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A Year of Slow Cooking

Friday, January 16, 2009

Quick Update

It is such a weird feeling to not get up and immediately turn on the computer and crank out a new post.

I miss you!

I just did the 5th day of the 30 Day Shred. Jenny is my workout partner, and we're keeping each other honest. The first few days were very. very. hard, but I feel pretty good today, and the excruciating soreness has subsided.

I am working crazily on editing all of the posted recipes for the Ultimate CrockPot Cookbook (coming Oct, 2009, Hyperion), and need to re-cook quite a few to make sure I have the measurements correct. I also need to make some pork.

Americans need their pork. My un-allergic family and friends are going to test out the recipes (from reader suggestions!) and give me an honest verdict. I'll probably make the sauce for me and the kids to put over chicken.

So, I'm here, but not really present. I'll be back. I promise.
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kimber p said...

I came to you thru another bloggers page, I wanted to tell you that I sincerely love coming here and looking at all your recipes :) I am in love with my crockpot too :)

Dawn said...

I bought the DVD and it came this week. I haven't started yet, but I want to. I want to lose some weight before we travel to Vietnam for our new son.

Melissa Henning said...

Yaay! Congrats on sticking to your shred! Sometime this year (when I have exhausted what I have) I want to try that. Let me know how it works out for you :).

Cant wait for your cookbook. Will you have the verdicts in the book (is that a stupid question?), or is it just going to be everything you did--the good, the bad and the ugly (aka the fudge lol)?

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

So glad...missed a daily dose of crock pot terribly!

Astrid said...

I'm doing 30 Day Shred, too. It's great, isn't it? Hard, but great.

The Roberts' Report said...

We miss you too. Try this pork recipe.

Lemon Pork Chops

4-6 pork chops (bone in are best, jucier)
1 lemon
2 c Ketchup
1 c water
1 onion, sliced in rings

You can brown the pork chops with s & p for added taste, but not necessary. Lay onion rings in bottom of crockpot. Place pork on top. In bowl mix ketchup, water and 1-2 T of Lemon Juice. You can also place a few lemon slices on top of pork chops for added flavor while cooking (be sure to remove seeds). Cook 4-6 hours on high. Serve over rice!!


Lizzard said...

Your blog was one of the highlights of my year last year. I read it (almost) every day. Not only for the recipes, but to have a good chuckle before starting work. Good luck on the 30 Day Shred! I can't wait for the cookbook to come out!

sara said...

can't wait for the book!!!!

Left of Ordinary said...

I was thinking the other day how much I've missed not reading your post every day.

Good luck with the book. It sounds awesome.

Doing the Shred here too. I dont' get to do it every day, but pretty much every other day. On level 2... ouch!

April in CT said...

It's so good to get an update from you! I keep seeing mentions of the Shred dvd and I'm curious and scared all at the same time. I'll have to check it out. Good luck with staying on track and success getting healthy! :)

Fandangogirl said...

I just discovered your blog on your 355th day. :( Wished it would have been on day one. I've just got to say, your thoughts on pork have now officially endeared you to my Filipino heart. Everyone needs their pork!

quinn said...

miss you too :) it's so nice to see your blog pop up in my reader list!

let me know if you(r publisher) is looking for a photographer for the book. That would be one enjoyable project!

Julianna said...

I bought the 30 Day Shred and will be starting this weekend. I was a part of Jillian's online program for the last 3 months and will just be continuing with her video's. Her programs are great and really work!

Rita - Creatively Domestic said...

I thought of you and your blog this morning when I was filling up my crockpot for my variation of "Crockpot Refried Beans" and *poof* a new post from you! Good luck with all your editing for the cookbook!

Therese said...

I too just found your fantastic blog around day 350! (I thought I was the only crockpot fanatic out there!) My husband teases me everyday when I keep checking for updates so please keep them coming.
Good luck and know that there are people out there who appreciate all of your hard work.

MizFit said...

and so so so exciting about the book.
the shred? not so much :)

Im sticking to my stationary bike for now...until someone kicks me in the arse hard enough to get me a'shredding :)

Anonymous said...

We miss you! It's just weird not checking in every day to see what new crockpot wonder you're creating...

Definitely looking forward to your book!

andrea said...

sounds like a great workout! keep us posted...i have looked at it and debated trying it out!
what a great blog! your recipe book will be fabulous! Canadians love their pork too! :)

TC said...

Are you including the ones that didn't work out? (I'm sure 17 other people have asked that already...I'm just too lazy to look at all the comments!) Because that's half the fun, in my opinion!

StephanieSells said...

I know you have heard it before but I miss you! If you are looking for pork recipes here is the link to the best one in the world. I found it at all
this rocks the world!

radmama said...

I miss you, too. ;-)

We bought a side of pork, so I am keen to try out the recipes.

