Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Comfort Foods

Can someone check my temperature? For real – I have been a cooking fool over the past week. Like, using my crock pot more than I have in the past year.

In a week.

And this, the week we have no kitchen. Well, we have one, but it’s kinda half of one – I have to walk across the house to get to the fridge in the garage. Which makes cooking way more exercise than usual.

Maybe I’m burning off the calories of this good stuff?? Maybe not.

And really, is crock pot cooking really cooking? When I do next to nothing and it does it all, I feel like I’m cheating when I say I’ve been cooking.

All I know is I’ve been making yummy meals and I’m loving it. Imagine how much I’ll love it when I have my island and garbage can and refrigerator back? It’s going to get spectacular!! ;)

I’m sharing some of our favorites from the past week or so and some changes, if any, that I made to them. (I’m just sharing the original poster’s pics and I’ll recap each recipes here.)

First up – a truly scrumptious recipe I found on Pinterest from Bubble Crumb:

Crock Pot Chick and Dumplings

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It is SOOOOO good! Whooeee, I’m so thrilled to find this. I am a chicken and dumplings NUT. Have you had them at Cracker Barrel? (I almost wrote Crate and Barrel. You can how much I think about cooking – never.)

Anyway – yummo! This does not disappoint.

Here’s the deets:

4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons butter
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can chicken broth
1 onion diced (I used half of one)
1 tablespoon dried parsley
4 grands flaky refrigerator biscuits (I used five)

Put the chicken, butter, cream of chicken, chicken broth, parsley and onions in the crock pot and cook on high for four to six hours. Mine only needed five, and probably didn’t even need that much.

As the chicken cooks and gets tender, break it up with a spoon or fork, whatever.

Get your biscuits and cut them into nine pieces. I kind of rolled them into balls to ensure they stayed whole but it’s not necessary. Stir into chicken mixture and cook for another hour.

(The recipe says to cook for 30 minutes and my biscuits were not done at that point. One hour did the trick.)

I noticed as it cooked that it was a tiny bit thick, and the recipe said to add chicken broth if necessary. I was out of that, so I used chicken soup and it worked great. ;) I just put a bit in to make it a little creamier.

It was AWESOME. (!!!)

Next up, one of the many great recipes from Tracie’s place that I shared last weekend. This one is crock pot mac and cheese:

Crock Pot Easy Mac and Cheese

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The goodies:

1/2 pound elbow macaroni
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Dash of Worcestershire sauce

Very important before you do anything – spray the crock pot well with cooking spray. This cheesy goodness will stick otherwise. I sprayed but not well enough. :)

Mix the egg, fresh milk, evaporated milk, and Worcestershire together in a large bowl. Mix in the uncooked macaroni and three cups of shredded cheese. Pour into the crock pot and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

Cook on low for five to six hours. Do not stir or remove lid while cooking.

That whole not stirring thing was so hard for me. Not sure why. I always feel the need to stir.

I cooked ours on high for five hours and it only needed four, if that. It was a bit overdone. I also used a bit too much cheese (I know, is there such a thing?) – I used thicker shredded cheese, and I think the finely shredded would have worked better. It was just major CHEESE and combined with being cooked a bit too long, it wasn’t as good as I know it could be.

But, it was still GOOD. :) I know it would be GREAT with those little changes. I plan on giving it another go this weekend. ;)

And I saved the best for last…hold on peeps. This is fan-freaking-tastic. I also found this on on Pinterest and it’s from Chef Mommy:

Crock Pot Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Ohhh…I’m drooling just thinking about it. SO. GOOD.

This one takes a teeny bit more work, but it’s so worth it.

4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 package of Rice-a-Roni long grain and wild rice
1/2 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
1/2 tsp pepper
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
2 cups half and half
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup diced celery (we’re not bit celery people so I used one small can of mushrooms – SO GOOD)

Mix the broth, water, carrots, mushrooms, chicken and rice (and the seasoning packet) in the slow cooker.

Cook on low for six to eight hours or on high for four hours. I did the high version and it turned out great.

Once chicken gets tender (couple hours in), break it up into pieces while cooking.

At the end of the cooking time, get a small bowl and mix the salt, pepper and flour. In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in flour mixture by tablespoon to form a roux.

I had no idea what a roux was, but found out it’s a mixture used as thickener for stews, soups and gravy:

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Then, while still on the heat (I’m guessing here – that’s what I did), whisk in the half and half, a little at a time, into the roux until mixed completely and smooth.

