Smoked Sausage and Pinto Beans Dinner

I'd like to preface this post with the following disclaimer:...more

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Dump Cake

I've wanted to post a "dump cake" recipe for a while --- but was a little worried about how it would look. I mean, I'm supposed to be a PROFESSIONAL and all --- and don't professionals keep under wraps that they shoo the kids out of the kitchen so they can lick pie filling off the lid of the can with no one watching?So when I saw Kristen, from Dine and Dish write about her insecurities blogging about dump cake I felt better. Because you know what? ...more

Chipotle Pork Soft Tacos

It looks like I'm on the Rachael Ray show today!I'm sorry for the last minute notice, I only just found out about 4 seconds ago. :-) ...more

Camping with Your Slow Cooker

I didn't always like camping. I much preferred hotels or motels with maid service and a restaurant and clean towels.And then I had kids. Don't get me wrong, I still love maid service and clean towels, but I hate spending lots of money and I hate having to get kids to sit still and have "restaurant behavior" when we are on a long trip ....more

Cold Weather Meal Plan for the Slow Cooker

I feel like a fraud pointing out that it's been cold lately because I am right outside of San Francisco and our cold is NOTHING compared to real cold.I know. I stink. But I do have CNN and twitter so I am very very aware at how REALLY cold it can be ....more

Christmas Ham in the Slow Cooker (Honey Citrus)

photo by Tara Donne We've got 10 days until Christmas! It's time to start panicking!I must be in complete denial because so far I've got this weird peaceful vibe going on. I sort of feel like things will just get done when they get done ....more

Cyber Monday Book Give Away

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving weekend. I wanted to share that we are giving away a copy of each of my four books this week.The giveaway is hosted on my Review/GiveAway page, which is HERE.I have written three slow cooker books and a household organizer --- all of the books have different recipes, and I've described the differences between the books, HERE ....more

"Grown Up" Green Bean Casserole and Savory Sweet Potato Bake slow cooker recipes

I went to New York for 22 hours this week, and got to cook with Rachael Ray! We talked Thanksgiving in the slow cooker, and how slow cooking is the best thing ever when in comes to Thanksgiving (or any Holiday, really) because the cookers do all the work while you get to enjoy your guests. I'm so happy I got to go --- it was a great experience, and Rachael couldn't have been any nicer ....more

Maple Barbecue Beef Slow Cooker Recipe

The dirty little secret about cookbook writers is that when they (okay, me) are on a deadline to finish writing a project they (me again!) don't actually cook. Oh sure, they eat really really really well during recipe-testing, but when they are in the midst of edits and the kitchen table has papers stacked where dinner dishes should be, they sometimes forget all about dinner. In this case, it's a good thing, because I made up a pretty phenomenal beef dinner using only the odds and ends of stuff I had in the house because I may have (accidentally) forgotten to go grocery shopping ....more

Monday thru Friday Slow Cooker Meal Plan for the Fall

HAPPY CROCKTOBER!! In honor of the first Friday in Crocktober, I have put together another meal plan for you. I love the fall, and I of course LOVE Crocktober, but I am beyond relieved that this week is over ....more