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Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

Have you ever baked potatoes in your Crock Pot?  Why would you? I can think of several reasons.  On this particular day I was going to be gone all afternoon and when I got home I put some meat on the grill for supper.  I wanted the potatoes done at the same time.  The outside temperatures have been 90 degrees and 90% humidity and so turning on my oven wasn’t appealing.

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Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

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Upon arriving home from a lengthy vacation this summer this casserole and fresh homemade bread awaited us! Our friends John and Maribeth came to the airport to collect my sous chef dish-washing mother, my Chief Traveling Buddy and I. That in itself was a lovely gesture on their part because we live about 1 1/2 hours from the airport!  Oh, but what a surprise when we arrived home and Maribeth had our first meal already prepared and waiting for us.

Maribeth is a very good cook and I often ask her for recipes after eating in their home.  This was no exception.  I’ve never made this type of casserole and to say we flipped over it would be a bit of an understatement.

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Slow Roasted Crock Pot Root Beer Pot Roast

Pot Roast, roasted carrots, and mashed potatoes
Slow Roasted Root Beer Pot Roast

When our friends Kathy and Len came for dinner and a movie at our house they brought with them a six-pack of root beer.  After a fun evening of food, laughter, movie and dessert they left a couple of bottles of remaining root beer.  Those bottles sat in my refrigerator for a while and on a whim I started looking up recipes to make with root beer.

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Crock Pot Meatloaf

It is a funny thing about good intentions.  I have good intentions to blog more than I do.  I have good intentions to share many thoughts that race around my head each day.  But the sorry truth is that I may have the intention to undertake good actions but fail to take action.  Does this sound familiar at all? Hakodate Japan Silversea
For the better part of September my sous-chef dish-washing mom, Chief Culinary Consultant and I were traveling.  We went on a fabulous cruise that took us up the Alaskan coast, across the Bering Sea to Russia with a final destination in Tokyo, Japan!  For weeks before our trip I double blogged posts so that you, my dear reader, would not be without scriptures and new recipes throughout September.
welcome to hakodateBut then a strange thing happened.  I came home, got the flu and all my blogging good intentions went right out the window! Now, after a good recovery from the flu, jet lag and a zillion loads of laundry, we are on the downhill side of October and I am wondering how I got here.   I hope you will forgive my good intentions with bad follow through!

Hakodate Japan bayWhen my niece Crystal began nursing school this fall she asked me for crock-pot recipes to help her get through the week between long days of nursing, tons of homework, and feeding a hungry family of 5 each evening!

meatloaf in crockpotThis summer my daughter-in-law Joddie told me that when she makes meatloaf she always cooks it in the crock-pot.  Whaaat?  I had never even thought about making meatloaf in the crock-pot.  Would my favorite meat loaf recipe work in a crock-pot?
cooked meatloafThe answer is … heck yes!

sliced meatloafOh my gosh, this is wonderful. I don’t know why but the meatloaf is denser when cooked in the crock pot.  It slices beautifully.

I dare to say any meatloaf recipe will work cooking it this way, but I think all meatloaf is better with a tasty topping.  I used 2 pounds of hamburger but my crock-pot would have held double that amount.  I cooked on high for 3 hours because I started it after 2 p.m.  If you have more time, you can cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.  My crock-pot runs hot even on low and so you should adjust according to your cooker.

crockpot meatloafIn the absence of time (2 minutes) it takes to mix up this topping, using a bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce works well too!

Have a tasty week!
Catherine

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
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