of this world.  My husband is nuts for this sandwich. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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Dare I say it, friends?  It is nearing that time of year again.  School is about to begin which means less time for preparing meals or, for some families, even enjoying meals together.  School, activities, work and everything in between all come together to form one big blob of chaos, for most.  I’ve had quite a few requests for crock pot recipes to help ease into the chaotic evenings and this pulled pork is a total winner.   Continue reading