Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Winner! And.... A Sad Announcement

Good Saturday morning to everyone!

First, I want to say that we have a winner for the brand new, revised Fix-It and Forget-It.... my 10 year-old did a random drawing and I am pleased to announce that the name he picked out of the bowl was.......

Steph the bookworm!!!

Woohoo!!  Way to go, Steph!  I will be sending you an e-mail to get your snail mail address and your awesome, fantastic, tasty-dish cookbook will go out next week!


Next, I need to make a sad announcement....

After much thought, I have decided to end Crock-Pot Chronicles!  :(

I find it very difficult to get followers for this blog, and since I also run A Cup of Tea and a Cozy For Me, I find it difficult to keep up with the two blogs at once.

I will still post some great recipes on A Cup of Tea; I just don't have the time to run two blogs with posts every day on both of them!
Thank you so much for those of you who have followed.  Perhaps if you're not a follower of A Cup of Tea yet, you'll consider popping over to see what we're all about.  It is primarily a book blog, but I also post recipes, product reviews, and have great discussion topics for everyone to get involved in.
I think I am going to incorporate a couple of weekly "memes" from Chronicles into my postings on A Cup of Tea... such as "Wish-List Wednesday" and "Five Ingredient Friday".  They probably won't all be slow-cooker recipes, but what the heck.... maybe you'll discover something new anyway.

So, I hope you'll all check out A Cup of Tea.  Thank you for your support on Chronicles, and hopefully I'll see you around the blogosphere.

For Crock-Pot Chronicles, this is Jeanne saying "over and out".

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wednesday Wish-List ... "Something Chocolatey"!

This week's wish list is brought to us by Steph!  She asked for something chocolatey.... so, without further ado I bring to you:

Hot Fudge Cake

1 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. all purpose flour
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla

3/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 c. boiling water

Mix together 1 cup of brown sugar, flour, 3 Tbsp. cocoa, baking powder and salt.  Stir in milk, butter and vanilla.  Spread into bottom of slow-cooker coated with cooking spray.

Mix together 3/4 c. brown sugar and 1/4 c. cocoa.  Sprinkle over slow cooker mixture.  Pour boiling water on top.
Cover and cook on High for 2-3 hours or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Serve by scooping spoonfuls of "cake" into bowls.


The cake is going to be ooey-gooey in the middle.  It is supposed to look like this.  The idea is that it is chocolate cake with a "hot-fudge" like center.

***** you MUST serve this warm with a big plop of ice cream on top or atleast whip cream!

This is decadent and oh-so-chocolatey!

I also have this recipe in a "bake-in-the-oven" version.  I can post it if anyone requests it.  But, honestly.... it's going to be 95 degrees here in New York today!  Do you really want to turn on your oven???
That's the beauty of using your crock-pot!  An awesome dessert recipe without heating up the house "baking" a cake!
Yee-haw!  Now that's what I'm talkin' about! :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Five Ingredient Friday...Baked Apples & Granola

Baked Apples & Granola

4 large apples, peeled and sliced
1/4 c. honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 c. dry granola cereal

Place apples in slow-cooker.
Combine remaining ingredients; sprinkle over apples.
Cover and cook on Low for 6 - 8 hours (or overnight), or on High for 2-3 hours.


*****this is great to serve on a breakfast buffet, or atop homemade Belgian waffles

*****my favorite way to have this... served warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel sundae topping.... yummy, yummy, yummy!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review: Fix-It and Forget-It Revised & Updated Edition... AND GIVEAWAY!

Normally on Wednesdays we do a wish-list, but since I didn't have any requests this week, I decided to do a review of the new revised & updated Fix-It and Forget-It slow cooker cookbook by Phyllis Pellman Good.

The New York Times bestseller has sold over 5 million copies, and for me, it is definitely the go-to cookbook I use for my crock-pot.

This brand new revised and updated edition contains 700 recipes that are easy to prepare and most of all, delicious to eat.  It has some fantastic new features that the old editions didn't have:
  • 100 brand new recipes
  • "Prep Time", "Cooking Time", and "Ideal Slow-Cooker Size" included for each recipe
  • 4 pages of basic and very helpful information: Substitute Ingredients, Equivalent Measurements, Kitchen Tools and Equipment You May Have Overlooked, Assumptions about Ingredients
  • "Tips for Using Your Slow-Cooker: A Friendly, Year-Round Appliance"
  • Drawings & illustrations
Revisions include:
  • Improved index
  • Personal Introduction by Phyllis Pellman Good
  • Good's personal comments throughout the recipes section

Perhaps the greatest thing about Fix-It and Forget-It is that every recipe is reader tested and submitted, so you know that the results are going to be fantastic!

