Quick Mulled Apple Cider

Ever since I made a gigantic crock pot of mulled wine for Thanksgiving last year, I have been loving hot mulled drinks this time of year.  I wanted to come up with one that didn’t take hours in a slow cooker, so I whipped up this recipe for quick stovetop apple cider! Continue reading

Slow Cooker/Pressure Cooker Chicken Broth

I think it’s a definite staple for every home cook to know how to make their own stock. In the fall/winter, I make so much soup, stew, etc. that we literally buy cartons upon cartons of the grocery store variety. With the recent arrival of Jay’s new pressure cooker (which I, of course, quickly stole and learned how to use), I figured I should probably start making my own. Armed with a couple of chicken carcasses left over from roasting, and a basic knowledge of how not to kill myself with the pressure cooker, I have to say I’m really pleased with how it turned out! Continue reading

Slow Cooker Pork Au Jus

In the early years of my culinary life, I wasn’t really one for slow-cookers, and in the early years of my whole life, the same could be said of pork.  Pork is dry, pork is flavorless, and pork chops are a poor man’s steak.  Right?Wrong!Believe it or not, pork is a unique meat that needs to be treated and cooked very differently than chicken or beef.  And when you get it right, oh how the magic does happen.  Magic like my slow cooker pork au jus.  Here’s what you need.  Continue reading

10-Minute* Slow Cooker Beef Stew

We all seem to be leading busier and busier lives these days, and we often hear that as a reason for not cooking at home, eating healthy, etc. This is the kind of recipe that you can throw together quickly before work, without much thought, and come home to a) your house smelling amazing and b) a delicious, home-cooked meal! If you don’t already own a crock-pot/slow cooker (depending on where you’re from), I’d highly highly recommend it! I own this set-and-forget model, reminiscent of a space ship, but you can’t go wrong with a more basic one, too.  Continue reading