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I’ve gone crock pot crazy

For the past year or two, I have been wanting a crock pot. It just hasn’t been something I’ve wanted to buy myself. Well, this year, I actually ended up receiving three crock pots for Christmas. I guess I asked enough people.  My parents bought me a regular and a mini one, and Wes also got me a regular one.  One of the crock pots is currently sitting in my pantry, waiting to be returned.

Aren’t my Christmas gifts exciting??

I kid, I kid. I really did ask for this.

Since starting my crock pot collection, I have been making crock pot meals like crazy.  It is so incredibly nice. Yesterday I told Wes it is sort of like having a maid who does all your cooking. I mean you just throw a bunch of ingredients into a pot that seem to go well together and then 6 hours later, voila, dinner. 
So far this week I have made meatballs, baked potato soup and chicken/black bean tacos.  Both meals have turned out very tasty. I am really pleased with my baked potato soup recipe.  I recommend giving it a try if you are looking for something cozy and delicious. Here is my recipe:

Baked Potato Soup

8 Small to medium red new potatos
2 Russet potatos
4 cups chicken broth (Can sub in 4 cups water with Knorr bouillion)
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 shallot chopped
3/4 red onion chopped (or yellow, whatever you have on hand)
Loads of fresh pepper
Salt
Garlic powder
3/4 to 1 cup milk (whole, 2%, evaporated, you choose, I used whole)
3/4 cup grated cheese
1 cup frozen peas

Dollop of sour cream
Green onions

In your crock pot, throw in sliced potatos, chopped onion, garlic, shallot, chicken broth, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Cook on high for 6 hours. 

Once the crock pot has worked its magic, mash potatos and add in milk, cheese, and your frozen peas.  The frozen peas are completely optional. I happen to love peas, and really loved mixing mashed potatos and peas as a child.  Your choice.  You can really make this soup as creamy as you would like. I opted to keep it more broth like and didn’t go too heavy on the milk. Again, it is up to you.

Let this mixture heat for about 30 minutes.  Then serve! Toss on some green onions and a dab of sour cream if that’s your style. 

Everyone wins with a crock pot. Great meals, minimal clean up, and a whole lot of energy saved.   I can’t believe I have never owned one before
Ahh… what next to make in the crock pot? Suggestions???

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