Stir this yummy mixture into the soup in the crock pot then let it cook on low for 15 more minutes.

Then die and go to heaven cause it tastes that good.

Oh my goodness. I think I need to go eat some leftovers.

Mine was a bit thick – almost like gravy, not soupy like the photo. But that’s how we like it. :) You could add a bit more broth if you like it thinner. (Wait to see how it cooks up first.)

So there you go – my very favorite comfort foods from the past week! I really don’t know what is wrong with me – we’ve had cool weather the past couple of days, but the chicken and dumplings I made on a 95 degree day.

I guess I’m just craving comfort. ;) If you are too, you can’t go wrong with any of these!

Any yummy, easy fall recipes you make all season? I’d love to hear about them -- I need to plan out the dinners for the rest of the week. Stop laughing, I’m FOR REAL.

Yes, taking my temperature. And then reheating some leftovers. Hollllla…

89 comments:

  1. Perfect timing as the weather starts cooling down! Have you seen Crock Pot Girls on FB? SOOO many recipes - hard to keep up!

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  2. hahaha! I love that you almost wrote Crate and Barrel! Its already getting cold here in New York - sweatshirt weather for suuuuure! So I'm gonna try these comfort food recipes! If it's already cold I can decorate for fall right?? :)

    xoxo, Mallory

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  3. All of these recipes look great. But since it is still in the 100s out here, we are going to wait on eating anything hot.

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  4. The 5 pounds from just looking at all of that so welcome!

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  5. Yum! I started to think I should just stay away because they look too good and then I got to the creamy chicken soup. Yeah...that's saved!

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  6. Hey Sarah --- one of the best recipes on my blog is angel chicken. So so good!!! Yes try the mac n cheese again. My crock pot is probably older. It was a wedding gift 15 years ago:)http://cleverlyinspired.blogspot.com/2011/02/angel-chickenslow-cooker.html

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  7. I have been loving my crockpot lately too! (Crockpot Girls on FB has been rather inspiring...) Last night I made Blueberry Cobbler in my crockpot, and today I did a Biscuit-topped Potpie. Yummy! Planning to try a bread pudding next, I think. Or, maybe steel cut oats....

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  8. It all looks amazing... but let me say, that Chicken and Dumplings recipe really is amazing. In fact, I've got a can of buscuits in the fridge right now because I'm making them tomorrow! Now that it's cold I'm ready for comfort food again(but I guess I made chili last week when it was 90 degrees too, so maybe I'm just ready for fall!)

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  9. Great recipes and I hope to use a couple of them soon. We have a big bowl of pinto beans soaking overnight and will cook these up tomorrow and add a skillet of cornbread. Fall is for comfort food! Can't wait to see what you cook up when you get your kitchen back!

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  10. I *heart* my crockpot! Thanks for teasing me with all this yumminess! The hubby and I are on the south beach diet so half of this stuff is a big fat no. I use my crockpot in the summer a lot. No slaving over a hot stove! We like spicy pork stew, chicken noodle soup, bbq chicken and pot roast. Yum yum yum! :)

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  11. crock pots are the bomb!!!! Love the recipes

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  12. Of course it is cooking!! Of course, I say I cooked dinner if I order pizza or drive through Subway... so maybe I am not the best one to ask! :) Thank you for sharing your recipes! I need new ones! I only make about 3-4 meals in the crockpot.. but they all are yummy- I need a few new ones! Also, I wanted to let you know they make liners for crockpots to make clean up a breeze... after all... you shouldn't have to cook and clean! :)

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  13. I must say that crock potting is totally wonderful! I'm a piano teacher two days a week from home and on my "long" day of teaching I deemed it "crockpot Thursday" and am looking forward to all my recipes to come...Yours look yummy but I can't eat eat dairy so I couldn't eat any of them :( Never fear! I have plenty of others pinned on my Pinterest board!

    http://pinterest.com/organizemadefun/crock-pot-recipes/

    Just got to love having that useful kitchen tool!

    Becky B.
    www.organizingmadefun.com
    Organizing Made Fun

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  14. I LOVE using my crockpot, it makes life easy lol. Those recipes look yummy. I have a chicken and dumplings recipe from my mother but it requires making my own dough, but it would be nice to have quicker biscuit option. Also, I never would have thought to make mac and cheese in a crockpot but I think I will give it a shot.

