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Welcome!

 This October I decided to take the 31 day challenge of writing / posting a post every day in October.  My topic for the challenge is Slow Cooking Meals.  
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My crazy self decided I need a separate blog dedicated to slow cooking.  My goal is to post at least once a week or once every other week with a new slow cooking recipe.  That is once the challenge is over with.

So why do I like slow cooking so much?  Slow cooking allows for me to get food on the table on a consistent basis.  I can prepare the meals the night before and then start the crock pot in the morning or prepare them in the morning to cook all day.  (If I do it in the morning, I do have some prep done before hand.)

My family gets fed delicious meals and I don’t have to worry about Hubby fixing our dinner.  I usually have to give him specific directions if he is to cook dinner for us.

Why do you like slow cooking?  How does slow cooking help you?  Or do you not like slow cooking?  Why is that?  Please comment below.

In future posts, I’ll introduce you to my crock pot that I use on the daily basis.  I have 3 others that I don’t use as much.  I’ll talk about tips and tricks.  

On my other blog, I posted a recipe/ method for “baking” potatoes in the crock pot for an easy meal or even part of a baked potato bar.

Let’s cook it slow together!

Happy eating,
Traci

31 Days of Slow Cooking (Day 6) – Baked Potatoes

I told my family I was going to do this challenge.  They are very supportive of me taking on this challenge.  In fact, Hubby decided to surprise me with changing up the area where the crock pot is located.  He didn’t like how it was in the back of the counter.

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The meat on the cutting board is for a recipe that I’m going to post later on in the week.  The cans and boxes are for other meals this week.

Hubby even rearranged the coffee station on the counter.  I’m so lucky to have a family that is super supportive.

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This the empty jar of apple butter that we got at the Apple Fest a week and a half ago.  We really enjoyed the apple butter to the last drop.  I made buttermilk biscuits last night to enjoy with the apple butter.

Now onto the slow cooking recipe of the day:

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wpid-20150928_170203.jpgI posted this recipe five years ago.  I didn’t take pictures or good pictures when I started blogging.  So I decided to repost this recipe with pictures.

Baked potatoes are an easy side dish.  Or you could use the baked potatoes for dinner as a baked potato bar.  Yum!

Last week, I cooked the baked potatoes with a whole chicken.  Hubby told me that he liked the texture of the potatoes.  So that’s a win for me!

Hint:  Don’t over crowd the potatoes so they cook evenly.

Baked Potatoes

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Stars of the Recipe:

  • russet potatoes (The quantity depends on your needs.)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt

Steps:

  1. Wash the potatoes and then poke the potatoes.
  2. Wrap each one of the potato in foil.
  3. Place potatoes in the crock pot.
  4. Put about 1 to  Tbsp. of water in the bottom of the crock pot.
  5. Turn the crock pot on low and cook the potatoes for about 4.5 hours.
  6. When they are finished, unwrap them and put in a bowl.
  7. Douse them with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) just to lightly coat them.
  8. Sprinkle them with salt.
  9. Enjoy with your favorite baked potato toppings.

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If you like this recipe, please visit my Facebook page and Pinterest board for the 31 days of slow cooking.  I’m also starting another Pinterest board for slow cooker recipes.

Happy Eating,
Traci