Are you preparing your summer menus already? May temperatures are climbing quickly, an indication for home chefs to begin alternative cooking methods besides the stove and oven. Local hardware stores suggest it’s time to get out the grill, and we can’t resist their urging. The unbeatable two-pack charcoal sales prices make it impossible to pass up. Supermarkets tempt meat lovers to grab the hot sales on ribeye steaks, hamburgers, chicken, and hot dogs. But wait! Grilled is good but not seven days a week. Let’s check out those alternatives.Read More →

A Light Peach Cobbler Treat Feel like eating something sweet but can’t have the sugar? Try out this Southern-Style Peach Cobbler light dessert made in a slow cooker. Pattycakespantry.com published Canned Fruit Cobbler this month, and it is a fantastic recipe. I’ve actually been craving peach cobbler for weeks, so I enjoyed every bite of Patty Cakes’ cobbler. Lighter Version of Canned Fruit Cobbler I decided to make Patty Cakes’ recipe but with a variation. Southern-Style Light Peach Cobbler is a lighter version and cooked in the slow cooker. The texture is a little different, and it isn’t as sweet as the Canned Fruit Cobbler. ButRead More →

Make a Sandwich from a Slow Cooker Baked Chicken Bake a chicken in your slow cooker. Then see how many meals you can get out of it. Start with a nutritious chicken and avocado sandwich. Enjoy the whole sandwich yourself, or cut it in half it and share a snack with someone.Read More →

Mango Barbecue Ribeye & Veggies The weather is warming up now, a great time for barbecuing ribeye steaks on the grill. But for those busy days when you and your honey don’t have time to grill, do slow cooker ribeyes. Grilled is good, no doubt about it. The slow cooker way works great, too. Give it a try. Add a mango in for a new flavor. Oh, and don’t forget to include the veggies! Barbecue Mango Ribeye Slow Cooker Dinner for Two Cooking Vegetables in the Slow Cooker yellow squash eggplant asparagus cabbage Root vegetables: onions potatoes carrots garlic yams I’ve cooked potatoes, carrots, yams,Read More →

Cooking a Slow Cooker Dessert for Two is Easy with this Mango Bread Pudding If you like mango, try this quick and easy bread pudding dessert in a slow cooker. Enjoy the richness of a southern sweetness without all the loaded calories and carbs. It’s a creamy delight and only takes two hours to cook. People who are careful about eating healthy food but who like dessert might hesitate at making a bread pudding dessert because bread: has a lot of carbohydrates makes you feel bloated can cause weight gain, if too much is consumed when it’s a dessert, only makes you want more Some peopleRead More →

Easy Steak & Potato Meal for Two Inviting a friend over? Prepare a simple steak and potato slow cooker dinner. One steak is all you need unless you and your friend are big eaters. My friend invited me over for a write-in. We’re both writing books and working hard to meet deadlines. When I arrived, she surprised me with the announcement that she was cooking our dinner in the slow cooker. I couldn’t resist peeking to see what was cooking. Four potatoes and a steak.   The nice thing about cooking four potatoes is that my friend has leftovers. We only ate one potato each.Read More →