    Thanks for helping me look forward to those chilly evenings :-)

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  15. I'm drooling over the Chicken & Dumplings! Definitely going to try it once the weather cools down (it's still 100 degrees here in Southern California).

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  16. I am definitely trying the chicken and dumplings and mac and cheese. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Definitely gonna hafta try the chicken & wild rice! One of our favorite crock pot recipes is Dede's Taco Soup. So simple yet so good!

    Also, if you have a smaller crock pot, try making some Irish steel-cut oats for breakfast!

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  18. Yum! Cannot wait to try these. Thanks for posting with your added comments.

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  19. I was wondering how your chicken & dumplings turned out. Thanks so much for the other recipes, too.

    I've been on a serious comfort-food kick lately, which is really not normal for me. You can bet I'm gonna try all these recipes.

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  20. These ALL sound wonderful! I can't decide which one I want to make first. I use my crock pot a lot. Even in the summer because it doesn't heat up the entire kitchen and it saves a lot on the electric bill. I always use it to cook my chicken if it will be going into a casserole. It comes out much more tender. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I'm SO excited you shared these recipes! I have been wanting to dig out my ol' crock pot for a while now, but haven't been overly motivated to search for some new recipes. Thanks for sharing :) Love the post!

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  22. I made that same mac and cheese this past weekend and thought I majorly messed up because mine was done by four hours, too. I'm not a very good cook though, so I figured I was just wrong and let it cook a bit longer. Bad idea! The bits that weren't overcooked were really tasty though :)

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  23. i JUST posted about my love for crock pots a few days ago! You can check it out here if you want: http://thecellardoorstories.blogspot.com/2011/09/crock-pot-cooking.html

    it has my favorite, super-easy recipe for Pork BBQ! :)

    I can't wait to try those chicken & dumplings! have a great day!

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  24. My crockpot is such a lifesaver with 3 young kiddos and another one the way next month! Our absolute FAVORITE is Crockpot Chicken. Sounds boring but it is simply A.MA.ZING! 3 large chicken breasts, 1 can Cream of Chicken, 1 package of Cream Cheese, and 1 Zesty Italian Seasoning packet. Put all together and cook on low for 6 hours. Shred chicken. Make some egg noodles about 5 minutes before chicken is ready - then top egg noodles with the chicken mixture. Even my PICKY kids will eat this and ask for more. I promise it's a keeper! :)

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  25. Thanks for the post! I was actually just getting ready to look up what to make for dinner. I decided on your chicken and dumplings recipe. It looks so good!

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  26. Thanks for sharing the chicken and dumplings. I think that could have the potential to be a crowd pleaser, even for my 3 year old, whose food groups include chicken nuggets, fruit, green beans, and cake.

    It was COLD here yesterday. Cold! I am a little disappointed b/c the weather says it will be back up to 85 next week...so I guess it is a good thing that I bought some short sleeved stuff for the girls to wear to school....

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  27. My mouth is drooooooolin. Thanks for sharing!!

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  28. Love these recipes! I love my crockpot. I will definitely use these, especially the chicken and wild rice one! (Have you had the chicken and wild rice soup from Panera? Sooo yummy!) I'm hoping to take these recipes and make them healthier. (The mac and cheese might be hard! Haha) thanks for the great recipes and congrats on your new found love of cooking!

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  29. Roux! I'm from South Louisiana, so I'm pretty familiar with that. A lot of the recipes around here start with, "first, you make a roux." They even had jarred roux at the grocery store now (but I'd rather make my own). Gotta make it just right 'cause a bad roux can destroy a dish. But it sure can make some yummy food.

    I too looove my crockpot. Sometimes I just stew my meats in it to add to a stove cooked soup later in the evening, or sometimes I do it all in the crockpot. So handy! I imagine your cooking times vary based on the power/heat of the individual crockpot, much like microwave times vary.

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  30. Yum! I'll take a bowl of each :-)

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  31. I repinned that chicken and wild rice soup last night. That's one of my favorite soups. Try it in a bread bowl for pure awesomeness.

    And here's a tip for totally awesome cheater breadbowls: buy frozen bread dough. Let it thaw, then cut one loaf into 4 pieces. Roll them into ball shapes and bake. Super yummy!

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  32. So funny--I call Cracker Barrel Crate & Barrel all the time. Glad I'm not the only one who has C&B on the brain. Ha.

