Khoresh Karafs – Celery Stew

The first time I went to Iran, my sister-in-law made a wonderful celery stew – Khoresh Karafs. I had never tasted anything like it. Who knew celery could be so tasty as a star ingredient? Since then I had tried to find a recipe for it, but none were quite right. So, during our visit…

Sweet Potato Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker

This is my last sweet potato post from my garden this season.  That makes me sad, but pleased that I have had enough to get me this far. For a while we had access to locally-grown, grass-fed beef.  During that period, I used to make a lot of beef stews.  One that I grew particularly…

Rotisserie-style Chicken in a Slow Cooker

Who doesn’t like those yummy rotisserie chickens you can buy at the store? (If you eat meat, that is)  But, they are loaded with salt and fat, so they are not the healthiest option.  But then again, they are so, so good. When I saw the recipe for rotisserie-style chicken in Stephanie O’Dea’s “Make It…

Ali’s Turkey Meatloaf – in the Slow Cooker

I have to admit that I love my husband’s turkey meatloaf (ok, he was making it with beef before I came along, but now it is turkey).  It is simple and delicious.  ONe of the favorites of all our girls. So I thought, what if I made his meatloaf, but cooked it in my crock…

Chicken Fesenjoon in the Slow Cooker

Pomegranate + walnut + chicken + rice = happy husband. Fesenjoon is one of those dishes that takes forever to make.  But it is perfectly suited for making in the slow cooker, which is exactly what I did on Christmas day.  We wanted to go out during the day, but I had planned on making…

Turkey Chili in the Slow Cooker

After Thanksgiving, I was turkeyed out.  It had been 5 straight days of turkey meat for this family that eats vegetarian over 80% of the time.  There was one last 1-pound bag of turkey in the fridge, but I really did not want to eat turkey again.  So, I wanted to make a dish I…

Blueberry-Lime Butter in the Slow Cooker

This seems to be my year to experiment with my slow cooker for making preserves.  Today I decided to use all my remaining frozen blueberries to make blueberry butter. I chose to pair it with my abundance of dried limes.  Most blueberry butter recipes call for lemon zest and lemon juice, I decided to use…

Apple-Pear Butter in the Slow Cooker

It is fall and that means two of my favorite fruits are in season:  apples and pears.  And early fall is best to me, because that is when honey crisp apples are available in our local orchards.  My daughter, Emily, needed a break from the college grind, so I picked her up, we went for…

Zucchini, Tomato & Eggs: Pan-cooked and Slow-cooker methods

I love the recipe for pan-cooked zucchini & tomatoes with eggs in Martha Rose Shulman’s Mediterranean Harvest cookbook. It is a ratatouille-like dish, to which eggs are placed on top and then baked.  I can’t describe how good this tastes!  Here I have done 2 versions of it, one fairly close to her recipe, using summer…

Ratatouille

I remember hating ratatouille as a child.  I only rediscovered it a couple of years ago when I had an abundance of zucchini and eggplants and did not yet have many recipes for them.  Luckily, I realized that the secret to delicious ratatouille is to cook it super long so that everything blends and it…