Monday, January 5, 2015

Crockpot Cooking

Cooking in the crockpot can certainly help get a meal on the table when our days are busy.  I plan to have a meal for our family most every day. Our grandson lives with us now as he attends school in our town.  He works a part time job in the evenings so we usually have our main meal around noon. I don't want him just eating sandwiches and such.  There are some foods I don't particularly like in a crockpot.  I'm not a fan of food that has been "cooked to death".

Today was a very busy day filled with our daily walk, running errands and going grocery shopping. This can be a time consuming job as we try to buy the majority of our food once a month.  We use BJ's wholesale club.  Of course there are times when we run to the local grocery and pick up milk or other items we may need along the way.  Buying our meat in bulk saves money, so after shopping I have to repackage the meat in family sized packages for the freezer.

Before we left home this morning I put a chicken dish in the crockpot.  This is the first time I've tried this recipe and I must say it was yummy.  Give it a try on your next busy day.  It was adapted from a Real Simple recipe I found on the internet.

It reminds me of a quick chicken and dumpling recipe!

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken with Biscuits

The changes I made to the original recipe are as follows:

·         More carrots
·         3 chicken breasts cubed instead of thighs
·         2 tablespoons of poultry seasoning
·         Champagne that was leftover from New Year's Eve in place of dry white wine
·         I made drop biscuits using Bisquick

My crockpot runs hot so I usually use low and cooked it for 3 1/2 hrs.

“You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.” 
― Julia Child



  1. Martha Ellen, I like the sampler's saying. Did you do that yourself? I use crockpot meals from time to time, particularly when we will be out all afternoon, or when I do want the meat to be "cooked to death" like for barbecued beef sandwiches. Your chicken recipe looks good! I like the biscuit on top.

    1. I'll try this again as my comment went crazy. I made this cross stitch sampler in 1987. My eyes won't allow me to do this work any longer. Even with a magnifying contraption around my neck and my glasses, I'm unable to see well enough to do it any longer. I also love "cooked to death" barbeque in the crockpot. ♥

  2. Martha Ellen, this recipe looks so good! I have the same reservation about "cooked to death" crock pot food in which everything tastes the same.

    Of course, anything tastes better in a Friendly Village bowl. :)

    1. Cheryl, I think you would enjoy this dish served in your Friendly Village dishes!♥

  3. Your sampler is a real achievement. As to your eyes, I had the same, deteriorating near vision prevents much of the close work I love doing. I've now bought special lighting with magnifiers and I am now able to do all those things I had trouble with before, including filing my nails neatly!
    I miss my crockpot. It was so useful ~ I used it for mulled apple cider and hot chocolate at gatherings too. I often set it on a timer so a meal could be simply reheated ready for getting home on a cold winter's day ~ and the welcoming smell of home cooking to come home to!
    p.s. I've been trying to contact you, but cannot find a link. Do you have one?

    1. Deborah, that's wonderful you were able to find a solution to be able to continue with close work! Maybe if I look again I could find what you have. It was quite a while ago I looked and then gave up.
      The crockpot is a useful gaget--I've never made hot chocolate in it--my grands would love that and so would I!
      I'll see if I can add a link today--I'm afraid I'm not too computer savy--My husband is much better at all this and I ask for his help frequently. ♥


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