Hopefully, pork is not one of the things we are allergic to. (If THAT is what is bothering the baby's tummy, I wasted money on a mega amount of meat.)

4 is crazy said...

Hey, if you need anyone else to try pork recipes, let me know. Pork is one of 2 meats that we can eat. Our allergies include: fish, seafood, chicken, poultry. So I am always looking for new pork recipes. LOL

This Mom said...

Glad you are slightly back. I miss you being here with ideas for dinner. Try this receipe. Works GREAT on both Chicken and pork. MY kids eat a ton every time I make it.

Apricot pork/ chicken

10 oz Russian Dressing
10 oz Simply Apricot Jam
1 Package onion soup mix
Curry powder to taste ( Aprx 1 tsp)
Value package boneless porkchops

Cook low 6-8 hours or High 4-5
Serve with brown rice to collect sauce. I can eat the sauce with a spoon.


Michele said...

Fabulous. I got in on the fun a little late. So glad you will continue posting. Congrats on the book!!

Gooch's Mommy said...

I got a little dipper for $3.50 today at kroger! SOOOO exciting! I knew you, of all people, would appreciate that bargain. :)

Toni said...

I miss you too! I bought the stuff to make your "Hot & Sour Soup" today.

lori said...

miss ya!

Slomack said...

Welcome back!

I just made your Korean Ribs, only I used pork ribs instead of beef....VERY tasty! Definitely an option to consider.

And I can't WAIT for your crockpot cookbook. I'll be first in line to buy it!

ysabetwordsmith said...

I've been enjoying your recipes for several months, and have linked to some of them on "The Wordsmith's Forge." What are my chances of getting a review copy of your cookbook? I've been reviewing books for years, and I currently have a review blog, "Hypatia's Hoard of Reviews."

Feisty Irish Wench said...

My husband has started openly voicing his disdain for the frequency that I use my Crockpot. The thing is, that I don't use it daily, but it gets used on average around once a week. It all started at Thanksgiving when I did the ham in the crockpot instead of the oven where casseroles were cooking.....

MemeGRL said...

Missed your original need for pork recipes.
This one is dynamite and I am grateful to my friend who told me how to do this every time I make it.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to give *you* a great recipe after I've had so much fun with yours!

Sheri said...

I am still enjoying all of the old posts. Just wanted to let you know that your blog helped me out so much to remember what I CAN eat. So many times gluten free people can't see past the gluten and substitutes. You showed me how easy it was to eat naturally gluten free. And about that pork...take it from me, not everyone needs their pork and trust me, no one want to be around me 10 min to 5 hours after eating pork. I will stick by you and we both can enjoy the chicken. :)

M said...

As you edit PLEASE add and Indian section. I love all of the Indian recipes, and even love looking back at past posts to find my favorites, however sometimes I don't have the time.
So happy to see a quick update, I miss your posts! A 365 something else in the works?

Veronica said...

Good luck to you. I'm starting "Boot Camp" at my local fitness center, so, that should make things interesting!!!! Good luck on your cookbook as well. I can be a "guinea pig!" ;-)

SandyHills Farm Girl said...

I'm glad that you are going to add the pork recipes, however would you please post the sauce recipes that work well over chicken. It doesn't bother me at all to have two crocks going pork for hubby and the boys, and chicken for me and the girls!

Thank you for doing such a great job on this challenge, you have truly blessed my family! Good luck on your Shred, and the book! I can't wait for it to come out!!!

Leah Ingram said...

I've got the 30-Day Shred through Exercise TV on Demand though I've been doing "The Biggest Loser" workouts, and I'm sore, too. That's a good thing, right?

Anyway, my family LOVES pork if you'd like to shoot me some recipes to test in our Crock-Pots (we have 2). I'd be happy to help.

Congrats on your cookbook deal; I should have a Suddenly Frugal book deal to announce very, very soon.


P.S. Note that my Google/Blogger id here links to my old blog on blogspot, the one Blogger determined was spam and locked me out of. The new blog's address is Thanks.

The Young Circus said...

Oh my goodness. I just finished my first 30 days of the 30 Day shred. It was vicious. It's true that you do feel stronger after the first few days and I can tell that I am stronger and my confidence in what I can do physically is certainly up...but wow. It's not for wimps. Keep it up, Steph! You can do it! :)

CheshireKate said...

I just made the brown sugar chicken using country style pork ribs last week. They are a little fattier but they came out awesome....the meat ended up just falling off the bone so we shreded it and stirred it into the white rice. My kinda picky 10 year old has now asked for "candy pork" every night since.

Heather said...

I do hope you will do more Pork Recipes... because we eat a lot of the pig meats and have a few great crockpot recipes... but would love more!

Heather said...

I'm a mid-year joiner and always a lurker, but wanted to say I've so enjoyed your blog! We used the breakfast risotto at my son's baptism was a hit!