    I'm printing out this chicken & dumplings recipe and giving it a shot asap. Looks delish. Thanks, Sarah! :)

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  33. I think I'm the only woman in America who doesn't own a crock pot...but as our days get busier, I think I'll have to cave. That is, unless cereal for dinner continues to be acceptable to my kids. :)

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  34. I'm so glad you tried that ckn and dumplin recipe...i've seen it and wanted to try it so it's on the menu this week!

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  35. Thanks! These all looks like things my family would LOVE. Here's another one for you. . .and if you don't like pork tenderloin, use chicken breasts. My son requested this for his BIRTHDAY -- ha! So good and so easy.
    When you said cut up the biscuits in 9 pieces, did you mean each biscuit in 9 pieces?

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  36. These sound DELICIOUS! Thanks so much for sharing - can't wait to give them a try!

    Emily

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  37. They sell disposable liners for crockpots now! They are similar to cooking bags for turkey, etc. On camp outs I cook almost exclusively with my crockpot. The liners are so easy! Place it in the crockpot, cook, then toss. No messy clean up! I swear by them! lol

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  38. OK, guess I didn't give you the link for the pork tenderloin. . .http://jennisseasons.blogspot.com/2010/01/sunday-dinner.html
    Going through your comments I've found lots of other things to try too :) Great post. Thank you.

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  39. LOL! I am in the same mind set! It was 95 degrees here yesterday and do you know what I served for dinner? The Pioneer
    Woman's spicy pinto beans with cornbread. All kinds of wrong for the weather, but still so dang good! I am book-marking this and am going to try each of these recipes! MMMM.

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  40. Those Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners are awesome! Just line your crock, add ingredients, & cook as you normally would, but after you’re done, simply pull the liner out and toss! No scrubbing!

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  41. Hey Sarah - you go girl! I love cooking and these recipes look easy and sooo delicious. In the years I've had my crock pot, I think I've used it maybe 5 times. This year I need to use it more. It's soo nice to put it on in the morning and have dinner waiting for you. Thanks for sharing. I'll be pinning all of those recipes. Although, I think I've already pinned the mac and cheese. It looks soo yummy. : )

    ~ Catie

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  42. YUM!!! Must try all of those! :-) Thanks for sharing!

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  43. After temps of 99-105 for almost the entire month of August, we woke up Monday to 75! Loving your Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings, perfect for cooler weather! I Use the crock pot to give me more time to paint! Printing the recipes out now...thanks!

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  44. Thanks for sharing these recipes, I am looking forward to trying them. Don't you love a crock pot - um, best invention ever!!

    xoxo
    Kristina

    @PearlGateway
    www.pearlgateway.com

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  45. You've inspired me to bust out my crock pot! Must make that cream of chicken and rice soup. Thanks for sharing. Hope you get your kitchen back in order real soon!

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  46. Thank you! I'm back to work after 5 months of maternity and we're trying to do 2 crockpot dinners a week so I can spend more of my afternoons snuggling my two girls and less cooking. I've been pinning/printing tons of recipes lately. Glad to see the review of the chicken and rice soup!

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  47. I've seen all three of those recipes on Pinterest and actually pinned the soup recipe myself. I wasn't sure how the chicken and dumplings would be, since it's hard to beat the ones at Cracker Barrell. LOL

    I love when someone actually makes a recipe they've pinned and shares how it went. I'm going to add the dumplings to my "to make" list.

    That chicken and rice soup sounds amazing. I think I'll make it first. :P

    Thanks, Sarah.

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  48. I've been making that exact same soup on the stove for a few years now, but it never occurred to me to use the crockpot! I cannot wait for cool fall weather so I can try these out!

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  49. Have you tried the "America's Test Kitchen - Slow Cooker Revolution" book?

    I'm gonna be cooking my way through that puppy. :)

    Thanks for telling us about the Chicken and Dumplings. Gosh how I love the ones at Cracker Barrel.

    And, yes, I call it Crate and Barrel on accident all the time, too.)

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  50. Thank You and my Husband Thanks you too!! ;) Perfect timing for the crock pot to come out with Soccer and School we like to have these quick YUMMY Meals ready to go at the end of the Busy Days!!

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  51. I tried the mac&cheese earlier this week after you first posted it and had the same issues of it over-cooking and sticking like crazy despite the cooking spray. Its worth a try again though!

    Tonight I tried the chicken and dumplings because my husband can't get enough of them at Cracker Barrel. He said the only thing missing was the mashed potatoes. They were really good! Thanks for the recipes!