This new revised edition is a beautiful softcover book that is easy to navigate.  It would make a great gift for a bridal shower along with a shiny new slow-cooker for the bride-to-be!


Now, on to the giveaway!  The publisher was kind enough to send me a copy of the new Revised & Updated Fix-It and Forget-It, and I will hold a random drawing for 1 winner to receive it. 
You must be a follower of Crock-Pot Chronicles to be eligible.
Leave me a comment saying you'd like to enter to win, and be sure to leave me your e-mail address.
A winner will be chosen at random on JUNE 1st.  I will e-mail the winner for their snail mail address, and if the winner does not respond in 48 hours, then a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck and thank you for participating!
Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: 700 Great Slow Cooker Recipes (Fix-It and Forget-It Series)

****I did not receive any compensation for a positive review of this product.  It was sent to me in exchange for an honest opinion.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tasty Tuesday... Ramen Noodle Stew

Ramen Noodle Stew

6 - 8 chicken pieces, skin removed (drumsticks and/or thighs)
4 carrots, cut into chunks
1 small onion, sliced very thin
2 c. water
2 pkg chicken flavored ramen noodles

Place chicken, carrots, and onion in slow-cooker.
In a large measuring cup, mix water with the two seasoning packets from the noodles.  Pour over chicken & vegetables.
Cover and cook on Low for 6 - 8 hours, or until chicken is tender and falling off the bone.
Remove chicken from pot and de-bone so you have large chunks of chicken.  Discard bones.  As you are de-boning, turn crock-pot on high.
Return chicken to pot. 
Break up ramen noodles into large pieces.  Put in crock-pot.  Stir to make sure noodles are covered in broth.
Cover and cook on High for 5 - 8 minutes, until noodles are cooked.

Serve in deep bowls, making sure each serving has plenty of chicken, carrots, and noodles in each bowl.


***** I don't recommend adding extra salt to this recipe, as the seasoning packets contain plenty of sodium.  We like fresh cracked pepper on our individual servings.

*****you can use boneless breasts in this recipe.  Just shred the chicken instead of de-boning.  I prefer bone-in pieces because I think it gives the broth alot of extra flavor.

*****a small salad and some warm rolls round out the meal.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Manic Monday.... Chicken Cacciatore With Mushrooms

I have this in my crock-pot as we speak.

It smells sooo good, and I can't wait to pile it on top of a heaping plate of spaghetti!

Chicken Cacciatore With Mushrooms

4 whole chicken legs, skin removed
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, quartered
2 26oz. jars spaghetti sauce
1/2 c. red wine

Place chicken legs in slow-cooker.  Put mushrooms in on top of chicken. 
In a large bowl, whisk together spaghetti sauce and red wine.
Add to slow-cooker.
Cover and cook on High for 3 hours, then switch to Low for 4 - 5 hours.

Serve over piping hot spaghetti.


*****feel free to add more chicken legs if you have a large family or company's coming.

*****today, I added some slices of pepperoni to the sauce.  Gives it awesome flavor.... but don't add too much, as it tends to make the sauce oily.  (I added like 10 pieces).

*****we have a family of four, so each person gets their own chicken leg.  Served with spaghetti and garlic bread, that is plenty for each person.

*****if you aren't fond of mushrooms, replace with some green pepper & onion slices.  Or add it with the mushrooms!

*****also, red wine is not a must have!  Leave it out if you prefer (but it sure does taste good!)


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Soupy Sunday.... Slow-Cooked Clam Chowder

My kids love clam chowder!  Wrong time of year, I know... but, this is a great recipe for Lenten "no meat" Fridays.

Also great on these cool Spring evenings - especially a day like today.... kind of cool and rainy.

This is a "semi-homemade" recipe, since it calls for canned soups.

Slow-Cooked Clam Chowder

3 10 3/4oz. cream of potato soup (Campbell's)
2 10 3/4oz. New England clam chowder (Campbell's)
1/2 c. butter (I use a little less)
1 small onion, diced
1 pint half & half
2 6oz. cans clams, chopped

Combine all ingredients in slow-cooker.  Cover and cook on Low for 2 - 4 hours.

*****I feel that a full 1/2 c. butter is too much, but you can use that much if that's how you like it. I actually use about 1/2 that much.  Play around and see how your family prefers it!

*****Don't add too much salt... the canned soups have plenty of sodium; we like ours with lots of fresh ground pepper, though!

***** we love to have plenty of oyster crackers on hand with this chowder! 

***** if you serve it with a small garden salad and corn-on-the-cob, you've got a simple meal.