Showing posts from March 11, 2012

Slow Cooker Chuck Roast

Slow cookers are fun!   I took a half-hour of my morning routine that's usually spent on Facebook reading the newspaper, and used the time instead to quickly brown the exterior of a chuck roast.  Then threw it into the slow cooker along with veggies, spices and  a biselleh red wine (because it was 5 o'clock somewhere).  Went off to work, then came home to the most wonderful smell ... theHubby's after-shave!  But after kissing him hello, I noticed that the chuck roast gave off an aroma almost as delicious. 

Slow Cooker Chuck Roast
Serves 6-8

cooking spray
3-4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 cup of red wine
1 Tbl. vegetable oil
1 medium onion, sliced into thin rings
2 cloves of garlic, minced (bottled okay)
2 1/2 to 3 lb.  boneless chuck roast
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
1-2 Tbl. honey (optional)
1 Tbl. soy sauce
1 bay leaf
1 Tbl. chopped parsley leaves, for garnish (optional)

Lightly spray inside of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking s…

Challah Pudding - Easy

Did I mention I own two different slow-cookers?  One is an oval 6-quart style, the other is the standard 4-quart variety.  I use the larger one for meat dishes and the smaller one for dairy.  Like today, when I made a batch of challah pudding.  Betcha didn't even know that custard-type desserts could be made in a slow-cooker, didnja?

Start with 4 thick slices of stale leftover challah.


Sometimes I just tickle myself with the things that come out of my mouth.  Stale leftover challah?  What does this term mean?   Okay, next time you have challah, be sure to cut 4 thick slices off and leave them out to go stale so no one will eat them and you'll be able to make this recipe.

Regular milk tends to break down during long cooking, so avoid using it as a substitute for the evaporated milk.  Cream can be used, which will result in a very delicious yet heart-stopping (in more ways than one) dish.

Leave the eggs out for about 30 minutes to lose their chill.  This allows …