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  52. these sound great - I can't wait to try them. I'll share my tip - Reynolds makes a Crock Pot LINER!!! yes Liner, awesome - no messy clean up. They are about 1.85 at my local Winco near the foil and plastic wraps - made like oven cooking bags but big enough for a crock pot. they have changed my life - at least when it comes to cooking in a crock pot!

    Mary G.

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  53. Wow, thanks, these look great! Sittin' here writing out my store list as I read your post!

    thanks again,
    Chrissy

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  54. we do 15 bean soup in the fall-its really complicated :P

    Half a package of 15 bean soup mix
    one box vegetable stock (low sodium)

    spices to tase-if you like it hot, add habajeros, etc

    Sometimes we add carrots/spinach.

    Just throw it all in the crock pot, adjusting the liquid so its 3/4 of the way up the pot.

    Put the lid on, heat on slow, and when you get home from work/etc voila!

    A healthy dinner-just add some crusty french bread and a salad/veggie.

    My hubby is the cheese freak here...me, not so much, but I may have to give that Mac and Cheese a try :)

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  55. WooHoo! Thanks for the chicken and dumpling one especially, but we are going to try the chicken and wild rice one too. I always have the chicken and dumplings at Crate an...oops Cracker Barrel. And I've actually started decorating for fall...well it IS September!
    Kate

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  56. I'm too lazy to read the comments but do you know about Reynold's Slow Cooker liners. They make using the Crock Pot even better than it already is!! All you do is place the liner in and add your ingredients. When you are done..you just throw the liner away...no scrubbing!

    I also tried the mac and cheese but it curdled a little. Wasn't a fan!

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  57. I so love chicken and dumplins!! I can not wait to try!

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  58. Crockpot cooking comes in handy when you're too busy to spend alot of time in the kitchen....I don't use it enough!
    It's especially good to use when it's hot outside and you don't want to heat up the kitchen!
    I've got a crockpot cookbook, too!

    I'm going to have to try the Chicken and Dumplings...I haven't made dumplings in years!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  59. I'm definitely going to try the chicken soup! I will exchange the celery for mushrooms and the wild rice for regular rice. Thanks for sharing!
    I don't know if you've found it yet or not, but if you look me up on pinterest, I've repinned a fantastic recipe for "cream of" soup. Its like a powdered mixture that you can keep on hand to use when a recipe calls for "cream of..." I'm so glad I found it on pinterest. You should check it out.

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  60. I made the chicken and dumplings for dinner last night and it was so yummy! Perfect for a cool, rainy night. I think it'll be a new family favorite. Thanks for the recipe, Sarah! :)

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  61. I just had to laugh because I think I have all three of these pinned!

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  62. These sound wonderful. I've been thinking lately that I need to get out my Crock-Pot and make something. Now I have some delicious - and inexpensive - recipes!

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  63. These sound wonderful. I've been thinking lately that I need to get out my Crock-Pot and make something. Now I have some delicious - and inexpensive - recipes!

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  64. These sound wonderful. I've been thinking lately that I need to get out my Crock-Pot and make something. Now I have some delicious - and inexpensive - recipes!

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  65. Gosh, I haven't used my crockpot for several years. I love your recipes so I'm going to get the pot out and use it. Thanks for such great recipes. It is still very warm here in TX. but anything to save from heating up the kitchen I'm going for.

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  66. I am completely in love with my crockpot. I just recently made beef stroganoff in it and it was so tasty and didn't take hardly anytime to complete!
    My husband's favorite is hawaiian pork in the crockpot though. :)

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  67. Love using my slow cooker. It's a major time saver and there are usually leftovers! Thanks for the new recipes.

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  68. I make chicken and dumplings a lot during the fall and winter. My recipe is similar to yours except that use about a teaspoon of poultry seasoning and celery. Both of these ingredients make a huge difference in the savory-ness of the dish. I've never tried it in the crock pot though but now I will.

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  69. YUMMY! I must try these! And, I'm sure someone mentioned it above, but you *must* become a fan of "Crock Pot Girls" on Facebook, along with "Skinny Crock Pot" ... a bazillion crock pot recipes to drool over and try!

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  70. I love cooking in the crockpot, I don't consider it cheating one bit!! ;) Here are a couple crockpot recipes from my blog that are favorites in our house...

