Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at
Halloween is a great time of year when the weather is cooling down and hot foods are coming back in. If you are having a party or special dinner then pumpkin soup made in your slow cooker has to be on the menu.
Here is a recipe for pumpkin soup with a twist. The addition of garlic and some other vegetables gives it a new taste to the traditional soup. Make it in your crock pot slow cooker and serve it in pumpkin shaped bowls or make your own by hollowing out a large pumpkin or individual ones. Brush with a little lemon juice to stop discoloring and serve immediately you fill the shells.
Pumpkin and Garlic Soup
1/2 cup yellow split peas (soak overnight)
1 tbs olive oil
1 chopped onion
2 cloves crushed garlic
20oz (550g) small pumpkin pieces
5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
pinch of salt, pepper and nutmeg
15oz (42g) can creamed corn
Heat oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic and toss until clear. Transfer to your slow cooker and add the peas, stock and the pumpkin. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Make sure the lid fits well and no steam escapes. Add the corn and seasonings and cook for another 2 hours. Take out at least a cup of soup especially some of the peas and blend, then add back to thicken the soup. Serve with crusty bread and top with some chopped parsley.
How easy is that! I hope you enjoy this pumpkin and garlic soup this Halloween.
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Monday, September 28th, 2015 at
I remember my mother teaching me to cook and the happy times I spent in the kitchen with her. Easy cooking for kids doesn’t have to be something you are going to spend all day on as kids get bored rather quickly anyway. Using your slow cooker will mean they can get their cooking started and then watch it as it cooks.
Follow these 4 tips and your experience and theirs will be memorable:
- Use simple recipes and the kind of food they like to eat.
- Use easy to read step by step instructions. Easy cooking for kids depends on this for success.
- Try and keep the number of steps to a minimum with five being the most. If the recipe is too complicated they will get bored and you will have to finish it all off. Crock pot cooking is good in this respect as you often can get three step recipes or less.
- Select the ingredients and have them all together measure out ready to go. For example have chicken pieces already cut to the size you need for the recipe. This is especially important if the children are young so you can avoid them using knives.
Cooking in your slow cooker provides easy cooking for kids as it is relatively safe compared to the oven or stove top cooking methods. Also these recipes are fairly foolproof in the crock pot so they will have some good experiences cooking with you.
The good news too is that when you cook in your crock pot or slow cooker you won’t end up with lots of washing up to do and this is good news for you and the kids. If you are busy you can get older children to cook simple recipes in the slow cooker all by themselves and that can be a great help to you as well.
You can see that using the slow cookers can provide a way for easy cooking for kids. Pick easy step recipes and they will be rewarded with a great experience lovely crock pot meals. Don’t forget you can also cook cakes and desserts in the crock pot and kids love these too.
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at
Orange Glazed Ham
5 lb. Precooked Boneless Ham
3 oz. pkg. Orange Juice Concentrate
1/2 cup Molasses
1. Preheat the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a small roasting pan, put the ham with the fat facing upwards.
3. Place ham in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes per pound. A meat thermometer will register 140 degrees Fahrenheit when done.
4. While ham is baking in the oven, mix the orange juice concentrate with the molasses until the orange juice has dissolved. Set aside to form glaze.
5. When the ham has finished cooking, take it out of the oven and throw out the drippings.
6. Take a knife and score the ham, lightly. You can put whole cloves in the scores for extra taste.
7. Drizzle the prepared glaze over the top of the ham and then cook for another 15-20 minutes before you set aside to cool. The ham should be allowed to cool for a minimum of 20 minutes before carving commences.
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