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A Year of Slow Cooking

Monday, April 20, 2015

Slow Cooking 101 Video Series and Ninja Cooking System Give Away!



I had the happy experience of being filmed in February for a new (to me) video channel, Grokker.

The first video will go "live" today! (April 20!).

Grok means to understand fully -- it wasn't a term I was familiar with until Grokker reached out to me.

Grokker is the online destination for “The Best of The Best” in cooking, yoga, and fitness videos with lifestyle experts.

And I got to be The Slow Cooker Lady!



Grokker is subscription based, similar to Netflix or Hulu. They do have an app for mobile devices, and the goal is to have a portal through a television device like Roku or Apple TV, soon.

I spent two days filming six short slow cooker videos. 

The kitchen we used was rented through Air B n B and they had an Uber car pick me up.

I've never ever used Air B n B or Uber before. And the producer and camera people were young Silicon Valley techies.

I felt like a dinosaur.

BUT! I had fun. And I really like being able to share slow cooker tips, tricks, and recipes with you.

I hope you enjoy the videos!

You can access them all for the next week, [for free, no card required]by filling out the Grokker form.

By doing so, you will be automatically entered into a contest for a brand new Ninja Cooking System.


I'm still madly in love with the Ninja, and they were kind enough to supply 7 cooking systems for the shoot.

I have one, still in the box, and would like to give it away this week.

If you'd like to enter to win, and to check out my Grokker Slow Cooking 101 Video Series, simply click here and fill out the form.

Good luck to all; I’ll be announcing the winner on May 7!!


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Saturday, April 11, 2015

CrockPot Korean Ribs Recipe

Originally published on April 10, 2008.
Photo updated in April 2015 by Deposit Photos HHLtDave5

Day 101.

These are quite possibly the very best ribs I have ever had. They were so good they made my eyes roll backwards, which is nearly impossible right now because I have a hive on it.


I have a hive on my EYEBALL. My left one. It's been rather windy here lately, so the pollen count has been absurdly high. I evidently got some pollen in my eye and since my body is oh-so-very-dramatic, my eye took it upon herself to grow a buddy.


But! Back to the ribs! They are the bomb. And I'm not just saying that because I've taken it upon myself to medicate with everything I can get my hands on.

those girl scout cookies I hid never had a chance...

The Ingredients.

3 pounds or so beef short ribs (or pork!)
1 cup soy sauce (La Choy and Tamari Wheat-Free are gluten free) -- go ahead an use low-sodium if you'd prefer.
1 cup brown sugar
5 whole jalapeno peppers 
1/2 cup water

The Directions.

I plopped frozen solid beef ribs into the crockpot. I didn't even think of browning them because I hate cooking before I cook.

I then put the soy sauce, water and brown sugar on top, and threw in the WHOLE (don't cut them!) jalapenos on top.

Since my ribs were frozen, I cooked them on high for an hour, then used a wooden spoon to smash them down further into the crock. Then I cooked on low for another 8 hours.

If you are out of the house all day, cook on low. When you get home, turn the ribs over so the other side gets fully saturated with the most-awesome-liquid-ever while you change clothes and set the table.

We served this with brown rice and green beans.

The Verdict.

The kids ate this! I am not even lying! I took pictures, but promised Adam I wouldn't put them on the Internet--but they totally ate the meat.

I was brave and tried a jalapeno. The first bite of just skin was really tasty, but I got the seeds in the next bite and I thought I was going to pass out.

The meat and the sauce were not spicy, they just had a wonderful smoky flavor.

I love these ribs. The flavor is perfect and it's a fantastic way to have Take Out Fake Out at home ---you can watch a movie in your jammies and eat yummy Korean ribs -- it doesn't get better than that!

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