Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers with Parmesan Basil Polenta

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Super simple, ready when you are, slow cooker Sausage and Peppers.  No cooking ahead of time, just dump everything into the slow cooker and go.  The Parmesan Basil Polenta makes a great pairing and takes five minutes to make.  Yep, five.  Hungry yet? Halloween is over and Christmas is....EVERYWHERE.  Already. It's only been four days and there are commercials for Christmas specials, wreaths hanging in the shopping center parking lots, pre-Black Friday sales.  Did someone … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Braised Beef Short Ribs with Herbed Spaetzle

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Rich, meaty short ribs cooked all day long become super tender and melt in your mouth. Suitable for entertaining even the pickiest dinner guests, this is  comfort food taken to a higher level. You will never cook short ribs any other way again.  It's easier than you think!   It's all about technique my friends.  If you take your time you can make something so simple knee-bucklingly sinful.  I kid you not.  I've learned a lot in my few years of blogging but the one thing that has … [Read more...]

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 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...]

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. recipe, my 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 see where this is heading. Add … [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 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 a whole 20 years old.  It's reliable if the ingredients are prepped in the right way and if I'm … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Applesauce

Slow Cooker Applesauce

When I decided to leave my corporate job and stay home to take care of my family I had envisioned things a little differently than they actually turned out.  I pictured myself fashionably dressed every day...perfect manicure...lunch with the ladies a couple of times a week...gourmet meals every night...and a flourishing blog. Real life. Sometimes I am dressed in clothes that are current but there is always some type of unidentifiable stain or food product on my clothes.  I used to have my … [Read more...]

Spicy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas


If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know I'm a little late to the game this winter with the slow cooker recipes. I just dusted off my 20-year-old Rival Crock Pot the other day.....less than two weeks before Spring. But who says you can only make slow cooked meals in the cooler months, I don't remember seeing any rules about that. And who wants to keep their oven on for hours when it's warm outside? Not me. And if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or would have seen … [Read more...]