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Osso Buco

by kara on January 14, 2013

Oh goodness.  It’s so ridiculously cold outside this week.  All it takes is frigid temps like these to make me hibernate and cook at home.  Osso Buco is one of my tried and true winter weather meals to make on a Sunday.  I start it mid-morning and let it simmer in the slow cooker, with […]


Favorite 2012 recipes

by kara on December 31, 2012

Hi friends! A few of you have mentioned how quiet I’ve been lately. The holidays and a few illnesses have taken over my time, but I promise I’ll be back with more recipes to share in 2013. Two slow cooker dishes and one cookie recipe were the top 3 recipes from 2012.  Apparently, comfort food […]


Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Roast

by kara on February 2, 2012

I’m on a slow cooker kick.   My last three posts have all been slow cooker recipes. Lately, Sundays have been crazy for us with hockey, yoga, errands, and housekeeping.  My slow cooker and rice cooker ( a new favorite kitchen appliance)  have been on auto-pilot.  I just love coming home to savory smells from the kitchen.  This dish […]

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Slow Cooker Picadillo

by kara on November 2, 2011

This recipe is yet another reminder of why I love my slow cooker.  Picadillo is a traditional Latin American dish, with variations depending on the region.  I’ve made this version several times, and it’s always a hit with my family.  We ate this dish again before Halloween trick-or-treating this year.  Jack was able to get some real food in […]

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BBQ Beef Sandwiches

by kara on February 3, 2011

Since our house has been under construction, I have been able to pull off making a few meals in my crock pot in our makeshift kitchen.  I’ve made this recipe several times, and it’s always great.  Don’t let the long list of ingredients fool you.  Once all of the ingredients are in the crock pot, you’re nearly done.   BBQ Beef Sandwiches Adapted […]


Pumpkin Curry Pork Tenderloin

by kara on January 23, 2011

This recipe really couldn’t be any easier.  I purchased a jar of Pumpkin Curry Sauce prior to the holidays.  The directions say to add it to any meat or vegetables, and simmer for 20 minutes.  I’ve made it a few times with pork tenderloin in a crock pot dish.  It’s always a success.  It has a hot and spicy Indian-like flavor, […]


Crock-Pot Chicken

by kara on January 13, 2011

This is not the healthiest recipe and it certainly isn’t gourmet. . .but it sure is comforting during this cold weather blast we’ve had this winter.  I do use light cream soups and sour cream to lighten it up.  It’s easy, and cooks all day long. Crock Pot Chicken Adapted from “If It Tastes good, Who Cares, […]


It’s cold outside.   There’s no denying it.  This meal will warm your body and soul.  It’s hearty.  Turn your kitchen into a bistro without leaving your house.  It makes at least 6 servings, so invite a few people over. . .or don’t and have leftovers the next day.  Use a good wine and enjoy a glass […]

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Carribean Style Pork

by kara on September 19, 2010

This is my Cooking Light Slow Cooker cookbook. . . the binding is coming apart, it has food stains, and is one of my prized possessions.  It’s a staple in my kitchen. Carribean Style Pork is one particular recipe from this book that I’ve made over and over again.   It is a bit time-consuming initially, but then all you have to […]


Pork Tacos

by kara on July 28, 2010

My family loves tacos. . .bean, beef, fish, pork.  They are so simple, yet satisfying.  Here’s a recipe for pork tacos that is super easy, healthy, and great for leftovers.  It cooks all day long in the crockpot-no heating up the house and smells great when you get home in the evening.  Recipe should be doubled if serving more than […]