I have a FABULOUS recipie for Root Beer Pork that we used at our wedding rehearsal dinner. People are still asking me for the recipie and its been 1 1/2 years since they had it! Sounds wierd, but is really good. Basically is a shredded pork sandwich that is cooked in root beer and has a root beer sauce (somewhat like BBQ) over it. I'd be happy to send it your way if you'd like. Our verdict is that it is a keeper!

Bryant said...

Looking forward to your book...

And I hope you can get an introduction written by Rachael Ray too :)

Tami B. said...

So happy you are working on the book. I already told hubby it's on my Christmas list for next year. I just made carnitas in the crockpot. I didn't really measure everything, but here's an estimate:
2 pounds of pork stew meat
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. meat tenderizer
1/2 cup salsa

Cook all together on high for 5 hours. Remove pork, shred with forks. Defat and strain juice in crockpot. Add juice and pork back in and cook on high for 1/2 hour. Enjoy with corn tortillas, cilantro, lime juice, and avocado. Yummy

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie!I'm a long time reader, sometime poster.. I also just started the 30 day shred, i'm on level 2& was wondering how often you are doing it? I'm doing it 4 days a week alterating with the treadmill.. I loved how you decribed the "excrutiating soreness", that's exactly how it felt to me, Good luck, glad you're posting again, thanks for all the great recipes!!

Holly said...

I just recently found your blog and my husband loves the recipes I've tried so far (whole chicken and broccoli casserole). Funny that you mentioned needing more pork recipe because that's what I'm here today to find :)

Can't wait for the book!

Jan said...

When I find pork loins on sale, I buy one or two to put in the freezer. When it's time for 'pulled pork sandwiches,' I pull one out and put it in the big oval (still frozen), sprinkle on some seasonings, give it a few shakes of liquid smoke, add some sliced onion and pour a can of beer on it. It can cook for the day. When it's done, it can be taken out and shredded. Drain the beer, return the pork to the crock and pour sauce over to mix. If there's too much meat, put the unsauced excess in freezer bags to freeze for later meals. You can always sauce later.

thenagain cook said...

Tonight was double crockpot night. Split pea soup in the big crock and hot pepperoni pizza dip in a smaller crock. For dipping, I made garlic/cheese breadsticks from dough made in my bread machine.

Allison said...

I made pork carnitas on New Year's Eve and everyone really liked them. Here's the link to my recipe:

Anonymous said...

I just bought the 30 Day Shred and love it! After the first day I could barely walk so I had to take the day off, but have been enjoying it ever since. It's great to be able to get a 20 minute workout in the morning and know that I'm really getting a great workout!

Michee said...

Someone else who can't eat pork! My husband doesn't believe me that nothing but avoidance works with a pork allergy. My mom, my brother and I all can't eat pork due to varying degrees of discomfort (my brother's the one who actually gets hives and serious reactions, Mom & I are "just" very, very uncomfortable).

Christina said...

Make these Carnitas I have posted below, so GOOD!

3 pound pork roast
6 Cloves minced garlic
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 T Chili Powder
1 T Black Pepper
12 ounces Black Butte Porter

* Place pork roast in bottom of slow cooker.
* Toss the pepper, salt, cilantro, chili poweder and garlic together.
* Spread around and over roast.
* Pour beer over everything.
* Cover and cook on high 6-7 hours until pork is tender and fork pulls easily.
* Serve with warm tortillas, your favorite toppings and salsa.

Sunnie said...

I began the 30 Day Shred yesterday after starting to watch The Biggest Loser this season. I just put the dvd in and watched for a few minutes and thought "Wow, this will be so easy!" So NOT easy. But I am going to keep up with it, I want to lose a few pounds before I get pregnant again! Also, I vote for a BBQ pulled pork recipe. Its one of my favorites and for some reason I don't have a good recipe for it yet.

Lyndsay said...

Can't wait for the book!!

MizFit said...

hope youre hanging in there----we ok waiting just return when you can!

Elaine said...

I am taking two of your recipes to a friend who just had a baby. I am taking the "candy chicken" and the pizza soup. Her mom is Celiac and will be watching the kids while they attend a Young Life leaders retreat. When asked what my favorite website is...I always say yours. Elaine & Clarissa in Tulsa...yes we did not fall of the is just busy.

Angie said...

Come back! I need more inspiration. :-p Glad you had fun at Disney!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and sure hope you continue!!

I'm going to share will all my class mates as being a college student usually means poor food choices for connivance.

Jen said...

I'm doing the Shred too! I've been doing Level 1 for 3 weeks now. The only thing holding me back from moving on is that my husband says it's cheating if I move on before I can do all the pushups from my toes. Argh! It's a great DVD!

Carroll said...

