Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Stew

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Stew | The Suburban Soapbox

The most amazing slow cooker recipe, ever.  This hearty Chicken Marsala Stew will quickly become a family favorite and is ready to eat when you walk in the door after a busy day.  Lighter and more heart healthy than many stew recipes, you won't feel weighed down after eating a bowl.  Room for dessert! According to Facebook, school has started everywhere....but here.  It's still summer in my 'hood.  The kids are still riding their bikes through the neighbors landscaping and sucking every … [Read more...]

Open-Faced Pulled Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

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These easy to make sandwiches require very little prep time!  The chicken is made in the slow cooker and takes only two ingredients....no browning required.  A few minutes of assembly and some time under the broiler make them the best for busy weeknight dinners. You know those days....the days that go horribly wrong and all you want is something comforting to eat.  Those days that you were late to work because you may have overslept but still didn't get enough sleep because that was the … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Kahlua Pork with Sweet Chili Pineapple Sauce

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Dreaming of a trip to Hawaii?  This Slow Cooker Kahlua Pork with Sweet Chili Pineapple Sauce can, at least, take your taste buds there.  Perfectly seasoned and so tender it will melt in your mouth, it's like your own personal luau right in your kitchen!   I dream of visiting Hawaii.  I know a ton of people who have been there....and gone back.....multiple times.  That's usually a good sign that it's a winner as far as vacation destinations go.  People, generally, do not visit a place … [Read more...]

Mushroom Bolognese

Mushroom Bolognese | The Suburban Soapbox

A vegetarian twist on the classic meat filled Bolognese recipe.  Thick and hearty, even your biggest carnivore will love this sauce.  This is a great way to get more veggies into your meals. Pasta Bolognese is one of my family's favorite meals.  We love it so much, my Secret Bolognese Sauce is always readily available in the freezer.  I will confess, it's not very healthy...not at all.  So we can't eat it all the time or....you know....pants will not fit, butts will get big.  You get it. … [Read more...]

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with 6 Great Recipes

St Patrick's Day Recipes | The Suburban Soapbox

St. Patrick's Day always sneaks up on me even though it's one of my favorite festive days of the year.  The Irish really know how to party....unfortunately, I can never keep up...I'm that person in the corner of the bar waiting for the night to end.  Beer is not my friend....but I look fabulous in green.  If I could go to an Irish pub and eat the filling comfort food with one or two pints without going deaf on St. Patrick's Day, that's my idea of a good time.  I know, lame.  I will probably be … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Chili

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Chili | The Suburban Soapbox

A slow cooked chili with hints of sweetness and a bit of heat.  This is the perfect no-fuss game day meal! No beans here, friends.  I am not a fan.  So...my recipe, my rules...no beans.  This helps when you have a roomful of men watching the big game.  The no beans rule.  Beans do things to you....that's all I'm saying.  I think when you have a bunch of people munching on cheese, hot dogs and beans all within a few hours....mix that with some beer....you see where this is heading. Add … [Read more...]

Baked French Onion Soup

Baked French Onion Soup | The Suburban Soapbox

This rich broth-based soup is topped with a cheesy crust that you will guard with your spoon...or knife.  No sharing allowed. Are you wondering why I stated "Baked" in the title?  I learned a lesson once when I ordered French Onion Soup at a restaurant.  I assumed all versions were the same and all versions came with a thick, crusty topping of melted, gooey cheese.  I assumed they all had a dark, beefy broth.  I assumed they were all following the same recipe all over the globe and why … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Cheesesteak

Slow Cooker Chicken Cheesesteak | The Suburban Soapbox

Don't worry Philly friends, I don't dare attempt to make a real Philly cheesesteak in my slow cooker.  It just can't be done.  I've seen it attempted by many, many bloggers but it's not the same.  I won't even try the recipe.  If I am craving the real deal, it's not coming from a crock pot. This, however, is a Slow Cooker Chicken Cheesesteak.  An easy, healthy, less messy alternative to making a real Philly Cheesesteak at home.  I don't know about you but when I'm done frying up all the meat, … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew

Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew

What better way to weather the effects of the Polar Vortex than with stew.  Right?  First, let's talk about the Polar Vortex....does this remind anyone of The Day After Tomorrow?  The term alone makes me think if I stick my face outside it will instantly freeze.  Like in a nano-second.  Like a wooly mammoth.  Isn't that how the dinosaurs died?  Am I freaking you out yet?  Sorry, let's move on. I also have the Ebola Virus...or a cold...either way, I feel like I never want to get out of bed.  … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Thai Red Curry Beef

Slow Cooker Thai Red Curry Beef

Requests for slow cooker recipes are starting to pour in.  I have a ton....I shared one.  And with the holiday rush just around the corner I agree that we should be using the slow cooker more than ever.  It 's nice to come home from work (or holiday shopping with all the crazy people) to a nice hot meal that's not delivered from the nearest pizza joint. I love my slow cooker, it's ancient....like a whole 20 years old.  It's reliable if the ingredients are prepped in the right way and if I'm … [Read more...]