This is a sponsored post.
I absolutely love using the slow cooker. The ease of popping some chicken or a pork shoulder into it in the morning and having something warm and delicious just waiting for you in the evening is pure genius. I had the opportunity, along with my fellow Virtual Potluck group, to receive a new slow cooker from Hamilton Beach along with the Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker: Family Favorites cookbook and I was definitely not turning it down.
My old slow cooker had definitely seen better days. The cooking controls were not very helpful with only warm, low and high and no way to control the hours or precise internal temperature of the meat I was cooking.
The Hamilton Beach model is amazing, in my opinion. I can set it manually, or it comes with pre-programmed times and temperatures as well as a thermometer probe for the times when I need to know the internal temp of a boston butt. I love it!
Did I mention I love it?
The cookbook is a great resource for quick and easy to prepare slow cooker meals. Some recipes are as easy as opening a few cans or jars and mixing together with meat or beans for a homey dinner. Others, like this one, require a few more steps, but are worth the extra effort.
Some of my favorite recipes in this book include:
- Turkey and Three Bean Chili
- Winter Squash Stuffed with Sausage, Mushrooms & Cranberries
- Black Bean and Rice Soup with Salsa Cream
I made these chicken wings at the beginning of the week. I had intended to photograph them the next morning for this post but when I went to the fridge I felt like Old Mother Hubbard. The wings had vanished. My anti-leftover-eating-kids had taken them for their school lunch. Yep, they’re that good. So it was back to the slow cooker drawing board.
You definitely need to check out the recipes from the rest of the Virtual Potluck team for this post and giveaway.
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Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the cookbook Not Your Mothers Slow Cooker: Family Favorites as well as a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker. I was not, however, compensated monetarily.