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A Year of Slow Cooking

Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Slow Cooker Resolution

I will use my slow cooker everyday in 2008.

And I will post the recipes and pictures.



stop laughing.

This is huge for me, because I usually give up my New Year's Resolutions on about the 4th. But, I've started working for these people and so I'm thinking that I best be making a blog.

So here it is.

2008. The Year of the Slow Cooker.

it's actually the year of the rat.

I don't have a rat.

But I do have these little guys:
Daisy and Turtle taking one for the team...

no guinea pigs were harmed in the making of this tasteless attempt at humor.

Updated, 2013:
I finished my yearlong challenge, and it was a success. I feel so very lucky to have turned this simple idea into a "job" --- I didn't set out thinking I'd learn new ways to use my slow cooker, merely to chronicle my meals. I feel like I'm living the American dream, and am so very very very thankful.

I do have cookbooks, if you'd like to check them out. Here is my Amazon page.
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Sunday, December 2, 2007


I began this crazy slow cooker challenge as a New Year's Resolution at the beginning of 2008. You can read my "official" New Year's Resolution here.

This is what I did when my year was over.

I am delighted with the feedback I received through the year, and each day it eggs me on to read email from readers around the globe who have tried one or more of my recipes successfully.

I'm not much of a cook---before this challenge, I had no idea what spices worked well together, or why you don't do this or that in the kitchen. I regularly burn things in the oven or have stuff boil over on the stove. But I can slow cook. You can too, I promise.

As a newlywed and young mom, I began using my slow cooker to save time and money. I found that a forgotten and frostbitten roast at the back of the freezer could come back to life when slow-cooked in it's own juices, or with a bit of help from a jar of pasta sauce. I was amazed at how tender chicken breasts could become when slow-cooked, and how well our family could eat with minimal effort on my part.

If you are in the market for a new slow cooker, please do your own research, and read the following posts that may prove helpful:

Help! My Slow Cooker Cooks Too Fast!
Frequently Asked Questions, part II

A few site statistics:

(as of September, 2009)

at the height of my challenge, the site was receiving 20k individual visits a day.

number of visits: 4,422,376
average daily visitors: 12,642

average daily page views: 25,402

FeedBurner Subscriptions: 28,185
Google Page Rank: 5/10


Rachael Ray Show--aired on July 9, 2008
Rachael Ray A Year of CrockPotting, message board thread
post recapping my experience
Good Morning America--February 19, 2009
Good Morning America--October 13, 2009
New York Times Best Seller List: How To/Advice, paperback--December 27, 2009
Guideposts "5 Questions" Video: Make it Fast, Cook it Slow

Oregonian--Bloggers Chase Some Quirky Goals (3/09: link no longer available)
7/2008 San Mateo Times, Crock-Pot Meals Rocket Woman to Stardom (3/09: link no longer available)
7/2008 Tampa Bay Tribune, Life's A Crock(Pot), and Then You Blog
9/2008 Prevention Magazine, Slow Cooker Edition (9/24)

9/2008 Work It, Mom, Stephanie O'Dea, Crock Pot Mom and Blogger at A Year in Crockpotting
Bay Area Parent Magazine, Life Doesn't Need to be a Pressure Cooker, Just a Crock Pot (page 18) updated 3/09: link no longer available
10/2008 St. Louis Post, Crockpot Simmers in a Bad Economy?
10/2008 News 9, Oklahoma City (story aired 10.30.08)
01/2009 Tampa Bay Tribune, The Stew, It's Over: A Year of CrockPotting
02/2009 NY Post, What A Crock!
02/2009 LA Times, Slow Cookers Have Evolved Over the Decades

06/2009 Sacramento Bee: Keep Your Cool in the Summer with the Slow Cooker
07/2009 Atlanta Journal Constitution, Slow Cookers Right on Time
09/2009 Publisher's Weekly: As Slow Cooker Evolve, So Do Cookbooks

Online Coverage:

Today's Creative Blog: A Year of CrockPotting
Tip Junkie: Teach Me Thursday
Parent Dish Interviews CrockPot Mom, Stephanie O'Dea
BlogHer, A Year of CrockPotting on Rachael Ray!
Bargain Shopper Lady: Blogger Spotlight
7/2008 Foodie Obsessed: 365 of Crock Pot Cooking
8/2008 Food Interviews: Stephanie O'Dea (3 parts)
Work, It Mom, A Year of CrockPotting
8/2008, One Woman's Crock-Pot Obsession Pays Off For All of Us
9/2008 Sacramento News & Review, A Year of CrockPotting
10/2008 Money Saving Mom: Do You Use Your CrockPot?
10/2008 Woulda Coulda Shoulda: Mostly, It Involves a Lot of Spinach
11/2008 Kids Cuisine, The Slow Cooker Savior
12/2008 Frugal Menus at A Year of CrockPotting, Monroe on a Budget
01/2009 101 Strategy, Interview With The CrockPot Lady
06/2009 Planet Green: We Love A Year of Slow Cooking
06/2009 Culinate: Blogs and Books, Together
07/2009 Resolutionista Profile, Stephanie O'Dea
08/2009 MSN Money Blog: Why Slow Cookers Rock

