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A Year of Slow Cooking

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Slow Cooker Thanksgiving

Be thankful for your crockpots this year. 

It sounds peculiar, and maybe even a bit stupid, but if you stop to really think about it, your crockpots are providing a gift. The gift of time.

thanks to this simple machine you have more time in your day to do the things you really want to do: garden, read, play, tickle, sleep, write, create, and spend time with your family.

life is good.

traditional stuffing

cornbread stuffing

candied sweet potatoes

homemade cranberry sauce

amazing mashed potatoes

sweet and sour caramelized onions

perfect turkey breast
creamed corn
spinach artichoke dip

crustless pumpkin pie


and just in case...

how to company clean in 30 minutes or less

have a wonderful Holiday! We're hosting again this year, and I'm looking forward to having all of our family in one place instead of making the rounds. As an added bonus, my birthday falls on Thanksgiving--pumpkin pie as birthday cake! yum. 

gobble ~ gobble ~ gobble

BONUS: don't throw away the bones!! Save the bones and carcass to make either:


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Carolyn said...

The crustless pumpkin pie looks yummy ... but the link is uncooperative. The church Thanksgiving dinner is Saturday, so it's planning time!

Stephanie O'Dea said...

oh no! thanks, Carolyn for the head's up. I'll fix it right now.

Julie said...

Those are all looking super, but I'm really drooling over those onions....yum!

Sara said...

Yummy! I LOVE my crockpot, I'd be pretty lost without it.

Judy said...

Happy Birthday young lady!

NHGirl said...

I will be using my crock pot for spiked mulled cider!

Lyndsay said...

oh my goodness I would like a steaming bowl of those mashed potates right now-ish.

Amy said...

Just made the Lentil/Sausage Stew today...I'll let you know what our verdict is. Thanks for your awesome blog. I hope you will share my new blog and adventure with your readers. Thanks AMY

Laura said...

You are right-they are giving us the gift of time and that is priceless to us busy moms!

mholgate said...

Well have a happy birthday! :) Next year, Thanksgiving falls on mine.

I truly am thankful for my crock pot. It saves me so much time...when I plan ahead!


Beth said...

Stephanie, I don't comment much, but I want you to know: I'm thankful for you, and by extension, this site. There are few gifts better than TIME! :)

Nicole Gamble said...

Oh these look amazing!! I’m bookmarking this for Thanksgiving. YUM

Kelli said...

I have a question. If I make the dressing the night before, will I need to cook it longer than two hours because it's starting out refrigerated?

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Kelli,
No, I don't think you'll need to worry about the timing. I would, though, keep the bread separate from everything else so it doesn't get overly soggy overnight in the fridge.
I usually toast the bread, cube it, and put in ziplocks, then do the same with the veggies in separate ziplocks. In the morning I combine with the spices and broth.

I hope this helps!

ksperry said...

Thanks Stephanie! I love your site, btw. :)

Nicole said...

So, so true. A crock pot is an amazing and helpful thing. I love cooking roasts in mine. They taste and smell so much better!

Cynthia Holland said...

This is awesome! I have 5 (yes 5) crockpots and I was sitting here feeling badly about the fact that I am doing all the Thanksgiving cooking myself this year when I decided I needed to have a crockpot thanksgiving and here it is. Thanks so much. I know this was posted 3 years ago but I hope it is still working well for you.

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