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Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should We’ve entered what I semi-affectionately call slow cooker season. This is the time of year where baseball begins and we get home late two to three nights a week. I live and die by my slow cooker, a Crock Pot programmable model (see a screen shot of a […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Slow Cooker Bratwurst

Bratwurst in a Crock Pot To say that I’ve been relying on my slow cooker a lot lately is a massive understatement. We’re in soccer season now, which means twice weekly soccer practices that don’t end until 7:15. This is a huge issue. I can’t pick the boy up and feed him dinner at 4:00 […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Lazy Slow Cooker Cacciatore

My mother didn’t like to cook, in spite of the fact that she did it six days a week. While I long ago abandoned such childhood specialties as elbow macaroni coated in melted Velveeta, there’s one quickie meal that I’ve returned to: lazy cacciatore. “Real” cacciatore has all kinds of ingredients, including mushrooms, wine and […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

I eat oats every weekday morning. No, really. Whether it’s regular old rolled oats or homemade muesli, it’s my go-to breakfast. Steel cut oats are great, but who has time to make them on a regular weekday morning when I’m juggling emails, school lunch-making and kid-dressing to even contemplate monitoring something on the stove. I’ve […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Slow Cooker Pepper Pork Chops

This is a wonderful recipe from Alton Brown of Food Network. I love Alton because he taught me how to cook. I’m reprinting the recipe here because it’s too good to pass up; I’d refer you to the original recipe on Food Network, but I don’t seem to have the kind of readers who do […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Slow Cooker Rice Pudding

Crock Pot Arborio Rice Pudding Rice pudding feels like a flashback to childhood. I can remember Betty standing over the stove, stirring the pudding, worried about  the mixture sticking and burning. I loved the outcome, but I couldn’t imagine the endless stirring, especially with the Tiny Kitchen Assistant also requiring nearly constant attention. I’ve come […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Best Slow Cooker Pot Roast With all apologies to Cook’s Country magazine, I got this idea while thumbing through an old issue in a waiting room several months ago, and only remembered it now because the dreary weather has demanded slow cooker comfort food. I think that the Cook’s recipe was for stew, but the philosophy is […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Steel Cut Oats in the Rice Cooker

Easy Steel Cut Oats Those of us who make steel cut oats know that they take a bit of time and some stovetop management: boil, simmer, stir. And then one day, it dawned on me: the rice cooker can do all of this for me! I’ve already tried to convince you that you need a […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo You Need a Rice Cooker

Why Buy a Rice Cooker? As a kid, I didn’t even know that rice cookers existed. Actually, I don’t think I’d ever even heard of them until I moved to California. (Cut me some slack; I lived a sheltered culinary existence in Campbell’s and Kraft-land.) But in California, everyone has a rice cooker. Everyone. I […] Read More

Even More Recipes

Variety is the spice of life. Also salt. Don’t forget the salt. This week, I’m sharing dinner recipes AND some of my existing go-to bread/muffin recipes that I appear to have been keeping to myself. Sorry about that. The Winners Banana Bread The availability of overripe bananas — and the ability to make banana bread […] Read More