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Mulled Apple Cider ~ For Crock Pot


1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 quarts apple cider
1 tsp whole allspice
1 1/2 tsp whole cloves
3 whole cinnamon sticks
2 large oranges, sliced

Put all ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir until the brown sugar is well dissolved. Cover cook on Low for 2 to 4 hours. Strain spices before serving.

This recipe is from www.crock-pot.com

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Chuck Wagon Chili

2 pounds lean round beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chopped onions
2 cups beef broth
1 cup water
2 cups canned tomatoes, not drained
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne peppe
4 cups cooked pinto beans

Combine all ingredients except beans in your slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Add beans and cook an additional 1-2 hours.

Vegetarian Stew

Black beans, 1 can
Chick peas, 1 can
Butter beans, 1 can
Red Kidney bean, 1 can
Corn, whole kernel, 1 can
Crushed Tomatos, 1 large can
Tomato Paste, 1 little can
Yucca, (they come all different sizes, you decide)
Shallots, 2
Sofrito, amount per directions on jar
Dark Brown sugar or molasses, to taste
Louisiana Hot Sauce, optional to taste
Herbs, to taste
Rice (optional)

Coat the crock pot with cooking spray or use one of those new cooking bags for crock pots.  Add all the canned ingredients, beans, tomatoes, paste and corn; but first rinse off all the starch. You do not need to strain the corn; but if you like to drink corn juice, like I do, feel free!

Peel and cut yucca root into chunks and add into pot. I boiled it first but that was because I am unfamiliar with yucca. I think that you do not need to boil it; but you folks judge if you know yucca.

Chop and add the shallots, and by all means, add more if you want to. I am just trying to stick with two for awhile as I am unfamiliar with them. Now, I’ve never used Sofrito before and if you are not familiar with it, information here. ( Here are some recipes on how to make your own sofrito. )Yum!

Even though I let you guys know that there are directions on the jar on how much to add, I dumped in half the jar before I knew it. I wouldn’t recommend that in the interest of getting your money’s worth, though, it was pretty cheap. The finished product was still pretty good. My goal with this recipe was to create something sweet and spicy, so I added a solid form of molasses I found at the store, much like dark brown sugar. Chucked in some Louisiana Hot Sauce. I love this because of the vinegar, so if you don’t have it, add a little vinegar, preferably balsamic vinegar. I grow rosemary, so I added some of that and Mrs. Dash’s Southwestern Chipotle seasoningno salt!

Add water just to cover everything. If you want thick gravy, take a tsp. or so of corn starch, mix with just enough cold water to liquify it and add it to your veggie stew. Mix everything up well. Crock pot should be set to 4 hours on LOW. You’re good to go!… Literally, out the door if you want to…… whoohoo!

You can throw this over rice if you want, but I didn’t. I loved it the way it was. If you want to add other stuff… again, feel free and I’d love to hear how it came out.


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