09/2009 Anchor Mommy: Fall Recipe Series (interview and Jamaican Pumpkin Soup)
12/2009 Holiday Bloggers

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Alphabetical Listing of Recipes

Unless otherwise noted, all recipes are gluten free. Please read all labels carefully each and every time, as manufacturers change ingredients/manufacturing processes quite often. If you aren't gluten free, just ignore my notes!

Books! I have books, and you should [CLICK HERE] totally buy them and give them as gifts! and Thank You for your support; it means a lot, and I'm happy to be of help to you and your family.   --- steph

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Table of Contents (recipes grouped by category) 

Alphabetical Index of all Recipes:

3 Packet Pot Roast
5 Layer Brownie
A-1 and Dijon Steak
Absolutely Crazy Turkey
Acorn Squash
African Peanut Soup
Air Freshener/Odor Neutralizer
Albondigas (Meatball) Soup
American Chop Suey (macaroni and beef) 
Apple Butter
Apple Cinnamon Pork Roast
Apple Coffee Cake 
Apple Crisp
Apple Dumplings
Apple Oatmeal
Applesauce Chicken
Apricot Chicken 
Apricot Barbecue Wings
Artichoke Pasta
Artichoke, Stuffed
Asian Shredded Beef
Asian Turkey Breast 
Autumn Sausage Casserole
Avocado Chipotle Soup
Azorean Stew
Baba Ganoush
Baby Food
Bacon and Cheese Dip
Bacon Wrapped Cornish Game Hens
Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Baked Beans with Apples and Jalapeno
Baked Bean Soup
Baked Brie
Baked Oatmeal
Baked Potato Soup
Baked Potatoes
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cumin, Chili, and Lime
Baked Ziti
Balsamic Chicken with Spring Vegetables
Banana Bread
Banana Pudding
Bananas Foster
Barack Obama's Chili
Barbecue Beef Ribs
Barbecue Beans and Weenies
Barbecue Beef and Bean Sandwich
Barbecued Chicken and Cornbread Casserole
Barbecued Hot and Spicy Shrimp
Barbecued Pulled Pork
Basil Chicken with Feta 
Bean Dip
Bean Stew
Beans (cooking with dried beans tutorial)
Beans and Rice
Beef Bourguignon
Beef Curry 
Beef Stew
Beef Stew (5 Ingredients) 
Beef Stock
Beer Braised Turkey 
Big Easy Meatloaf
Black Bean and Goat Cheese Dip
Black Bean Soup
Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Pea Chili 
Black Eyed Pea Soup
Blueberry Buckle
Blueberry Coffee Cake
Blue Cheese Potato Soup with Olive Tapenade
Blue Cheese & Steak Roll Ups
Blue (Bleu) Cheese and Cherry Meatloaf
Boston Baked Beans
Boston Tea (book club) Punch
Bourbon Baked Beans
Brandy Spiced Peaches 
Breakfast Risotto
Bread ---baked in the crockpot
Bread Pudding
Breakfast Potatoes with Sausage (overnight)
Brie with Apricot Topping
Brie with Candied Pecans and Cranberries
Broccoli and Three Cheese Soup
Broccoli Beef
Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli with Toasted Garlic and Hazelnuts
Brown Sugar Chicken
Brownie In A Mug
Brussels Sprouts, BEST EVER!  
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Buffalo Chicken Lasagna
Buffalo Wing Soup
Butternut Squash Soup
Cabbage and Potatoes, Roasted
Cabbage Rolls
Cabbage Soup from the Cabbage Soup Diet
Cajun Pulled Pork
Cajun Roasted Turkey Breast
Calico Bean Soup
Calico Bean Soup (Italian Style)
Candied Acorn Squash 
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Candied Wanuts
Canned Soup
Caramel Apples
Caribbean Jerk Chicken
Corn Bread Stuffing 
Corned Beef (Dijon corned beef)
Corned Beef (bourbon and maple glazed)
Falafel (really! it works so well!)
Fudge (flop!!)
Fudge (PERFECT!)
Haggis (yes! Haggis!)
Tamale Pie 
Tamales (traditional, in corn husks)
Tortilla Soup (chicken)
Turkey with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce (don’t make this. Please.)
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