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Baking Cakes & Bread In the Crock Pot. Have You Tried It?

I live in a little Craftsman style house without central air, so you're lucky!

Apr 01, 2014
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Baking Cakes & Bread In the Crock Pot. Have You Tried It?

Super! I'm glad you tried it out!

Apr 01, 2014
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Baking Cakes & Bread In the Crock Pot. Have You Tried It?

So very true!

Apr 01, 2014
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Baking Cakes & Bread In the Crock Pot. Have You Tried It?

Yes, that's what I did! Turned out really moist and tasty.

Apr 01, 2014
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Quiche pie crust question

Double yum to the photo of your quiche! Looks like a resounding success to me!

Mar 31, 2014
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Cooking When You are Poor

Oh yes, I've had thoughts on this subject my entire cooking life! Even during the times when I can buy whatever I want, I still work hard at getting everything possible out of my food money.

Planning meals ahead of time, making larger batches, less meat, more veggies are the way we roll in my kitchen! I cook for a lot of people each week, and need to keep the costs down.

You can also identify items on your shopping list that add significant cost, and start making those things at home. For me, it's been homemade yogurt instead of store bought, homemade vanilla & other extracts, homemade soups, homemade sweetened condensed milk for baking, homemade espresso powder for baking, homemade sugar cubes, etc. I've saved hundreds of dollars over the last few years by making adjustments like that, and the homemade stuff tastes way better than store bought. It's also really rewarding to know you made it yourself, you saved money, and it's delicious!

One last thought: look around at different stores in your area for deals. For instance, I buy most of my spices, fruit, fresh garlic and chilies at the Latin market down the street because they're fresher and cheaper. I don't run myself crazy driving all over town for the best prices, but I do plan ahead of time and shop at a few places when it's convenient.

Good luck!

Mar 31, 2014
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Baking Cakes & Bread In the Crock Pot. Have You Tried It?

Why bake in a crock pot? It's easy, the crock pot doesn't heat up your kitchen in hot weather, the timing is somewhat forgiving, and it takes delicious!

Mar 29, 2014
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Baking Cakes & Bread In the Crock Pot. Have You Tried It?

I use my crock pot to make quick breads all the time, and they turn out quite delicious! An added bonus is that during warm weather you don't have to heat your kitchen up by using the oven.

Here's one of my favorite recipes:

Orange Cranberry Cake
Serves 3 - 4

Ingredients
2 Cups flour
1/2 Teaspoon salt
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Cup sugar
2 Eggs
1/4 Cup butter
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Teaspoons orange extract
1/2 Cup orange juice
1 Teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 Cup milk
1/2 Cup sour cream
1/2 Cup dried sweetened cranberries
Glaze: Mix 1/4 Cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 2 teaspoons water.

Directions
1. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium sized bowl.
2. In a separate bowl beat the eggs & butter until fluffy. Add the vanilla & orange extracts and beat for 30 seconds. Pour in the orange juice, milk, sour cream & orange zest, beat for an additional 30 seconds, then gently fold the cranberries into the batter.
3. Prepare the crock pot with non-stick spray, then fold three long strips of foil over several times to create long strips. Place them crosswise in the pot, extending over the top sides. These will be used to remove the cake when it's done.
4. Carefully pour the batter into the slow cooker pot. Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2 hours, then on low for 1 hour. Serve either warm or at room temperature. If desired, serve with glaze.

Mar 29, 2014
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Do you think tartar sauce is gross?

TOTALLY gross! I'm with you on that for sure!

Jan 02, 2014
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Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now? *Happy Holidays Edition*

You bet I am! I just can't keep my hands off of that nice, fresh loaf of Tsoureki I made the other day...yasou!

Jan 02, 2014
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What food like/dislikes do you have that are contradictory and make no sense?

Well, I generally dislike raisins cooked into anything, but I dig them plain!

Jan 02, 2014
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What's Your New Year's Food Resolution?

Although I don't normally make New Year's resolutions, it seems like the time is right to cook more international cuisine.

Anybody else?

Jan 02, 2014
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What Are You Planning For New Years Day?

New Year's Day will be a baking day for me! Planning to make some Greek Tsoureki bread (yes, I do know it's not Easter!), and maybe a batch or two of Koulouraki!

Happy New Year everybody!

Dec 26, 2013
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What Holiday Food Gifts Are You Making?

I'm having a great time preparing food gifts for family & friends this season, and am wondering what others are giving this year?

Dec 09, 2013
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Does anyone actually put stuffing inside the turkey anymore?

I don't do it, but my mom did and it always tasted super!

Nov 19, 2013
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newbie dirt cake question

As a rule of thumb, homemade should taste better than store bought, but sometimes that's not really the issue! For Dirt Cake I'd probably use a mix and just enjoy the end result. Sounds like you're going to have fun making this - good luck!

Nov 19, 2013
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What do you wish you could do that you've never been able to master?

I'm really lousy at writing on cakes...just can't get it right no matter how I try!!

Nov 19, 2013
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The Best Homemade Bagels

I love making bagels at home! Even the best store bought just can't compare to a fresh, chewy homemade bagel right out of the oven. My daughter likes blueberry, my nephew swears by cheddar & jalapeno, and my grandson will devour anything I make!

So, I'm wondering what everyone's favorite bagel flavor is?

Nov 19, 2013
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Mashed Potatoes early the day before Thanksgiving?

Sure, you can make your mashed potatoes the night before! They'll taste great...good luck!

Nov 19, 2013
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feedback on this one-pot dish?

Sounds good, but I'd drop the anchovies. Have fun!

Nov 19, 2013
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What ratios do you use for your mashed potatoes?

I mash about 20 HUGE potatoes, ad a cube of butter (1/2 cup), about one cup of milk, salt & pepper to taste. After stirring well I taste it, look at it and decide if it needs more.

Nov 19, 2013
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What can I do with 1/2 inch cubed pork shoulder?

You could throw it into your slow cooker, add 1 cup of canned black beans, an onion, a cup of your favorite spicy salsa, two tablespoons cilantro, teaspoon of ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of salt (or more), 3 tablespoons olive oil, and a cup of water...cover, cook on high for 6 hours. Would be great served with brown rice and sour cream! Good luck!

Nov 12, 2013
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Cutting back or eliminating salt?

I use salt in my cooking, but normally less than a recipe calls for. You can add salt, but once it's in the mix you can't take it out. When a dish is almost ready I taste it, add a bit more salt if needed, but sparingly.

Nov 12, 2013
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I need a gift suggestion for a young cook

There are many great suggestions to your query so far. My vote is for a couple of really good knives. Life in the kitchen is so much better with good knives!

Nov 12, 2013
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Eating food in bed.

Although I like a small snack before going to bed, I never actually eat while in bed!

Nov 10, 2013
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What's the best thing you ate today?

Spanish Omelette at The Peach Cafe in Monrovia, CA. Seriously, these people do great breakfasts!

Nov 10, 2013
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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Yeah, these are super ideas!

Nov 10, 2013
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Homemade Vanilla Extract

You're so right about homemade extract being great stocking stuffers!

Nov 10, 2013
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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Thanks for posting this link!

Nov 10, 2013
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Homemade Vanilla Extract

I've never tried using grain alcohol...will try that next!

Nov 10, 2013
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