We miss you too! Believe it!!!!!

jan said...

too quiet here...
I oiled the inside of 'big oval CP' with olive oil and a brush (no spray stuff)
I just 'cleaned up' a pork loin half and got rid of the excess fat and all the silverskin. Rubbed it down with rosemary salt. The pork went into the crock with a couple of chicken bouillon cubes, a few shakes of liquid smoke and a can of beer.
This will be taken out and shredded (pulled) when it's done. This is my easy pulled-pork with BBQ sauce. Unsauced leftovers will go into freezer bags to become future sandwiches and sauced individually.

Sherryl said...

Also missed by me! And yet another pork great -- my family loves this and there are few easier things:

Pulled pork:

Pork shoulder, butt cutt
pkg taco seasoning
1 cup water

cook on low 24 hours -- I put on at night, shred before work,eat at night! We eat on rolls, with a bottle of our favorite BBQ sauce on side (for those picky children who don't like any sauce!)

Anonymous said...

SO... chile verde's one of those lovely pork recipes that, as a 20 year vegetarian, I still miss....
This is close to my mom's.... but she used canned chiles instead of sauce..... hmmmm... and she probably doubled the cumin and garlic. We used to eat it as chile, but some people thicken the broth and serve it in tortillas....

1 1/2 pounds chicken or pork, boneless (shred before serving)

2 cups chicken broth
1 cup green chile sauce
2 cups tomatillos, husks removed and coarsely chopped
2 roasted green chiles, seeded and diced (Anaheim or Poblano work well)
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sugar*
3 tablespoons oil
2 cups water

vanessa said...

So, I made crockpot BBQ pulled pork shoulder tonight. Dry rubbed with kosher salt, pepper, garlic salt, onion powder, paprika, chili. Made BBQ sauce with bottled bbq sauce, soy, dijon mustard, white vinegar, hot sauce. Poured a little olive oil in the bottom, trimmed some fat from pork shoulder. Dropped it in after rub and covered with sauce, sliced onion and cloves of garlic. Cooked on high for 5 hours. Awesome.

Hallie Fae said...

I love her work outs they have some of the 30 day shred on demand with comcast cable.

Jenn (dish) said...

Well, since you are buds with Rachael Ray, you have to include her "Awesome Autumn Stew" ( I make it with a super cheap cut of pork and let it cook all day in the crock pot. I then serve it over rice, not with bread, and it is soooooooo yummy. You can substitute veggies as desired, but the hint of allspice is what makes it interesting and yummy.

I also make an easy pork recipe at home--may have been shared on an earlier post, but if you need another way to skin--I mean roast--a pig, here goes:

Cranberry Orange Pork

3lb-ish pork roast
1 can cranberry sauce (chunky, not jellied)
1 cup white wine
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp cumin (or to taste)
1 cup orange juice
2 TBSP orange zest (if you have it)
1 med onion, chopped

I brown the roast in a bit of oil and then place it in my crock (I have used a 6qt and a 4qt--the bigger is a little better)

Saute the onion and garlic in the pan (add more oil if needed) until wilty. Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Add the cranberry sauce, orange juice, zest, and cumin. Let simmer for a bit and taste..add more cumin if needed (I love cumin...). When the sauce is tasty, pour over the pork and set on low for at least 8 hours. If you cook on high, it never gets to the "fall apart" stage, so be sure you have time to cook on low.

Looking forward to the book!

Mary said...

I left the computer open to your page today when I was doing my weekly shopping list, when lo and behold my 2yo clicked through to Amazon and BOUGHT the 30 Day Shred! So, it looks like I will soon be doing the shred too.

I love your blog - your crockpotting has been my saving grace since having a baby 3 months ago. It has helped me put dinner on the table a solid 4 times a week. Thanks for writing it- Oh and yes, I will be turning off the one-click ordering option I have on my Amazon account.

judochopinc said...

OhEmGee!!! I cannot believe I just stumbled on your site! I got a crock pot for Christmas and have so far made two great soup types and one horrific queso (don't want to use Velveeta, any suggestions??) I look forward to checking out EVERY recipe you've previously posted AND your book! Cheers~

Do you love to read? said...

I was searching for a great blog for crockpot recipes and found your blog last night! I enjoy reading all of your great recipes~ thanks for all of the work that you do!
I plan on buying a newer and bigger crockpot in the near future and look forward to trying some of your posted recipes!

Anonymous said...

I'm sort of late on this, but your smoky spiced lamb chops recipe works really well with pork chops too.

One way we really like to fix pork is this:

Mix an equal amount of Greek seasoning and Creole seasoning. Rub it on a pork loin roast. Roast till done. We usually do this in the oven, but everyone knows you can do roasts in the crock pot too... You'd just have to figure the time out.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to see your posts back on here...I had really come to love checking in each day with you.

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