Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

My personal feeling is that baked apples are usually quite a bit sweeter than they need to be. So, here you have this very simple, barely sweet version – with warm, fragrant spices, and just a touch of oats! With the ease … Continue reading

Winter Stew with Potatoes, Barley, and Lentils

Winter Stew with Potatoes, Barley, and Lentils

My father-in-law was reminiscing a few years ago about a family dish his mom used to make when he was a little boy. It was a stew, he recalled in great detail, with beef, beans, and root vegetables. He posed … Continue reading

Best Split Pea Soup

Best Split Pea Soup

This recipe has a long history, and goes back several decades. My mom made a wonderful split pea soup, and when I was growing up, it was always one of my favorites. She would top it with “buttered toast squares” … Continue reading

Cranberry, Apple, and Pear Slow Cooked Crumble

Cranberry, Apple, and Pear Slow Cooked Crumble

As a great fan of desserts that practically make themselves, this recipe is among my favorites. It’s a medley of winter fruits, and really shines around the holidays because it features the beauty and flavor of whole fresh cranberries. These … Continue reading

Chai-Spiced Steel Cut Oats

Chai-Spiced Steel Cut Oats

My mighty slow cookers (of almost every size) continue to get a heavy workout during Michigan’s ultra-cold winter months. A few weeks ago, I shared one of my favorite reasons – Breakfast Bean And Tofu Burritos – inspired by Kathy Hester’s book (Vegan … Continue reading

Breakfast Tofu and Bean Burritos

Breakfast Tofu and Bean Burritos

My slow cooker and I have been pretty good friends for a long time, but I’m head-over-heals in love with it now, thanks to Kathy Hester’s newest book, Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You. As a fan … Continue reading

Spicy Chana Masala

Spicy Chana Masala

Chana Masala is the name of a slightly spicy chickpea stew, and also refers to the name of the complex spice blend used to make that dish. A big thank-you goes to my sister-in-law Janet, for sharing her recipe with … Continue reading

Best Veggie Chili

Best Veggie Chili

Preparing soups and stews throughout the autumn months is good therapy for me as the air gets crisp and the daylight wanes. That’s when I reach for my Crock-Pot. And one of my favorite comfort foods to slow cook is … Continue reading