Monday, March 17, 2014

The Slow Cooker Revisited: New Recipes

In the past two years, I have become a huge fan of slow cookers. And I try to make a slow cooker meal in the winter 3 times a month. The slow cookers comes in handy when I'm working outside of the office or we go on a day trip somewhere. There is nothing better than opening the door to the wonderful smells of a cooked meal.

I'll be honest I think it is really hard to find really good slow cooker recipes. I find a lot of them flavorless so when I find one I like I keep it. I first talked about slow cookers in my post, Food Snobs Can Use Slow Cookers, and I shared some yummy recipes. Since then I've come across some recipes I love.

Here are my two new go-to slow cooker recipes:
Pasta with Slow-Cooker Pork Ragu - I like to prepare this a day before I want to eat. It tastes amazing after the favors have blended.

Slow-Cooker Black Bean and Zucchini Chili - You can use the leftovers and stuff peppers.

So if you have a busy week coming up, I'd suggest trying one of these recipes. You won't be disappointed.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Getting the Vegetable Garden Ready

Spring sprung last weekend. Warm sun after days of cold bone-chilling rain was welcomed. My thoughts turned to my garden as I looked out the window while doing dishes. It was time to plan out our vegetable and herb garden. As I walked out to the garden I realized it was in a state. It was completely overgrown. It was time to act.

It was quite an undertaking. The soil was waterlogged from days of snow and rain. The weeds had a nasty root system making it hard to remove them. 

With the garden cleared, it was time to plant. We planted two blueberry bushes. Then two types of lettuce and spinach.

Now to hope for good weather and no frost so we can enjoy our spring vegetables. Maybe I'll add some cabbage...