THE MAGICAL CROCK POT

Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite ways to cook.  It is in the crock pot.  For years now, I have come home nearly every Sunday to a home cooked lunch.  My secret is to plan out my meal and ingredients on Saturday and then spend about 10-15 minutes preparation on Sunday morning.  When I get home from church, my house smells wonderful, and I can sit down and enjoy lunch with my children and grandchildren.

I usually cook a roast and potatoes, chicken and potatoes, barbecue pork, spaghetti or ribs in the spring and summer.  I also make delicious soups, stews and chili in the fall and winter.  Sometimes, I use two at the time, one for the meat and one for the vegetable.

There are many cookbooks written just for the crock pot.  The timing is also easy – 3 to 6 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low.  It is hard to mess up a recipe in the crock pot and easy to clean up after cooking.  I think 10 to 15 minutes prep time is a good trade off for a home cooked meal any day.

I also bake regular potatoes and sweet potatoes in mine.  I use it several times a week.  I will give you one of my favorite recipes for the crock pot that you might not find in a cookbook.  It is for BOILED PEANUTS, I was born and raised a southern girl.  Just pour 2 bags raw peanuts in the shell, in a large crock pot.  I like the jumbo ones.  Not roasted, but raw.  Add 1 cup regular salt.  Fill the crock pot with water, cover and cook on low all night.  You may not be able to sleep if you love boiled peanuts because you can smell them cooking all night!  When you wake up, drain, place in plastic bags and refrigerate.  YUM YUM!

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