    Round Steak Casserole: http://kaylasmalltownlife.blogspot.com/2010/12/hearty-round-steak-casserole.html

    Chicken Taco Soup: http://kaylasmalltownlife.blogspot.com/2010/11/chicken-taco-soup.html

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  71. Everything looks yummy. I'll take a little bit of everything pelase. I rarely use my crock pot. But our daughter uses hers constantly. It's great for feeding a family of 7. In the winter I do make chili in ours though ;-)xo Katherine
    P.S. new giveaway started today

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  72. I am so making those dumplings!! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  73. i don't know if you could email me ASAP, but i am at the point of adding the biscuits to the chix and biscuits and realized i bought 4 tubes of the grands biscuits thinking the recipe called for 4 tubes - does it call for 4 tubes of biscuits or just 4 biscuits??? i am SO not a cook and thought i'd impress my hubby with this but geesh, i'm not sure what to do at this point :) thanks!!!

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  74. I had the same problem when I made this crock pot mac n cheese! I should have turned it off like and hour before and it could have been a lot creamier. But the flavor was still good. Next time I'll know! P.S. Next time I will also know to super grease the pot b/c some of the macaroni was welded on!

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  75. Thanks for really yummy crockpot recipes!!!!

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  76. If you take the chicken out and thaw it just partially, you can cut it into cubes ahead of time. No fuss, no muss. Good luck!

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  77. Aw man, I'm DEFINITELY busting out the Crock Pot tonight!
    Thanks for the easy recipes!

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  78. I'm going to try a couple of these recipes. I love comfort food in cold weather! One of my favorites is The Mushroom Soup, from Pioneer Woman's Tasty Kitchen. Mushrooms, tomato sauce, cream and wine.... it's amazing!

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  79. They all look amazing, I tried today to make the creamy chicken and wild rice soup. It didn't come as amazing as yours did, it doesn't even look as amazing... :( The only thing I did different is used Rice-a-Roni Long Grain and Wild Rice, but used the "natural" version they have out now. I guess the spices aren't the same, and maybe it has less rice because you can barely see the rice now that it's done. I'm going to let it cool and put it in the fridge and bring it out tomorrow to re-season, sometimes things taste better the next day....So word of warning if anyone wants to make it- use the regular Rice-a roni wild rice. I will try it again...

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  80. Sarah, tried the chicken and wild rice tonight, total hit!! Thanks for posting! I got almost gravy like too but used more chicken and uncle ben's. I left out the celery and added mushrooms but was asked for both plus broccoli next time. Thanks again for posting!

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  81. I loved this, it was my first attempt at chicken and dumplings, and both my husband and I thought it was great. Great taste as well!

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  82. LOVE the crock pot mac n cheese recipe. Thanks for sharing

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  83. Okay, my husband and I have made all three recipes for our family. Each was SO GOOD! The only addition I would make to any recipe, would be the addition of slivered almonds to the wild rice soup. The bit of crunchy is so good. Thanks so much for posting!

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  84. Even though I live in Hawaii, I have been all about Fall Comfort Foods in the Crock Pot lately! I made (and blogged about) a butternut squash chili last week that I loved. Comforting, healthy, cheap, easy, and GOOD!
    Thanks for sharing your faves!

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  85. Thanks for posting these! I have a Christmas pot luck at work and need to bring a Crock Pot recipe. I think the Mac and Cheese is perfect!

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  86. Stopped by because other bloggers were raving about these chicken and dumplings! While I am here, I have a great crock pot lasagna and enchiladas recipe you might like!

    http://domestic-fashionista.blogspot.com/2011/08/easy-slow-cooker-meals-lasagna.html

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  87. Thought I would add my comments since I read all of these before I cooked!

    I made the chicken and dumplings and added a few things since my friend told me hers turned out bland. Ours was great!

    First, I left out the parsley (I added it in the last hour bc I read that herb flavors tend to cook out in a crockpot recipe) and liberally peppered the top of the mixture before cooking.

    Then, since I was going to be at work all day, I cooked it on low for 8 hours. When I got home I shredded the chicken, added the 1 tbsp of dried parsley, and 1/2 tbsp of poultry seasoning. I chopped up the biscuits into nine pieces EACH, added LOTS more broth (didn't measure) mixed it up, and put it on high for an hour.
    It was DELICIOUS and I will be making a double next time because we had less than a bowl of leftovers!

    Next time: I will add carrots and celery, use the whole onion, and use half dark meat.

    Yum - thanks!

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